In the latest news from Tokyo Idol Festival weekend, both BiSH and the unit formerly know as EMPiRE have withdrawn from the event due to COVID diagnoses. Not that it impacts us too much since overseas otaku got region-blocked from the whole festival. But who needs TIF anyway, right? There are a ton of stellar units out there having an amazing 2022 who didn’t get invited to TIF either, like:
MAD JAMIE, who continue their streak of stellar singles.
Yurapico, who is Yurapico and there is nothing better than Yurapico.
NELN, who are in their third of five consecutive months of new music releases.
Buddha TOKYO whose new EP has both old and new tracks, all of them exceptional.
— DOGMACLUB-11/2ラストワンマンライブ (@DOGMA_0429) July 31, 2022
This new unit called Rabbit Punch that Chris found and everyone needs to know about.
US alt-idol melancholiaah! who released this sweet new tune that’s a collaboration with Yusuke Hata of shoegaze standout, Cruyff in The Bedroom.
I’m not sure why we even care that we couldn’t get tickets to a festival that rejected PLANCK STARS.
But we do also want to recognize those units who worked hard and DID score an invite to the biggest idol festival on the planet. After all, performing at Tokyo Idol Festival is a bucket-list level accomplishment for most idols, so congratulations to the units who achieved their dream of a TIF debut:
situasion who gave us even more evidence that they are one of the best things going in the genre.
POPPiNG EMO dropped a single just in time for their TIF debut.
Their name may be undecided, but Title Mitei’s talent is an absolute certainty so it’s no wonder that they got a TIF nod.
Returning TIF veterans BLACKNAZARENE dropped a new single in time for the festival.
— BLACKNAZARENE (@blacknzrn) August 4, 2022
B.O.L.T dropped a new single for TIF as well.
— B.O.L.T Official (@bolt715official) August 2, 2022
D4rkWzd over on the Homidicols’ Discord server turned us on to the
new MV by Paradox Risk (formerly known as POISONRAT). It’s good stuff.
Wonder Lander’s new EP is now available on all streaming services.
9DayzGitchClubTokyo is always good.
Ska Idol Project’s Nousatsu❤︎After Beat drops their latest skanking single.
— 悩殺❤︎アフタービート【公式】 (@SKA_noaf) July 29, 2022
Special Cheese Menu makes the case for stricter regulations on green screen technology.
Kaepyon has has released her first album, appropriately entitled, Kaepyonism.
— 月森楓（かえぴょん）🦆🦌 (@kae_m00n) August 4, 2022
Dinosaur, one of our favorite new discoveries, has a new member, a new single and a new MV!
CYCLONISTA asks, “What’s wrong with being afraid of tomorrow?”
2022.8.5(fri) 00:00 release!!https://t.co/hmiJCwRo8C
— CYCLONISTA / サイクロニスタ (@CYCLONISTA_jp) August 3, 2022
Emo idols FaM leave with some feel-good pop punk.
In truly unfortunate news, Hizumi Iris Hijiri of WONDER SNAKE has passed away.
WONDER SNAKE 歪・アイリス・聖が永眠しました。
— 歪・アイリス・聖 (@IRis__WS) August 4, 2022
Kai (former Screaming 60s) joined a band.
— ALLiCA (@ALLiCA0904) August 5, 2022
Gekijouban Kokiken Teikoku (formerly known as Gokigen Teikoku and commonly known as Goketi) are reforming with a bunch of former members including Kunogi (also a former member of POMÜM, Chouzetsu Venom-chan and NECRONOMIDOL) and the surprise addition of Younapi (ex. You’ll Melt More)
— 劇場版コキケソ帝国 (@gokigen_teikoku) August 5, 2022