So Apparently Yajima Mai Grants Wishes

The other day, in a playful mood, I did this:

Some people did it, too! Those are people who understand that Yajima Mai, who is incredibly cool and epic, is incredibly cool and epic, and that we should all want full-length MVs from her.

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This New One from Diamondollfy Absolutely Rips

Happy Monday morning, everybody! Thanks to everybody who’s been adding their voice to the Best of 2017 cut-down. As you can imagine, there’s a lot of work to get down to just the tippy-top best … and then we complicate it by allowing anything that makes it in by the end of November to qualify. It’s like re-undoing your own work!

Speaking of late entrants, perhaps you’ll be moved by this latest piece from Diamondollfy, who only continue to improve:


It’s even called “Irony Dystopia”! Amazing

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You Aren’t Prepared for This One New from DEADLIFT LOLITA Today, Or Maybe You Need It

Oh my.

Oh my. Cleans. And rapping! Continue reading

My Response to Rei Leaving Ladybaby May Surprise Many

As it turns out, Kuromiya Rei’s taking a break from Ladybaby performance due to throat issues was a more ominous development than anybody reckoned; for that and other reasons, she’s withdrawing, and the whole Ladybabyverse is in an absolute tizzy:

Rei: Out immediately. Rie: Wait and see. Ladybaby: On hiatus, but effectively done. Continue reading

You’re Damn Right That the New Necroma Vinyl Is Boss as Hell

How could it be any other way?

So yeah, it’s basically NECRONOMIDOL Week, which is both a great and deeply disturbing thing when it’s realized, but come on: U.S. tour, fan club, VIP stuff … and OH LOOK IT’S A NEW VINYL RELEASE!

That’s a lot of pressure, Specific, even in French. Yeah, I said I’d review the thing, what of it? I AM UNCORRUPTIBLE! But let’s not kid around, this thing’s gonna be awesome. Continue reading

Necroma Makes It Terrifyingly Real, So Get Planning

Because your soul belongs to Oshi, remember?

Well, friends, the day has (gulp) finally arrived, and NECRONOMIDOL’s arrival on U.S. shores is not only definitely happening, but now thoroughly planned, and also barely a month away. Details are after the jump; first, feast your senses upon this video message from the members:


I understood Himari when she said “America”

This one’s personal, for what it’s worth. I don’t know how many folks read Colin’s old HuffPost piece on the idols set to break through to international audiences (in 2015!), making that heady jump from Babymetal to lots of great other stuff, but my dude even then was repping hard for Necroma, and they were still mere toddlers in the grand scheme of things. I had the same thought, though, that the darkness girls would catch on like a plague if given a chance to do so, and everything about Homicidols.com was ultimately about them and a handful of other projects (some of which have only come into existence since!), trying to help to build interest and support and bring them to this country. Continue reading

JyuJyu, I Love You, You Should Do More Video Stuff

I kind of hate myself for being a day late on the latest from the cursed idols, JyuJyu, especially given the day that I had yesterday, but such is life.

Anyway, with only this much more ado: JyuJyu dropped a new song while in their Halloween costumes! Yay!

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And Now Even Lyric Holic Has Bitten the Dust

At least I can stop complaining about idol being boring this year; the death toll alone is incredible. Lyric Holic, at times the most viciously loud thing in idol but also capable of real-deal beauty (because Tama), had their final one-man later today*. Maybe it means something that I wouldn’t have even known it if not for randomly seeing a tweet from a member of another (friendly) group** wishing them well:

Idol English, man

I’d point you to stuff directly from the official account, but it appears to have simply given up. Instead, we tell a story with the members themselves! Continue reading

Hanako-san Is the Demon We Never Knew We Always Needed

It’s been so long since we last got some new material from the unofficial mascot of Homicidols.com that I was starting to think that she wasn’t ever going to give us fresh music, but the gods smiled upon us this day.

I’ll warn you, when you see the title, your brain may immediately go to Babymetal, and you may be expecting a power metal romantic epic that takes you on an emotional journey about swords and moons and stuff. In fact, I recommend that you set your expectations in precisely that direction before you hit play on this puppy:

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Make Me a Believer, SHINGEKI

You guys know that I run kind of hot and cold when it comes to Yannderu Ame YAMIAME Imonikomi SHINGEKI, but, when they get stuff right, they get it right as rain.

For example? They’re recording solo tracks, a proposition that’s often fraught with combined promise and potential disappointment. This one is Imoko’s. I seriously want it to be good and loud.

Imoko-chan, a thousand blessings upon you. That was good. And of course we all deserve a little something extra for having taken it in. Continue reading