Good lord, what a thing to step into first thing on a Wednesday.
Minna no Kodomo-chan, winners of the Corenament, owners of some of my very favorite idol-related music to date, a teen chika power duo if there ever was one, an entity that manages to loom immensely despite the cumulative height of its members being about 8′ (it’s the backboards, I’m sure), have an album that’s out today. You have no doubt endured my barely contained hype, as I have been all kinds of excited since the day that it was announced, and I was practically giddy yesterday when they made it clear that an MV was going to happen this morning.
Friends, did it ever:
If you’re wondering why it took me well over an hour to get this out, it’s because I wasn’t in a place to heart react immediately, and I just spent most of that time struggling to get to where I needed to be to finish this post. And, sometimes, time is gift — you can think things through and mull them over and force-listen to a piece a few more times. What a gift, man. Continue reading →
A good while back, I speculated that PassCode would not just join the Idol Invasion, but might be a prominent player in it. After all, between VIRTUAL and the “MISS UNLIMITED” single (and the signing with Universal), they were riding as high as anybody through 2016, including on gaijin shores. The ever-necessary English-language videos followed. It wasn’t a leap to expect them to arrive, maybe even in 2017, and possibly even put together a mini-tour.
The next year wasn’t so kind. “bite the bullet” didn’t seem to excite people the way that previous materials had, and ZENITH, despite being pretty good, seemed to be missing something. The shine had worn off, maybe, or PassCode’s fairly narrow musical range was catching up to them. Regardless, just when momentum seemed to be at its lowest ebb since 2014’s epic re-launch, it was announced that Yuna was going on hiatus for real-deal health issues.
Was PassCode going to recover? I questioned it, I’ll admit. Human beings are natural front-runners — maybe because we understand mortality in an abstract way, or maybe because we just suck, we follow the brightest and shiniest of things even if we don’t like them simply because they’re bright and shining, and that bright shininess can rub off on us one way or another. To lose shine, though, is to basically forfeit it, because we definitely do suck and will simply, as a species, move on to the next shiny bright thing.
You can be surprised that 2018 has been a pretty nice rebound for ol’ PassCode, then, especially since it seems like they’re finally getting to test those international waters. Continue reading →
It has been so goshdarned long, you guys, since Avandoned last appropriately graced these pages that I had this little twinge of hesitance when, finally finally finally, their post-hiatus return single finally landed, and we got the kind of MV that only Beni, Kotao and a small handful of like-minded creative weirdos would dream of putting together. One, as perhaps the twee-est of all twee alt-rock art idols, Avandoned only aligns well with the mission of Homicidols.com at about 80 percent of the same frequency as, say, You’ll Melt More!; two, this is usually Brian’s gig.
I can only imagine that my dude will forgive, though, as he’s probably still recovering:
That’s great, but please do “Explosive romance” next, please and thanks
Yeah, the video is quirky and off-beat and fun as all hell, and maybe that’s what Beni and Kotao want you to be paying attention to, but let us please consider this absurdly catchy, fun, jam-tastic little song all on its own merits for a minute: That opening beat had me wondering if Avandoned wasn’t taking a very obvious and deliberate cue from the Jackson Motherhubbard 5, but then the chords went all haywire and on a trippy Very Brady adventure we went. The Partridge Family would’ve struggled to keep up that kind of positivity. Continue reading →
It’s a slower day in idol, folks, and I neglected to work the Soundcloud clips into the Weekender, so let’s all gawk at PassCode’s splice of the tracks available on “Ray”:
I previously called the title track itself maybe my favorite piece of new music of theirs since the release of “MISS UNLIMITED”, and this frankly backs that up well. It’s even structured a lot like that (pretty legendary-like, honestly) release, with the catchy Radio PassCode lead, and the Heavy PassCode and Heavy Dance PassCode B-sides. “TRICKSTER”, just in short form, is menacingly shaking its fist at many of my past favorite Heavy PassCode tracks, and I can’t wait to hear it in full. Continue reading →
Previously On Pour Lui’s YouTube Dungeon With the help of her mum, Pour Lui successfully re-kidnaps her former prisoners, tries to poison Megumi, and the shocking revelation that she is actually a witch!
In this heartwarming Mother’s Day special, Pour Lui buys Mama Lui a vibrator, makes her brother watch and is consequently grounded until June 6.
Episode 25: Filler Episode
With Megumi having fled to the UK and Saki now on the rebound with Haruna Bacchiin, Pour Lui gathers the remaining prisoners to reminisce about that time she made a supervillain costume and fans meme’d her.
Episode 26: Happy Nonday
Pour Lui did not give Nozomi a massager for her birthday, despite what that unsubtle crotch shot at the beginning might have led you to believe. At least Puu doesn’t just have a box full of sex toys lying around in case she needs to give someone a present. At least there’s that.
Episode 27: Drone Warfare
What’s that noise?
Could it be? The demons have finally come to take the Pouverlord away!!!
Or it could just be a drone, but I like my idea better.
Will Pour Lui ever learn how to use a drone correctly? Or will she be dragged into hell first?
Will Michel receive a vibrator from Lui as a wedding gift?
To be continued? Yes!
Puu’s Youtube Rival Of The Week
Since a lot of idols are setting up their own YouTube dungeons, I thought I’d have a little feature highlighting what YouTube idols have been uploading recently. And in celebration of Pour Lui’s addition to Billie Idle, this week we’ve got former Billie Idle sweetheart Yasui Yuuhi (Now going by the identity Mahiruno Yuzuko) showing us how she does her makeup. Subscribe to her, she deserves it!
You know how there’s always at least one idol project our there that just perfectly aligns with your tastes? It might not be the one that you wind up stanning the hardest for, the one you listen to the most, etc., but you also can’t stop watching, and you always wish that you could give it more energy?
Indulge me for a moment and take a step back, all the way back to March or so, when Pure Idol Heart first shared this clip:
I recall thinking the same thing that I often think about groups on the first, preview kind of look: That’s nice and fine, I’ll do a little placeholder for them right now, I can come back to them if they make something of it.
Not everybody does! Some projects never really get off the ground, or they release one thing and then never move forward, or everything that they do subsequently is either bad or boring.* Fortunately, though, more often than not, the next step is at the very least worth keeping up with, and then you have something to follow and it’s cool.
Happy Saturday! After yet another mercifully under-control week from idol, it’s a good time to take stock — idols are touring (relatively) all over, releases just keep getting better and better, and that general malaise that I thought I felt a little while back? Completely idiotic! Not everything is great news, obviously, but net positive movement is net positive movement.
You guys should have a net positive weekend, too. The Weekender is a good way to start, and of course you should go play the Fun, but you know what? You deserve even more. Team Homicidols has some really cool stuff coming in the next couple of days, so maybe you’ll need to look beyond idol for your positives. Chill with friends! Eat a nice meal! Complete that dark ritual meant to destroy us all! Whatever works!
That Was Ominous
PASSPO fans, your flight attendant idols are being canceled:
While we’re on the topic of dream idols, can we pause for a minute to admire sora tob sakana?
You should just let this Tentenko list play over all of your weekend activities:
From May 20th (Sun.) to May 26th (Sat.), 60 second commercials of Melon Batake a go go New Album ”SICK×IDOLS×SICK”(6/27 on sale), is on-air every hour from 7:44-24:44 on Yunika Vision! pic.twitter.com/PUP6qZ7x1c
I couldn’t be more excited for Minna no Kodomo-chan’s album release:
Minna no Kodomo-chan's 1st album "The World Without Walls" is released on May 23.
The children are suffering with the world where there are no walls to secure them from collisions of minds. Still, they are obliged to be alive. Listen to their cries of the hearts, to the world. pic.twitter.com/qoT1KuwX4e