It is not often that a MV comes along that causes the alternative idol fandom to issue a collective, “What the F…?” This is a genre whose foundational keystones include iconic moments of visual shock such as BiS running naked through Aokigahara, Guso Drop being splattered in blood and other bodily fluids, and the graphic introduction of Brand new Idol SHiT. It takes a lot to get the crowd that’s been further desensitized by the X-rated shenanigans of PLANCK STARS to do a double take, so when an upstart new unit makes this jaded audience go, “This is unhinged!”, we need to take a closer look.
The unit is questions is DEMO who just released this MV for their debut single, “Rice Music.”
Judging by the crowd in Oshiloss Corner, it was rough this week, and the next few days probably aren’t going to be any easier. This week is guaranteed to be an emotional roller coaster for Zenkimi fans as the yami kawaii pioneers play the Budokan on Wednesday just before retreating into a status of indefinite hiatus. Be extra kind and patient with your friends who dig Codomomental.
Now that Japan has opened its borders to overseas visitors again, we are fielding a lot of requests for travel advice in the Homicidols Discord server. I actually started compiling the following travel guide just prior to COVID shutting down the world for two-plus years, but seeing the current influx of prospective or first-time travelers has motivated me to finally finish it.
REIRIE, the most highly anticipated, and surprising, new unit of 2023 dropped their debut MV yesterday. REIRIE marks the reunion of two of the most highly revered talents in chika idol, Rei Kuromiya and Rie Kaneko, who first endeared themselves to the world with LADYBABY. The re-assembly of this well-loved duo was announced on New Years Day, which makes the title of their first single entirely appropriate for this Year of the Rabbit.
We saw a changing of the guard this week. For the past couple of years, the top Google searches that ultimately led visitors to this site remained pretty consistent: BABYMETAL, LADYBABY, Candye Syrup, ATARASHII GAKKO!, Broken by the Scream and PassCode. This past May, we saw a new group make an appearance in these top results and slowly inch their way up the charts until our latest report from Google landed in our inbox announcing that we have had a change in the #1 spot.
So, congratulations (and, “Thank you!”) to PLANCK STARS for becoming the top Google search result that drives visitors to our site!!
And speaking of the Top Tier, we had a bunch of A-listers drop new songs and MVs this week, so let’s just segue right into that:
So, Team was discussing what we should do for our next community participation project when we realized that we never did finish our post mortem on the last one. As a reminder, this past autumn, we asked Homicidols readers to send us a list of their ten favorite idol songs. Team played along too and submitted some of their own top tens. For a quick refresher, everyone’s entries can be browsed here:
I have to apologize for the lack of updates around here over the past week. Team is being pulled in about six different directions, and I’ve been caring for a sick cat which has me a bit stressed out. While that may not sound like the best excuse, she is a pretty awesome cat. Still, the idol world doesn’t stop spinning for any person or feline, so here’s some of what’s been going on:
Broken By The Scream is in the US right now! They performed last night and will be entertaining Katsucon in Washington DC all weekend.
It’s a special weekend in the United States. After months of speculation, anticipation, blood, guts and tears, this Sunday is finally the big event. Not THAT big event. Who cares about the Super Bowl when the PLANCK STARS are here for their US debut!