The End of an Oshi: Futamaruya Shidare’s Last Live

The Cyclone is a small black box theater in a Shibuya basement which, according to the posters it uses for wallpaper, has played host to gigs by just about everyone over the past 20 years, including Cthonic, Crossfaith, Abigail Williams and every chika idol unit you’ve ever cared about. This past Saturday, it also hosted Yukueshirezutsurezure’s Emergency One Man Live, the emergency being Futamaruya Shidare’s sudden exit from the group.

The Cyclone’s capacity is 300, which seems to have been determined not by some safety conscious fire marshal, but in response to a challenge to see how many people one could stuff into the space, shoulder-to-shoulder, wall-to-wall.

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If You Ever Wanted to Join a Fan Club, This Is the Time to Do It

I don’t usually like to do bias* too hard around here, you guys. It’s not fair to the huge population of idols idoling away in idoldom to be too terrible discriminate in who gets shared and to what extent and with how many words in the intro to make the post longer. But when it comes to Tsurezure, and when it comes to Shidare, and when it comes to the chance to witness a farewell live from an official source, well, I’ll go ahead and endorse those fan club dues all day.

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Shidare Withdraws from Tsurezure. There Is No God.

Weeping.

 Caleb has been so kind as to translate Shidare’s long message, as well as allowing us to post it on Homicidols. The original can be found here.

I, Futamaruya Shidare have decided to withdraw from Yukueshirezu Tsurezure. First of all, I’d like to say thank you and apologise to those of you I have upset with such a sudden announcement, to those who were looking forward to next meeting me, and those who supported the direction we were going in. The 28th November 2018 was 3 years since I had been announced as an initial member of Yukueshirezu Tsurezure. It was 3 years of thinking, worrying, trying, hesitating, fighting and pushing myself as to how we could make Tsurezure a good group, how we could make our concerts good. However, in some respects I’ve realised I found myself thinking I can no longer stand here, or keep walking on. Even so I pushed through and came to where we are now, but now that Kotetsu and Takara have been so kind as to join us, I came to the conclusion that perhaps Yukueshirezu Tsurezure has a better chance going forward without me, and decided to withdraw. It was my dream as a member to show you Yukueshirezu Tsurezure’s songs and worldview. I still believe Tsurezure’s songs have the power to save people. Our weak yet strong songs embrace a lot of people’s isolation and darkness. However, I feel it regrettable and vexing that I overwhelmingly lack the actual strength to convey our worldview, and if I think about it I might have always been stuck in the same place. And before I knew it I had trapped Tsurezure in my negative loop. I, who wanted to be part of a group, had personally confined Tsurezure. And going on, I thought of the possibility of me changing. However the more I thought about it, I decided to stop clinging on as now I have lost the confidence to dedicate everything as a member of the group; as Yukueshirezu Tsurezure. I originally also thought “what if I could change through our tour that begins this February”. Throw away every part of me, kill it, as if it were life or death and if even then I couldn’t change then I’d think again about quitting. However, as the other members are going into this tour frantically trying to climb higher, I found myself in a completely different direction. I felt that this was a betrayal to my other members and the gunjou who so kindly support us. There are many ways of grasping betrayal. To everyone who was looking forward to the tour, I’m truly sorry. Those of you who said you’d celebrate my birthday in February, those who anticipated Yukueshirezu Tsurezure as a 5 member group, and you who said you’d always support me, I’m sorry. I’ve gone so far as to do this for over 3 years, so I have no regrets. Also, I’ll be looking up from here so Yukueshirezu Tsurezure can continue to shine. I pray I can see Tsurezure and the gunjou smiling from here. Thank you for allowing Futamaruya Shidare into your lives, for letting me live. Yukueshirezu Tsurezure, thank you. Do your best, don’t be defeated, take care.

Futamaruya Shidare

Irohani Decoupage: Kotetsu Goes Blue

Codomomental love to tie loose ends before the year comes to a close. With Tsuyame’s recent departure, Not Secured, Loose Ends lineup changed again, with fans (okay, me) fearing another hiatus while hoping one of the auditonees will shine enough to be able to step into the group. While it’s impossible or undesirable to literally replace a member, Yukueshirezutsurezure is a very demanding group, taxing on screams for everyone on top of regular vocals.

And it seems a more-than-appropriate, refreshing person has stepped into the light. I have no doubt she’ll be great. The only hiccup? It’s Kotetsu from Kaqriyo Terror Architect.

Announced at Kaqriyo’s latest oneman live by their manager, Kotetsu will effectively transfer to Tsurezure on December 7. As one of the two founding members, it is hard for any fan to imagine what the Enfants Terribles’ vibe of Kaqriyo will change without the tiny bundle of joy and sunshine that is Kotetsu. Continue reading

Tying up Loose Ends and Saying Our Goodbyes to Anata Tsuyame

Fall doesn’t seem to be a good season for Tsurezure; last year in October, our beloved Cococo left the idol world. Her cohortmate, Tsuyame, stuck around as they were looking for a fourth member, seemingly becoming as much of a pillar of the group as the two founding members. And yet, here we are.

Anata Tsuyame, the braided brunette from Yukueshirezutsure has her graduation concert tomorrow night, September 7, at the Shibuya O-Crest. This news took everyone by surprise, and the shock was so great that I planned on writing something at the time, but couldn’t. Denial is a part of the grieving process, isn’t it? But there is no time for that anymore, as Tsurezure embarks on their new tour, titled Eclipse, in a mere 10 days.

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Tsurezure’s Latest Might Actually Be Their Bestest

What if I told you that I acquired exFallen, the latest album from personal love and 100 Days Of subjects Yukueshirezutsurezure, roughly 20 minutes after it officially became available, and then didn’t listen to it until, well, yet, because I waiting for this particular song and MV to come out to subject myself to what was to come? Believe it or not, that’s the boat that I’m in, and I was nervous as all hell when the usual “news at 9:00!” tweet happened and it was clear that the moment had arrived.

Why the nerves? Because I had this overwhelming fear that adding the work of one Chris Fronzak was going to send the song spiraling out of control, overwhelmed by the momentum of lading it with a gimmick outsized even by fans’ wildest dreams. And it also could suck! There are no guarantees in this world, you know? A thing that could be good implies in its very conditional that it could also be bad!

This, though, is very goddamn far from bad:

I’m tremendously sorry, friends, but this is winding up to be maybe my favorite thing ever from NSLE. Maybe my favorite idol thing this year. And it doesn’t even have anything to do with the collaboration (which is minimal)! Four months ago, this was a delicious treat; now, in a world long hungry for something as exquisite in its amalgamation as a Peak Tsurezure song, and in its weird context, and with such a perfectly related MV (right down to the chains) I’m not sure if they or anybody from Codomomental has hit something so completely out of the park. Even considering this, fight me.

Fronz, if you’re reading this, we should talk

It’s enough to make a longstanding fanboy flush inside. And, of course, because the nearest parallel for this song is the delicate dance of brutality and elegance in “Drama with Nietzsche”, I get the same wash of feelings, which is that this could be one of those enviably perfectly suited crossover songs that could drag your cocksure Western metal fans toward idol-related things without breaking a sweat. And that it’s done not in the beat-you-over-the-head way of BBTS, but in the fractured quietude that only NSLE has ever perfected, makes it all the more delicious. Maybe the Fronz attachment helps to lift the song to new audiences; maybe it gets some random airplay outside of Japan and starts to catch on. Regardless, it’s damn near perfect.

As fans, we’re really going to miss Tsuyame; I hope that she at least gets to cheer on her old friends as exFallen turns them into a real-deal thing.

It’s Time for the Lovely Pain of New Tsurezure, Y’all

Happy Friday indeed! Ever since The Idol Formerly Known as Yukueshirezutsurezure made it known that, finally, a new album would be on the way, I’ve been waiting with bated breath to get a glimpse. For a unit as … not iconic, maybe, but also kind of iconic, NSLE has actually had their share of sound experimentation. However, when they decide that it’s time to tease that new album, and the track in question is self-titled (and the album is exFallen, my goodness), you get the feeling that this is as rootsy as their material can be.

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I’m Almost Too Excited about the New NSLE Album

If you’re follower of Homicidols on Twitter (and, if you’re reading this, you almost assuredly are), you may have noticed that ol’ Maniac was at a show the other night. It was Code Orange’s Pittsburgh homecoming, supported by a handful of likewise loud-inclined bands that included another rapidly up-and-coming hardcore unit, Harm’s Way.* It was an exhilarating experience to say the least, and it got me down onto the floor and ultimately all the way into the pit once “The New Reality” started because ARE YOU THE HAMMER OR THE NAAAAAIIIIIIIILLLLL? (I opted to be the hammer). I am old, however, and hardcore pits are nothing to mess around with, so it was not a long sojourn!

It did give me time to be close in, though, and observe and think. I don’t go to as many shows as I used to, so the days of doing things like seeing a really crappy death metal-oriented version of Lamb of God open for GWAR years before they made it big, those days are mostly gone. Still, you never know, maybe one of those opening acts will be the next to emerge from random basements in Oakland to punch the entire world in the mouth,** so it’s worth paying attention.

I like to insert idols into the bill. It’s just a mental game, obviously, as we have not yet progressed to the point where idols either in or coming to the West are regularly doing joint shows with bands.*** But it’s a fun game, matching idol acts with the bands on a bill, imagining how different or like performances might line up well. I like to talk about fantasy booking, getting so-and-so idols together for X, Y and Z events and whatnot, but this little exercise is always my favorite kind of fantasy booking, as it’s also how I imagine creating idol fans out of the whole cloth of basement-dwelling straight edge scene kids.

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This Phantom Kiss Is Like a Punch in the Teeth. Fantastic.

May the most chthonic of ancient deities bless us all! Yes, friends, it’s another Tsurezure song preview morning!

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A Three-MV Journey through the Yukueshirezu – Story – zure

Although my thesis isn’t anywhere near the completion point I’d like it to be, my Tsurezure fever is as fiery as it ever was.

In case you don’t read the main Codomomental Twitter, the producer has said he wants the fans to think of “Paradise Lost” as a complement to “Miss Sins” and “Loud Asymmetry”, as they are intended as a triptych.

Now, because we enjoy speculations almost as much as we adore idols here at Homicidols, I’d like to piece together the story that links these three songs. In the future, I’d love to cover the timeline from the arrival of Tsuyame and Cococo through Post-Catastrophy, as all videos converge through recurring use of similar motifs, but that will wait, as all the MV have their individual stories, transforming this into a laborious enterprise.

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