This Friday Fun Is about Ginning up Controversy

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Oh, WACK. Always an inspiration for Friday Funs. My honest-to-god New Years resolution for 2018 was “tone down the Watanabe memes” and, honestly, I’m kind of failing.

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Oshi Digest #20: Sinigami

As Maniac sees to the real year end/beginning stuff, Oshi Digest is already late, so let’s get it out without further ado!

Oshi is back in Japan, obviously, and her human birthday (which you can keep tabs on via @sari_birth, which is also the name of the most terrifying event in the history of the cosmos) is approaching. This means tribute, and respect, but mostly tribute. When even Hanako-san herself is making art for you, you are going well for yourself:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #56

Good morning! I don’t know about anybody else, but I just had one of the hardest weeks imaginable, just work-addled and stressful and barely coherent. Last night, I went to a holiday party that ended pretty early, only to get home and almost immediately pass out. Delicious. And next week’s only going to be worse! In fact, I’ll say it now: It’d be super if nothing of consequence happened.

Because! Let’s call today the last chance to add any final Best Of nominations (it’s not looking good for additions, tbh), so we can prep for real-deal voting next week. I’d like to throw in a few wrinkles but may simply be left out of time. So let’s get down to it — if you haven’t yet, play this week’s very good Fun, and then settle in for one weird-ass week in idol.

How Weird Was It?

It was so weird …

Someone got down to the driving force behind the effective end of Ladybaby:

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The Friday Fun for Correcting Incorrect Corrections

Hi all! Well, on with the intro, let’s take a look at last week’s… um, what was the theme of last week’s Friday Fun again?

Jeez, I really need to get some sleep for once…

I was having some fun a few days back seeing what would happen if I typed WACK names into my phone and how my autocorrect would interpret them: Continue reading

Crank It up, RIOT BABY!

And speaking of idols that I like to look in on every now and again, do you guys remember RIOT BABY? I always find myself wondering what they’re up to. Ever since arguably my favorite-ever post title, they’ve been kind of quiet (and gained a member!), which I guess will happen when the average age of the unit is 12 — you’re pretty much doing gigs on the weekend, and not all the time at that.

Well, damn it all, they unleashed upon the world another MV for “Let’s Go”, which I don’t know is a new single or just one of those let’s-build-some-popularity moves, and bless them for it.

Thanks PIH!

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More from DAIDAIDAI, Please, Forever

Well, today’s been a fairly heavy one (though I think I’m going to stay on the DEADLIFT LOLITA thing for a while yet), but some of the best and simultaneously most unsung work in idol is still happening, and now would be a great time to crank it up to 11 and rock out.

I speak, of course, of DAIDAIDAI:

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Malcolm Mask McLaren Tried to Sneak One Past Us

Edited to reflect why Maniac shouldn’t write after midnight

Idols should always be on Soundcloud. It is good! However, upon joining Soundcloud, idols should make more of a show of displaying that to fans. Get some subscribers lined up, you know? Tease out demos. Do stuff!

Instead, Malcolm Mask McLaren, who are suddenly way more important than I think even they could have anticipated* and might actually be up to the task, took a more low-key approach. I mean, if I were moving onto a new medium, and I had a bitchin’ new track to share with the world, I’d make a little more of that release, you know?

Thank you, Mr. Major

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This JyuJyu Set Works So Well in Context

And after following that earlier bit of gothy metal idol stuff, it only makes sense to keep with the theme and enjoy this rather artistic live from JyuJyu:

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I Love When Oyasumi Hologram Gets a Little Loud

This is so cool, you guys: So Oyasumi Hologram, who I can never believe only have the level of support that they do among Westerners, given that they’re incredibly great — at making their dreamy, ethereal, arty alt-whatever — have started a new project with a three-piece band (or potentially as a three-piece band, nuance is hard), and that project has a demo, and they’re promoting both of them with this out-of-nowhere MV for “machine song”:

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2017 TIF Megathread

Good morning, everybody! I had a quick chat (logistical) with Terry yesterday because I had just realized that the Tokyo Idol Festival was literally about to happen and it had slipped my mind, and he was actually even more clueless than me. Amazing, especially when you consider the ridiculous lift that went into collecting video from last year.

Anyway, TIF is literally happening when you see this, and has been for hours. It runs through Sunday. It is amazing. This is now a megathread, an I’ll do my darnedest to collect cool video and share it (in the comments). You should do it, too! From there, we’ll be able to have a nice playlist to remember what might be The TIF That Our Idols Took Over.

Don’t believe me? Look at this lineup: Continue reading