CHIKA RADAR #28: MystericGirl

CHIKA RADAR #28: MystericGirl

MystericGirl hasn’t released anything yet, but from their live shows they look very promising. Let’s get to know these idols with Chika Radar.

As you should already know, Chika Radar usually intercepts unknown signals from new unidentified entities; in other words, it’s all about newborn idol units. This time, though, the group we are going to talk about has been around for more than one year; despite this, there are no MVs, singles or any kind of releases from them yet. That’s why, as always, we have to thank iColony for allowing us to see high quality live videos from these obscure idols. Anyway, it’s time to talk about MystericGirl.

First of all, they are under Cmajor Works; I’m saying this immediately because they are not even mentioned on the units section of their website, which confused me a bit when I started searching informations about them. The group’s first line-up has been unveiled in August 2020 and they gave off strongly dark-tinged vibes; while their sound is not that dark, they definitely lean towards that side of the music world and their aesthetics is gothic-like as well.

Currently, MystericGirl features five members:

  • ハルカ (Haruka), in charge of green
  • 四葉ひより (Yotsuba Hiyori), in charge of yellow
  • 有栖れあ (Arisu Rea), in charge of violet
  • 椿あやね (Tsubaki Ayane), in charge of orange
  • 藤白ねむ。 (Fujishiro Nemu), in charge of blue

MystericGirl

The group has been quite active with their live shows and, thanks to iColony, we get to see their performance at GOTANDA G2 of last August.

As we said before, they a slightly dark idol unit, but they also feature the usual idol music catchiness in their vocal lines. Their intense and emotional rock/metal sound is often enriched by symphonic elements and gothic-like vibes; the result of this combination perfectly matches their aesthetics with black and refined outfits. On a side note, I love those bass parts they have here and there.

The only thing I need from them now is a release of any kind and in any format, from a digital single to a full length CD anything goes. I’m begging you, guys at Cmajor Works: let me support them and listen to their music.

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!


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