Over here in the US of A it’s the Thanksgiving holiday; that special time of year when we briefly lay down our assault rifles in order to stuff ourselves full of even more high caloric food than usual. Once we awaken from our food comas, we then consecrate the celebration through our indigenous shopping ritual, Black Friday. Usually, this season of unbridled consumption is only good for acquiring some heartburn and a mediocre deal on some clothing or electronics. This year, however, the idol gods decided to toss some offerings our way.
First up, Black Friday bought us word that Tokyo Psychopath will be making their US debut next Memorial Day weekend at Saboten Con ’23. Continue reading
I hate going Weekender to Weekender with no other new posts on Ye’ Olde Blog, but this week was a congruence of mad happenings and distractions. It’s not for lack of trying: if you could see the post queue, there are two half-written pieces that didn’t quite make it out, plus there was another sad event that I wanted to write about, but, see aforementioned madness.
In additional to localized craziness, there was plenty happening in the alt-idol world, from new drops from A-listers to some unfortunate transphobia from Z-listers. And while all that is going on, Twitter may be falling apart. Since we get most of our traffic from there, I’m expecting to receive an invoice from Elon any minute now.
So while I take a moment to catch some deep breaths, here’s what happened this week:
Here we are again, at out weekly capstone of alt-idol happenings. The big news this week came in the form of some major departure announcements which are tucked down in the Oshiloss Corner where they, hopefully, won’t hurt anybody too bad.
Stateside, we have two big idol live events happening this weekend. If you are anywhere near Houston, Texas, be sure to hit OniCon today to meet up with SENANAN and check out a mini-BURST GIRL reunion with Rinchama and Miyako.
While it feels like this was a slow idol week, it’s just illusion. Sure, not much was released the last few days but that’s just because the idol world was recovering from Halloween, one of the biggest holidays on the idol calendar. A week’s worth of new material got dropped last Sunday and Monday, and then everyone retired to spend the rest of the week in recovery.
As proof, here’s a quick retrospective on the week that was: Continue reading
I apologize for the low energy this week, but I have an excuse. I’m sick. I’ve been home recovering from the (non-COVID) bug I picked up during my recent travels, but living vicariously through all of those out there on the road seeing out favorite idols up close. It looks like people had a great time with Isiliel up at IDOLFEST. And congrats to everyone who could make it to Atlanta on short notice and hang out with BPM15Q this weekend.
In other news, the PLANCK STARS controversial competition where the member with the highest sales got a bike and the lowest had to debut in AV has concluded. Now that the internet has moralized, pontificated and collectively gotten their self-righteous knickers in a twist about it, the results have been announced. The member who sold zero tickets and will make their AV debut is… Puri-chan, the shiba inu (Zarunrun, the monkey, also had zero sales so they went by seniority). I hope the puritan hipsters had fun freaking out on Twitter about a unit that’s notorious for outrageous pranks. Idol is serious business. Continue reading
I picked the wrong time to go on vacation. While I was running around the Southwestern US this past week with little access to robust wifi, all sorts of unexpected news (like Candye♡Syrup staging a surprise reunion), surprise A-list releases, and inexplicable idol shenanigans (I’m looking at you, PLANCK STARS) were lighting up my feed. I’ve spent the last couple of days trying catch up, but it’s a losing battle. Luckily, I have both Team and the denizens of the Homicidols’ Discord server to help keep me informed, but the biggest news was hard to miss.
No one was expecting a BPM15Q reboot in 2022, much less a Stateside performance, but that’s exactly what’s happening. Rinahamu and nicamoq didn’t give us much notice, but if you can find your way to Altanta next week, you can witness the US debut of these two legends.
Welcome to the weekend! I’m actually writing this week’s blurb on Thursday night since I’m traveling tomorrow (Friday) so I can spend the next few days following BAND-MAID around on the Southwestern leg of their US tour. The States have been quite blessed lately with an influx of Japanese artists dropping by for the first time in quite a while. First it was MELON BATAKE A GO GO back in September. Next we get SENANAN, Miyako and Rinchama in Texas plus Isiliel along the West coast in November, Hanako-san in LA in December, Planck Stars is coming in early 2023 and now, Broken By the Scream has announced they will be returning to our shores in February:
Before we all run out and get a second job so we can afford all this travel, let’s look back on what happened this past week: Continue reading
Cal here doing the blurb. I had my first gauntlet of university classes this week, so I’ve been adjusting to “not spending all of my time consuming idol content constantly” and instead, “being a productive human being.” I actually had a parody of idol graduations planned for an article, starting with a notice about Homicidols member activity and having me apologize for drunkenly tweeting at 3am. But instead of graduating, it’s enrollment! I put Homicidols on my university application and now, I go to a very, very good school for Japanese studies. One of the best in the world. I really wouldn’t be here without constant support and feedback from all of you so… thank you. Idols are my passion, so it really isn’t an exaggeration to say i’m at school because of Homicidols.
I really won’t ever graduate from Homicidols too, even if I get busy. In fact, I want to use learning Japanese to be able to take things to a new level here. In two years when i’m in Japan for my international year, i’ll try and interview idols and producers as much as I can. 約束します！
But what happened with those beloved idols this week? Well:
It was a crazy week on my end, so it’s appropriate that we kick of The Weekender with Tokyo Psychopath. On the idol front, most of the big names in the genre were quiet this week, which was fine because a lot of the smaller groups pushed out great new work that got a chance to shine. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if multiple releases from this week got mentions around Best of the Year time. Is it too early to be thinking about that stuff? Probably not because, Hoy Crap! it’s already October. That also means Idol Halloween is just around the corner. My favorite holiday!!
Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, here’s how the past week went:
Lots of big news dropped this week, including that Japan will soon be re-opening it’s doors to foreign wota starting October 11th. While we can now start planning overseas trips in earnest, there were also two huge announcements for the home front, especially if you have easy access to the west coast of the US.
First up, Isiliel will be arriving very soon to play several dates over the next two months.