INforMEL and the Best for Last

This new MV from INforMEL was slated for the Weekender until I actually took a minute to watch it just now. I’ve had my head down a lot lately, with a lot of Day Job plus a training boot camp for another potential change in field PLUS a new course that I’m taking to do the job I already have somewhat better, oh and the pandemic rages on despite everybody in this country doing their level best to pretend that isn’t the case* and likely to start dying by the truckload in the next few weeks so it’s somehow now even more dangerous to go outside to, like, run or hike or something. That’s all been on my mind, and I’m tired in the first place, and I just kind of needed something to hit right, put a positive spin on things, provide a bit of uplift.

So INforMEL provided:

Now I’m feeling pretty good and kind of just want the post to end. Nothing else to say, right? It is what it is, let it stand on its own, maybe make a fart joke on the way out.

Oh but right, INforMEL graduated everybody and this was their swan song:

WHY IS THE VENUE CALLED THAT

Well that’s not a good mood-maker at all! Crud. I guess now we wait to see if/what/when happens next with INforMEL.

*Never forget that all politicians are sociopaths and human life has no meaning to them

Sigh

A lot of people took a deep breath when this popped out the other day:

I think we all anticipated the other shoe to drop in that timeframe, and last night did/not disappoint: Continue reading

Something Something Pun Maniac Something Punchline

So you may have noticed that I kind of dropped off the face of the earth recently. There’s a story there, but one that I don’t feel like rehashing (Team got the short version last week). It sort of peaks at “sir, we can’t make you stay, but you really should” and plateaus shortly thereafter with “yes, all of the notifications” and then denouements its way through two full weeks’ worth of an effective vacation that I never intended to have, but here we go. I had to consider whether my baby (that’s Homicidols) needed me, if I needed it, if any of it mattered, if this was the actual state of things, etc. Continue reading

Get Your Zekkyou Fix While You Can, For the End Is Nigh

And thus we add another project’s corpse to the pile created by this brutal year.

You probably saw the recent hubbub around Montero, the half of Screaming Sixties who did not get to perform in the UK last year (though we did chat with Kai), who announced that she was pregnant. While this was remarkable in itself — not because an idol clearly had a sex life, but because it was received mostly positively by fans of all stripes — and I was halfway to writing up a thing in relation to that, yesterday brought forth what’s probably the logical conclusion to the whole affair; Zekkyou’s putting an end to things after a one-man at the beginning of September:

Here’s Kai’s reaction: Continue reading

Migma HELLter, Amirite?

Um, guys…

What?

So at last night’s AQBI DIG event, it was announced that Kotejun, Popopo Po Po Jr. and Amari will graduate from MIGMA SHELTER on July 8, the same time that the group’s official hiatus begins.

We all knew that there would be a membership shake-up once the hiatus ended, however, the initial announcement led many of us to believe that the current girls would at least be safe and that this would simply be an update to fill the gaps Yoneko and Seisei left behind, rather than an almost total do-over of the current system. So it looks like the situation might just be far more dire than expected. Right now, it brings to mind two situations: Continue reading

Yuna Is Ill; PassCode Will Forge On

And in one of the scariest curveballs that I’ve seen since I got into idol:

I did miss it, Brian and Rain, so thank you

The gist: Imada Yuna, who didn’t invent harsh vocals in idol but did manage to become the arguable popular standard bearer of the type, the bad-attitude id that forms almost an entire leg of PassCode all her own, had been unwell, and a medical examination turned up an ovarian cyst. She powered on for a while, but now the plan is for hospitalization and treatment and rest. She’ll be out a while, until the ZENITH tour officially kicks off on Nov. 10. Continue reading

Avandoned Is Taking a Break

As befits the world’s biggest Avandoned fan, Brian shared this a couple of days ago with a small tear and a hopeful smile:

Kotao being a high school senior (presumably), she’d like to be able to focus on her college entrance exams. Ordinarily? That’s terrible news! For everybody but Kotao! But this is easily the first official hiatus announcement that made glad to see it. Continue reading

The Perils of Indie Idol: Namahamu to Yakiudon in Trouble

This is a sad story, regardless of how you feel about indie idol’s comedic dynamic duo.

You may have heard, but Nanahamu to Yakiudon were making a guest appearance at an event the other night. When they took the stage, it was tears and confessions and … well:

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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.

Mugen Regina Goes Gentle into That Good Night

It’s official: After their third one-man the other night, Mugen Regina, Last Idol Standing from the Life Is Sweet Music / Luna Factory family, has suspended activities, with alumni and friends in attendance for one final go with the fans:

We knew about the suspension/hiatus/death going back a while, but now Maako (after 238 shows!) is officially retiring. And so ends one of the worst possible years an agency could have, with the rebooted group falling apart and the effective face of the company going solo and the other reboot kind of withering on the vine in painful slow motion. Continue reading