Your Homicidols Weekender #253

It’s the weekend before TIF and over here at Homicidols house we’re all still bracing ourselves for a world without BURST GIRL. I’d say it’s been a rough year for disbandments but, let’s get real, it’s always a rough year. That is the ephemeral and transitory nature of idol, the genre we have voluntarily consigned ourselves to. But even with the ever looming sense of loss, we also reside in perpetual hope, for every time idol shuts a door, it opens a window.

Because, sure, one day we might lose a beloved unit, but the next day someone like CHICKEN BLOW THE IDOL comes back!!

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ASP Comes Through Your Front Door

We’re a highbrow publication, so the headline about the group called ANAL SEX PENiS was kept tasteful once again. So without further ado let’s get right into talking about those wild WACK girls who love to prove they’re anything but pusillanimous – this is “the MAN CALLiNG,” so you’d better answer!

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re:miaw Is The Casual Idol Super Group That Just Wants To Relax…

Putting their hat into the sweepstakes of idol groups that use a “re:” prefix in their name is a fresh addition to the scene who call themselves re:miaw! This unit has been around since at least June of this year, but flying a bit under the radar, so it’s bit easy to wonder where they’ve been.

While they do have a group twitter account, they don’t have a lot of information about themselves up. I think I can explain it this way: You see, the one recurring theme I’ve noticed with this group is that they refer to themselves as only being “loosely active”. One member described re:miaw as being a “relaxing activity idol unit”. And you know what? That’s a theme I can relate to!

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Your Homicidols Weekender #246

Hi!  Merry Weekend!  Maniac is away so the rest of the team have had to finish off the Weekender.  There’s normally a rambling intro here but let’s dispense with that and get on with things shall we?

Hooray!

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for new Zenkimi MVs!

If it’s all my fault, I’ll do this more often; Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da has graced us with two new MVs in two days. While both are to promote their re-recorded albums Q.E.D and Q.E.D. Bi with the current seven members lineup, they switched things up a bit by picking songs that never got an MV before!

The lucky winners are Kimi Kimi Syndrome X and Cult Scream (and, of course, you the fan who is getting two brand new music videos).

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Dream your way into the new Cinema and Boy CQ

Cinema and Boy CQ just released their latest MV and it’s a phenomenal one.

The song is Tranquilizers no koibito (translated, as shown several times in the MV, to “The Lovers of Tranquilizers”) and the song was written by Yoko Hamasaki of Urbangarde fame.

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Look at MANACLE Out Here Playing for Keeps

I remember coming back from hiatus last summer and getting run through the various goings-on in idol over those several months out. Graduations? So many! Debuts? Some good ones! Almost the entire membership of an iconic chika unit graduating en masse, reuniting with an old friend and starting something completely new? True as can be!

So yeah, following MANACLE from what you might call a curious distance for the last little while has been an interesting experience. Once I heard that the tea spilled over Okaki et al’s exodus was pretty tepid, I settled myself into a “this is fine” kind of scenario, like not really caring how or why but just accepting the reality of it all and hoping for the best overall. NECRONOMIDOL has obviously had some challenges; MANACLE, despite the circumstances, is plugging along and building momentum, and the release of their first album is occasion for a real-deal MV to show off what they can do:

That’s some quality work right there. You don’t hear quite so much of this take on idorock so much anymore, like it’s on the heavier end without being heavy-heavy, and it’s synthy enough that you might mentally file it under some kind of -wave designation, and it’s got a great hook that practically makes you give up and call it a pop song. Give me more of it, preferably via IV. Continue reading

We Review Things: The Flowers of Passion – Episode 04

One of my favorite moments in The Flowers of Passion documentary series comes at the beginning of each episode where CHiHiRO of MERRY BAD END sings a subdued, acapella version of their song, “Restart”, while the opening credits roll. It is a mesmerizing yet imperfect performance and the delicate smile she gives the camera at its conclusion epitomizes, in miniature, the portrait the series attempts to portray: that while underground idol lacks perfection, it comes from an earnest and genuine place.

CHiHiRO, for her part, is kind of the break-out star of the series. Aside from providing the series’ opening theme song, she is featured in most of the episodes providing valuable access and articulate insight into the backstage workings of the idol unit she created and leads. Episode four, entitled, “Idol Grind”, focuses on the daily scramble of idol life and the long hours required to put those acts on stage while taking care of the other responsibilities and priorities in their lives.  Continue reading

Your Homicidols Weekender #223

Good morning! I hope you all had a good week. Idol certainly did, though this is one of the most random Weekenders to ever be randomly put together (hint: they all are), so you might not think at first glance that we’ve been in this little period of heavyweight releases and brain-splattering action. Relative to our own recursively self-referential scene, that is. Good stuff, and plenty out just today to sink our teeth into. And that’s all I’m going to say because I want to start covering that stuff and then get the heck out into proto-spring before winter decides to hit us with another friggin’ ice storm!

You Get What You Deserve

Malcolm Mask McLaren B-side!

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Your Homicidols Weekender #222

Good morning! Or, if you live in (say) Texas, I really do hope that you’re having a good morning because power has been restored, your pipes are unfrozen and imminent threat of danger is no longer necessarily a thing at home. What a week. We had two separate “storms” here in the National Capital Region, one of which was billed as It Will Ice So Much That Your Trees Will Come Down (note: trees still standing) and the other, the tail end of the system that obliterated the aforementioned Texas and many other points in between because we didn’t get the polar vortex, went from OMG 8 INCHES OF SNOW AND ICE to me scraping less than 1 full inch of icy slush from the driveway. I love myself some good winter snows and we haven’t had much in that way the past few years, so … get your act together, Mid-Atlantic Winter.

Big week in idol, too, which is going to seem like a weird thing to say because this isn’t the thiccest Weekender we’ve ever put on, but there are a whole mess of posts to follow because basically everybody chose the past handful of days to put out things that we’d want to talk about in much more depth than, well, the Weekender. Those’ll be coming over the next few days. Homicidols Hot Takes, get ’em while they’re HOT!

You all stay safe and well, please and thanks. If you need to hunker down with the DAIDAIDAI EP that’s like minutes away at this point, do it.

Biases Make Baby Jesus Cry

Happy belated Valentine’s Day from Aizawa Aria:

Dempagumi.inc: Eitaso out, half of DEARSTAGE in:

It’s getting very hard to avoid becoming a POPPiNG EMO blog:

Things are going well when I’m telling randos about Sway Emotions Slightly:

BOY MEETS HARU NEW EPISODE START:

It’s fun to think about how far WAGAMAMARAKIA has come:

Of course Herosyn dropped an elbow on ^that^ dance video with one of their own:

Very all about this upcoming Alive to Rainy EP:

WILL-O’, get ’em while you can:

Just a reminder that Babymetal still has more of these left to perform than they’ve done, and we can’t even think about being at them:

This is not the “solo track from a member of RAY” we ordered!


Idol in Focus

This week’s Idol in Focus is Sugarpills because they keep teasing and even releasing new music but not actually doing it in ideal media for sharing:

Sugarpills!


Bonus in Focus

I did some math and I might get to this new Kolokol MV in several weeks’ time, better to give it some air when it’s still fresh:

Also, new costumes!


Upcoming from Aina:

Obligatory NEOJAPONISM, who are welcome to release another album soon:

In the big promo push for that new single, Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da did the Natalie interview thing:

Got a couple of treats for my fellow BIRTH fans:

tipToe. released a maxi-single this week, and it’s awesome; this is the thing:

And this is the one from DESURABBITS, who did not release a maxi-single this week:

Thanks Hina, very cool:

Broken By The Scream showing us how idol covers ought to be done:

Have a great weekend!