So a lifetime ago (Saturday), a buzz swelled up and over the wota scene like
Is … is that a kazoo?
Yeah, folks were popping off about these girls the other day, and for good reason — we get our share of punk idols, but not many who sound like the second coming of punk rock itself with idol as an incidental feature. If I didn’t know any better (time travel isn’t real!), I’d swear that I already own some of their music on a compilation CD somewhere. Continue reading →
So funny story, I apparently started to blog this post almost two entire months ago, saved it in 90 percent-complete form on a day when I clearly thought “ah ha, I will complete this over lunch at work, I am very smart.” And then the joke was on me, because here I am two months later finding it in my drafts queue while looking for something else! Yippee!
Anyway! You may or may not have encountered Dooshite Tomodachi GA inainoka in your idol travels. That would be appropriate, as they’ve been around for long enough to be a regular on plenty of well-populated idol bills, and I’m pretty sure that their pre-debut was noticed and discussed. What caught my eye, though, wasn’t so much that as the fact that the group includes Urara from senritsumelodious and the Original and Only Adopt-an-Idol Poroporo Baroque, and if there’s an idol in the business who’s cursed, it’s Urara.
I don’t mean to alarm anybody, but what with the Best of 2018 only recently put to bed and 2019 still more than a week off, I feel like I already have my favorite debut for next year figured out. Yes, it’s raymay, the uijin sister group that got a heck of a treatment in the Weekender because of the way they’d been teasing out their debut MV ahead of their Christmas Eve live debut with their big sisters. That’s the kind of thing that gets a Maniac to notice!
Of course, it’s the music that matters, and it’s to the music that we now turn. What does raymay have for us as an official kick-off?
Not that long ago, maybe a week or so, some scuttlebutt opened up in the Idolverse. One could write that sentence for just about any day on the calendar, but in this case I refer to a bubbles of interest around a new project from the same team as uijin, who you may recall as great-ass idols who exist at permanent arm’s length from anybody who doesn’t go to their many, many lives. Great, but sad! Naturally, of course, the discussion turned toward what this new sister unit will sound like — more of the big sister’s “neo Tokyo” take, or maybe something bent more(!) toward electronica, or brutal slam*, or … or what? Now we know!
2018 has been a banner year for idol debuts, at least in the chika scene and among those whose sound could best be described as “rock-inspired.” At one point near the end of the spring debut season, it was like new units doing cool things were falling out of the trees. I could not have approved more. The only problem, especially now as the year draws to a close and especially as the Homicidols Best Of 2018 timeline shuts the door literally tomorrow, is that I’m terrified of missing out of somebody who warrants real-deal attention.
Take for example SKIRMISH, who are the entire point of this post! They debuted less than a month ago and are already responsible for one of my favorite tracks of the last couple of months: Continue reading →
Now that they’ve officially debuted, one could forgive Marionet for going into the usual routine of doing lots of gigs and even performing new songs but not really putting things out into the digital world for broader distribution, seeing as how the crux of idol always falls to the live experience. But no! There’s yet another new song, and it is good and it makes me feel like, of all the good new things moving around in idol these days, this one might have some staying power.
Just a nice, mature song. And, as I mentioned, they debuted the other day; here’s a live clip, even:
Well if this isn’t a pleasant surprise — after graduating all of their original members post a final show right here in the good ol’ USA, Candye Syrup is back. Or, more accurately, a unit called Candye Syrup is back, because these are totally new Candye Syrup members:
<from left to right> ♡Soku Shian – Cyan Blue ♡Chiro Chiroru – Lolipop Purple ♡Choco Reito – Crazy Pink ♡Yume Miichan – Chocolat Mint
The official debut show of the second phase is scheduled on Feb 20th 2019. However, we are going to start ”pre debut shows" from Dec 9th 2018. pic.twitter.com/9vp5L5qkqz
We are preparing the new songs and costumes for the debut show. The superb members from the first phase are all graduated and we are launching the second phase from the scratch. We will do our best to create it better than ever. Thank you very much for your continued support!
While idol’s in the throes of Halloween, the greatest time of the year to be a living alt-persona because you can put on a slightly different version of that persona and get even more money than usual, there’s not a ton going on other than idol Halloween, so we here at Homicidols.com hope to fill a void. Yes, we understand the sensations of loss and frustration that can happen when your expectations of regular new stuff go unmet, and we’re here to help.
With more new idols! Ol’ Maniac here did promise to feature more new artists this year, or at least new projects with old artists (see below!), so here you go.
Say hi to garnet.garnet (Twitter). They debuted on Sunday! What kind of unit are they? It was hard to tell when their tweets started to appear in my feed, because they hadn’t released anything yet. Now, post-debut, at least we get this much: Continue reading →
Yada yada 2018 reviews yada yada, you get it, I never shut up about this year being some kind of blood infusion for loudol, a statement loaded with dramatic irony after I spent a good chunk of 2017 wondering if the whole little movement hadn’t become passe. Hilarious! And it’s like 2018 is just rubbing it in right now with debuts (or pre-debuts, in many cases) just getting better and better, as proven by the about-to-launch Marionet, home of site favorite Hoshina Fumimi, who latest set off good feelings all over the place:
They can do no wrong! I think I still prefer this one, but what a pair to choose from, you know? Everything we’ve heard from Marionet so far has been at least baseline good, and of that kind of good that you don’t just want to listen to, but you can actively have fun listening to because then you start to bop, and then dance, and then look up pricing for springtime trips to Tokyo so that you can do these things in person and then fork over unfair sums of cash for a photo with Fumimi.