See Papermaiden’s comment for a great example of how freely you, the individual person, can handle this part
So do you guys remember when the Corenament ended in a true shocker, as nominal champions Babymetal had their moment and title stolen away by a very pissed-off BiSH, and there was an epic Aina-vs.-Su-metal staredown and they vowed to settle the fight at QUEEN OF THE SCENE?
It’s time for us to do that. But first, we have some homework.
That we’re even starting this so late is totally my bad — plenty of work and personal obligations, then the site being eaten by its host, and something that I’d meant to start a month ago is just now seeing the light of day. But the extra time has given me a chance to think it through better, and I have a pretty neat competition put together, I think.
First order of business! This is an individual competition. No groups. Not at all. Su-metal gets a bye into the final rounds by dint of Babymetal’s Corenament victory, and will hold the #1 overall seed for what that’s worth (not much), but she’s going to face a lot of challenges because —
This is going to be more than voting, friends. This is Queen of the Scene, not some junky popularity contest that’s way easy to spam. We’re really going to test how many fans are out there, and just how much power and influence idols have over each other, and we’re going to find lots of ways to do it.
Which is not to say that there won’t be voting — there’ll be a lot of it! — only that voting is going to be just one component of how it all goes down.
Without giving away too many details, the gist is this: The preliminary round is round-robin group play, with the winner and runner-up of each division advancing to the real deal, which itself will be a series of randomly assigned matchup types and challenges, sprinkled with wild card entries of my own choosing, every one of which will last for a single day.
Nobody gets eliminated, per se, but instead accrues points per win-draw-loss, with a bunch of fun variables thrown in to keep it interesting. Will there be chair shots and run-ins? You betcha!
Because I am the Vincent K. McMahon of this shenanigan, I am also the boss, and I’ve already decided on which divisions we’ll use for the preliminaries and two entries per.
- The Look (fashion or trend, iconic in their own way)
Pikarin, Mashiro (Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da)
- Supersonic (singing)
Aina the End (BiSH), Nadeshiko (Yanakoto Sotto Mute)
- Hell’s Angels (harsh vocals)
Boss Rei (Guso Drop), Shidare (Not Secured, Loose Ends)
- Whirlwinds (dance)
Asumi (PLIC PROCK), Ikura (Q’ulle)
- Edgecrushers (boundary blurrers, scene leaders, legends of the underground)
Rinahamu (etc.), Kamiya Saki (BiS PARADE)
- New School (recent debutantes, under 18, innovators)
Cinnamon (Minna no Kodomochan), ・ (Dots)
- Sisterhood (who you’d want to party with)
First Summer Uika (BILLIE IDLE), Chiffon (You’ll Melt More!)
- Bow Down (the most worshipful)
Sari (NECRONOMIDOL), Pour Lui (BiS)
I mentioned that it’s an individual competition (there can be only one Queen, you see), but a single group can have many entries … one per division, and each competitor can only be in one division. So think strategically about who really belongs where, and definitely think about the big names that I left out so far on purpose. And remember: Su-metal already has a bye.
The ultimate goal is to select the one idol who really reigns supreme over this whole alt-loud-iverse. Solo idols are highly encouraged, upsets heavily wished for. Just like with the Best Of nominations, total nominations per division will determine who gets in there. Cap of five per category, preferring four, minimum of three; because people won’t all be nominating the same individuals for each division, I’m going to give precedence to where they got the most nominations, period.
Kindly take care of all of this in the comments. In fact, discuss away! Don’t submit one name per division, either; think, “Hey, who’s actually a really good singer and would make a good match for Aina?”, knowing that the odds of said person actually facing Aina head-to-head outside of the round-robin preliminary are basically none, so they actually do have a chance!
What’s the point, anyway? Well, the winning Queen of the Scene, in addition to that awesome title, will become the Official Oshi of Homicidols.com for the rest of the year, and will therefore wind up getting some kind of idiotic feature — basically, this is your chance to either elevate your personal favorite in front of others, or to annoy the crap out of me, or even both!
This process is open through Saturday. I’ll tally it all up on Sunday, and the preliminaries kick off next week.