We are one week deep into the new idol fiscal year and, compared to last week, things were pretty sedate. After surviving the near-simultaneous break-ups of Yanakoto Sotto Mute, LiLii Kaona and SAKA-SAMA, we could use the rest. Other than the website blowing up on Tuesday morning, it was a pretty laid back week. This gave us plenty of time to appreciate and enjoy the great new stuff that did drop.
Let’s start overseas with a reminder from AKIRA-KURØ that Thai idols rock hard as well.
There are few other units whose work is as highly anticipated as Ilie, the collaboration bwtween Rie Kaneko and Kenta Sakurai (best known as the composer for Maison book girl). Here’s their new, long-awaited track.
Historically, we’ve been remiss in giving NightOwl proper recognition. That ends now.
Meet HINNEW ♡♡, an idol unit celebrating the cuteness of women with small breasts! At least one of the members will be familiar to readers of Homicidols: Shibakuzo Rei-chan aka Boss Rei formerly of BURST GIRL and current frontwoman of fancy animal punk band Knuckle Chiwawa.
While we were confused for a bit, D4rkWzd over on the Homicidols Discord server sorted out that this is a NOT an actual new idol unit, but a one-off, crowd funded MV project put together by actress, idol, cosplayer and rice farmer, Lucino.
While we’re on the topic of body-positive idols, TORICAGO just uploaded three tracks to streaming services (two rerecorded classis and one new original). While they’ve been relatively quiet since transitioning down to three-members, these new tracks sound as great as ever.
⛄ summer snow
7/5 (火) より
— 鶯籠 (@toricago_O) June 29, 2022
MAD JAIME!! MAD JAIME!! MAD JAIME!! MAD JAIME!!
Congrats to MELON BATAKE A GO GO whose new mini album cracked the top ten on the Oricon daily charts.
#めろん畑agogo NEW mini Album
『めろん畑a go go』
— めろん畑a go go (@MELONBATAKEAGO2) July 6, 2022
The only thing not to like about this new NELN MV is that it is far too short.
It’s a bit confusing, but Zsasz dropped a new EP but released it on streaming sites as three singles. Either way, one or more of these releases are likely to make my Best of the Year nods.
— Zsasz (@ZsaszJP) July 6, 2022
Anyone want to watch ATARASHII GAKKO! perform with Wednesday Campanella?
New AKIARIM. I’m enjoying this a lot.
「All is well」配信も開始！！
AKIARIM1st FULL ALBUM「All is well」リリース当日！
— AKIARIM（アキアリム） (@akiarim) June 28, 2022
Remember when the site got taken down early this week? That was an awful morning. The new one from Re:INCARNATION helped brighten up that day for me.
ElectricRibbon gives us an upbeat piece of dreampop.
— エレクトリックリボンofficial (@eribon_official) July 5, 2022
Thanks to BILGERVTI on the Homicidols Discord server for bringing this one to our attention: PRSMIN has released an album of rerecorded tunes.
I like hearing from PLEVAIL. FYI: Their new album is coming out on July 20th.
Jiemei, our favorite new unit from Nagoya (and sister-unit to DARE MO SHIRANAI) have released their first two singles on streaming services.
「 IRIS / ワタシスタイル 」
— ジエメイ【公式】 (@jiemei_idol) July 6, 2022
Here’s a double live shot from POPPiNG EMO.
Kai Marino has rejoined RAY, at least until the whole unit goes on hiatus on July 23rd.
活動休止中の甲斐莉乃について、7/6(水) tipToe.「candlelight 」Release Party‼️ 以降のイベントよりライブ復帰することをお知らせいたします。
— RAY 7/23現体制ラストワンマンライブ (@_RAY_world) July 5, 2022
Over in South Korea, SONOKI, the longest running live idol unit next to NEKIRU, gave a whole two hours notice before their last live and breakup
Ikura, formerly of Q’ulle, has gotten married.
— いとくとら (いくら) (@ikr828) July 7, 2022
Grab a tissue. Here’s Mayumura’s collaboration with LiLii Kaona at LiLikao’s last live.