It’s an Ani-Summer
Several years ago I discovered the music of Aqours, and since then I’ve never been the same. True, I always had been an otaku, and I’ve known about anisong, but this was very different.
Anisong has always been a bit like the idol genre in that it is very much a performative, marketing-based category. Ever since the birth of Love Live and the rise of mobile rhythm games flooding the market, companies started pouring more money into this niche. This summer just continued that trend, with notable releases from Love Live, Denonbu, Bang Dream, and the international Spotify arrival of Tokyo 7th Sisters.
The month wherein Hannah discovered alt-rock male idols.
August just had a significant deluge of great content (Raise A Suilen’s ERA album, Yonezu Kenshi’s Stray Sheep, Connie’s Voices II, Denonbu released the first round of singles). But what stood out to me this month was the discovery of Lucy and Genin wa Jibun ni Aru.
Consider a direct hit to my strike zone – it’s alt-rock mixed with idols and a funky music video. If this is the next era of Asian idols to the world, I’m here for this.
Classic idols are always great.
Don’t let my previous two points lead you thinking that I’ve given up on regular idols completely, though. Whereas I was terrified that the pandemic might slow down releases, traditional idol groups have made up for the lack of quantity with an increased focus on quality.
Top of this crop of great summer idol releases is Dance for Philosophy’s major debut, Don’t Stop the Dance. When you think of how notable the summer releases have been for me, it is a fitting end to a surprisingly prolific and unbelievable music season.
On that note, I end my commentary with literally the combination of basically all my hobbies in one: Classic Japanese pop, mixed with cute anime girls and Utaite culture.