Did anyone else forget that EMPiRE have an album out next month? What is probably WACK’s most polished unit have been so busy lately that it can be hard to keep track of them. They only just released a single two weeks ago and they’re already promoting “The GREAT JOURNEY ALBUM” through limo rides (yes, really) and a premature music video for album opener “Have it my way”.
Good morning! Good heavens, what a week that was. I write you today in the pre-dawn hours as I enter the final day of a whirlwind that fortunately brings one phase of one thing to an end and leaves me space for a little while until the next phase begins. And what a week it was! When I checked in yesterday afternoon to try to get some additional items for this here Weekender, it was done under the impression that, well, that I really needed to find some stuff for the Weekender. Little did I know that it would blow up like this!
So enjoy, and relax, and spend some time outside in what’s a beautiful time of transition all over the world except for people in the tropics or the polar regions. Here we get fallen leaves; people in the Upside Down have spring; and it’s all good. And play the Fun while you’re at it, because Halloween is mere days away and you may as well get your nightmares solved early!
What Are You Calling a Nightmare?
Our old pal Montero has safely delivered!
— もんてろ【絶叫する60度】 (@18Montero18) October 23, 2019
Another week, another fairly quiet, overdue Withdrawn Wednesday summary. Not so much because of a lack of ex-oshi content, but more because of technical difficulties.
With that being said,
Your Lost Oshi: Where Are They Now?
Who wants to hear the first of Peri Ubu’s post-BiS songs?
Time goes by quick! It was at the very end of August when we hosted a Friday Fun dedicated to the joys of fan art, and it came together quite nicely, and YOU deserve all the credit for that! Literally every single post with the #idoldoodles tag was wonderful, I mean that! That kind of positive, creative energy really makes my day, and is truly one of my very favorite things about being a part of this fandom.
One thing you may recall is that we’re intending to maintain a regular feature here on the blog where we share a few of our favorite pieces with the masses. We’ll be revisiting the aforementioned hashtag, but also keeping our eyes peeled for any other terrific idol-themed artwork we happen upon. I’m not sure how often we’ll do a round-up yet: semi-weekly, monthly, probably most likely when we feel like it, but I really want everybody who cares about the wonderful artwork in this community to participate in any way they want. If you make art, (any kind of art) let us know! If you see some else’s art you especially like, also let us know!
We’ll link the twitter or Instagram posts here, and if you see something you appreciate, by all means, please visit their account and let them know you like it! You’ll be surprised how much a simple click of the heart, or a nice comment, or a retweet can mean to a person brave enough to put their work out there. If you do that, they’ll feel compelled to make more art, maybe even score a commission, or just plain feel more confident in what they do. Everybody wins!
With that said, here’s some stuff from the last month that we really liked…
Wow, I actually managed to think of something on time for once! Let’s celebrate by admiring last week’s tweets!
pour lui is the azealia banks of the japanese idol industry#BadIdolAnalogies
— fig 🌼 (@friedfigs) September 20, 2019
As it took so long and was so divisive Yui leaving Babymetal was definitely Japan's equivalent to Brexit.
— Not a Cheki(s) Kinda Guy (@SalemBlack4Ever) September 20, 2019
There There There’s were the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s of Japan. #BadIdolAnalogies
— Brian Walker (@supreme_nothing) September 20, 2019
Good morning everyone! Last week, you all made freakish frankensteins from your favourite idols!
— Daemon ☠ Aimless (@DaeMetal) September 13, 2019
— Not a Cheki(s) Kinda Guy (@SalemBlack4Ever) September 13, 2019
— D4rkWzd 2.0 (Deprecated) (@D4rkWzd2) September 14, 2019
Hi everyone! It’s been a while. Truth be told, I’ve been having computer troubles at home, so I’ve ended up having to significantly reduce how much content I’ve been able to write until further notice (which I’m sure all of you are very happy about!).
Thankfully, the rest of the team have been doing a fantastic job without me, with last week’s Friday Fun by Brian being one of the most successful ones yet!
— Brian Walker (@supreme_nothing) September 6, 2019
— Justin (@Netjack2112) September 7, 2019
Now, with how much fun last week’s challenging fun was, I wanted to do another fun that makes all of you think, laugh and go “god damn it, why didn’t I think of that?”. I wasn’t sure what to do though, until I saw this video appear in my YouTube recommendations.
Thanks Barshens! (And RIP)
Now, this shamelessly-copied fun takes a few steps:
- Dig through your collection of idol photos and find two photos of different idols
- Go onto morph thing (or any other site that lets you morph faces into one, if there is one) and morph your two idols into one beauty! (Or monstrosity?)
- Post your brand-new idol onto twitter, with the hashtag #Idolstein
- Wait and see who guesses correctly!
Here’s an example I made earlier this week to start with.
Wow, that new BiS member sure is a stunner alright!
But can you guess who her parents are? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/dNg7XHBvnL
— Kerrie🔥ケリー (@weeaboowoman) September 9, 2019
GOLLIPOP RECORDS new group, The Grateful a MogAAAz are here to rumble as the new bad kids at Idol High, ready to take on everybody else’s gang and steal their bikes!
The Grateful a MogAAAz
— The Grateful a MogAAAz 2020/1/19ワンマンライブ (@mogaaaz) August 19, 2019
They’ve released a first MV, which is also our first look and listen at what the group is going for sound and vision-wise, and that’s the best place to get started. A lot of you Melon fans have probably already checked it out as quickly as I did, but ultimately I have only my own first impression to go by, which was a resounding…
Last week, we had fun at the expect of one of my more recent best girls!
— Brian Walker (@supreme_nothing) August 16, 2019
— 奧貝流形 (@auhby) August 16, 2019
Summer’s almost over, huh? When I was a child, hearing those words filled me with dread and sadness; no more sunny weather? Back to school? Please, no! But, now that I’m an adult that dislikes children (excluding kids that I’m related to, and certain younger idols), and climate change is gradually turning the planet into a a ball of flames, I just feel relieved now. Autumn is my favourite season when it used to be my most disliked; the kids are back in school, it’s cooler, not to mention all the typical “white girl with an instagram” perks of Autumn like pumpkin spice and pretty falling leaves. Where am I getting at with this? Well, now that Autumn is creeping upon us, its also the time that we begin to take a closer look at our best-of list, and begin planning for our annual voting period in late November/early December. And with silly internet awards on the brain, why not come up with another last-minute Fun idea? Well, maybe I should have waited until the actual awards season, but who knows if I have to push out another #WackAuditionPredictions post by then?
So, think back, not just to the awards you know and love like the Oscars, but also stuff like the Kids Choice awards, or any award show that offers prizes for “sexiest actor” and “best onscreen kiss”. What exactly is the idol equivalent of such, arguably, insigificant awards? What would it be and who would win?
Think up some prizes to give out to deserving idols using the hashtag #BadIdolAwards and who knows, maybe we’ll steal some ideas for our own best-of?