Welcome to the 300th consecutive iteration of the world’s longest-running English language weekly serialized collection of alt, indie and underground idol content! 300 weekends is a long time. 5.679 years, to be precise. Can anyone remember what they were doing 5.679 years ago?
For me, everything before the year 2020 is a bit of a blur at this point so, just for fun, I went back to read the very first Weekender. It was posted in November of 2016 and is full of talk of BABYMETAL and BiS and the debut album from BPM15Q. I then leapt forward in time to Weekender #100 which landed in October of 2018 and features the debut of Ayuni D’s PEDRO. Weekender #200 was posted in September of 2020 and reminded me that we haven’t heard from THIS IS NATS in quite some time.
Now here we are at #300 and it’s probably full of stuff that we’ll need to be reminded about in the not too distant future. This is why it’s nice that we have Weekenders: to catch us up on the stuff we have missed in the past week, and act as a bit of a time capsule when we forget about stuff later. What ever did happen to THIS IS NATS? I need to look into that…
Anyway, in celebration of our 300th Weekender, we have been working to spruce up the site a little bit:
- You only have a couple days left to help us pick out the new Homicidols tagline. We will be launching our new branding on Monday!
- We have updated The Artists Page which now includes links to Homicidols’ coverage of over 350 idols and idol units.
- We have also added a Best Of page to the site menu to provide easy links to our Best of the Year awards and other featured content.
But wait! There’s more!… Just… not yet.
I was hoping to update the site FAQ as well but there are only so many hours in a week and that thing’s a freaking bear. We do have a new feature launching next week that will invite your participation, so I hope you all look forward to that decide to join in.
In the meantime, let’s do that thing that we’ve now done 299 times before. I give you,
YOUR WEEKENDER #300!!
One of the most highly anticipated new units of 2022, here’s the debut MV from ONE KILL.
There is no stopping situasion.
EMPiRE is dead. Long live ExWHYZ.
Can’t make it Saboten Con? Well, you can still get cheki from MELON BATAKE A GO GO’s US debut courtesy of our friends at Chaotic Harmony
You can now pre-order limited edition cheki of MELON BATAKE A GO GO taken in Phoenix, AZ! You can choose the member whose cheki you'd like to purchase, but otherwise the cheki is random. Pre-orders close on 8/29 and orders will ship after 9/6.https://t.co/2F9BtZy3mb pic.twitter.com/A5wDVqsACP
— Chaotic Harmony Imports & Events (@cha0ticharmony) August 17, 2022
To quote Chris: HUSH HUSH are the greatest thing to emerge from 2022 and may the people responsible never learn to mix songs “properly”.
It’s always an adventure with the girl mannequin.
Not content with just one Album of the Year contender with KAQRIYOTERROR, nonamera has released a solo effort as well.
nonamera 🐝 ❤︎
1st mini album
⋱✮⋰ My name is.. ⋱✮⋰
Digital Release ‼︎ついに ~ ♡
１.Dye in Lily
５.I wanna be my GOD
たくさん聴いてください꒰ঌ^. ̫ .^໒꒱ pic.twitter.com/XJNiRZ0wOR
— nonamera／のなめら (@nonamera_) August 16, 2022
Speaking of nonamera, friend of Homicidols, Kyunchi has dropped the release date for their collaboration. We expect it to slay.
cover art by @dodleyz with creative direction by me
— kyunchi♡ (@Kyunchix3) August 15, 2022
Kyunchi was also featured in Natalie! Worldwide girl indeed.
i can’t believe i used to read about @perfumeofficial releases on natalie and now i’m on here thank you so much @natalie_mu!! @nonamera_ @syva22 and i are releasing a really cool song on august 31. please look forward to it😎🛩🌏https://t.co/fxQJyXxZmk
— kyunchi♡ (@Kyunchix3) August 19, 2022
nonamera’s FRUN FRIN FRIENDS partner, Beni sings one of their tunes backed by The Broken TV.
My front runner for Best New Name of the Year: Antithese.
On the treat Super Season makes sure we know that they’re not just an awesome name.
Still on a “names” kick: here’s a group so nice they named it twice: REBEL REBEL.
It’s time again for WACK Men’s Auditions!! Who will survive this year, and will they actually ever form a WACK Men’s unit?
The Summer WACK Men's Audition boys are here! Here's a shitty graphic I made in MS Paint with all of their names in English. All of them will be on Twitter like last time, with their accounts linked in the article belowhttps://t.co/BuN1er5ed1 pic.twitter.com/v7T4QXYXcO
— going going WACK (@gg_WACK) August 16, 2022
Our esteemed 26 year old baby writer Cal is covering everything with the GGWACK translation team.
Thread for coverage of the Summer 2022 Men's WACK Audition pic.twitter.com/5asy6f35Xk
— going going WACK (@gg_WACK) August 18, 2022
POPPiNG EMO is having a fabulous year.
SPECIAL CHEESE MENU serves up even more fantastic fromage.
2022.8.19 Fri 0:00-
SPECIAL CHEESE MENU New EP
1. PIRANHA 🐠
2. YAGI 🐐
3. IND SAI 🦏
— SPECIAL CHEESE MENU (@_spc_official) August 18, 2022
Also from The Server, D4rkWzd made sure we didn’t overlook “Purple Bear”, a solo song from Mai Yuuki of THE ORCHSTRA TOKYO.
— 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗢𝗥𝗖𝗛𝗘𝗦𝗧𝗥𝗔 𝗧𝗢𝗞𝗬𝗢 -official- (@OrchestraTokyo) August 18, 2022
From THE ORCHESTRA TOKYO to ASP pretending their acronym stands for ACOUSTiC SAD ORCHESTRA. They’re not fooling anybody.
PRSMIN has a new single out on streaming and a new PV.
And it turns out THIS IS NATS is still around and still producing unhinged hyperpop idol weirdness that you will either love or hate. Thank or curse me in advance.
Dan te Lion held their last live. I’m still not sure what will become of Prince Yuria.
— 成瀬ゆりあ (@Dan_te_yuria) August 16, 2022
Gekizyou Refrain dropped a new EP and an announcement that they are disbanding in November.
— 激情リフレインofficial (@GekizyouRefrain) August 14, 2022
GENSOU BAD END, who just launched last year, are now on indefinite hiatus.
— 【公式】幻想ばっどえんど 【22.8/11をもって現体制終了・活動休止】 (@badend_info) July 25, 2022
Ano (former You’ll Melt More) has released an EP with her band I’s.
【 Release 】
I's 2nd EP. "不毛戦争"
— I's (@Is___official) August 16, 2022
The debut EP from swancry, the project by the artist formerly known as Shidare ( ex. Yukueshirezutsurezure), is now available for pre-order.