A New Chapter of BURST GIRL’s Story: Wakapiku is Backapiku

Calling the past several months in BURST GIRL land a rollercoaster ride would be undermining it just slightly. Starting with the farewell of original member and Guso Drop refugee Rei, the additions of two fresh-faced young newbies, the sudden loss of one of said newbies and having dozens of shows cancelled for obvious reasons. Despite all this, BURST GIRL have just shrugged it off and kept their stride, announcing a new single, and, last night, a new member.

Well, the term “new” might depend on how loosely you define such a term. You thought BURST GIRL was done employing Guso Drop alumni? Nope! Say hi to Wakapiku! Again!

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Burst Girl Announce Plans to Kick Your Ass: New Members and Album Are on the Way

Everyone’s favorite throwback punk unit closed out their crowdfunded nationwide tour in Shibuya on Sunday night at the ironically and appropriately named live house, Chelsea Hotel (ofc. the Chelsea Hotel in New York City is where Nancy Spungen died of a knife wound in the room she shared with Sid Vicious). At the close of the show, Burst Girl dropped a couple of serious announcements.

Serious Announcement 1:

Burst Girl are looking for some new burst girls and boys. Seriously, they specifically mention that there is no gender requirement.  Desired qualifications do include being 16 to 26 years old, eating rice everyday, possessing the ability to add and subtract and desiring to sweat a lot.  Auditions are open until May 6th. Continue reading

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This Is How Waka Wishes You a Merry Christmas

And that, friends, is how you acquaint the world with your new project. Debuting in February! Continue reading

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Pre-tales from the BURST GIRLS Debut

The post-Guso project calling itself BURST GIRL/S (I can’t get the nomenclature right) is hurtling, dare I say barreling toward its debut, and they’ve been making details known for the last little while. Why do I bring this up now? Because I can and I’m amused, and I want to have more of their tag in my library prior to the actual debut because SEO, bitches!

Anyway! Their Jan. 7 debut show is like Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, minus the important-but-heavy-handed racial commentary and sheer magnetism of Sidney Poitier, and in fact nothing like that classic film at all save for my desire to use the title as a device!

That’s a pretty good lineup! Also, what an honor for BBTS and Candye Syrup; it’s not quite stepping up onto a ZEPP stage, but you could ask for much worse exposure to the people who are mostly likely to be your #Fans4Evar. That’s going to be a very loud show! Continue reading

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The End of Guso Drop

Sigh.

We’ve been waiting for it for a while now, but the end of the Heaviest Idol in the World, Guso Drop, finally came. I wanted to post something appropriate yesterday, but there wasn’t any video up yet when I had time to look; major sleuth Viz Major came to the rescue:


Just pretend like it isn’t real!

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I Interview Idol (Managers): Daichi

I alluded to this one yesterday, team, and I’m still buzzing a little bit from getting a chance to have a real-deal conversation with the man behind Guso Drop, 2&, Hoshina Fumimi, Himegoto Zettaichi, ancillarily Screaming Sixties, formerly Poroporo Baroque, and so on. Folks have been dying to know the score ever since it was announced a few weeks ago that Guso Drop was going to disband, and, while Daichi has been pouring his heart out on Twitter, there have been oh so many questions.

Krv is the real hero here — because he’s friends with Daichi in addition to being a fan, he offered to hook up an interview, and then provided real-time translation over LINE, and at an ungodly hour for his timezone to boot. I have the patrons to thank, too, for providing a really good starting place in terms of questions and topics. I ultimately cut this about in half by combining thoughts and letting Daichi do some of the driving, but I hope that we were able to get to the gist of what you were curious about.

I was just hoping that I wasn’t going to offend anybody.

So! Have you ever wanted to get into the head of an idol manager? What about an idol manager who’s in the midst of ending his flagship project? Or an idol manager who’s always looked at himself as a musician first? Or even just a guy who’d say:

If he throws a dinner party with human flesh on the menu, I’d probably go along!

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Last Weekend Was Full of Non-TIF Action Too

Happy Friday, ya jamokes! I should have shared this post a few days ago (indeed, it was drafted!), but stuff started to happen and then I bumped it twice and finally, here we are, it’s Friday and I’m talking about last weekend as if this one weren’t looming.

But! The focus last weekend was rightfully on the Tokyo Idol Festival, whereas even right in Tokyo there was plenty of other idol action happening.

Like This One Festival That Also Happened and Wasn’t TIF

Just mentally call it Maniac’s Favorite Festival. Look at this (slice of the) lineup:

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Here’s a Bunch of Cool Stuff from Guso Drop’s ZEPP Live

Well, gang, Guso Drop may be on its last legs as a project, but the show was definitely still going on, at least in terms of their ZEPP Tokyo show last night. I was going to just let it ride on out into the sunset, but, looking through Twitter and YouTube, I also wanted to be able to memorialize it to some extent.

A ZEPP show is a big deal! Q’ulle, who legitimately tour internationally and have many many more followers than Guso Drop, have a tough time selling out ZEPP performances. They’re large venues, capacity in the low thousands, and they cost a lot to book and require a host of other incidental expenses (gear, etc.) that you, Idol Manager, might not face in other clubs, or at least not to the same extent.

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Holy Shit, Guso Drop’s Breaking Up

What the hell is happening this morning?

Details are scant, but Natalie.mu has a tiny bit. Continue reading

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