HOT TAKE: BEYOOOOONDS Goes One Step Beyond Idol-Metal!

BEYOOOOONDS (with five “O”s in their name”) continue to kill it with another blast of pop goodness! For me personally, this is a group that has single-handedly injected a massive fire back into HELLO! Project with their personalities, enthusiastic spirit, and just plain incredibly fun music. Their mega-workout themed update on a 400 year-old classical piece-turned gay-rights anthem-turned football stadium rocker was a humongous winner in it’s own right, and now they’ve unleashed “HOT!”, a full-on banger of a rock tune that’s a new epic for the masses.

Now if you’re somebody who’s gotten into idol through the whole Babymetal/rock idol/or this so-called “alt” thing, you might be thinking “Man, I don’t care about this H!P stuff.” and I’m here to tell you, this is the one to get on board with. No really, turn up your volume and hit that play button….

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Good Things Are Afoot for POPPING EMO

Good lord, is it Wednesday? It was Saturday morning, like, three minutes ago. What the hell happened? Oh right — friends, if you ever get the occasion to have a job that involves board meetings, do something else instead.

So this thing that I wanted to post about on, like, Monday at the absolute latest! Yes, that’s right, POPPING EMO, one of the I-kid-you-not best-sounding things in chika idol who’ve managed to only get a single post to ever mention them directly, have been on my broken radar more lately and, boom, with an excellent payoff — they’re releasing their next album (their third!) in a couple of weeks:

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When That Solo Life Is Looking Promising

Once upon a time, I made an editorial decision that this site wouldn’t cover solo idols. The reasoning behind it, while not necessarily sound, did actually have a sensible motivation: I actually used to think that I needed to put definite rails around what was and wasn’t idol in addition to the poorly defined musical boundaries, and I considered solo artists as being too much in a grey area. But then Hanako-san and PSYBOU KANOJO broke that down, and past my own pretenses I could see plenty of unsung solo artists (mikicco, Ophelia 20mg, fucking Lein) doing cool and interesting work and idoling at the same time.

That’s a very long way of saying that I still sometimes get surprised by how much I like certain solo idols even though all logic says that I shouldn’t. And with plenty of solo idols coming out of fairly well-known groups as their relative point of origin, it only stands to reason that good would beget good, etc.

Which is a slightly less long way of saying that Chirimen, formerly of long-term Homicidols Dot Com not-secret crush 969, has in fact made good on that solid background and her own talents to strike out as a solo performer, and this is her first piece and I’m very excited about this: Continue reading

Please Share My Delight at This Vivid Chicken MV

You talk about idols that ol’ Maniac just flat-out forgot about, you talk about Vivid Chicken. This is not a positive, friends, as I find myself forgetting about more and more idols as all the ones I love announce their departure from this mortal coil and all the ones that I mentally associated with them (stylistically usually, sometimes for only the dumbest of reasons) may as well die right along with them. Or, check it, sometimes the mental association is not a kind one, and one thing called Chicken and another thing called Chicken kind of get rolled together, and you wind up with not the best mental association.

I say this to reiterate: I had completely forgotten the existence of the idols known as Vivid Chicken, and was fine with that. As far as I knew, I hadn’t had a reason to post about them in well over a year, and they’d really only been notable for a few months at the opening of 2018’s all-you-can-eat buffet of idol debuts. That is, until a chance YouTube rec yielded … Vivid Chicken’s latest MV!

That’s a ton of fun! And, frankly, at an all-around much higher quality than I, uh, expected. WHICH TO BE FAIR is really a branding thing, don’t you think? You call yourself Vivid Chicken, you open yourself up to certain doubts as to your commitment to being, you know, good. But this is good though!

Near as I can tell, this is a “just because” video release, though I’m sure there’s a one-man or something coming up. At any rate, I’m excited that ViviChiki is still alive and kicking and will hopefully have something else for me to get excited about soon. And while you all enjoy this bonus live, I’m going to scroll through their Twitter looking for other groups I may have forgotten about!

Death Comes Even for Q’ulle

There’s nothing funny about this anymore, guys.

At least it won’t be in 2019 — Q’ulle, who got avexed as hard as anybody ever got avexed and have been drifting off toward solo and personal projects for a good long while, and who had already lost one member, are going to wind things down over the rest of the year and into next summer, when they’ll finally break up. Their unlikely career and long string of high points makes this one a little less sad than some — you want to congratulate them and give them high-fives, rather than rend your garments — but still. I’m pretty much out of groups from original Homicidols left to cover!

EIMIE Is a Palindrome

I want to share something with you guys. An accidental trip-over-it-and-remember-that-it-exists kind of thing, if you will. And you know, we haven’t shared a whole lot of previously un-posted-about idols this year for a number of reasons, so why not get a few out there before the year is effectively over?

So meet EIMIE (Twitter), who yes are a palindrome but are also a pretty darn solid rock project, and who dropped this energetic live-cut MV a few days ago:

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buGG Is Good

Hey, here’s a quick post! You guys all dig on buGG, the PIIIIIIIN and Queens little sister group that’s fun as hell, right? Of course you do! So as luck would have it, they had their first anniversary the other day, and to commemorate released a new song:

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Here Are a Whole Bunch More Songs and an MV from CARRY LOOSE

Feeling really unmotivated, folks, but sometimes the best therapy to facing the idoling loss of two of the most important in it to you as one of your favorite groups disbands is to force-listen to and then share via your fancy idol website an ongoing mess of new material from a successor of the group one of those favorites founded almost a decade ago and then the other favorite joined a few years later. You know?

Yeah, I thought that the huge-ass Weekender Idol in Focus entry was timed well enough to sufficiently put a cap on this smorgasbord of individual track releases from CARRY LOOSE, but boy is my face red now! So let’s cope together with this new MV of theirs and listen to it all and download. Continue reading

Let Us Be Powered by 143

Holy hell, as I return to this post to put some finishing touches on it (what do you mean, there isn’t even a whole paragraph here, you say, and I give you a nice knuckle sandwich for the trouble), I have finally found the group that completely vexes my creativity. Every post has a boring-ass title! Is 143 good and fun? They are. Have they, in their 18-odd months of existence, grown and developed and become a presence? They have. Do they impress upon the casual Westerner, especially the non-weeb variety, anything that would inspire the kinds of devotion that leads to one receiving angery comments on the internet for acknowledging the fact that, no, the answer to this question is no? No. At least, not that I’ve noticed.

So maybe let’s see! This is a fun song — I wanted a whole post for it the second I heard it — and maybe some of 143’s patented emotional idorock is exactly what you need this Monday morning, regardless of whether a typhoon has unleashed nature’s wrath on you.

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This Is What AIBECK Sounds Like Now

It was with a heavy heart that I had to acknowledge, from a time of my not-quite demise, that AIBECK — somewhat-longstanding not-quite-doyens of the chika scene, gamely ambitious and well-supported — had a mass graduation and was now moving forward as a duo. It gave me a sad, especially at the thought that I wouldn’t be seeing my girl An’z around anymore, probably, and she was the first idol to ever tweet an English phrase back at me, which practically means that we were bound at the soul.

Nevertheless, idol never truly rests, and it was good and necessary that the resultant “new” duo version of the group would make good on a release in October. Maybe this is where we land today!

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