All the New Things with the Darkness Girls

It was a big night in Shibuya tonight, friends, as NECRONOMIDOL held their first live ex Hina and Sari, and used it as a platform for much more than just rolling out new members.

But first, of course, the members. As all but completely given away in the teaser photo earlier in the week, there are two, and one of them is known to many of us as Hibiki, formerly of Gokigen Teikoku, now going as Kenbishi Kunogi. The other, Michelle, is previously unknown but for folks who follow the modeling scene.

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No, Melon Batake a go go Doesn’t Have an Off Switch

Game gotta respect game, and who else in idol, period, maybe ever, brings quite the same level of total creative vision as Soze and Melon Batake a go go? The answer is pretty much nobody! It is right and good to worry about the state of that vision anytime anybody from the depths of chikadom gets picked up by a major label, because of course said label is going to want to direct the show to an extent, but if anybody can brute-force their way through some meddling producer’s insistence on being right, it’s these girls.

And think of the benefits! Like, it’s possible that Melon will, after demonstrating a strong business case and projecting a viable ROI through omnichannel (zzzzzzzzzzzzz) DOING A REALLY GOOD JOB AND MAKING MONEY, get some extra lucre to do neat things with. I am, of course, in this case electing to be an optimist.

But hey! There’s been new Melon stuff lately, in preparation for that move out of the indies, and there’s more of it now! Continue reading

High-stakes Drama the Likes of Which You’ve Never Seen!

I just keep giggling about this. I really don’t know.

You tell me. Honestly. What the hell all is going on here? Idol Cannonball Run: The Motion Picture would create the single hottest holiday toy craze in history — vomit-inducing hot sauce! ill-fitting fitness wear! gratuitous bikini tops! — if it lived up to half of its potential. Like, AV vs. MV? More like Pour Lewd amirite? Continue reading

Would You Please Listen to These Spark Roadshow Tracks?

Man, do you guys remember Spark Roadshow? I was trying to remember where and why I knew of them, and then I remember their whole “marathon” business and nodded solemnly while giving “X-WOMEN” here another spin:

That’s good! But you might like these other ones even more! Continue reading

Did You Know That First Summer Uika Was a Movie Star?

In a manner of speaking, of course!

So the other day, I noticed a fresh post in the forums; given that most of what happens there is random Polish-language stuff, I just kind of ignored it … but then there was a reply, and things got interesting.

Go have a look at the request, for a film called Moonquake, asking where to find this piece that featured none other than former BiS and current Billie Idle and forever obsession of Homicidols.com renegade idol First Summer Uika. Char T Saki found it!

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Set Aside a Couple of Hours for This Tuesday’s WTF

I am in no way exaggerating that I had other plans for this week’s look at the weird and violent and weirdly violent things that surround the hard side of idol, and then I got this tweet and thought “Stop everything.” I didn’t take the whole two hours to stop to make this post, and I’ll admit that the oddly porny music playing while the two guys were fighting and one had a baseball bat, that was kind of a weird thing to skip ahead to at one point, but … look, are you interested yet, or not?

Here’s the pitch: At a few different moments, I’ve thought about posting something about Rev. from DVL (for instance, their most recent single), but they’ve never quite crossed the right threshold for me as a group. However, their center, Hashimoto Kanna, being an idol, is also an actor, and this starring spot of hers is called Sailor Suit and Machine Gun: Graduation.

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Mirror, Magnifying Glass or FYI? “Tokyo Idols” at Sundance

This is really interesting, both in that it exists and in how it’s approaching its subject. Tokyo Idols is at the Sundance film festival (running through next Sunday!); here’s the trailer:

Tokyo Idols Teaser from EyeSteelFilm on Vimeo.

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Did You Guys Know There Was another SiS Trailer?

I was very randomly poking around YouTube and thought, “Hey, I could go for another watch of the WHO KiLLED IDOL? trailer, seeing people get their dreams crushed repeatedly is pretty great when there’s still a happy ending for a few of them,” so I did a usual search for “SiS” and … well, I haven’t seen this one before.

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Oh Gracious, Hanako-san Is in This Movie

This happened yesterday:

I didn’t put any thought to it until I saw this little thread in the Idolmetal group, and friends, not only is that an actual movie, and not only is Hanako-san’s “Human Die!!” included in the soundtrack, but the toilet-murdering undead schoolgirl herself is playing … well, herself.

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The Brief Life and Brutal Death of SiS: The Movie

OF COURSE THIS HAPPENED EVENTUALLY.

So the edited-up version of the BiS auditions airs tonight (or now, I guess, or tomorrow? Japanese dates confuse me), and it’s probably a good recap for those of us who watched pretty much the entire audition boot camp as if there were going to be any insights — hell, if you were paying attention, it was clear from early on who the winners were going to be, lending credence to the it-was-all-a-stunt-of-course-it-was-this-is-Watanabe-we’re-talking-about of it all.

For many, the most interesting outcome of the auditions wasn’t New BiS, but the spin-off sister/rival group SiS, the prototype of which stormed the stage at the New BiS debut and got people really excited and then had themselves a really cool debut live of their own and then … well.

While SiS is definitely in the running for a number of Best of 2016 categories, their life and death and GANG PARADEsurrection were still pretty great drama, so it’s fitting that this is happening:

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