Good morning! I hope you’re all doing well, feeling healthy, staying safe. And, of course, keeping up with idol. I forgot how tough it can be! Like, even when there’s not as much as usual going on, there’s still a lot going on, even just on the musical side — you folks who live and breath actual idol culture, honestly, how to you not get completely exhausted trying to keep up? And then the discourse, woof. But anyway! Yeah dang man it’s a lot. You’ll note, for instance, that this here Weekender has like three things in it that aren’t videos? Why? Because who has time to crawl through Twitter all that much anymore?
Which, being said, I really wish I had time to crawl through Twitter anymore! What a fun and easy way to pass the time. But no, this is the time of year when Day Job (which can be rigorous and onerous at all moments anyway) goes DEFCON 18 and I sometimes forget to eat. Stress piles up, I don’t sleep, anxiety happens, all that jazz. It’s actually what caused Hiatus 1 last year, just trying to do too much and suddenly having a mental block. I learned to manage that better over the course of the year (Hiatus 2 helped!), so now I just look down the barrel of a preposterous workload and think about the things I’d rather be doing and why I like them — like, they’re pleasurable, not obligations — and it’s much better. A relief.
It’s good to be back, yeah. I’ll never again manage that wild workload I somehow carried for like three years, but frankly that’s good. If you aren’t enjoying the thing you enjoy, are you really even enjoying it? Idol’s supposed to make you happy! And on that note, here’s a whole-ass haul of it.
That Doesn’t Sound Good Actually
I’d embed the Soundcloud player for this OWARANAIDE, YORU song but it’s just a clip, so take the lyrics instead:
DAEMON here. Maniac asked if I could wrap up the preamble on this, the July 4th edition of the Weekender, since he is literally out hiking in the Shenandoah’s this weekend. I’m sure even you non-Americans have heard of the Shenandoah River as referenced in our national anthem, “Country Roads”, written by the brave Captain John Denver as he holed up in the Alamo with George Jefferson during the War of 1812. So, Happy (U.S.) Independence Day. There may be fireworks later, weather permitting. In the meantime, let’s give our attention to some things that have been happening in Japan:
Chemical Reaction was nice enough to drop this.
Happy weekend, ya dorks! I do hope that Team forgives me just snatching up this Weekender intro without an ounce of grace or forewarning. It’s been too long! Good lord. I honestly just wanted to flex in the space a little bit. Stretch my legs. Have a cold one while the week of astonishingly mundane idol weirdness unspooled in front of us, and nod approvingly.
It was good, honestly, the first full week back in the saddle. I frankly expected to do a lot more but made a botch of my own personal time management (surprise!). But do I have an exhaustingly large list of things that I’ll partly return to to post about but mostly consign to Weekender throwaways or, worse, the memory hole? Absolutely! That’s how we roll around here. I will say this — with a new attitude and approach, I did not expect that I’d see so much idoling and want to share it. Plus, you know, pandemic stuff.
So what are you kids up to this weekend? Live streams? Protests? Whatever it is, I hope you stay safe and healthy. Americans have predictably completely screwed up this pandemic, but Fiancee is the kind of person who won’t tolerate not doing things for very long, so I look forward to being masked and gloved in the typical local summertime heat. I will say, though, that the upshot of states basically forcing business to re-open has been the complete relaxation of laws against drinking in public!
That’s Not a Good Thing
Oh god. Oh god yes.
On a week that was either turbulent, or boring, depending on who you ask, we still have idols to tide the week by.
What exactly happened this week, you ask?
Well, for starters, have you noticed some of the recent overhauls to the site lately? Everyone give a big round of applause for Daemon, who made all of this (as well as a lot of this weekender) possible!
And screw it, why not clap for this stuff too:
MAMESHiBA NO TAiGUN are now an edamame themed unit, or something.
Happy weekend my friends! I see #stayhome restrictions have loosened many places, but I’m still writing from isolation so the weekends still blur into all the rest of the days. I also haven’t been able to manage any shipments form Japan for the last couple of months but, lucky for all of us, the artists we admire keep finding ways to create and deliver new content through the Internet tubes.
FRUN FRIN FRIENDS continue to make our world a better place with the power of vaporwave aesthetics.
So it looks like Homicidols is in no danger of running out of material during the #stayhome era. Livestreamed shows and buppan sessions are going strong, and during this week when the first COVID19-themed unit was annouced, chika idol ingenuity is being directed in some novel places.
Michelle has started streaming idol Apex Legends matches on her YouTube channel.
While the Banana Monkeys posted their reactions to watching porn together because of course they did.
While #stayhome orders are being loosened all over to restart economies, the Homicidol economy never stopped. This goes to prove that alternative and underground idols are the most adaptable, resourceful and resilient players in the market and can churn out new material under any circumstance. Exhibit A through Zed:
Someone forgot that BiSH is the punk band withOUT musical instruments.
NECRONOMIDOL unvieled their most illegible logo yet. It’s our favorite.
When the week’s news slips through the cracks, The Weekender catches it for a feature we call The Weekender.
Rei, Michelle and Okaki (formerly of NECRONOMIDOL) shared some big news with us.
We have to apologize that there haven’t been a lot of articles being posted these last few weeks and most stuff is ending up in the weekender. Sure, a lot of big things in the chika idol world got delayed, shelved or scaled down because of stupid corona virus, but also it’s just been hard to to write like normal when very little is normal anymore.
With that being said, it is more important than ever to remember that good things still happen in the world, like all the livestream events going on these days, and the following:
SARI has blessed us with a new song.
Our favorite horror themed virtual idols, Ikigusare, have grown wings and released a new MV. Continue reading
It’s good to see you again! I’m sort of getting exhausted with nearly everything we post having to exist in the shadow of current events, it risks getting downright oppressive at times, y’know? But at the end of the day, and with every weekender, we want to try to give you something more positive and fun to look towards, even if the feeling is a temporary one. And aside from this collection of tidbits lovingly curated by the team, we want to encourage you to have a go at this weeks fun, which is especially…well, fun!
Also, don’t forget to refer to Daemon’s incredibly helpful livestream timetable! Our man is truly doing a public service here!
Now How About We Do Some Weekending…
What?!! V-Kei beating idols??? Never! Go order more idol cheki!!!
Yuyoyuppe’s poetry-core unit, the lyrics dropped a nice new song.
NaNoMoRaL stay-at-home mini-lives are one of those unique special things born of these times…