The 2019 Homicidols Corenament, Round 1

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

Withdrawn Wednesday #4

While last week was bare bones in the way of graduated oshi content, there was suddenly such a big influx of photos and news this time around that we didn’t even have to wait an extra week! Or maybe we just got better at looking. Either way, if there’s a graduated Homicidol we aren’t covering, let us know! Sometimes they pop up in the strangest of places!

Your Graduated Oshi: Where Are They Now?

Kuromiya Rei fans, BRATS have a new MV out!

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Can Anyone Be Ready for this BiS?

The people have spoken(?) and Watanabe has reaggregated BiS as a nine-member unit. Not one to do things halfway or with subtly, the infamous adult patient neglecter has endowed the group with their own “Bohemian Rapsody”, which is a whopping 11 minutes and 47 seconds.

Grab your coffee or tea and sit comfortably to take in this grandiose venture:

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Your 2019 Homicidols Corenament Primer

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.

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Come Listen to the New Tsurezure

Hey hey, it’s a song preview (and official title of their new single) from Not Secured, Loose Ends / Yukueshirezutsurezure, who not that long ago seemed poised to take the world by storm but are now getting ready for a new life sans their long-time lead, Shidare, and with more newness in the lineup than you can shake a stick at.

Let’s get down to business:

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Making an Idol Monster: We Talk to the Creative Team behind Monster of Dolls

Just a few months ago, Homicidols published a profile of fans-turned-promoters bringing alternative idols to the Western World.  Looking back now, the article is a bit embarrassingly anglo-centric. Unbeknownst to us at the time, a group of Italian-speaking fans were putting the finishing touches on their own considerable efforts to launch an alt-idol festival in Italy. When the final lineup for the event was revealed in mid-February, it was clear that there was a new and significant player in the business of importing underground Japanese idol to the West.

Seemingly overnight, the hardol diaspora had grown another tendril.

On May 11th in Bologna, Italy, Monster of Dolls will play host to alt-idol A-listers LADYBABY, the Western debut of JyuJyu, and an appearance by the legendary Sari of NECRONOMIDOL fame. The event’s biggest coup, however, is scoring the first ever overseas live for perhaps the hottest chika idol act in Tokyo: Melon Batake a go go.

The appearance of this top-tier alt-idol festival, seemingly out of nowhere, was the most pleasant of surprises. Our curiosity was piqued, not just about the cost of plane tickets to Italy, but also about the festival itself, the brains behind it, and about the Italian-speaking fandom whose presence we had been totally ignorant of until now. So we reached out to our new Italian allies in the quest to bring alt-idol to the West in the hopes that we could learn all we could.

We think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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Follow Along for Some Fresh BLACKNAZARENE

I don’t get a ton of time to casually scroll through Twitter anymore, but when I do, I tend to stumble over some good stuff. It’s good luck, I guess. Usually, following half of all idols makes for a bloated, disjointed mess of a feed, but maybe my eyes got used to it or something. The point is, there I was, doop-dee-doop, minding my own business when … hello, what’s this?

Why, that’s two songs! And right in reply to its own message, there’s BLACK NAZARENE with links to each and lyrics! What’s happening! Continue reading

Saturday MV Galore can’t stop, won’t stop: New Chiaki Mayumura out!

If you were planning for a boring saturday without any visual stimulation, you should probably give up on these foolish plans right away.

Idol is happening and you’d be depriving yourself of some good stuff.

This very short MV could have been a contender for the weekender, but I feel it wouldn’t do it justice. This needs a better showcase. Please take in this minute and a half shockfull of corporate insanity.  Whether the baldness drums, the pertinent suggestions of what to do with shareholders and higher ups at your next christmas party or the sheer contrast of the hymn-like music (a reference to school songs, perhaps?) compared to the chaos of the MV.

Once again, have a great weekend!

 

 

 

Maison Book Girl : Automata

Maison Book girl will soon be releasing their new album SOUP, and we are therefore graced with a music video for the song Kujira Kōjō (Whale Factory).

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Broken By The Scream: Proof That Idols Can Melt Faces and Put Them Back Together Again

Well if this wasn’t a hell of a thing to wake up to, and by “this” I mean the message from Kerrie that said (I’m paraphrasing) “zomg Maniac new MV from BBTS I think that only a person of your stature and grace can write about that.” This is a good thought! That kind of flattery will definitely get your somewhere!

So without further ado, and I hope as not too much of a spoiler, let me say, let’s take a look at this beast:

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