First, apologies that it’s a little short. Translation difficulties I alluded to elsewhere meant that the chat was not as free-flowing as I had hoped. But hey, isn’t this the first post-Necronomidol interview with Sari?I’m pretty sure it’s the first one in English, so let’s claim that. Friends, Romans, countrymen: Homicidols.com presents…
Our story starts on the morning of the concert. I had been doing a spot of sightseeing in Bologna…
Just a few months ago, Homicidols published a profile of fans-turned-promoters bringing alternative idols to the Western World. Looking back now, the article is a bit embarrassingly anglo-centric. Unbeknownst to us at the time, a group of Italian-speaking fans were putting the finishing touches on their own considerable efforts to launch an alt-idol festival in Italy. When the final lineup for the event was revealed in mid-February, it was clear that there was a new and significant player in the business of importing underground Japanese idol to the West.
Seemingly overnight, the hardol diaspora had grown another tendril.
On May 11th in Bologna, Italy, Monster of Dolls will play host to alt-idol A-listers LADYBABY, the Western debut of JyuJyu, and an appearance by the legendary Sari of NECRONOMIDOL fame. The event’s biggest coup, however, is scoring the first ever overseas live for perhaps the hottest chika idol act in Tokyo: Melon Batake a go go.
The appearance of this top-tier alt-idol festival, seemingly out of nowhere, was the most pleasant of surprises. Our curiosity was piqued, not just about the cost of plane tickets to Italy, but also about the festival itself, the brains behind it, and about the Italian-speaking fandom whose presence we had been totally ignorant of until now. So we reached out to our new Italian allies in the quest to bring alt-idol to the West in the hopes that we could learn all we could.
We think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Folks, a new idol event has sprouted from the fertile soil of Western music fandoms, and the time has arrived for all details to be known and tickets to be available.
Monster of Dolls, a one-day event (May 11) in Bologna, Italy, is bringing as fine an assortment of idols and personalities as you can shake a stick at:
MoD 2019!! ✨
THIS IS THE FINAL LINEUP! 🔥
FOLLOW THE LINK ON OUR FACEBOOK EVENT TO BUY TICKETS! ~ LET'S GO! 😎😎😎https://t.co/IGjJSYfCtf#MoD2019 #Monsterofdolls #idol #concert #event #アイドル pic.twitter.com/X8qHensqKi
— Monster Of Dolls (@monster_dolls) February 16, 2019
1-2-3 and it’s over! Your NEW QUEEN OF THE SCENE IS 2& SAKI!
WHO COULD HAVE SEEN THIS COMING!
On the final night of accompanying NECRONOMIDOL on their BLACK WINDS OVER ALBION tour, Saki of 2& has revealed her true intentions for tagging along — she’s CASHING IN HER MONEY IN THE BANK BRIEFCASE AND CHALLENGING NECROMA’S SARI FOR THE TITLE OF QUEEN OF THE SCENE AND OFFICIAL OSHIMEN OF HOMICIDOLS.COM!
The guaranteed-anytime contract in Saki’s briefcase doesn’t say much, but it does say that this matchup is scheduled for one fall, and that it’s on a two-hour time limit. So! Between right now and MIDNIGHT LONDON TIME, place your votes for who’s winning this matchup and gets to hold the title! Continue reading
Oshi is among you, mortals.
— 瑳里 (@sari_mdr) June 1, 2018
Are you prepared for what’s to come?
NECRONOMIDOL – 4.7L (Kei Toriki Remix)
Grab your special exclusive CD-R during our BLACK WINDS OVER ALBION tour! pic.twitter.com/XKQYYxBTMo
— Kei Toriki (@666Casey) May 31, 2018
Here is the merch list for our BLACK WINDS OVER ALBION tour next week! T-shirt design by the amazing @Fortifem! We'll also have a special exclusive CD-R featuring remixes of 3 NECRONOMIDOL songs by Necroma Band members Kei Toriki and June Kobayashi (JITTERYJACKAL)! pic.twitter.com/JOgfGVA1VF
— NECRONOMIDOL (@NECRONOMIDOL) May 30, 2018
Sung to the tune of “If You Have Ghosts”:
Just updated the NECRONOMIDOL Bandcamp page with new MADE TO ORDER iPhone cases, acrylic figures and acrylic keyrings! These will only be available to order until May 30 – don't miss out!https://t.co/Fq0KRYmqix pic.twitter.com/HZhN52Zj83
— リッキー Ω ネクロ魔P (@NECRO_P) May 16, 2018
If you have Oshi, you’ll do anything:
So Necroma had those plastic standee things on their bandcamp so since I didn't spend nearly as much as I expected in Birmingham I've ordered the oshi pic.twitter.com/3ysctG7lBk
— Kerrie (@weeaboowitch) May 17, 2018
Yes, friends, do it. To have Oshi in your midst at any time is as black a blessings as you can fathom. Continue reading
Due to circumstances beyond my control Due to circumstances so willed by Oshi and her nigh-infinite wisdom*, Oshi Digest is returning to Saturdays.
Oshi will be returning to Europe soon, friends. Do you feel the chill in the air? The dread rising from the earth? The impossible power throbbing within your hearts? There’s a reason, and it extends far beyond Oshi (as far as anything can extend beyond Oshi, who is finite only in the sense that not all possibilities have yet been exhausted). Prepare.
Though I do not understand the point of aligning Oshi with The Clash, I’m fine with her donning leathers that would put her in league with early Norwegian black metal:
6月6日 #London ライブまであと28日ぐらい記念！#ロンドンコーリング 不完全再現チェキ#NECRONOMIDOL #ネクロ魔 #音黒之魔遺怒流#LondonCalling #PaulSimonon #TheClash#PennieSmith #JoeStrummer#クラッシュ #ロンドン #イギリス#英国 #UnitedKingdom #UK#アイドルのさだめを今すぐにぶち壊せ pic.twitter.com/KYulwgFocY
— L L N み (@dokujinotatakai) May 9, 2018