We made it! This is the last segment of voting for the Best of 2016. Ballot 2 and Ballot 1 are still open if you need to revisit or add your votes for the first time. Remember: If you want to be in the running for prizes, you need to have completed all three ballots.
We’ve been through some tough choices so far, gang, and let me tell you that what I know of the tallies so far says that you collectively have had a tough time — we’ve had a lot of great stuff to choose from! But now it’s down to brass tacks for some of the most important stuff going.
Get ready to vote!
Reader xaneg commented the other day that these last few weeks in 2016 have been an absolute bloodbath of graduations. They have! And worse, they’re really just scratching the surface; 2016 has been riven through with heartbreaking graduations, voluntary and forced and otherwise. Whether it was Teratani Mina and kidney disease knocking her out of Fruitpochette, You’ll Melt More!’s management demoting Chibo and saying sayonara to Mone, Hug Me leaving BiSH to deal with a family emergency, Saki announcing her withdrawal from Guso Drop or long-timers Ayano and Mizuho leaving Bellring Girls Heart to focus on the next steps in their lives, you need to choose which broke your heart the most.
We already looked at group debuts, but what individual joined the fray in 2016 and left the biggest mark on you? We have Hanako-san being called from her toilet hell to deliver pain more widely to the masses, and a whole WACK contingent of Ayuni D immediately becoming a BiSH favorite, Peri Ubu as an instant attractor in BiS and, following the failed beginning of SiS, the trio of Coco Partin, Yuyu and YuiGD joining GANG PARADE.
Here’s where the real individual awards kick in; debuts are nice, but legions of well-earned adoring fans are much nicer. Every woman on this list is an awe-inspiring crusher of limits in her own way, a talent that not only can’t be denied, but commands your attention. The question is, who stood out the most as a dominant performing force in 2016? Hanako-san, Yuna from PassCode, Su-Metal, Pikarin Shiina, Aina the End or MAINA from Osaka Shunkashuto? I’d give you a preview list, but if you need one, I’m not sure you should be voting.
We’ve had so much great music this year that I’m almost afraid to step ahead into 2017; can it get better, and how much better, and what surprising genre-bursting innovations can we look forward to? Rather than get ahead of ourselves, though, let’s focus on the individual songs that made the biggest mark this year. And yes, you do get a list this time because you won’t twist in the wind enough without hearing a whole string of personal favorites before being asked to choose.
This is it. We’ve been able to vote on debut records and B-sides and singles and videos and albums and (right up there!) songs, but who really won 2016? That is, whose year was the most dominant? Who will you remember most? The criteria for this are your own to decide with, but the choices in front of you are tough ones no matter what.
Nominated by you, and the absolute biggest kahuna in the whole Homicidols.com Best of 2016, our Idol of the Year nominees are:
Yes, you have to put your email on this one, just one more time.