Let’s Remember Some Idols: HALOPERI Doll

Welcome back, friends, to the wholly irregular and really-meant-to-fill-gaps-on-quiet-days feature known as Let’s Remember Some Idols! Today, we take a long look back to the halcyon days of 2016, when one of the most reliably loud and just as reliably unstable units in the game, HALOPERI Doll, called it quits.

This is what the world has been missing:

Clever dub

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The WACK Expo Fallout: We Are All Incredibly Easy Marks

I didn’t watch the WACK Expo. After the thing had been announced, and the overall shape of the auditions made, it was pretty obvious how the whole shebang would be conducted and concluded, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. I allowed myself to selectively enjoy the auditions from extra-afar, taking it all in via Twitter and the occasional side conversation; once my girl Trivago was finally, mercifully euthanized, I didn’t care enough to even do that.

When I woke up today, the event was all in the past. Things had been done, reactions had, tears shed, etc. Was Twitter buzzing? It sure was! Were the takes flying? They sure were!

And all according to plan. Like any good wota, this is our moment to MIX, to respond to the ainote, to play our part in the interactive ritual that is being an idol fan. We happily separate ourselves from our money to experience closely controlled environments of put-on cruelty and manicured triumphs. We call out the things that are bad or stupid, and hand over cash, attention and appearances of generalized support in exchange. We are all incredibly easy marks.

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Hanako-san, Please

Nobody, least of all the poor saps featured in the video below, is prepared for what Hanako-san (precisely, the 14th Generation Hanako of the Toilet!) is about to unleash upon the world.

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The Homicidols Corenament Second Round

Friends, we are all witnesses to history, and the Corenament now has something over the actual NCAA (men’s) Tournament — after the University of Virginia ate a big ol’ bag of shit against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (it’s a commuter school!) last night, a 16 seed has now topped a #1 in the Big Dance.

Not even we can claim that kind of bonkers-ness; the closest that we got in the first round was ayumikurikamaki, a #13, adding insult to Babymetal’s enduring run of indignity (in the eyes of a clear majority of idol fans, at least). Excitement!

By and large, though, the Corenament has held pretty close to chalk. And that’s what early rounds are for — clearing out the noise and determining who really actually belongs to be in the competition for the title. Hence, after one full Corenament round, our field looks like this:

Pretty okay! And I think we’re still on track for all four Bracket Boss’s top seeds to meet up in the Sweet Sixteen. Which, frankly, is boring. So, with the nominal consent of said Bracket Bosses, I decided that it was time to roll out our first wrinkle. I call it … the 32 Switcheroo! Continue reading

Your Homicidols Weekender #70

Good morning, ding-dongs! Has anybody else been watching the basketball? The actual most ridiculous thing happened last night. Like, I’m completely unaffected by it, had no stake, but here I am in the morning completely incredulous that it happened. This isn’t even a setup for a bad joke about something like my alma mater winning/losing a game — just that a tiny honors university that’s an extension of a state university system did something that was supposed to be impossible, and with players who all looked like they just started to shave.

Oh, and Trivago was finally, mercifully really eliminated from the WACK audition. I think. Is she back yet?

I’ll of course be all over the ongoing drama as the auditions, the Tournament and the Corenament move on today, and it’s St. Patrick’s Day, upon which the not-Irish masses all use that one Scots-Irish great grandparent to present highly racialized caricatures, most notably drinking themselves blind. It’s a mess! This is why, as sensible people, you should play the Fun, do the dang Corenament, and focus on all of the good things that are presented to you below.

What’s This about Drinking Yourself Blind?

The new-look Dempagumi.Inc:

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I Review Things: Kaqriyo Terror Architect | “Cultural Mixing”

Hey, it’s a not-NECRONOMIDOL review! Yeah, that promise to write up some things in the queue, that didn’t pan out — I’m busy! — but, as soon as I saw that it was coming to Spotify, I knew that I wanted to hit up the latest from Codomomental’s latest. It only took six full listens to get here!

I’m going to preface this with: If you like your idol safe and predictable or on-brand, stay the heck away from Kaqriyo Terror Architect. On to the review! Continue reading

Let’s Do This, sugartrap

For shame to all of you clowns (that’s right, clowns!) who didn’t support sugartrap in the Corenament. I’ve been digging them pretty much since the first time I heard them — not as hard-edged as others, nor trying so hard to be hard-edged while still easily being quite noisy and earnest. Who doesn’t like that?

Anyway, maybe this can help to wake you up to them:

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Stealthy Stealthy, Kakuriyo

Gee thanks, Kaqriyo Terror Architect, for revealing in the dead of night, right when I was wrapping up my review of the album that you just released internationally on multiple streaming and download platforms, that (probably) the MV to promote the same was going to be released in the morning. Glad I put in the work!

I finally feel like I get the concept that Kakuriyo as going for in that whole Cultural Mixing thing; how awkward!

I don’t have a ton to say about this because I want to save it for the thing that I already put a butt-ton of time into writing, but: Hey, that’s pretty good, and guess what, it’s not even close to the best thing on the album. You should go listen to it! Continue reading

The Homicidols Corenament Round 1 Part 2

And we’re back! We darn near avoided the predictable dipstick vote bot nonsense, but I was fortunately prepared and had an artificial cut line in place. The results that you can see from the first two regional matches are pretty close to what I decided to count; if you have any questions, feel free to ask, and I’ll tell you all about it.

The next two regions are up, and we’ll run through these today and tomorrow before doing the Round of 32 over the weekend. I … I’ll be up front and say that I have the very first wrinkle ready to go (if the Bracket Bosses support it), and I may be arming them with some additional tools in their own personal quests for victory. We can keep it really fun and completely unpredictable!

The rule for this one stays the same:

You have two hours left in Tokyo and you want to see both idols in each match, but they’re playing on different sides of town; who do you go see?

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Maboroshi Karen GeNE Is Evolving

Does that pun work? I feel like it works, but in a really cerebral less ha-ha kind of way. Leave me alone.

Anyway! A little while back, Krv informed me that a long-time presence in the chika scene, Maboroshi Karen GeNE, was being disbanded. Boo, quoth I, as Mabokare have always been good if not as out-and-out noticeable as one might like. Which happens! There are a lot of idols, and even good stuff and projects that you enjoy can get a little lost in the shuffle. But, Krv continued, Mabokare as we knew it was going to go away, but more in the way that a particular species of lizards got left on an island and evolved a completely new way of eating within a handful of generations, that kind of way.

That’s a long way of saying that Mabokare is soon to be no more, and instead:

How new is a unit when it’s old members with a new name? Well, I mean, we already have PINKYCASE to demonstrate that new is nonetheless new! And the new unit is still so wedded to the old identity that not only are they almost totally literally called The Idol Formerly Known as Maboroshi Karen GeNE, but they’re just continuing straight on with the old brand while I guess they figure out exactly what new steps look like:

More obviously to come, but don’t you just love it when idols go “naw, we’re not actually done yet” and just keep on truckin’? We find out full next steps no later than April 14!