A Collection Of “Stay At Home” Idol MV’s

Here’s a collection of “stay at home” style music videos from various chika idol groups; let’s support our favorite units during this lockdown.

Whether we like it or not, the lockdown in Japan is slowing down the idol scene. Putting side the obvious decrease of live activities, I also have the feeling that there are fewer releases as well. As we all know, many groups have been focusing on online activities, such as live streaming events and stay at home MVs; so I wanted to share some of the latter, since they often come from smaller groups who need more fans.


Let’s start by saying “HELLO” to this damn virus with AIBECK‘s powerful mix of EDM and rock; this song sounds like it would be a lot of fun at live shows, but let’s enjoy it at home as well.


Their sister group LEIWAN, who have recently released their album 01BEST, also want you to listen to their music at home; here’s their MV for “承認欲求” (Shōnin Yokkyū).


Speaking of groups full of energy, QUEENS‘s music will surely entertain you; “i-YA” is a very enjoyable rock anthem featuring a vaguely SCANDAL-esque hook which recently got a stay at home video.


On a more upbeat note, we have フリカケ≠ぱにっく (Furikake ≠ Panic): how can you not love the ramen-based pop/rock sound of “ラーメン毎日食べたい” (Ramen Mainichi Tabetai)?


“WAKE UP ALIVE” seems a good advice in these times, but it’s also the title of a nice rock song from 夢幻のシナリオ (Mugen No Scenario).


There is also メルクマールメルマール (Merkmal Mermal), which have been previously featured in our Chika Radar, who made a MV for “MATTE KIITE MATTETTE”.


Some groups also decided to make their first MV a stay at home one; simpαtix‘s funk/pop tune “バーチャル・ラブストーリー” (Virtual Love Story) surely made me want to support them.


Even more good old funk from エレファンク庭 (EleFunk Garden), who also released their first album Funky Journey a few weeks ago together with a more original MV for “BIG BANG 番 BANG”.


Not just new groups: ヌュアンス (Nuance) also took the chance to make a stay at home music video for “きっといつか” (Kitto Itsu Ka).


Many of us spent a lot of time on social networks during the lockdown; it shouldn’t surprise you that 劇場版ゴキゲン帝国Ω (Gekijō-ban Gokigen Teikoku Ω)’s idea of stay at home MV is set entirely in a Twitter-like app.


Last but not least, even unique and experimental idols NILKLY brought us a remote MV for おうちOdyssey (O Uchi Odyssey).


Aside from the stay at home stuff, many other videos are being released by idol groups. Take a look at the Idol-Tube section to find some new interesting units and give them your support during these hard times.

CHIKA RADAR #10: メルクマールメルマール (Merkmal Mermal)

CHIKA RADAR #10: メルクマールメルマール (Merkmal Mermal)
メルクマールメルマール (Merkmal Mermal) recently held their debut live show; for now, we can enjoy two short lyric videos of this catchy & cool idol unit.
Here we go with the first idol group intercepted by our Chika Radar in 2020: メルクマールメルマール (Merkmal Mermal) recently held their debut live, so let’s talk ab it about them.

Their YouTube channel contains only the two short lyrics videos included here, but it’s enough to have a hint on how they are going to sound: the two pop-rock songs are based on their catchy & cool concept, with “始まりの朝” (Hajimari No Asa) more on the catchy side and “人生PAPIPUPEPO!!” (Jinsei PAPIPUPEPO!!) on the cool side, although both of them contain some of the other’s aspect.

Catchiness plays an important role indeed, as these songs heavily rely on it to sound very fun. As for the coolness, their green-themed outfits seriously look cool, especially with the woods surrounding them.


While it’s surely a more traditional unit compared to the idols we usually talk about, Merkmal Mermal don’t sound that bad and the more rock-ish sound of the second song is definitely interesting. Their debut live has been held on the 17th of January, so… just a few days ago. Let’s keep an eye on them.