Idol Eulogy: Thank you Cococo!

I should be getting ready for the Koutei Camera Drei show I’m going to see tonight, but I still can’t shake the feeling of dread. Losing both Guso Drop and Cococo on the same weekend is really tough.

So basically, I have gone rogue and despite Sari being the democratically elected oshi of Homicidols.com, I want to dedicate an entire post to Cococo’s departure because she’s plain amazing. Continue reading

Fashion Fortnight Flash #2

How have two weeks passed by already? I have been extremely busy reading, writing stuff (or attempting to, anyway), and going to film festival but that won’t stop me from bringing back your favourite the only fashion column of this website.

Pikarin this month:

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Fashion Fortnight Feature: We Need to Talk about This Dress

Hello! It’s Papermaiden again. Thank you for the warm welcome you gave me for the previous article. This time, it’s a feature rather than a flash: We’ll focus on one topic, in occurrence, the Love Letter One Piece by Galaxxxy, from their 2016 Spring/Summer collection.

A red sleeveless dress with lavender envelops printed all over. The armholes surrounded by frills and, just like the Peter Pan collar, are white.

This is the official stockphoto, so at least we can see the colors accurately at least once.

If this dress looks familiar, it’s probably because last year, we’ve seen it twice in very prominent positions — namely in the music videos for BPM15Q’s “Hakuchuumu” and Oyasumi Hologram’s “Neuromancer”.

When I first saw the dress, I just assumed it was from a cute, otome-like brand despite the flashy colours of the print. I went through two years of MILK look books from 2016 and 2015, nothing of the sort popped up. This obstacle fueled my ongoing frustration and convinced me to dedicate an entire article to the thing. Continue reading

Fashion Fortnight Flash #1

Hello friends! Maniac here. Papermaiden had such a good time with that NSLE interview that I said, pitch me an idea for something that you’d like to write regularly, and she said, I want to write about fashion and stuff, and I said, knock yourself out, I bet people will like that. So give it a read and let her know what you think!

Welcome to Fashion Fortnight. In this bimensual column, you’ll find a (very self-indulgent) summary of what happened with idols in their para-musical jobs related to subculture and modelling. You may think of the Flash-type columns as a way to assemble all the great visual publications you’ve missed because you weren’t looking! In the Fashion Fortnight Features, you’ll find (most likely self-indulgent as well) more focused investigations into a specific topic or item that has been all the rage and is related to our beloved Homicidols.

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Familiar Faces in Unexpected Places for This Tuesday WTF

Good morning, fellow disciples of the cute and disturbed! It’s Papermaiden, back for a second punctual post before I finally am on top of my things and starting my own column every fortnight or so.

This week, we’re doing something a little different, graciously sponsored by The Ender Partner talent at finding really dubious stuff on the Internet.

So Partner the End drags my overworked ass in front of the TV, asking me for 25 minutes of my time to show me something he refuses to disclose anything about. Here we are, watching a guy (King Lionel) trying to become an Internet celebrity. His whole act is based on parodying either pop songs or remixing children traditional songs to make them sound like club anthems. He managed to land a deal for a show sponsored by the Ontario French Television network on the web and their cable network. In this episode, he was invited by a Japanese management company who just wanted to meet him and he uses this trip to make himself known to the general public.

But the bit that interests us starts right here:

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We Interview Idols: Yukueshirezutsurezure (Not Secured, Loose Ends)

I alluded to this in yesterday’s 100 Days of Tsurezure post; ol’ Maniac here ultimately had to cancel his plans to see Not Secured, Loosed Ends in Toronto, but Papermaiden had previously volunteered to provide translation help, and she did a great job with this. And it’s the first interview we’ve done! Pretty cool.

A few notes to get started: This interview has been edited for clarity. Most of the words are the members, transcribed from their sentences written live using PC translation. Most of the answers were kind of brainstormed by the members as a group, piecing up sentences. Unless otherwise specified, you can assume the answer is the group’s and not a particular member. Shidare, as the great leader she is, often guided the discussion and prompted members to see if they would like to add anything. Imamura-san, the founder of Codomomental, was also present and sometimes helped the girls answer questions about the essence and concept. Much of the interview was conducted textually. Imamurasan suggested to use Google Translate to facilitate the interview in case the Japanese-English language barrier got too dense*. For now, enjoy what might be the first official idol interview conducted in person through Google Translate.  Continue reading