Hello, lovely people. It’s Maniac. If you enjoy yourself some Weekender, you saw that I started talking about the Corenament for this year, not just in the context of last year’s monstrosity.
What’s the Corenmanet, you ask? Why, it’s just our way of having some fun around the same time and concept as the NCAA basketball tournament — while the young men and women of America’s highest-level collegiate basketball teams battle it out to determine a national champion for that year’s season, we pit idols (and their fans) against each other in a multi-round competition to decide who’s the best at something.
Last year, it was best song, forever, period, and Kamen Joshi took home the trophy for “SOUL,” beating out BiSH and “Hoshi ga” in the final round when Babymetal and Deathrabbits were both disqualified because some people are just rude. It was a weird competition because my own awareness of what’s out in the world was limited, and it took a minute to organize conceptually, but it kind of worked. I definitely got a kick out of a bracket that made people pick between BiSH and PassCode!
All of that to say, I’d love to do the Corenament again for 2017, and we’re only about a month out from March Madness. The trouble is, what should we organize around?
Hasdrubal Jones had a good comment, to work around vocal styles (Yuna vs. Aina, etc.), kind of like we’ve done before with the Monday Match Game. And that got me thinking, there are a lot of interesting specific skills that certain idols just do better than others — vocal and dance and look, plus musical styles and MVs and, really, the list goes on and on.
But I don’t have a great idea yet! The default option would be “best song released since the last Corenament ended,” or best album or whatever, but that’s so safe and kind of lame. Let’s spice things up a little bit; what do you think would make for an interesting inter-idol competition?
There’s probably no one answer, but I bet our collective brainspace can do a decent job of getting down to soup and nuts and figuring out a model that’ll be fun to play with. Just write in the comments, and let’s see what comes up.