It did turn out to be a crazy week in REAL LIFE™, so it was entirely prescient for Chris to revive our Monday Match Game with a competition for the most mad idol. Congratulations to MAD JAMIE for taking home the crown!! The title is well deserved. Speaking of idol madness, congratulations are also in order for Richan of PLANCK STARS who hit 10K Twitter followers with less than 24 hours to go before deadline and will not be needing to shave their head. Their solo single will be released instead.
— プランクスターズ | official (@planckstars) June 11, 2022
On a more serious note:
Shoegaze idols Shimmer Shrimper dropped a new MV for “Tawanmai”, a song for unjustly incarcerated political prisoners in Thailand.
JILLASTED , the new unit produced and fronted by Toda Corone ( ex. BLACKNAZARENE) dropped one of the most highly anticipated debut MVs of the year.
PassCode shows us the epic spectacle we missed at the Budokan, but at least we’ll be able to enjoy it on BluRay or DVD.
Speaking of, ARIMA (aka Emily Arima of PassCode) released a new single with her band SHADES.
［New Single out now］
— SHADES (@SHADES_JP) June 6, 2022
BUPPPLE dropped the first single from their new line-up last month and I completely missed it. Please forgive me.
MIGMA SHELTER is livestreaming from Sanrio Puroland or Nananara’s birthday rave.
— MIGMA SHELTER公式 (@MIGMASHELTER) June 10, 2022
Our favorite hikikomori idols, Hikicomoteikoku, dropped a new single.
— 緋鬼籠帝國 (@hkcm_official) June 10, 2022
Pupa!! gave us a new math-techno tune.
One of the most talked-about new units of the year, DEVIL’S KILLING MERRY-GO-ROUND (which the Homicidol’s Discord has decided to abbreviate as DEVIKILL) dropped a dance MV.
Natalie has recently published a couple of articles about overseas reactions to Japanese idol. The second part is a long conversation with Marty Friedman. Part One is also an interesting read.
— 音楽ナタリー (@natalie_mu) June 10, 2022
XOXO EXTREME have a new single out by NARASAKI (composer for BABYMETAL, Momoiro Clover Z, Isiliel and others) but it hasn’t showed up on Spotify yet.
One of our favorite Korean units, NEKIRU dropped an excellent new single.
【NEKIRU 3rd Album 『명왕성이야』 RELEASE】 pic.twitter.com/LV1mHtM04S
— ねえ、聴いてる ? (NEKIRU) (@NEKIRU_Official) June 7, 2022
How about a 3-song PV from POPPiNG EMO?
New live MANACLE!
Continuing the PV trend, here’s some live Malcolm Mask McLaren.
Over on the Discord Server, Karli introduce us to this excellent PV from LYSM.
Only three weeks left to prepare for a world without LiLii Kaona.
Nuniki graduated from innes.
— Nui/ヌニキ (@nuinui_3) June 5, 2022
predia, older sister unit of the still well-loved and missed PASSPO☆, has disbanded. Akane of label-mate BAND-MAID dropped by for this touching farewell.
— BAND-MAID AKANE (@achi_bandmaid) June 5, 2022
Just after we got to know the new line-up, MONOCLONE are graduating three members
— モノクローン (@monoclone0411) June 6, 2022
And just after dropping a new single, NYARYU is graduating from NEKIRU.
【NEKIRU와 멤버 NYARYU에 관한 중요 공지】 pic.twitter.com/ym8qfXlHfZ
— To Hermitage (@ToHermitage) June 6, 2022
Another bittersweet post-dissolution PV from Stella Sugarlet.
Rin Wada (former Maison book girl) shared the bill with Himari Tsukishiro’s solo project Isiliel.
— 和田輪 (@Rin_Wada) June 10, 2022