Tumult and Sadness with Poroporo Baroque

It seems that the original Adopt-An-Idol, despite having had some growth opportunities and performance adventures lately, is having a little bit of a situation. Our friend @cobranaconda shared that Miyabi had elected to leave the group:

I attend a clothiers vocational school, and dealing with both school and being an idol at the same time was harsher than I’d imagined, and as it’d be damaging for my physical health to continue as I have been, it’s been decided that I’ll leave Poroporo Baroque.
To those who supported me, I apologise. Even though it was such a short time, thank you very much. Though brief, to me it’s become an experience of a lifetime.

All translations courtesy of @cobranaconda. Continue reading

The Original Adopt-an-Idol Will Finally Debut

I ultimately decided to drop the Adopt-an-Idol project per community feedback, but everybody who chipped in a little on the original project and supported PoroPoro Baroque when they were little more than a Twitter account can feel some vindication:

Also, I failed to report it before, but they did ultimately get their fourth member: Continue reading

Adopt-An-Idol Update: The People Have Spoken

I’m legitimately kind of excited.

Gang, much thanks to everybody who participated in the first round of the Adopt-An-Idol pilot a while back and then chimed in when I put out the call last week. I’ve taken down the poll so as not to ruin the surprise.

When we talk about Adopt-An-Idol, the point isn’t to build something unique for one group at the expense of others, nor is it even to make a huge difference for the adoptees; frankly, our gaggle of regulars has grown remarkably, but we’re still not all that large and aren’t in a position to do much more than make some idols feel really awesome that people are paying attention to what they do and encouraging others to be their fans.

Homicidols.com was created not to be a starmaker, necessarily, but to help more people in the English-speaking world connect with the really unique world of idols doing music in a way that’s fun, exciting and often some of the most unique stuff you’re going to find. It would be amazing if we ever got to be in a position where somebody on the cusp of international stardom were taken over the edge thanks to this site existing and our little community genuinely firing on all cylinders to get other people interested, but that’s definitely not happening today.

Instead, it’s little stories like folks discovering Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da for the first time and buying the album, or Bokura no Oyugi scaring the shit out of us and getting people excited about what they might put out there next. It’s the rise of Yukueshirezutsurezure, the discovery of The Spunky, the conversion of many from Kamen Joshi doubters to Kamen Joshi supporters. Deathrabbits. Necronomidol. DisDol.

In that sense, a little bit of an impact has already been made. And so I’m happy to announce the future of Adopt-An-Idol. Continue reading

Adopt-An-Idol Update: For Real This Time

When last we left #AdoptAnIdol, our young friends in Poroporo Baroque were just getting their feet wet, having a small performance despite not yet having an official debut. In fact, they’re still assembling. And because there wasn’t much to use, I decided to call a hiatus to our pilot and reboot after some consideration. Continue reading

Adopt-An-Idol Update: First Stage Photos

It wasn’t much, but our young friends in PoroPoro Baroque got a chance to make a mini-debut last night. And here are the photos!

Adopt-An-Idol may be taking a little break to reassess, but we can still be happy for our pilot subject’s first time doing their thing on stage. I just wish we could hear that brutal song come out of those tiny, tiny people.

Adopt-An-Idol Update: They Grow up So Fast

Despite there being every conceivable good reason not to continue to Adopt-An-Idol with PoroPoro Baroque, I did say that I’d continue to keep an eye out for them; when they do finally debut, maybe then we can make another attempt.

But of course I was asleep during crucial events. Fortunately, kind reader Pukovnik Krv passed on some info:  Continue reading

Adopt-An-Idol Update: Checking In

Well, despite the best of intentions, it seems that our adoptees, PoroPoro Baroque, are still a little bit away from their debut, so there’s no much for us to help with. Here’s where we stand after the first week-plus:

  1. Twitter followers: 466 566
  2. Soundcloud listens: 546 608
  3. Soundcloud followers: 12 18
  4. Soundcloud likes: 10 14
  5. Soundcloud reposts: 1 1

So some progress has definitely been made, but not a whole lot. Twitter I feel was largely an effect of their street self-promotion, but we may have done a little bit of damage on Soundcloud (I did!).

Word in comments and in some messages that I’ve gotten via Reddit suggest that Poro2Baro don’t have an imminent debut, but there are some idols (including by the same management [if you’re curious, it’s Guso Drop‘s] who are sooner to debut or who are out there but still at the beginning stages.

I’m all for kicking off again in a couple of weeks, likely before Fox Day. We’ll keep an eye on Poro2Baro and try to make a difference when the time comes, but shift to somebody else for the immediate future.

In the meantime, if you have a definite recommendation (yes, even Cutie Corpse), make your pitch in the comments.

Adopt-An-Idol Update: We Have Lyrics!

Still no actual vocals, and as we learned earlier, they’re probably no closer to a debut, but PoroPoro Baroque, our Adopt-An-Idol for the pilot version of the project, is nonetheless making progress.

Check it:

I asked on Twitter, and may as well ask here, too–anybody with some translating skill want to take a stab at it?

Just so that nobody forgets, those lyrics are going with this instrumental:

I Get Corrections: This Is Awkward

And just when I was feeling good about our first run at Adopt-an-Idol, reader Pukovnik Krv comes along and pees in the punch bowl. In a comment to the last lament about our friends PoroPoro Baroque, he wrote:

Actually they’ll debut when they have 4 members. That tweet is just Urara expressing hope that they’ll exceed 1000 followers before they debut.

This is terrible news! But there is a silver lining, and it’s that a number of suggestions for potential other debuting idols have been made, including under the same management, so possibilities are several.

Still, they went to all that trouble

#AdoptAnIdol Update: They Reached Out!

Just when it was starting to seem like Adopt-An-Idol might be a total bust the first time out, two big things happened yesterday.

First, we saw on Twitter that PoroPoro Baroque‘s members are two actual people!

And then the really exciting thing happened: Continue reading