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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PASSPO x SoftBank [cm]

What we have today are two commercials for SoftBank featuring Negishi Ai, Okunaka Makoto, and Anzai Naomi from PASSPO. You might know SoftBank from their other wacky, popular commercials featuring celebraties and nonsensical situations (this recent CM features Hashimoto Kanna and the dog dad). Hopefully, these commmercials are indicative of PASSPO’s rising popularity … right? Whatever. More PASSPO in the public sphere is a good thing. The commercials, released about a week ago, proves uncanny in its timing as I just finished watching a documentary on NHK about Godzilla and other Tokusatsu titled “Godzilla’s 60th Anniversary The Amazing World of Japanese Special Effects“. Of course, anything that features Maccochan kicking creepy crab-faced bad guys is good news for me.

Here’s one that’s about T-Points, whatever those are

And here’s another one about saving unused data like they were rollover minutes (remember those?).

They’re pretty fun, right?

Rev. from DVL – “LOVE -arigatou-“

Continuing my series: “Late to the Party”

Unless you’ve been burying your head in the sand (or burying your head in AKS or H!P), you’ve probably heard something said about Rev. from DVL. The Fukuoka idol group began life around sometime in 2003- you can read a great introduction to the group from Serenyty at Happy Disco. Their meteoric rise launched from the incredible internet buzz generated by their (now) most recognizable member- the “once in a 1000 year idol” Hashimoto Kanna. While I’m not expert enough in the group to tell you much about the group (read that Happy Disco post already!), I’ll certainly take a stab at writing about their major label debut “LOVE – Arigatou-“.

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