Ladybaby Will Live(?)

Color me somewhat surprised — after Rei unceremoniously split and Rie started up on her solo project, I was among those who thought that Ladybaby, of whatever iteration, was as good as dead. Yes, this is idol, and humans are interchangeable parts, and Ladybaby management has been pretty cutthroat about personnel in the past, but still.

So then imagine how hard the coffee shot out of my face when I read this:

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Oshi Digest #19: Sanctissimum Malorum

This week’s Oshi Digest was delayed slightly to allow for more wonderful on-topic Oshi content to reach the interwebs

You may have heard that I got to meet Oshi. In “person”. Like, shook hands with Oshi. I presented her with the crown that she so richly deserves for having smote so many foes:

But Oshi had plenty of adventures that had nothing to do with yours truly; in fact, I was but one of many supplicants, and possibly the most forgettable sight of them all! Continue reading

A Very Homicidol Night with NECRONOMIDOL

This is all that I could muster after a night that confirmed everything that I’ve been doing about this whole idol business. In front of gods and man and maniacs, NECRONOMIDOL had not only taken the stage and wreaked absolute havoc, but had cut a very different jib in meeting with me, in person, and providing some great insights.

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Oshi Digest #18: Arrival

Arrive in America🇺🇸✨ #写ルンです

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Oshi. Is. In. America(us). So is all of NECRONOMIDOL, but you all know why this excites me most — the triumphant Official Oshimen of Homicidols.com is in-country, and I am going to see her in person, and I am going to meet her and bask in the corrupting darkness emanating from within. Continue reading

I Have Never Felt So Betrayed

So after all of that, at the completion of their LAST TOUR to support LAST ALBUM, the one with the apocalyptic artwork that spawned one of the truly incredible idol conspiracy theories ever floated in a space that loves nothing more than indulging in wild hyperbolic conjecture, shortly after announcing the LAST CHRISTMAS performance, BILLIE IDLE, who are not idol if you ask, announced … a new single and tour for the spring:

Leaving aside the fact that one of the greatest assemblages of humanity to ever hit the stage will continue to hit the stage (and be assemblaged!), and that First Summer Uika in particular won’t stop not-idoling until she’s in her 40s, this is a betrayal of trust so deep that it makes me want to give up the game forever. I AM OFFEND.

Oshi Digest #17: Hierophany

You guys. I’m going to meet Oshi, formerly live and in undead person, in just over a week. I’d express excitement, but she may punish me additionally for it, and I’d prefer to enjoy the experience through normal human feelings, not transliminal sensations that humans can’t adequately express in their crude languages. But still, pretty neat! And many of you are going to meet her beforehand, over the course of this next week. PREPARE.

Because you know that Oshi is:

Seen here pinpointing locations from which she must raise unspeakable extradimensional horrors from their millennia-old slumber

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Babymetal May Have Just Confirmed a New Album

It feels like my timing was off for a Babymetal release by the end of the year (though I get a keep-the-seat-warm strategy, too), but today’s confirmation of an appearance at Rock on the Range in May — and thereby backdoor confirmation of a U.S. tour in 2018 — combined with other stuff that we already know, is screaming out that an album is impending.

By the way, that’s some good billing! I wondered where they were starting to rank in the overall heavy milieu — coming out ahead of Asking Alexandria and Trivium and Black Veil Brides, etc., that’s pretty good, or at least good marketing. (Also, Maynard, you’re gonna be a busy dude.)

I’m disappointed for Code Orange, though

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Here Are All of the Additional Ways to Honor Our Dark Overlords

Now that the tour is not just official and real and possibly proof that we’ve been living in a Bizarro World dimension for the past year or so, NECRONOMIDOL wants to make very special* connections with you.

The most special of all? Worship and interface from afar!

Like any proper initiatory order, HOBD comes with degrees of membership — and just like the Masons or Scientologists, your degree comes down to how much you’re willing to pay! I don’t think that Ricky would appreciate my organizing a few shared accounts to get full access to all of the goods (which would of course then wind up elsewhere online before you can say “Necroma”), so I’ll refrain from that. It’s more than we get from being an international Ultramarine!

Also, for those of you/us who’ll be taking in Necroma’s black invasion of North America, the VIP ticket info is available. John with the goods: Continue reading

Necroma Makes It Terrifyingly Real, So Get Planning

Because your soul belongs to Oshi, remember?

Well, friends, the day has (gulp) finally arrived, and NECRONOMIDOL’s arrival on U.S. shores is not only definitely happening, but now thoroughly planned, and also barely a month away. Details are after the jump; first, feast your senses upon this video message from the members:


I understood Himari when she said “America”

This one’s personal, for what it’s worth. I don’t know how many folks read Colin’s old HuffPost piece on the idols set to break through to international audiences (in 2015!), making that heady jump from Babymetal to lots of great other stuff, but my dude even then was repping hard for Necroma, and they were still mere toddlers in the grand scheme of things. I had the same thought, though, that the darkness girls would catch on like a plague if given a chance to do so, and everything about Homicidols.com was ultimately about them and a handful of other projects (some of which have only come into existence since!), trying to help to build interest and support and bring them to this country. Continue reading

The Sum of All Fears: NECRONOMIDOL in the United States

Years-long droughts. Catastrophic wildfires. City-leveling earthquakes. Kaiju-jaeger battles. Ever-present threats of falling into the sea. Apocalypses that reshape entire continents. Smashmouth. Harvey Weinstein. These threats loom over the daily lives of the residents of the U.S. West Coast, often becoming all too real.

And NECRONOMIDOL hasn’t even gotten there yet.

Yes, friends, it’s likely old news for many of you by now, or maybe some of you are still emerging from shock, or maybe even others will need for you to revive them, guy, so go help your buddy, but Necroma is coming to the United States, confirmed by the Big Man himself (Ricky, that is, not the Abrahamic conception of deity), apparently to prove that there is no good or mercy in the universe, as the unofficial Year of the Natural Disaster is now going to have to contend with the physical arrival of the Darkness Girls. Continue reading