Well now. After a year of delays it finally happened and GANG PARADE are finally just another memory for all of us. But just because it’s a memory doesn’t mean it’s gone – the new GO TO THE BEDS song from their upcoming EP BLOOD COMPACT has a melody that you might have heard LAST time…
Apologies in advance! Kerrie is still mid-move, so you’re stuck with the boss for today’s Fun, and I won’t even pretend that it was my idea; it was, in fact, Kerrie’s. But still, someone gotta write it!
Before we begin, of course, let’s look back at last week’s view of possible scandals in idol:
In a bombshell interview, Hashiyasume Atsuko admits that in private moments of self-doubt, she occasionally questions if she really does in fact, have “The Best Music”…. #predictanidolscandal pic.twitter.com/tdaIv16qkz
— supreme nothing (@supreme_nothing) January 18, 2020
#predictanidolscandal Pour Lui leads a hostile takeover of WACK. Makes Watanabe run a marathon to keep a stake in it.
— GloucesterInTX (@GloucesterTx) January 18, 2020
#PredictAnIdolScandal Ayuni D reveals where the "D" comes from
— Matt Oronar (@AngrodOronar) January 17, 2020
All in all, I’m disappointed in you guys. Nobody thought to use “horribly overworked iconic center of massively popular group suddenly quits and sparks huge backlash”!
Anyway, let’s get ourselves some kind of Fun. Continue reading
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:
Heart stickers begin mysteriously appearing on the houses of wota across the world. After some investigation, we learn that all of these households contain copies of Himari's photobook… #2020IdolPredictions
— Nick Thorpe (@HKT3030) December 27, 2019
#2020IdolPredictions Candye Syrup 3rd reboot. Disbands six months later because all the members gets bald after weekly hair discoloration. Bald members joins a new unit with Kamiya Saki.
— Matt Oronar (@AngrodOronar) December 27, 2019
An idol will announce her graduation out of nowhere, without showing any signs beforehand that she was planning to leave, and some smartypants in the fandom will still say "I saw this coming" #2020idolpredictions
— Kerrie🔥ケリー (@weeaboowoman) December 27, 2019
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:
私カミヤサキは5/22 をもって、GANG PARADEを脱退します。
— カミヤサキ (@kamiya_GANG) January 3, 2020
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
Last week, you pitched some movies that were too good for Hallmark to even consider.
— ブレンドオオオオオオオオオオオオオオオオオオ (@brendan_keith_) December 15, 2019
Love Actually pic.twitter.com/eKmJvdU4zb
— Ash (@aJ57355718) December 13, 2019
— supreme nothing (@supreme_nothing) December 14, 2019
Keeping with the Christmas theme, as it is the last Fun before the holiday after all, here’s a Fun that’s pretty much just #IdolNightmares recycled, but much like an unwanted Christmas present from last year, I’m just going to wrap it up and gift it to someone else because I can’t think of anything better to give! Continue reading
Last week, Maniac took the wheel and had you #GiveThanksToIdol, of which I myself was very thankful for.
Idols are the reason I became so invested in music and music videos. Idols are the reason I wanted to write in a different style to linear story telling. Idols gave me friends, a reason to travel to meet said friends, and brought happiness. #GiveThanksToIdol
— ☆Kelly-Mae – Spicy Bean☆ (@ChiimaTime) November 29, 2019
Idols gave a meaning to my life.
I didn't had any dreams before, I was just living for the sake of living.
Idols helped me reconnect with what I love doing.
I wouldn't be here all day giving my best at university if it weren't for them.#GiveThanksToIdol
— D4rkWzd 🎅 (@D4rkWzd) November 29, 2019
There's something about an idol that's eternal. Even if she stops being one, she was one. And that idol will be in your heart forever.
— Juju 🇵🇹 (@petalidistellee) November 29, 2019
Well, it’s that time of year again, where Christmas commercials are totally unavoidable. But, is it just me, or have there been a lot more celebrity Christmas albums this year? Continue reading
Happy Friday! So our intrepid Weeaboo Woman (Kerrie) is up to her neck in getting the annual Best Of stuff properly organized for proper fan voting, hence you’re getting a very special edition of the Fun from yours truly. It’ll only be good for about half of the wit, but maybe we can make up for it with sheer earnestness!
First up, last week’s top entries for #IdolFitness — I sense a very distinct theme among our various workout regimens:
— ヴィズ (@VizMajor) November 22, 2019
When I was less broken I would do star jumps for the duration of Pira Piro. Or attempt to anyways. #IdolFitness
— Andrew [Church of Kai][へちforミスiD2020] (@Eyex1st) November 22, 2019
Honestly my #IdolFitness is just squatting through the whole plastic 2 mercy
Walking is hard the day after but, pain is fun, right?
— s i n ✨ (@42sins) November 22, 2019
Now, fitness motivation is often an outcome of the holiday season — all the food and drink and simmering intrafamilial resentment — but we (Americans, and recently also Canadians) are genuinely supposed to express thanks and grace about the good things in our lives right now. Continue reading
Last week, you let an AI do all the hard work for you!
— D4rkWzd (Spooky) (@D4rkWzd) November 1, 2019
— fig 🌼 (@friedfigs) November 1, 2019
— Daemon ☠ Aimless (@DaeMetal) November 1, 2019
I’m scribbling this down real quick, as I’m currently a mess at almost 5:00 a.m., looking at old tweets from three years ago about the BiS Reformation Audition (the first one, the 2016 one) for information to put on my little side-project, the WACKi.
Ah, sweet little Kerrie. Remember how I was the biggest SiS fan for exactly one day because that’s how long they lasted? Remember a time before the chaos of this year’s BiSgeddon, when GANG PARADE’s (relatively small, in comparison. They lost what, two people? That’s less than what BiS loses in a week!) repeated fallouts had become a running gag in this community? Times were so much simpler back then.
This nostalgia really got me thinking of things that could have been. If SiS actually survived. If Coco Partin Coco actually managed to get into BiS like everyone thought she would at the time? Then, I got a metaphorical light bulb over my head for this week’s fun. Continue reading
Happy November, everyone! Did you have a nice Halloween yesterday? I certainly had fun looking at this year’s batch of #IdolNightmares tweets!
When your oshi knows your name but can't pronounce it right#idolnightmares
— BERENiCE ☘️ D-37 🎿 (@BERENiCE_gang) October 25, 2019
Living in the Middle East, knowing you'll never get idols. #idolnightmares
— ArtenAPG (@APKpRako) October 26, 2019
— Not a Cheki(s) Kinda Guy (@SalemBlack4Ever) October 25, 2019
A recent obsession of mine has been the website, Talk To Transformer. It’s a website where you can write any old nonsense and an AI will complete it for you. Great for autogenerating idol fanfiction! Continue reading
Last week Brian covered for me while my laptop was away for repairs and you all did beautifully!
D-DAY: After an attack on a BiSH concert, Ayuni D is hunted across a dozen prefectures by the first three failed experiments – Ayunis A, B, & C – who are driven by feelings of rejection and revenge.#IdolMoviePitch
— Christian Winsall (@toxicbreakfast) October 11, 2019
— Brendan (@brendan_keith_) October 12, 2019
— Andrew [Church of Kai][へちforミスiD2020] (@Eyex1st) October 11, 2019
Well, well, well, my first Fun back with a fully-functioning computer and I completely lose track of the week and forget to do the thing! Shame on me! It’s lucky that you guys are able to come up with insanely good ideas, otherwise I’d have you drawing idols in MS Paint again! Continue reading
Time goes by quick! It was at the very end of August when we hosted a Friday Fun dedicated to the joys of fan art, and it came together quite nicely, and YOU deserve all the credit for that! Literally every single post with the #idoldoodles tag was wonderful, I mean that! That kind of positive, creative energy really makes my day, and is truly one of my very favorite things about being a part of this fandom.
One thing you may recall is that we’re intending to maintain a regular feature here on the blog where we share a few of our favorite pieces with the masses. We’ll be revisiting the aforementioned hashtag, but also keeping our eyes peeled for any other terrific idol-themed artwork we happen upon. I’m not sure how often we’ll do a round-up yet: semi-weekly, monthly, probably most likely when we feel like it, but I really want everybody who cares about the wonderful artwork in this community to participate in any way they want. If you make art, (any kind of art) let us know! If you see some else’s art you especially like, also let us know!
We’ll link the twitter or Instagram posts here, and if you see something you appreciate, by all means, please visit their account and let them know you like it! You’ll be surprised how much a simple click of the heart, or a nice comment, or a retweet can mean to a person brave enough to put their work out there. If you do that, they’ll feel compelled to make more art, maybe even score a commission, or just plain feel more confident in what they do. Everybody wins!
With that said, here’s some stuff from the last month that we really liked…