As a final farewell to 2021, we compiled this short tribute to some of the idol units we lost but will remember forever.
@homicidols Anything to say about the announcement that DESURABBITS have decided to end next June after 7 years without ever changing a member like most idol groups do. That must be some kind of world record achievement for a Japanese idol group? https://t.co/VMKpCJElRT
— youthinasia (@youthinasia_) November 13, 2020
Yeah yeah, give me a minute. Continue reading
Few things in life as half as joyous as fun surprises from the things that aren’t your absolute favorite, but you root for anyway. So is the case with this new one from the Idols Formerly Known as Both Deathrabbits and Desu.Rabbits, DESURABBITS: My fraught history with this remarkable project needn’t be revisited except to say that I was basically not a fan but grew to be converted to an overall supporter, and so the advances that they make along the way always leave me feeling genuinely happy for them. And why not? They have a completely unique style, they’re well-regarded in the scene and they are, ultimately, clearly having a great time with what they do.
So imagine my face yesterday when this happened:
Now where have I seen that church set before?
Man, looking back, Wednesday was absolutely jam-packed, wasn’t it? And I usually consider it to be the second weakest day of the week, after Sunday, hence I wasn’t anticipating that there’d be this big newsworthy churning glut of MV releases in the span of a few hours, and hence was caught flat-footed and had to scramble to try to cover everything. Alas, “everything” is a metaphysical impossibility, so “something” was going to get left out until considerations could open up later, and in this case that something turned out to be the thing that I might have, on the aggregate, been the most excited about. Luck of the draw!
What was that thing? The title gives it away, but please let me contextualize for the new amount us: See, back when ol’ Homicidols Dot Com got started, I had particular negative tendencies that my stuffed-shirt editorial attitudes for the most part could ignore when called upon to do so, but always failed in the case of OG Ladybaby and the Idol Formerly Known as Deathrabbits. Looking back on it, there’s more of a logical through-line to it, especially seeing as how they’re the only two groups that I ever saw use the “death pop” attribution for themselves and both employed the girls+adult man lineup in extremely similar ways. Without getting too much into it, my general disinterest in both groups showed, and people were happy to call me out for it.
This didn’t really start to change until I was forwarded this Deathrabbits album by their international fan club president, and forcing myself to look at it objectively pointed out that, hey, there are some neat things going on here. It’s not all for me, but it’s also definitely not a bad thing. And so began a gradual thaw toward the group, through their re-brand as Desu.Rabbits and various releases and even that Road to Budokan that– Are they still doing that? I hope so. Don’t give up!
Anyway, to put a bow on this intro, I’d been hoping for a while that the day would come when Desu.Rabbits would show a really mature side of themselves. And when they dropped this MV the other day, there it was: Continue reading
When last we saw Desu.Rabbits, they were planning a new single with some very interesting art. Yesterday, the MV landed … or should I say MVs! There are two of them! It’s … the title is really long but about the very title of this post, coming at you in two versions!
Light version: Continue reading
Of course you did!
I thought I’d take a look at what all Desu.Rabbits were up to after doing that other bunny thing, and wouldn’t you know it, they’ve been slowly releasing tidbits of their first one-man. It’s a live digest, but hell, it’s in four parts, that’s enough video to be many idols’ entire performance month:
I’m such a disaster sometimes, you guys; this happened yesterday and I started to get a post together, and then I had to run out the door and was actually busy-busy at work except for the little bit of time that I took to share that Necroma tickets thing, which put me further behind the 8 ball and now here we are, a day late but still:
I feel so out of touch that I can’t remember if I’d ever even pointed out the new single, but this is “Ichima Spring,” possibly, machine translation and all. What really matters is “pyon-pyon-pyon” and yes of course that’s in the song. Continue reading
In one of the weirder experiences in my time following idols, I was sort of vaguely aware the other day that Desu.Rabbits was going to have something happening because of one of those “RT this so many times” tweets, but I didn’t follow up immediately and forgot about it AND THEN I saw the official account tweet out video, the still of which had Bucho looking all official and business-y.
Now, I’m an idiot, so I immediately pinged the Bunnies and the fan club to see what was happening, and that before I even tried the video itself, which was obviously many months old. Oops. So I corrected course, only for Bucho himself to respond to my original entreaty:
— DESU.RABBITS 部長 (@DESU_RABBITS190) March 10, 2017
Oh wild! Okay! And in response, this happened:
@homicidols Are you going to argue with this man? I didn't think so.
— DESU.RABBITS 部長 (@DESU_RABBITS190) March 10, 2017
That’s so weird! But it turns out that something was afoot, as Peter was kind enough to share: Continue reading
The wait is over. Tonight, at LIQUID, Deathrabbits was in fact ended. On stage. To death.
Say hello to Desu.Rabbits!
No, I don’t know, either
I guess gross financial mismanagement pays off in the end, eh, Bucho?
— DR (です。ラビッ) Fan Club (@deathrabbitsfan) November 13, 2016
Anyway, there are outcomes. And they’re actually pretty ambitious! Continue reading