Today we're going to look briefly into Starmarie, a "Fantasy Idol Unit". Many fans in the US might recall their appearance at Anime Expo 2013 or their appearance at SXSW 2014 in Texas. They have also done several shows in the Philippines and have more than paid their dues as a well-touring, well-performed idol group. The main problem with them is that they are indie, very indie. Indie idols probably have it harder than any other indie groups as by their very definition, they have a much shorter shelf-life/career expectancy. Added to this is the fact that Starmarie recently suffered severe line-up issues as they both lost a member and welcomed three more this year in a relatively short amount of time. They have more than recovered now though and have released their new music video today titled "Circus wo Koroshitano wa Dareda" ("Who Killed Circus").
This is an interesting video, and song, for Starmarie. Markedly horror-themed, this song may have garnered just a little more attention if it had been released last month, prior to Halloween, or at the very least outside the holiday season. At least that's what I think, but perhaps the Japanese fans aren't as aware of such things as seasons dictating musical styles. Be that as it may, the song and video are both great. The girls look great and their outfits are perfect. How can any group look so good when they have nooses being tied around their necks? Only Starmarie knows! The video itself also has decent production values that you usually don't associate with indie idols. More often than not, an indie idol PV is essentially a dance shot with close-ups. This one attempts a bit of a storyline and also features some actions that one doesn't usually see in an idol video. (Tied up groping anyone?) As for effects, the tricks with the magnifying glass were quite entertaining as well as original. Moving back to the song itself, it too has good production and their is a distinct rock feel that strikes the listener/viewer as both real and original. While this latter point regarding the rock sound can be seen in many of their earlier singles, it is still a refreshing break from the more electronic tracks many idols have today. Also, in good idol fashion, the chorus is catchy as all hell and I'm sure I'll be humming this melody on and off for weeks to come! I can't wait for the single to come out and I encourage everyone to buy it via itunes or your favorite import shop. It is worth noting that this is their first one in a couple years (I'll have to check to ensure the date of their last one) and it gives me hope that we're going to be hearing lots of good things from Starmarie in the near future. I hope they stay together for many years and that I get the joy of seeing them live again, this time with the new line-up! Mark your calendars for the release date: December 3rd and be sure to check out the PV below!
●Nozomi Kishita / 木下望
●Shino Takamori / 高森紫乃
●Matsuzaki Hiroka / 松崎博香
●Nakane Motoko / 中根礎子
●Watanabe Kaede / 渡辺楓
Links to their SNS sites can also be found below.
◆ Rin Rigoni