So this is kind of fun, and thankfully narrative enough in its own right to get out the door quickly so that I can do another thing. But hey you guys, you’re all down in some form or another with Yamaguchi Kassei Gakuen, aka Yamakatsu, yes? If you aren’t, you should be — longstanding rock idol units from the further reaches of Japan deserve all of the respect. I was doing a Twitter dive the other day and saw that ol’ Yamakatsu paired up with a bona fide rock band not to perform a set together, but to high-five around covering each others’ songs:
The local focus of idol is one of its charms, but also one of the stupidest ways to get idols who you nominally like lost in a shuffle. Me, I’m personally a big mark for Nagoya idols for some reason, with a lot of ancillary respect for Osaka. Of course you’re going to wind up doing a lot of Tokyo-area local stuff, too, when you start looking at idol, given that (pick a neighborhood anymore) is in one form or another an epicenter of idol culture.
Because you do that, see, and then you lose track of the good projects — sometimes it’s just one or two, honestly — in other big cities (Kyoto!) or prefectures (Ehime!), purely because the incessant drone of idol-related media and fandom doesn’t sound as loudly over those spots.