This PIGGS Song Absolutely Rocks

We have a resident PIGGSpert here at Homicidols Dot Com. That is Cal. Cal did not seem to be nearly as interested in this as I was, and I’m in a mood, so I’m writing about PIGGS now from the standpoint of a person who was almost completely out of the idol loop for most of the first half of the year, which is when PIGGS became a thing straight from the fertile mind of one Pour L. Lui. It is the privilege of ownership!

So yeah, PIGGS both announced a new thing and showed off a new thing yesterday, and I reiterate that it absolutely rocks, and I will also add that I’ve now played it through somewhere in the vicinity of 15 times, only a handful of them concurrent. It’s worth your time!

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You, Yes You, Could Be NECRONOMIDOL’s New Manager

Have you ever wanted to be part of the exciting world of music management? Ever wanted to travel the world, meet interesting people, explore new cultures, learn how to swear in foreign tongues, possibly have your soul purged from your body and cast into the Pit to be destroy to create a suitable host for some ancient demon’s return to this dimension that it may take its rightful place as ruler of our world? Then friend, have I got a job opportunity for you!

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Your Homicidols Weekender #201

Good morning! We did it. We made it another week. I don’t know about anybody else, but I’m personally exhausted lately, and I’m trying to imagine what the person I used to be several years ago would be doing, as opposed to Boring Old Maniac who works too much and usually just wants to have some bourbon at the end of the day. Probably just as exhausted, but differently!

Anyway, I’ll spare you the diatribe. This is an excellent Weekender because idol did a lot of stuff but very little of it of consequence. AND we have other posts! And we’ll probably do something with this very cool feature that Daemon made! It’s good and fun and exciting stuff so let’s all enjoy it!

Deal

Ohmigodohmigodohmigod:

Who would object to more TENRINposting from Homicidols Dot Com?

I miss Minna no Kodomochan so much:

That’ll do it for SKIRMISH gods damn it all:

This is an amazingly nice song from Himegoto Zettaichi:

Ska idols Nosatsu Afterbeat(sp?), as a mood enhancer:

It’s been a month since Lily of the Valley released this, and shame on every one of us for not making more of it:

Actual debut material from Erisu soon, but in the meantime stay tuned for Erisu Camp!

Anybody else also on a voyage of discovery with meme tokyo?

Who else is completely flabbergasted by ex-Necroma Michelle‘s new project?

This is very loud live from Kimi to Boku no Kakumei:

Have we talked about this goddess solo yet?


Idol in Focus

In previously unsaid sentences in human history, this week’s Idol in Focus is Kamen Joshi, for the Mask Girls did this series of stuff the other day and hell, nobody else was really Idol in Focus worthy. And I’m not sure but is this the first time I’m sharing any of their stuff with the new leadership?

I put this one last because sigh

As usual, if you can avoid having a seizure watching it and can put the company’s deeply unpleasant history out of your head, the music is pretty okay!


Hey. HEY! You guys remember Last Question?

These are your new terms, MANACLE fans:

Mugen Crescendo, everybody:

I originally had a really fun concept for doing this GO TO THE BEDS MV, but I never finished it and rather than try to make it work now, here I got surreptitiously hiding the thing at the bottom of the Weekender like the moral coward I am:

If you’re as unhappy about the likely Up Up Girls end, this will definitely make you feel downer!

I watched this for a few minutes the other day and am still mad that I did it:

Unrelated, but fun:

DESURABBITS did a live from Bucho’s perspective:

Have a great weekend!

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Weekend Livestream Spotlight: SPARK SPEAKER, Yukueshirezutsurezure, MIGMA SHELTER and Kai’s Last Live

In case you missed it, Watanabe stranded GO TO THE BEDS on a deserted island earlier this week. If you’re like me, you’ve had a browser window open on your desktop during working hours so you can keep up on the livestreamed hijinks. Time zones being what they are, my working hours largely coincide with Japan’s sleeping hours, so I have still managed to get quite a bit of work done this week (and keep The Calendar mostly up-to-date) despite the distraction.  So besides that, what’s there to watch on this final weekend before Tokyo Idol Festival?

SPARK SPEAKER doesn’t do too many livestreams, so start your weekend off by snagging this opportunity to see them perform at the Choco Festival being broadcast via Twitcasting.

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This Is and Is Not a Review of NEO JAPONISM’s New Albums and Such

After a few false starts, I finally get around to writing up something approximating a review for “NEO JAPONISM’s new album” that would only have been accurate if I’d waited a minute to include the second album released a mere week later, and then subsequently two additional tracks that appear on neither album but did get MVs. Correct — I waited myself into complete uncertainty as to what or when anything would happen, and then lost impetus for the project. But now that I think we’re safe from any extra releases, why not dig in and actually talk about this stuff? Continue reading

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: MISSEMILY

At last, an appropriately timed Let’s Discover! This goes back to whewas first stepping back into the game back during the real summer, and I had to spend time getting re-adjusted. Yes, I’d kept in contact and had a general sense of what all was major-league happening in idol, but a lot of things just didn’t get noticed at all. Homework was a necessity! And on one of my very first days coming back to life, I see this in my feed because like half of my follows were reacting to it:

Ho ho! And who is this and what is going on? Of course it required investigation — if all of your friends do something, you tend to at least want to test it out yourself, no matter what mom says — and what a pleasant learning experience it has been so far. Continue reading

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Your Homicidols Weekender #200

Welcome back to Saturday! I actually feel very strange about this, because in my head it was Tuesday like 20 minutes ago. Such a (personally, though maybe for you too) strange week. I didn’t even get to post anything! We do still have some good items from last week to get to, not to mention more recent material (like from today!), so the lull will only be a brief annoyance. I also have like five Let’s Discover Some Idols to finish, oops.

So yeah, this is usually the spot where I try to add something peppy and link it to idols and then we go on with our lives. That’s been tough the last several weeks as this disaster of a year goes from “hilariously bad” to “okay seriously have we actually been in the Bad Place this entire time?” It’s tough to spin things that might make you feel better, and I completely understand that. I just want you to know that whatever it is for you — fly fishing or restoring daguerreotypes or whatever it is that the youngs enjoy these days — if you’re feeling down, you should do it. And there are constructive, meaningful things you can do if you feel compelled to action. None of this has to do with idol if it doesn’t, though of course it can. And, at the end of the day, there are people who care about you and want things to be good for you.

Now, you may have expected that we’d do something fun or weird or whatever for this, the 200th consecutive iteration of the world’s longest-running serialized throwaway content accumulation post in major North American J-idol blogging history, and I thought about it, but I thought we can do better. The fourth anniversary of the Weekender is now eight weeks away, and then it’s basically Best Of season, and then it’s a mere hop-skip-jump to the fifth anniversary of Homicidols Dot Com. There are much cooler and better things to celebrate! So let’s do those instead. Continue reading

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Weekend Livestream Spotlight: NaNoMoRaL, MANACLE, Canary, NECROMA, and HimeKyunFruitCan Turns 10

This is a three-day, holiday weekend in Japan with the observation of Respect for the Aged Day on Monday. I can’t think of a better way to show our great esteem for the elderly among us than with some chika idol livestreams. There are lots of options on The Calendar, but here are our top recommendations:

Two of the best units going, NaNoMoRaL and Shihatsu-machi Underground, start off the weekend with the latest installment of the beyond excellent Tribu .pre live series over on Twitcasting.tv.

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Let’s Check in with 14th Generation Toilet Hanako-san!!

Team Homicidols primarily lives on Twitter, so we have taken the latest banishment of 14th Generation Toilet Hanako-san from the platform pretty hard.  For her part, Hanako-san is still dead and communicating through the medium of Instagram where she is now somehow crazy about Kamen Rider.

She also loves sea otters. Check it out!

It is rather odd to see her not wearing any red and not a strawberry in sight. But what else has our favorite 444-year old youkai been up to? Continue reading

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Shackle up!! MANACLE Debuts, Drops Two Singles

In perhaps the most anticipated debut of the year, MANACLE held their inaugural performance this weekend.  Their introductory set premiered two songs and employed the old punk practice of playing their best song twice. The best part, of course, was seeing Okaki, Ray and Hina performing on the same stage again. Newcomer Maon  also impressed.

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