Welcome back to Saturday! It is just full-glory spring beautiful here at Maniac Mansion, and yours truly is going to spend the whole dang day outside if possible. Yes, the cicada invasion is underway, but they’re minding their business so far and leaving a comparatively low number of corpses scattered on the walk. Soon their songs will begin, and then it’s GOODBYE SLEEP for a few weeks.
Good week in idol, pretty okay Weekender. Let’s get to it.
Do you have any idea how many friggin’ pitches for a story like this I presented between 2016 and 2018? At last, though:
Good morning! I hope you’re all faring well, wherever you may be, getting vaccinated and enjoying the season. We had a little cool snap this week that kept the army of cicadas in the ground for a little while long, which … frankly, I’m not sure if it’s good or bad. If you’ve been through one of these megaswarms before, you kind of welcome the idea of it being over sooner rather than later. We’ll see where we stand next week!
Japan, though. And India. And all of the other places where this god-damned virus is still running rampant. I hope people are able to stay safe and healthy, even despite the challenges. I think we all got used to the stress that this pandemic forced into our lives, and that’s not good. Those of us who have a hobby, especially one that’s as inherently joy-riddled as idol, always have something to look forward to. Some folks, though, I really worry about. May we come out clean soon.
For now, let us enjoy the fact that it’s the weekend, that somehow this performance-based thing we all share keeps on trucking and we once again have a Weekender loaded with stuff. Good stuff. Fun stuff. And if you have the chance to see family like I do this weekend, that’s really good stuff. Enjoy it!
You Really Should Post More, Though
Here’s the final AYUMIKURIKAMAKI MV:
This website is very pro-Malcolm Mask McLaren, so while we do try to keep a certain objectivity about this group and that and which releases are truly good and which are basically warmed-over garbage, some just kind of bring out the enthusiastic fan in us. I won’t make a list; suffice it to say that MMM, the actual focus of this post, is one of them. And when I went to check up on a video I saw they’d released on YouTube, it set off a whole string of discovery moments that make me feel just incredibly happy for them, so yeah, they get a whole-ass post to celebrate the good things afoot! Continue reading
Good morning! How are you all doing lately? It seems like we have a light at the end of the coronatunnel these days (all occupants of Maniac Mansion are vaccinated!) in this country at least, but, like, have you seen India? And meanwhile Japan’s back to a state of emergency. I don’t mean to make light at all, but man, it really seemed like idol was really getting its legs again, and with the festival season kicking off and all the usual summertime shenanigans (to say nothing of what a lot of acts no doubt have planned for the Olympics in Tokyo), I do worry about this thing we all enjoy together.
So: Enjoy what you can when you can. As suggested, we’re entering a pretty hot season for idol stuff anyway, what with Golden Week coming up and the summer months, so expect a ton of releases new and upcoming, and plenty of Weekender fodder among the most particularly weird material we can find. But also, go the heck outside! Man it’s nice out.
With the Virus out There? Are You Crazy?
What in the absolute hell is going on at Herosyn HQ?
Good morning! Man, I may state a hard preference for autumn as my season of choice, but this rough midpoint of Actual Spring is something else. The air is cool but the sun is out and it’s just colors on top of colors on top of BIRDS SINGING OUTSIDE MY WINDOW FROM PREDAWN TIL THE STARS COME OUT. Savage. Like, I don’t begrudge you all your reasons to sing, and yeah it’s kind of my fault for encouraging bird habitat around Maniac Mansion, but still. Let a man sleep a little. It’s bad enough that billions of cicadas are due to arrive basically any day now and given us six full weeks of awful cicada hell-sounds.
I’ll be honest with you, gang: This is a really light Weekender! Lots of time demands in the first place, and also it seemed like idol kind of chilled out after a busier period. And that’s fine. There have been 229 others of this thing, they’re not all going to win awards. Just prepare yourself accordingly.
But I’m now off to see to some auto repair and then get my final COVID shot! If you haven’t done the latter, please do it as soon as your local authorities will allow, so that you can be safe!
There Is No Safety
Somebody with more energy than me and more time than sense in general write the blog post that discusses whether WACK has full-on jumped the shark OR if it actually broke the mainstream:
I wish I had more to say about this one, gang, but it really couldn’t be more straightforward. Last Friday, Li-V-RAVE, whose continued existence is just the happiest damn thing, dropped the MV for their new single that’s not out for well over a month, but hey, promo time is promo time. I thought you’d dig it like I did, so:
All about it. This website has long supported idol power ballads — when those power ballads are cloaked in easycore elements that are themselves bizarrely inverted to better serve a power ballad? Butter. If I had any complaint at all it’s that the composition doesn’t serve the vocals well (pre-chorus, I’m talking), but you know? There’s tinkly piano in there. I am rendered incapable of complaint.
Because you’re a trooper, here’s the B-side:
We need more power pop idol, period, in all its forms. “MISSING LINK” is out May 31.
Good morning! I hope you all had as … cathartic a week as I did. Busy as hell? Yes. A great deal of things accomplished? Also yes. Making big steps in personal right directions? Man, I tell you yes. Good feelings and moods abound.
And look! It’s the elbow of the year unless you’re in a polar or equatorial region, so regardless of if you’re enjoying spring (yay us!) or fall (boring people on the other side of the planet), put that energy to good work! Go hike or garden or bike or something. Hell, it’s raining here and all I want to do is go outside and run around, especially because Fiancee had to jet for a couple of days and I’m sitting here with way too much antsiness to do or be anything that approaches productivity. I just wanna fun!
So if your idea of fun includes idol at some point of some day, then you can take this Weekender and just really dig into it. I actually held some stuff out because I want to have more to talk about later! No, it wasn’t a terribly productive week, but it was good enough and frankly there are so many more significant idol lives nowadays that you’re almost tripping over good video anymore. Just watch the heck out of it!
This is pretty much it for KOTO, so:
What a week! I don’t want to speak for anybody else, but I thought idol had some of that old energy back these past few days. Significant graduations and debuts and motherhubbard April Fool’s Day right on the heels of the kind of fandom drama that we don’t ever have enough of, largely because it unfolds when I’m asleep or busy and then I get to come back later and judge everybody for their dumbass takes.
April Fool’s is one of the best days on the idol calendar, more or less wedged between Halloween and Easter, and we do mention some of the jokes from this year below the fold, but also? We fucking won that shit this year, gang. Or I should say, Daemon did, not only delivering timely, trenchant, devastating satire but having that become the single most popular post in Homicidols history that wasn’t brigaded by Kamen Joshi fans. What a destroyer of a post. I did tell him that if he got to X number of RTs and likes, I’d convince Mare A Komachi to come out of hiding/retirement, but I’ve had to move those goalposts a couple of times already. IF YOU HAVEN’T YET AMPLIFIED THIS AND DO WANT TO SEE WHAT KOMACHI IS UP TO, HELP US GET TO 100 RTS AND 200 LIKES.
The only bad thing about doing great things is that you’re then under a lot of pressure to keep delivering. Guess we’re just going to have to keep writing good posts!
Now That’s Funny
None of us had the wherewithal to take on Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da’s new rendition of “World End Crisis” from the new album of re-recordings, so here you go, sans commentary:
Good morning! I hope you’re all doing well. Much to my surprise, yours truly somehow got a vaccine appointment without even trying, so I’m still feeling a bit of the fallout from that, which is a nice way of saying that I was not in any way prepared for the outcome of the WACK auditions (post incoming) and actually did a pretty cruddy job of Weekendering this one. Apologies! It’s mostly video!
You know what’s nice about not really having been privy to Necromageddon 2020? Being subsequently completely unfazed by Necromageddon 2021:
Good morning! It’s the first day of spring, which means renewal and opportunity and also that I’m going to be digging holes out back to try to fix the drainage problems and contribute to a bee-healthy local environment with new flowering plants. Just great stuff.
I do want to talk about something important, though, because it really seemed to emerge as a theme this week. I’m not directly referring to the hate crime in Atlanta, but you could include it too. It just struck me that there’s been a lot of loss lately, and that while I’m sure that those who are dealing with it hurt deep down — one friend in particular, I know exactly what he’s going through — I also hope that they can see that while the thing lost can be permanent, it doesn’t mean that the action of loss itself is, and that the raw, ragged emotions that come with it can and will smooth out. This is of course extremely relevant to anybody who follows idol; even those of us who consider themselves somewhat immune to the emotional investments can still be thrown for a loop when a particular person or project goes away. Any kind of loss is traumatic to one degree or another, and even the loss that’s more of a relief than anything else, even that loss often brings catharsis in the most literal literary sense with it.
Anyway, if you’re hurting, know that people care about you and about how you feel, and you can and should talk to people about the tough stuff. And if maybe you aren’t there yet, then do things you enjoy. The worst thing that can happen is that maybe you have some laughs for a little while and a lift of the spirit.
Don’t Listen to a Thing This Man Says
Before you do anything else, enjoy new tipToe. even if Brian might post about it later: