The thing about idols … look, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Idols can do anything. And sometimes that means idoling on top of having a day job in a maid cafe — they go together like peanut butter and jelly. It’s fine. And oftentimes said idoling while maid cafeing means that you’re idoling as an extension of said maid cafe, which means being all tradol and kawaii and stuff, which, okay, fine, it is what it is.
It’s a new weekly occurrence for my favorite solo underground idol, Ophelia 20mg — last time out, she released a trailer for her upcoming EP/album doodad; this week, it’s back to short versions of full videos for … is she going to do one per song on the record? Holy moses.
Google says that the title of this number is “poison retrenched.” I don’t even care if that isn’t right; that’s a great title.
Happy Thursday. The Hurtsday portion will be along in a bit.
All right, I’ve now officially seen Bonnou Paradox (Twitter) referenced enough times that I guess I should look to see what the deal is. I know this: They’re newish, they’re “hard rock,” they go with a duality theme and they’re perfect for Indie Idol Wednesday.
Happy Indie Idol Wednesday! I actually have another piece that I’m sharing, more on point, more of a discovery, but. You guys remember mistress, right? They’ve been percolating around for the last few months, sort of slowly building up the way that idols should do, putting out barely SFW t-shirts and getting their first EP ready. And now, finally, to promote it, their first MV:
How many idol songs have been called something along the lines of “DECiSION” over the years?
The Papermaiden suggests that we take this sucker for a spin, and I couldn’t agree more! Ever since PIH shared it over the weekend, I’ve been somewhere between complete unbelief and total thankfulness that such a strange trip exists in my world — so accessible, but so astonishingly out there at the same time, like if some of Bellring Girls Heart’s material from last year were to be turned into high-energy kawaiidol madness.
Whoops, I did it again; despite some doubts about whether delving back into the bowels of some favorite idols’ performance history was worth the trouble, the now-not-so-recent entry on BiSH’s Atsuko* got me thinking about other notables’ time as safe, normal idols, and I remembered Yuna’s time before PassCode.
Yes, the world’s tiniest harsh vocalist was, once upon a time, this:
If you’re currently hungry, or currently trying not to impulse-eat, or have a weird thing about other people eating, or if you’re Pour Lui, definitely do not take the next several minutes to watch Hoshina Fumimi stuff her face from a very close angle; if that’s the case, hit play here and then switch to another window and just listen.
However, if you have no such limits, you may suddenly find yourself with a hankering for donuts:
Anyway, Kimi to Boku had themselves a little bit of a soft reboot at the end of last year, and I’m guessing that this track (which is a cover, so not “new” per se) is part of that process: Continue reading →
I don’t know how many of you guys follow Banmon (Twitter) usually (if you do, bless you, because denpa makes the world go ’round), but it just got a bajillion times easier because Pony Canyon decided to get on the YouTube Red extortion racket train and finally made their video content available for the first time in well over a year.
And this new track, the title of which is eluding machine translation (I hope; the various suggestions are something else) but that doesn’t matter because this is out of control and it could be called “I like pie” and you bet I’d be down with it, feels like a multi-genre-less delicious musical disaster:
What an exhausting week! The Corenament will wrap up its first two rounds today, we had a whole mess of graduation and disbandment news, some favorites took some chances, we heard cool new music … all in all, a good time, but I’m spent. I didn’t even get a chance to do my own thing for #NecromaReacts yet (though you definitely should)! But idol never rests, and nor does your friendly neighborhood Maniac!
What’d We Miss?
Remember our friend Shazy, the Filipino girl who wanted to idol and got talked down to by some ass? Because she’s cool, and also probably because folks kind of rallied to her, she made the next round of the MNL48 auditions: