Let’s Discover Some Idols: AKIARIM

All right, let’s get back to Discovering Some Idols, shall we? I feel kind of badly that more than a few of these groups that I’ll wave in front of your face did in fact debut at points in the past and some of them are pretty good so they’re never be eligible for the kinds of major awards that can make or break an idol career, but that’s okay. We’ll enjoy ’em on their merits anyway!

And what merits! Friends, I introduce you to AKIARIM (Twitter), who are … okay, so you know how there was this global outbreak of a potentially-deadly-and-even-under-the-best-of-circumstances-difficult-to-treat pathogen and, you may recall, it kind of got a whole lot of things canceled in the early parts of 2020? Yes, like almost a year ago? Okay good. So that’s basically AKIARIM, who if I’m following the timeline correctly were like, hey, we’re a cool group with some talent behind us and some resources and we’re debut– well okay, let– WE’LL JUST DO IT LATER THEN. And so began their life in earnest a few months ago:

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Codomomental Strikes Twice: New Track from Tokyo Tefutefu

Well, friends, we may have lost Yukueshirezutsurezure for good over the weekend (I hear that Daemon’s working on a retrospective), but Codomomental has proven over the years to be nothing but extremely flexible no matter the circumstances, and there are a pair of new projects for us all to become irrationally excited about. The first to meaningfully see the light of day was akugi, and now today we get the first (aural) look at the latest piece of the company’s puzzle, Tokyo Tefutefu.

As usual, it’s a two-hour preview; as usual, we here at Homicidols Dot Com love and respect you and will help you listen if you miss the window.

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Let’s Discover Some Dang Shut-in Idols

So Daemon comes into the Team chat a few weeks ago, or maybe it was Papermaiden (they’re hard to tell apart, see, because they both stan Tsurezure), comes barging in all like “hey, check it, hikikomori idols!” and there was much chuckling and gawking and it was a really good time. Except from yours truly, who idly clicked the Follow button on their Twitter and then immediately went back to being 75% engaged with something of marginal interest to anybody else. That pandemic life, bros!

But as all things go, we made it back to these glorious idols of extreme social isolation, and they are good, and I’m going to tell you about them now as if you, personally you, have never heard of them before. Continue reading

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Let’s Rediscover Some Idols: BOY MEETS HARU

Well if this particular conceit didn’t run right into a particular failure on ol’ Maniac’s part … see, despite nothing on your computer screen being a real thing that you can hold in your hand, and basically everything on the Internet only “existing” in the sense that there is energy stored in a device somewhere and that energy is organized in a particular way that other devices know how to render into things that you might recognize (but, again, can’t touch), this exact post that I’m typing in right has existed since autumn 2019, when I first put down a draft placeholder for a BOY MEETS HARU post. Interesting project! Cool times. But I didn’t get back to it, things happened with the group (near as I can tell, during my personal hiatus), and here we are, five days since BOY MEETS HARU “debuted” again, so … let’s discover these idols! Continue reading

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: Sugarpills

Well gang, I’m not sure if we’ll ever get to discover all of the idols worth discovering this year before the gate closes in a couple of weeks, so let’s expedite all of my personal favorites only the very best toward the front of the line.

A few weeks ago, while doing that thing where you look at the bills from random taibans for idols you haven’t heard of yet, and drawn like a moth to flame by the magic word “idolcore,” I went on a little riff through as-yet-unknown-to-me Osaka-area idols and found myself staring one act right in the face. Their name sounded kind of cutesy, but the limited photography of them didn’t line up with that. I figured, hey, part of why I’m doing this is to have something new to listen to for a little while, let’s see what it’s like. And oh my friends, what a good decision that turned out to be:

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: Re:INCARNATION

The best way to discover idols, I’m told, is to follow Homicidols Dot Com; the next best way to discover idols, then, must be to do it organically by endlessly scrolling social media while bored and/or avoiding other obligations; and the worst way of course is to get referrals from your friends. Yes, this is all on the up-and-up.

But yeah, I can’t tell you exactly how Re:INCARNATION came into my life a couple of months ago, save for it being one of those times that a tweet from one thing got pushed into my feed because other people had liked it (see: anybody who follows Viz Major always having gravure in your feed!), and one thing led to another:

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: Cinder-Ella

I’m kind of breaking my own Let’s Discover process for this one, gang, because I’m annoyed that they’ve been sitting half-covered in the queue since like August. It was one of those “doop dee doop, cruising through Twitter — hello, what’s this?” moments:

Oh man, that sounds good as hell! And (*three seconds of research) they’re a sister group of JyuJyu! Well sign me the heck up! Continue reading

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: INforMEL

We can consider this Let’s Discover Some Idols Week, gang, as there are nearly a dozen groups on my personal Let’s Discover Some Idols queue and precious little time before we get to the open call for Best Of nominations and I will be good goddamned if I don’t make at least one of these categories extremely annoying for everybody. For today’s entry, I’m actually breaking with my original schedule to give you something that just came to my attention recently — this MV found its way into my feed from other people liking it, and I’m nothing if not a sucker for new idol groups doing offbeat name things, and so here we are:

Delicious. That thing I was saying recently about the idol rock that really could only ever be idol rock? That kind of transcends genre along the way but usually has attractive bits and pieces from any of a number of standout genres? That’s what this is like, too. It’s like hard idolgaze, and I’m here for it. Continue reading

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: NELN

In the interests of keeping things light and good while at the same time rushing to get out a few more of these Let’s Discover Somes before we get the ball rolling on Best Of voting in a few weeks, I thought it was good to return to not just easily one of the best debuts this year, but definitely the most prolific and absolutely the one who I’d already done the most drafting (and therefore least work now) for!

Yes, friends, at some point in the past several months, if you’ve been active in just about any idol lists, you’ve no doubt run into who is probably the most enthusiastically multimedia of all non-major idols in quite some time, almost certainly via one of their umpteen videos:

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: REBEL REBEL

I had wanted to do another Let’s Discover today, but a thing happened and I felt like the opportunity was too good to waste, so instead here we go.

“Ah, POP iD” would go the standard-issue entry point to this post, for it is the exact mood, “nothing says loving like your intrepid dedication to rock-themed-and/or-adjacent idol groups, for which I am forever in your debt.” While that’s a perfectly cromulent (and correct) opening sentence, this one goes a little bit differently, because it was fellow POP iD enthusiast Chris who discovered these idols and talked about them in the Team chat recently, and so I made a point of following up with REBEL REBEL (Twitter) at some near point of convenience. They debut next week, like really for real, but the other day dropped their first tune, which is a doozy: Continue reading

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