A Friday Fun for Adulation

If the last year or so has taught us anything, friends, it’s that anything in idol is possible, a spirit that you firmly embraced for our #2020IdolPredictions:

Nice segue

Now, for today, if you’re following the news at all, you no doubt have noticed that the world seems to be going to hell in a handbasket with stunning alacrity. It’s almost like we don’t want there to be a 2021! And at fraught times like these, it’s normal to want to turn to something as relentlessly positive as idol to cope. But here we are, three days into the new decade, and we find out that one of the most important personalities in our end of the Idolverse is hanging up her color-coordinated outfits in May:

I’ll spare you both panegyric and elegy — and definitely eulogy — but I think I speak for an enormous chunk of the fandom when I say that Saki is a person who has mattered in a way that few get to. She got her dream job as an idol with her absolute favorite (even got to do it twice!), then parlayed that into, really, five-plus years of a plaPOPGANG continuum that contributed greatly to the creativity in idol music and the individuality in the scene. Hell of a run. Continue reading

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When Naruhaworlds Collide – Why Idol Fans Are Excited For Hyadain x GANG PARADE

Happy new year! Japan have already rang in the new decade and with it, a menagerie of new music.

Rock and alternative style idols are no stranger to unexpected collaborations, from BiS and Hijokaidan to You’ll Melt More and… also Hijokaidan. But in this subculture, mainstream breakthroughs are the real sucker punch to longtime fans of girls dancing to alt rock with a crowd of about 30 people.

So, fresh off their major label debut, GANG PARADE have dropped an announcement that their second digital single will be a joint composition between Scrambles’ very own Matsukuma Kenta with a very special guest…

Mastermind behind Momoiro Clover Z: Hyadain! Continue reading

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YONEKO and FEATURES Bookend 2019 In The Best Way

Do you remember at the start of the year when FEATURES picked up Yoneko to be the face and vocals for their newest track, “TIC”, and it ended up becoming one of the greatest things to ever happen in idol this 2019

Well, would you believe it, those mad lads did it again.

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SUDDENDEATH is Reborn

SENANAN has never done anything conventional. When she told us about her marriage and pregnancy she also announced several active projects that she would be stepping away from. Conspicuously absent was any word about the future of her idol unit SUDDENDEATH.

Now that both SENANAN and Osuzu are back from maternity leave, they are reviving SUDDENDEATH, and they’re bringing the kids.

Their first event will be a “Mom Meeting” at the KRY Cafe in January. Children are welcome!! They also announced a resurrection live in March. I’m not sure if the kids have to stay home for that one. Continue reading

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Here’s That Kamiya Saki Solo, Finally

If you’ve been keeping up with GANG PARADE this year, you might remember around the time Brand New Parade was released that leader and marathon expert of WACK, Kamiya Saki, won a group-wide competition for her own solo song. If you forgot that was a thing, so did Saki herself, apparently!

Anyway, here it is.

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At Least It’s a Very Pretty MV

Official Homicidols Dot Com WACK Correspondent and Dank Meme Strategist Kerrie is temporarily out of action due to technical difficulties, so, in the interests of making sure that somebody said something (crucial!) about the new GANG PARADE MV — from their first truly major-label album — I have stepped into the breach.

Hey neat! A GANG PARADE MV! From their first truly major-label album! Surely there’s no way that WACK’s most consistently unpredictable group would lean into the kind of easy-out balladry that was too often at the heart of their prior iteration just because they’re now on a truly major label!

Oh!

Also this is a hell of a look:

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Yoneko Successfully Blurs The Lines Of What Does And Doesn’t Count As An MV

It’s always a good day when Yoneko releases a new music video!

Wait, does this even count as a music video? Sure, there’s video and music, but does it really count if it’s just the same visual over and over again? Answers on a postcard, please.

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This Friday Fun Is Also A Project For The Idol Fan Creative Community…

Happy Friday!!! I’m filling in for Kerrie this week, and I know I’m not nearly as much fun, but it is indeed Friday so at least I’ve got that much going for me!

So last week the theme was #BadIdolAwards, and with ground that fertile, there were some pretty darn funny responses…

https://twitter.com/AyuniDVa/status/1164875191526264832?s=20

Now for this week, we’re actually looking at something that goes beyond Friday for some fun, and hopefully continues well past the next week. This is an idea we’ve kicked around for probably close to a year now, and I think it’s time we got it rolling…

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Talkin’ About “Our Generation” With The Grateful a MogAAAz…

GOLLIPOP RECORDS new group, The Grateful a MogAAAz are here to rumble as the new bad kids at Idol High, ready to take on everybody else’s gang and steal their bikes! 

https://twitter.com/mogaaaz/status/1163411137360084992?s=20

They’ve released a first MV, which is also our first look and listen at what the group is going for sound and vision-wise, and that’s the best place to get started. A lot of you Melon fans have probably already checked it out as quickly as I did, but ultimately I have only my own first impression to go by, which was a resounding…

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TRASH-UP!! Records Presents “Idol & Art 3”!!

One of my personally most-anticipated idol events of the year isn’t TIF, or Jam Expo. It doesn’t even even feature performances for that matter. For me, it’s the annual collaboration between TRASH-UP!! Records and Tokyo’s Mograg Gallery, “Art and Idol”, now in it’s third incarnation! It’s a simple and irresistible premise, an art show where all the art is created by idols. Now it’s it’s third edition, it’s fantastic to see this event be so successful and well-regarded.

When you think about it, it’s a perfect idea because the idol world is packed with wonderfully artistic talent who are always pursuing multiple ways to express themselves. As it’s been covered before in this blog, idols, especially within the chika circles, are multi-layered creatives who consistently deliver an entire package of intriguing work beyond singing and dancing.

With previous showings, it’s been the practice to keep the artwork under wraps until the opening, and then after a few days, images of the participant’s artwork pops up online via social media. I find it fascinating to see what the idols came up with, and in some cases, it’s illuminating to see their creative output because it offers a new peek into their personalities. Other times, it’s just cheeky fun. (Like the time the Dot-chans presented miniature terrariums with chirping crickets inside!)  But regardless of what they do, it’s never boring. Continue reading

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