Good morning! Or I hope it’s good. This might be the start of the last weekend of our lives — according to just one of the raving lunatics who are suddenly goddamn everywhere, the Rapture is coming on Wednesday, and the only thing the end times theologians seem to disagree on when it comes to the faithful being bodily assumed into heaven is whether it happens before or after seven years of hell on earth, and regardless of the timing thereof everybody who is not bodily assumed into heaven is in for the literal apocalypse. Given how great things have been going lately, I wouldn’t rule any of it out.
But yeah, things are tense here in the National Capital Region, and if it were feasible to go anywhere I’d probably do it. I haven’t been able to concentrate for spit the past 10 days or so, in fact, nor have I been sleeping. So, like, enjoy this Weekender for what it is, for it is about all ol’ Maniac can muster!
Good morning! I hope you’re all doing well and feeling safe and healthy. This past week was the real beginning of holiday time here at Manic Mansion. Sure, we had Thanksgiving the week before, and “winter” for all intents and purposes started here right after Halloween, but it didn’t start to settle in that it’s REALLY CHRISTMAS TIME OMG until the other day, when Fiancee hauled out our limited decorations and we started to talk about how we could put a nice shine on the place. I tell you, it was a very nice change of pace from the completely batshit grind of the past however many months. I think people are in part exhausted and in part looking for something else to pay attention to. The organization I work for went into what we could charitably call Downseason Mode, which means way fewer meetings, fewer assignments, much more forgiveness about timelines … and with that, more time to spend on one’s hobbies, like idol.
Hence, here you go, THE MOST SUBSTANTIAL WEEKENDER IN AT LEAST A YEAR!
Enjoy. And if you haven’t already, remember to get your Best Of nominations to Kerrie before the door closes and we make you all vote for winners and people who didn’t pay attention and sniff their own farts send us hate mail.
New single incoming from the too-quiet-too-long Minna no Kodomo-chan:
【NEW RELEASE】 みんなのこどもちゃん Single 『わたしの存在が嘘にならないように』
Good morning! How was everybody’s week? The surreality of life in contemporary America continues unabated as we swing wildly from one extreme scenario to another — lots of people dying and who knows how many dollars’ worth of destruction from a mid-November hurricane is somehow the least terrifying thing to feature in the news in several months — but I’ll be honest with you: It’s feeling good to be a Maniac lately. Lots of good stuff in idol, mostly calm in the other realms of life. Yeah, we can make it work.
So this is the official fourth anniversary edition of the Weekender, and while the product is basically the same thing as ever plus or minus an occasional feature or two, how much has Homicidols Dot Com changed in this time? I can tell you with a straight face that I remember doing the very first Weekender. It was … well, it was this weekend in November. For one reason or another, I was at the parental home of the former Mrs. Maniac. I’d started putting this website thing together about a year previously, itself after a year-plus deep dive into the weird, wild world of idol, but all of it surreptitiously — the former Mrs. Maniac and I had a troubled relationship at that point, and while I thought she’d get a kick out of Babymetal and BiS and the like, in truth she at best thought it was all weird and (considering the source) at worst probably thought she’d need to call the cops. But because marriages in their death throes tend to give one a bit more personal time, I found that dedicating to this personal labor of love was actually pretty easy. If anything, I was able to do too much, and me being me kept biting off more than I could chew. On the weekend in question, on top of trying to visit with family I’d been somewhat harried during the week and, with a new job demanding more of my time than usual, didn’t have the capacity to get to all of the stuff I wanted to get to. And so the Weekender was born. Continue reading →
Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da is finally back from their hiatus, with 3 new members. With the recent Mashiro departure and the pre-hiatus graduation of Yotsu and Akebono, many speculated that the group would be in bad shape. Rest assured their fearless leader did a great job reining in the new recruits.
There is no question that 2020 has so far been full of dark days with signs of more to come. Parts of the world are retreating into another round of COVID lockdowns, the US may be just days away from going into full-on “Purge” mode and Hachigatsu-chan just left Oyasumi Hologram.
Into this bleak landscape, FAREWELL, MY L.u.v have dropped a bright, shiny groove-and-reggae-infused nugget of joy in the form of their second EP, GOLD. And just in time too. The only thing that’s been getting me through the day lately is this track on repeat:
Attending the Tokyo Idol Festival has always been on my bucket list. The primary barrier for me had been, having grown up in the Sonoran desert, a complete lack of tolerance for the humidity levels of Odaiba during Japan’s late summer. Hope was kindled in my desert rat heart when it was announced that TIF 2020 would be held in October when the heat and humidity is much less gruesome. This hope was, of course, dashed completely by the COVID crisis. TIF organizer’s decision to deliver the festival entirely online for 2020 has generated a new kind of hope. This livestream format gives many of us foreigners the opportunity to check “Attended Tokyo Idol Festival” off our bucket lists, even if the accomplishment will have a COVID-shaped asterisk next to it.
After teasing it with member photos released over the past week, extraordinary French WACK cover group ORiYON just released their first original song and MV. And boy oh boy are they not messing around.
In our secret high-level Homicidols share-holder’s meetings, we sometimes bounce around stuff that one of us has discovered just to toss it out there to be shared amongst us, or to possibly consider it’s inclusion in Maniac’s Weekender, if not a full article in it’s own right. Today we’ve got something that Chris came across and brought to our attention. Whether it’s true sorcery or merely an illusion, I found myself taken in by their spell, so ladies and gents, please note that there’s nothing up my sleeves as I present MagicTime…
Now I don’t know a heck of a lot about MagicTime other than they’re from Osaka, kick-started their activities in February of this year, and around six months later they still have the same three members, which in the idol world is quite an achievement! The members are Natsuki, Shizuku, and Mio. Natsuki (Megane girl) is the leader and Shizuku is also part of a duo called Strawberry♡Smile. Mio appears to have a superpower but we’ll get to that later. Now let’s check out their recent MV!
Today was a good day for fans of the blue, melancholic idol unit of Codomomental. While they announced their third album and its release dans (August 26!) a while back, they only just released its title, paradox soar, and its track list.
The new studio album contains five new songs, their recent singles as well as the solo songs of all members. Hue and Existence Metaphysical were previously released on the limited edition of exFallen, but have been re-recorded for this album.
The first track of the album was granted an MV, and it’s great! So, let’s talk Wish/~