All Kai All The Time!

I was just like everybody else when There There There’s announced their disbandament.  A little disappointed, a little confused, and a little worried about where all our favorite ravenesque girls were all going to go. Thankfully, most of it worked out well, with some former members like Rere and Mei staying with AQBI, and in a completely appropriate and perfect twist of serendipity, Mizuho and Kai seamlessly joining the roster of TRASH-UP!! Records, which is also a home for another former AQBI mainstay, Yoneko, who’s working harder than ever as a self-produced idol.

But this post is all about Kai, (!) the delightfully deadpan idol who, despite her detached demeanor, somehow easily connects with her fans in her very own way. I’ve always really liked Kai and her rather non-idolish approach to being an idol, and I’ve been looking forward to see she how adapts to the stage as a soloist, so let’s check out her first MV, a number called “Moonlight Tokyo”

How about this song? It’s no secret that it’s an easy sell on me when you go 80’s retro, so that’s certainly no complaint! It’s a terrific tune that I’ve listened to on repeat several times already since it debuted. I have no idea if this synth-dance-groove thing is an indicator of her future work or just a one-off tune, we’ll just need to see, but I’d be totally cool with Kai becoming a neo-city-pop queen and making a regular gig out of this sound. All the same, I have an equally positive feeling that with TRASH-UP!! at the helm, she’ll be trying out other genres as well and testing some unexpected waters for the benefit of all of us.

And what about this MV?  I enjoy it’s quirky VHS (or is it Betamax?) look, complete with an old-school aspect ratio and it’s blown-out-saturation. Also, the video brilliantly tackles a classic debate that even the idol world contends with: Are you a cat or dog person? I keep telling people, “Why not both?”, and it makes me pleased-as-punch to see that Kai agrees with me!

The video also answers another anticipated question: Would the TRASH-UP!! incarnation of Kai, with her newly colored hair and a wardrobe other than black crow costumes, maintain the classic Kai personality-type we’ve come to know and adore? It sure looks that way! She’s just as endearingly disconnected as ever, coming off as the sort of person who’s far more comfortable with a couple of cute pets than a room of chanting wota, and doggone it (see what I did there.), that’s the Kai we love! Would you really want it another way?

At present, I haven’t seen any word yet on any actual releases for Kai yet, digital or otherwise, but I think that’ll happen soon. Currently she’s preparing for her live debut and cooking up some merch that she showed off (see above) on twitter. There’s also an official website for her solo work, appropriately with the perfect domain name all-kai.com, cause this 100% pure Kai, and that’s just what we the people need!

I think we’re off to a good start here! And we still have Mizuho’s upcoming idol group, ATOMIC MINISTRY (Which is an awesome group name!!) currently in it’s audition phase to still look forward to. I keep repeating it for the people in the back, TRASH-UP!! is the real future idol dynasty to watch out for, and I’d recommend paying attention to all the exciting things they have in the works.

 

 

The Dot-chans Just Gifted Us A Little Creative License…

In seems that even in a world where our dearly beloved shoegaze idols have been spirited off the mortal plane, we will (thankfully) never truly be left behind in a totally Dot-chan less world. Even now the ethereal beings slowly unravel little parting gifts that will allow us to continue reaping the rewards of their time on Earth.

The Dots dropped their final album “Points” last week, (along with a 7″ single!) gathering up their remaining unreleased tracks. There will be a review of that album here in the next day or so, so watch out for that a bit later! But let’s talk about this newest offering first…

While “PD” could certainly mean “Post Dots”, in this case, it stands for “Public Domain”, as in certain works in the Dot-chan universe have been placed into the care of all of us. Now before you start pressing your own Dots merch and bootlegs, keep in mind that there’s still ownership and restrictions that apply here!

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We Heard You Were Hungry for a Friday Fun

Sorry I’m late again! Last week, you came up with concepts for idol cover albums!

You know what’s been a thing in idol lately? Cafes. There’s of course the AKB48 cafe, Tsubaki Factory and Morning Musume had pop-up cafes recently, even WACK had their own half-assed version of a “cafe” (if by cafe you mean grab a BiS soda at Tower Records).

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This Week’s Fun Is Animal Crackers

Did you realise it was Friday already? I sure didn’t! I thought it was Thursday! I’m panic-writing this!

Hahahahaha, last week!

 

Have you seen photos of Rinahamu and her dog?

She literally owns herself in animal form! It’s as weird as it is cute!

Which got me thinking, what other animals are dead ringers for our favourite idols? I’ve seen comparison photos before, but I’m in a bit of a rush, you see.

So, this week, take a photo of an idol, and take a photo of a similar-looking animal, and boom! Hashtag is #AnimalsThatLookLikeIdols.

I’m going to run off a list of other things I forgot now!

As Good an Effort as Possible to Work through the New Banamon MV

I was initially going to talk about my recent discovery that Banamanagement, are indeed, Mad Lads. But then their newest MV came out and erased everything I wanted to say on the matter.

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Your Homicidols Weekend #113

Good morning! How’s winter going for you guys who don’t live on the planet’s underside or somewhere in the tropics? It finally really set in here in the past week, so it’s cold and going to snow and I couldn’t be happier. Yeah, it makes it hard to do enjoyable outdoor things, it can be hazardous to life and limb and all the jazz, but man, I’m a person who just plain needs the turns of the seasons to be happy. This is the time of year to blast some black metal and contemplate mortality as our ancestors did of old (well, minus the black metal part), to get philosophical and weird. I’m sure that I’m going to be very fun to be around in the coming weeks!

This week in idol sucked. Period. I don’t just mean the graduations (but also the graduations) — unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard by now about an assault scandal that’s really rocking, well, everybody. More on that to come, mostly just to sum up. The fact remains, bad week. Like, emotionally bad. Did stuff happen, though? It did, and I think I got about half of it in as round and enjoyable a summary as could be managed. I’ll be damned if somebody’d be like, Weekender? More like Weakender!

Anyway, unless you’re tremendously busy today, sit down and have a cup of something warm, play the Fun and get into this look back.

How Old Are You, Anyway?

Read what you will into this video greeting from BURST GIRL by Chaotic Harmony!

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Dang, Wagamama Rakia’s Been Busy

One of the big surprises of the Best Of was how Wagamama Rakia, who through a series of events emerged as a Unit to Follow after a good long while as a Unit That the Really Dedicated Follow, never even came up in nomination discussions. Not for Surprise or Debut (Layna), even, and that after I’d thought earlier in the year that they would be on the IOTY short list. Them’s how the cookie crumbles sometimes, I guess!

Nonplussed and no doubt completely unaware of the fact that any such awards thing was unfolding before them, Wagamama wanted to get everybody sufficiently hype for their one-man that … um, that’s today, actually. Like right now. Oops! Nice job, Maniac!

Look, the point is, they’re having a one-man, and it’s a band set, and they’re filming the whole thing, and they got these tracks out into the world ahead of time for you to enjoy and spend money on them:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #107

Good morning, and happy First Semiofficial Day of Winter If You Go By Calendar Month! I was telling a work colleague yesterday about my irrational love of this month, and indeed all of Q4, for it is in this time that we are besotted by feasts and fests and follies and such crass commercialism that I can barely keep the laughter pent up. Amazing. I plan on hitting up the mall for the first of many times later this afternoon!

You’re here for idols, though, and idols we have in extravagant amounts this week. Which is ironic, because until late on Wednesday I fretted that there’d even be a Weekender, let alone this huge rush of activity to close week and month and 2018 HOMICIDOLS DOT COM BEST OF ELIGIBILITY.

That’s right! An explicating post is on the way for Monday, but here’s a preview: The Awards Committee has created some short lists for nominations, but we need the community’s input to round them out and probably eliminate a few things. So less complicated than in years past, and hopefully clearer and easier to participate in. So for the coming week? Think about the great stuff from the year, and think really hard not about those things that closed the year strong, but the stuff that was happening all the way back in last December, which is when the eligibility starts. Then we vote the week after, people will be mad online, and awards will be given!

Prediction: This will not be a clean sweep like the last couple of years, heavens be praised

For now! Go play the Fun, then come back and enjoy this metric fuckton of idol.

I’m Already Preparing Snotty Subtweets!

I legitimately started to do a whole regular post on this new one from sora tob sakana, only to realize that the song left me incapable of rational thought. It goes here instead!

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This Bird Has Flown: Avandoned Will Take New Form Again Next Year

Though Fall is my favorite season, there’s always a hint of trepidation it’s arrival. The sky gets a little gray, the days get colder and shorter, and naturally, we all know the Winter is approaching by the year’s end. And additionally for us idol fans, we find ourselves anticipating the upcoming new year, because we know good-and-well that some of our oshimen and favorite groups won’t be around by this time in the future, cause that’s what we’ve signed up for the when we got into this subculture.

Last Friday, a little precursor to the change of the seasons and the new year in waiting arrived: Kotori Kotao, the other half of the duo-era of Avandoned, announced that she will be graduating in April of 2019. In a statement, she explained that quite simply it’s too difficult to balance the intensity of idol work with her personal focus on art. This is something I find terribly relatable, so I can’t possibly take issue with it. Kotao joined the group in 2016, at which point Avandoned was closing its previous era with the departures of Nayuta and Konomi and rebranding the group as a trio. At that point I knew very little about her, but she certainly won me over very quickly, to the point where it became difficult to imagine Avandoned without her. As I got to know more about her, I found her endlessly fascinating and talented. 

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Your Homicidols Weekender #105

Happy Saturday! Does everybody get a chance to have something approaching an actual weekend? I ask because I increasingly don’t anymore, and it’s driving me crazy. Yeah, a change in my personal social prospects contributed, but the fact that I don’t have a prayer of spending a larger part of a blustery day like today working up savory foods and enjoying idol and stuff, not anymore, that sucks. Instead, it’s either a combination of chores and social obligations, or I legitimately just plain have to keep working.

My point is, enjoy this stuff while you have it. The Weekender ain’t all of it. Homicidols Dotcom isn’t all of it. Explore and go on fantastic journeys of discovery. Suck up other media. Let YouTube recommended things to you until you’re blue in the face. Oh, and of course play the Fun.

And wish me luck. I’m about to go fix a car thing that I’ve never had to fix before.

These Anecdotes Though

A new single (the first?!) from EMPIRE:

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