Hey gang! As I mentioned, the ballot for this year’s community best-of awards is being broken up into three pieces so as for everything to be a little more manageable.
Before you begin, take a few minutes to consider these various things, if you haven’t already. If you have already, fyi, a few details were changed a little bit to make things better; nothing substantive, just logistics around the prize process.
I think it’s safe to say that we had a ton of surprises this year. Your nominees wound up being NECRONOMIDOL’s unleashing from chaos born very shortly after Album of the Year candidate NEMESIS; The World Standard going heavy for “The Perfect Idol”; BiS being brought back from the actual dead; Hauptharmonie capping a great year by adding not just new members, but the Idol Formerly Known as Mone with that; promo idols DEEP GIRL blasting open 2016 with “I kill”; and, the most recent, Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da embroiled in a membership scandal.
Idols do collaborations all the time, with other idols and bands and so on. The results can be pretty great, as these nominees demonstrate.
Zekkyou’s on here twice because I couldn’t decide on which video to include, so sue me
There were a lot of great debuts in 2016; this category covers the first (or, at least, intended) physical release of newcomers. We saw the birth of demon clowns Bokura no Oyugi and sister groups for Zenkimi, PassCode, Bellring Girls Heart and (briefly!) BiS in the form of Yukueshirezutsurezure, NEVE SLIDE DOWN, Yanakoto Sotto Mute and SiS, respectively. Whose was the best?
Idols and singles go together like eggs and bacon. The title tracks tend to get the most hype, but there are a lot of hidden gems among the B-sides. Which song here makes the best impression on you?
- BiSH — “Earth”
- You’ll Melt More! — “Shiratama Disco”
- PassCode — “TRACE”
- PiGU — “(Try Sometime) Do the Shake-it!”
- Q’ulle — “SAISEIRON”
Idols’ music can be great, but idol is also a highly visual medium, which makes the music video a potent weapon. There were a lot of great videos put out this year, but which of these finalists deserves to be remembered as the best?*
When you get to You’ll Melt More!, I recommend popping it out to YouTube so you can get the full game effect
*Vote for the video, please, not the song. We don’t need our own version of the Gold Glove awards.