This time last week, while we were putting the final organizational touches on this year’s Best Of crop, two things occurred to me. The first was that this year, for various reasons, seemed to have the lowest high points out of the whole dang run of Homicidols Voting Things (probably because of all the soul-murdering graduations); the second was that Codomomental units were, on the whole, involved in the proceedings but without the same degree of they-could-win-so-much-hardware-you-guys as in past year. And on that second point, yeah, I get it, there’s actually been a good amount of turmoil in my favorite company for the last however long, and it’s unfortunately sort of stifled their mental and emotional presence for folks outside of Japan. I think so, anyway, but I’m also not as elbow-deep in the scene nowadays, so maybe I’m missing things.
Now, on Saturday, while I was taking a few minutes to just cruise around and check out things that I might want to pick up later in the week, I ran head-long into a preview clip for this MV. I didn’t read the tweet, and I didn’t play the clip with audio on, but I remembered that what has turned out to be one of the greatest chika loudol groups of all, Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da, did indeed have an album on the way, and that album was going to be a special one, and you know, I got excited. And I took that tweet and I slapped it into a draft post and I was going to publish for Monday a piece on how excited I was about this album and you should be too.
And then I didn’t do it because that’s reality these days. But I actually remembered to come back to it, and my girl Yotsu was doing what idols do and re-sharing the thing that had already been shared and then it all came together for me, the power and the glory amen: Continue reading
It is the fault of nobody at all that Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da decided to flash-preview their ninth(!) single, which is coming at the end of the month, which threw me into an absolute tizzy of confusion about which release is which and when it’s happening and it didn’t actually matter because this all happened on Saturday and Team had one heck of a weekend. By the time we were able to catch up, the whole moment had passed, so I figured, hell, we missed the window, but we can still share, and let’s do it like always because if there’s one thing that Homicidols Dot Com has done consistently over these long years, it’s share Codomomental tracks on a template!
Now, ordinarily this is where we begin the whole song and dance about release windows and I do the performative routine and blah blah blah, so let’s fill in the gaps. Single:
And the track, you can still preview that (as of this writing!) … hhere.
No, man, I told you, we missed the window. In fact, because there are other Zenkimi items but this is purely for archival purposes, this post is over!
Hey! I only have a minute so forgive the blow-through, but check it: The everlasting joy that is Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da, who are in the midst of releasing a remixed, re-recorded album of past hits with the updated membership, just keep sending out previews, as you could probably have inferred from the title of this post. Well, there’s another one today, and this is right under the wire!
“Oh noes!” you cry out, “I may be too late!” And to that, mis amigos, I say, have you not been paying attention to Homicidols Dot Com and our wink-and-nudge relationship with Codomomental all these years? Just look after the jump! Continue reading
Oh hey neat! I expected that Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da’s pre-warned announcement would be some kind of music something, what with the upcoming release of their let’s-re-release-a-ton-of-stuff-with-the-new-lineup album on the way, but did I expect that they’d come shooting out of the gates with one of the greatest, loudest, violentest, Codomomentalest idolcore songs ever put to tape? I did not. Am I absurdly pleased that they did? I am. Feast your ears on the re-recorded “WORLD END CRISIS”, only do it kind of fast because they put the ol’ two-hour limit on it and HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA no, friend, just play along and then if you’re here after the link in the tweet dies, ol’ Uncle Maniac will still see you through:
We’ll do the usual shenanigans because, not because there’s gonna be a whole lot there.
Just take the jump.
Hi, this is where the track lives forever!
Where is Freud, indeed?
What is there to say, really? It’s still friggin’ “WORLD END CRISIS”, which frankly only gets better with time and always leaves me waxing what-could-have-been about Peak Codomomental. And they’re all still good! It’s just, there are apogees out there, and you begin to understand the whole thing with Sisyphus once you’ve reached the top of the hill and let that rock slip just the tiniest bit.
This is a good version, though. The shuffling of roles within the song took me a minute to adjust to, but the real highlights here are always the dual screams, and while I’ll admit that I’m waffling on whether my girl Yotsu is in the same position as before or whether she took on the Shidare role, I still think that this sounds like the gold standard for idols shredding their throats to really expose those emotions. What a song.
The remix album is out at the end of July. I hope they give us more on the long road to that point!
Well well well! I was prepared for a really easy, walkaway Saturday morning, but of course the idols who invented Codomocore, who despite their second 40% membership overhaul in … good lord, a long-ass time, Zenkimi’s officially old now! Who despite having just undergone all of that have been surprisingly quiet of late. The whole company has, in fact, but this week started to open things up, from the updated name for KAQRIYOTERROR to yesterday’s announcement of the ssixth single from Yukueshirezutsurezure*. And yeah, now it’s time for Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da with the biggest announcement of all, a new single and a big-ass album’s worth of re-recordings with the updated membership:
Well if I didn’t pick a great day to commute in early! It’s been a while since the original MV release to support Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da’s double A-side single, when they gave us the very good “Romance Sect”, and in the intervening time there’s been an absolute rash of photography from what was obviously MV-related but at no point indicated when or even if such a thing would be delivered. I honestly started to wonder if it would be a DVD feature instead.
It’s not! Finally, today, they give us “Natural Born Independent” in all its glory:
I was late for the train this morning. It was my fault — I stayed some of the usual morning prep to follow up on some personal things that needed attention — but I wasn’t any happier for taking the responsibility. I was late, period, and being late for something as scheduled as a municipal rail line means missing the train, which means waiting for the next, which means tacking extra time onto being late. It’s dumb. I was dumb. I was mad.
By the time I got to the office, I had a day’s worth of email buzzing at me from the smart phone that I now rue like none other, a string of messages re: said personal things that needed attention and now needed more attention, and a good cluster of idol-related tweets that I knew I was going to have to cut through if I were to have any hope of not having my phone crash.
Somewhere around 95 percent of all idol-related tweets in my daily queue are pointless dreck. Oh good, you’re tweeting your entire schedule of single release appearances at HMV and Tower, fantastic, idgaf. Today was no different. Joy, though, often lives in that remaining 5 percent, and so it was when the bottom of the huge-ass pile of Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da messages lay the one that truly mattered. It was MV time!
Yotsu is pretty much everything now
Wake the heck up! After only recently delivering some details on their new double A-side single, Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da wasted no time tossing out a preview for you. And friends, what a preview it is. It’s not the A-A-side, but its partner, what good sense tells you should be called “Romance Sect” but they have romajized as “Romanse Sect” and that’s fine, it’s not like Zenkimi song titles are the easiest thing to deal with in the world anyway.
Of course it’s on the typical two-hour time limit, and of course we hold that time limit in absolute zero regard around here!
The goods after the jump. Continue reading
Hey, what a nice surprise! The pre-warning tweet that went out yesterday from Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da official was, I thought, going to be for another song preview, which goes to show you just how far my memory has deteriorated of late, given that they last pre-published a, uh, single preview. So fine. Fine! Seventh single! Music video:
Confirming the primacy of Yotsu, per usual
It sounds largely unchanged from when we heard it in preview form (lyrics there too, for the needy), like a rendering of maturation in the composers’ orientation toward their bag of tricks. It also, at least to my ears, sounds like a Zenkimi joint without sounding like straight-up Codomocore, you know?
Yeah, like a lot of people, I miss the days when Zenkimi MVs at worst told bitter stories of lost love and at best involved the very literal murder of goodness by evil, but it’s also hard to complain about videos that aren’t trying to do too much and just let the idols do their idol thing. If Zenkimi were to put out an entire album in this mood, then sure, that’d be bad, but this is just right, and it’s hitting all the right notes.
Whee! It’s that time again, friends — Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da, who’ve been uncommonly quiet over the last few months on account of relentless touring and stuff, would really like it if you’d take their newest song for a spin. Of course the usual two-hour rules officially apply, and of course we shall relentlessly disregard both the letter and spirit of those rules.
And if it’s gone when you go looking, come meet my friend around back here. He has the good stuff. Continue reading