DESURABBITS Death

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FAREWELL, MY L.u.v Are the Bright Funky Soul These Times So Desperately Need

There is no question that 2020 has so far been full of dark days with signs of more to come. Parts of the world are retreating into another round of COVID lockdowns, the US may be just days away from going into full-on “Purge” mode and Hachigatsu-chan just left Oyasumi Hologram.

Into this bleak landscape, FAREWELL, MY L.u.v have dropped a bright, shiny groove-and-reggae-infused nugget of joy in the form of their second EP, GOLD. And just in time too. The only thing that’s been getting me through the day lately is this track on repeat:

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The End of an Oshi: Futamaruya Shidare’s Last Live

The Cyclone is a small black box theater in a Shibuya basement which, according to the posters it uses for wallpaper, has played host to gigs by just about everyone over the past 20 years, including Cthonic, Crossfaith, Abigail Williams and every chika idol unit you’ve ever cared about. This past Saturday, it also hosted Yukueshirezutsurezure’s Emergency One Man Live, the emergency being Futamaruya Shidare’s sudden exit from the group.

The Cyclone’s capacity is 300, which seems to have been determined not by some safety conscious fire marshal, but in response to a challenge to see how many people one could stuff into the space, shoulder-to-shoulder, wall-to-wall.

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What the Crap, You Guys? Marbles Broke Up

You all should just be thankful that I walked myself back from a “lost your Marbles” pun

This is dumb, bad news, you guys. Remember Marbles? Remember how it was like “oh neat, hardstyle idols, one of a kind!” and there was much praise? Well, on that original post, this happened:

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Saki’s Graduation from Guso Drop Brought the Past and Future Together

Among all of the brutal graduations of 2016, the departure of Guso Drop’s Saki from the group she’d help make into the underground’s heavyweight champions was understandably a sad loss for fans (and poor Boss didn’t seem to be taking it well, either). The final live with the group’s long-time center was, of course, a very fun show, and it also brought out an old friend and the new guns.

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The Edge of Goodbye: Bellheart Goes out in Style

Bellring Girls Heart went into dormancy yesterday with their HELLO WORLD live that was streamed live on YouTube and then, after a little while, mercilessly taken away from us, thereby robbing untold dozens of international fans of the opportunity to see idol’s murder of crows go out like only they could.

Good thing for us, then, that Bellheart re-published the video!

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Watch Bellring Girls Heart’s Last Live Right Now

It looks like the stream is over; there’ll hopefully be caps of it available soon.

Man, a guy goes to sleep expecting recordings, not to wake up to a live stream of the end of an era.

Embedding’s been disabled, so click here for the YouTube stream of the HELLO WORLD final performance of Bellring Girls Heart, going back through their huge catalog.

The stream will end; when that happens, it’ll hopefully have been archived, and I’ll update accordingly.

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Somebody Help Me Get This Bellring Girls Heart EP

The tweet kind of makes it sound like Spine EP is something that we’ve known about for a while, but I swear to Xenu that this is the first I’m seeing the title.

So this is the going-away disk for Ayano and Mizuho? Regardless, now is apparently the time to reserve it, as well as line up your spot at the BABEL pre-farewell one-man that looks a lot like it’s being set up for a DVD. [Adding:] According to Babatus, it should be available by normal means; these reservations are about bypassing the usual cheki procedure associated therewith. Continue reading

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Bellheart’s Shallow Grave with PassCode & Yurumerumo!

You may have heard about Bellring Girls Heart being gutted in the very near future when Ayano and Mizuho graduate, and the group going on a I-believe-it-this-time temporary hiatus before a very soft reboot next year.

What you may not have heard about is how they’re going to go out as vividly as possible.

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Haloperi Doll Farewell

I have nothing wry or clever to say about this. One of my favorite metal idol outfits just … maybe wrapped it up for good, maybe will be back again (this was Gen 2, after all), who knows. But here are the members’ final messages as members:

More than anything out of this, I hope An’z is able to do what she enjoys. She’s a talented and cool person who didn’t need to go through these last few weeks. Continue reading

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