If You Hadn’t Caught the New XTEEN Yet, Now You Have

I’ll admit, I was kind of confused yesterday when I took a few minutes to open up YouTube and gather some stuff for the Weekender, because right there on my home screen was this big, blaring new thing from XTEEN. “Hey wait a minute” I said to myself, “I don’t remember seeing anything about this and hasn’t it been a little while since they released that single?” And the answer is yes! And after a moment’s confusion about why now for the MV, I realized first that, this is idol, it does what it does, but then also I recalled the literal song about Friday the 13th that’s on the record, and it all made sense then.

So here you go! Your luck was actually pretty good yesterday after all:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #161

Good morning! And for the first time, let me wish everybody a very happy holiday season — if there’s one thing that everybody needs regardless of circumstance, it’s a couple of weeks of merriness and brightness.

What a last few days though, huh? The ultimate in people’s democracy unfolded, with unexpected results but, in retrospect, confirming what a simpler reading of the tea leaves could have foretold. I think that the full results, once known and understood, will really surprise some people, and not pleasantly. And if the Best of 2019 weren’t wild enough, I understand that you all in the UK had something of an election the other day. Isn’t democracy grand?

Let’s do that thing, that very Homicidols thing, where we all don’t just accentuate the positive, but bathe in it. Honestly, while I have more to share about the Best Of when we release the results on Monday, for now I just want to say that we really do have a great community of people in the international idol fandom, and it shows. And so in the meantime, enjoy for yourself the week that was, play the Fun and then go drink some mulled beverage in an outdoor market somewhere.

Lemons Out Of Lemonade, This Guy

Our Official Oshi is headed back to the UK!

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Take us to a Holiday Movie in this week’s Friday Fun

Sorry this is late, but Kerrie’s hiding in a bunker so D is at the helm:

Last week, we got some very plausible Christmas albums!

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Look at BiS out Here Saving the Best for Last

It’s December, gang, and in fact we’re inside of two weeks til Christmas and three til the new year, and the Homicidols Best of 2019 has drawn to a close, the year is basically done let’s all just pack it in and enjoy all the photos of idols in their Santa outfits and — oh, right, BiS3 has a record on the way, and they’d like to remind us of that fact and get us excited about it by giving it away for free in little pieces. This is from yesterday:

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Aptly Named Zenkimi Blast from the Past

This time last week, while we were putting the final organizational touches on this year’s Best Of crop, two things occurred to me. The first was that this year, for various reasons, seemed to have the lowest high points out of the whole dang run of Homicidols Voting Things (probably because of all the soul-murdering graduations); the second was that Codomomental units were, on the whole, involved in the proceedings but without the same degree of they-could-win-so-much-hardware-you-guys as in past year. And on that second point, yeah, I get it, there’s actually been a good amount of turmoil in my favorite company for the last however long, and it’s unfortunately sort of stifled their mental and emotional presence for folks outside of Japan. I think so, anyway, but I’m also not as elbow-deep in the scene nowadays, so maybe I’m missing things.

Now, on Saturday, while I was taking a few minutes to just cruise around and check out things that I might want to pick up later in the week, I ran head-long into a preview clip for this MV. I didn’t read the tweet, and I didn’t play the clip with audio on, but I remembered that what has turned out to be one of the greatest chika loudol groups of all, Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da, did indeed have an album on the way, and that album was going to be a special one, and you know, I got excited. And I took that tweet and I slapped it into a draft post and I was going to publish for Monday a piece on how excited I was about this album and you should be too.

And then I didn’t do it because that’s reality these days. But I actually remembered to come back to it, and my girl Yotsu was doing what idols do and re-sharing the thing that had already been shared and then it all came together for me, the power and the glory amen: Continue reading

Your Homicidols Best of 2019 Ballot #3

Thank you all who voted so far in the Best of 2019 — we have one final ballot to release. Folks are showing up left and right to support their favorites, very literally one of the most gratifying things I’ve seen all year. You all love your idols without a doubt, as it should be.

Ballot #1 is now closed, #2 closes at midnight or thereabouts, and this one will close after tomorrow. We saved some of the best hardware for last, so flex those voting muscles and call your friends and tell them to get in here! Continue reading

Your Homicidols Best of 2019 Ballot #2

Dang, you guys are really cracking at these ballots! After just one day on Ballot #1, we’re already well on a pace to break the all-time participation record in the Best Of, and I don’t even have door prizes to give out this year! Same situation today as yesterday: Vote, do it honorably, and gnash your teeth over those who just barely didn’t make the cut as finalists.

#1 closes after today, and this one will close after tomorrow, which is also when #3 goes live for its two days in the sun. Who’s going to shock the world and take home hardware that nobody would have expected? Probably nobody because this is a popularity contest! Continue reading

I Thought You All Might Like a Chirimen Update

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!

SUDDENDEATH is Reborn

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.

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

Your Homicidols Best of 2019 Ballot #1

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