At first blush, I didn’t want to make too much of this … well, not completely unprecedented, but nonetheless very special-feeling pro cut of the inimitable Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da, live, in front of a ton of people, doing the thing that they do so well and pretty much everybody else has to just hope to keep up with.
For real. Just bathe in that. Understand that it’s a gift to see these particular masters of the craft in the chaotic revelry that is their live stage without actually being at the live stage, Codomomental’s business model being what it is. Garry actually wrote a really great reflection of that environment, and from a hyper-rare Codomomental grad show to boot (that grad show), and you can see the same emotional sweep at play here minus, like, the weeping and stuff.
This is just a simple thing. I’m posting it so that the folks who follow the Zenkimi tags or hit that category via Google or whatever really see what it’s about, and maybe gain a different level of understanding from doing so. Also to encourage Producer-san to maybe do this more often!
Well if this isn’t completely out of left field — masters of the quasi two-hour teaser release window Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da have graced us with a new song without a shred of warning or even a new release date to consider. It’s just out here, and it wants us to listen to it!
Nothing is as predictable as a Codomomental act teasing a good series of promo tracks ahead of their releases, and as soon as the “see you at 21:00” tweet happened the other evening, I created a placeholder for this post. Look how smart I am! Then they did a bunch of other announcements first, and boy did I have egg on my face! But you know what? Eggs are delicious.
But also, per the usual manipulation of Codomomental’s good faith and trust, what they’re saying is available for a couple of hours is actually our eternal plaything! If you can, of course click the link here, but know that goodies never really go away here at Homicidols.com.
At long last*, the MV for Zenkimi’s latest single! True story: I started this post almost an hour ago, but a funny thing happens when you get onto Zenkimi’s YouTube channel, and that thing is that you get sucked into a very weird world and don’t necessarily have an easy way to navigate out. I was counting instances of the word “wazurai”, for goodness’s sake.
Oh right, the new MV!
Idols, take note of how to make an MV: Some normal action shots of the members doing their choreo thing in an acid-washed anime world is nice, but do intersperse them with short scenes telling the tale of four girls and their shrine, and the strange cyclopean** mutant who comes to visit and becomes their friend, only to face ugly hate and violence from the local bullies who must be chased away so that the girls and the mutant can have a slumber party moment together in the shrine!
It writes itself
Additional neat thing about going down a Zenkimi hole early in the morning? Because your brain is switched on to weirder things, you can really appreciate some of the little art touches in the visuals. I liked the highlighted weaponry, for instance!
Now they need to string a couple of these together. Codomomental isn’t a huge shop, and there are three killer idol projects to manage on top of milcboy and goodness knows what all else anymore, so leeway and perspective are important. It’s easy to get into a trap, not dissimilar to the one that BiSH (annoyingly) leads me into at the moment, in which musical choices heavy in the realm of familiar tropes (all aspects of Codomocore, really) become more off-putting than comfortable. The MV in that case can save the day! It’s also probably a sign that I need to get out more.
Anyway. You’re knockin’ ’em dead, Zenkimi. Godspeed to you and your repulsive friend.
*Not long at all! **I know that’s not the appropriate use of the word, but I loved it so much in the sentence that I decided to violate even more rules of language than usual
I was bored yesterday, and I was thinking about the title of the new Zenkimi single, and I thought about how their song titles, even when they probably actually make perfect sense, often look and sound like some combination of gibberish and the results of giving a gaijin one of those live translation apps. In other words, if you let Maniac title songs!
So I went a-digging through Zenkimi’s surprisingly deep discography and pulled out a list. Like all of the ranks, it is neither exhaustive nor even particularly comprehensive, but is merely a ranking of titles relative to one another. Continue reading →
More and more, because there’s an ever-increasing number of idol things to do and decreasing availability of ol’ Maniac when it comes to talking about them, I like to shunt announcements about singles and the like straight into the Weekender. There are exceptions, of course, based on either the general level of popularity of the project in question, or the importance of the release (so-and-so coming back! or final release! or something), but are announcements about new singles (and even most albums) really all that stupendous? They are not.
Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da is one of the regular exceptions. They aren’t the most popular of the idols that usually grace these pages, but they are fairly popular, and Codomomental as a company is probably the strong #2 in terms of chika-focused management companies. It’s a neat enough situation that, against all odds, the group who first caught attention by dropping a thunderous denpacore song on us and then graced it with an MV of human suffering and cannibalism has risen to the point that the things they do have real weight. Like, there are a handful of idols, period, who can count on their videos cracking the 100k boundary on the reg, and Zenkimi’s been doing that for a year.
Anyway, their sixth single is coming, and you should be aware of it for all of the right reasons, but knowing that also puts me into a contemplative mood. To whit: