TOP 10 IDOL MV – October 2021

TOP 10 IDOL MV - October 2021

Spooky month is over and left us with a huge amount of good MVs; I expected some scary stauff, but unfortunately there are no ghosts or witches here. Not that I’m really complaining, since there so many good videos. Believe me, it wasn’t easy at all to choose the best ones. Anyway, let’s take a look at the Top 10 of October!


10) ミームトーキョー (meme tokyo) – ROAR

Spooktober’s Top 10 starts off with meme tokyo and their MV for “ROAR” which, despite its title, is not that aggressive. The old school hip-hop-inspired sound, however, is definitely interesting and it actually get a bit more intense during the chorus, with an almost metal guitar riff in the background.


9) クロスノエシス (CROSSNOESIS) – awake

Don’t be fooled by the nice piano notes at the beginning: “awake” gets pretty heavy very soon. CROSSNOESIS get quite intense with their electronic sound on this song, with powerful drums and synths which in some parts would had made me headbang, if I didn’t have a stiff neck. In any case, the night-themed video is cool as well.


8) クレイビット (craveit) – Tap Tap Tap!

If you ever thought that we needed some electro-swing idols, here they are. With “Tap Tap Tap!”, craveit make us dance on brass and piano melodies combined with dynamic bass lines and a pretty powerful kick drum. Exactly what you would expect from electro-swing idols, right?


7) ぜんぶ君のせいだ。 (Zenbukiminoseida.) – Heavenlyheaven

We already talked about “Heavenlyheaven” before, so you should already know how nice the lastest single by Zenbukiminoseida. sounds. I just want to add the the video is cool as well, fully endorsing the yami-kawaii aesthetics. Honestly, I haven’t been too much into them after the most recent line-up changes, but this song made me change my mind a little bit.


6) YUP YUP – Blue Baton

If you thought that this Top 10 may have been city pop-free, you were wrong. On “Blue Baton”, the two girls in YUP YUP enrich it with some hip-hop vibes, and the result doesn’t sound half bad. If you enjoy the style, you will surely like this song too.


5) シンダーエラ (Cinder Ella) – YHWH

It’s said that every time post-rock comes up in the alt-idol scene, good things happen; “YHWH” proves that actually great things happen. It’s not the first time that Cinder Ella takes element from this genre, but this time the combination of their delicate vocals with the emotionally intense music is greater than ever.


4) SAY!WON! – DANDELION

It’s nice to see some idol groups delving into alternative and extreme styles even outside Japan. The Indonesian unit SAY!WON! went straight into the melodic death metal genre with “DANDELION”, which is a very nice song featuring lots of harsh vocals, together with clean ones.


3) 神使轟く、激情の如く。 (Shingeki) – オキシバギー (Oxybuggy)

I love when Shingeki go crazy. Which happens fairly often, to be honest. “Oxybuggy” may not be their catchiest song (chorus aside, as usual), but the way it goes from an EDM-y part to a brutal breakdown will make you fall in love with it. I mean, isn’t it how it’s been working with them lately?


2) Zsasz – おたくのうた (Otaku No Uta)

For their second anniversary, Zsasz released a new MV for “Otaku No Uta”: a fun song combining heavy guitars, fast drum rhythms but also some happy synth melodies and, of course, great vocals from the five girls. As for the video, being this the otaku song, you can more or less imagine what to expect… or maybe not.


1) PassCode – Freely

The MV for “Freely” is our first chance to see how the new PassCode line-up featuring Emily works. As much as we all loved Yuna, there is nothing to complain about the new screamer as well. The song is definitely a banger and it’s already one of my favorites from this group, as it brings out all the things of their electronic/metal style.


Honorable Mentions

ぜんぶ君のせいだ。 (ZenbuKimiNoSeiDa.) – Heavenlyheaven

ぜんぶ君のせいだ。 (ZenbuKimiNoSeiDa.)

There is a Heaven with ぜんぶ君のせいだ。 (ZenbuKimiNoSeiDa.): the yamikawaii unit dropped two brand new songs amongst an intense touring cycle.

This past year, codomomental’s ZenbuKimiNoSeiDa. has been on quite the roll with the release of two albums (Q.E.D.Mono and Q.E.D.Bi), three singles that included solos from members Megumi and Yukinojou, and the massive Sicutie & Stupid tour (they just currently wrapped up day 45 of the tour cycle). To keep the fans even more well fed, they just released the double singles “Heavenlyheaven” and “Live Live Live” on October 6th, alongside a music video for the title. So how exactly do the new songs fare?

“Heavenlyheaven” opens with a funky bassline and piano notes, soon followed with Mei Yui Mei’s characteristic scream tone. The feeling in the verses is bouncy and fun, playing into the cutesy side of the group’s vocal ability before introducing shared screams in the pre chorus (if the music video serves me right, it’s Kasane and Megumi in the first pre chorus, then Mei Yui Mei and An in the second). The chorus is fun and upbeat, with every member singing together against the band accompaniment. Around 2:40 there’s an interesting, darker sounding interlude before jumping into a key change in the final chorus. The added visuals of the music video contribute to the trippy, fever dream feeling the song has, especially with the added special effects.

“Live Live Live”, the second song featured, has a heavier sound compared to the sweet air of the former. The ska-like style of the guitars in the verses are a fun touch, and the chilled out, slower spoken word sections of the pre choruses add to the song’s melancholic feelings. Compared to the first song, there’s no screaming involved for a good chunk of the song until you get to the drop in the bridge that takes a really sick metalcore dive alongside the girls’ lower range and Kotetsu’s characteristically higher, black metal-esque screams. Mei carries the harsh vocals to the end as they all come together to finish the final chorus for a climactic ending.

As a whole, the Heavenlyheaven single is another solid effort coming out of the Zenkimi camp. With all the treats they’ve been dropping lately, it seems like the yamikawaii titans are showing no signs of stopping any time soon either; I’m very much looking forward to what’s coming next!


TOP 10 IDOL MV – February 2021

TOP 10 IDOL MV - February 2021

Last month has been full of great videos, it has been kinda difficult to choose the best ones this time. Anyway, I managed to do it, se here we go with February’s Top 10 of the best MV’s!


10) MiiS – i.

The debut MV of MiiS is pretty impressive. Walking on the line between the heaviness of metal and the dynamics of rock with a very idol-ish hook, “i.” introduces this group to the scene with a very colorful and sparkling video.


9) ピューパ!! (Pupa!!) – Gardenia

ピューパ!! (Pupa!!) are such a good unit, often experimenting with not-too-mainstream genres and styles. “Gardenia” brings them towards some sort of alternative/post-rock sound, which combined with the live shots and its simple lighting creates a really good experience.


8) 誰もシラナイ。 (Dare mo Shiranai) – ESCAPE

誰もシラナイ。 (Dare mo Shiranai) released their debut MV last month, and it already showed us that these five girls deserve to be followed. The catchy rock-oriented sound and the good composition make “ESCAPE” a very enjoyable song.


7) Chu Kiss RIP – ハガネ (Hagane)

Imagine how the epic soundtrack of a Japanese B-movie where an idol group saves the world from some weird creatures would sound. If you managed to picture this, I’m quite sure you have hit and at the same time missed the point of how “ハガネ” (Hagane) by Chu Kiss RIP sounds. On the other hand, the MV is probably what you would expect from this description.


6) DESURABBITS – 無視するな、君の色は君で決めればいい (Mushi suru na, kimi no iro wa kimi de kimereba ī)

The legendary DESURABBITS are going to disband soon and this is probably last MV. The references to one of their first videos almost made me cry, and combined with the song made me realize how much they’ve grown in these years, not only with their age, but also in an artistic way. They will be missed, but we can’t really complain, considering how great their journey has been.


5) 代代代 (Dai Dai Dai) – 融解 (Yūkai)

The weirdness of 代代代 (Dai Dai Dai) knows no limits. Although “融解” (Yūkai) is less crazy than many of their songs, it still features their trademark bizarreness, with bleeping synths and darker, ethereal and intense parts alternating with each other. While you can’t really describe it as catchy, it’s fascinating enough to leave its mark.


4) situasion – 青のダリア (Ao No Dahlia)

Another debut, another great group. situasion‘s style is a bit different from the other debuting groups, and is also very interesting. A soul/funk/rock groove, jazzy undertones, some synths in the background and a very pop-oriented hook make “青のダリア” (Ao No Dahlia) an unexpectedly pleasant surprise.


3) ぜんぶ君のせいだ。 (Zenbukiminoseida.) – 堕堕 (Dada)

This time, ぜんぶ君のせいだ。 (Zenbukiminoseida.) went a bit crazy, and we can’t really complain: among videogame aesthetics and an insane electronic/rock sound, “堕堕” (Dada) will almost make you forget the serious line-up changes they had to endure in the last few months.


2) NECRONOMIDOL – RITUAL

Idols in corpse painting are pretty cool, aren’t they? And who else could have done it, if not NECRONOMIDOL? Despite the aesthetics, however, “RITUAL” is more oriented to the good old heavy metal sound, with some badass riffs and rhythms. Also, they didn’t burn any church yet. Yet.


1) 神激(神使轟く、激情の如く。 (Shingeki) – 神奏曲:ガイア (Shinsō Kyoku: Gaia)

We all know that Shingeki are a good group, but every now and then they get more than just good. “神奏曲:ガイア” (Shinsō Kyoku: Gaia) is one of those times, featuring a powerful, unpredictable and yet catchy sound in their usual style and an amazing MV where traditional Japanese looks and headbanging clash with each other. Just a personal advice: get your neck ready for the breakdown.


Honorable Mentions

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