TOP 10 IDOL MV – October 2020

Top 10 Idol MV - October 2020

Another month has passed, which means that we need another Top 10 of the latest MV’s. Check out this list of the best alt-idol music videos of October!


10) 緋鬼籠帝國 (Hikikomo Teikoku) – Shelter

While it’s not the most unique video out there, 緋鬼籠帝國 (Hikikomo Teikoku)’s debut MV perfectly shows how badass this unit is. The dynamic and powerful sound of “Shelter” combining melodic death, power metal and metalcore is a pretty good start for this group.


9) femme fatale – 安眠swimming (Anmin Swimming)

Since their first single, femme fatale have never disappointed me yet. The otherworldly, rich and detailed video combined with the usual 80s-like synth pop sound of “安眠swimming” (Anmin Swimming) is another proof of the greatness of this duo. Bonus points for the pony.


8) NELN – Milk

NELN keeps releasing great singles one after another and this one is no exception. The catchy synth pop sound of “MILK”, alternating atmospheric and intense semi-rock parts, brings the four girls through any kind of TVs and monitors in this new music video.


7) 天空音パレード (TOP / Tenku On Parade) – バジリスク (Basilisk)

I have to admit this was the first time I met 天空音パレード (Tenku On Parade) and I regret not listening to them until now. While they use more typical idol vocal lines, the powerful rock/metal sound supporting them in “Basilisk” is definitely worth more than just a listen.


6) BiSH – STORY OF DUTY

I’ve never been a fan of Call Of Duty and BiSH is surely not my favorite idol group. But how can you not love this destructive digital hardcore song together with a war themed MV? If this will be the soundtrack for WWIII, I almost wish it would start right now. Just kidding, don’t do it please.


5) 会心ノ一撃 (Kaishin No Ichigeki) – パステル (Pastel)

The delicate sound of 会心ノ一撃 (Kaishin No Ichigeki) is perfectly represented by the ethereal atmosphere of its MV, which shows the group’s live activities, often in drawing-like style. This one deserved to be in the Top 3, but well, there was a lot of good stuff last month.


4) NEO JAPONISM – LEGEND OF BATACHIKI 〜バタチキ伝説〜

NEO JAPONISM goes full Egyptian with “LEGEND OF BATACHIKI”, mixing the sounds of pharaohs and pyramids with their usual alternative metal. There is also a short reggae part which doesn’t really belong there, but isn’t this why we love this kind of idols?


3) リリィカオナ (LiLii Kaona) – Europa

Ok, it was released in Spooktober, but I didn’t really expect リリィカオナ (LiLii Kaona) to get this creepy in the MV for “Europa”. Although the song is a quite relaxing electronic-synth pop one, the things shown in the video give it a more eerie aura. And yes, of course I love it, how could I not?


2) 始発待ちアンダーグラウンド (Shihatsu-Machi Underground) – 高電圧反抗少女 (Kō Den’atsu Hankō Shōjo)

For the second time in a row, 始発待ちアンダーグラウンド (Shihatsu-Machi Underground) manage to get in the Top 3. While the video is not as interesting as the previous one, it still looks pretty cool and “高電圧反抗少女” (Kō Den’atsu Hankō Shōjo) shows the awesomeness of their psychedelic music at its best. One of the most underrated units out there, no doubt about it.


1) DESURABBITS – アイコトバ (Aikotoba)

I still remember the day I discovered DESURABBITS through their first MV. Watching the one for “アイコトバ” (Aikotoba) made me realize once again how incredible this unit is. They literally grew up in this group and became one of the most important artists of this alt-idol scene. I’d like to give them a career award, but for now let’s settle with the first place of this Top 10.


That was all for October… or maybe not. Since there was a lot of good MVs I couldn’t include, here’s some of them!

Honorable Mentions

CHIKA RADAR #17: NELN

Chika Radar #17: NELN

NELN have just released the MV for their first single ワンダーフォーゲル (Wandervogel), a dreamlike synth pop song which shows us the talent of these four idols.

It’s been a while since the last Chika Radar article, so let’s get back with it: the idol scene doesn’t stop — not even with a pandemic going on — and we need to find new awesome groups. This week we’ll talk about something I’ve been enjoying a lot lately: ladies and gentlemen, please welcome NELN in the idol scene.

Warm, soft colors and sounds of past decades: do I need to say anything else to get you interested in them?

Of course, surely you’d like to listen to a full song with their voices, right? Well, they have recently released the MV for their first single “ワンダーフォーゲル” (Wandervogel), so let’s check it out.

You can clearly feel that this song is really well made, as the soft and glittering synth melodies make it really enjoyable; this ethereal synth pop style sounds very dreamlike, especially when put together with the chorus-like vocalizations of the four girls. Their singing is also pretty nice, for being their debut, and the very catchy chorus is one of the best parts thanks to their memorable vocal lines. Of course, the rhythm also plays an important role here: how can you not love those bass lines?

The choreography, while a bit simple in some parts, makes a good job at catching your attention and looks quite original compared to the idol standards; maybe making it a little more dynamic would make it look more expressive, but it’s already good enough, to be honest. Their uniforms are also quite unusual, almost as if they came from another dimension… hopefully they are not aliens.


This is only the beginning for NELN and I’m already in love with this unit; looking forward to see how they will evolve, especially since they’re quite young (15-16 years old) and already look talented. Thumbs up for them!