Be Kind, (Promotional Video) Rewind – 20161127 to 20161203


Over at New School Kaidan, I write a few words about some of the recently released promotional videos. This is a collection of those write-ups, with a few words sometimes added after a week+ of viewing.

This week we have Promotional videos from Dempagumi.inc, SUPER☆GiRLS (Rewind Exclusive), Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku (Rewind Exclusive), Shinozaki Ai (Rewind Exclusive), predia, Moso Calibration (Rewind Exclusive), Especia, X21, dela (Rewind Exclusive), Shounen ga Milk, and Summer Rocket (Rewind Exclusive).

Dempagumi.inc – WWDBEST

Do you hear that? It’s the ghost of Dempagumi.inc’s greatest hits bubbling to the surface for their latest promotional video, “WWDBEST”. You will hear the familiar musical catch phrases for much of the group’s single discography throughout the PV. Also, your eyes are treated to a bit of a mish mosh of he group’s video discography. Just like it sounds on paper, “WWDBEST” is a glorious mess. While that doesn’t sound like much of a compliment, that descriptor I think accurately describes much of what transpired over the last 8 years with Dempagumi.inc. Like it or leave it, love it or loathe it, you can’t deny Dempagumi.inc’s presence in an idol world that’s grown increasingly eccentric. You will find “WWDBEST” on Dempagumi.inc’s 3CD “best of” set, “WWDBEST ~Dempa Ryoko!~” on sale December 21, 2016.

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Mogami Moga in Young Jump 2015 no. 40


The blonde one from Dempagumi.inc returns to us in this new set of photos. Moga doesn’t hold much back as she brings you “Various Erotic Styles” (I can’t make that up)


(You’ll have to forgive the picture quality- these aren’t scans. These are my iPhone + my magazine.
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2014 Single of the Year!

Do you know what gives me a hard time? End-of-the year lists. For someone like me, who likes and tries to find value in the littlest of things, every decision involves a heart wrenching choice. Regardless, my idol friends on Twitter (you know who you are) provided me with enough motivation to attempt an end of the year list of idol releases. I agreed to this undertaking for a couple of reasons. Firstly, this undertaking provides me the motivation to look and listen at a wide cross-section of idol music. Lots of idol groups have been popping up of late, and without this project I feel like I was missing many groups that I would love.

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Dempagumi.inc – “Chururi Chururi Ra” [PV]

Hey, what are your favorite vertical-scrolling video games? I don’t actually have one. My best friend was a beast at these games and I always lost all of my lunch money trying to keep up with him at the arcade. Any video game that requires dodging bullets, lasers or other projectile weapons definitely stress me out. If pressed, I’d admit to enjoying Ikari Warriors with said best friend (mainly because I didn’t have to do much other than die occasionally).

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August Hello! Project Power Rankings [plug]

If you haven’t been around to New School Kaidan recently, you may want to head there to check out the Power Ranking for August 2014.  A caveat: these ranks were written before the news of Berryz Kobo and their indefinite hiatus broke.  Knowing now about the end of Berryz Kobo, I feel a little bad about bashing the group a bit.  Anyway, head on over to read the August Hello! Project Ranking: http://newschoolkaidan.com/hello-project-power-rankings-august-2014/

Even if you don’t comment here, please leave some comments over at New School Kaidan.  They put a ton of effort into the site, and I’m sure they would like to know that you read and appreciate their work.

And, I’m leaving you all today with the trailer for Dempagumi.inc‘s Budokan Live DVD- because you need more Dempagumi.inc in your life.

 

 

Japan Expo 1: Dempagumi.inc

Short story: Japan Expo, road trip, Dempagumi.inc, an idol encounter, the best hotel tab ever
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One week after the fact, I am finally sitting down to recount my experiences at Japan Expo. What took so long? Well, I recently started working again and the extreme heat of Los Angeles lately greatly diminished my desire to sit in front of a computer. Right up front I’ll say that I had a great time at Santa Clara, and the experience has only strengthened my idol hobby (is it really a hobby?). I had an amazing brush with the idol attendees and attended four concerts, three autograph sessions, and two panels. This being the inaugural Japan Expo, attendance was not up to the promoter’s expectations (I’m sure). The only day where I felt like the con was more than sparsely attended was Saturday, but I’m getting ahead of myself here. This, the first of two articles about Japan Expo, will focus on my arrival in Santa Clara and Dempagumi.inc. The second installation will cover Kikkawa You.

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