Man, you wake up on a Sunday all hoping for goodness and light and clarity and hope, and not only is it raining buckets outside, but NECRONOMIDOL up and dropped the second installment of their short film, and of course I’m immediately going to watch it despite being unable to follow the story in all but the most cursory of ways!
BABYMETAL used Fox Day 2019 to launch a new era of ambiguity, announcing that they will finally release their long-awaited new album at some point this year.
— BABYMETAL (@BABYMETAL_JAPAN) April 1, 2019
In addition to the new album, BABYMETAL revealed some major upcoming shows. Late June will mark SU-METAL and MOAMETAL’s return to Yokohama Arena for the Apocrypha of the Fox God’s first Hemingway reference: BABYMETAL Awakens – The Sun Also Rises. Continue reading
April Fool’s Day falls somewhere on the idol holiday ranking spectrum between Halloween and Twin Tails Day, though an argument could be made that more energy and creatively goes into getting a rise out of fans with excellently crafted jokes and spit-takes than into the rest of idol’s annual cycles combined. And as it should be! We here at Homicidols Dot Com clearly enjoy having fun with (and often making fun of) idols and the self-serious loutishness that all too often adheres itself to the scene.
That said, nothing says loving quite like idols embracing the spirit of the day and going all-out in the pursuit of laughs, even at their own expense. And nothing does that better than Oyasumi Hologram absolutely knocking this out of the park:
What’s funny (not in the way that they intend, or maybe!) is that this nods directly at the stripped-down, lilting ethereal work that’s Oyaholo’s calling card at even their rockin’est, but folks who know are well aware of their collaborations with VMO and how frighteningly well August-chan and Kanamil work in a black metal kind of framework. So it’s like a double piss take!
I love this so much, I wish I could frame it.
The NECRONOMIDOL EUROPEAN INQUISITION 2019 announcement has dropped, short on dates but full of intriguing details. For those of you within affordable travel distance of London, the one date you will certainly want to save is the mid-July weekend of HYPER JAPAN.
— HYPER JAPAN (@HYPERJAPANevent) March 25, 2019
NECROMA will be joining the distinguished ranks of former HYPER JAPAN alumni including Yoshiki and Toshi (X Japan), Dempagumi.inc, friends of Homicidols Mutant Monster and Charisma.com, and site favorite LADYBABY.
In all, Necroma confirmed eight summer gigs in six European countries, including a couple of out-of-the-way spots with some rather esoteric connections. Continue reading
Just a few months ago, Homicidols published a profile of fans-turned-promoters bringing alternative idols to the Western World. Looking back now, the article is a bit embarrassingly anglo-centric. Unbeknownst to us at the time, a group of Italian-speaking fans were putting the finishing touches on their own considerable efforts to launch an alt-idol festival in Italy. When the final lineup for the event was revealed in mid-February, it was clear that there was a new and significant player in the business of importing underground Japanese idol to the West.
Seemingly overnight, the hardol diaspora had grown another tendril.
On May 11th in Bologna, Italy, Monster of Dolls will play host to alt-idol A-listers LADYBABY, the Western debut of JyuJyu, and an appearance by the legendary Sari of NECRONOMIDOL fame. The event’s biggest coup, however, is scoring the first ever overseas live for perhaps the hottest chika idol act in Tokyo: Melon Batake a go go.
The appearance of this top-tier alt-idol festival, seemingly out of nowhere, was the most pleasant of surprises. Our curiosity was piqued, not just about the cost of plane tickets to Italy, but also about the festival itself, the brains behind it, and about the Italian-speaking fandom whose presence we had been totally ignorant of until now. So we reached out to our new Italian allies in the quest to bring alt-idol to the West in the hopes that we could learn all we could.
We think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Well if this wasn’t a hell of a thing to wake up to, and by “this” I mean the message from Kerrie that said (I’m paraphrasing) “zomg Maniac new MV from BBTS I think that only a person of your stature and grace can write about that.” This is a good thought! That kind of flattery will definitely get your somewhere!
So without further ado, and I hope as not too much of a spoiler, let me say, let’s take a look at this beast:
Forgive the exuberance, gang, but I’ve very quietly been very excited about BEYOND THE RED ever since first hearing about it. I’m not expecting dang cinema verite, but a good time involving lots of my favorite things all at once? Yes and please. The very first installment is in the can, so let’s watch it together!
45 seconds in, I’m like, YEAH IT’S ALL IN ENGLISH! Imagine the gamut of my disappointment
Did I miss something out there? There’s been a definite feeling that LADYBABY was about to do something significant — and I very Mandela Effectively could have sworn that I’d seen an announcement for a new single in the last few days — what with the ExEx gigs going down and, I don’t know, more chatter than usual on their channels? Something was up.
It turns out that something is a new MV! With a great big contribution, performatively and creatively from Emily and from HAJIMETAL, and Rie’s fingerprints all over the production. And what a trip it is:
A little while back, if you’ll recall, I had an itch of curiosity about a once-up-and-comer from the chika ranks, a certain le biglemoi, and decided to look them up. The timing was good! The group was reshuffling and re-starting, and had some new music to share.
Flash forward to yesterday, when I was trying to contribute to a project of Kerrie’s and was wracking my brain for idols that fit a certain description, and remembered le biglemoi and again found myself looking at their feed, which was … well, frankly, not all that exciting. It was like nothing had happened since the last time, and that’s fine, man, idol needs to idol on its own time sometimes.
However, as it turned out, in this case I was actually a tiny bit early, and le biglemoi had some stuff to share, just a few hours after I’d arrived:
titiel: timeless pic.twitter.com/iWtLrm5pR5
— le biglemoi official (@le_biglemoi) March 1, 2019
Ever since the big reveal that FRUITPOCHETTE, left for dead at that point, would in fact be back and with the original lineup in full, things have been unfortunately quiet from the all-time record-holders as Loudest Idol from Ehime. This of course fit right into the necessities of Mina’s comeback, that it be a limited affair that took her health into consideration, so it wouldn’t be polite to suggest any dissatisfaction with the group’s output. What you see is what you get and what you get you’ll like!
This means that anything that we do get is good as gold, and I won’t waste any more of your time before showing you this live clip:
— FRUITPOCHETTE 公式 (@fruitpochette2) February 25, 2019
It’s not Classic Frupoche, and it’s definitely not ill-fated One-month Frupoche, but it’s Shiori and Mina doing their thing together on stage, and it rocks and they’re great and I’m happy. Let’s hope that they’re able to keep it up somewhat regularly, do some more recording and maybe even make a few big appearances down the road. It’s the very literal least that they deserve.