First article of 2023 and already a strong contender for worst headline of the year. Can we entice you to not close the page with a new music video?
Tis the season you’ve all been waiting for! The end of the year. Another one for the books. While you all have nominated and will soon be voting mercilessly on who deserves to be hailed as the number 1 in each category for 2022 (and take home a lovely photoshopped illustration as trophy), Team Homicidols has compiled their personal highlights of the year.
It’s the last-day-of-the-year edition of the Weekender and I am tapping this out in a hotel room in Tokyo as I tick off an item on my bucket list, namely, to spend New Years Eve in Japan. I have only been here a couple of days, but I have already caught Hanako-San, situasion, Ringwanderung, Night Owl, Kolokol and MIGMA SHELTER. I have a lot of catching up to do after being away for almost three years. This is a long-winded way of apologizing for the Weekender being a bit lighter than usual, but I will still try to hit the big stuff.
Happy New Year, everybody!
I know we have been more of a blog (our true self, really!) and less of a news site in 2022. It was a weird year and timeliness regarding idol news just couldn’t be a priority, unfortunately.
However, it is with a heavy heart that I figure I should use the event mentioned in the title as sort of wrap-up of the notable things that have happened in the last few months with Codomomental. Grab your tissues and let’s get to it.
It is your Idol X-Mas Eve version of the Weekender. Tonight we will be visited by the ghosts of idol past, present and future and learn the true meaning of Idol X-Mas ( Spoiler: the lesson is, All things, including idol , are transitory and ephemeral, so be sure to live in the present and buy idol merch whenever you have the opportunity because the chance to own a cheki of your oshi in Kiki’s Delivery Service cosplay may happen just this once and never again).
You thought we forgot about the annual best-of vote? Of course not. Granted, it’s coming much later than it normally would, due to the last few months being incredibly busy for everyone on Team Homicidols as of late. Not to mention the sheer chaos that the idol world has thrown at us.
Which is why I’m recycling 2020’s intro for the second year running!
Oh thank goodness, the ongoing agony that has been
2020̶ 20212022 is almost over. Just over a monthweek to go now, I can almost feel the collective weight that has been this hell year being lifted from my shoulders as 20212022, free from possibly the second-worst and most confusing yearwhat was definitely A Year that most of us have had to face in our lifetimes; at least, until three days into 20212022 2023 when we’ll probably all get drafted into a war against a vengeful alien species from another planet perish in the impending heat death of the universecollectively get banned from Twitter by a billionaire that really doesn’t like Babymetal at the same time another much-loved Homicidols figure announces her retirement (just like our dear Maniac -sob-and Chris 🙁 )
I need to cut the preamble short a bit this week as I’m a bit slammed. I have a ton to take care of before I head off to Los Angeles for and 14th Generation Toilet Hanako-San’s return to the States. If you haven’t snagged a ticket yet, regular tickets can be purchased up to the start time of the event. VIP tickets can be purchased until 11:00 AM on the 18th. I hope to see you there!
In addition to Hanako-san shifting continents, there was lots of other stuff going on this week including a surprising number of idols re-emerging in various forms so be sure to read all the way down to the Oshifound Corner.
We are nearing the time when we start wrapping up 2022 which, as I’ve mentioned a few times in the Weekender over the past few months, could be dubbed The Year of the Solo Project. While we saw an enormous increase in the number of new idol projects in general versus the last couple of years, the sheer number of idols striking out on their own was something new and particularly noticeable.
The origins of chika idol are not well documented, at least in readily available, English language sources, but the apocryphal tales out of the late 90s are of solo, self-produced idols trying to attract audiences to small, basement stages of clubs in Akihabara. Perhaps it was the self reflection driven by the isolation of COVID that kindled a desire in so many idols to stand on stage alone and turn the genre back to it’s fabled roots. Whatever the reason behind the phenomenon, the end results have been pretty stellar.
Before we look back over the past week lets look into the future: next weekend is the highly anticipated return of 14th Generation Toilet Hanako-san to Los Angeles for her second-ever US show.
Hanako san's VIP tickets includes a t-shirt and poster and an option to purchase acrylic stands and more. Check out the merchandise menu below.
— Derek Vasconi (@DerekVasconi) December 8, 2022
We are working out details for a chance to interview our favorite youkai idol, so let us know if you have any questions that you would like us to ask Hanako-san on your behalf: Questions for Hanako-san.
For my final interview of 2022 it seems fitting to cover a group that both began and ended their year in fine style. Kicking things off in early January with their storming debut EP “MiDNiGHT STRAYER“, fan-favourite live idol duo C.LiTZ (a combination of “Claw + Blitz”) have developed from an attention-grabbing curio into one of the most charismatic and exciting groups on the Korean idol scene.