Let’s Put Some Hocus-Pocus Focus On MagicTime…

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!

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Wishes do come true: New Yukueshirezutsurezure 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/~

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KAQRIYOTERROR gets colorfully in-your-face with B.W.G.

Amidst the pandemic, some idols companies have thrived to make the best of it. Video-making-company-turned-music-label Codomomental has not only been doing regular streamed liveshows (mostly for their idol groups), they have also done some recording and announced music releases.

The time has finally come to release B.W.G. into the world. Initially, the recording was supposed to be released as gift to fans who reserved their tickets for the oneman show Bipropaganda. It’s now the A-side of their newest offering available to all.

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50 YMM MVs Day 47: Zubaz

It’s Day 47 of the 50 YMM! MV marathon, and today we’re watching the MV for “Gachigaki”, in which the girls trade-in their Patty Hearst-esque revolution chic outfits and now dress like street hooligans as they deal with the seedy side of late-night urban Japan…

Man, maybe it’s me, but this is kind of like the bleakest YMM! video in their whole catalog, although it does have it’s moments of light. The members of the group are getting by with life in the cynical and cold mean city. It seems Ano is especially struggling, with only her friends and her guitar keeping her head up. Kechon is her especially supportive friend who’ll get a thank you mention on Ano’s eventual singer-songwriter solo album. The girls all have each other but there’s already a dark undercurrent flowing in here…

Anyway Chiffon is hanging out with some dudes who she seems to think are pretty cool guys. (C’mon Chiffon, seriously? One of em’s wearing a Slipknot t-shirt for crying’ out loud.) She invites Younapi out to escape a boring evening at home, and soon the whole gang is meeting up with the two bros in an underpass and wouldn’t you know, it turns out these dudes are actually wretched jerks who taunt the girls and steal Ano’s guitar! What a couple of jackasses!!

There’s a moment of despair as the girls wander the city, disillusioned and hurt that they’ve been bamboozled by a couple of corner-store delinquent wannabes, but ultimately the girls rally together to take back Ano’s guitar. In shock of realizing that they might actually be on the defensive, the hoodlums let their guard down and Ano’s prized possession is recovered! Next thing you know the sun’s come up and maybe life in the city isn’t quite so crummy and ugly as we thought. It’s a story of boredom, loss, finding one’s inner strength and friendship. And fade out!

But aside from guitar theft, the other major crime here is Ano’s Zubaz pants. They were pretty awful the first time they came around, and I’m not sure if wearing them in ironic hipster style is the key to their making a comeback. Good grief, I hope not anyway. Okay, fine, Ano, who know who can pull off these nightmares of casual fashion? You, Only You. 

Get Ano’s Look.

Anyway, I got so caught up in the storyline and the questionable fashion choices that I nearly forgot to say that this song is really terrific. Super catchy chorus and a slicker-than-usual pop vibe than YMM! usually brings, but it demonstrates that they could’ve pulled off being a more-standard idol group quite well if they had chosen that path. Well done!

                     So to recap:

  • The city can be cold mean place without your friends.
  • If you need to steal a stolen guitar back, then a distraction-fakeout is the best play.
  • Zubaz pants are still hideous.
  • Stay far away from skeevy bros in Slipknot shirts.
  • The sun will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar.
  • This is a fantastic song with great production values.
  • My head still hurts from the pattern on those Zubaz pants.

“Hey buddy, nice pants.”

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Your Homicidols Weekender #188

Happy weekend, ya dorks! I do hope that Team forgives me just snatching up this Weekender intro without an ounce of grace or forewarning. It’s been too long! Good lord. I honestly just wanted to flex in the space a little bit. Stretch my legs. Have a cold one while the week of astonishingly mundane idol weirdness unspooled in front of us, and nod approvingly.

It was good, honestly, the first full week back in the saddle. I frankly expected to do a lot more but made a botch of my own personal time management (surprise!). But do I have an exhaustingly large list of things that I’ll partly return to to post about but mostly consign to Weekender throwaways or, worse, the memory hole? Absolutely! That’s how we roll around here. I will say this — with a new attitude and approach, I did not expect that I’d see so much idoling and want to share it. Plus, you know, pandemic stuff.

So what are you kids up to this weekend? Live streams? Protests? Whatever it is, I hope you stay safe and healthy. Americans have predictably completely screwed up this pandemic, but Fiancee is the kind of person who won’t tolerate not doing things for very long, so I look forward to being masked and gloved in the typical local summertime heat. I will say, though, that the upshot of states basically forcing business to re-open has been the complete relaxation of laws against drinking in public!

That’s Not a Good Thing

Oh god. Oh god yes.

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50 YMM MVs Day 28: 無 無無 無無無無 無無無無無

At this point we’re definitely committed to seeing this 50 YMM MVs project through, which is great because:

  • We looooove YOU’LL MELT MORE!
  • We want you to looooove YOU’LL MELT MORE! too, so not only is this is a total labor of love, but it’s a mission to save your soul.
  • Revisiting YOU’LL MELT MORE!‘s career has been a lot of fun for the Homicidols crew as a team-building activity and we’ve loooooved doing it.
  • Rewatching these MVs has truly reignited in us the joys of why we  looooove YOU’LL MELT MORE! so much…

On that last bullet, this MV for their song “Music 3, 4-bu de owatchimau yo ne” especially reinvigorated my appreciation for how incredibly great this group is live…

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Your Homicidols Weekender #187

Wow, what a week! Maniac’s back, Miss iD got a whole boatload of familiar faces on deck (more on that later, hopefully!) and earlier today my cat managed to catch and eat a butterfly whole! Oh, and all this great stuff too.

PS: The opinions expressed here do not reflect the entire Homicidols writing squad.

It may be a minority opinion, but allow me to emphatically say out loud that BLACKNAZARENE is dumb and boring and you should stop supporting this farce:

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Beds’ Brimstone and Paradises’ Pool Party

Remember when GANG PARADE split into two groups and nobody was really sure what was happening because they were seemingly promoting together and kept using GANG PARADE despite not being GANG PARADE anymore? Well good news! It’s significantly less confusing now AND we have two new music videos!

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Your Homicidols Weekender #186

On a week that was either turbulent, or boring, depending on who you ask, we still have idols to tide the week by.

What exactly happened this week, you ask?

Well, for starters, have you noticed some of the recent overhauls to the site lately? Everyone give a big round of applause for Daemon, who made all of this (as well as a lot of this weekender) possible! 

And screw it, why not clap for this stuff too:

MAMESHiBA NO TAiGUN are now an edamame themed unit, or something.

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50 YMM MVs Day 19: Justice

Day 19 of the 50 YMM! MVs event brings about a group making another transition: Moni and Chibo had graduated,  and now the “You Are The World” line-up was done. The group was now a four-piece and were embarking on a new era. What would the four members do first with this incarnation? Why it’s time for a summer vacation!

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