You like idols, right? That’s why you’re here! But not all of us are lucky enough to have seen these magical singing pixies performing at a real and proper idol concert. However, prospects are good if you still haven’t managed to get to one: increasingly idols are briefly leaving their futuristic land to dazzle us with their dancy ditties in Europe, America and even Canadia. If you are heading for your first idol concert soon, I have prepared you a good and useful guide to the happenings therein.
So whether to the West or Japan you go, heres…
What We Know of The Idol Show.
• Preparation is important. You may end up quite close to the idols so if you haven’t showered in the last week, it is best to disguise this with deodorant since idols are famous for owning noses. Also remember it is customary to wear clothes to an idol performance. Don’t forget to bring a torch – I’ll tell you why later!
• Think about whether you want to bring along a gift for your favourite idol but make sure it is suitable! Good presents could include broccoli, non-GPS enabled plushies and tiny hats. Bad presents include wheelbarrow inner tubes, last year’s Argos catalogue or your baby teeth.
Broccoli: good present
Will you just look at this! Proper 70s style girl punk idols – with paper bags on their heads?!
We’ll get to the BiS MV in a bit…but first:
Yep, I basically assumed (and perhaps secretly hoped) that when the inevitable next installment came out, it would be “WACK is C-Word”.
But what a twist!
Hey, it’s the return of the perennial favourite, the Monday Match Game, where we basically say “oooh these idol related things have similar names, isn’t that funny?” To which the answer is “absolutely and I prefer this one!” This week we have Shachi & Shachi, who are not a global advertising agency but a journeywoman solo idol and a rebranded idol group.
It seems like only last month that BiS split up. Again. And now they’re coming back. Again.
This time we didn’t have to wait first for Pour Lui to get bored of being in an unpopular band; no it will not be long at all until Mr. Watanabe welcomes us back to enjoy BiS and their wonderful world of marathons, audition dramas, similar-sounding songs and marathons.
But while we celebrate their return, let’s also take a chance to look back fondly at the previous incarnations of BiS. Here are 12 facts you never knew about this legendary idol group.
First, apologies that it’s a little short. Translation difficulties I alluded to elsewhere meant that the chat was not as free-flowing as I had hoped. But hey, isn’t this the first post-Necronomidol interview with Sari?I’m pretty sure it’s the first one in English, so let’s claim that. Friends, Romans, countrymen: Homicidols.com presents…
THE FIRST POST-NECRONOMIDOL INTERVIEW WITH SARI (in English)!
Our story starts on the morning of the concert. I had been doing a spot of sightseeing in Bologna…
All over Japan there are young women doing idol performances for enthusiastic local wota, however we here in the wider world rarely get to hear of the acts outside of the Tokyo and Osaka scenes. Unless they decide to make an MV to show the world what they are all about.
So welcome Sapporo’s AYEAYE (Website | Twitter), a thirteen (or possibly even seventeen?) strong idol group whose Twitter has been around since 2014 but have only just released their first single. It may disappoint some to know that they are not a pirate-themed unit performing sea-shanty influenced metal or something – my guess is that they are named after the perpetually surprised-looking lemur species – but there’s a lot to love about this catchy little tune, driven by dark, brooding guitar with alternately smiling and glowering young ladies chanting over the top of it.
Aye aye aye my life until I die.
When we heard Merry Merli were coming back, there wasn’t a lot to go on, just a short clip saying they would restart on March 13. So what happened with that, I hear no-one asking? Their Twitter got reactivated, a website appeared, and the members of the rebooted Merry Merli were introduced. But I missed all that, until a new MV dropped yesterday.
That’s “Drink me, Eat me” and isn’t it pretty? I spent my first play through trying to work out why one of the girls looked so familiar and trying to work out what group I might have seen her in before. Turns out I’m stupid and that group was…Merry Merli, as Maria Otonashi was in the group the first time around and is now the centre — and the producer! Together with her new cohorts Yumeka and Elise they bring you a group with the theme “Alice in the bright and the dark side” and doesn’t that sound delightful?
Sorry metalheads, if this is all a bit soft and girly. They can do dark and spooky too, let me find you an old example …
Hands up who wants to see a new video of a pair of idols getting chased around by a pink hippo and playing cardboard instruments to an upbeat thrashy punk tune which then segues into something like listening to nursery rhymes on flu medication? Well, put your hands down again because this isn’t a “new video”, it came out six weeks ago and if you’re cooler than me, perhaps you may have already seen it.