There’s a Lot Going on in the New Party Rockets GT

Such is the travail of business travel that you sometimes see cool things and then can’t do anything about it. Take for example this new video from Party Rockets GT, their eighth single, “START”:

PRGT has better songs, but I don’t know if they have one that so totally covers what they’re all about — the melody is extremely familiarly theirs, there’s this chugging guitar and driving beat overlaid with some of the sparkliest idol vocals you’ll ever hear. And, of course, their dance game is actively simple, and their outfits are winners (though I prefer their blacks), and … look, why aren’t more of you people behind Party Rockets? Continue reading

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It’s a Bonus WTF Because I Miss PiGU

No, no, PiGU isn’t going anywhere — from what their Twitter feed looks like, they’re still doing auditions. It’s been a little while since Rino’s graduation, which I failed to get anything together for because reasons, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t still love Osaka’s resident cosplay cafe pop punk idols (and supporters of the Best of 2016!).

I have been sort of hovering over their Twitter lately in the hopes of spying something new; yes, you could argue that “live video of the trio members” would count, but they’re still doing the familiar songs and I was hoping for a chance to do something a little more unique. Fortunately, they delivered!

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You’re Never Too Cool for Idols with Pandas on Their Heads

It was Panda Day about a month ago (as somebody never fails to remind me), and I just so happen to live within an easy drive’s distance of the National Zoo (which has pandas), and I used to have a friend who was known as Panda, and I definitely have several plush pandas in various places around Maniac Manor … all of which is to say that there’s a confluence of things to indicate that I must be really into big, lumbering, kind of dumb endangered mammals that live in a friggin’ rain forest and still haven’t figured out how to eat food that’s actually nutritious or breed more than once an Olympiad.

They’re cute, though, which is why people like them, and it’s especially why idols like them, because idols are often nothing if not eminently predictable and also susceptible to all things adorbs. So it makes sense, right, that idols who sort of pride their own game on being kawaii would embrace the crap out of pandas.


I dare you to watch that without smiling like an idiot at least once

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Devil ANTHEM’s Growing Up

I’m like 78 percent certain that I didn’t remember that Corenament noisemakers Devil ANTHEM was releasing an album, FEVER, but I’m very glad for a less noisy morning on Twitter and a few extra minutes to follow up: While there’s plenty of sparkly idol cheer in here, it’s also clear that Devil ANTHEM isn’t going to be twee and precocious forever, and this is a good first step.


Title track!

Some pretty expected moves (that chorus, you know?) aside, “FEVER” might be the most interesting that Devil ANTHEM’s ever been musically, and that makes me happy. The group’s two years old now, the girls aren’t just little kawaii factories anymore, so it’s a good idea to complement an updated look with a fun, adult sort of beat for your lead track. Show the world who you are now.

If you aren’t already acquainted, check out this live set from over the weekend.

That’s right; the hard side of idol can be pretty inclusive! Especially on days when there isn’t all that much available to talk about! Support the random support for the likes of Devil ANTHEM by becoming a Homicidols.com patron!

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Let’s Blow off Some Steam with Party Rockets GT

Now that April Fool’s Day is (thankfully) behind us and the Corenament is all but decided, it’s time to get back into regular idol stuff yay! There’s actually a whole mess of things that did happen or are happening, and we’ll get to some of that, but one that I want to visit with right now is Party Rockets GT, whose last album got an overall-good review from dofphoto and who were just recently performing at this @JAM event:


The live idol channel is indispensable

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THE SPUNKY’s Disbandment Draws Near, and the World Will Be a Little Less Fun

Variously updated became I’m an idiot and can’t check info on my own stupid website

Good morning, lovely people! The Corenament rages on, now down to the Final Four (coming in a bit), and the timing has its own bittersweet element; THE SPUNKY sort of rocketed into this guy’s consciousness, and no doubt that of many others, during their surprising-but-deserved eventual third-place finish in the 2016 version.

This final live in Nagoya, their old home base, we’ve known about, but it finally came yesterday:

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This Thursday Hurts Day Goes out to the Ides of March

I missed Indie Idol Wednesday yesterday, shame on me, but Twitter & Friends provided even more bad news from the world of idol, and of course that happened on the day that Caesar was stabbed to death by a combination of trusted friends and bitter enemies. History!

And that’s what a pair of idol projects are now, unfortunately. No, I’m not referring to the soon-to-die Hauptharmonie (my soul will never recover), but to one group that I used to think had a real chance to do something, and another that seemed like they were right on the cusp and in fact had been active and stuff lately. They’re dead/dying.

First up, Koisuru Beat. I really only got to look at them once, and almost a year ago at that, but had recently learned that they’d had some management/membership issues of their own and were operating as a solo effort. Well, they won’t be operating as anything anymore:

And this literally three days after calling for auditions. Rough one, and it’s a shame how these things shake out, but getting any real longevity in idol is basically a miracle, anyway, so hopefully the past unpleasantness doesn’t leave the ex-members without positive experiences and a chance to keep idoling if they want to.

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Kawaii Will Eventually Consume Us All: Check out Panda Mic

I’m kind of taking a flyer on the name of the group based on what makes sense to me; don’t blame me for being wrong for once!

If you’re into art-pop kinds of idol, you may be aware of a group called SiAM&POPTUNe, who do some really nice music.

This is not about SiAM&POPTUNe, but what looks like a sister unit of girls young enough to make RIOT BABY feel a little senior. Yes, friends, I give you Panda Mic!

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I Felt Like PiGU This Morning, So Here You Go

The presence of the WTF every Tuesday has led to a bit of mid-early-week malaise on ol’ Maniac’s part, gang, and I felt like I could use something of a pick-me-up anyway, and do you know what tends to do the job? Well-composed idol pop punk!


And may the gods bless this YouTuber, too, for always recording PiGU lives and always uploading them in a heartbeat

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Here’s a Nice Chunk of Live Minna no Kodomo-chan

Man, do you guys remember Everybody’s Children and their awesome debut MV? I had seen some renewed chatter around them lately, Facebook and otherwise, and then the Supreme Nothing himself went plumbing and turned up this awesome chunk of live video:


Well, you mostly hear wota, but still

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