‘Tis the Season for Hanako-san

The holidays are a hectic season for everyone, but this year, no one except maybe Santa himself is busier than 14th Generation Toilet Hanako-san. With an upcoming birthday show, new album and an overseas live, everyone’s favorite grindcore ghost is perfectly poised to paint the season in her signature blood red. So take all of the savings that were put aside to buy holiday gifts for the family, and direct them towards a safer investment.  Remember, the more you support Hanako-san, the less likely she is to murder you in the toilet.

First up on the calendar for overseas fans is the November 19th livestream of Hanako-san’s birthday concert. Hanako-san rarely allows her performances to be captured on camera, so this a rare opportunity  being offered via friend of Homicidols, Idol Underworld.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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On the same day as her birthday live, Hanako-san will be releasing her new, 11-track album, Word Toilet Day.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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You can pre-order the album over on Idol Underworld. All pre-ordered albums will be autographed by Hanako-san.

The main event, however, is Hanako-san’s return to America for a live performance at The Smell in Los Angeles on December 18th. I’m not quite sure the US has fully recovered from Hanako-san’s last appearance back in 2018. Ready or not, both VIP and regular tickets just went on sale, so it’s happening.

So, Deck the Halls with Hanako-san this holiday season. If we’re fortunate, she will let us live to see the new year.

Homicidols Best: Daemon’s Top Ten Favorite Idol Songs of All Time

Cal proposed this project some time ago. “Let’s all come up with our ten favorite idol songs,” he said. “It’ll be fun,” he said. It’s actually a pretty agonizing experience. Getting the list down to about 25 or 30 favorite songs isn’t too difficult, but whittling it down from there becomes extraordinarily painful. You can see that, in the end, I copped out and included an extra 10 songs that I couldn’t bear not to mention. I’m doing a terrible job at selling this, because the whole point of this intro is to try to talk you into going through the exercise yourself.  

Please complete this Google Form to tell us your ten favorite idol songs, and why.  Entries that are fit to print will be featured here on this very blog. The last thing we want is for Homicidols to exist as an echo chamber of Team’s crappy tastes and opinions (no matter how erudite and correct they may be), so please let us know what you think. Continue reading

The 50 Greatest Alternative Idol Albums of the Last Decade: #1 – 10

Here it is!! The final top ten in our countdown of the 50 Greatest Albums of the last decade. Be sure to let us know the albums you feel we were criminally negligent to exclude, and the punishment you think we deserve. We are collecting your feedback for our follow-up article: “Albums We are Awful for Leaving Off the Greatest Albums List”.

While we know that our imperfect process (and questionable taste) has overlooked some stellar albums and deserving units, we hope that you have still found the exploration worthwhile. I know I have enjoyed revisiting some classic albums that I haven’t listened to in years and even discovered a few new favorites. We may try the exercise again, perhaps with the “50 Greatest MVs”. If we do, we’ll find a way to incorporate community participation in the selection next time.

Without further ado:

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We Review Things: The Flowers of Passion – Episode 02

Episode 02 of Derek Vasconi’s documentary series, The Flowers of Passion was made available for streaming on Friday, and I dug into it almost immediately. 

The episode packs a lot into 73 minutes, giving us XOXO EXTREME’s thoughts on the history of idol and the difficulties of holding a place in it, some dramatically personal insight into what it is like to be 14th Generation Toilet Hanako-San, footage from a special acoustic set by NaNoMoRaL, and a behind-the-scenes look at LiLii Kaona’s creative processes including the birth of their incomparable tune, “Rust”.

This is all delivered via extremely candid conversations and intimate performance footage capturing the action both on stage and in the studio. So far, the strength of the series stems from the presentation of the interviews and performances largely without external narration or commentary. Other than the first several minutes of episode one (which we reviewed here), the only editorial context comes from infrequent captions that usually serve an introductory purpose. The end result is that what we see and hear is almost entirely the unfiltered thoughts of the idols and their management or production staff.  Continue reading

Let’s Check in with 14th Generation Toilet Hanako-san!!

Team Homicidols primarily lives on Twitter, so we have taken the latest banishment of 14th Generation Toilet Hanako-san from the platform pretty hard.  For her part, Hanako-san is still dead and communicating through the medium of Instagram where she is now somehow crazy about Kamen Rider.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CEtlrh7nukV/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

She also loves sea otters. Check it out!

It is rather odd to see her not wearing any red and not a strawberry in sight. But what else has our favorite 444-year old youkai been up to? Continue reading

14th Generation Toilet Hanako-San to Release New Album on 4/4

14th Generation Toilet Hanako-San will celebrating the anniversary of her death on April 4th by releasing a new album appropriately titled “Death Day” (『命日』).

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If you can’t make it to the release event at HEAVEN’S DOOR, the 20-track album is available for pre-order at Idol Underworld.

Buy it or get murdered in the toilet.

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Twitter Suspends Hanako-san, Incurs 444-Year-Long Curse

Twitter has unwisely solicited the wrath of 14th Generation Toilet Hanako-San.  This weekend, after having solved all other pressing matters plaguing the platform, Twitter suspended Hanako-san’s accounts. They now have only themselves to blame if employees suddenly go missing during visits to the fourth floor restroom at Twitter headquarters.

For a 444-year-old youkai like Hanako-san, saying, “I’m going to bathe in a sea of your blood” is simply her way of saying, “Hello.” Yet Twitter has apparently frozen her accounts for expressing her innocuous intent to kill us all.

She has since opened a new account, so please subscribe to @14Hanako_san.

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Tickets Are Now on Sale for the Most Indie, Idol and Infamous Tour in the UK

How conveniently named then!

Yes friends, the thing that you should be incredibly hype for if you’re able to go, and at least somewhat hype for just because it exists, is now something that you can officially purchase a ticket for, which you should undoubtedly do, and soon:

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Prepare Yourselves, UK: There’s Idols Coming to Town

The good folks at ORIONlive UK have been busy! Hot off the heels of announcing Metal Matsuri, they’re dipping into the idol well again from last year’s (what I gather must have been quite) successful Black Winds Over Albion tour and bringing 2& back to English shores, and this time with a couple of other (deeply disturbing!) friends:

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There Is New Hanako-san Come to Curdle Our Blood

Speaking perpetually of acts too good to release so little new/er material that warrants slavish coverage (and/or haven’t become exhausting on principle!), our very own officially unofficial mascot of Homicidols Dot Com, the 14th Generation Hanako-san of the Toilet, performer extraordinaire and maybe Daemon’s new best friend, just kind of threw this one out into the world yesterday without fanfare:

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