An email just hit my inbox from Monkey Paw Entertainment reminding me that Saboten Con is next weekend. How the hell did that sneak up on me? That means that, seven days from now, when you sit down to read Weekender #302, MELON BATAKE A GO GO will have already smashed their US debut.
Our schedule for MELON BATAKE A GO GO at Saboten Con is here! You can purchase tickets for their VIP event now!
— Chaotic Harmony Imports & Events (@cha0ticharmony) August 26, 2022
I hope to see more than a few of you in Phoenix next weekend. If you’re going to be there, feel free to hit me up on Twitter or in the Homicidols Discord. There’s a whole crew of the usual suspects flying in, so it should be a good time. Also, our friends at Chaotic Harmony are working to get me the opportunity to interview MELON BAT, so if you have any questions you would like to ask them, please let me know.
Thank you to everyone who has sent us their Top Ten Favorite Idol Songs. We will start publishing reader (and more Team) submissions next week.
Now, it’s Weekender time!
MAD JAMIE continue to be one of the best things going.
Cent Chihiro Chittiii (of BiSH) has officially launched her solo project, CENT.
There’s only a couple days left to vote for your favorite non-human PLANCK STARS member, but you can watch this MV forever (or until Plasta is banned from YouTube which we all know is just a matter of time).
In possibly the hottest news this week, after much speculation, it has been confirmed that new unit, DOPPERIN, is a collaboration between Hachigatsu-Chan (former Oyasumi Hologram) and Ame to Kanmuri (aka Molmo mol and former Koutei Camera Girl Zwei). You can watch their debut this weekend via Twitcasting.
— 八月ちゃん (@8gatsu_chan) July 31, 2022
The new XOXO EXTREME is one of their all time best.
Diva alert! New Guilty Kyun (of Cinema & Boy CQ).
Chaotic Harmony posted a get-to-know-you video with HINAGIKU.
We apparently missed it when HINAGIKU. dropped their new MV last week, so let’s make up for that.
Over on the Homicidols Discord Server, Struggler shared this perfect song for the end of summer by NANIMONO.
Tokyo Psychopath posted a video to teach you how to dance like an idol. It’s not that hard!
Only PAPIPUPEPO wa Muzukashii would give us a PV with a giraffe singing about english muffins.
Senkyoku held this MV hostage until they received 1,000 retweets. Worth it.
Meet the latest unit to join the Class of ’22. : COMIQ ON! They are a sister unit to Malcolm Mask McLaren and Devil ANTHEM.
— COMIQ ON！10/1 渋谷SpotifyO-WESTお披露目ライブ (@comiqon) August 26, 2022
Speaking of units from the Class of ’22: Girls crying in bathroom released a new single and MV.
Is Dae bringing up THE ORCHESTRA TOKYO again? Yup.
If you need something a bit upbeat, meet i-COL. They’re from the HEROINES family and consists of Colne (from BLK LiLiY) and Aisu (of YAMINABE).
In surprise K-idol news, Juna from LIPIMOON and the indie-punk band IDIOTS announced she’s getting married to her longtime partner (and bassist) Roto! Congratulations to the happy couple!
항상 저를 전심전력으로 서포트해주는 로토와
오는 10월 22일 결혼식을 올리게 되었습니다.
두사람의 앞길에 축복이 가득하길 기도해주세요.
결혼 후에도 이디어츠와 리피문은
변함없이 활동을 이어 갈 예정이니
앞으로도 많은 관심 부탁드립니다.
— 주나주나☃ (@tunacan1825) August 22, 2022
And meanwhile in idol-adjacent news, LuciDreaM‘s Ria found some free time somewhere between performing, writing and producing to form the alternative metal band IVITs with X!DENT‘s studio bassist and frequent collaborator Towa, and they’ve just released their first single.
Shihatsu-machi Underground have been kind of quiet this year, so it slipped by us that they announced an end to their current system. Their last one-man is this weekend and you can catch it on Twitcasting.
— 始発待ちアンダーグラウンド (@shihatsu_machi) August 25, 2022
MiNO (former member of Mistress and vocalist for Re_roll) has a new band called Disconnect Cendrillon.