Tokyo Girls' Style Jujika
I have to admit that I was a little pissed when BABYMETAL blew up online and everybody suddenly jumped on the BABYMETAL bandwagon. I’ve been listening to those rockin’ brats for years, but refrained from posting them because I figured that whoever reads my site just wouldn’t get it (you know, back when I somewhat gave a fuck about this blog). Now they’re huge and I missed out on doing that whole I TOLD YOU SO thing that I totally live for. I consoled myself by thinking that at least I’ll get bragging rights if Tokyo Girls’ Style ever becomes a Buzzfeed meme, but after pondering it further I thought fuck that — I want to keep them all to myself!

I’ll open the doors to the official TGS stan club to a few of you heathens, but that’s it. For the time being, Japan’s best girl group can remain J-pop’s best kept secret (at least to international J-pop listeners, who ignorantly dragged the flawlesss fivesome in the comment section of Asian Junkie).

As Japan’s most talented adolescents, it’s no surprise that TGS are coming for Teen Choice Awards by making their acting debut in some low budget horror movie sequel. The teaser trailer alone surpasses The Ring, The Grudge, Dark Water, and Audition combined, but it’s the film’s tie-in single, “Jujika,” that’s really captured my beating heart.

It didn’t grab me at first, but then when I realized that it sounds almost exactly like DiVA’s dramatic anime-pop flops, I was hooked. I couldn’t find out who the producer of “Jujika” is, but I’m quite sure it’s one of the DiVA hitmakers considering how similar it sounds to songs like “Tsuki no Uragawa,” and if memory serves me correctly, both groups have shared the same producer in the past.

There’s a dark melodrama at play in “Jujika” that stops the generally formulaic production from feeling lazy. The sinister strings at the start add a creepy edge of horror-pop to the whole affair, but they should’ve been used more than just briefly in the intro and the bridge. (I’ve searched high and low on YouTube trying to identify exactly what instrument it is, but couldn’t pick it.) It’s obviously not the greatest TGS single ever released, but it’s FAR from being anywhere near the worst.

Keeping in line with the scary movie feel, the girls have gone all Lolita Goth for the music video, with a whole lotta Christian crap heaped on top. Perhaps if I understood the lyrics I’d know what the scenes of TGS being crucified, chained up, and chased by some kind of masked Minotaur mean, but since I don’t, I’ll just say that I like the cool dancing. Like hello, they’re doing choreography in black lace gowns with giant crosses on the back — Lady Gaga in “Judas” could never.

In other news, TGS will release their fourth studio album, the fantastically-titled Killing Me Softly, in June. I think it’ll be a bit hit and miss since the group’s had a few weak singles this era, but I’m still excited and keeping my fingers crossed for another “Fate,” “Partition Love,” or just anything Royal Mirrorball-ish.

On a completely unrelated note, I now love Dempagumi.inc, but not as much as Tokyo Girls’ Style.

Tokyo Girls' Style Juujika

  • P.A.

    AVEX, Y U SO AWESOME? /cries

    Seriously, dat Music box melody at the beginning, dat wedding dress-like outfits…hnnnnngh~

  • Brett

    It looks like the YouTube description says that the same guy from Base Ball Bear that produced Partition Love also produced this.
    I agree that Killing Me Softly will be a modern day classic yet tank faster than 2NE1 on the Oricon Charts.

    • I actually translated it during my search and it was just a bio running down their recent iconic achievements and mentioned how the indie princesses of jpop were able to work with Base Ball Bear for Partition Love

      • Brett

        Oh I see, thanks for clearing that up.

  • felipe

    full pv is out and the ending is just brilliant.

  • John Norman

    Omg youre always funny, but that title is the funniest thing you’ve written in a long time. I cant stop laughing

  • KingBeaArthur

    Divine! I don’t keep up with them as much as I should, but I quite loved the song! And the visuals were perfection~

  • Pez

    God I love last fm, apparently I jumped on the babymetal bandwagon in March. Am I an early adopter or a mainstream plebeian? mmm…

  • Lexs

    This site is a FLOP, now that beyonce destroyed everybody, Jacques keeps his mouth shut LMAOOOO. This is a BEYONCE dominated world and we all live in it.

    • Actually I stopped doing this site full time because I got sick of it and don’t care about western pop stars, and now I just make fun of Beyonce on the other site I work for, who pay me to drag her… so yeah.

      • PowerWave

        I’m laughing becuz Lex’s post is so delusional that I’m not even sure if he’s joking or not.

        and “now I just make fun of Beyonce on the other site I work for, who pay me to drag her” LOL

      • minty

        I’m actually curious, I can probably guess why but what made you lose interest in Western pop stars? And are there any you still care about near the same level of any K/J artists you like?

        For me, the only western pop star that I honestly care for is Kesha. She just seems different from the rest of the pop girls and she always delivers consistent music. though with the whole rehab drama and her dropping the dollar sign, her career could take an unexpected turn. :x

    • UncleFan

      Who is Beyonce?

  • UncleFan

    TGS is one of the few groups in J-Pop or K-Pop that sound great singing together instead of just switching off from one to another. I don’t know why so many girl groups have trouble harmonizing, it’s one of the few areas where the boy groups seem to do better.

  • JustJam

    They are growing up really fast now. A few years ago they were only 11-13 years old. Now they are 16-17 so that’s probably why they are doing mature concepts like S/mileage.

  • Pedro Kun

    Aparently ‘
    十字架 ( Jujika ) ‘ Mean Cross…
    Well , i guess for this song the meaning wuld be that the love for the person woud get her Crossed , i guess so…
    Or maybe that they’re love for this person would be so forbidden that they would be Crucified …
    But i really hope this song to be a Hit song from them since they don’t really get good Reviews :(
    I find they’re song pretty amazing even though !
    Just can’t wait to read the translation !
    PS: Sorry the suckish English i hope you understand it anyway :s )