A Tree Falls in the Forest: POP Announces Third Single

Orig. via Kimi.Kame

I expect that this will be met with roughly the same collective shrug as usually happens with POP-related things here, and that’s okay — you’re all entitled to your bad opinions. However:

That’s a third single. July. “We Are the Idol.” They seem to like declarative titles, huh?

POP’s second single, “Queen of POP,” was good and you should listen to it. Don’t try to make too much of the video, though.

Come Watch the ‘Queen of POP’ MV and Explain It to Me

Not long after releasing their entire Queen of POP EP on Soundcloud, POP follows up with a video for the title track:

That’s … that’s interesting! What exactly is going on here! Please tell me!

I still really like this song.

Taiwan? We Got a POP for That

Is the title so obscure that not only am I the only one laughing, but to explain it would completely kill the joke, too? Whatever.

This is a cool little piece of news: POP is heading to Taipei to perform in what looks like a little weekend festival:

Also listed there is TIRA, who I’m guessing is the same Tira who’s ex of Bellring Girls Heart and possibly even more unnerving as a solo performer.

So if you’re going to be in Taiwan the weekend of May 14, check out this thing!

I Fix Things: The House Needs Me this Weekend

It has been fun as hell this week, gang, with all kinds of new music all over the place. But my in-laws are visiting and I have to fix and clean a whole bunch of things, so please do take this and enjoy what’s there. Tell a friend or two, “Hey, I really like this stuff going on at Homicidols.com, and I think you would, too.”

Remember Monday? Continue reading

You Can Listen to POP’s “Queen of POP” Like Right Now

We’re still two weeks and change away from POP‘s one-man to celebrate the official release of “Queen of POP,” but they added the tracks to Soundcloud this morning, and you can get a nice (full) preview: Continue reading

Idol Rocks! Looks Like It Was a Pretty Good Time

I had no idea what was going on with this show, but now I’m seeing the results and feeling like it must have been a pretty pretty good time (get it?), featuring POP, Necronomidol, Screaming Sixties, Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da and others (like XYZ) that I don’t know about yet but want to.

Here’s the promo poster. Read more to see other photos.

Poster for Idol Rocks! mini festival on Feb. 19 2016 Continue reading

This Would Have Been Awesome: Report Back from ‘Brand New Idle Society’

I am aggravated. First this show was definitely happening, and then “it didn’t,” and then the “IDLE IS DEAD” tour was announced and that’s cool, but: Look, that BiS reunion concert definitely happened (in December), and it looks like it was really great, and I’m going to try to hunt down some video to see just how great, but man alive, the perils of trying to follow things in another country through the fog of Google Translate and limited media in your own language.

From TGU: Continue reading

POP Selected for Gyu-no Fes

In a decision that’s honestly about as surprising as the sun rising in the east, POP was selected as the winner of the Road to Tochigi battle earlier this week and are headed to the main stage at Gyu-no Fes.

Awesome photo, though. Continue reading

POP, Guso Drop, Screaming Sixties on the Road to Tochigi

We’ve mentioned before how idols in wrestling rings (and occasionally wrestling) is kind of a thing, but the mad genius behind Gyu-no Fes takes it to another level.

Gyuzo is a former idol / scenester who’s big into the pinchike culture and loves to promote idols from and bring idols to his home prefecture, with big shows held at the Gyuzo Farm.

For the scheduled April finale, smaller events are being held here and there to have the groups battle, not terribly dissimilarly to rap battles, for the right to move on to the main stage. Yesterday’s show included POP, Guso Drop and Screaming Sixties: Continue reading


Pure garbage.

As noted on the BiS profile, that greatest of idol entities went through not just three primary lineups, but sort of three identities along the way. First up was the “yeah, let’s do idol different” roster, followed thereafter by “out for blood” group of talented not-quite-amateurs, and ending with the “let’s create a damn legacy” version.

That is, the final incarnation of BiS was lousy with talented, ambitious young women who had mayhem as a permanent state of being on their mind. And among them was Kamiya Saki.

Following BiS’s breakup, the first non-Pour Lui project to kick off was actually Plastic 2 Mercy, a duo of Saki and Mizuta Mari. BiS fans were hugely optimistic about Pla2me, as the name was properly rendered, largely because of Saki’s obvious talent and on the strength of the group’s first single, “Unit.”

Saki and Mari had great chemistry and complemented one another well. So of course they had to break up.

Mari quit for personal reasons, and let’s leave that alone. But it meant that Pla2me was effectively defunct before they’d even had a chance to release a full album.

Never fear.

Because Pla2me was managed by former BiS and current BiSH mastermind Watanabe Junnosuke under the WACK agency, and WACK wasn’t going to just let a good opportunity go to waste, it was mere hours from Mari’s official departure that a new from-the-ashes group was coming together.

Period of Plastic 2 Mercy (POP) thus began, and …

Well, it’s been an interesting first few months.

We got a good look at POP at the 2015 TIF. They did their predictably chaotic thing, and … were kicked the hell out of the festival, along with BiSH. The official video (and to date the only one available EVER on YouTube, which is super rare) doesn’t show too much tomfoolery, but the members are clearly gassed for this song, so …

… the reports that they were stage diving, and they and the fans basically destroyed the stage, are completely believable.

Nonplussed, though, POP released their first album on the heels of their TIF performance, giving the mayhem something of a pro wrestling air, but a smart move nonetheless.

You can listen to the whole thing on Soundcloud.

They also released the video for “Pretty Pretty Good,” which kind of put the whole why-are-they-wearing-garbage-bags look into perspective.

And, like the next day, Saki was kicked out of the group.


Kind of.

See, I don’t want to toot my own horn too much, but, when Saki was placed on indefinite suspension for her role in leading/instigating the TIF madness, I thought the whole thing felt like what in pro wrestling is called a “worked shoot,” that is, a manipulated reality that looks and sounds and feels very real, but is just as scripted and deliberate as any other “work.”

With that in mind, it’s worth pointing out that a lot of English-language BiS and POP fans were in an absolute froth over Saki’s apparent expulsion, and every time POP had an appearance, the speculation machine kicked into high gear. I can only imagine that the situation is about the same on the Japanese side.

When POP had their wargames event in October? (TGU | PIH) Some people thought Saki would be brought back in true puro fashion, to make the save with a chair or something. When POP played this festival or that televised event, people straight-up expected that Saki would be back for that thing.

And the more time that passed, the more pissed off people got. Totally, completely excited-about-this-group-I-love-Saki fans who had been completely behind Pla2me and POP back in the summer turned into anti-WACK ragers. The buzz, plus and minus, was real.

So when it was announced that POP was playing a show on Dec. 5, and that Saki might be able to rejoin the group for it, anticipation was raised …

… until the rest of the announcement said that she was going to have to reprise BiS’s 100km challenge that almost killed Wacky and led directly to the breakup of BiS 2.0 and eventually the whole damn project a year later!


Now, Saki just so happened to have run that 100km with Wacky and Pour Lui, and was the only person to complete it. She’s an athletic young woman in the first place, and obviously in good shape. There were reasons to be optimistic that not only would she successfully complete the run, but she’d do it with flying colors and rejoin the group that she basically founded and all would be well.

There’s also this:

This whole thing was so obviously a stunt that I still can’t believe that people didn’t cry foul over being manipulated.

I love it. That’s super-creative, low-budget marketing that was guaranteed to get press coverage and the attention of music fans. Attention is worth a lot in entertainment (Q rating, anybody?), even if the sales aren’t immediate, and being part of the news churn is a great way to force your way into the conversation and, presumably, sales market. The fact that so many people got the vapors about it since day one is just a testament to its efficacy.

WACK, you clever devil.

Did I mention that POP’s first real single went on sale on Dec. 8?


And what does Saki appearing in group photos and OH RIGHT HERE IN THE VIDEO tell you?

Anyway, that’s the POP story.

If not for WHO they are, I probably wouldn’t have been inclined to include POP on this site, but their BiS and WACK associations hinted at something unique, and it really is there, even if you can’t understand the lyrics — there’s a quiet intensity to POP, a gritty look at the world, an orientation toward music that’s not standard pop fare, but ugly feelings and violence and, well, did you see “Pretty Pretty Good”?

What they sound like

Euro-inflected J-pop, to be honest, or FAKY if you’re acquainted with non-idol J-pop. though “Happy Lucky Kirakira Lucky” is done in denpa style. Maybe J-pop currently being remixed by an MDMA dealer in Amsterdam because his squat’s hosting a rave this weekend and the fucking DJ canceled because Deadmau5 needed someone to fill in for that huge party in Barcelona and SOMEBODY HAS TO DEAL WITH THIS.

You’ll like them if

You always appreciated Lady Gaga and wished that she’d do a collab with ADAM or something; you collect bootleg David Guetta tracks; you’re a Dempagumi.inc fan and are just waiting for the day that Moga and Pinky take a darker turn.

Entries on the Ultimate Homicidol Playlist:

Just “Pretty Pretty Good” so far, but it wouldn’t take too much convincing to get me to add more of their produced videos if they existed (and weren’t just denpa). POP is different and cool.


Kamiya Saki (leader)
Saki from the alt-idol group POP Period of Plastic 2 Mercy
Inukai Maaya
Maaya from the alt-idol group POP Period of Plastic 2 Mercy
Shigusawa Ao
Ao from the alt-idol group POP Period of Plastic 2 Mercy
Yamamachi MikiMiki from the alt-idol group POP Period of Plastic 2 Mercy
Yumeno Yua
Yua from the alt-idol group POP Period of Plastic 2 Mercy


POP (album)
“Happy Lucky Kirakira Lucky” (single)