2016 Homicidols Corenament Aftermath

You guys are crazy. Absolutely crazy. And not just the regular group of weirdos — who are the hundreds of people who swooped in over the last couple of weeks to vote for their favorite songs and artists? Amazing. I’m literally touched.

As we learned, Kamen Joshi was just too much for anybody to handle; once the Mask Girls themselves got involved and asked their legions of loyal fans to intervene, their victory was basically ensured. BiSH, who are rapidly approaching untouchable status in their home country, probably won the Western portion of the vote, but their management didn’t provide the same kind of support as others, and they fell.

In our make-up consolation round, The Spunky made an effort to get the fans out, and they were able to turn the tide against Screaming Sixties, who I think won the vote among site regulars but definitely got a nice boost from some of them, too — catchy is catchy, kids. Continue reading


2016 Homicidols Corenament Final

OMG IT’S FINALLY OVER! Thanks to everybody who voted, shared, commented and contributed. What a rush.

Congratulations to Kamen Joshi for mustering one of the most genuinely touching GOTV efforts I ever could have imagined, and congratulations to their fans in Japan and around the world who proudly repped the Mask Girls. You cared!

There’s no shame in being #2 to that. BiSH, you had a great run, seriously providing a ton of drama and ripping out hearts every step of the way. Come back hungrier next year!

And in our match for #3, The Spunky prevailed over Screaming Sixties. Both of our punk units turned heads throughout and will no doubt get a lot of attention going forward.

Fuller recap to follow. This just makes it official (and archives all of that mess). Continue reading


Shit-wreckers: The Corenament We Could’ve Had

If not for this whole past week being Babymetal Week®, I had wanted to play a little game to the side of the Corenament, a Homicidols NIT if you will. It never materialized because I didn’t have any time, but I did think we could have something fun to do while we reset for the final tomorrow. Hence: Shit-wreckers.

These are all songs that, had the opening round had a different result or some of the fan preferences shifted just a few nominations in one direction or another, could have been part of the Corenament.

Psybou Kanojo, “Most Violence”

I actually don’t know if that’s the right translation of the title of this song, and I don’t care. Listen to it:

Psybou Kanojo was actually voted into the Corenament as the representative of the solo idols, only to literally quit the day before. This was replaced by Guso Drop and a re-seeding took place, and then the Gusos disappointed and, seriously, we were robbed of what could have easily been a one-woman wrecking crew in the middle of the bracket. Oh well.

Ladybaby, “Renge Chance”

I bag on Ladybaby and have some general issues there (that, in fairness, could possibly be applied to others and I’m just not aware of it), but credit where it’s due: This is a tremendous song:

The irony is that this was released the day before the DEATH POP DEATHMATCH, but Deathrabbits won that in a walk in the very first instance of some suspicious voting patterns around them. Had Ladybaby advanced, this could have been theirs, and heaven help almost anybody else for having to deal with it.

Fruitpochette, “Paradox”

“CleverDick” won out over this song by a single vote in the nomination process, and while I personally consider “CleverDick” to be the most interesting thing that Fruitpochette‘s ever done, this is one epic bit of metal.

In the original bracket, Fruitpochette had one of the “easier” routes to the final. With this on their side, they could have walked off with the whole thing.

Osaka Shunkashuto, “Kill the King”

Here’s another one from a group that did enter the Corenament but probably not with their best material. Nominators chose “Let You Fly!!”, which is a fine and good song, but it’s not this:

The sicko inside me wishes that this could have been paired with Necronomidol‘s similarly styled “Lamina Maledictum” just to see what would happen. But Syukasyun (well, Maina and dancers) crush the hell out of that song. Ronnie James Dio would be proud if he weren’t dead.

Deep Girl, “I Kill”

Yeah, everybody got their yucks in at Deep Girls’ expense when debuted looking like an ill-informed stylist’s idea of an idol metal group, then failed to meet their sales objective. Nobody’s laughing anymore.

See the comments on that video for why the chorus actually works with the rest of that madness.

Deep Girl got a lot of early votes before fading and being passed by Kamen Joshi; otherwise, it’s likely that this would have been the #16 seed against Babymetal and “Megitsune.” Can you say with a straight face that you couldn’t see the possibility of history’s first victory of a 16-seed over a 1?

You’ll Melt More!, “id Idol”

My personal first Yurumerumo song, and genuinely one of their best. “Only You” may have technically been their best bet in the Corenament, but there’s so much … I dunno, alt-metal? in here that it would have stood a puncher’s chance against almost anybody.

I mean, “Suicide, sweet side”? Somebody get Judas Priest on the phone.

Idol’s version of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl meets that hard-driving instrumental in a song that makes self-violence and death sound adorable, set in a video that features the director killing his own talent? What isn’t there to like?



See, I’m calling it that because I’m mad and it’s a recap of why I’m mad. Get it?

Okay, so the Corenament final. If you read this, you probably saw me get first suspicious, and then actionable against what I thought was probably some kind of voting bot or script. I was cryptic about it at the time, but I’ll go right ahead now and say that it was voting for Babymetal and Deathrabbits.

In the case of the former, I’m guess because of the huge Kamen Joshi influx that happened earlier that day. Unfortunately, that was earned and trackable, as we watched the announcement go out in real time from highly socially connected members of the group and their friends; it’s almost even more amazing that they didn’t get many times more votes than they did, but I think the language barrier was an issue.

In the case of Deathrabbits, well, the Deathrabbits Army has been a constant presence since we started this whole thing. On one hand, they did ultimately get actual management support, which likely got out a good number of fans; on another, they have Western fans, too. I used to suspect that somebody was up to no good — they’d get voted up really quickly sometimes, or in spurts, the kind of behavior that makes you scratch your head if you’re used to looking at website numbers. I think what happened today was the person/s responsible saw that BiSH had made another move (which I can also track fans-wise) in the afternoon and panicked.

Look, this is stupid. It’s a stupid game. There are no rewards or consequences. The fact that the idols involved, some of them, are now even aware of its existence is a miracle. The only reason I put it together was for us to have fun. So in that respect, should I even care all that much? No. And that’s why I decided to let it ride itself out when I first started to talk about what I detected and did the hard reset on the polls; I called something of a penalty audible and made sure to alert the offending parties’ favorites that this was happening, giving them another chance to engage with fans and the like. From there, it could have worked itself out cleanly.

And it nearly did. You may have seen my remark around 11:30 that things were happening, but they looked legit. At that time (I should’ve gotten a screen capture), BiSH was in the middle of a steady game of catch-up against Deathrabbits, and Babymetal was getting many more votes but couldn’t make up ground against Kamen Joshi because, again, they were organized.

I guess those situations were a little too tough for somebody/ies, because the final 15 minutes were like a panicked rush of votes for Deathrabbits and Babymetal, in the latter’s case so out of their pattern for the whole Corenament that I almost couldn’t believe how brazen it was. Like, Reddit never picked this up. It was almost all direct traffic at that point … or somebody or something refreshing, getting around the cookies and repeatedly voting.

So. Does it matter? No. Is it for fun? Yes. But your fun doesn’t trump others’, no matter how much you might care about it, and I was up front that I wasn’t going to tolerate these kinds of shenanigans. It’s not my fault that you didn’t listen.

Advancing to the final: BiSH and Kamen Joshi. That’s actually a pretty good match-up, and I have a curveball in mind to maybe make it even cooler.

Not advancing to the consolation match: Babymetal and Deathrabbits. Babymetal actually just plain lost to Kamen Joshi (again, organization). It wasn’t in the spirit of the competition, but I can’t go asking every person for their motivation, so it’s not particularly fair of me to assume that what I take to be widespread preferences are universal. Deathrabbits, on the other hand, actually probably could have beaten BiSH straight-up, but were twice just today and at least one time in the past the beneficiaries of what is at best suspicious behavior.

Advancing to the consolation match: PassCode The Spunky and Screaming Sixties. It’s not what anybody expected, probably, but I’d prefer to crown a #3 and they’re both good candidates, so why not. [Ed.: Forgot who beat who for a second.]

I’ve said enough about this. It’s not about you and it’s not about me and it’s not about your favorite or mine winning or losing. It’s about whether we can just play a nice, clean game together. No different than a game of Go Fish. If you still want to complain, please don’t. If you have non-complaining questions, feel free to ask, and I’ll be as transparent as I feel I can be.


2016 Homicidols Corenament Final Four

The final round is being held here.

Here are your semifinal results: Kamen Joshi def. Babymetal fair and square (I think); BiSH defeated Deathrabbits because of dirty rotten cheaters. Details on all of that here.

Details for the final and consolation matches will be placed in a separate post. They will be held Monday, April 4, 0:00 to 24:00 EDT. The original post, including the faulty results, is preserved below.  Continue reading


2016 Homicidols Corenament Final Four Preview

New to the Corenament? Check out this archive of past rounds. Who would be your winner?

The U.S. Civil War pitted a nation against itself, brother against brother, father against son. I think it’s safe to say that the Corenament has been almost as difficult for fans of the hard side of idol.

Go ahead and give the Fond Farewell a read.

After several grueling rounds, we’ve eliminated the wheat from the chaff, or at least discovered who has the most and most ardent fans who can read English. Yes, after weeks of trials and travails, our bracket looks like this:

Babymetal, the #1 seed, has breezed through from the beginning, but the other odds-on favorites have been swept away. Now it’s a competition from the middle and bottom of the bracket, with BiSH, Deathrabbits and Kamen Joshi running on the thrill of an underdog’s victory toward a chance at the ultimate prize: A poorly made web sticker!  Continue reading


2016 Homicidols Corenament Round 1 AFTERMATH

Round 2 is open! Go vote!

Voting is closed! Congratulations to the winners: You’re moving on to play another day. Losers, you made a valiant effort, and we’ll roast you suitably for it. Here’s the Round 2 previewvoting begins at 0:00 EDT on March 23.

All of the results and stuff from Round 1 are recorded below for posterity.


By seed:

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2016 Homicidols Corenament Round 2 Preview

Round 2 is now open!

Wasn’t the first round fun? Also educational? I got pinged a few times by people excited to be learning about new idols to follow — that’s the whole idea!

The actual Round 2 post will go live at 0:00 EDT tomorrow, Wednesday, March 23. This preview is to give everybody a chance to consider the match-ups and make some BOLD PREDICTIONS. Continue reading


2016 Homicidols Corenament Round 2 AFTERMATH

This is purely a roundup now–I’ll get the Final Four preview up by mid-week. In the meanwhile, review how we got here (conference corenaments, Round 1) and check out the bracket.

Round 2 matches are included after the jump; that’s now an archive.  Continue reading


Couldn’t Hack It, I Guess: Psybou Kanojo Has Immediately Quit

In no way is this a joke.

Literally, immediately. H/T @Jul3rd

So we have a problem. Continue reading