Your Homicidols Weekender #70

Good morning, ding-dongs! Has anybody else been watching the basketball? The actual most ridiculous thing happened last night. Like, I’m completely unaffected by it, had no stake, but here I am in the morning completely incredulous that it happened. This isn’t even a setup for a bad joke about something like my alma mater winning/losing a game — just that a tiny honors university that’s an extension of a state university system did something that was supposed to be impossible, and with players who all looked like they just started to shave.

Oh, and Trivago was finally, mercifully really eliminated from the WACK audition. I think. Is she back yet?

I’ll of course be all over the ongoing drama as the auditions, the Tournament and the Corenament move on today, and it’s St. Patrick’s Day, upon which the not-Irish masses all use that one Scots-Irish great grandparent to present highly racialized caricatures, most notably drinking themselves blind. It’s a mess! This is why, as sensible people, you should play the Fun, do the dang Corenament, and focus on all of the good things that are presented to you below.

What’s This about Drinking Yourself Blind?

The new-look Dempagumi.Inc:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #69

I am perpetually 16 years old

Good morning, my lovely people! You’ll have to forgive the slightly later-than-usual arrival of ye olde Weekender, as your friendly neighborhood Maniac has had less challenging Fridays-that-turn-into-Saturdays. There’s a lot going on. Our most immediate past is the Fun, which you should go play. The next most immediate thing, with much more info to follow tomorrow, is the Corenament; the Bracket Bosses are poised to make their selections, based on the community’s input, which you can still provide for a couple of more hours or so.

Otherwise, spring is in the air, pounding is in my head and this house ain’t gonna clean itself. Have at it!

Strange-ass Moods …

The first post-Pour Lui BiS tour is right on, and the theme for the Fun!!!:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #68

It’s kind of subdued around Maniac Mansion again, you guys, seeing as how easily I am manipulated by tributes to my heroes, and I think it’s appropriate to take one more day in honor of the GOAT — there’s a lot of stuff to go over, but we can wait a day or two, right?

If you were personally thinking about something Pour Lui-centric as she has her final live appearance with the monster that she created, there’s always the Fun to play, or add a comment on the “DiPROMiSE” post … or stay tuned, because you know that we like to do mass-support campaigns at the momentous … moments; Lui’s final-final farewell is March 31.

The Following Things Aren’t the Same Anymore

I seem to remember Kit Cat being more interesting:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #67

Good morning! How is everybody’s weekend so far? I somehow managed to finagle an effective day off for the last meaningful day of Olympic action, which is easily the most exciting personal thing in a while. Here’s a tip, kids: Don’t do DIY unless your personal degree of self-loathing is high enough to blunt the loss of genuine personal life.

I’m going to go enjoy myself, in fact, and you should, too. Play the Fun like you know you should (it’s been an active one!), and, after the Fun, you also really need to go and involve this in your life:

You Mean You Want to Waste Even More of Our Time?

This new one from Niji no Conquistador wants you to believe that it’s badass:

Moar details from the ayumikurikamaki album:

Mizuki graduated from Elfloat, and one big fan managed to capture the whole goodbye MC:

JOANJOAN made this happen:

I was looking for something else random EMPiRE-related, and got trapped here:

Up close and personal with Waka’s tattoos:

Go download SAKA-SAMA:

Hell yes, she did:

A couple of new ones from Koutei Camera Girl Drei:

Well, relatively

Hey, it’s a SPARK SPEAKER album!

Just FunFunfun mixing up Yunomi:

The first single from Reverberation Symmetry:

And the next single from GANG PARADE:

PassCode’s doing the lord’s work on the Locus behind-the-scenes:

Anticipate Full Power Girls R!

I appreciate that milcboy appreciates the full romaji spelling of her name for her album art (oh btw, album!), while doubling down on the spelling:

You might dig this one from tipToe, who you may recall from that Dots tribute:

Or … a completely kind of Dots tribute:

Bucho’s playlist:


Fresh Seno Sister:


Good to see that even Sakura Gakuin has basically stopped making new music:

Bless this girl:

Why didn’t anybody tell me about a new Candy GO!GO! single?

As for Candye Syrup:

And what about PiGU?

YuYu is maybe the least known member of GANG PARADE:

And Aya is no longer part of the team:

Thanks, Paul!

Nothing about my girl Ophelia 20mg’s outfit makes sense:

RIOT BABY is up to five members, and new music on the way:


It’s worth a few minutes to understand the Cryptocurrency Girls:

Have a great weekend!

Your Homicidols Weekender #66

Hello friends! I hope you, too, can feel the creeping onset of spring while still enjoying the Winter Olympics, which are almost the best Olympics (the best being Idolympics). Your friendly neighborhood Maniac will be enjoying this … uh, chilly and rainy day. ISN’T FEBRUARY THE WORST?

You know the drill, right? First things first, you’re going to go play the Fun. Then you’re going to strap in for one of the weirdest Weekenders yet!


This is incredibly huge news for sora tob sakana:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #64

Good morning! That was a weird week in idol, wasn’t it? Like, not active per se, but what did happen was pretty significant. And we ain’t done yet! Plenty of things crammed into Friday and are leaking over into the weekend. Which is great for me, as it means … scheduling posts ahead of time! Also just wait for a 2& Day recap.

Also, I may as well warn you: Tomfoolery is afoot.

For now? You know the drill. Play the Fun, enjoy yourself some random here in the Weekender, and have as good a time as you can!

This Looks Like a Lot

Mani, child, you need to remember to scrub off your shopping list before you go on stage:

Poor Shidare’s pupper passed on:

There’ll never be a shortage of jazzy idols as long as people with good sense exist; now it’s time for Up Up Girls 2:

You’re going to learn to love Melon Batake a Go Go if you haven’t already:


I love that Zeela did her level best to make Momo into something other than a living doll:

It’s time for that Broken By The Scream one-man band gig:


How portentous of you, Aphrodite:

Bekah and Ashley at it again:

Did I remember to include this ayumikurikamaki thing yet? Not this, but the art; I couldn’t remember:

Why the hell did I watch this?

Worlds collide; click for discussion:

CY8ER’s new album will revisit the BPM15Q era:


Good times at the Fringe Idol Festival:

Also, NECRONOMIDOL’s very NFL segment with NSK might be my favorite thing that NSK’s ever done:

Twin tails:

Another take:



A new single is coming from Wagamama Rakia:

Hey, Kimi to Boku, Sometimes Melanchoic

copes bride

— 君と僕、ときどきメランコリック (@kimitobokutdm) February 1, 2018

Is Carya idol? Does it matter?

I got really excited for a second and thought that this was going to be a new record from Strawberry Painkiller, but alas it’s just another photobook:

There will be a memorial album from Ladybaby, which just raises more questions, honestly:

Candye Syrup on TV:

Dem DAIDAIDAI details:


You might dig this fairies song:

Snowdrop is now officially Zankyou Symmetry, and management is, per usual, tweeting out barely audible samples of saxophone solos:

AIBECK has good lives:



Brian does art too:

I don’t know if I’ve ever had occasion to even notice an interview with a member of sora tob sakana:

Uipon and Tenten hung out and made an appetizer from that ~ Italian place down the street:

When was the last time that you saw Kika with a bare face?

Have a great weekend!

Had a fascinating conversation about this literal hip-hopera the other day

Your Homicidols Weekender #63

Happy Saturday, you bunch of weirdos! The other day, I completely skipped out on the ol’ site. Why? Because nothing was going on. Or so I thought! This is going to be a weekend of things that actually did happen, are too good for the dang Weekender, and are things that you should get up some care about. Also, at some point later today, I’m going to be celebrating something, so … well, I do dumb things when I’m a few sheets to the wind and in a good mood. Could be fun!

Speaking of fun: Play it. Also think about what lies ahead from Could there … could there be some new music? New video? NEW IDOLS?! It’s gonna be a good weekend, is what I’m saying.

You’re Such a Tease

EMPiRE interview series: MiDORiKO because spelling!


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Your Homicidols Weekender #62

Happy Saturday! Are we getting into another little idol lull? Maybe somewhat. This is usually more Announcement Season than Release Season, anyway, but I feel like there’s less going on this winter than in past years. Which is fine! As long as what comes out is good. We may however, be approaching some kind of situation:

Now, even Amina declaimed any responsibility — she was talking about the rumor, not endorsing it — but imagine a world where this is true, (Kerrie, cover your ears) where H!P and 48g and Big Corporate Idol in general goes back to being a sideshow over the next couple of years. Rise of the underground? Or would even chika idol take a hit? Frankly, I have no idea.

And now that you’re adequately prepared for the depths of winter, enjoy!

How Can You Say Things Like That at a Time Like This?

Our pal Osie Reyes has a really nice message following the MNL48 audition:

I usually skip over BiSH interviews on the grounds that we’ve done most of that already. Hashiyasume, though:

Also, this happened:


Have we ever discussed how cool Q’ulle is?

RIOT BABY, live with live mics!

Idol graduations: Nobody is safe:

I love everything about xoxo EXTREME:

Yeah, new SAKA-SAMA single!

What’s Sakura Miyabi doing?

Especia fans, rejoice:

Following their mini-redemption, Osaka Shunkashuto’s first major album is on the way:

This MV is incredible:

This one might be better:

Malcolm Mask McLaren, live:

Who would win?

The guns come out near the end:

When idols give awards to idols in other countries!

Shiori’s crowdfunding campaign was a success!

Desu.Rabbits have a single coming and also wtf is happening in this cover art?

So Snowdrop is going to re-brand (smart) at a one-man (oh crap):

That Devil ANTHEM mini-project is pretty nice:

Also, it’s not bears, but bunnies will do

Rinahamu never stops having new projects; is CY8ER the most focused she’s ever been, even with that?

Up Up Girls 2:

I can’t stop laughing at this:

This le biglemoi headgear! is like Poppy.Computer, except there are 42 of them on a tiny stage for two hours:

MIGMA SHELTER dubstep remix!

Live Bonnnou Paradox:

This wasn’t RHYMEBERRY’s best look:

Who the heck is this?

Have a great weekend!

I owned this on LP!

Your Homicidols Weekender #61

Hello my friends! And also detractors and possibly enemies! How are you? I recently did a number of things that I’d never done before (home repair and maintenance stuff) and, while a few of the tasks were a struggle at first, I found them settle into a comfortable groove and and was able to not just get the job done, but now I’m kind of hankering to do more of it. Unfortunately, the thing about plasterboard walls, for instance, is that you shouldn’t just up replace panels because you’re bored or want more practice. The same can be said for bathroom tile, laminate flooring, etc.

The best exception to the rule? Paint! You can change the look of a room in a comparable hot minute with just a handful of tools, a gallon or two of pigmented latex and the time and willingness to do the job. I’ve been painting for years, but these latest projects have me trying out new techniques and trying to get more creative with borders and alternating panels and the like. It’s in the details that the difficulty comes in, like when you get it into your head that the walls of your finished basement should bear some … well, I’ll show you when it’s done, which could be a while.

But the point! It’s the weekend. It’s usually a great time for DIY projects, but forget all that. Let’s have fun instead. You, you can decide on what’s fun for you, but I hope it includes playing the Fun (which I haven’t even gotten to yet!) and giving some of the items below a crank. You owe it to yourself!

He’s a DIYer Now?

For real, pour one out for one of the guitar kami, Fujioka Mikio:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #60

I think I’m going go step away from idol for the rest of the day, you guys. I’m not that shook by Lui’s graduation announcement — frankly, it was inevitable on a constantly shrinking span of time — but just out of respect. Idols come and go, but legends, true legends, very rarely come back. I got into idol just as the original BiS was becoming nothing more than a memory, and seeing what they’d accomplished was a powerful motivator; that she brought BiS back to life was such an incredible watershed moment for the scene that she’d created. I feel honored to have been able to see Lui and her creation perform (live, at least, though not in person), and I even feel honored to have been stood up for that interview that never happened.

So. This is a hell of a Weekender, anyway, and all I wanted to do this morning was put the finishing touches on it, so have it. And yes, play the Fun, which is now bizarrely and somewhat disturbingly appropriate.

Just Looking at This Weekender Scares Me

May the gods help us all, DAIDAIDAI is finally releasing an almost-album:


/Emperor Palpatine voice/ “You … want this …”

Have you seen this story? This idol recently revealed that she was pregnant; the father is her manager. Fans reacted about as poorly as possible:

Leaving aside the fact that this tale is basically horror story fodder for people who think that idol is a unique evil in the world, and that the manager was in a relationship with a girl since she was 16, this is an example of how not to be a fan. Also, that fans are terrible.

Wonder Lander, though, is wonder-ful:

It’s time for another anime theme from BiSH:

There were some late entries in the Of The Year Internet sweepstakes, so:

Here’s most of an AIBECK live:

Is there a recording artist with as much video output as You’ll Melt More!?

Rie’s new project is like a delicious collaboration between Oyasumi Hologram and Nicole Dollanganger, and I like it more every time I listen to it:

I will never run out of love for the wonderful weirdness of SAKA-SAMA:

Already miss you, La La Sugar

Rain was right to share this with me:

CY8ER live can elicit some strong-ass feelings of needing a cigarette:

When Under Beasty met Happippi:

Wanna see the most awkward one-man you’ll ever see?

Why do I always get such a weird kick out of photos of idols casually handling firearms that are too big for them?

Band ja Naimon! with a very ska-tastic year-ender of their own:

Uh …

When I brought up that EEEEEEEEEEEE! thing the other day, I happened upon Natsumi’s very random appearance in this MV:

If they’re not careful, HAMIDASYSTEM’s going to take over the planet one of these days:

RHYMEBERRY seems fun, if nothing else:

The Former Idol Formerly Known as Yumeneko, still at it:

Have a great weekend!

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