While the members of Team Homicidols would love to be irresponsibly uninformed music bloggers full time, we do have work and school and other things that resemble aspects of real life that unfairly consume the majority of our waking hours. This being the case, we do let a few significant things slip through the cracks of Homicidols coverage, especially during times like this week when Maniac isn’t around to keep us on task. Hence the weekender!!
Here are the other things we would have written about this week if we didn’t have to work for food:
Team Homicidols is collectively going to hell for not giving this Oyasumi Hologram MV a standalone feature.
Here’s a sentence I never thought I would write: Aina the End collaborated with SUGIZO for a Gundam theme song.
Holy smokes, you guys, remember when literally a year ago I frantically posted about this new thing called Poison Rat? I enjoyed that a good bit, they got some good play, I wound up making a draft for a thing of theirs that I wound up not actually doing because I was on vacation, fun times had by many. In continuing to prove that Nagoya has arguably the most intense(ly loud) chika scene, while Poison Rat hasn’t been the most prolific project on the planet, they do have video for us, and it’s an excellent trip into what they do and how they do it:
Now that the 2019 Tokyo Idol Festival is all the way in the rearview mirror, I thought that, despite neither hosting a megathread nor doing a primer this year, it’d be fun to all catch up on the fun together. This is what living that wota life through several thousands miles and multimedia earn you! All in all, though, I think it’s a pretty good haul. Let’s just dive in, and if you know of something appropriate that I missed, go ahead and add it in the comments.
Good morning! I hope everybody had a good week. It’s TIF week, after all, and though idol kind of pauses for a second and takes a deep breath before the festival kicks off, there’s obviously, you know, the festival to get into, so the somewhat shorter bill of fare than we might prefer is forgivable.
I’ll be honest with you, though: TIF had been for literal years my favorite thing about idol. It was so obvious that our old friend Alex even teased me about it publicly! Or maybe he pitied me, I dunno. But the point is, I looked forward to this week like kids look forward to Halloween or Christmas. But then some of the shine started to rub off last year, and, as we noted in Team chat the other day, @JAM has really become the better event. TIF still has cache, obviously, and tons of symbolic value, it’s just that the shine has worn off some.
And then things like this remind you that this is a scene replete with some of the worst people imaginable, and then rumors of other unsavory behavior swirl around the live event itself, and you start to really lose enthusiasm even before the cracks show in the organizers’ ability to actually organize. When your schedule gets as jam-packed as mine does from time to time (mine went from “oh cool, time to blog some posts!” to “please, no, not another phone call” with a quickness), and when oshis drop left and right and, as Krv noted in a conversation the other day, loud idol is starting to have some real problems with saturation and sameness — the point is, it’s a tough feeling when the thing you love starts to be kind of hard to love.
I don’t mean to be a downer. By all means, go TIF it up (and play the Fun!). Bootleg what you can, find the stream rips and whatnot after, and enjoy probably the most self-indulgent few days that idol even ever could put together. I’m taking a few well-deserved days off from working for the weekend to actually, for once, weekend.
They Don’t Call It the Heat Garage for Nothing
Well, right here in this very spot today, gang, was supposed to be this big primer post for the Tokyo Idol Festival, who to see and where and when. You’ve seen them before if you’ve been around for a while. They’re usually fun to put together, doubly so because they inform how I’m going to be taking in the festival myself, via completely legal and legitimate means and don’t you dare suggest otherwise ha. But like so much else these past several months, that fell by the wayside for want of time. Boo.
Good thing for us that one of the very best things in all of idol this year (and frankly maybe last year too) hit the waves a couple of days ago, and while it took me a couple of days to catch up to it, what Maison book girl is doing here is one of their all-time best things, aurally on point and as perfect a visual accompaniment as you’re likely to get, period. I mean, just soak this in:
We’ll get to the BiS MV in a bit…but first:
Yep, I basically assumed (and perhaps secretly hoped) that when the inevitable next installment came out, it would be “WACK is C-Word”.
But what a twist!
So this was going to be the Idol in Focus for the week, gang, but the more I thought about it, and the less that’s actually new and interesting and emerging in our typical idol space right now, the more I wanted to highlight it. The it is in fact Sorano Aozora (Twitter), who may have been previously mentioned in passing but hasn’t ever really been featured on this ol’ website, and that’s a shame. Yeah, her sound is more tangential to how things are supposed to work around here, but since when has that ever stopped me from highlighting something that’s cool for the sake of it being cool?
Anyway, Aozora released a new single, her sixth, a few weeks back, and my pal @F212iF on the Twitter (we share good taste in solo female performers) suggested that I look it up. He was right on!
Good morning? It’s hard to tell. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, it’s not quite the actual temperature of the surface of the sun itself yet … and hell, man, sometimes idol leaves you feeling like the nihilists are the smart ones. Rei’s announcement couldn’t have come at a worse time, either, because I was sick all week and stressed to heck on top of it. And even the Weekender sucks!
Maniac Mansion is hosting a get-together today, so do please excuse me while I dip out to go finish the preparations. For you guys, please play the Fun and think happy thoughts about the idols most responsible for getting you into this mess in the first place.
Yeah, This Sucks
To follow up on yesterday’s terrible, bad, no-good news, here’s Yura’s take:
Well, I keep having to make choices between which things related to HAMIDASYSTEM I get a few minutes to hastily blog a post about, so let’s go with the most recent option this time! Hey, remember how HAMIDASYSTEM broke up and then rebooted and then also this happened and it’s all kind of weird in hindsight but, boom, bonus HAMIDASYSTEM? We haven’t actually heard anything official since the debut, but, as of yesterday, we have sound:
That … that sounds a lot like HAMIDASYSTEM! I mean, of course it does. I don’t know why I was expecting anything substantively different. And let me go ahead and say that’s it’s absolute great to have this back.
If you Weekender, you know that I keep up with Azuma Shiori fairly often (even if I don’t really understand it), ex and current and nominal leader of metal-as-hell Ehime-based duo FRUITPOCHETTE; what I’d be doing instead in a just world is dedicating that energy to the actual project that she co-fronts, except that FRUITPOCHETTE, despite coming back to life and filling me with glee about it, has been pretty quiet since the re-launch, and I thought that they were probably taking the whole “this is part-time” thing extra seriously — maybe you could catch them playing the old hits on a weekend, or at a festival or something.
And maybe that was true until a couple of days ago, when — bam! — out comes the crowdfunding effort that you and I and everybody we know absolutely must get behind:
Basically, in honor of their first anniversary since reunification, the idea is to fund a new single, an MV for that single, and a nationwide release tour. It opens on Sunday. Let’s give them all of the money! Continue reading