Let’s find out more about Antispell, a recently formed idol unit with gothic lolita aesthetics and an intense metal-rock sound.
Long time no see, Mr. Chika Radar. I guess you’re back to introduce some new group, right? Great, let’s see what you have in store for us. Antispell you say? Of course we heard of them, but let’s recap the info we have on this unit.
Antispell is a recently formed idol group featuring five members and gothic lolita aesthetics. Last Friday, they held their unveiling one man live through which they officially introduced themselves to the idol world, so let’s start by getting to know these girls:
サノカナメ (Sano Kaname), which literally introduced herself with なむひjkjaj8はた「x²+(y-³√x²)²=1」^_^ and I totally agree
月姫 ミカ (Tsukihime Mika), also known as the white warrior Babu-chan, whatever that means
星屑ちる (Hoshikuzu Chiru), a cute loli who likes videogames and latest addition to the group
It seems that we have some fun girls here, despite the slightly dark theme of the group. What’s even better is that their music is equally cool.
Starting with the one for “ハイカラ・ガールズ・メルトアップ” (High Collar・Girls・Melt Up), Antispell released lyric videos last week which showed us that what they’re made of. The alternative metal sound filled with electronic elements gave me a very good first impression of their music: fast, powerful, intense, but also melodic and catchy.
The electronic influence gets even stronger in the second song they unveiled, featuring some EDM/pop elements here and there and romantic piano notes which find their place in this track.
Finally, their self-titled song shows a slightly softer side of the unit, going more towards a melodic idol rock sound; this lighter approach is not half bad, although I have to say that the most intense tracks are my favorites.
Antispell are going to hold their 解放の物語 (Kaihō No Monogatari) live on the 19th of December, but before that they will also be in Pop In Festival 2020 at the end of this month. Despite having just started, it looks like the group is doing quite well.
Translation help: Kawashi via discord & Kenshin. WONDER SNAKE talks WONDER SNAKE Japanese, which made it hard(er) to understand their world. Any corrections are always welcome.
Questions to Idols
Please introduce WONDER SNAKE to us!
Echidna Rei: I am the Yellow Flash Fairytale Biting Idol Echidna Rei!!!!
Okyupete Suimin: Yo! All Monsters who will try to climb our castle will be thrown down in our blast furnace, so please bear with us!
btw, next week WONDER SNAKE triple feature is:, “Humanity is almost ONE-PUNCH ZONE”, “My Stag Beetle escapes on stage”, “Death by anger! Goods-otaku, didn’t come!”
Chimera Lever Clown: I am Chimera Lever Clown, Nagoya’s Fairytale Bite Idol and WONDER SNAKE‘S Clown.
I think we are a fun group to watch because all of us come together with very own unique traits!
Sthenno Maki: We are Fairytale Bite Idol, WONDER SNAKE!
The 5 of us mainly perform in the Nagoya area!
We are a group who sings and performs a lot of cute PIKOPIKO songs!
Hizumi Iris Hijiri: Hello, we are the 5-member underground idol group WONDERSNAKE! On July 19th we held our 1-year anniversary ONE-MAN. It was a super amazing cool day.
NOTE: Biting stands for “snake(bite)”
Please tell us the origin and the meaning of your group name WONDER SNAKE
Okyupete Suimin: The origin is that our label wanted to have a group named with the name of an animal. I do like snakes, and since I do own a snake myself we decided to use “SNAKE”. WONDER does refer to the dance move “Thunder snake” of the dance style of Wotagei.
Sthenno Maki: A respect sign to our older sister group “POISON RAT”.
A SNAKE against a RAT!
“Thunder Snake” it’s a unity name which refers to the dance style “Wotagei”. For that reason I also think it’s an easy name for everyone to remember who likes idols. ^^
Please introduce each member. Please tell us what you like/respect etc. about each other.
Suimin, is our strange leader but very trustful!
Maki-chan, is a hard worker!
Clown, is my buddy
Hijiri, is my younger sister!
Clown, is our cool main vocalist!
Reirei, is pretty and has a good voice.
Maki-chan, is our number one idol!
Hijiri, feels like a sister and that’s really cute!
Chimera Lever Clown:
Pink member Okyupete is our WONDER SNAKE leader! She is clumsy!
Yellow Member Ekidona , she is really beautiful and is very good at singing. She is also our most fashionable member.
White member Suimin, Above all, she is a hard worker, a quick learner and has a soothing presence.
Blue member Hizumi, She is the youngest member and has a mysterious character. She just started, so she has a very promising future.
Our leader Suimin, she might be a little clumsy, She’s an amazing leader who is always doing things to look out for the other members. Her member color is pink, and I think the pinkish color looks very cute on her!
Yellow member Reirei, to me she’s my older sister!! She is really charming andI feel really comfortable around her! Reirei can’t always join all shows, but when we perform together she shows everyone who WONDER SNAKE are.
Green member Clown, I’m really stunned about her amazing cool stage skills, her Aura is so special!
m sure everyone will notice that she is actually a very cute girl, when you meet her off-stage.
Blue member Hijiri, she joined as the last member. She is a really hard worker, she is very literate, her twitter and instagram posts are very inspiring. She is a girl with a lot of growth inside!
Hizumi Iris Hijiri:
Sui-chan, Gentle Leader
Reirei, Is really good at singing
Maki-chan, A very solid person with a beautiful core.
Please explain WONDER SNAKE‘s concept and music style.
Okyupete Suimin: Music is radio-bases to PICOPICO! Also lots of “fast talks! Smooth Tongue!!!
Heavy bass! scenery! Temple! What should I do for New Year!
Chimera Lever Clown: Many of our songs are vocaloid-ish. Our songs have upbeat tones, but the negative lyrics which are about the irony of humanity are noteworthy. Which many people can sympathize with.
Sthenno Maki: Our concept is, Fairy tale Chelydridae Idol. An Idol group who tells a fairy tale story with some craziness. Our music is cute and attractive and has a vocaloid feeling.
Hizumi Iris Hijiri:WONDER SNAKE is an idol group which tells the Fairy tale about Chelydridae. Cuteness stands for fairytale and darkness for Chelydridae. It’s a really cool story merged together. Also please pay attention to the lyrics.
What makes WONDER SNAKE so special for you?
Echidna Rei: Before I noticed WONDER SNAKE was already special.
Okyupete Suimin: I’ve been in the group for over a year, my feelings for everyone have grown and WONDER SNAKE really became a part of my life. I wish that our Otaku’s(fans) also will feel this at some point while supporting us.
Chimera Lever Clown: I think that we are a group like no other are! All members don’t want to lose, and that’s a very important spirit as long we work together, so I think we are a special group!
Sthenno Maki: Everyone involved in WONDER SNAKE is special!! Everyone who has made it up to this moment today is special! Everyone is important!
Hizumi Iris Hijiri: Our special bound!
When and how was WONDER SNAKE formed?
Echidna Rei: I joined because I was invited by Suimin!
Okyupete Suimin: Our debut live was on July 19, 2019. I started together with Rei and Maki-chan Then Clownand then Hijiri joined and so we are with five! Well if you include my stag beetle who lives in my pocket you might say that we are with six, but well we are a 5 member group.
Chimera Lever Clown:WONDER SNAKE was formed on July 19, 2019, however I joined on October 5th 2019.
Sthenno Maki: formed July 19, 2019. WONDER SNAKE original members are Suimin, Rei and Maki, Clownjoined in October 2019 and Holy Joined in March 2020, and so we are the current WONDER SNAKE.
Hizumi Iris Hijiri: formed July 19, 2019.
What’s the number one highlight of WONDERSNAKE?
Okyupete Suimin: Our 1st anniversary ONEMAN. We performed it as a five member group! Each of us had a solo part, it really felt like a school festival! It was so fun! I also received a bunch of beautiful flowers!
Also a highlight was; Somehow I decided to break one of the utility poles of the stage with a “lariat” move, then all the lights were wrapped around me, I was standing in the spotlight, In my heart I shouted “heaven’s punishment, heaven’s punishment”!!
Chimera Lever Clown: I guess it’s our one-man show for our 1st anniversary. It was a mega great day for me, the group and all our fans.
Sthenno Maki: It was on a day when the music stopped during a live show, it even made me cry, however our fans cheered to me aloud, I felt even more moved and cried…. since that day I feel stronger. (smile)
Hizumi Iris Hijiri: Our 1st anniversary ONEMAN with our current line-up! It was wonderful!
How do you wish that your fans support you? What would you like to receive?
Echidna Rei: I’m happy with any kind support, I would be happy if you could express your love feelings in an easy-to-understand manner.
Okyupete Suimin: Please get enough sleep so that we can laugh a lot together, if you live happily it’s great!
Chimera Lever Clown: Try not to hurt us, please be gentle!
Sthenno Maki: Please come to our lives, if you come to watch us, please share your emotions. Please tell me if the show is funny, fun, boring, annoying, whatever your opinion was, I just want you to watch and feel our show!
Hizumi Iris Hijiri: I would be grateful if you could compliment my growth! I will do my best to be complimented by you.
How do you prepare for a live show?
Echidna Rei: repetition!!
Okyupete Suimin: I practice singing every day, watch idol make-up tutorials, and study cute stuff!
Sthenno Maki: Fixing my make-up, being flexible, practice singing, laughing a lot with the members!
Hizumi Iris Hijiri: Listening to music.
What is your favorite live moment?
Echidna Rei: The moment that I truly have fun when I am on stage and I love the talk moments.
Okyupete Suimin: When I’m giving all I got, seeing the smiling faces of everyone, that also makes me smile. It’s enough to make me wish, that I wish to do this until my last breath!
Chimera Lever Clown: When your fighting spirit reloads!
Sthenno Maki: I really love the times that I’m enjoying a show more than anyone else, then I feel like I’m shining more than anyone else!
Hizumi Iris Hijiri: It was the moment when some guys raised(lifted) someone up to give me a message, the guy who was raised called my name! However lifts are dangerous, so they are prohibited at some venues.
How do you decide your costumes?
Okyupete Suimin:WONDER SNAKE is a snake, so our costumes have a snake pattern! The member-colored beld string also is attached, mine is Pink!
Sthenno Maki: I don’t know the details because I wasn’t yet in the group when they got decided, but because the group name is a WONDER SNAKE our costume also has a snake pattern.
Hizumi Iris Hijiri: I just wear what I want to wear.
What’s your favorite WONDER SNAKE song? Please also tell us the reason.
Echidna Rei: I like our SE, because it feels like the BGM of my favorite Game, which is totally exciting!
Okyupete Suimin: “Lonely Ghost” because we’ve been singing it since our debut! Also, since we usually sing it at the end of our concerts, it makes us feel like our performance is complete!
Chimera Lever Clown: I don’t have a favorite song, not that I hate them… but I’m always looking forward to songs which will be released in the future.
Sthenno Maki: Right now I like the song “ゆめであえたら” (Yume deaetara), because the emotions inside this song are somewhat similar to my current own feelings.
Hizumi Iris Hijiri: “ゆめであえたら” (Yume deaetara) because it’s a song full of emotion, if you listen to it you understand it.
Who is thinking about dance choreography?
Echidna Rei: All members together.
Okyupete Suimin: We’re thinking about it together.
Chimera Lever Clown: All members!
Sthenno Maki: All the members + Teruna are deciding all dances. Everyone shares their choreography ideas and gives their own opinions to make the perfect dance.
Hizumi Iris Hijiri: Everyone gives their input, but Maki-chan takes mostly the initiative to share her ideas.
Who is your favorite Artist?
Echidna Rei: 椎名林檎 (Shiina Ringo)
Okyupete Suimin: HIKAKIN
Chimera Lever Clown: I really love Maximum the Hormone, 女王蜂 (Queen Bee), ヒステリックパニック (Hysteric Panic), they are just the best!
Sthenno Maki: It’s Reol, I already liked her since she posted her music on NICONICO and now she is a Major artist, I can’t stop watching and following her. She has so many very attractive songs and her live performances are very attractive too.
Hizumi Iris Hijiri: ZOC, & 悲撃のヒロイン症候群 (Higeki no heroine syndrome) and ぜんぶ君のせいだ。(Zenbu Kimi no Sei da)
What’s your favorite music genre?
Echidna Rei: I do like any type of genre! I listen to all of them!
Chimera Lever Clown: Deathcore, Mixture Hardcore! However, I listen to various genres, so it variates.
Sthenno Maki: I listen to anything!
Hizumi Iris Hijiri: As long as the song is good, I like anything!
What do you love to eat the most?
Echidna Rei: White Rice
Okyupete Suimin: Yakisoba
Chimera Lever Clown: Shabu-shabu! Shabu-shabu! Shabu-shabu! Shabu~~~~!!
Sthenno Maki: Omelet rice, ramen, Onigiri
Hizumi Iris Hijiri: Minestrone
What’s your favorite drink?
Echidna Rei: Tea
Okyupete Suimin: Water
Chimera Lever Clown: Natural water. I only drink that…
Sthenno Maki: OronaminC
Hizumi Iris Hijiri: Red Bull
What are your hobbies?
Echidna Rei: Gaming
Okyupete Suimin: Sleeping
Chimera Lever Clown: Still need to find one!
Sthenno Maki: I like to draw.
Hizumi Iris Hijiri: To keep an eye on my gainings, saving money!
Which were your favorite and most disliked subjects at school.
Echidna Rei: I loved World History but I disliked learning about Japanese History.
Okyupete Suimin: I loved Music class! And I disliked physical class.
Chimera Lever Clown: I don’t have a favorite subject. There are so many subjects I hate…
Sthenno Maki: I liked everything, but I wasn’t good at all.
Hizumi Iris Hijiri: My favorite subject is mathematics, I disliked social studies, my favorite subject is Japanese, also my weak subject is mathematics, social studies and kanji.
What makes you smile?
Echidna Rei: Everyone’s smile
Okyupete Suimin: Food!
Chimera Lever Clown: On a clear night when I look at the starry sky, I naturally smile.
Sthenno Maki: The members of WONDER SNAKE makes me smile the most!
Hizumi Iris Hijiri: The times I don’t feel frustrated I always have a smile on my face.
What kind of personality do you consider yourself to be?
Echidna Rei: On the other hand, I’m curious what everyone thinks.
Okyupete Suimin: clumsy
Chimera Lever Clown: I’m just a little bit different than most people….
Sthenno Maki: I’m just a shy and uninteresting person. I spend the whole day playing games without any reaction. (smile)
Hizumi Iris Hijiri: Communication disorder, unable to read the atmosphere, sleepy.
What’s your favorite place in Nagoya?
Echidna Rei: Home!
Okyupete Suimin: FUJIYAMA55
Chimera Lever Clown: Ministop (ミニストップ)
Sthenno Maki: Komeda (コメダ)is most reassuring.
Hizumi Iris Hijiri: I prefer Osaka.
If you could have a live show abroad, where would you like to do it?
Echidna Rei: Taiwan!
Okyupete Suimin: USA, Yemen.
Chimera Lever Clown: NEW YORK and UK!
Sthenno Maki: I don’t really know much about overseas countries, so I leave it to the members where they would like to go. [laughs]
Hizumi Iris Hijiri: I would like to stay in Japan, I would prefer to tour around all 47 prefectures, with the first stops in Tokyo and Osaka. I LOVE JAPAN!
Corona is currently a global issue. How do you deal with it as an artist?
Echidna Rei: I don’t want to die, so I’m following all rules to not get infected as well in my private times as being an idol.
Okyupete Suimin: We only can exist because of our fans, so we have to take care of the safety of our fans too. Nowadays we also can stream our lives! So we’re going to try all kinds of ways to make our fans smile!
Chimera Lever Clown: I try to cheer everyone, so that nobody gets a depressed feeling!
Sthenno Maki: Currently there is much time for practice stuff at home! I’ve moved lots of training to my home base such as singing practice, I also like to stay in contact with my fans via SNS! I really enjoy it.
Hizumi Iris Hijiri: We make sure to check with the venue what’s possible and then we will tell our fans about it.
What’s WONDER SNAKE’s ultimate goal for the future?
Echidna Rei: 〜♪〜♪
Okyupete Suimin: Our current goal is to hold a live at Shinjuku ReNY! Personally I want to sell as an idol and make a major on TV in just a few seconds.
Chimera Lever Clown: Hopefully we will be a famous group which can hold a big live show in a big venue and that we are recognized by many people!
Sthenno Maki: I hope that we play someday in a big venue where I can see the faces of various fans!
Hizumi Iris Hijiri: To stay in everyone’s hearts.
We came to an end, please share some last words to your fans and readers!
Echidna Rei: I love you!!
Okyupete Suimin: Thank you for everything! mm? did I sleep a lot today? Well I’m going to sleep for another 7 hours~ ooh…. good night~
Chimera Lever Clown: Let’s put our health first place! Let’s beat CORONA!~
Sthenno Maki: I hope that we can see and feel the evolution of WONDER SNAKE together! Well thank you! ♡ I’m gonna do it!! Sthenno~Maki!!!
Hizumi Iris Hijiri: Thank you for reading this interview! WONDER SNAKE will continue to do her best!
About Lonely Ghost
What was your biggest inspiration for creating “Lonely Ghost”?
It’s WONDER SNAKE‘s first CD release.
We were enthusiastic to record their first CD after WONDER SNAKE became a 5 member group.
What made you decide to call the CD “Lonely Ghost”?
It’s also one of the most exciting killer tune songs of WONDER SNAKE.
Because this song has such a strong impression, we decided to use it as the mini-album title too.
Please tell us something about the jacket artwork of “Lonely Ghost”.
WONDER SNAKE has a bunch of songs in which they perform Wotagei dances on, while performing psyllium lights are shining on them during their live shows. So we asked our designer to create a “neon tube” like artwork, which fits to that image.
The limited edition version of the mini album contains only three songs. Also on this version there is the song “Wonder Hero” which is not included in the physical version. What’s the reason for this?
We’ve released the songs separately so that you are able to enjoy the physical version and the digital version.
Listen to the self-titled mini-album of femme fatale, a self-produced synth pop idol duo made by two sisters already known in the idol world.
Will synth pop ever get old? Hopefully not, since femme fatale‘s self-titled mini-album once again proved that this genre can still be enjoyed even after four decades from its origins. I’ve been following these sisters from the beginning, so it’s nice to have a chance to talk about them.
Singles aside — some of which are included here anyway — this is the first release of the self-produced idol duo which last year fell straight from the heavens and into the idol scene with its otherworldly pop sound. The 80s-like aesthetics of the fun and uplifting music and the MV of “down shout leaf” are still one of my favorite idol moments of the last few years and I was happy to find it right at the beginning of the album.
Things get even better with the dreamlike atmosphere of “after light”, which also got a MV a few months later. Despite the joyful synth melodies, the often energetic rhythms and the happy-sounding refrain, the song also features a more intimate sound that is perfectly represented not only by the more quiet parts, but by the video as well. “after light” was the song that made me realize why the name femme fatale fits them so well: as a man, I can’t really stop listening to them. Let me know if it works with girls too.
Next up is “フェイズ” (Phase), the most recent of the singles included in this mini-album, bringing back the purely cheerful sound with a very catchy chorus and an even more colorful music video, although everything is lighter, less intense compared to “down shout leaf”. The vocal melodies here shine more than ever, with the two sisters alternating and giving life to a very enjoyable track.
Surprisingly, the first previously unreleased song “サバイバー” (Survivor) shakes things up a bit, adding some future bass elements to the usual synth pop formula, which sounds like past and future got blended together. While it’s not the best one in the EP and some may not enjoy this different approach, the (not so) bizarre mix really works and is a nice change of pace after the first three tracks.
Don’t worry though, as “JR” keeps out the futuristic music to focus only on the typical femme fatale style; as it often happens with their music, one of the main selling points is the bass line and it is especially true here, which gives it a nice groove and helps supporting the ethereal, goodnight-like aura provided by the synths. I never thought a goodnight-like aura could be a thing, but that’s the best way I can describe this atmosphere.
And, as to wake us up after the sweet dreams of the previous song, “バタフライ” (Butterfly) ends the album on a more hyperactive-j-pop-idol-oriented sound, full of chiptune elements and with a quite fast and intense beat. There is also some wobbling stuff going on in the middle of it and… let’s just say that it’s there.
femme fatale‘s first mini-album is definitely a good release, even if we already knew half of its songs; considering that the duo has already been releasing more MV’s, the two girls seem to be quite passionate with this project, and it surely shows.
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