Contributor to New School Kaidan, idol fan TheNumber244 gets tickled mainly by Hello! Project. A former musician and full-time nerd, he calls Los Angeles his home. TheNumber244 is waiting for the day someone calls him "senpai".

New PV Alert: meme tokyo – Retrofuture

New tunes from the meme tokyo five-some with their kaleidoscopic “Retrofuture (レトロフューチャー)”. This latest song has a bit of swing to its lavishly adorned sets. Like their older sister group, meme tokyo lays the swiftly changing genre game well. In my limited exposure to the group, I find myself …

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New PV Alert: ClariS – Alicia

A tenth anniversary from the elusive duo ClariS finally brings the pair to the New PV Alerts. Performing in customary masks, the pair deliver this ending theme to the TV anime “Mahou Shoujo Madoka☆Magica Gaiden”. The uplifting melodies of “Alicia (アリシア)” probably hides something diabolical (I’m no Madoka Magica rookie), …

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New PV Alert: Wa-suta – Koisuru nyakotan

Back for another dose from their forthcoming Best CD, Wa-suta get the blood pumping with its high energy latest promotional video. “Koisuru Nyakotan~Furimo Furaremo anata no mama~ (恋するにゃこたん〜フリもフラレもあなたのまま〜)” thankfully shortened to “Koisuru Nyakotan” for us English speakers is a collaboration with 17kg, whose apparel the girls proudly sport in this …

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New PV Alert: SCANDAL – Tsuki

Working on the closing track to their latest album, SCANDAL bring a “Special Movie” PV for “Tsuki (月)”. Images scroll up the screen like one was scrolling through the group’s Instagram account. The ballad matches the moods of the photo crawl with a yearning for beauty that implies the very …

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New PV Alert: Juice=Juice – Pop Music

with call outs to the musical past, Juice=Juice’s “Pop Music (ポップミュージック)” returns the group to sunnier musical offerings. Yes, this latest release is a breath of pop music and simultaneously marks the first appearance of members Kudo Yume and Matsunaga Riai and the last appearance of Miyamoto Karin. Working on …

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New PV Alert: AKB48 – Shitsuren Arigato

“Shitsuren, arigato (失恋、ありがとう)” from AKB48 shrinks the group and puts them in a set with furniture towering over. Minegishi Minami’s final single with the group plays on a nostalgic beat with a tambourine jangling over the throwback melodies. The members wake up in unison in their separate rooms, and spend …

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