The More Tsurezure Things Change, the More Things Tsurezure the Same

When the Idol Known in English as Not Secured, Loose Ends But Still at Home as Yukueshirezutsurezure Yeah I Can Still Type It teased out a noontime Sunday something yesterday, one could have been forgiven for thinking the worst. In a year’s time, two of the group’s most stalwart members had departed, a ton of previous momentum lost, and while fans have embraced the new order no matter how bitter their tears, I think disappointment is something that we’ve just come to expect from this powerfully underrated outfit.

And instead, thank heavens, it was the MV for their latest “Odd eye” single and not only is that a huge relief, but what a showing out of the new lineup:

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This Is Episode 2 of NECRONOMIDOL’s “BEYOND THE RED” Film

Man, you wake up on a Sunday all hoping for goodness and light and clarity and hope, and not only is it raining buckets outside, but NECRONOMIDOL up and dropped the second installment of their short film, and of course I’m immediately going to watch it despite being unable to follow the story in all but the most cursory of ways!

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Congratulations to Our Back-to-back Corenament Champions Minna no Kodomo-chan; Woe Be unto Those Sinister Forces Arrayed Against Them

From the Galaxy Note of Wilton P. Prescott Jr.

April 8, 2019

I’m still wrestling with what I just witnessed. I’ve been to every Corenament final since the inception — saw Kamen Joshi’s loaded audience in ’16, the BiSH-Babymetal staredown in ’17, Minna no Kodomo-chan’s supernaturally aided victory last year — and never once have I felt as awed, in the presence of greatness, as I do at this moment.

Like every year, I came for NECRONOMIDOL. Like every year, I watched them bow out early.

Like every year, I thought that PassCode might break through. Like every year, they were dropped by a lesser name.

Like every year, I had money riding on the outcome. I put it on YONEKO after her big second-round upset. Like every year, I leave the Corenament final a little bit poorer.

Like every year, I came because I expected to see greatness emerge. And this year, I finally truly saw it.

What Minna no Kodomo-chan accomplished in this run is not only historic, not only unprecedented; it’s almost unfathomable. To run that gauntlet once and emerge as champion in an event in which anything can happen, that’s reasonable, no matter how shocking the outcome. But to do it twice, and consecutively? I think people are still in shock.

Yes, from what I could tell, the sentimental favorite this time around was YONEKO. And she put up a good fight. But it was clear right from the tip that this was a one-sided affair, that the only thing keeping the outcome even remotely interesting was that dog-bitten girl’s incredible spirit and the sense from Kodomo-chan that they should keep it interesting.

Honestly, they made it look easy. And isn’t that what they always say? That that’s what the great ones do? They were toying with her out there. I’ve been to Super Bowls. World Cup finals. Seen the Stanley Cup hoisted on home and away ice. Even was in attendance for the Royal Rumble. And at no point in any of that did I see a performance this dominant with the stakes this high.

And of course there were the whispers, and those whispers only got louder as the evening wore on: That Necroma was screwed by a bad call; that Kaqriyo should’ve made it far enough for a rematch; that YONEKO benefited from some inexplicable home cooking to make it so far; that Hanako-san’s cryptic post-match remarks after being eliminated suggested that some kind of fix was in. To all of those conspiracy theorists, I say, feh. This might not have been the outcome that we wanted, but it’s the outcome that we got, and Minna no Kodomo-chan earned every inch of it.

Twice champions, Minna no Kodomo-chan have done something that previously seemed impossible — they proved the long-term loyalty of the hearts of idol wota, and they showed that pure creative power truly can be rewarded.

Tony, this is going to need some edits before it’s ready for press. How’s the angle? Does it need more on the match itself? I’m going to hit this little bar down the street — looks like it’s still open. Talk to you in the morning.


EXT. Central Minneapolis – Night

While a few DRUNK VIRGINIA FANS still mill about the streets, it’s otherwise quiet and still on this chilly early spring evening. A tiny WOMAN in a nun’s habit — SISTER JEAN — sits patiently on a bench.

An equally tiny FIGURE, all in red — HANAKO-SAN — appears next to her from thin air!

SISTER JEAN: So it’s done then.

HANAKO-SAN: It’s done. I think we made our point.

SISTER JEAN: It’s still very noble of you.

HANAKO-SAN: Noble … How can it be noble when my motivations are so evil?

SISTER JEAN: Evil is in the eye of the beholder, my child, and you are compelled by forces greater than yourself.

HANAKO-SAN: Still though. I have to hurt people I love.

SISTER JEAN: So do we all in this great game. (beat) Are all things prepared for the next step?

HANAKO-SAN: I’ll be announcing the damned record this week, so yes.

SISTER JEAN: Good. You will be acquiring hundreds of souls to back us.

HANAKO-SAN: And still can’t save my own.

SISTER JEAN: Patience, dear, patience. I have spoken with the Great Old Ones. Our task is nearly complete. Deliverance will be ours.


INT. BIKER BAR – NIGHT

Despite appearances, tonight this bar has been given over to a different sort of conclave, this of IDOLS. Dozens of figures great and small are CIRCLED UP. The air is SMOKY.

MINAMI NAO: I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve had about enough.

JUNNOSUKE WATANABE: It’s rigged. I’d know, I’ve been trying to rig it myself for years, and I keep getting out-rigged.

RICKY WILSON: Well, maybe if you’d start to play it fair like we do, we’d all have better luck.

SOZELICA: Oh please. You’re just saying that because you lost Sari.

KiKA FRONT FRONTALE: We all lost Sari.

MILCBOY: Shut up, all of you. We were supposed to have corrected for this failure after last year.

2&: Right. There was a plan.

RICKY WILSON: Oh, spare me your plans. Everybody here knows that we needed Sari as Queen of the Scene to rally enough power to stop whatever keeps these girls in control of whatever they want to control. You ruined that.

2&: And you sicced your hair monster on me in retaliation. Real smart, ace.

YONEKO: Please stop. This isn’t the way.

MILCBOY: No, it isn’t. The way would have been for you to actually show up and make a challenge of it. That was a disgrace.

(YONEKO BLUSHES)

MILCBOY: This can’t go on. We need another solution.

NADESHIKO: But what solution? Whatever’s backing them is like nothing I can imagine.

RICKY WILSON: It’s the Great Old Ones, I swear it. This is retaliation.

MILCBOY: Well, whatever it is, it needs something just as powerful to fight it. We face a turning point in history, friends. BiS is dead. Chika idol is big business. “Alt” has lost all meaning. All that’s left is history. How we tell the story of how we all came to be, how our world came to be, and who gets to be remembered for it. Things like tonight? We are all at risk if these ragged little upstarts can take it all away so easily.

WATANABE: So what then?

MILCBOY: The Great Old Ones aren’t the only things in the world with power. I had an idea while catching up on Game of Thrones — Westeros was safe from the White Walkers as long as the Wall stood.

BENI: But then the Night King got one of Dany’s dragons and blasted it down!

MILCBOY: Very astute. Yes, for all the power of our numbers, there’s an obstacle in our way. The only way that we can win the war is for us to turn one of the most powerful forces in the world to our side of the fight.

A young woman, all TWIN TAILS and CHEEKS and black and red BODY ARMOR, steps slowly from behind the bar.

YUIMETAL: Did you miss me?

STAY TUNED FOR QUEEN OF THE SCENE III: YUI’S REVENGE, COMING THIS JULY FROM HOMICIDOLS DOT COM!

Your Homicidols Weekender #126

Welcome back to the weekend, gang! Yours truly had a week for the record books, and not totally in a good way. Went to a show that was 2/3 really great, had a meal that should have been far greater than it was, had a little sick, accomplished some things and … did nothing idol-wise, it seemed! It’s not like there was all that much to talk about, though, you know? And I do have some things that I’ve been meaning to cover and just haven’t. It’s kind of annoying!

And yet this turned out to be a pretty okay Weekender. Not the most robust ever, but I hope you dig it. We did have a little error yesterday, so the Fun, which I normally admonish you to play at about this point of the intro, I’m instead telling you to play today, because it’s going to publish in a little while and be a weekend thing.

And why not? Spring is in the air, life is returned to us — let’s just have fun with it.

What a Philosophy

BILLIE IDLE finally released the “BULLY IDOL” single:

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Melt Brain? Melt Music

Unless you’re a regular Weekender-er, folks, chances are that you haven’t heard of melt music or their previous incarnation as JoanJoan. After having debuted I guess round about a year and a half ago, coming out of the excellent Osaka chika scene, they’ve had ups and downs and through it all they’ve been a projected that I personally held in very high esteem and supported as much as one can support a barely-there creative venture from a bazillion miles away.

And now maybe you can get into them too! They just dropped a couple of tracks onto Soundcloud yesterday. This is good:

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A Year This Chaotic Deserves a Corenament Final This Unexpected

Well dang, you guys. Tell me if you saw this coming: Minna no Kodomo-chan not only making a return to the Corenament final, but absolute dismantling every opponent foolish enough to step into their path along the way; opposite them, the little weirdo that could, a giantslayer if ever there was one in this event, former dog bite victim and Homicidols Dot Com interview subject YONEKO. I usually have a low-key private rooting interest when we do these things (and am often disappoint!), but this time I find myself in the position of an over-proud parent. Hell, I’ve been that way through the entire Final Four!

This one’s for all the marbles*, gang. A culmination of victories large and small can only be a perfect synthesis. New-school loud idols against an established performer doing new things, the defending champs against a sentimental upstart. It’s poetry, I tell you. Now let’s settle it for good and all: Continue reading

The Corenament Final Four Has Arrived. Hold on to Your Butts.

Well, team, we made it. As promised, today begins the Final Four, and what a final four it is — favorites and underdogs and dark horses and other metaphors all meeting to decide who this year’s Corenament champion will be. And we haven’t even had any fanfic yet! Amazing. We truly do live in wild times.

The bracket, as it now stands:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #125

Welcome back to the weekend! This week felt a little like being on the kind of flight where everybody claps at the landing. Idol stuff, yes (and I’m just now realizing that I lost track of some of last week’s stuff and will try to catch up), but also just a regular ol’ whirlwind. Madness, I tell you. This level of activity should be banned for everybody who isn’t a new parent.

Important programming note: The Corenament’s Final Four will kick off today, semifinal today and then the championship on Monday. You guys have done really great with it (congratulations on being the Duke of this year, BiSH!), and I’m excited to see where things land. There’s still a chance of our first repeat champion, and that’s really cool!

If you wanted a Weekender, though, I think you’ll be happy. The regular items are fine, though a little light; on the plus side, idol conspired to make some particularly amusing things happen, so we are all winners for it. Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s the ass-crack of dawn and I both have to be at a work event today and then have a, uh, ceiling to repair and a garden to dig and shut up, just play the Fun and try to enjoy yourself more than I will.

You Got It

No big deal, just NECRONOMIDOL covering Electric Ribbon:

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A Friday Fun for Improving on the Originals

Last week’s fun was a real brainteaser for a lot of you! Let’s take a look:

It’s a pretty funny coincidence that both of the most recent albums that I’m the most hype for just happen to be cover albums; you’ve got Bed In’s Endless Bubble out this week, but also, in the longest wait for a new idol release, my all-time favourite idol unit and queens of cover songs W finally released a collection of their canceled music (okay, that one is an EP, and the title track is an original song, but it’s W damn it!).

Yep, these past two weeks I’ve been all about cover albums. I want more! More! So this week, come up with some good concepts for idol cover albums. The hashtag is #IdolCoverAlbums and now I’m going to listen to Choi Waru Devil for the billionth time.

Get Your Prog On, Says xoxo EXTREME

Pretty sure that I’ve used a version of this title before, so sue me

Man, the first part of this week was absolutely exhausting. Did you know that we set a record, not just for Homicidols Dot Com, but I’m going to go ahead and claim for any Western J-music-oriented bloggy site, period? Yep: In about 12 hours, we issued 10 unique posts, and legitimately only a handful of that was planned April Fools stuff; the rest was because of either awesome pranks that needed to be called out, or just plain awesome stuff that needed to be shared. And we still didn’t get all of it! It was most of the stuff for Tuesday too! Wild as hell. I feel like I’m still digging out.

After all of that, you need a re-charge, and what better serendipity than to connect with something I got a little excited about recently, which is here rendered in all of xoxo EXTREME’s unique live goodness:

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