You guys, something completely unprecedented has happened: It’s normal for two contestants for the Corenament title to be tied at the end of regulation, so overtime is, uh, normal; it’s only happened once before this round that overtime has needed extra overtime, and guess what? At least then a decision was reached and somebody went home in tears!
Nope, for the first time ever, we have two idol groups, having gone toe-to-toe through regulation, OT and then another OT (re: overnight!) have still failed to break their tie. And that means … well, more OT. But structured!
Kaqriyo Terror Architect, last year’s runner-up and an early favorite for this year’s title, is at risk of pulling a Virginia and falling to the lowest seed in the event, DAIDAIDAI, who are in the Corenament for the first time but clearly pulling their own amount of fan favoritism. Their incredible energy has proven an equal match for Kaqriyo’s, well, being Kaqriyo! So we need to settle this for once and all.
I’ll take this down at my noontime. Winner advances; loser gets a participation trophy.
And may the gods help us if they’re somehow still tied.
I like to write posts backwards sometimes. Start with the product, then react to it, then try to contextualize and/or frame, depending. Yes, I realize that The Craft of Blogging isn’t what you’re here for — I’m bringing it up, you impatient nerd, because this is a really good example of how sometimes the intro defies you, so all you can do is start typing and … there it is! Thanks for joining me.
I was listening to this one and I felt this weir twinge of “man, can you even imagine what the idol world would be like without NEO JAPONISM in it?” Which was really weird unto itself, given that they’re still kind of new, you know? But it made me realize that this surprisingly hard-charging group has been responsible for a surprisingly large amount of my favorite idol stuff over the past year and change, and that I always appreciate getting more of it but never really seem to express just how much I appreciate it.
So here goes: I could not be happier or more thankful to have this new one from NEO JAPONISM, and by new I mean that they’re just dusting it off for this tour that they’re on!
Hot dang! Continue reading
Sorry, my titling muscles appear to be worn out this morning
Welcome back to Monday! So if you’ll recall, HimeKyunFruitCan, the Next Generation, had a fresh EP that got me waxing all kinds of ramblingly nostalgic. Well, that officially dropped the other day, and with it came the requisite MV to promote:
From the little preview, I thought I had the track for this picked out, and boy was I wrong! And that’s okay. I’m not manager-san and therefore not in the least bit privy to what manager-san is thinking about re: the direction of the group’s latest iteration and hence its artistic choices, and I can respect that this is a different group than the one that I treasured in the past. And it’s not a huge departure from that legacy! Just idollier than I’d usually expect.
Wow! We had ourselves one heck of a first half of a first round of the 2019 Homicidols Corenament! (If you’re very confused, start here.) I’ll spare the world the recap for now, but go ahead and say up front anyway: lol @ Babymetal. You’re basically Tennessee!*
Our bracket now looks like this:
And plenty more action to come!
The rest of the round will run starting now until Sunday night / Monday morning / when I remember to close the polls. None of these matchups are deliberate and some I now regret, but so it goes when half of what you do is random and the other half is purely for your own amusement! Continue reading
A very happy Saturday to you! Ah, at last, it is spring. Also at last, it is nice(ish) out. And also at last, it’s Corenament time! We had a really strong first-first round, with the second half of it to follow today, in just a little bit (I was derelict in doing my homework, so hold the hell on).
And what a week for idol! There are things in here that I really wish that I’d had more time to try to put together into a real post, like the EMPiRE thing, but alas, I had a Biz Markie-DJ’ed dance party to be at last night. That’s right — only the fanciest for the fine people
of Maniac Mansion. It also reminded me that I suddenly have a whole mess of gigs that I bought tickets for, and I should probably not waste that, even if a certain percentage of them are dance parties like the aforementioned.
So go enjoy this, and play the Fun too, because Kerrie found a good one on her way to a little social media vacation, and then find more good times for yourself. Even if you’ll be joining me for spring cleaning and basketball and yeah sure Corenament voting, that’s still pretty good considering that it was freezing and rainy like just a week ago! Continue reading
Hey, it’s only been a few days since Not Secured, Loose Ends treated us to the B-side of their upcoming single “Odd eye”, and today we get the title track because somebody at Codomomental HQ must still be seething over last year’s Corenament upset and aiming to set things right. The only logical explanation, in fact! So like click through, understanding that the official link is only good for slightly less than two hours from the second that this publishes:
But you know that things live forever after the flip! Continue reading
I’ve been trying to tell you guys for a little while now that the time to get on the Shihatsu-machi Underground (as they apparently prefer to have it written!) train is immediate. Get in while the getting’s good. This is a group that has the chops to absolutely blow up if given the chance and be a big emergent force from the Shibuya scene. All they need is us! Well, and thousands of other fans, but you get the idea! So maybe the brandy-new MV (that’s right!) from their soon-to-come album (oh yes!) is exactly what you need to be convinced:
Dang you guys, I almost completely fanned on … like the 30th thing just this year that I would’ve missed. At least this time I pull victory from the jaws of defeat! As you may have discerned from the title of the post, this is about Devil ANTHEM, whose body of work is usually pretty enjoyable even at its least homi, but who can still really let it rip when the mood strikes. Do like I do and keep them at least on your medium list — if your short list is the stuff indispensable to your existence — so that any little reminder that they exist and do idol things is a prompt to go see what the latest of those things might be.
Like this video!
All righty, folks, the Big Dance has finally arrived, and now begins the arduous process of crowning a new Corenament champion for 2019! I very literally cannot believe that this is the fourth iteration of this contest. You’d think that we’d have better things to do!
If you need background, go read the primer. If you need assistance, friend, there isn’t any. All I can say at this point is that Sister Jean’s promise to Hanako-san from last year is still unrealized, and that there’s still plenty of lingering, simmering resentment not just from last year’s outcome, but come the shocking conclusion to Queen of the Scene as well. Milcboy will not be denied!
Here’s your big board:
How are we competing? Music videos! Which ones? IT’S COMPLETELY RANDOM! If you’re at all familiar with the NCAA Tournament, you know very well how random performance can be from one game to another — to win the thing, not only do you need to be able to play your best for six straight games over three weeks, but at a level that’s at least one score better than your opponent in every one of those games. Slip up a little bit, try to relax, not take your opponent seriously, happen to have a bad game, happen to have an opponent who’s a terrible matchup for you? See you next year, chump! Continue reading
People love to bang on about traditions and rites and whatnot. It’s fine! I happen to dig on a little bit of nostalgia myself, especially when I can get invested in some element thereof. And if I invent the thing? Well then sure, I’ll care even extra!
So: Ah, friends, is there any finer tradition in sports, any finer rite of spring than the Corenament? For those uninitiated into its mysteries, the Corenament is an annual competition, spiritually akin to the famed NCAA basketball tournament, but realistically absolutely nothing like it except for a cheap branding opportunity! We set a bracket, we populate it with idols, and we vote, ever so many times over a few weeks, until we have a champion. In order, past champs are Kamen Joshi, Babymetal and Minna no Kodomo-chan. It’s an excuse to fanfic. Good times had by most!
We’ll kick things off on Thursday, which is the day when the real tournament games begin, as opposed to like right now, which is when the NCAA starts things with their convoluted extended field. In fact, we’re going to make things simpler this year than in the past by having a smaller field for once, and by emphasizing real things to compete head-to-head with, and by adding the kinds of random variables that populate IRL sporting events but are usually minimized in a controlled environment like online polls and stuff.
Anyway, your field is: Continue reading