AZOCalypse Now!

BREAKING NEWS: Across the nation of Japan and around the entire world, people are coming down with terminal cases of “not being able to mind their business”.

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(Hamida)System Reset! Meet RILISREVERSE

Hamidasystem crash, Hamidasystem reboot, Hamidasystem restart! Now that we have the pun quota sorted, Shiika and Mikoto are back with a few new friends!

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Introducing the Homicidols Artist Archive

Since Maniac launched this blog back in late 2015, over 4,000 articles covering more than 200 idols and units have been published here at Homicidols.com.  As the result of a bit of spring cleaning, the majority of them have now been organized, alphabetically by artist, on one convienient page. This archive is now accessible from THE ARTISTS link in the main menu above. Happy browsing!

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Hamidasystem: Nice to Me You, She You Next Time!

After their first and last oneman live, their last ever performance with every song and a small cafe talk event, Hamidasystem finally closed in on itself for the second and final time.

The reason for the group disbanding might seem unclear because the official statement consisted of mostly “Hamidasystem will cease activities at the end of March and the manager will leave the company office”, but to those who’ve followed the group since 2016 the reason is crystal clear.

When an idol group dissolves and reforms with an entirely new set of members most of the fans don’t stay. Sure, you might get a few people who stick around because they like the music but when the girls leave so do the fans. Fans of OG Hamidasystem are now fans of Crossnoesis, the group comprised of the old members.
So, what do you do when you can’t fill those gigantic shoes? For an indie group, the shadow is cast not only on their popularity but their pockets too. If you can’t break even then what’s the point? Even with the old songs, the new songs, the promotion, and the ex-MIGMA SHELTER member, the numbers just weren’t adding up.

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HANAMUKE Is Too Cool For School!

HANAMUKE is the third idol act on the current SHINDENTSU PRODUCTION roster, the same agency that has won us over with the fabulous ELECTRIC HEARTS and the delightful scribble scritch!  While we’ve been previously introduced to the other two acts, HANAMUKE have only been known to us over here at Homicidols in name only, so there’s been a bit of anxious anticipation to find out what they’re about…

All I’ve really known about them is that they’re a duo consisting of Yuni and Tsubra, and that they describe their music as “Underground Techno Idol”. Beyond that, I had nothing to speculate on regarding their musical sound until now…

So finally, in the tradition of previous SDP promo media, here’s a cool little low-budget video for you!

I sure do like it a lot! It’s all very familiar sounding but yet not so derivative that it feels like meatloaf again. It’s good, solid pop music that would lend itself well to dancing around your room or helping you survive the drudgery of a morning commute into work. It also sounds ripe for some fun extended remixes, so hopefully they’ll follow up on the underground techno spirit by letting the tracks be open to experimentation  by amateur soundboard enthusiasts.

And as for the MV itself, it plays off nicely with a bit of a young Vanilla Beans sort of vibe, complete with lackadaisical choreography,  retro dresses, and bob-cut wigs! And oh yes, bonus points for the robot dance moves at the 2:50 mark, you really can’t go wrong with that!

Obviously, with a limited amount of material and small following, the group still has room for growth ahead of them, but that’ll most certainly change in the months to come. Give em’ a chance and follow them so you can later brag that you knew about em’ early on!

HANAMUKE official website

Official Twitter

SHINDENTSU PRODUCTION Youtube channel

 

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HEY WAIT A MINUTE! We never talked about scribble scritch!!!!

Man, what is up with us?!? We’ve been gushing so much about how much we all love ELECTRIC HEARTS, (Which is 100% totally justifiable.) that we never really wrote a proper profile of their sister group, scribble scritch! I went back and searched the site, and while Daemon had the good taste and keen insight to include their “DROP” MV in a weekender back in August, there’s still no dedicated article to this damn near perfect punk-pop-idol outfit from Osaka, and that’s kind of unforgivable! (I’m blaming myself in this too.) Well, that ends ends today, buster!

Since we’re on the late bus with this, chances are mighty good that you may know these ladies already, and that’s great! But I also think some you haven’t, because I feel pretty certain you’d be ranting and raving at us for not covering them sooner because Holy Moses are they terrific.

As it stands at this exact moment, the group is a trio made up of Nina, Suzuna, and Erina, hailing from the Osaka area under the Shindentsu Production banner, which as mentioned before is also the agency that represents our favorite idol group with paper bags on their heads. (The agency also has a third group, and duo called HANAMUKE, who we’re also watching out for.)

Musically…well, tell me to shut up and post the MV already!

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Okinawa Electric Girl Saya Is a “Black Angel”…

Okinawa Electric Girl Saya’s new album “Black Angel” is finally out, and she’s been working overtime doing shows and publicity to promote it!  Not only is she consistently interesting and daring with her musical choices, but with a non-stop succession  of live performances and a highly active social media presence, Saya has also emerged to be easily one of the most tirelessly committed artists on the scene right now. I’m really not sure if she actually sleeps or has a battery pack hidden under her black clothing.

The avant-garde idol from Okinawa is also quite prolific, releasing a steady stream of experimental CDRs nearly monthly along with her regular output. A few of those works are even on Bandcamp, which we covered here a months ago. Her new album is a crowd-funded effort, featuring quite a number of collaborative guests helping this unique vision come  out in what’s certainly her biggest push on the edge of the envelope yet. Saya already released one MV last week, and now a second one has already arrived! Here’s the most recent, a video for “Black Flower”

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Cinema & Boy CQ Elevates Idol Beyond Our Preconceptions…

Sokichi Osada had a plan for his own idol group that would be a unique and daring take on the genre and he created, produced, and managed a group with that mission in mind. That group, Shoujo Kakka no International, was probably born too soon to really enjoy the fruits of the underground boom of nontraditional, experimental idols, but they were certainly legendary among those in the know. As many great and daring projects go, the financial stress of running an idol group proved to be unprofitable and difficult, and so it came to an end. Sokichi took time to write a series of essays titled “The Idol Suicides” about his experience for a web-magazine that’s no longer around, but thanks to some reaching out from our very own Papermaiden, we were given the privliedge of republishing the essays on this very blog.

But despite Girls Excellency International’s collapse, Sokichi’s creative idol bug wasn’t out of his system yet. Almost immediately, he began work on forming a new idol group that was even more experimental and unique than his first brainchild. A group with an intriguing vision, or has he put it into his own words…

Cinema and Boy CQ make some of the most consistently interesting art  in the entire idol genre, and on multiple levels, they challenge and shatter nearly every pre-conceived idea of what idol music is. Continue reading

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You Should Get RAY On Your Radar Right Now…

I’ve been kind of tingling with giddy anticipation all day today since this bit of news broke via a retweet from the Dots staff twitter. As you may know, the mysterious mind behind Dots has been quietly planning a successor to the seminal experimental and constantly evolving shoegaze idol project, and at last, it appears that the time is nigh for the next event to break out and dare I suggest, likely shatter expectations with an exciting new unit…

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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

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