Your Homicidols Best of 2022

We did it! It took longer than usual this year but there was a LOT going on. In the end, you, as the Homicidols community:

  1. Survived the year (a very important step there)
  2. Sorted through more alt, indie and chika idol media than ever to nominate your favorites of 2022 (not an easy task), and
  3. Voted your hearts out. 

Here are your results.

The votes were close in almost every category (Surprise of the Year managed a straight-up tie), but in this year of the solo idol, more often than not, the soloists came out on top. The other noticeable trend for 2022 was, despite the emergence of dozens of new, high quality and highly talented new units, the old favorites held off the upstarts to take the major awards.

Without further ado, here are your Homicidols Best of 2022:

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VOTE HERE!! Your Homicidols Best of 2022 Ballot

After twelve months of watching, streaming, celebrating and grieving all that the world of alternative and underground idol can throw at us, the readers and writers of Homicidols have nominated what we feel could compete for being the best and most compelling artists, acts and moments of 2022. It is now time to vote for the winners. 

We are criminally late in getting this out the door (damn you, obstructions and obligations of REAL LIFE®) so let’s just get to it: The nominations are in! Check them out below and find your ballot at the bottom of this post. (As always, please note that our Best Of award year runs from December to November.)

You have until Sunday, January 15th, 2023 to vote your hearts out.

Let’s go!!

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Team Homicidols Best of the Year, 2022

Tis the season you’ve all been waiting for! The end of the year. Another one for the books. While you all have nominated and will soon be voting mercilessly on who deserves to be hailed as the number 1 in each category for 2022 (and take home a lovely photoshopped illustration as trophy), Team Homicidols has compiled their personal highlights of the year.

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The Contenders: Team Homicidols Best of 2022 (So Far)

We lost so many veteran and A-list talents last year that there were thoughts that 2022 would have a dearth of compelling new chika idol releases. To our surprise, the first several months of this new year have instead seen veteran idols producing some of their best ever work while new units have been dropping captivating releases from the word, “Go!” We usually wait until much later in the year to start tossing around contenders for “Best of the Year” nods, but Team Homicidols is finding ourselves so overwhelmed by the volume, diversity and quality of new music that we felt it was important to make some mid-year citations for posterity. 

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Oshiloss 2021: A Short Tribute

As a final farewell to 2021, we compiled this short tribute to some of the idol units we lost but will remember forever.

Your Homicidols Best of 2021

It’s here! The final moments of 2021 and time to unveil the results of the Homicidols community vote for best or, at least, most significant moments and releases of the year. I want to thank everyone for their participation in the voting. We had an awesome turnout which I credit to the incredible talent of the artists we cover and the superb work they turned out in the past year. 

If your favorite idol, album or MV didn’t win in their category, just remember that geniuses are seldom recognized during their time (we stole this from SubenW in the Homicidols Discord Server as it was their reaction to the lack of any Best Of nominations for situasion; but we told them that we were going to steal it, so it’s okay).

Now, on to the winners! And on to 2022!!  My fervent wish for the new year is for a world where international travel restrictions can be lifted. Let’s go!

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Your Team Homicidols Best of 2021

The community voting for Homicidols Best of 2021 has closed. We had a huge turnout this year, so thank you to everyone who cast a ballot! While we tabulate the results and prepare the formal announcement of the winners (to be posted this Friday, December 31st) we thought it would be a good time to reveal the members of Team Homicidols’ individual picks for the best releases, moments and miscellanea of 2021.

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VOTE HERE!! Your Homicidols Best of 2021 Ballot

It is time! You’ve spent twelve months watching, streaming, celebrating and grieving all that the world of alternative and underground idol could thrown at you. You’ve told us what you felt were the most significant and compelling moments of the last year.  We (meaning, “primarily Kerrie”; except for writing this intro, Kerrie did almost all the work pulling this together), have compiled your thoughts and, by community consensus, arrived at our OFFICIAL nominees for Homicidols Best of 2021.

If one of your favorites failed to snag a nomination and you wish to (diplomatically) tell the community how poor it’s taste and judgment is, feel free to drop by the Homicidols Discord server.

I could go on about the flurry of activity we saw in 2021 after the off-year of 2020 and how some of the categories were surprisingly deep (ecstatically so in terms of Debuts, but tragically so in the case of Disbandments), but you already know all that so let’s just hurry to the nominees and the voting part. 

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Did Any Of Us Ever Really Know Maison Book Girl?

When the original BiS arrived at their decision to disband wayyyyy back in 2014, did they ever consider how all the tangled strands of their legacy would branch out into a dozen hydra-like directions that each evolved into their own unique entities? In the moment, I recall my own bummed out reaction to the breakup quickly turning into eager excitement for the future as each member revealed their plans. There was LUI FRONTiC, Pla2me, BILLIE IDLE®︎, Tentenko’s solo experiments, and then there was one that really especially stuck out to me…. Koshouji Megumi’s newly announced “Book House Girl”, which promptly became the enigmatically named Maison book girl.

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Your Team Homicidols Best Of 2020

You didn’t think we were going to let 2020 slip away without giving ourselves a chance to go off about our own personal Best Ofs, did you? No, friend, this annual ordeal may have begun with my commenting on community picks, but nowadays we have ourselves a proper Team post on top of the community. I like it this way — it really does highlight the difference between absolute individual preferences vs. community aggregate, maybe gives you all some leads to check out, and it gives us a chance to promote our favorites more! Continue reading