I Could Not Be More Excited about the Return of NEO JAPONISM

Everybody’s done the heartbreak thing this year, it seems. Groups and individual idols have dropped like flies, literal icons of the business and the tiniest of unknown chika acts as well closing up shop or undergoing massive changes almost as if they all know something we don’t. I’ve personally had my share of blank-eyed staring into the distance at one bit of news or another, and one that I definitely didn’t make enough hay about when it happened was NEO JAPONISM.

For about a year, they were arguably my favorite thing in the business, this hard-rocking, all-out unit that didn’t pull any punches and seemed to make a mark every time they released something into the world. They were just a really fun group to follow, although harder in a lot of ways to love right because there was so much else going on. But did I miss a chance to lavish praise on them? Absolutely not. And so earlier this year when the ~original~ group disbanded in the kind of mass graduation that has been so typical of 2019, I was kind of floored. Unlike all of the other instances, though, manager-san immediately set the record straight and announced that NEO JAPONISM as a thing wasn’t going anywhere, and there would be a reboot on the near horizon. That gives one hope, which gives one optimism, and when little bits of info started to trickle out, it started to become real.

And that’s where we land now! Here are the members: Continue reading

Let’s Talk about a Fun Debut: Zsasz Is Here and Also a Palindrome

I think our brains could use the little bit of relief, don’t you? Like, you watch all of these graduations and suspensions of activities and whatnot and think, man, idol must be in a terrible tailspin, if only there were something that could add some new life before chika becomes a literal graveyard.

Then let me present Zsasz (Twitter)!

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And Down Goes LADYBABY

What the ever-living hell is going on in the world of idol? Continue reading

Death Comes Even for Q’ulle

There’s nothing funny about this anymore, guys.

At least it won’t be in 2019 — Q’ulle, who got avexed as hard as anybody ever got avexed and have been drifting off toward solo and personal projects for a good long while, and who had already lost one member, are going to wind things down over the rest of the year and into next summer, when they’ll finally break up. Their unlikely career and long string of high points makes this one a little less sad than some — you want to congratulate them and give them high-fives, rather than rend your garments — but still. I’m pretty much out of groups from original Homicidols left to cover!

BILLIE IDLE Is Done

Damn.

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The New DAIDAIDAI Sounds Like Exactly What I Want from DAIDAIDAI

That’s right, friends, I’m talking maybe my favorite idol thing from my favorite idol scene, in reverse order the very intense and/or wild collection of misfits in Osaka, and DAIDAIDAI having emerged from that mess all the way back in 2016, carrying on the very unique sonic+idol legacy of Utena Yuki and PSYBOU KANOJO. This I write in dang near ever post about DAIDAIDAI because, damn it all, the history is important and the relationship between excellent ongoing projects must be acknowledged.

Anyway, DAIDAIDAI had, as once might expect after about three years together, a chunk of the membership graduate recently, and with that a simmering down of the old system while things retooled. Or, at least, as I surmise, because if I hadn’t checked in on them this morning, I’d still be unaware of these goings on because that’s what happens when you’re still afraid of the huge info crush of turning your notifications back on! However, yes, the graduation thing, that was known, and so you connect dots when you check in and OH LOOK A NEW THING!

Promising on the art alone!

Well that’s certainly exciting, and terrifying. And we get a preview version via short lyric video! Continue reading

The Demise of Candye Syrup Is upon Us

This may not be news for you at this point, but now the second iteration of Candye Syrup will be disbanding next month, their last show at IKU’s birthday party:

Homicidols Dot Com reached out for comment and has, as of press time, received none. For what it’s worth, the members have likewise been all but silent on the issue (safe for RTing the above); the only other topic on any of their channels is the show on Saturday. I won’t speculate as to the reasons why this is happening, but one does wonder if this will be the actual end of the project. It didn’t take long to get this version up and running after the original disbanded immediately after their U.S. appearance last year, so odds are that we’ll know future plans (if any) sooner rather than later.

Update! IKU posted quite a bit on this right around the time that I was scheduling:

I Think We All Melt a Little More Today, Yes

This is far from what I wanted to see when I popped open Team chat this morning:

Ano, long-time member of You’ll Melt More! and one of the most popular individuals in the idol game, has withdrawn from the group.

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Idol Finds a Way

Read that in your best Goldblum voice

Well, I had a nice and happy and upbeat piece to get out this morning, but what to my awakening eyes did appear but absolutely the last tweet in the world that I ever wanted to see:

If you’ve done this whole idol thing for very long, you know what those messages mean: Nothing good. And in this case, click through and read to your heart’s content the short version of how Minna no Kodomo-chan, two-time Corenament champions, a project of epic and astounding vision, is being brought low and, goodness knows, possibly all the way out by the ongoing health concerns of Honoka. Continue reading