As if the >500 songs from Japanese bands and singers (at least half from anime) weren’t enough motivation to keep learning their language, ma’habocath discovers this, um, what do you call a group of pop-idols? Not a band, this one doesn’t think. Anyway:
Okay, the music is average j-pop and the girls sound like your normal everyday j-pop singers. Or if one is neither into pop nor idols, then this would suck. However…
If you’re neither a gay man nor a straight woman, this one dares you to watch (muted if you must) for at least the first 35 seconds and tell ma’habocath straight into his slit pupils that those pouty-lipped, shiny-pants’d cutie-honeys don’t make you shout number one, engage! then need to decompress the cargo bay. “Happiness Delivery System” indeed; these delicious damsels are very good at their job, if Miss Yazawa is to be believed:
…this one swears he wasn’t listening jus cuz the members of StylipS are so incredibly cutehot. ma’hab was investigating the music first (because one of the members [not in this video] is the deep-voiced lady from A-RISE) and had no idea what any of them looked like before he went to YouTube to share a song with a friend and when he watched the video he was all “whoa, daaaaamn”.
This one has enjoyed Love Live! and Symphogear, but never really “got” idols, not understanding why anyone would choose, for example, BABYMETAL when bands like BAND-MAID and Yousei Teikoku / Das Feenreich / Fairy Empire sound much better. Not to mention they’re just better at BABYMETAL’s apparent schtick of cutesy dress-up and/or singing backed by heavy music.
ma’habocath did not realize the key difference: BABYMETAL are idols, whereas Das Feenreich and BAND-MAID are traditional bands. The point of BABYMETAL isn’t “good music” but, as Miss Yazawa says:
…an idol’s job…is to make people smile.
And in ma’hab’s case when he first found the above video, they succeeded. And it was that video that made this one get the point of idols. This one “academically-understood”, but it didn’t ‘click’ and make him “know-in-his-bones” until StylipS made him incredibly happy with their moon sugar voices, peppy moves and personalities, and teasingly-almost-lewd outfits. Guess neither the μ’s nor Aquors were quite good enough to “transmit wisdom” even if the video for 青空Jumping Heart came close.
It’s kind of like how ma’habocath “understood on an intellectual level” what ‘moe‘ meant but the realization didn’t click and make this one “know-fo-reelz” until he watched The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (still one of the best animovies he’s yet to see; S3 never) and encountered Alt-Yuki-Nagato*. Specifically, the moment when Kyon was about to leave and she grabbed his shirt-sleeve and shyly sighed. ma’hab was all [lightbulb] ooooohhh THIS that he is feeling…. THIS is ‘moe’…
Anyway, the satori that came from watching StylipS into the nature of idols opens a whole new world, a whole new way of enjoying Japanese music he never before knew! Maybe ma’habocath should put back THE iDOLM@STER into his backlog.
But Das Feenreich and BAND-MAID are superior to BABYMETAL by far! Plebes. [/shots-fired]
By the Clan Mothers and Mane under the moons, will ma’hab ever find time to get back to metal? Or has his core-corruption upon discovering otakudom grown so thorough that he can no longer enjoy violence and hatred?
* ma’hab keeps looking but only finds Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, which is not who he wants to see. Remember how there are no sequels to the Matrix nor Jurassic Park? Same here.