From 0 to Hype with raymay

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!

They’re called raymay (Twitter), and this is the first glimpse into what they’ll sound like. Just listen to this swag: Continue reading

Them’s Fightin’ Idols: Meet SKIRMISH

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

Marionet Isn’t Slowing Down One Bit

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:

Proving that they’re real!

Yeah, I don’t know if this is the best debut of the year, but it’s certainly among the most aggressive and enjoyable. Keep doing you, Marionet.

Here’s Your All-new New Candye Syrup

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:

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I’m Avoiding Semi-precious Gem Puns for the Sake of Us All: Meet garnet.garnet

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

Yeah, Marionet’s on Fire

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.

Idol, man!

These Kittens Got Claws: Mew Mew x i’olet

My goodness this is a weak week in idol. What gives? Did everybody tap out emotionally after all of that crap last week? I keep expecting some Codomomental previews or WACK videos or something, and I got nothing. Guess we’d better look at some heretofore undiscussed idols!

Here’s one:

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I Don’t Have a Good Pun for This Debut: NEAR

I know! You’d think it’d be easy. I can think of bad puns right now, but none of them are even oh-Maniac-chuckle-chuckle funny, and that’s the lowest level that I strive for. What’s the point of being a fancy idol blogger if you can’t make people acknowledge that they ought to awkwardly laugh for the sake of the wild-eyed madman screaming at them in HTML about things?

Anyway. Still, no idol news of note this morning, so let’s keep plumbing recent weeks’ unpublished drafts and see what happens. Like, for instance, a new-enough group that has notably been popping up in lots of photos with other idols but is yet to generate much of a following — NEAR!

Interesting! What else do you have?

I’ll take it! This isn’t actually a new unit, per se, given that they debuted like way back in the spring, but a 2018 debut is a 2018 debut, damn it, and I’m the boss here. They’re the “most confident idol,” is the angle, which probably means that they’re basically walking ganbare fists but would be way more fun if “confident” were more along the lines of “kept in confidence,” which would allow for all kinds of neat interpretations, including my preferred epithet of NEAR as human embodiments of the Keep of Secrets from OG Warhammer (remember Warhammer!).

But naw, let’s keep it sane-ish and just say that they remind me of 969 in good ways.

For a smaller, less-followed unit, NEAR produces a ton of media to take in, so make sure to follow them on Twitter and YouTube for the goods. For instance, of the girls just celebrated her birthday in a video that looks like it was produced by Lein on a day when she really wanted to keep the demons at bay but couldn’t quite hold them all the way back:

Fun!

This Debut Isn’t the End and I’m Sorry, That’s an Awful Pun: Kimi no Mawari

Has anything interested happened in the Idolverse yet today? I suppose that depends on your perspective. However: No. Not yet. There are apparently announcements to be made later, and that’s great, but I want to blog a post right now. Good thing there are so many new idol groups to catch up with!

So remember a few weeks ago, in the Weekender, when I was like “ex-BiS tongue piercing Nakayama Yukiko did an idol group”? It happened! Unveiled last week! They are Kimi no Mawari (Twitter). This is the teaser for them: Continue reading

These New Idols Ain’t Anybody’s Puppet: Marionet

Man, catching up on stuff has been hard! We’re now fully into idol’s busy season, in case you couldn’t tell, so every time that I think I’m going to be be able to catch up on several older items at once, nope, not happening, too much else going on. I’m not going to complain — in fact, I’m embracing it, because it makes things that I do try to catch up on either faster or in-geological-terms immediately that much more special.

One area for catch-up? New units. There are a lot of them! Many of them pretty good in fact! I must have a couple of dozen that I could be posting up and don’t just because there isn’t time for it all. In some cases, though, I’m making exceptions. Like, for instance, Marionet, who actually haven’t debuted yet, but for whom I’ll make an exception to the usual semi-rule because they’ve at least had the good sense to preview some of their music:

There’s another reason, though, and it’s that the roster includes one very familiar face: Continue reading