Back in April Pure Idol Heart wrote about a new and very different Idol unit known as LADYBABY , featuring the Kawaii Idols Rie Kaneko and Rei Kuromiya and the Icon known as Ladybeard.
You can see the short introduction here
At the time it was not known ,what style music this new unit would perform ,however it was generally suspected with Ladybeard having a metal vocal background it would be metal.
The long wait is now over as LADYBABY has unleashed the new wave of Kawaii Metal.
LADYBABY debut single is titled “Nippon Manju /ULTRA ☆ LUCKY” and will go on sale July 29th.
LADYBABY brings a CD. Comes with a bonus DVD *The DVD disc is encoded for region 2 (Japan, Europe, and Middle East), and no subtitles are included.
Nippon Manju features a heavy metal music base ,the traditional kawaii Idol vocals of Rei and Rie with Ladybeard providing a Metalcore power vocal.
I have seen comments on YouTube comparing them to BABYMETAL and making out Rie and Rei hand movement as a tribute to BABYMETAL actually it`s a tribute to a wrestler known as the Great Muta ,who the girls have worked with in the past. Their entire facial and hand movement is what Muta does after a match victory.
When thinking who would be the perfect rival for LADYBABY I am torn between BABYMETAL and Death Rabbits.
On the one hand the song has elements of both groups style ,and LADYBABY seems to have with this release jumped over Death Rabbits ,simply due to the age and experience Rie and Rei have as Idols making them a perfect fit to rival BABYMETAL.
LADYBABY – 2nd LIVE in Shibuya REX 2015.7.4
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I`d like for LADYBABY to become BABYMETAL rival , but two questions remain unanswered
1.Is LADYBABY truly going the full Kawaii Metal market or are we seeing the normal in JPop of being just one metal/rock song from a normal Idol Pop group.
2.Has BABYMETAL simply become the Gackt/AKB48 of Idol metal? With Gackt he grew to the level that his stardom and impact was to big even for him to remain in Visual Kei or developing bands to match his success. Has BABYMETAL stardom simply made it impossible for any Idol metal unit to compete ?
FRUITPOCHETTE is the most ready Idol Metal unit for International fame and they have barely made a dent in domestic Idol metal and none in the International.
LADYBABY has several elements in place to make a run at the Kawaii metal crown ,namely one being a big financial backer and the internet buzz of their debut MV seems to be acceptance or head scratching over Ladybeard in a maid costume.
It`s a solid and entertaining debut for what I hope is a full entry into Kawaii Metal. The genre can use some freshness and some rivalries developing.
Nippon Manju MV [click CC it has subs]
LADYBABY related links
Also check out Rei`s band BRATS