Well, maybe it’s going to be 2016 Week here at Homicidols Dot Com, what with the C-Style yesterday and today the reappearance of an old favorite that I’d all but given up on. Of course I’m talking about Osaka Shunkashuto!
What I’m about to show you is shocking. On the one hand, it’s by-the-gods Osaka Shunkashuto doing their bread and butter, a by-the-gods rock song with a delicious hook; on the other hand, it’s … well, it’s the theme song for an anime called FAIRY TAIL, aka SSFW’s new single, which is itself actually called “NO-LIMIT”:
What a weird thing to say! But let’s face it — the move to Avex hadn’t been kind to fans of Osaka Shunkashuto (aka MAINA and the Seasons) and their hellaciously upbeat rockin’ takes on, well, rock and R&B and whatever they felt like. Technically, it goes back to their FUJIYAMA PROJECT days, but I guess Avex realized, too, that SSFW has a best look. After subjecting us to some (frankly) really boring material for their first major release, they gave us back that harder edge on “SPARK!”.
Would their first Avex album keep it going? Well, if idorock if your thing, absolutely:
I was pleasantly surprised to see a full album trailer out, too, with plenty to embrace: Continue reading →
I don’t know one way or another what drove the creative decision to sound more like what made SSFW such a must-catch in the first place, but I’m going to flatter myself and many others by saying that it’s because we complained a lot about pretty much everything that Syukasyun’s done lately, especially in the last year. Well, everybody except those handful of you who really liked “NEW ME.”
Also, this is apparently the best that Avex money can do for what used to be one of the hottest emerging talents in idol? Yikes. Maybe that’s why I’m hedging my emotional bets a little bit, though I’ll offer that, if this is the space where SSFW is going to live from now on, I can support that in full — they were always at their best as a fun, party-rockin’ kind of low-seriousness project, and hey, that’s exactly what this is! But damn, totally indie, self-funded idol projects (ahem) manage to creative much more dynamic content.
And yet, here they are on Avex, about two years removed from the jump from the indies to Fujiyama Project, so what do I know? Maybe it’s the spark they need!
This song is lame and boring and a waste of MAINA’s talents and it’s been way too long since they did anything half as interesting as their work with Soezimax. Other folks can do whatever they want and that’s fine, but I’m considering the group to be Weekender filler at this point.
Please at least try to be cool again, whoever’s currently managing what used to be one of my favorite idol projects.
I was going through some of the recent festival lives the other day, and did the smart thing and kept checking out the YouTube recommendations — how else to waste literal hours at work? — and I saw a familiar face. MAINA. You know, arguably the most talented girl in idol? Tiny little person, ridiculous dancer, more-ridiculous singer, capable of playing instruments and stuff? That MAINA.
Normally, where there’s MAINA, there’s Osaka Shunkashuto, who … did not really impress with their last release, but they’re legit until they stop being legit, and I happen to be a total MAINA partisan and will struggle to keep her and her group relevant (to me, at least) until they’re a full-on R&B outfit, which would be cool in its own way, but not really a thing for Homicidols.com.
Yeah, they released this on their app at least a week ago, and then teased out a download link on Twitter (and immediately deleted it), and I was starting to think that the video would never get a public release because idols can be cruel.
One of the most obvious glaring needs in idol lately, at least in this Maniac’s opinion, has been Osaka Shunkashuto not releasing anything in a year (that is, basically a lifetime in idol). Everybody knows that MAINA is everything good and right in music, but we want more, period. And more what? Rock songs? R&B? Amiina-esque alt-pop? Friggin’ soul?
Not all idols are particularly great at Twitter, or they don’t care enough to use it, or their manager doesn’t care enough to require them to, etc. Who is great, though, is MAINA, Osaka Shunkashuto’s doll-sized vocal powerhouse and objectively one of the cutest human beings alive.
More importantly, as those of us who count themselves as MAINA marks will tell you until you beg us to stop, is that she’s a ridiculous all-around talent, such that she’s often doing performance work outside the bounds of SSFW, as we’ve seen before.
Proving both points made so far, she very casually shared this on Twitter yesterday: