Oh Cool, Up Up Girls (2) Did Something I Can Write About Now

The debut single from Up Up Girls (Kari)’s sister group/second generation/backup dancers came out yesterday, and to be honest, I was getting lazy in my Up Up Girls coverage, and after the music video for “Ninoashi DANCING” turned out to just be fairly standard idol fare, I banished it to the Weekender without giving it much thought. But here’s the most important thing to come from that:

But the music video for the second song,  “Sun!x3” just came out, and with it actually having a couple of guitars in there this time, I feel like I should at least give this one some coverage.

Pros: A very cute, upbeat pop-rock song in a similar vein to Buono!, a group that many of Up Up Girls’ followers probably miss.

Cons: Where’s the nose recorder? I feel like there needs to be someone playing the recorder with her nose in every one of these music videos by now! Continue reading

Which Idol Is the True Chief Rebel Angel? Homicidols Investigates

The Devil. The Prince of Darkness. Beelzebub. Satan. All names traditionally used in the Western tradition to describe Lucifer, the fallen archangel, the leader of the rebellion against the god of Abraham. While certain esoteric circles have claimed Lucifer a character more in line with the Greek Prometheus, metaphorical bringer of wisdom and consciousness to humanity whose reward for disobeying the gods is eternal torture but all in all a positive force for mankind, it is nonetheless true that Lucifer is at root the embodiment of darkness.

So of course there are multiple idol groups claiming his legacy! The trouble is, which is true and which is an impostor? Continue reading

Let’s Talk about That Anti-Idol Video from This Exists

I wanted to address this thing that was kicking around over the last few days (I first saw it here, but a lot of you guys MTed me on it, and there’s been plenty of reaction up and down ever since people started to share it around.

So, from This Exists:

You probably have opinions! I certainly did and do and expect that keeping up the conversation will make me have more of them. That’s a good thing, usually, unless your opinion is “WHY THAT SONOFABITCH I’M GONNA BURN HIS CAR,” in which case, please seek help.

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Garry’s Gratuitous Guide to Going Great to, uh, Japan

I thought this would be a good one to share with you guys — old pal Garry at Idol Is Shit and the alt-idol podcast had himself a hell of a travel odyssey back toward the end of last year, and his accumulated wisdom for going to lives — not just idol lives, but really, idol lives — went up earlier this week:

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Anybody Going to the Tokyo Idol Festival?

It’s apparently TIF time! Yes, friends, the biggest multi-idol event of them all is now coming up fast, and the massive roster necessary to pull off such a thing is starting to come together.

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Babyraids JAPAN Will Bring Their Idorock Show to San Francisco

This is such cool news, gang: The impossibly infectious chief denizens of idorock, Babyraids JAPAN, will be performing at this year’s J-POP SUMMIT in San Francisco (says the guy repeating his own headline):

Tommy and Dave with the goods!

BAND-MAID, who are honorary members of the homicidol continuum, and SCANDAL, who are not but still cool*, will be there, too. Continue reading

WTFs Can Be Just as Much about the Rewards

Happy Tuesday, everybody! I like you so much that I think you all deserve some punches to the gut.

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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

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