BiS Hits All the Familiar Notes and That’s Grand

So yesterday, to coincide with the release of their Propaganda to PROPAGANDA fan-voted best-of album, BiS dropped a new MV (for the lone original cut on the record, IIRC). How exciting! Given the track record of the group since being re-rebooted sans any formal relationship to its past save for name, logo and producer, it deservedly warranted some real buzz and a lot of eager clicks. Maybe we didn’t quite get what we expected, and I’ll come right out and say that I didn’t even understand (at first) what I did get, but it’s very nice and you should spend some time with it if you haven’t already, including a repeat view or two if you know what’s good for you:

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I Like When Idol MVs Leave Me Dumbfounded

Subtitle: If Rain gets annoyed about a lot of words saying very little, he’s gonna love this one!

WAGAMAMARAKIA, who kick enormous amounts of ass and therefore it is completely acceptable to be super hype about the EP they’re releasing in a few weeks, dropped a new video yesterday. So as not to bury the lede, suffice it to say that it left me dumbfounded and still kind of does almost 24 hours later. You of course be the judge of your own experience and takeaway. I’ll share mine because it’s long-winded!

So to relate this back to the title, I (in this order) got jazzed about the MV, unintentionally played the MV as background, got really excited for a minute, forgot about it, then actually watched it a few hours later and got that same excitement at the beginning all over again. And yet I felt like I didn’t have anything to say! What a strange feeling — an idol group that I have the utmost respect for, a new bigger-time product from them being rolled out, and really all that I could muster in my mind was incoherence? Isn’t that usually a good thing?? Continue reading

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This Is a PIGGS Post

Really felt necessary to get this one out of the way as a standalone thing — we here at Homicidols Dot Com aren’t all huge PIGGS people, but I feel like we all support PIGGS in principle on the grounds of their being oriented toward audiences outside of Japan and all. Plus Cal’s like secretly best friends with everybody in the bigger, broader WACK family and usually has fun anecdotes that we can’t ethically publish, and that includes at least one meaningful conversation with PIGGS’s Ryan B. I personally missed the actual debut of this, Pour Lui’s latest attempt to make good on her own personal vision, but I’ve been fortunate enough for them to release stuff during my time back to paying attention, including this MV and the implications thereof but more importantly the upcoming release of a new EP, 5 Kill Stars, from which they released some additional music the other day: Continue reading

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This INUWASI Number Is This Month So Far in a Nutshell

Man, I don’t want to belabor this too much. Are you American, or by the mere fact of existing on this planet bound irretrievably but inexorably into the political dramas of the country? Yes across the board, then. Great. So you’ve no doubt noticed that things have been a little spicy around here lately. Dramatic. High-stakes! This very week has been one long emotional rollercoaster, and frankly even with the end of the track and the station and all of the other people in line right there you get this sense that the train’s going to suddenly get right through and head back up the climb hill so we can all have another ride. Fantastic stuff.

If there’s anything (idol related) that can sum up the week, it’s the first real-deal MV from INUWASI and their bringing a bunch of sounds that I didn’t expect but fully welcome:

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As our long national anxiety attack drones on, it’s a fitting capper to the year that everybody talks about as “oh man that was a hell of a year, didn’t X and Y and Z and B all debut that year? DIDN’T TIF CATCH ON FIRE?” which may be a bit revisionist, but still. And with Best Of season coming up so fast that Kerrie is literally in the process of drafting the intro post for it right this very second, we’d better hurry up and get through more idol debuts before the bottom falls out of the opportunity and we give someone short shrift!

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It’s worth missing some sleep over the new Zenkimi

Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da is finally back from their hiatus, with 3 new members. With the recent Mashiro departure and the pre-hiatus graduation of Yotsu and Akebono, many speculated that the group would be in bad shape. Rest assured their fearless leader did a great job reining in the new recruits.

Let’s discuss their first offering, Insomnia!

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BiSH Wage War for Punk Integrity in COD tie-in MV, STORY OF DUTY

BiSH enable God Mode in their “STORY OF DUTY” MV which doubles as a promo for the Call of Duty mobile game.  For a war game endorsement, it is probably notable that they never pick up a gun. Instead they dance with cheat codes enabled, invulnerable to all incoming attacks while obliterating their foes with impunity.

Best part: 1:24 where Chitti and Atsuko taunt tanks by doing The Robot.

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New PassCode Feels Good, Man

Consider yourselves lucky that I didn’t turn this entire post into one long pun on the song title

I’ll be honest with you, folks: I may have shut down almost all of my old barrage of notifications to keep from losing my mind, but I did keep a few on, and one of those was for PassCode, which partly works because their Twitter account is about 10% as busy as most, so you the ratio of quality information to filler schedule stuff is quite high, but this being the season that it is and the environment that it is and with everything else going on, I kept seeing “Anything New” and assuming it was some kind of streamed live event and only realized late yesterday that OMG ITS’S A NEW SONG, WELL THAT’S APTLY NAMED I GUESS, HOLY HELL THERE’S AN MV COMING. And so I did that little nervous hoppy-hand-shaky dance thing in my head and got all het up, so when the sucker came up live on YouTube this morning I could not have been more ready.

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A Brief Celebration of One of the Year’s Best Releases

It’s been a while since Homicidols Dot Com was like the super-timeliest thing in idol. That’s okay! Frankly, the Content(TM) is usually better nowadays, what with adequate time to digest the source and have more nuanced reactions than “aw gee ain’t idol swell!” But this is new territory, I think, for the release I’m referring to is both officially like a month old but also itself pretty much a year in the making even at that time, and basically only happens/ed that way because of a great personal disappointment in the Idolverse. Continue reading

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NEO JAPONISM Escorts Us Fully Into Halloween Season

As noted in the Weekender, yeah, it’s Halloween season, and while idol Halloween is arguably the best event on the Idolverse calendar, what’s inarguable is that it’s just plain not going to seem right this year. Our pandemic-riddled world may be getting better at finding ways to be “normal” (whatever that means) and getting back to business, and that’s true of idol too, but there just isn’t going to be the same concentration of events, the same impetus to have costumed lives and the like, and maybe the mood’s even off. I don’t know! I just know that this is usually the time when we start to see the holiday-appropriate videos and photo galleries come along, and so far I haven’t seen too much.

But that being said, hey, here’s one of my favorite groups come along with what I’m going to call the first unofficial anthem of idol Halloween largely because of my own biases and because doing so confirms them! But yeah, it’s NEO JAPONISM and something that I think they’re doing just because they can: Continue reading

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Lest We Ever Forget That Wagamama Rakia Kicks Enormous Amounts of Ass

Pro tip: If you ever choose, like all of us on Team, to become a super fancy idol blogger, just know that while you will of course have your faves and biases and will at times go way out of your way to hold up the things that you treasure most, the fact is that you’re also going to have your head filled with so much stuff, from pure junk to the absolutely sublime, that it almost stops mattering what it is that you like most, because your default setting is to like everything. Like, you feel bad for leveling even the most mild of completely deserved criticisms, and as a filthy gaijin wota you also do so with the trepidation that you’re probably getting things wrong half of the time because of the language and culture barriers. Enthusiasm can only make up for so much! Trust me! And then you feel kind of lousy and step lightly in response for a while and then start running a new gimmick and before you know it, you’re suddenly surprised to re-run back into one of those faves and/or biases you started off with, and you hear them and you’re like, oh yeah, I always liked that! Continue reading

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