Now It’s Broken By The Scream’s Turn to Come Stateside

Prepare your ears, your families, your adult diapers, your pets and your very ability to exist on this plane of existence, friends. Yes, let’s not bury the lede — idol scream queens Broken By The Scream are coming to the USA, they’re not coming alone, and it’s gonna be awesome.

The venue? Saboten Con, who hosted Candye Syrup and Senanan last year, and this year will be bringing BBTS and visual kei band THE SOUND BEE HD to Phoenix, Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2019, at the Grand Sheraton. Doing the honors will be Chaotic Harmony, friendly importers extraordinaire.

Are you hype? You should be hype. I want to have the flesh blasted from my bones by Io, then mocked relentlessly by Kagura’s demon routine, and then have a little dance-off with Ayame and Yae, which sounds impossible as I would be dead should the above come to pass, but come on, if you don’t get hyperbole I can’t help you. Continue reading

Kodomo-chan Goes Crowdfunding Again

So I got a little irrationally excited when 2018 Corenament winners Minna No Kodomo-chan announced that they would be launching a new and “very important” crowdfunding project. I mean, the product of Kodomo-chan’s last crowdfunding campaign was their Album of the Year-nominated World Without Walls and a promise to fly to one fan’s house anywhere in the world to perform a live, personal concert.

While we await the announcement of whether or not our living rooms will be blessed by the presence of Honoka, Cinnamon and their hyper math-punk and doom metal drops, the objectives of their second crowdfunding campaign have now been announced.

This time, if they meet their goal, Everyone’s Children will release one new song per month for five months starting in April 2018. Then, after the release of the fifth song in August, they will embark on a nation-wide tour (“Japan” being the nation; since Oyasumi Hologram crowdfunded their U.S. tour, I guess we need to be specific). Continue reading

This Weekend Is Your Last Chance to Catch Oyasumi Hologram (and NECRONOMIDOL) in the USA This Year

The title says it all! If you’re within a three-hour drive of New York City or a … 34-hour drive of Philadelphia, and you’re somehow still on the fence about going to see Oyasumi Hologram, NECRONOMIDOL and a host of support acts between today and tomorrow, then friend, I will help. As they say in the world of fancy writing people (like me!), show, don’t tell.

Here’s last night’s gig:

No video of Necroma, which is fine, given the difficulty of capturing photographic images of things without souls, though still photos abound!

(Also, Rei’s solo gig)

Get off your butt. Go do cheki with these people. MIX for a second and have a whole bunch of beers first if that’s what it takes. It’s Sari and Hina’s final show that you’re probably going to have a chance to see — why would you miss that!

Today: THE NEW YORK ASIA MUSIC FESTIVAL, Trans-Pecos, Queens, NYC
915 Wyckoff Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385
1:00 p.m.
Appearing: Rei Imaizumi from Necronomidol (Solo set), Opus. Travelers, Mevius, Lovespread, Miwa Gemini, Krimewatch, Late Cambrian, Oyasumi Hologram, NECRONOMIDOL
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Tomorrow: PhilaMoca, Philadelphia, PA
531 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
8:00 p.m.
Appearing: Mevius, Lovespread, Oyasumi Hologram, NECRONOMIDOL
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Homicidols Dot Com is clearly involved in the promotion of this tour, and still for zero renumeration!

Oyasumi Hologram’s Conquest of America Blazes On

Chika queens Oyasumi Hologram just wrapped up the first leg of their first North American tour (crowdfunded, no less!) after a handful of shows in and around San Francisco, with chiptuner TORIENA in tow and various local friends on hand to support. It was, as you might expect, quite the scene, and not without the kinds of hiccups that come with international travel and performing, but all’s well that ends well, and the trend in this case is hurtling toward a big ol’ finale.

The scene in the Bay:

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YUZUKINGDOM Is Still Going, Still Loud

Did I mention that I’m like running out the door? Ha, meta, I wrote this before I wrote that thing in the Weekender, and then came back and added it to the continuity for laughs and deleted the old intro! But I am not laughing at this new one from YUZUKINGDOM despite the fact that Yuzuki’s vocals seem to have the power to rip the very notion of continuity out of reality and turn it into a smoldering pile of viscera!

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This Is the Oyasumi Hologram Live Experience

Dear idols: When you take on the massive lift that is going from the Tokyo underground to international touring, you get the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the ol’ Homicidols editorial calendar, and things that I’d ordinarily Weekender become features. If I can goose interest in your gigs when they’re going to happen right here in my country, I’m going to do it, you know?

In this case, with Oyasumi Hologram now only a couple of weeks away from their first (and hopefully not last!) run of U.S. tour dates, I wanted to highlight some live video from their gig over the weekend. If you’re new to them or just plain on the fence about whether to get to the Bay Area or New York or Philadelphia, maybe these little tastes of what’s in store can sway you. Or you’re like me and will just plain enjoy seeing OYSM doing their thing!

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Here Is Just Our First Reward for Getting Oyasumi Hologram Stateside

Yesterday afternoon was annoying. I had seen this MV release in my feed, I had set up this post as a shell, and I was just waiting for a chance to do something with it. The time, it did not come, not until late as all heck and it wasn’t worth forcing out something to publish so late in the day, and instead I moped around it. That the thing wasn’t written in full until pretty much right now, though, that was a deliberate, had-alternatives choice, because I wanted to come back and give it a few more spins and soak in it. Enjoy, friends:

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Daemon Interviews Idols: SENANAN

Daemon‘s had himself one hell of an idol-meeting August, friends, and the still-not-last entry from his fine run of work is this interview with SENANAN. Kudos to D, thanks to Hailey at Chaotic Harmony for booking and translating, and of course big thanks to Senanan!

There is a Circle K in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, down the street from the Sheraton Grand Hotel that hosts Saboten Con each year over the Labor Day weekend. Many customers and con-goers who happened to pop into the convenience store during this past convention encountered a stunned clerk who could not stop telling each and every one of his customers about his unforgettable encounter with an energetic young Japanese woman who had reacted to the place like it was a Disneyland theme park. He would tell how she had come into the store like a tornado, about her joyful exclamations in Japanese to all the glowing lights and colors, how she marveled at the 12-foot-long fountain drinks bar before purchasing a mountain of Monster energy drinks, all pink or blue food items on offer, and then bounced off into the darkness.

The young woman the clerk had encountered that night was Senanan (stylized, SENANAN), who also documented her Circle K adventure on her Twitter feed. That this five-minute encounter turned into an unforgettable moment the clerk was compelled to share with anyone who would listen (possibly, to this day) should not be surprising. While Senanan is a singer, DJ, model, fashion designer, and social media personality, at her core she is primarily an unstoppable ball of charismatic energy.

Fans of chika idol may have become aware of Senanan because of her connections to the creative team supporting kawaii-punk idol unit Candye Syrup. She is highly active on several social media platforms, often with (former) mermaid-blue member Mai-chan in tow. She is also a manager and buyer for Candye Syrup boutiques and well known for cultivating a unique fashion footprint in the hyper-competitive world of Tokyo Street fashion. Senanan’s aesthetic infuses traditional Chinese fashion elements with Western sportswear and yume kawaii. It’s a unique, and comfortably wearable, combination of Western kakkoii and Japanese kawaii with the Chinese elements providing a playful, throwback twist. Continue reading

Would You Like to Hear [CORRECTION THREE] of NECRONOMIDOL’s New Songs?

These videos aren’t new, friends, but I had this guy right down here sitting there in the Weekender, and I was like, you know, it’s kind of rude to just leave this here. Remember the good ol’ days, Maniac, when you used to just about zing straight out of your clothes like in an 80s cartoon any time favorite idols of yours got a total bootleg fancam video uploaded to YouTube and you just had to blog a post? Those were good days. Exciting days! And NECRONOMIDOL was one of the most featured things in those days, before they got all big and swanky and stuff and before you realized that there were like 7,200 idol groups to cover.


I originally just published the videos for one thing, but right as that was happening came along a preview of “SAMHAIN”!

Back to our featured programming!


No! As it turns out, I missed that they’ve played “IN BLACK” live as well!

All hail fancam.


So anyway! Here’s “thanatogenesis”, from Necroma’s upcoming VOIDHYMN album:

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Here Are the Oyasumi Hologram Tour Dates

The cats have been trickling out of their bags regarding dates and locations for the pretty-darn-exciting Oyasumi Hologram+TORIENA+NECRONOMIDOL tour coming up in November, and OyaHolo went ahead and all but published the whole scheduling shebang the other day in their push-post to double up on their crowdfunding goals:

California dates, or some of them at least, with TORIENA; East Coast to some extent with NECRONOMIDOL

I don’t know why I feel like there’s more yet to come, but I kind of do. Anyway! It’s good to know where to be, and when, as available. If you’re down for an organized get-together in Philadelphia, let me know! And if you organize something in New York, also let me know!

Update: There was more to come.

Plus Necroma’s appearances: