TOP 10 IDOL MV – December 2021

TOP 10 IDOL MV - December 2021

Happy new year! Let’s welcome 2022 with the usual list of the best MV’s released in December. Some pretty good ones came out at the end of the year, so let’s take a look at them!


10) PIGGS – NOT PIG

To pig or not to pig? That is the question, and PIGGS answer with a nice song with a vertical video. The red dresses of the girls, the catchy vocal lines and the pop-punk-ish energy in “NOT PIG” are all good reasons to enjoy this MV.


09) 15GERM – シューティングスター (Shooting Star)

15GERM keep releasing MV’s one after another, and this means they deserve a place on this Top 10. Last month we got three videos from them, among which I chose the piano melody and the complex beats of “Shooting Star” as my favorite, although I recommend you to check out the other ones as well.


08) FRUITPOCHETTE – 孤高-Captivate-

As one of the oldest groups of the alt-idol scene, it’s always nice to get a new MV from FRUITPOCHETTE. The powerful heavy metal sound of “孤高-Captivate-” features intense rhythms and aggressive guitars combined with the two girls’ vocals, which which is why we have been loving them for all this time.


07) MANACLE – BAN your HURT

The latest MV by MANACLE for “BAN your HURT” shows us the girls on a stage with a backing band, which is a pretty nice view. The catchy and intense idol rock sound of the song is also very enjoyable and proves that the group is doing really well.


06) 東京サイコパス (Tokyo Psychopath) – いいねパラサイト (Ī Ne Parasite)

In case you needed some more metal idols, let me introduce you to Tokyo Psychopath, which sound more or less like… psychopaths, indeed. If you are searching for a group with unconventional (at least for idols) looks and hardcore music, they are a good choice.


05) NELN – ストロベリー (Strawberry)

Despite having lost one member, NELN are still doing great. “Strawberry” is among their best songs (at least for me), with its delicate synth pop sound. Also, we got another MV with red-dressed girls, which should not be a surprise in December, right?


04) 神使轟く、激情の如く。 (Shingeki) – 神奏曲:ライトニング (Shinsōkyoku: Lightning)

I could just say here’s the usual Shingeki and you would probably get what I mean. Of course, crazy intense metal sound with some idol-ish parts, a bit of rap here and there, a catchy chorus and a breakdown. Yes, that’s literally what “Shinsōkyoku: Lightning” is made of, and that’s we love this group.


03) nonamera – NO NAME

“NO NAME” is the latest result of nonamera‘s dive in EDM and electronic music, and it sound quite interesting. Combine it with a city-at-night-themed video full of vivid colors and effects, and you’ll get how awesome this MV is, despite being only two minutes and half long.


02) situasion – I would prefer not to

There are not many groups like situasion, which means we have to fully enjoy every time they release something. To be honest, I completely fell in love with the gentle but intense post-rock-ish sound of “I would prefer not to”. I definitely need more stuff from them.


01) ぜんぶ君のせいだ。 (Zenbukiminoseida.) – Underscore

Yes, we have been talking a lot about Zenbukiminoseida. lately, but we have our reasons. Simply put, they have been releasing great music (and videos as well), like “Underscore” with its unpredictable and complex mathcore-like sound featuring crazy screams and electronic beats.


Honorable Mentions

situasion – Kawara Girls

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The recently formed idol unit situasion balances an atmospheric sound with hard hitting beats in their latest EP Kawara Girls.

Formed in December of 2020, situasion is a six member group composed of members Ai, Aimi, Aina, Suzu, Hina and Ayu. So far, they’ve released one full album, Debutante, a single titled The Blue Dahlia, and their latest EP Kawara Girls, which dropped on May 8th.

Being an EP, there’s only four songs included on this release, with one being a short instrumental introduction called “Theme of New Reiwa”. The opening can be best described as glittery and dreamlike, with it’s shining ambiance and light instrumentation. At the halfway mark you get a taste of the other vibe situasion presents in their music: dance pop with a tinge of EDM and rock.

The second track, “Japanese Horror Story”, is the longest on the album. Clocking in at 5 minutes, it opens with a fun mix of synth. The vocals have an almost robotic effect layered onto them which is a great touch. Around the 1:30 mark, we’re returned to the dreamy realm we found previously, before being thrust into an incredibly heavy beat drop. I imagine anybody with some really high quality headphones would get an absolute kick out of it, as mine couldn’t fully capture the bass. The overall feeling of the song comes off as a rollercoaster ride with the switches between sections of high energy and relaxation. There are some really weird points where the mix gets really quiet, though, which I’m assuming could be error on the producer’s part.

The third song, “Yamatoya Beats”, holds most of the rock influence on the EP. The soaring flutes alongside the guitars and beat drops is such a cool touch as well. For me, the stand out point of the song is the chorus sung by all of the members– it elevates the song’s already infectious energy. The beat drop at the 2:48 mark is absolute nuts as well, one that I imagine would be a joy to hear at a concert. The final song, “Kawara Girls”, closes out the EP with a pretty, dream pop vibe. The touch of guitar and bells (and what I believe is zither as well?) fits right alongside the mood of the song. Though the atmosphere does stand out in the song, it doesn’t shy away from picking up speed in the choruses. Overall, it serves as a satisfying end to a pretty straightforward release.

Despite being a young group, situasion take a firm stance in their sound with the release of Kawara Girls. They’re definitely a unit to keep an eye on in the future.


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