Your Best of 2017 Pre-nominees Need You to Mercilessly Cut Them Down

Welcome to the not-quite-final stage of the Best of 2017 process! Kerrie has done the lord’s work, and we’ve managed to compile a pretty thorough (but, one could say, still not thorough enough) collection of nominees for the traditional categories. While we definitely need to cut, we also probably need to include some more recent stuff, or items that slipped through the cracks. And that’s where you all come in!

Here’s how this is going to work:

  • “2017” actually means “December 2016-November 2017”. A handful of people who complained about the process last year will still fail to grasp the concept of impermanence.
  • Between right this very second and COB next Saturday, use these pre-nominations to list your top 5 per category.
  • You can do this in the comments, on Twitter or on Facebook.
  • Yes, you can still add new nominations.
  • This is a popularity contest! If you want something to win, make sure that your friends are involved and pre/voting, too.
  • To be representative, it’s one per group per category; come at me, WACK people.
  • We’ll tally up the pre-vote and put out a final call for new nominations before …
  • Real voting happens the week of Dec. 11.
  • Are there door prizes this year? Hopefully! It depends on the generosity of our friends.

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Wherein I Renew My Attempt to Win More Fans for Himegami CRISIS

I have some stuff to post, you guys. Stuff people might not like! We could wind up with another comments situation like the WACK election, or the Facebook disbelief in the inherent importance of Poppy (which, boo); it could get even worse! Which, fine. There are worse things in the world than people disagreeing with you/me on the Internet.

What I will not stand for, however, is opposition to the whatever-you-want-to-call-it that is Himegami CRISIS, who are awesome, who graced the world with this: Continue reading

Oshi Digest #14: Hilarity

Oshi makes really pfunny jokes!

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This Is What’s Actually Going on in That New Maison Book Girl MV

All right, at this point, I don’t think that I need to set up the MV for Maison Book Girl’s “cotoeri,” but it’s kind of essential to the point of this whole thing, and perpetuity is as good a reason as anything to post stuff even after the fact, so:

The lyrics are dope af, though

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Your Homicidols Weekender #53

We made it back to the weekend! Gah, what a hi-lo week in idol. I did think it was funny how hard the idol news cycle bit on the Ladybaby thing, though. For some reason, anything that happens with that projects has always been like chum in seawater.

There’s a lot coming up today. Like, volume-wise. Like, Best of 2017-wise, from whose process Kerrie already smartly knocked off a week but still feels like an interminable slog just to allow you, the fans, a chance to vote. Remember: DEMOCRACY DOESN’T WORK.

That’s still a little while away yet — gotta fix some mistakes that I made last night. In the meanwhile, go read about the Poppy experience, or familiarize yourself with the WACK Election (which we all complained about and then immediately rushed to participate in), play the Fun, etc. It’s gonna be great!

Year 2, Huh?


What is even happening with C-Style anymore?

This guy!

mistress new logo!

Sayonara to Spark Roadshow:

It’s not too late to catch Minna no Kodomo-chan on YUNIKA VISION:

Aphrodite, who are apparently now a trio, are promoting a new single and have incredible alternative cover art:

Some of ex Guso Drop are in this MV:


Okay, RHYMEBERRY, we get it, you can release a lot of MVs in a week:

Remember when:


I really wish that BIRTH would release something for me to enjoy entirely too much:


Somebody help me get to this:

Hey, look who’s on Bandcamp now!

Good to see that my girl Samitsu Misa is still alive enough to do weird things on Twitter:

Alloy with a trailer for their one-man DVD:

The enigmatic boss at RABBITS Lab posted a video game playthrough?

Thank you, John, for pointing out that true idol joy is but a fleeting, evasive thing, and barely known heavy af regional units with a mere handful of wota are the sorrowiest of them all:

I have this weird theory that Fumika here is secretly the Party Rockets GT manager and also at least 28 years old:

Now this is how you review an album:

A-to-J with BAND-MAID:

The actual best thing about this Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da video isn’t their dress, and it isn’t the kawaii; it’s Yotsu’s hair:

Emi has, I think, stopped her daily ice cream videos, but she’s now in re-runs:

Few things in the world are as wonderfully reliable as Kindan no Tasuketsu uploading weird little tracks to Soundcloud:

Have a bonkers weekend!

That’s right; NICKELBACK

More from DAIDAIDAI, Please, Forever

Well, today’s been a fairly heavy one (though I think I’m going to stay on the DEADLIFT LOLITA thing for a while yet), but some of the best and simultaneously most unsung work in idol is still happening, and now would be a great time to crank it up to 11 and rock out.

I speak, of course, of DAIDAIDAI:

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A Friday Fun for Liberty and Justice for All

Did you know, last night I had a dream where we had a proper awards ceremony for the Best Of 2017, it was live streamed and everything. Keyakizaka46 were there even though I’m certain they’ve never even been covered on this site, but take what we can get, right? Anyway, it came to a close halfway through, because Maniac had to go and do emergency office things, and someone I haven’t spoken to in a decade suddenly appeared and threw my laptop into a ditch.

Anyway, here’s #IdolAttemptsAtGoingGlobal!

God damn it Watanabe, you just make Friday Funs way too easy, I both love and hate you (mostly the latter though). You know that anecdote about the dream I just gave? Swap a few roles around and I think this is exactly how the election results are going to be announced. Mark my words! Kenta will suddenly disappear and a horde of angry WACK fans are going to throw Watanabe’s laptop in a ditch and then there will be seven new documentaries about it.

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You Aren’t Prepared for This One New from DEADLIFT LOLITA Today, Or Maybe You Need It

Oh my.

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My Response to Rei Leaving Ladybaby May Surprise Many

As it turns out, Kuromiya Rei’s taking a break from Ladybaby performance due to throat issues was a more ominous development than anybody reckoned; for that and other reasons, she’s withdrawing, and the whole Ladybabyverse is in an absolute tizzy:

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Perhaps This Will Compel You to Buy That SPARK SPEAKER Album

I’d like to apologize to SPARK SPEAKER, their bestest fans, their management and principles of good practice for even publishing this damn post, which is now more than a week overdue and has been taunting me about it for days. What a jerk!

So: Next week, SPARK SPEAKER, who are cool, are releasing their first album. If that trailer didn’t spark* your interest, maybe this will:

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