Good morning! I hope you’re all doing well and feeling safe and healthy. This past week was the real beginning of holiday time here at Manic Mansion. Sure, we had Thanksgiving the week before, and “winter” for all intents and purposes started here right after Halloween, but it didn’t start to settle in that it’s REALLY CHRISTMAS TIME OMG until the other day, when Fiancee hauled out our limited decorations and we started to talk about how we could put a nice shine on the place. I tell you, it was a very nice change of pace from the completely batshit grind of the past however many months. I think people are in part exhausted and in part looking for something else to pay attention to. The organization I work for went into what we could charitably call Downseason Mode, which means way fewer meetings, fewer assignments, much more forgiveness about timelines … and with that, more time to spend on one’s hobbies, like idol.
Hence, here you go, THE MOST SUBSTANTIAL WEEKENDER IN AT LEAST A YEAR!
Enjoy. And if you haven’t already, remember to get your Best Of nominations to Kerrie before the door closes and we make you all vote for winners and people who didn’t pay attention and sniff their own farts send us hate mail.
New single incoming from the too-quiet-too-long Minna no Kodomo-chan:
As if to double down on the blasts from the past today, a little twinkle caught my eye on Twitter, and within a few clicks I had something that I absolutely had to share with you all, but … wait a second, I know this group, and … once upon a time actually wrote them up. How interesting! That’s right — we did like Li-V-RAVE (Twitter) back multiple years ago now. What happened?
Really, I don’t know, and if you do please tell me. Did anything happen? There’s like this massive gap in their media. I don’t like when singles like this get released and I don’t know about them:
Good morning! I almost forgot it was Saturday — the Thanksgiving holiday in the USA was this past Thursday, but I’ve been off work since Wednesday and very deliberately avoiding things that required me to think or do too much. Rhythm’s off, sleeping in … oh hey, suddenly it’s the weekend! Fortunately, this is a busy time in idol in general, so I have lots of things for you to peruse when there’s little else very interesting to do.
One thing to do is going to be the Best Of voting, which I can tell you is imminent because part of why this Weekender is a few minutes late is that Team is finalizing the Team picks that we use to filter the noise from the community nominations (and also do ourselves completely independently for the staff and personal picks). The only thing I think I can guarantee for you is that we’re going to see a doubled-down diversity in winners like we finally achieved last year. It bodes well for this thing we all like!
Anyway, get to it. It was kind of hastily put together, but it’s still a lot of good stuff!
Worst Weekender Ever
Prepare yourself for Yanakoto Sotto Mute’s first major full-length:
Good morning! Welcome to Weekender Year 5! I promise to keep up the same degree of randomness and complete disrespect for the subject that you’ve all grown to love.
So how have you all been lately? Well enough, I hope, understanding that there’s still a lot going wrong in general out there for everybody. But I’ll tell you, a few months back I was in a really difficult place with the state of things, and it was manifesting in weird ways in just about every facet of life. So I started to keep a journal where I’d put down the things, every morning, that I was grateful for. It wasn’t like, and yet again today I’m grateful for my car’s good fuel economy, it was always something that I’d have to search for, at least somewhat unique. And it taught me to appreciate things that I’d been taking for granted, which really did help to take the sting away. Earlier this week, I crossed the last big obstacle off of my Day Job queue for the calendar year and accomplished an entirely new degree of success in my work … and it felt so damn good. I even told the boss, I’ve done this before but not anywhere near this degree of sophistication and intricacy, and the results are already rolling in. Hot damn.
The point is, I hope you can do that for yourself, or something else that makes you feel good about you and what you’re doing. If that’s crawling through the Weekender, great; if it’s spending your entire day moving several tons of mulch around the yard and building new rock borders for the garden, that’s great too! But whatever it is that you do, find that good angle on it and enjoy. You deserve it.
You Aren’t My Therapist!
I’ve been declaring the sentience of Himari’s hair for years, and now I have proof!
The best way to discover idols, I’m told, is to follow Homicidols Dot Com; the next best way to discover idols, then, must be to do it organically by endlessly scrolling social media while bored and/or avoiding other obligations; and the worst way of course is to get referrals from your friends. Yes, this is all on the up-and-up.
But yeah, I can’t tell you exactly how Re:INCARNATION came into my life a couple of months ago, save for it being one of those times that a tweet from one thing got pushed into my feed because other people had liked it (see: anybody who follows Viz Major always having gravure in your feed!), and one thing led to another:
I’m kind of breaking my own Let’s Discover process for this one, gang, because I’m annoyed that they’ve been sitting half-covered in the queue since like August. It was one of those “doop dee doop, cruising through Twitter — hello, what’s this?” moments:
Oh man, that sounds good as hell! And (*three seconds of research) they’re a sister group of JyuJyu! Well sign me the heck up! Continue reading
Good morning! Well, we did it. The sun has indeed come up every day this week, there hasn’t been any rash of ultra-violence … granted, nobody knows exactly what’s going on out there in Vote Count Land, and maybe we have a new president and maybe we don’t and maybe the only way that gets resolved is by extremely unpleasant means. Who knows! I’m personally spent on the whole thing and need to stop talking about it for a few minutes. So, Weekender.
Welcome to a weird one! When we post more, see, it means that there’s less “proper” Weekender material, and because I haven’t slept well I’ve been tooling around YouTube at weird hours and seeing way more of the kinds of things that I usually quietly make fun of people for watching. This is okay — we all have our morbid interests and secret shames and guilty pleasures. But yeah, kind of a weird edition.
Which, speaking of such things, next week is the fourth anniversary of this, the longest running weekly episodic blog post oriented toward Japanese underground idols who scream in their songs. What an incredible accomplishment and honor! But we’ll also be launching the Best Of community nominations soon, so for real I hope that this surprisingly great year in idol music has your gears turning about who and what deserves the honors.
Some very cool new details on the upcoming WAGAMAMARAKIA* EP:
*Guess we’re spelling it that way now!
Good morning! I hope you all had a good week. I had what we could probably call a busy-level-up kind of week — like it was always going to be tough because there were a lot of deadlines happening at once, but then it managed to get just a little bit worse — but it’s been good to find more time for this here website nonetheless. I have an embarrassing amount of stuff in my personal to-do pile, and that’s without the Best Of kicking off in just a few weeks. Yikes!
Autumn, if I haven’t mentioned it to you before, is by far my favorite time of the year. There’s no “especially” in it — every phase is awesome in its own way, from the last vestiges of summertime to the turning of the leaves to the fall of the year, Halloween, Thanksgiving, pre-winter and the run-up to Christmastime. A person like me has it all, with the perfect range of weather, beautiful scenery even just in the neighborhood, perfect sports and food and … I can’t say enough about it. It’s a crying shame that we’re in the middle of a runaway pandemic and have an election for the most powerful person on earth and our choices are between two senile sacks of crap, OR being harassed for years to come if we dare show a preference for something else!
Anyway, the best thing about autumn is having lots of reasons to be with who you love to be with during peak comfort kinds of times. I highly recommend! And if you happen to listen to some cool tunes made by cool people at the same time, more power to you all.
The Danes Call It Hygge
Good morning! Boy oh boy do we have a stripped-down Weekender for you. That’s nobody’s fault — there really wasn’t all that much going on this week, oddly enough — though I do apologize in advance for the sheer density of Weekender regulars. I do try to keep things fairly diverse in here, ya dig? At least representative of all of the idol stuff. When you have a quiet week, only the most extremely online idol projects provide much in the way of content.
This was actually a tough week, in general, which is a mantra that I’m sure people are tired of hearing. True though — when some of the least bad news is that an iconic and massively influential guitarist has passed away, you know you’re in the middle of a humdinger. So I hope that this stuff here, and the rest of the stuff we here at Homicidols Dot Com provide, gives you some overall goodness.
Just a Few Weeks to Go Til the Fouriversary!
At long last, a WACK affiliate is headed to Budokan:
Good morning! I am delivering this Weekender a few minutes late because your ol’ pal Maniac … has a few days to himself! And had a sendoff to manage! And may or may not be attending to other family business at the same time but not yet so it’s already jammies-and-bacon time here at Maniac Mansion.
It’s those little things that I’m always saying that you have to appreciate, see. Like, with everything else going on, of course now we have to face a governing crisis a month before an election and, like, stakes so high that you almost want to go all in just to see what happens but are logically afraid of losing it all in the process. What a world!
Anyway, weird Weekender here, on the short side for good reasons. I do hope that you’re considering the various guides we published, from TIF to Bandcamp to not-TIF. Get your idol on!
For Once He Doesn’t Mention the Weather
As I was saying, that PIGGS MV was clearly shot as part of one of these ridiculous not-marathon marathon sessions: