Your Homicidols Weekender #78 1/3, Babymetal Edition

So do forgive me for beating the Babymetal drum, but the fact remains that every Su-metal exhalation is cause for recognition among Western wota of pretty much any stripes, and all that to-do from the other day has culminated in a ton of fallout, not to mention thinking and angsting and so on. I thought, rather than try to keep up with it all in real time, why not use the patented format of the Weekender to sum up the rest of Babymetal’s week?

And Here We Are

The first thing that must be acknowledged is that Koba all but doubled down on the doubters yesterday:

And was immediately clowned right the hell back. What a brutal response. Continue reading

So Babymetal, Huh?

I could not have been more explicit when I said that Amuse doesn’t care about you other than your ability to have a transactional relationship with Babymetal, but no, I was the bad guy. Or very likely the person that you agreed with, judging by the comments! I just felt like a little rueful back-patting upon finding out that MY LITERAL BABYMETAL SUB-OSHI YUIMETAL, Patron Saint of Try-hards Everywhere, did not appear at the Kansas City show last night. Let’s have a taste!

People lost their freaking minds; as a person who enjoys a good disaster just for the sake of it, I have to give credit to all parties for playing their parts perfectly. Continue reading

I’m Mostly Curious about How Others Are Taking the New Babymetal Song

Oh neat, did my kvetching actually accomplish something?* You may have been caught up in the furor earlier today when a new Babymetal song (“Distortion!”) briefly appeared on YouTube before being taken down. Not fast enough to discourage a few quick-fingered downloaders, apparently, as it was the opposite of difficult to track down over the past several hours.

At Tokyo Midnight, though, Amuse pulled the trigger and gave us the first significant new Babymetal in well over two years:

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It’d Be Boring If It Weren’t the Friday Fun

Pour Lui, look what we’ve done for you! So many fresh ideas for your channel! Now can I design t-shirts for your inevitable YouTuber merch store? Pleeeeaase?


I am so, so thankful for April Fools Day. It’s been what, almost a month since it happened, and it’s still fueling ideas for Friday Funs. I love this time of the year for bringing me out of the drought I had going for months! I want a fool for every month.

Of course, for Babymetal fans, April Fools Day is also Fox Day, the day for many goodies and announcements, and boy, did we get one heck of an announcement this year: Continue reading

Being a Babymetal Fan Is Basically an Insult at This Point

By which, I don’t mean that “you’re a Babymetal fan” is an insult, but that living life as a Babymetal fan means constantly being insulted by Babymetal’s management.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Fox Day countdown was an announcement about the next phase of the Metal Resistance (going on quite a few years now, gang):

And something about seven new (dark!) spirits:

The smart money so far seems to be on the seven spirits being the band (fair enough), though some people are speculating about new members, new units, and so on. This is the stock in trade of Babymetal fans, in fact — if we ain’t speculatin’, we ain’t happy. Continue reading

These Are Babymetal’s U.S./European Tour Dates

Just announced this morning (or like midnight in Japan):

Southerners, especially Texans, be happy. Everybody else, prepare for the wonders of Columbus! Continue reading

Babymetal May Have Just Confirmed a New Album

It feels like my timing was off for a Babymetal release by the end of the year (though I get a keep-the-seat-warm strategy, too), but today’s confirmation of an appearance at Rock on the Range in May — and thereby backdoor confirmation of a U.S. tour in 2018 — combined with other stuff that we already know, is screaming out that an album is impending.

By the way, that’s some good billing! I wondered where they were starting to rank in the overall heavy milieu — coming out ahead of Asking Alexandria and Trivium and Black Veil Brides, etc., that’s pretty good, or at least good marketing. (Also, Maynard, you’re gonna be a busy dude.)

I’m disappointed for Code Orange, though

But about that album. Continue reading

This Is the Result When Babymetal Does Anime

No, no, you goofs, not that promised anime series starring/about Babymetal that just disappeared into the ether; I’m talking about the more-recently-announced theme song for the UniKitty Cartoon Network show. I … I can barely contain myself?


Technically not anime because reasons, but you know what I mean

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This Insane Babymetal Merch Might Actually Be Worth the Price Tag

I was going to post this yesterday with an “angery reacts only!” attitude, but kind of came around on it:

If you follow the link, you’ll see that the merch on issue is a five-DVD set from each of the Fox God Festival shows held quasi-recently, plus the mask accompanying each (hand-made! painted with the blood of slain angels!), for right around $500 US (not including shipping, or potentially customs, and you still need to be of THE ONE to get into a lottery to be among the lucky 500 to buy it, etc.).

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Hmm, Babymetal’s All Over Media Right Now

What you’re about to see was all just destined for the Weekender because, like, Babymetal’s cool and fun, but they’re also in this weird kind of cruise control (by big idol standards), which isn’t exactly rare for them, but here we are, almost 18 full months since Metal Resistance, and they’re basically just doing their usual load of live appearances.

I am not in this case going all conspiracy-theory (been there, done that, had fun), but the inveterate gambler in me is starting to wonder if a significant announcement isn’t on the way.

You may have seen this fun video of Head from Korn going full Kami Band during one of the two bands’ dates not long ago:

Aw, they’re metal friends! That’s cool. Old me and current me love the hell out of that! But the most shocking thing of all … well, don’t say that I didn’t warn you: Continue reading