Pon. Oh no. Love L15e.
Oto. Yeah, man! I desperately want to see the Love Live spinoff series where the idol groups are also street gangs. Watching an idol concert would be like watching West Side Story.
Pon. Except it’s an actual fight to the death. While singing. You’re judged on voice, dance, and not being dead at the end. You should write that fanfic.
Oto. It would be about george.
Pon. Clawing their way to the top. Literally.
Oto. So, why is A-Rise so popular? They’re not even that good. I feel like they’ve been popular for too long. Why aren’t people bored of them yet?
Pon. How long? They’ve only been in high school for, what, two years?
Oto. Exactly, that’s a long time in internet time.
Pon. That’s true. But people who always chase after the newest pop extrusion rather than looking for stuff from any era that’s actually useful to them make me want to chew drywall, especially when they’re fucking hipsters about it … well, anyway, I have to be honest: I’m starting to dread the prospect of listening to this music at all, no matter which pretend idol group is responsible for it. I mean, we started im@s in November of last year and it’s been nonstop idol stuff since then. I was interested in the Love Live game at one point, but I think if somebody handed it to me now I’d throw their phone off a fucking bridge. I need to cleanse my palate with some horrible, nasty fuzz guitar. Or an eardrum-rending square wave.
Oto. I like μ’s … μ’s’s stuff. At least their music is made with actual instruments … I think. Some of it at least.
Pon. Even so, the lyrics … you need to have a certain level of optimism to appreciate these lyrics. I envy people who have that. I certainly don’t have it. Yes, reach for the future! The future in which you work 60-hour weeks in a gray cubicle moving shit between spreadsheets until you die. And that’s assuming a degree of economic privilege.
Oto. I like those incredibly optimistic songs. It’s a song that’s devoid of any connection to reality, so you’re free to insert your own situations. Don’t fret. Grasp tomorrow. For what? You tell me.
Pon. Ah, yes. Sunyata. Very deep. Truly, a μ’s song is a koan. Not for discussing or intellectualizing, but simply for meditating upon.