Idols + Bands: Who Ya Got?!

I usually use that kind of title formulation for when it’s time to pit idols against each other in ridiculous scenarios, but in this case the question is literal.

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Let’s Check in on Full Power Girls R

I was doing a little bit of what’s-everybody-doing-now Twitter searching the other day and came back across Full Power Girls R. Remember them? Rock unit that rolled into TIF kind of out of nowhere?

Because Monday is dumb, here’s a little edit-up from various live performances:

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Invest in Holy Water if You Can: Another Hanako-san Guitar Cover

Just one week left until Halloween! At least once per day, I’m going to do my damnedest* to make sure that something on par with the spirit of the season makes its way onto I mean, yeah, that tends to be the case around here, anyway, and I’ve been pointing out all the spooky/violent/scary/mind-blowing stuff for a good long while, but whatever.

In this case, our friend Santa Sangre returns, having survived the maelstrom that is “Human Die!!”, with another guitar cover of a Hanako-san “classic”:**


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We Have Found the Ultimate in Skawaiidols!

I figure that I’ve waited long enough to gratify your friend and mine, Mister Mister, who quite strongly advocated for this investigation while we were on the question of ska idols (and then laid it on thick!), and I just traveled a significant distance to watch my football team get embarrassed on their home field and figure, hey, let’s put some extra bright shininess into Sunday.

Also, for the sake of this exercise, I may have just broken my own personal idol portmanteau record.


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This Is Like Watching ‘Hamlet’ Kind Of

Start your Sunday with a trip through the most meta thing you’ll see today.

The Indies So Indie They Bailed on Their Indie Management to Go Super-Indie, aka Gokigen Teikoku, filmed a video (their first!) the other day, with some of their biggest fans in attendance as de facto extras. And, uh, they also filmed themselves being filmed.

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Just a Week Away from the Halloween Specials

The most important thing Halloween-related is to respond to Kerrie’s call for spooky idol video. Get to it!

We’re just a week away from the Halloween specials running around these parts, and things are starting to get a little spooky in these parts. Idols of the dead, twisted clown idols, demon idols, occult idols, idols who are zombies and vampires and stuff, we got it all.

Speaking of the vampiric, remember when we took a spin through Yajima Mai? This cut-up video of a live set was added to YouTube the other day, and it’s about as seasonally on-point as it gets:

h/t @AshLikeSnow17

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And Here’s PassCode Like You’ve Definitely Never Seen Them (Probably)

In a week when we saw the first glimmer of PassCode leveraging their enormous potential with the resources and opportunity afforded by major label support, I think a trip down memory lane is warranted, don’t you?

Or maybe, more appropriately, it’s a trip down the memory hole; there are probably a few people at we-B Studios (and especially Universal Japan!) who’d prefer that we not see this side of PassCode … a PassCode that’s a little … different. Continue reading


Here’s the Video for Sakohata Aya’s Second Solo Single

Sakohata Aya, ex of Splash!, has embarked on her solo career not so much as an idol per se anymore, but as a rock singer full stop. But once a cool rock idol, always a cool rock idol, I say, and this latest release from her sounds like fun:

Violent fun

The single, her second, drops in a month; her fans earned this release by giving her the ol’ 100 RT treatment on Twitter. As for her second one-man, that’s coming up in a couple of weeks … Continue reading


Wanna hear ayumikurikamaki’s New Song?

Ayukuma’s been making a lot of hay about getting their new single, “Tabidachi no Uta” (they’re calling it “Song of the New Beginning” in English), selected as the ending theme for this Naruto show that I’ve never watched but I know a bunch of people do watch because there are commercials on Cartoon Network and stuff.

You can get it via iTunes (Japan), too, which is pretty exciting if you’re so inclined.

But you can also get yourself a legit sneak peek by looking at the Naruto end credits in question.

Good find, Jordan!

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How about Some Avandoned to Make Your Friday Go?

I had the stupidest damn day yesterday (well, after the BiS thing), and I’d really like to have a nice Friday. Being the generous sort, I’d like for you to have a nice Friday, too! Fortunately, the coolest twee girls in idol (aka, Avandoned) posted a full show while I was busy doing a bunch of dumb stuff that I didn’t want to do (yesterday), and now let’s all just enjoy it together.

Also, two cool things that I recently learned about Avandoned: Continue reading