Well, at least all of that sudden noise is going to result in something more than a cynical cash grab.
Building on the (deserved) reception of SAiNT SEX and (sigh) the WACK shuffle album, the two-headed troll called Watakuma Kennosuke, in conjunction with the suits at avex, is going to hold … an idol election:
『WACK & SCRAMBLES WORKS』シャッフルメンバー、アートワーク公開!!WACK総選挙「VOTE!!WACK!!」決定!!1位/2位獲得メンバーはavexよりソロデビュー!
— EMPiRE OFFiCiAL (@EMPiREIDOL) November 13, 2017
The top two vote-getters will get a solo single*; yes, the voting is facilitated by buying lots of CDs.
While I — and anybody else who begrudgingly admires SCRACK’s ability to make the literal most out of everything — try to figure out exactly how much and to what degree I hate this, I’m still going to stare at it in awe. I was considering this business when our friend the Papermaiden commented that WACK had become 48g, and maybe that’s actually the joke. Like how every gift from Loki carries with it the whiff of poison, the WACK trademark has always been to do the idol thing, but tilt it on its side a little bit; BiS didn’t anti idol by not doing handshake events and the like, but by taking the idea and turning it on its head. So, at the very least, this whole business should be entertaining. I bet they even manage to get another Niconico special out of the election results!
But imagine who the favorites could be! (Note: Of course the results will be at the very least manipulated, if not entirely predetermined.) Aina is too easy, though she’s certainly being positioned for a solo career. Pour Lui as a career capper? Something really random, like Ayuni D and Momoland? I can’t imagine that the winners would be anybody who avex wouldn’t be completely comfortable with in terms of business development.
Also, thank the gods that BILLIE IDLE is being spared this farce.
*That’s the “something more,” btw; the whole thing is, in fact, a cynical cash grab, because that’s what just about all business is