Happy weekend, everybody! Did you have a good week? Me, I’m glad that mine’s over. Kind of fortunately, there wasn’t a whole lot going on in the Idolverse compared to some other times in the past, so being astonishingly, hellaciously busy didn’t mean missing out too much.
Hey gang! Maniac here. If you’ve been around the site for more than a hot minute, you’ve no doubt come across the work of the mysterious man I refer to as the Anonymous Translator. Going back to when he helped us understand what was going on in the world of Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da during their membership kerfuffle several months back, he’s very selflessly contributed translations for no shortage of Zenkimi and Yukueshirezutsurezure interviews, plus blog posts and announcements for others in the scene — he even made some noise in the Corenament! — and sharing little bits of information here and there (like, for instance, that Tsurezure was going to Canada, well ahead of any official announcement).
Basically, dude’s a big contributor to our understanding of what’s going on in the idol world, and especially around Codomomental. I consider his generosity a tremendous boon, so I’m very happy to be sharing that our guy has gone to Patreon to pick up some luchre in support of the work that he does.
Happy weekend, friends! Have you been thinking about fun alternatives for idol MV sets? We need more fun!
This was a hell of a week, though, wasn’t it? Of course the highlight was Papermaiden’s interview with Not Secured, Loose Ends in Toronto, and Daemon’s eyewitness reporting on their first appearance on North American shores. I’m still a little sore that I missed out, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes. Besides, details are soon to come on another beloved-by-the-community group venturing forth to lands outside of Japan, and I for one can’t friggin’ wait to know the specifics (about which I’m deliberately being coy because you probably know what I’m talking about but I only feel like posting once it’s all lined up).
Of course many things happened and didn’t get included here on the sacred pages of Homicidols.com, so it’s time to look back!
Don’t You Ever Get Tired of This, Maniac?
Did you want the details on Hauptharmonie’s final concert?
What happens when you combine the blandest possible pop culture, celebrity worship, the Internet hive mind, conspiracy theory and post-Warhol meta art with clear influences from and references to idol?
“Maniac,” you say, “that’s just a standard American pop song. What’s the big deal?”
Kerrie was having trouble logging in, gang, so she asked me to post on her behalf. It’s Kerrie, if you couldn’t tell. Go buy something from her.
Well, last week’s Friday blew up in ways I didn’t expect. Lots of people took part, and it somehow even made its way to Guso Drop themselves! Boss!Rei got some amusement from browsing the tag, the smile goddess herself Yurapiko has been hashtagging her selfies as #YuraSmile. Good job everyone! You got us noticed!
Well, I couldn’t resist. The annual Europe (and Australia)-wide karaoke battle where the results are in no way determined by politics whatsoever brings joy to many people’s lives. You do get some legitimately good songs in there, but everyone also remembers the camp and silly side too. It sounds like the perfect event for idols to show up at!
So, this week, we want you to come up with scenarios that would happen if idols entered Eurovision! Continue reading →
A lot has changed in idol over the years; from basically being Japanese entertainment’s version of flyover country to some of the biggest stars in the world, and up and down and back and forth, idol itself has waxed and waned in its popularity. And then you get into the culture change and shifts in musical variety of the last several years — you know, that whole raison d’être of this stupid website — and various individuals becoming pop culture touchpoints, and you kind of wonder maybe exactly how it all fits together.
That is, relative to the rest, exactly how popular are our idols?
I’m actually writing this one immediately after last week’s Friday Fun post, so I have no idea if you guys actually joined in with the #IdolCoversIdLikeToSee fun, but since you usually deliver, I’m going to congratulate you anyway! Good job everyone!
I can hear the groaning coming a mile away; “Oh boo, here goes Kerrie with her Hello! Project rambling again, kick her off the site already.” Yes, this is another Friday Fun inspired by Hello! Project. When you’re a fan of both alt-idol and more traditional idols, sometimes you see certain groups or companies doing one thing and wonder “what would happen if ____ did that too?”
I’ve ranted many times on Twitter about how I want to see WACK become the HelloPro of alt-idol, with shuffle units (A MoMo unit with BiS’ Momoland and BiSH’s Momogumi, anyone?), big joint events, the whole shebang (and to be fair, last month’s WACK Expo was like a smaller version of what I had in mind). Continue reading →
Or immediately thereafter, I guess? I got a lot of feedback, all of it completely agreeable, and the reason that I say that it was agreeable rather than “a bunch of nice ideas!” or something is because, as I shortly thereafter explained:
There's a point to this question, actually, not just me musing like a goof because I have some time to kill.
First off an apology; things have been a bit hectic what with job hunting, some art projects and my own personal health going down the drain, hence why I wasn’t around last week nor for that dramatic conclusion to the Hello! Project Samurai War! I’m not setting a good example as the Homicidol Gremlin at all! And to think, Maniac is still bitter about me winning the Alt Idol Podcast Zenkimi giveaway and not sharing my precious loot (It’s okay Maniac; I’ll send you a photo of my Megumi wristband so you can print it off and stick it to your arm, so it’s sort of the same thing, right?) and then I go and disappear too! Honestly though, I think you all needed a break from me anyway.
This week’s Friday Fun is something that’s been on my mind ever since #UpcomingAltIdolEvents, especially since some of the suggestions we got could very well fit into this week’s hashtag. But really, this is just an excuse to post BiS’ cover of “Suki Suki Daisuki” once again. Continue reading →