This week’s featured releases come from LinQ, Momoiro Clover Z and Nakagawa Shoko X Dempagumi.inc.
Many of you probably think of Fukuoka prefecture and instantly associate it with HKT48. It’s okay, we’ve all made mistakes that we’re not proud of. Believe it or not, there are other idol groups in the region, one of them being LinQ. They just recently celebrated their 4th birthday so they’ve been around a while too. As part of the festivities, by releasing a new single the group also appears to be leading the charge into the mid-year hell that sees every group dropping a summer themed single like they’re going out of style. The song is pretty good though so I’ll forgive them.
Apparently Dragonball is still a thing over in Japan, the only reason I’m aware of this is the fact that Momoiro Clover Z’s newest single appears to be promoting a new movie for the franchise. Or maybe they just wanted an excuse to do some cosplay, I’m not judging anyone here. Anyway, this is the third and final in a series of Momoclo singles to come out this year, all of which have been disappointing on some level. For me, this one is just too similar to the KISS collaboration that kicked the whole project off. This transition into a more mature pop act has been particularly painful for a lot of fans I know and for better or worse, this is how things are going to be from now on.
Last up we have a fun little collaboration with cat loving, multi-talented Nakagawa Shoko and Dempagumi.inc. As I understand it, the single is a theme song for an anime of a similar title that is currently airing in Japan. The whole thing is a bit of a joke playing off of the fact that “Punch Line” sorta sounds like “panchira” if you say it the right way. The music video of course drives the joke into the ground in a way only Shoko and Dempagumi could. All in all, it’s just some dumb fun and that’s perfectly okay. I think sometimes idol music focuses a little too much on being “serious” or “legitimate” and we lose out on getting more stuff like this.
ALSO THIS WEEK:
“Happy Birthday no Uta 2 – Happy Birthday Omedetore” by Idol Class
“Hatsuzake” by Iwasa Misaki
“Hot Girls” by La PomPon
“Mika☆Rika Quest” by Mika☆Rika
“Po.Po.Po.Pocharinko / Bye Bye Kataomoi” by Pottya
“Black & White” by Tsubasa Fly
“Shoujo X” by X21
“Heart no Koukan” by Yanchan Gakuen Ongakubu
Damn, there’s a lot of stuff coming out this week. My picks from the stuff I didn’t have time to cover would be the new singles from Iwasa Misaki, La PomPon and Mika☆Rika as well as Tsubasa Fly’s debut album. Lots of great music on offer this week folks so hopefully you can all find something that you enjoy. Until next time.
If you missed any of the last few weeks’ worth of new music you can check out past editions of This Week in Music here.
What new music are you looking forward to this week? Leave a comment and let us know!