Here we go! Ballot #1 up and ready for action. The community votes are what make up the official Best Of, so take this entirely too seriously and get your friends involved. Rules? There are no rules! Actually just kidding: The prevailing “respect other people” vibe that goes into The Rules around here pertains, of course, and as a result ballot-stuffing will result in things being invalidated. We have our ways of knowing! Continue reading
I love the mood that Best Of season puts me in — everything has just a little bit more shine to it because it’s all a contender months and months from now, when if it really holds up it’ll be seriously special, and if it doesn’t, well, it’s probably because either it never really deserved it, or it’s still special to me and damn you all for not liking it as much as me.
So here we are then a little while post the re-emergence of ex-969er Chirimen and the revelation that her solo career is imminent, with flair. In fact, there are a couple of examples and I was just sleeping on the first one because, you see, things are kind of busy around the Homicidols Dot Com offices these days. But! She dropped this one this morning, and with it I found more:
And this one is actually from last week, oops:
I like the first one more
Her first “self-destruction” is still a few weeks off, but Chirimen’s shaping things nicely to formally launch her solo career with nice momentum and a solid body of work. Really well and truly good for her — and maybe we’ll be adding her debut as a 2020 Best Of next year!
SENANAN has never done anything conventional. When she told us about her marriage and pregnancy she also announced several active projects that she would be stepping away from. Conspicuously absent was any word about the future of her idol unit SUDDENDEATH.
Now that both SENANAN and Osuzu are back from maternity leave, they are reviving SUDDENDEATH, and they’re bringing the kids.
— SUDDENDEATH (@suddendeath_ss) December 8, 2019
Their first event will be a “Mom Meeting” at the KRY Cafe in January. Children are welcome!! They also announced a resurrection live in March. I’m not sure if the kids have to stay home for that one. Continue reading
Hell yeah, it’s everybody’s least favorite part of the year again! That’s right — it’s time for community voting in the Homicidols Best Of 2019! Or, more accurately, right now it’s not yet time to vote: It’s time for Maniac to ponderously explain the convoluted process by which you will vote, dampening both your enthusiasm and expectations! Continue reading
Good morning! Did you all have a good week? It was … an interesting one, I think. Up and down, good and bad in certain ways. Everybody’s favorite at-least-partly-completely-attenuated villain visited with fans. Nothing makes sense anymore. And I’ll tell you, because I was putting together the final ballots for the Best Of 2019, it feels like quite a bit doesn’t make sense! I’ll save the real comments on that for the intro post a little later, but: Wew.
Now is not the time to worry about that, though. The time to worry about such weighty subjects is at the appointed time; now is the time to worry about nothing but, hey, it’s Saturday! It’s getting pretty wintry out there! Idols are dressing up in Santa outfits! It’s a wonderful time of the year! And okay sure, this isn’t the heaviest Weekender ever, but it has some nice moments. So go play the Fun, check out the below, and then get your December on.
You’re Running out of Ideas
If you’re reading this and you’re in this photo, call me:
I met friends!! pic.twitter.com/lMArVdW0DW
— 渡辺”ジュンウンコジュン”ウンコ之介 (@JxSxK) December 2, 2019
Last week, Maniac took the wheel and had you #GiveThanksToIdol, of which I myself was very thankful for.
Idols are the reason I became so invested in music and music videos. Idols are the reason I wanted to write in a different style to linear story telling. Idols gave me friends, a reason to travel to meet said friends, and brought happiness. #GiveThanksToIdol
— ☆Kelly-Mae – Spicy Bean☆ (@ChiimaTime) November 29, 2019
Idols gave a meaning to my life.
I didn't had any dreams before, I was just living for the sake of living.
Idols helped me reconnect with what I love doing.
I wouldn't be here all day giving my best at university if it weren't for them.#GiveThanksToIdol
— D4rkWzd 🎅 (@D4rkWzd) November 29, 2019
There's something about an idol that's eternal. Even if she stops being one, she was one. And that idol will be in your heart forever.
— Juju 🇵🇹 (@petalidistellee) November 29, 2019
Well, it’s that time of year again, where Christmas commercials are totally unavoidable. But, is it just me, or have there been a lot more celebrity Christmas albums this year? Continue reading
WACK never sleeps, apparently, and nor does its somewhat eponymous founder have time for your shenanigans or judgment. In fact, he stacked up extremely Watanabe moments for the week and delivered like has never seemed possible — and it’s only Wednesday, good lord.
This is a music website, so the most important news is that the latest flavor of BiS (to which I do refer derisively but actually find myself more in love with all the time) is releasing a new album, and here’s the first track, which you can download until the 10th on the link here, and also listen to in perpetuity:
BiS 新曲「KiSS MY ASS」の無料配信開始！
「KiSS MY ASS」
— BiS−新生アイドル研究会-オフィシャル (@BiSidol) December 3, 2019
I won’t get into how this MV landing yesterday set off a wild few minutes of me only half-remembering any of the details related to LADYBABY’s upcoming dismantling except to say that it’s funny in retrospect, but also, man, their end-of-life period caught up to us pretty quickly, didn’t it? We still have a month and change until the final live and farewell re-recording album, but yeah, it’s time to start to wind things down. And what an oddly appropriate song to do it with!
If this is the last thing we ever get from Ladybaby*, isn’t it interesting how it’s the least Ladybaby thing they’ve ever done and the most conventionally idol? I kept waiting for something — anything — more in tune with how the group has all but always functioned, and ne’er was there a whiff of a growl or chant or anything. This is not to say that it’s LADYBABY going out with a whimper or anything (it’s a very nice song), just that it was not the foot forward that I expected at this point.
There’s almost no way this is the very last thing from them, though, and I expect that we’ll be treated to one more true-to-form LADYBABY video that more clearly explicates the content of that farewell record, and leaves a more conventional aftertaste.
When the Best of 2019 opens up this week, friends, I fully expect that you’re all going to join me in smashing that vote button for NEO JAPONISM as Best Reboot. They are clearly the best and also recency bias is a brutal fact of our lives, so brutal that you are helpless against it, not to mention helpless before my very persuasive arguments. In fact, the great crime being perpetuated by this year’s voting is that none of these new NEO JAPONISM pieces are in the running for other awards despite their clear superiority to everything. Including this new one that’s technically eligible for all awards because it’s still November for a few hours!
Fight for the Right to what, though
— NEO JAPONISM (@NEOJAPONISMinfo) November 29, 2019
Just listen to that. That’s basically everything good and right in loudol — creative structure, aggressive, pop hook that somehow doesn’t take anything away from the sheer volume, another dang breakdown — and I’m absolutely beside myself that something so good and right exists in my world, a reminder of the peak of what idol can do.
Good morning! I don’t know about my fellow Americans, but I’m personally still recovering from going a little too ham on Thanksgiving, and I still have family obligations to gut out while my body feels like it’s stuffed with just the tiniest bit too much sausage filling. I really do wonder how our ancestors handled the periodic feast days that all but required people to eat until they physically couldn’t anymore, seeing as how there are all manner of over-the-counter medications that I can take for some relief, and all they had was booze.
Anyway, enough real and metaphorical bellyaching: As if you hadn’t noticed, idol has been going into full-time year-end mode, with new material and announcements of new material to come flying around like mad. It’s all very good and very exciting. And while I did my personal most posting in a long-ass while as a result, it’s still a very packed Weekender for you. Enjoy.
And for real, do me a favor and play the Fun. I don’t always get to fill in for Kerrie, but when I do, I like to get personal, and in this case I took advantage of the holiday to go with a theme, and I think that anybody reading this has a very good reason to be thankful for idol, in one way or another. Tell us about it!
You’re a Sentimental Nerd
Prepare yourself for the string of promos to support the new album from Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da:
— ぜんぶ君のせいだ。 (@zenbukiminosei) November 28, 2019