Catching Up: SHINGEKI Is Playing a Different Game From Everybody Else

There’s an editorial choice to be made by the owner for a fancy idol website every time an idol group worth following does a thing. That calculation used to be simple — back when life was simpler and everything idol felt fresh and exciting just by dint of existing, I’d blog a post and all 35 readers would either marvel at it with me or correct me like the heinous scene-crashing joke I was. What’s changed in the past four years is that now I have two other choices — I can also stick the item in the Weekender as a toss-off, or I can elect to ignore it because it’s impossible to gaf about every little thing, as made evident by the fact that now it’s a few orders of magnitude on from those original 35 readers and I can still expect that certain topics register, at best, a couple of dozen views.

So now, while I catch up on a very busy week when I was deliberately out of pocket, I’m already past the point of deciding if something is Weekendery, as that ship sailed yesterday. I can however still opt to just not post about whatever, on the premise that it isn’t so interesting. And that adds a fun twist to what I do hold for a full post, doesn’t it? Yes, every new post is a tacit endorsement, one way or another, of whatever the What is, but that feels amplified now. And, as a result, I feel a certain amount of responsibility. I’m saying that the subject of the post is important and notable!

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Catching Up: I’m Heavily in Like with the New Toricago MV

Excuse me:

EXCUSE ME:

Look, does anybody here really think that I’d deliberately miss out of one of my favorite groups?

Yes?

Come on! Toricago was part of the reason why I felt like I should try to catch up on the week as opposed to just nod at it and move on with my life. Let’s look at it together! Continue reading

Catching Up: Here Are a Couple of New Ones from IVOLVE

All right, let’s get the first couple of these suckers out of the way. I pre-warn you — I’m not even going to pretend to be contributing meaningful thoughts to any of these posts, just quick observations; the important thing is the music.

So, IVOLVE! It’s been a while, and probably for a good reason, as they were also hewing closer to normal idol fare even in their more interesting options, but they’re part of idol’s enduring it’s-actually-like-half-a-degree-of-separation legacy, and I have a legit soft spot for them. There are two new tracks from them in my Soundcloud feed, and this first one had me thinking Weekender —

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Your Homicidols Weekender #148

Good morning! As I was putting together this Weekender, the fact that I had a few days off (and I mean, like, completely out of contact) really hit home. A hell of a lot happened! And yeah, I get to use this space to make up some of that, but I’m also going to drop a whole butt-ton of posts to compensate. I’ve been a lousy Maniac lately, and I feel like I should rectify a little bit.

Also reconnect. That’s important too.

Anyway, we’ve another great Fun to play, and look, it’s the last weekend of Official Summer, so do get the heck outside. I have a date with a winery!

You Say These Things Like We Care

In case you missed NECRONOMIDOL’s interview in the Hammer:

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Beautiful Chaos From Okinawa Electric Girl Saya…

Wow! Okinawa Electric Saya is so full-steam-ahead at this point that I really can’t keep up with her, but I’m trying my best! I joked before that I suspect that she doesn’t actually sleep, and that theory seems to only continue to hold up to the evidence at hand…

So our favorite black-clad-experimental-neo-art-idol from Okinawa dropped another MV today, her third video set piece promoting her recent album “Black Angel”. As per usual, it’s worth checking out and delving into a world significantly different than what anybody else in the game is exploring…

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Your Homicidols Weekender #147

Hey gang! I hope you’re all safe — some absolute tragedies unfolded this past week, like big gigantic ones that rate the everyday sort of tragedies that a lot of us nonetheless deal with. It can be tough to think about much else when all hell is breaking loose for others, and that’s a perfectly normal way to react. I’m personally in a weird in-between spot, as often happens in the face of disaster; it’s just that I usually mask it better. But yeah, this has been a tough one.

So not the best Weekender, but maybe things like idol, and the collective good cheer of people who are into idol, can help to give folks something to enjoy. The Fun is a great example — look at this shit — as is most of what’s to follow, and of course being part of this wild scene that we all enjoy. I’m taking a few days off (pre-planned, not another sudden disappearance), so I’ll catch you all in a few!

Seriously, What the Hell Are You Doing?

We fanned on the most recent GANG PARADE video, and you know, that’s okay:

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Why BEYOOOOONDS “Go Waist” Is The Most Subversive Song of 2019…

Like a lot of you, I originally got wrapped into this whole idol business though the all-consuming, all-powerful multi-media conglomerate we call Hello! Project. Once I saw the MV for Morning Musume‘s “Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari”, I was essentially on a path of no return and life has never been quite the same, and I’m okay with that!

But in time, chika idols entered my world, and by then, the pre-fabricated environment of H!P just wasn’t hooking me like it used to. Sure, I’d check in every so often and see what was new, but for the most part, it’s been a cherished but yet distant part of my fandom past. But very recently, an all-new new H!P unit has appeared that’s really gotten my interest. They’ve got that classic charm and sense of fun that made me a Hello! idol fan in the first place. I’m sure you know that I must be talking about the newest H!P sensation, BEYOOOOONDS! (That’s five “O”s, I had to count them.)

Okay, so BEYOOOOONDS are a blast, but as with a few other of my personal idol interests, they’re largely on another continent from the Homicidols mission, so I was never really planning on doing anything with them aside from maybe suggesting them for the weekender. And then, just as if by a divine scheme, these upstart H!P wonders have unleashed their first multi-A-side single, including this absolute bop of an uplifting pumped-up pop-tune: You’ve probably heard it by now…

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KAQRIYOTERROR, My Goodness

Well, it’s upon us, people. What I was shocked to realize is the re-christened KAQRIYOTERROR’s first single (or first official single? I dunno), and first release under the new regime, is out in a week’s time, and that means one thing: An MV that almost nobody else in chikadom would even try to pull off!

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I Present to You My Favorite Ever Thing from wyenra

Ah, wyenra, increasingly one of the most interesting legacies in idol. For the uninitiated, picture this: An idol group rises to mid-range prominence over a decent duration together, then does the idol thing and disbands, but immediately rising from that is a cooler, smarter and altogether more earnest self-produced indie project that does what it whats, presumably how it wants, and improves on the whole package. It’s like a fairytale!

That’s the nutshell version of how wyenra came to be, you see. I’ve enjoyed them going back to the very beginning, but in a hit-or-miss way, given that whole “do what they want” thing doesn’t always align with “what Maniac likes” or even “what the virtual persona of Homicidol Maniac likes.” And that’s fine! Artists do not exist to please me. This one from the other day, though? I love it as much as I’ve ever loved anything from wyenra, and there’s no way that I was going to do anything but hold it up and demand that you love it, too. Continue reading

Your Homicidols Weekender #146

Good morning! Man, does it feel good to Weekender again a little bit. To give you just the tiniest bit more detail about why I disappeared for a couple of weeks, as of seven days ago I had this incredible anxiety about being able to handle all of the things in front of me, and I dealt with that by shutting down a lot of the things that I’d ordinarily do. And while I’m talking about that with the right people and getting a better understanding of it, I also know that usually the best therapy for me when I have trepidation about something is to just dive right in. And so, while I thank Team for holding it down on the Weekender front, I also revel this very moment in having stuck my arms up to the shoulders in idol’s guts for the week and pulled out some good stuff.

Love what you love, gang. And if the Fun is any indication, there’s a lot of love out there.

Oh, Weird, Okay

For the record, we easily topped FRUITPOCHETTE’s crowdfunding needs:

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