Tsujikago Meets Visual Kei and Other News

Filed in Cult of Pop 1.0

This is too good not to share: on Magical-Girl.com, there’s photographic proof that W’s dresses for their recent musical is taken from a member of visual kei band Psycho Le Cemu. I’m horrified and surprised – if anything, you’d think W would take their costumes from Malice Mizer…

While I’m at it, I should note some other excellent posts in my favorite corners of the Jpop Blogosphere…

Undoing the mercator projection has a great extended post studying a recent BoA concert. I’m not a BoA fan – though perhaps it’s just a matter of time – but as always the insights on East Asian music are fascinating and well-written.

The new kid on the block, I’m bad at naming things, takes a look at last Sunday’s Hello! Morning and has some interesting comments on Sayumi. He’s much fairer to Sayumi than I was when I first got into Jpop, which makes me feel a twinge of shame. (But just a twinge.)

Breadready’s been doing screencap-heavy coverage of Hello! Morning the last couple weeks, including this past Sunday’s episode. Definitely worth a look at, and I hope he keeps it up.

And saving the best for last, Santos at Idolizing St. Anna celebrated his goddess Anna Santos’ 18th birthday with a cake. It’s a beautiful cake, too. Is this excessive? I’d say not – the blog is inspired by her (hence its name), so a cake is the least he could do. Besides, I think he’s hoping for a ticket to her solo concert…

I won’t link it here, but somebody also took one of Santos’ Irie Saaya posts and copied it verbatim on his own blog. I’m not sure what the guy was thinking, he’s young and I seriously doubt there was any malice intended, but still it wasn’t kosher. Even if imitation’s the sincerest form of flattery, you gotta draw a limit.