It’s the last-day-of-the-year edition of the Weekender and I am tapping this out in a hotel room in Tokyo as I tick off an item on my bucket list, namely, to spend New Years Eve in Japan. I have only been here a couple of days, but I have already caught Hanako-San, situasion, Ringwanderung, Night Owl, Kolokol and MIGMA SHELTER. I have a lot of catching up to do after being away for almost three years. This is a long-winded way of apologizing for the Weekender being a bit lighter than usual, but I will still try to hit the big stuff.
Happy New Year, everybody!
PIGGS dropped an MV for their 1st major label single.
Here the first MV from Chemical X, KILERMACHINE’s new unit that is debuting in January.
“JUKE” is one of NELN’s best new tunes and it’s MV is a study in shot composition. It is exactly what you would expect from a unit founded by videographers.
Ring in the new year with new DaiDaiDai.
We’ve been watching mercuro closely.
The extraordinary, idol-adjacent project, akugi, released their first (and last) album with plenty of contributions from Codomomental friends Zenkimi and nonamera.
akugi 1st Album
— akugi (@akugi_info) December 27, 2022
BiSH iS Unplugged.
Satanic Punish introduced a new member.
Satanic Punish真メンバー "愛魔ノ夢"(@stpn_manomu) アー写公開。
— 【公式】Satanic Punish @ 1/7(土) in 新宿Science昼帯☀️ (@SatanicPunish) December 27, 2022
BELLRING Girls Heart ’22 announced a new member. They then announced that they will be disbanding on January 8th. They then announced auditions for BELLRING Girls Heart ’23. Busy week!
— BELLRING少女ハート：公式 (@BRGHead) December 27, 2022
Malcolm Mask McLaren are ending their current system in March.
Malcolm Mask McLarenは2023年4月いっぱいをもちまして現体制を終了させていただきます。詳細は画像をご確認ください。
— Malcolm Mask McLaren (@MMM_core) December 27, 2022
Iroha Shiritama is leaving 2.5D unit Kinopo. citing mental health reasons. The project also dismissed the author writing their manga.
— きのホ。公式 (@kinopo_idol) December 27, 2022
Ichiho (ex. GOKIGEN and producer of IZANAGI) announced that she is pregnant and has married.
Happy New Year!