Your Monday Match Game Enjoyment Is Co-dependent!

Welcome back, friends, to the Monday Match Game! Last week, BiS 3.0 convincingly beat out every other major iteration of the alt-idol legends, which is a completely wrong opinion to have, but that’s okay, different strokes for really different folks, and all that.

I really must thank Chris for having brainstorms where mine had run dry, as today’s matchup wouldn’t have been possible without his input. Yes, friends, it’s about to get very Co-dependent up in here.

What happens when almost-weren’t idols from wildly different pedigrees square off for the rights to their own names? What happens when doubles and triples are forced to compete for dominance and the split-second amusement of complete strangers in other countries? I don’t know, but I bet it’s gonna be gruesome. Continue reading

The Monday Match Game Is Old vs. New

Sorry for taking a few weeks off again, gang! Don’t worry; Chris’s bonkers-ass suggestions will get their day in the ring.

That being said, I was a little bit unsure about how I wanted to proceed today. After yesterday’s unfortunate choices, I was thinking about doing Kamen Joshi vs. Al Jolson, but I thought that people might miss the joke and/or not have any context, and I figure that letting Amina kind of run with it is the smarter move anyway, so.

Instead, we have Terry:

Hm. Continue reading

The Monday Match Game Returns with a Request

Friends, we’ve done a lot of voting lately, and you might be like “No, Maniac, not another stupid poll,” but a) isn’t life better when you just ignore things that you don’t like?* and b) what if it were the stupidest one yet?

See, now that the Corenament has reached its shocking conclusion, it’s time to come back to the Monday Match Game, everybody’s favorite Monday-and-also-into-Tuesday activity. And Brian, who is clever and good, managed to put into words what I hadn’t managed to turn into a coherent thought pretty much ever:

I don’t know about fans, or even fan if “clamoring” is the criterion, but let’s do this thing! Continue reading

This Monday Match Game Will Make You Feel Better

Happy Monday, you goofs! As a brief programming note before we dive into the goods, this will be the last Monday Match Game for a little while; I’ll be publishing a Corenament primer later in the week, and then next week will kick us off to get our final field set. SO EXCITING!

The last Monday Match Game pitted the darkness idols, NECRONOMIDOL, against The Cult in a bid to determine who whose kvlt was more trve, and Necroma smashed those swag rock pretenders on their way to a sickeningly good album release and MV, plus the delirious fun that was #Deathless4Necroma.

This week, it’s not about kvlt, but about cures; specifically, what’ll cure what ails you? Is it pants-soilingly intense idols or innovative alt-rock legends? Tiny doll-like girls bellowing hateful lyrics or bad-haired English men singing about how they hate themselves? Yes, friends, neither of these things should have much association with actual cures, but both can be palliative and soothing in their own way.

The trick is, depending on where you are right now — happy, sad, hopeful, heartbroken — which Cure is going to make it all better? Continue reading

The Monday Match Game Is a Battle to Be the One True Cult

It’s Monday, and you know what that means! Yep, it’s time to pit idols against some other irrepressible force of nature and see who’s got what it takes to triumph!

Last week’s Monday Match Game gave the edge to PSYBOU KANOJO doing “BYOB” over PSYBOU KANOJO doing “The Romanticist,” and that’s not a bad opinion to have, especially because Yuki’s version is way better than SOAD’s (fight me).

For this week, though, we return to an important concept: What’s more kvlt?

In this corner, it’s the idols of the dead, of death and darkness and trips to southeast Asia, who are part of the ever-so-enjoyable renegotiation of black metal as an art form that Japan is killing so hard right now, and have the beyond-indie release practices to prove it; in the other corner, a band so influential that they get credited for pioneering everything from New Wave to goth.

When it’s trve kvlt vs. true Cult, only one will survive! Continue reading

This Monday Match Game Got You Covered

You know, I’m a pretty big fan of the defunct-but-also-DAIDAIDAI-inspirational PSYBOU KANOJO, if you hadn’t noticed, and I’ve been spending some time over the past week or so doing a bit of retrospective. Not everything was pure gold, but there was enough creativity and heaviness and power and heaviness and beats and heaviness that I can still throw on some of Yuki’s live videos, or go through the old Soundcloud account, and have enough godDAMN moments that I go right back to being really sad that Yuki called it quits basically out of nowhere.

But we still have her music! And because of that, we can play with it forever.

Last week’s Monday Match Game gave Osaka Shunkashuto a slim win over Q’ulle in a true idol dance-off; this week, we’re going heavy, but we’re going heavy in a completely different way than usual.

PSYBOU KANOJO had some great original music, but also some great covers, and it’s those personal versions of others’ compositions that we usher into Homicidol Arena. The thing is, the referee (e.g. the polling widget) doesn’t like Soundcloud, so what you’re going to use to vote are the originals … but you’re going to be voting FOR the PSYBOU KANOJO versions. Make sense? Continue reading

Monday Match Game: Who’s the Lord of the Dance?

Due to an ongoing conversation with Kerrie about some stuff that we can pull into the Friday Fun series, I’ve had idol performance on my mind a lot lately, and, while this is a music website first and foremost, dance is a pretty big part of the idol experience, and the idea of loudols doing choreographed, athletic routines being a perfectly normal thing is probably an important step toward normalizing idol for the normies.

So! Last week, the Monday Match Game featured a hip-hop beatdown of epic proportions, as the original Koutei Camera Girl flat-out smoked Girl Zwei and Gal by a cumulative 2:1 margin, thereby earning the right to face off against Drei after they debut and get out some material. Good times!

That was a question of beats; this is a question of steps. And twirls. And stuff. And while there are plenty of idols who are good-enough dancers, there are those who flat-out excel at it and have the ability to move on stage and tell a physical story to the music. And among those, there are those for whom dance is the very center of their game.

This week’s participants aren’t just at the top of the world of idol dance; they have something very important in common, too. Yes, friends, this week’s Match Game pits dance-unit-turned-idol against dance-unit-turned-idol. In the red corner, hailing from Osaka and led by the soulfullest voice in idol, a former high school dance unit that added vocals and never looked back; in the blue corner, from some posh boutique that we aren’t cool enough to enter, a former pro dance unit that added vocals, immediately became a thing and is about to make their major debut.

Similar backgrounds, similar timelines and a whole mess of muscle control. When the lords of idol dance enter, only one will survive! Continue reading

This Monday Match Game Is All about the Beats

Hello weird people! Welcome back to the Monday Match Game, the only game in idol that verifiably wastes more time than it’s worth pits idol against idol, style against style and fan against fan in brutal, HTML-rendered public opinion combat!

In last week’s no-holds-barred matchup between emerging DIY idols, Under Beasty connected a knockout punch straight to Gokigen Teikoku’s chin, thereby declaring themselves the Queens of Idols Who Are Good Enough on Their Own.

But this week, we’re getting topical, and we’re getting projectionable. Our pal dofphoto doesn’t just offer reviews, but translates bits of news about developments in idol, too. Take it away, dofphoto!

Kouteka 3 is a new unit formed by inheriting the will of Koutei Camera Girl Zwei (abbreviation: Kouteka 2) who broke up with a live performed at Tokyo · WWW X on January 13. The conditions for submitting an audition are women living in Tokyo from 16 to 22 who are not affiliated with a particular production or record company.”Koutei Camera Girl Drei is a group focused on music and design. I would like to disseminate something I want to express, I am waiting for the application of girls who want to change the current situation.”There is no problem with inexperienced raps , it is better for inexperienced people. “All members so far were inexperienced” Tapestock explains.

Amazing. And as the Weekender has now according to the Official Policy of Homicidols.com unofficially become Koutei Camera Girl/2/Gal’s honorary place of celebration, it’s fitting to break from our regularly scheduled programming for a minute to not only hold up the coolest thing in idol rap, but also ask ourselves the question: If you dropped all three of them into a bear pit (sans bear), who’d win? Continue reading

Monday Match Game: Bootstrap Idols

Friends, we have a lot of fun with the Monday Match Game. Sometimes it’s punny, sometimes it’s funny, but it’s always, always … sunny? I ran out of rhymes.

Anyway! Last week, yami-kawaii obliterated yume-kawaii despite Tiffany’s protestations that they’re basically the same thing, thereby confirming that we’d rather contemplate mortality than have a heaven filled with fallen angels. Good times!

This week, the Match Game takes on a decidedly germane flavor. We’ve been talking a lot about indie idols, the kind that do it all themselves and make their own success on their own merits. There’s not a silver spoon or institutional advantage (well, probably some kawaii) in sight when these self-driven performers step into the limelight.

In this corner, throwback heavy metal and rock ‘n’ roll idols whose success is so palpable that they even drag their own ex-members back into the fold; in the other corner, goofball stage antics and a musical smorgasbord from idols who actually fired their manager to take over their own affairs themselves.

Two darlings of the underground enter, but only one … well.* Continue reading

Monday Match Game: Who Is Best Metal?

Welcome back to the Monday Match Game! We took off last week to allow the Best of 2016 voting process to kick off, but I wanted to bring the game back in time to honor a truly momentous occasion in the history of idol metal.

For the past several weeks, Babymetal has been in the UK, touring with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. What started off as something of a tepid reaction from fairly unfamiliar crowds has since turned into a bizarre carnival as rock veterans take time out of their own headlining show to incorporate the relative newcomers and … yep, even wish their leader a happy birthday:

This means that thousands of new souls are being converted to the faith of the Fox God, which means that they’ll inevitably find their way online, which means that they too will soon become embroiled in the ultimate question: Who is best metal? Continue reading