We Should All Be Watching That Poppy

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?

That Poppy.

“Maniac,” you say, “that’s just a standard American pop song. What’s the big deal?”

This:

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The Friday Fun Is a Great What If

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!


I was a little bit unsure how to follow up a Funday as successful as #YuraSmile, but then one of our regulars, @SalemBlack4Ever was kind enough to suggest something.

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

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Where Our Idols Stand vs. All Idols

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?

You should check this out, then. Trigger Warning pinged me on this the other day: Continue reading

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The Friday Fun Is Redefining Binge-watching with Idol TV

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

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Help Me Figure out a New Dumb Thing to Do

Were you on Twitter yesterday when this happened?

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:

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What Better Friday Fun Than Hearing Idols Ruin Your Favorites?

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.

But luckily, Maniac was an excellent sport in setting up last week’s Friday Fun, and you were all excellent sports in participating!


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

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A Very Early Look at the Best of 2017

Kerri added this fun little thread in the forums the other day, and I wanted to call it out as an opportunity for folks to weigh in on the actual best of 2017 that we’ll actually get to do in 6-7 months; if we do our homework ahead of time, maybe we can avoid that arduous slog toward December that 2016 turned out to be.

Best of 2017 Predictions/Early Contenders

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This Friday Fun Is a Very Bad Idea

Hey gang. Kerrie’s on a special assignment today, and I was going to just let the Fun slide for a week, but then, naw, we always manage to make it a good time.

After all, last week’s #IdolBrandDeals turned out okay:


But I’m not right-way funny for this kind of thing, so I struggled a little bit with what to do. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. Continue reading

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The Present and Future of Homicidols.com

Friends, I’m tempted to just copy in the text of the official press release that’s going out on Monday, but I worked it out with the other parties involved, and we agreed that a message like this would be the most appropriate way to address this situation.

On Feb. 17, I was approached by a person whose name you probably know but who has asked to not be referred to by name until the official announcement is made. This person runs a management company that happens to include some beloved-by-us idols, and they had noticed over a period of several months the frequency at which those idols came up here and the level of response to them in the international fan community, on this site and elsewhere.

The proposition was a simple one: Our intent is to build “a bridge across the ocean” and start semi-regular activities in North America and Europe for existing groups, and launch domestic units within the next two years after sufficient market research has been conducted; we want you, Homicidol Maniac, to be a leader of this effort.

I have a great deal of respect for all of the people involved in this. While we have not always had an easy relationship, we have always had a workable one, and, having spent the past six weeks learning more about the particular people in management and among the talent, I can say that these are deeply serious, intelligent, talented people who are going to be doing incredible things in the world of music for the foreseeable future. I feel a little badly for having thrown some shade their way, but business is business and I got them to understand the different outlook of the average Westerner.

It will, therefore, be an honor to join their team. Specifically, I’ll be working in multimedia creative in everything from concept to marketing, and likely contributing English-language assistance in forming strategic partnerships with other companies.

What does that mean for Homicidols.com? I’m glad you asked. For me to continue the site as it currently is would, all parties agree, constitute a conflict of interest that would breach the terms of the employment contract I signed last week, and I would need to divest myself of any interest in the site and its activities.

To further that effort, I contacted some people who I’ve known for several years, people with whom I’ve done creative projects in the past. A few literal games of telephone ensued until I was speaking with a senior vice president of web and digital at an enormous international media company; after some cordial negotiations, we agreed that I would sell Homicidols.com, along with all associated brand elements and social accounts, for a price that you definitely won’t believe, so I won’t be publicizing it. AND MY LAWYER’S GETTING A BIG CHUNK SO IT BARELY MATTERS! #bitter (But hey, Kerrie’s finally going to get paid, so that’s nice.)

Suffice it to say that the company, which again will be made known when the press release goes out, is making a significant investment as a gamble that this idol thing will, in fact, take off in North America. I’m not completely sure, but I believe that there are relationships between the company, William Morris Agency and Sony, so the interest in seeing if other idols can approach Babymetal’s level of success is apparent.

So Homicidols.com isn’t going away. In fact, in the coming months, it will probably get a significant facelift. There will definitely be new writers (a friend that you all know well has alluded with all the subtlety of a Code Orange breakdown that she’s been invited to contribute). There will be new and more and better content than anything that I ever did.

There will be a transition, and this is important because it matters to me: Though my time as owner and primary everything is over in a hot minute, I will still be periodically contributing pieces. The Corenament will be resolved (by me). A few community games that I was in the process of designing will probably still happen down the road.

And between now and when the new creative team officially takes over, I asked that a person who I trust more than anybody to be a caretaker for this dumb place be permitted to step in as lead. So, beginning tomorrow, Kerrie will be the new editor/writer/joker/asshat for Homicidols.com, and the creative team assigned by corporate will step in gradually over the next couple of weeks.

Kerrie, as you know, has a wicked sense of humor and a great handle on idol. It helps that she digs pretty much everything that gets kicked around on here, but we’ve been sharing resources back and forth over the past couple of weeks just to get her up to speed. She’s bright and clever, and I have all the confidence in the world that the version of Homicidols.com that steps into existence tomorrow morning will be very much like what I tried to build — with the added bonus that Kerrie can actually Japanese, so there’ll most definitely be fewer dumbass errors.

You’ve all been great supporters of this project — from clicking to look at something new to commenting to sending me hate mail to sharing tips — and I’m going to miss that level of involvement in the community, but the bright side is that I get to engage from a new angle now, and actually make money off of a big, bold step forward for idols who definitely deserve it.

Treat the Weeaboo Witch well, and treat my website well. And wish me luck!

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This Is a Cool Article on How Indie Makes the Mainstream

It’s a little difficult to sum up this neat Japan Times article on the underground’s influence on modern J-pop and J-rock, but: Look no further than Perfume, basically.

It’s a little different than how we usually think about the genesis of a lot of our music, whereupon it’s indie idols adopting moves from contemporary rock etc. We also usually think of it as a primarily underground phenomenon, but, as the article points out, there are big-ass names (including our own Babymetal) who managed to make the leap to the big-time by adopting sounds and innovations from the small-time. Continue reading

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