Last we heard of the infamous BANANA MONKEYS they had vanished, seemingly for good, following the graduation of their last founding member, Tenka no Chanyuki. “What now?” several of us cried. “How can we, as idol wota, possibly go on without Banamon’s primal reign of homelessness, sex work and whatever the hell that one music video was!?”
Well, you could just watch any episode of Hollyoaks for that, but if trashy British soaps aren’t your thing, you can rest easy, because Banamon are back! Sort of. The remaining members are back, with a new girl, and they’re not monkeys any more. In fact, they’re a completely different species! Welcome, BLUEGOATS.
— BLUEGOATS (@info_bluegoats) October 24, 2021
In news that’ll make you cry either tears of sorrow or tears of joy depending on which side you’re on, yesterday we bid farewell to one of the most interesting idol projects of recent years.
— THE BANANA MONKEYS (@info_banamon) August 7, 2021
Maybe it’s a cliche to say, but this is truly the end of an era.
— THE BANANA MONKEYS (@info_banamon) July 1, 2021
Tenka no Chanyuki, the last original member of THE BANANA MONKEYS, their lyricist, and twitter shitposting champion, is graduating next month.
As the designated Ladybeard expert (aka. the one who saw Deadlift Lolita perform live that one time and didn’t even get to interview them) when the first new tracks by his newest project Babybeard came out last week, Team Homicidols were practically begging me to cover this. “Come on Kerrie you lazy ass, you haven’t written an article in months!” they demanded. “If the biggest news and entertainment site in the world can make millions from copy-pasting Reddit threads you can spend five minutes copy-pasting your old tweets and stroke the Lady’s Beard for a couple of clicks!” they typed, probably furiously.
So as the designated Ladybeard expert, I relented. “Eh, sure”.
Ladybeard’s new idol unit BABYBEARD has arrived🤟🤟
Giving the world a reason to smile amidst the toughest of times, and giving the outside world a new level of access to Japan, BABYBEARD is here to change you life💞💪💞 pic.twitter.com/3WG4w5ZDuN
— BABYBEARD (@babybeard_japan) April 12, 2021
I always know whenever a new Dreamcatcher release comes out, because my Twitter feed will be always inevitably be on fire. “DON’T STOP STREAMING THIS!” they cry. “WHY IS THIS ONLY AT 350K VIEWS?!” they scream. “SIYEON MY GODDESS, BLESS MY SINFUL WAYS WITH YOUR HOLY THROAT SOUNDS” they beg. Following K-Pop groups after having primarily been a fan of underground J-idol groups for so long is honestly pretty jarring.
Dreamcatcher’s newest music video, “Odd Eye”, is, sadly, not a cover of the Yukueshirezutsurezure song of the same name, because frankly, nobody can possibly handle that much power. It does, however, see the long-awaited return of Chinese member Handong, who took a year-and-a-half vacation in order to fail a reality TV show in her native country. So, how does her comeback release hold up?
Yes, 2020 has been a horrible year for many, and I’m sure I’m not the only one glad to see the end of it. But as I celebrate New Year’s Eve (New Year’s Day by the time you read this), something feels empty. It can’t be the enforced lockdown preventing any parties from happening, I never leave the house!
Oh, that’s right, normally I’d be reading all of your predictions for the coming year. But my silly unmotivated self killed the Friday Fun like 2020 killed everything else that kept me going! So, ah sod it, let’s bring back Friday Funs as a seasonal event. Starting with our traditional annual predictions!
But first, let’s look back on 2020’s predictions an analyse the absolute bitch that is hindsight:
Oh thank goodness, the ongoing agony that has been 2020 is almost over. Just over a month to go now, I can almost feel the collective weight that has been this hell year being lifted from my shoulders as 2021, free from possibly the worst and most confusing year most of us have had to face in our lifetimes; at least, until three days into 2021 when we’ll probably all get drafted into a war against a vengeful alien species from another planet at the same time another much-loved Homicidols figure announces her retirement.
With it being late November, this is the time when we begin to wrap up proceedings for our annual Homicidols best-of rundown. I know 2020 has mostly been a crapshoot in all regards, but hey, it’s not been all bad; O’CHAWANZ released two entire albums!
As with previous years, team Homicidols have been collectively listing notable idol events and releases of the year into a handy list of reminders to say “Hey! Remember that single that came out really early that year?” which we then whittle down into a shortlist of our team picks.
Now, this is where you come in! Now that the team picks are ready to go, we’d like to hear from you! For the next week, we’d like you to submit your personal nominations for each category. At the end of the week, using a special, private system I’ll be weighing the team nominations with the community nominations to create a hopefully balanced and interesting shortlist. Continue reading
Sorry, I already used “Up Up And Away” a few years back. (Thank you Maniac for this alternative headline!)
Do you remember last month, when Up Up Girls (Kari) were being awfully shady about the future of the group, promoting a “final live with the current line-up” and all that? Generally making everyone panic with the idol equivalent of vaguetweeting?
Don’t worry, that new line-up was just new members. Okay, cool. A bit odd to be adding new girls after a decade without any additions but I won’t complain…
Oh wait, never mind, they were just saving the bad stuff as a surprise for later. Everyone except Azusa are out of the group!
— upupgirls-official (@uugirlsofficial) October 23, 2020
God damn it.