I’m Afraid That Ophetan Is Going to Run out of PVs Someday

It’s a new weekly occurrence for my favorite solo underground idol, Ophelia 20mg — last time out, she released a trailer for her upcoming EP/album doodad; this week, it’s back to short versions of full videos for … is she going to do one per song on the record? Holy moses.

Google says that the title of this number is “poison retrenched.” I don’t even care if that isn’t right; that’s a great title.

Happy Thursday. The Hurtsday portion will be along in a bit.

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Oh Cool, Kimi to Boku Shared a New Track

Goodness gracious, I had to really scrape the ol’ site history for a minute to figure out where things are with You and Me, Sometimes Melancholic (Twitter), who I got legitimately excited about once upon a time and then just sort of faded into the background (it’s kind of a thing with this company (see: Tsuki to Taiyou), I guess). They’re in that fine tradition of horror/fantasy/kind-of-VK/metal idols that I enjoy but don’t get the same kind of love as the -core-ier side of the coin.

Anyway, Kimi to Boku had themselves a little bit of a soft reboot at the end of last year, and I’m guessing that this track (which is a cover, so not “new” per se) is part of that process: Continue reading

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Another Disbandment? Sure, Why Not? It’s Phantom Voice

Pretty much as soon as you start to follow idols, you start to make friends with other people who follow idols. I think of you guys as friends, for instance! I’ve also been fortunate to connect with the man behind Pure Idol Heart, and he’s kind enough to throw new songs and videos and idols my way. The trouble is, I do get busy with things besides Homicidols.com, and I’m sometimes not able to follow up all that quickly, and sometimes things get lost in the wash.

For instance, this news from yesterday about Phantom Voice that I skipped right over twice:

Yeah. Another pending disbandment. One-man live in May. Continue reading

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A Spectre Will Be Haunting Europe — The Spectre of NECRONOMIDOL

This is very new and very light on details, and in fact I skipped right over it earlier and had to be shown the error of my ways by our translator pal, but holy smokes, you guys, NECRONOMIDOL is taking their dark gospel to Europe:

Details are currently non-existent, except that they’re going to France and Italy in the early part of July, and may be add other countries, too. Unholy smokes. Continue reading

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Here’s an Extra WTF That Can Actually Make You Feel Better

After that earlier bit of ugliness, I needed something dumb and fun and easy. Yes, there’s a very convenient joke to be made there, but I won’t do it because sad. Instead, here’s something that made me smile.

You’ve probably seen it by now, either toward the end of the full recording of the show, or in this isolated video, but when the Idol Formerly Known as Ladybaby got into a battle with THE Natsu no Mamono the other day, the only real winner was everybody who got to see that collaboration take “Nippon Manju” to a whole new level:


Ruby vs. Ladybeard would have made for an epic Corenament matchup

Now let’s use this as an opportunity to engage in a discussion that I’ve flirted with but never directly taken up with others. Continue reading

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You Know It’s Release Season When Pikarin’s Got Something Coming

Thank goodness for friends; I don’t personally follow Pikarin closely enough to always know what’s up, but this well-timed bit courtesy of John at Straight from Japan is good to go.

As I am sure most of you know, everyone’s favorite demon princess, Pikarin, has not really been releasing music since 魔界心中 / MITSU TO BATSU back in May 2016 and the subsequent collapse of FORCE RECORDS. Yes, she did release a single, The Dogeza Road. exclusively through Village Vanguard, which most people don’t even know about. […]

via New Music From Pikarin? Coming Right Up! — Straight From Japan

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Ophelia 20mg Has a Trailer out for Her Album; Yes Please

You all know that I’m a big supporter of Osaka’s indie, solo rock-and-metal-and-awesome idol Ophelia 20mg, and I’ve been very excited to share her videos over the past couple of weeks; well, now she’s got out a full trailer for her upcoming album:


Loud

I hope you sell thousands of these things, Ophetan. Continue reading

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Get Your Con on … Twice! More Daemon at Con Nichiwa

This is exciting; our pal DaeMetal was already going to be running as brutal an idol panel as has ever existed at Con Nichiwa in Tucson, and now he’s adding another:

That’s the Babymetal version; I won’t spoil some of what he told me about it, but suffice it to say that it sounds like a big ol’ space.
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It’s Final Lolisyn’s Final Live, Finally

I took a little bit of a shot at PAC IDOL a couple of Weekenders ago, and the main reason for that is Gouhou Lolita Syndrome REBOOT — aka Lolisyn, aka 564 REBOOT — and what always looks to me like a terrible lack of commitment, ideas, attention, etc. for what was always in my experience a group that should have been killing it.

Anyway, a year after the last iteration of the original Lolisyn (Haru and Hiro) was disbanded, its quicky follow-up (REBOOT) was killed off, and the Lolisyn project itself declared closed. In the tradition of the Haru/Hiro version, here’s the final live shared to YouTube:

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Fukuoka Kanbe Girls Are Proof That Idols Can Promote Anything with Fire

Imagine that you work for a local tourism board, and shrinking budgets in addition to less travel is putting a hurting on your city’s economy. You need an attraction! Or, at the very least, a way to convince people from near and far to come and spend their hard-earned yen on your delicious local food and take in the spectacular local sights … HOLY CRAP YOU KNOW WHAT WE NEED?! IDOLS!*

Just get a look at this (via @AshLikeSnow):

Well, and listen to it, too, as it’s perfectly cromulent idometal-meets-animetal. But holy hell, this is an idol unit that exists to talk about regional history and culture? Like Tengger Cavalry, but idols? I’m in. Continue reading

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