International idols seem to be making some waves lately! Over in France they’ve got WACK tribute artists ORiYON, and from Italy, (via China I believe) there’s ERISU who’ve gotten some well-deserved buzz going on. It’s enough to get one wondering what else is going on in new idol territory out side of Japan. From the little bits and pieces I’ve picked up online, I do know that there are now pockets of active idols throughout Asia, the Southeast in particular, but these groups are mostly still too niche to really break out just yet. But here’s one group you may want to watch out for, it’s Vietnam’s idol sensation, POLARIS★!
They’ve actually been around since 2016, but the group is entirely new to me. As a matter of fact, the MV I came across that brought them to my attention came out in early May, so while we’re a bit late for the party, at least we showed up before it was over! And appropriately enough, it’s a Covid 19 themed song. It makes sense though… if a stupid virus is going to come along and wreck everything, then at least try to have a little cheeky fun in some way with it. So let’s check out this catchy gem of a tune, “Corona Ahahahahaha”!!!!!!
Good Day to you all! I don’t mean just a general hello, but also that’s the name of this group…
Good Day is a duo made-up of Yu (Also a member of Electric Ribbon!) and Mi Mi. They debuted this spring, probably not quite aware yet that the circumstances of Covid were going to be a serious obstacle to getting out there to have shows and doing promotions, but they’ve managed to start building up some traction thanks to their upbeat spirits and a handful of really terrific songs. Continue reading
Remember that online WACK audition where anybody from any country of any gender could participate on Twitter? The chaotic mixture of WACK fans, girls from previous streamed auditions and children who should really have their internet usage monitored by their parents? Great news! It’s reached a mass voting stage so YOU, the reader, can be more involved than ever!
BREAKING NEWS: Across the nation of Japan and around the entire world, people are coming down with terminal cases of “not being able to mind their business”.
Hamidasystem crash, Hamidasystem reboot, Hamidasystem restart! Now that we have the pun quota sorted, Shiika and Mikoto are back with a few new friends!
HANAMUKE is the third idol act on the current SHINDENTSU PRODUCTION roster, the same agency that has won us over with the fabulous ELECTRIC HEARTS and the delightful scribble scritch! While we’ve been previously introduced to the other two acts, HANAMUKE have only been known to us over here at Homicidols in name only, so there’s been a bit of anxious anticipation to find out what they’re about…
All I’ve really known about them is that they’re a duo consisting of Yuni and Tsubra, and that they describe their music as “Underground Techno Idol”. Beyond that, I had nothing to speculate on regarding their musical sound until now…
So finally, in the tradition of previous SDP promo media, here’s a cool little low-budget video for you!
I sure do like it a lot! It’s all very familiar sounding but yet not so derivative that it feels like meatloaf again. It’s good, solid pop music that would lend itself well to dancing around your room or helping you survive the drudgery of a morning commute into work. It also sounds ripe for some fun extended remixes, so hopefully they’ll follow up on the underground techno spirit by letting the tracks be open to experimentation by amateur soundboard enthusiasts.
And as for the MV itself, it plays off nicely with a bit of a young Vanilla Beans sort of vibe, complete with lackadaisical choreography, retro dresses, and bob-cut wigs! And oh yes, bonus points for the robot dance moves at the 2:50 mark, you really can’t go wrong with that!
Obviously, with a limited amount of material and small following, the group still has room for growth ahead of them, but that’ll most certainly change in the months to come. Give em’ a chance and follow them so you can later brag that you knew about em’ early on!
HANAMUKE official website
SHINDENTSU PRODUCTION Youtube channel
Man, what is up with us?!? We’ve been gushing so much about how much we all love ELECTRIC HEARTS, (Which is 100% totally justifiable.) that we never really wrote a proper profile of their sister group, scribble scritch! I went back and searched the site, and while Daemon had the good taste and keen insight to include their “DROP” MV in a weekender back in August, there’s still no dedicated article to this damn near perfect punk-pop-idol outfit from Osaka, and that’s kind of unforgivable! (I’m blaming myself in this too.) Well, that ends ends today, buster!
Since we’re on the late bus with this, chances are mighty good that you may know these ladies already, and that’s great! But I also think some you haven’t, because I feel pretty certain you’d be ranting and raving at us for not covering them sooner because Holy Moses are they terrific.
As it stands at this exact moment, the group is a trio made up of Nina, Suzuna, and Erina, hailing from the Osaka area under the Shindentsu Production banner, which as mentioned before is also the agency that represents our favorite idol group with paper bags on their heads. (The agency also has a third group, and duo called HANAMUKE, who we’re also watching out for.)
Musically…well, tell me to shut up and post the MV already!
I feel like a bit of a wrong has been committed in that NaNoMoRaL hasn’t gotten a proper write-up on this blog, but it’s most certainly not Maniac’s fault. They’ve been on the Homicidols radar nearly from the unit’s beginning, but I kinda-sorta called some claim on this group, and then sat on it far longer than they deserve. But the honest-to-goodness truth is that the reason for that is because I feel strongly that the group is so good, and it’s debut EP is so excellent, that I really wanted to think about this and get everything right instead of just blabbering like a giddy little fanboy.
NaNoMoRaL is a duo made up of Amamiya Miku and Paseli-chan. Amamiya is remembered by a lot of us by her stage name “Natsuki” from her time in Avandoned. Natsu left that group in late 2016 and reappeared shortly after in the far-more traditional idol unit Emoquru Scoop (currently renamed EMOP), and then later still, announced she was leaving to become a solo act. But in actuality, she was working with EMOP’s producer, who happens to be Paseli-chan, and so, NaNoMoRaL was created! (Hope you’re taking notes on this.) Continue reading
There’s a milestone of sorts coming up for Homicidols.com in a few weeks, and with that, gods be good, will come a development that I hope at least some of you will want to take part in. More on that when the time comes.
To prepare for that, I’d like to learn a little bit more about us as a community of people with a unique common interest. And to make that work, please see … Continue reading
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