IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING!! For the first time in what feels like a millennium an idol unit has landed on Western shores and performed an actual live! NECRONOMIDOL played Guildford last night, are hitting London tonight before two more UK shows and then they’re off to Sweden and Germany. Don’t mind me as I live vicariously through you, my European friends. I am truly envious.
For those of us too far (or not allowed) to travel to a NECROMA show, we always have the Internet. Let’s see what it has for us:
SHINGEKI. So good.
Last week was a bit nuts, what with Tokyo Idol Festival and BURST GIRL’s last live and LiLii Kaona’s anniversary and all. This week was downright placid in comparison. The big news, of course, was the announcement of Himari’s solo project which she is set to debut about four hours before this article is scheduled to publish. I hope it went well!
But just because this week was less hectic than usual doesn’t mean that nothing happened:
Zenbu Kimi no Sei da. dropped some metalcore in your dempa.
Welcome to the TIF Weekend edition of the Weekender. As you may have heard, day one got cancelled thanks to Typhoon No.16 which is now trademarked the name of my future idol unit (“We’re Typhoon No.16: strong enough to blow away TIF!!”). As I type this, we are 20 minutes away from PIGGS TIF debut. By the time you read it, Day Two will be in the books and we’ll all be scheduling therapy for whatever trauma was inflicted on us by this year’s WACK DREAMLIGHTS.
A lot of deserving people didn’t get invited to TIF this year but still gave us some pretty amazing stuff this week, such as:
Yurapico had a special message for us following BURST GIRL’s disillusion live. I’m not crying You’re crying.
It’s been a packed week for me with work and school and fancy idol blogging. Our visionary founder is still off on his honeymoon and Team is starting to realize that, between the six of us, we can almost do the work of one Maniac.
In addition to working on refreshing some of the static content around the site, we have started the planning for the annual Best of the Year competition. We are up to 179 potential candidates for Best Single alone, so things might get a bit nuts . I can’t wait!
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Welcome to week two of the Dae Era of Homicidols. So far I’ve managed to do a little maintenance on the navigation menus and updated the About page. Nothing too exciting, but it’s all about progress not perfection, right? The highlight of my short tenure in the captain’s chair by far has been when, for the first time ever, Pour Lui liked one of my tweets. Now I’m worried that I may have peaked too soon. My apologies if it’s all downhill from here.
Many other things happened this week in idol (both good and bad). Here’s some of it:
Juju made a very excellent video and you should watch it.
We have reached an auspicious milestone: Weekender #250 which shall also serves as my very first as el jefe de Homicidols. “250” is such a nice round number, it almost seems like a considerable amount of foresight and strategic planning went into the Homicidols handover, so let’s pretend like that’s exactly how we operate around here. I have been meaning to post a more formal message regarding the soft site takeover, but it turned out to be a horrible week for finding time to put together thoughtful messages about the future of the website, especially when the overall plan is for things to work a lot like they have in the past. Those of us in the US have a three-day weekend ahead of us, so I am looking forward to catching up on a few things around here. In the meantime, the idol world keeps spinning.
Good morning! It’s a special one here at Maniac Mansion — or, more specifically, a hotel room about 100 miles from Maniac Mansion. Your faithful proprietor is getting married today. Sorry ladies! But I write from the hotel where I’m sequestered away from my extremely awesome partner until this afternoon, when we finally get to tie the knot. There are some resulting things afoot, but this is neither the time nor the place. Instead, I’ll simply reference that being around a lot of not-that-well acquaintances means explaining two things, those being my tattoos and my “J-pop website,” which in this particular group happens to include the mother of one of the mods from the Sakura Gakuin subreddit. Don’t ask me how any of that makes sense, it just always seems to.
This is an awesome weekend, and I’m really excited to get down to it. And I hope you have a blast of your own!
Good morning! Has life treated you kindly this week? I mean, in the context of *waves hands at nothing in particular*. I’m excited, personally, because a whole bunch of things are coming to a head. Big changes afoot! And for a person who’s easily defined as “set in his ways, does not like change,” that I’m anything other than completely terrified is a genuinely nice feeling.
After the way last week ended, it’s also nice to have just kind of a straightforward, comfortable body of extra stuff to make a Weekender. Despite a bit of pre-TIF quiet, our scene is still bursting with energy and lots of (mostly) good things. Take advantage! Find the things you like, and open yourself up to liking new things. If there’s one thing idol’s good at, it’s always having lots of new things.
That’s What You Think Idol’s Good At?
Hey! We got Team all up in this feature, plus lots of other good stuff that you should read and follow:
Good morning! I’m all the way back this week — it wasn’t until late last Friday that I realized my abode for the weekend had no wi-fi and I’m too dang old to try to make these posts work in mobile browsers anymore — and while the Weekender is fine and good and this one full of things, I must admit to still being shook about that thing yesterday. It’s like the first time you read from Capital and realize that Santa’s elves are effectively slaves, except without ironic humor.
But anyway, allow me to note that your keeping up an interest in Japanese music, up to and including and especially idol, is still perfectly fine. Toxic personalities and abusive practices (hell, and structures) don’t go away because you stop paying attention to them; you follow this stuff because you care about it and the people who do it, so it stands to reason that you’d want to be part of shining lights on examples good and bad and insisting on better.
And with that out of the way, let’s make the most we can out of a few days with no work and lots of opportunity to do the things we enjoy. We earned it!
Two hours of MIGMA SHELTER, anyone?
Hi! Merry Weekend! Maniac is away so the rest of the team have had to finish off the Weekender. There’s normally a rambling intro here but let’s dispense with that and get on with things shall we?