Top 10s for 2018

December 28, 2018

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

2018 is almost over and since the final regular post went up a few weeks ago, it’s high time to look back and celebrate. (We could use some good cheer, given recent events.)

Sorry I couldn’t get to it sooner. I’ve been a tad busy with trying to get Magi-Kat Creates 2.0 set up that I kinda lost track of time.

You know the deal: Top 5 is italicized and the Top 3 are in bold. I’ve also merged results that share identical results.

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BABYMETAL Resistance

August 6, 2018

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe, and welcome to the first installment of Magic Metal Meteora.

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“A celebration of J-idols on the rock,” this series is meant to highlight the alternative idol scene, a particular kind of idol that has struck a chord in a lot of people.

The scene is considered to have two major progenitors, one of which will be spotlighted in the first two installments here: the Sakura Gakuin “Heavy Music Club” (or “Heavy Metal Club,” depending on who you talk to) turned J-pop phenomenon BABYMETAL. (I almost don’t want to refer to them as a “group” but as a “band” because as much as they are “idols,” they have transcended their idol roots and then some at this point.)

I mean, one of my fellow artists managed to see one of their concerts and vlogged about it!

Anyway, the group was formed in 2010 (debuting in 2011) with Karen Girls-turned-Sakura Gakuin OG Nakamoto Suzuka (aka SU-METAL) as lead singer and transfer students Mizuno Yui (aka YUIMETAL) and Kikuchi Moa (aka MOAMETAL) on backup. (Officially, SU-METAL is on “vocals and dance” while YUIMETAL and MOAMETAL are on “screams and dance.”) As previously mentioned, given the school motif in Sakura Gakuin, BABYMETAL functioned as a “school club.

One other aspect of Sakura Gakuin was that once members reach high school, they “graduate” from the group/academy. This stipulation was no different for BABYMETAL once it came time for Nakamoto to do so in 2013. However, unlike many “clubs” before it, BABYMETAL continued to exist as a group in its own right, operating outside the Sakura Gakuin umbrella from that point onward. (While they had long spread their wings at this point, it was full-fledged thing when Mizuno and Kikuchi would graduate from Sakura Gakuin in 2015.)

This era would mark the point in which the BABYMETAL hype would build even more momentum, resulting in numerous overseas appearances and world tours.

As such, let’s dig into some BABYMETAL and take a small look at this chocolate phenomenon! Huh… due to the (past) nature of the group, I suppose this technically may make it M3’s first coverage of Sakura Gakuin (if only by proxy).

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