EXT. MANIAC MANSION – ESTABLISHING – DAY
It is a typical American home — monster truck (with bitchin’ flames painted on) in the driveway, moonshine still next to the above-ground swimming pool.
INT. MANIAC MANSION – CONTINUOUS
HOMICIDOL MANIAC (infinite) is seated in a typical American easy chair, drinking a hand grenade in a commemorative namesake-shaped plastic cup, watching a baseball game from 2015 on the typically American 96-inch HDTV.
His partner, FIANCEE MANIAC (31), enters.
FIANCEE MANIAC: Hello love.
HOMICIDOL MANIAC: Hello. I feel strange.
FIANCEE MANIAC: Of course you do. You’ve been drinking hand grenades since you woke up.
HOMICIDOL MANIAC: What time is it?
FIANCEE MANIAC: It’s noon.
HOMICIDOL MANIAC: Oh.
BWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!! A LIGHT flashes from outside with an ear-splitting shitty digital sound effect!
FIANCEE MANIAC: No.
Happy Weekend peeps! Our two days of (hopefully) slightly relaxed living are here! Yes, our Friday kick-off got a little marred by some truly sad news, (more on that later) and while it is truthfully making the weekend feel a little off-kilter and melancholy, ultimately we’ve got to persevere and keep going, cause darn it, that’s what our beloved idols would want us to do.
I noticed this week that the sun rose a little earlier and set a little later, so at last, we’re on the upside of daylight hours, that’s good! We’re all gonna get through the cold days, the ugly political mood, and the idol disbandments better and stronger, dammit! And for goodness sake, enjoy the Friday fun that Kerrie’s gifted us with cause it’s a goldmine of amusing possibilities. Now onto some weekender goodness…
I don’t want to have to watch it again! So let’s dispense with the incredible urge to pun this thing to death and instead focus on how Watanabe clearly wanted to get back to the magic of “Hoshi ga Matataku Yoru Ni” by taking a hopped-up punk number and literally turning his performers into human toilets. Even the choreography recalls “Hoshi ga”!
Good lord. BiS2’s album is out next Wednesday. May the gods have mercy on us.
Yes, friends, I can apparently keep up with new idols, as was my new year’s resolution on repeat. Such a promise was made in the hopes that 2020 will bring the same kind of greatness that 2018 did, and we’ll all forget that 2019 even happened. Fingers crossed, we’ll at worst feel good about it.
Which brings me to Lesson Number Umpteen on why you should make friends with people in idol! My pal with the old connection to Candye Syrup tipped me off a few days ago that there was a new group debuting soon, with an obvious connection to said defunct group, and then followed up this morning with the first best debut so far this year.
Meet FaM (Twitter), which yes relates to “family.” This was a relief, because upon seeing that I worried that it didn’t have any particular meaning, not even as a clever way of capitalizing a common shorthand greeting/pronoun kind of thing among the youngs in my country. What do they sound like? Continue reading
I was definitely going to skip idol today, gang. I’m tired and there’s a lot of work to do besides, and the last thing I wanted to see were DMs, because the mere suggestion of DMs means that idol things happened, and I usually want to at least pretend to follow up on them. But what a choice to make to look! There are things! Posting things!
First up today is the latest two-hour (guffaw) preview from the chaos merchants at KAQRIYOTERROR, who will make this official release next Wednesday but right now really want you to listen to “Persona” and talk about it online with #Persona_! Which is likely because there’s all kinds of stuff related to the video game on Twitter right now, a very happy coincidence no doubt. Anyway!
You know what to do. Continue reading
It’s highly likely that what I’m sharing with you here is something that you already know, but for the sake of posterity and because we want her to have nice things and not at all because Derek asked nicely, I here am following up on Brian’s lovely review of YONEKO’s excellent new single with the fully fledged real-deal MV for it.
Just, like, definitely go read the review and then come back, fully prepared mentally and physically, for this assault of awesome:
Wait for it …
Why make more of it? The young woman is talented and creative as hell. We love her, you love her — now take this and go make a bunch of other people who’ve never even heard of her before love her, too.
Well, I guess the fact that YONEKO is now officially moving into the post-idol phase of her career (apparently in all projects?), so technically this is the last we’ll post about her in a dedicated way, but that’s nonsense and of course we’ll keep the updates coming, YONEKO occupies a special place for us and it doesn’t matter how or when or why she performs, we’ll be there.
Good morning! Did you all have a good week? Mine was interesting, marked largely by the fact that it started a nice, long stretch of relative freedom during which I am going to get so much stuff done, you guys, that I can barely stand it. It’s an amazing feeling to have no pressure nor expectation of the same, and to know that it’s going to last almost until you next have to hit the road. Ah, liberty.
I can understand that you may not be so enthused, though, yourself. We’re basically just moving between disasters out there in the world, and then you get to add the incredible political theater that is the impeachment trial — like, a person can be forgiven for feeling stressed and looking for diversions. I’m personally going to spend the weekend half in and out of doing stuff because stuff must as always be done, but I’m also going to be ignoring mass media for a couple of days and, well, checking out mentally.
So with that in mind, I did everything I could to pack as much as I (reasonably) could into this week’s Weekender. Between that and the Fun, which I hope you have more time to play now, there should be more than enough idol stuff to keep your brain occupied and spirit in a restful place.
The incomparable human goddesses Yanakoto Sotto Mute are going major and have their first single coming so soon that I’m afraid that I might wet myself:
Apologies in advance! Kerrie is still mid-move, so you’re stuck with the boss for today’s Fun, and I won’t even pretend that it was my idea; it was, in fact, Kerrie’s. But still, someone gotta write it!
Before we begin, of course, let’s look back at last week’s view of possible scandals in idol:
All in all, I’m disappointed in you guys. Nobody thought to use “horribly overworked iconic center of massively popular group suddenly quits and sparks huge backlash”!
Anyway, let’s get ourselves some kind of Fun. Continue reading
Apologies for the so-late-it’s-just-awkwardness of the post, but I forgot that I wanted to make a big deal out of this on Friday because such is life. And what is life, even, now that we have the literally eternal — that is, existing infinitely, beyond the bounds of time and space — presence of NECRONOMIDOL looming within the shadows of existence? Worthless, that’s what it is, but the question is also rhetorical flourish and all right let’s just skip to the point.
NECRONOMIDOL, beloved and befeared like few others, revealed at the risk of inducing utter madness among their followers (or, at least, those who aren’t already under complete spiritual enslavement) some upcoming plans, and yes, I do believe that we’re all going to be happy people:
So remember back in 2017 Year in Review in Review*, when I said that I was making it a new year’s resolution to do more for idol debuts in 2018? And then I did and 2018 was like the best debut year since … 2014? 2012? It was amazing. So much good stuff, though not all of it panned out. Well, I’m making something of the same commitment for this year; I have a tough time keeping up with news these days, but maybe I can keep up with cool debuts as they happen? Sure.
Which brings us to Night Owl (Twitter)! Who … did not debut anytime near now, but in fact back in August, during the period that we shall always refer to in hushed tones as “Maniac’s Interregnum.” And then I had them on my official radar since, golly, at least November if my tab history is to be believed. But more on that. This is what they got:
Oh that’s interesting! What are they about? Continue reading