Good morning! I hope you’re all doing well, feeling healthy, staying safe. And, of course, keeping up with idol. I forgot how tough it can be! Like, even when there’s not as much as usual going on, there’s still a lot going on, even just on the musical side — you folks who live and breath actual idol culture, honestly, how to you not get completely exhausted trying to keep up? And then the discourse, woof. But anyway! Yeah dang man it’s a lot. You’ll note, for instance, that this here Weekender has like three things in it that aren’t videos? Why? Because who has time to crawl through Twitter all that much anymore?
Which, being said, I really wish I had time to crawl through Twitter anymore! What a fun and easy way to pass the time. But no, this is the time of year when Day Job (which can be rigorous and onerous at all moments anyway) goes DEFCON 18 and I sometimes forget to eat. Stress piles up, I don’t sleep, anxiety happens, all that jazz. It’s actually what caused Hiatus 1 last year, just trying to do too much and suddenly having a mental block. I learned to manage that better over the course of the year (Hiatus 2 helped!), so now I just look down the barrel of a preposterous workload and think about the things I’d rather be doing and why I like them — like, they’re pleasurable, not obligations — and it’s much better. A relief.
It’s good to be back, yeah. I’ll never again manage that wild workload I somehow carried for like three years, but frankly that’s good. If you aren’t enjoying the thing you enjoy, are you really even enjoying it? Idol’s supposed to make you happy! And on that note, here’s a whole-ass haul of it.
That Doesn’t Sound Good Actually
I’d embed the Soundcloud player for this OWARANAIDE, YORU song but it’s just a clip, so take the lyrics instead:
So I’m drifting through idol media these days like a half-aware drunk, and let me tell you, friends, it’s a weird feeling. I won’t tell on myself so much as to name names here, but I’ll admit to seeing a particular group’s photo, and seeing their name, and being like, wait, I know what that is, wtf is that though? And then I looked and I’d written like 10 posts about them. Never do a hiatus, I guess is the rule here.
Anyway, lots of new/ish groups out there, and I figure that I always used to at least try to cover them, so why stop now, and also hey neat there’s also stuff that’s almost a year old that I never got to before! THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS.
Which brings me to INUWASI (Twitter), who I got to by slipping and falling off of a NEMURIORCA tweet and seeing a completely different idol set when I came to. But yes, they’re also part of the Maple.Inc family, and so have more than passing similarities to MAPLEZ and etc., and oh no they debuted in like February. Oh that’s awful. Cheese and rice, can you imagine? You’re up there idoling your ass off and there’s like only 10% of the usual sweaty wota dancing in surgical masks as there’d usually be? Terrible. And then everything gets canceled or moved online? Woof.
At the time of my discovery, not-ol’ INUWASI had a couple of live clips to enjoy. I use the verb conditionally, as “different strokes for different folks” for sure applies here. Let’s start with the better of the two:
At this point we’re definitely committed to seeing this 50 YMM MVs project through, which is great because:
- We looooove YOU’LL MELT MORE!
- We want you to looooove YOU’LL MELT MORE! too, so not only is this is a total labor of love, but it’s a mission to save your soul.
- Revisiting YOU’LL MELT MORE!‘s career has been a lot of fun for the Homicidols crew as a team-building activity and we’ve loooooved doing it.
- Rewatching these MVs has truly reignited in us the joys of why we looooove YOU’LL MELT MORE! so much…
On that last bullet, this MV for their song “Music 3, 4-bu de owatchimau yo ne” especially reinvigorated my appreciation for how incredibly great this group is live…
Gee whiz, gang, now that I’m alive again, which idol should I write about first? I know! Let’s put the giant-ass index that D built into a tumbler and pull out something at random!
/puts giant-ass index into tumbler
///tips tumbler over
Oh no, what have I done
////rifles through entered idol names until I find the one I want
What a random coincidence! It looks like I get to write about NEO JAPONISM again! Continue reading
I’ve been wondering if this steady stream of... um, well…streaming live shows is the beginning of another game-changing alteration in our strange and new socially distant world that’s here to stay, or just a means to get through the weirdness of the times. Ultimately I feel like it’s probably a little of both. A number of idol groups have figured out that there’s different ways to supplement their incomes through these online shows by either charging indie-pay-per-view fees, selling merchandise tied into the moment, or even just leaving up a donation link like a virtual hat laying on the sidewalk busker-style. There’s a ton of these events happening now of course, and thankfully Daemon’s been doing a capital job of trying to help keep us aware of what’s coming up.
I need to revisit the tale of Chiaki Mayamura’s adventure in Kansas City one more time to make sure you don’t miss this opportunity. As you know the story by this point, Chichan did not get to perform at Naka-kon due to the current situation with Covid-19, despite having traveled to the USA for the big weekend. Undeterred, she utilized the empty venue to stream a live concert anyway.
The time of day for the show was a bit awkward and no doubt difficult for many in the West to commit to watching in real time. But fear not, if you missed it, the video stream is still available to watch.
So look, if you still haven’t checked out Chiaki Mayumura and don’t know why I’m devoting all this type to her appearance in the US, THIS VIDEO WILL EXPLAIN ALL. Chiaki is quite successful in Japan, but still a bit of blip on the radar on this side of the ocean, and I feel quite certain that she possesses the heart, soul, and charisma to win over just about anybody. If I can’t convince at least some of you to become converts to Chiaki, then I have no choice but to declare my self an utter failure at this whole evangelist thing…
The current state of global events has been a massive wrench in so many aspects of our lives, alarming on one level as we worry (and too often, mourn) for those vulnerable to it’s effects, and incredibly frustrating in the ways it’s interfering with our lives (and unfortunately, livelihoods) for many.
Naka-Kon in Kansas City , USA is one such event. The anime and pop-culture convention was going to be the host for Chiaki Mayumura‘s western debut, but sadly and understandably, it’s been postponed out of health concerns. This makes sense and I don’t feel anyone can take issue with their decision.
But wouldn’t you know it, Chiaki didn’t intend to bow out at all, and she arrived in from Japan to perform at this event. And now one of the most consistently amazing live performers around is sitting in her hotel in Kansas City for an appearance that isn’t going to take place.
BUT she’s not gonna just sit there and do nothing…
So remember back in 2017 Year in Review in Review*, when I said that I was making it a new year’s resolution to do more for idol debuts in 2018? And then I did and 2018 was like the best debut year since … 2014? 2012? It was amazing. So much good stuff, though not all of it panned out. Well, I’m making something of the same commitment for this year; I have a tough time keeping up with news these days, but maybe I can keep up with cool debuts as they happen? Sure.
Which brings us to Night Owl (Twitter)! Who … did not debut anytime near now, but in fact back in August, during the period that we shall always refer to in hushed tones as “Maniac’s Interregnum.” And then I had them on my official radar since, golly, at least November if my tab history is to be believed. But more on that. This is what they got:
Oh that’s interesting! What are they about? Continue reading
It’s 2020 now, and all of this is firmly in the past, but I think it’s worth mentioning the wild ride that WILL-O’ went on over the course of the previous year. A lot has changed in the now three-plus years since Alloy was originally formed, and though WILL-O’ as WILL-O’ is fairly well-established at this point, I think it’s fair to say that change is the most consistent thing about the group. Well, change and doing great rock-related idol work, that is, and I mean that literally because you’ll remember that I held up “POP’N” as my personal favorite song of 2019.
And as that was going on, they were also releasing a new EP to close the year! I kind of forgot about it (it was sitting in my wait-until-an-MV-drops pile), then the MV finally did come a little on the late side, so here I go rhetorically returning the favor! But also they did some interesting stuff in the meantime, so waiting turned out to be smart. Anyway, the MV: Continue reading
Welcome back to the weekend, ya weirdos! I hope you had a good week. We here at Team Homicidols certainly did — we got to publish the annual Best Ofs for both community and Team (with minimal blowback, hooray!), we welcomed Cal with an excellent first post, and we started to put together the Year in Review in Review, which we’ll likely have posted by New Year’s Eve at the latest. In fact, oddly enough, this somehow felt like a nicely mid-key week for idol. Everybody’s revving up for Christmas, I guess. So let’s get right to the point! It’s also now officially winter, which is awesome in its own right except that I didn’t get to winter in around Maniac Mansion this year and will be stuck trying to get all of this stuff done before the real winter weather kicks in next month. Nice and chilly, though, and the only time when it’s like that and people are actually in a good mood. In that spirit, go play the Fun and then Weekender yourself into a lazy day.
That Does Sound Nice
As if 2019 still wanted to prove that there is no god, we get the terrible goddamn news that amiinA is done in May: