Juice=Juice’s New Fruit=Fruits

June 20, 2019

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Long time no see, huh? Let’s get down to business.

It was announced that Juice=Juice would receive some new blood (from the reserves) just in time for Miyazaki Yuka’s graduation on the 17th. Well, in a special stream, we’ve gotten to see who that is!

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Maho wo Kakete: The #JusticeForMahohon Story

May 17, 2019

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Hoo boy, it’s been a while. A lot has happened and there was a topic I’ve been meaning to tackle for a while. (A few actually.)

Heck, this year is a special year as it’s M3 2.0’s 10th Anniversary (and the “completion” of my five-year challenge). However, first thing’s first: Let’s talk about one of the big elephants in the room.

In early January (the 9th, if you want to be pedantic), a major new story broke that shook the J-idol scene and (for better or worse) beyond: NGT48 member* Yamaguchi Maho was (non-sexually, gotta emphasize this here) assaulted by two mid-twenties men. I’d go deeper, but there’s wonderful news articles and even a post by the Great and Powerful Chiima (and qqpy) that does a better job than I ever could of getting everything together. (This is why you keep everything organized and collected, kids.)

I’ll just add on to say that the story became huge enough to be picked up by international news outlets and even have a Twitter Moment. Plus, a follow-up tweet as I was working on this post. Plus, a later major break that even further tore this story open. There’s also recent news that NGT48 is restarting with a new lineup (oh boy, though “reorganization” is probably more accurate)…. And Maho will be at their final event for current teamswherein she announced her graduation from NGT48 (AND THANK THE STARS FOR THAT!).


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Next Is You…kanyan

January 10, 2019

Greetings and happy New Year, Citizens of the Universe

There’s still some unfinished business from 2018 so let’s get this one out of the way:

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Top 10s for 2018

December 28, 2018

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

2018 is almost over and since the final regular post went up a few weeks ago, it’s high time to look back and celebrate. (We could use some good cheer, given recent events.)

Sorry I couldn’t get to it sooner. I’ve been a tad busy with trying to get Magi-Kat Creates 2.0 set up that I kinda lost track of time.

You know the deal: Top 5 is italicized and the Top 3 are in bold. I’ve also merged results that share identical results.

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My Darling, I LOVE YOU – FOREVER C-ute

December 6, 2018

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

As part of Hello! Project’s 20th anniversary celebration, I will take a look at various releases from the collective’s history.

As previously reported, the winner of the Q4 vote with one singular vote is once again C-ute! This time, the release in question is the next single after Edo no Temari Uta IIFOREVER LOVE. Released on November 26, 2008, it is the last single to feature Arihara Kanna before the Bunion Saga began in February 2009 (which was a sign of things to come before the tumultuous year for them that was 2011).

  1. C-ute – FOREVER LOVE (1 – 100%)
  2. Buono! – Rottara Rottara (0 – 0%) (This actually received a vote after it was too late to count so I’m rewarding it with Second Place. Maybe I’ll find a way to squeeze it into 2019’s calendar.)
  3. Mano Erina – Lucky Aura (0 – 0%)
  4. Milkyway – Tan Tan Taan! (0 – 0%)
  5. Berryz Koubou – MADAYADE (0 – 0%)
  6. Abe Natsumi – Screen (0 – 0%)
  7. Shugo Chara Egg! – Minna no Tamago (0 – 0%)
  8. Mano Erina – Lalala-Sososo (0 – 0%)

It is a bit interesting going back to a time when the C-uties (and their Berry counterparts) were beginning their rise as full Hello! Project idols, a far cry… actually, somewhat close to the legends they’re known for today. After all, according to the C-ute Memorial Survey, a majority of “Team C-ute” came around this time (Junjou).

Speaking of their Memorial Survey! Let’s check out FOREVER LOVE‘s placings:

  • 13th Best Overall Single (right behind Edo no Temari Uta II)
  • 2nd Best A-Side of the Early Major Years Era (right behind Tokaikko Junjou)

So let’s dig into C-ute #7 and taste a bit of the calm before the storm.

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Grand Prix and Anniversary Vote – The Results!

November 29, 2018

Updated December 8, 2018

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Long time no see, eh?

…Yeah, I do realize it’s been a while. Between burnout/fatigue rearing their ugly heads, wavering feelings regarding Hello! Project as a whole messing with me (yet my sense of fandom’s been kept alive by the wonderful Discord communities I’ve joined, namely H!P Chat and H!P Fans …I really ought to join the H!P Wiki one… Been putting it off for what may be (in the end) silly reasons…), and… just life stuff.

However, there has been a constant– two constants that have anchored this particular blog in the midst of the chaos between the outgoing old and incoming new members: the Momusu M3 Grand Prix and the Anniversary Review Vote!

As such, we have some things to cover.

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Momusu M3 Grand Prix – 11/16 Update

November 16, 2018

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

As Morning Musume faithful are enjoying themselves the City That Never Sleeps (in the aftermath of a snowstorm — please stay safe, guys!), let’s take some time to take a gander at the current status of the Momusu M3 Grand Prix.

Shall we?

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A Hallowmas Triduum of Departures

November 8, 2018

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Have you had a good Halloween/Samhain/etc? Have all of the spooks and kooks been properly excised from your being, allowing with good energy?

I hope all of that has happened for once the spoopiness ended, the truly scary stuff began in Hello! Land. You see, barely a day removed from Halloween, the Hello! Project News machine began to spin.

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Momusu M3 Grand Prix – 11/7 Update

November 7, 2018

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

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It’s almost time for Musume faithful to head to Mexico. In the meantime, the Momusu M3 Grand Prix reaches one more stop on the road to the Final Round.

I was originally going to announce this past Friday (Tweet notwithstanding)…

…but I held off because I didn’t feel the mood was right. (After all, we were barely a day removed from Yanamin’s departure announcement and Mitsui Aika’s retirement was announced hours beforehand.) I then delayed it until today because of the fervor surrounding the US Midterm Elections and I felt it’d get lost in the noise.

Besides, the last thing you need to hear in a sea of “VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE LIKE LIVES DEPEND ON IT! VOTE LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!” is “Hey, my blog’s having a popularity contest of a tournament. Please pick your oshi in some fanpoll that will have zero bearing on your oshi’s standing in general idol life.”

So without further ado, let’s go over the results and the path ahead.

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Momusu M3 Grand Prix – Update 10/26

October 26, 2018

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

If you’ve been watching a little space called the M3 Grand Prix page, then you’d know that we’re approaching the home stretch regarding that event. Yeah… that little dual-tournament announced back in January is nearing its end. Can you believe it?

Which brings us to this point, which is the first “update” made on the main blog in who knows how long. What has happened since early January? Well, unless you want to dig through months of Tumblr posts, let’s dig into the current status of the Momusu M3 Grand Prix!

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