Par Eggs-ellence in a New Era

Is there still a connection between test success and promotion?

Originally published May 26, 2022. Updated June 29, 2022.

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Back in 2016, I made a staple post that was born out of me wanting to answer a little question I had:

Is there a connection between test success and promotion?

As noted by many people, that answer has generally been Yes. Due to its nature as a post chronicling the Test Winners and tracking their progress, the post has been regularly updated (almost as much as the H!P KSS spreadsheet that has far more information than any sensible person would want).

It brightens my heart knowing that post (and even the spreadsheet) has become a bit of a resource for fans as one intention is to help the fans.

However, while it is a somewhat evergreen post (an important kind of post in the blogging world), I’ve begun to feel that it is slowly showing its age (you’ll have to scroll down quite a bit to get deets on newer winners, for example) and has become a tad bloated. This isn’t helped by me having once wanted to do something like this around 2020 to mark the new decade (or even 2021 since it would be 5 years since the original post)….

Then… stuff happened.

In any case, with a unanimous vote…

This post is here.

And as for a starting point…

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Momusu M3 Grand Prix ’22: Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~

The Momusu M3 Grand Prix ’22 reaches its golden moment to crown a champion.

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

It’s time once again for another update.

Last time saw the Grand Finals of the Grand Prix, the absolute final round of this rather lengthy tournament.

You can find details regarding the rest of the Tournaments on the M3 Grand Prix page…

…or under the cut below.

Thank you to those who voted and signal boosted!

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Momusu M3 Grand Prix ’22: One and Only

The Momusu M3 Grand Prix ’22’s Grand Finals is gonna sing a song with a message full of love. It starts now!

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It’s time once again for another update.

Last time saw the… 4.5th Round? Fifth Round? …Well, we decided a representative for the Middle Divisions, due to Twitter limitations (maximum of 4 choices to a poll) and me not realizing until almost half a year later!

You can find details regarding the rest of the Singles Tournament on the M3 Grand Prix page…

…or under the cut below.

Thank you to those who voted and signal boosted!

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Momusu M3 Grand Prix ’22: Osaka Twilight

The Momusu M3 Grand Prix ’22’s Osaka love song approaches its twilight

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It’s time once again for another update.

Last time saw the continuation of the Medal Round with the Singles Tournament having a turn.

You can find details regarding the rest of the Singles Tournament on the M3 Grand Prix page…

…or under the cut below.

Thank you to those who voted and signal boosted (especially given the very real possibility of a Twitter exodus)!

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Momusu M3 Grand Prix ’22: No Brainstorming Needed FOR ONE DAY

The Momusu M3 Grand Prix ’22 doesn’t need anything but a flurry of good things for the Singles Medal Round.

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It’s time once again for another update.

Last time saw the beginning of the Fourth Round, which I will also name the Medal Round as it features the medal matches for the Members Tournament.

You can find details regarding the rest of the Singles Tournament on the M3 Grand Prix page…

…or under the cut below.

Thank you to those who voted and signal boosted!

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Momusu M3 Grand Prix ’22: Pyocopyoco Hunter

The Momusu M3 Grand Prix ’22 gets into the swing of things with the Fourth Round. It’s a paradise!

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

It’s time once again for another update.

Last time saw the continuation of the Third Round (more commonly referred to as the (Divisional) Semifinals) with the Singles Tournament.

You can find details regarding the rest of the Singles Tournament on the M3 Grand Prix page…

…or under the cut below.

Thank you to those who voted and signal boosted!

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Deja Vu: The Return of Manakaloss

Déjà vu
I’ve just been in this place before
Higher on the street
And I know it’s my time to go
Calling you, and the search is a mystery
Standing on my feet
It’s so hard when I try to be me, woah

Déjà vu
I’ve just been in this time before
Higher on the beat
And I know it’s a place to go
Calling you and the search is a mystery
Standing on my feet
It’s so hard when I try to be me, yeah

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Well then… talk about a tonal shift.

To go from a celebratory mood with the 300th post to me celebrating Easter a few days early to… me giving my take on a graduation announcement (that was admittedly almost a month ago).

Then again, the news barely came 24 hours after finale of Mayonaka ni Hello! and its ending theme (a MM ’22 redux of I WISH) sent people into a euphoric tizzy. (Once again, I WISH has been robbed of being covered on a post, due to external factors.)

J-idol can be like that at times.

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Pyocopyoco Jump Up, Ultra Chick!

Can you keep up with the Ultra Flock? 🐥🐤🐤🐤🐤🐤🐤🐤🐣🐣🐣🐣

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

After tackling one admittedly divisive single in Minimoni’s collab with Bakatonosama for the blog’s 300th post (and in celebration of too many anniversaries to name), another idea crept into my mind.

Easter is on the horizon and in the process of naming the next Momusu M3 Grand Prix update…

Pyocopyoco Hunter

…I had remembered another controversial take that will likely send this blogger to Haropuro Jail: Pyocopyoco Ultra is rather good.

(I’d rather not turn this another a repository of spicy hot takes because I find that drama exhausting and clickbaity. I prefer to “give my audience value” without resorting to desperate tactics that frivolously make people angry. Our time on Earth is growing shorter by the minute and we should use that energy on more constructive pursuits, not bickering over the merit of an innocent J-pop song from 2012!

…Oh gosh, this song had a x0th anniversary this year like the Ai~ns.)

Anyway, Pyocopyoco Ultra aka what Harowota turn to celebrate Easter because chicks are a thing for the season. Reception can be summed up with these quotes (with apologies):

This isn’t bad for their lowest selling single (sales wise), it did as well as Mikan. Even though Mikan is arguably better. Its really not that bad of a song.

A Fandom user from 2021

i still wonder what weed were Tsunku or the management smoking when they decided this is great and released this as a single. the song was ok, concept was interesting, but so not suitable for mm (perhaps more for KSS?). am glad they decided to switch to EDM & formation dancing from the next single Renai Hunter onwards and not looking back at this horror.

A Fandom user from 2019

Truth be told, the above quote (and remembering the revulsion that was to be had at the time) were among the main motivating factors for making this review. That and the aforementioned coming of Easter.

While I have technically covered this (as I’ll elaborate on in a later section), I think the time is right to give this a proper look-through on the blog.

And hey, I don’t have to worry too much about this interfering with the Momusu M3 Grand Prix ’22; This single was eliminated long before this point…

…with a 28-7 loss to Egao YES Nude in Round 1.

In any case, it’s time to flip the switch and get ready for this. Let’s jump into Pyocopyoco Ultra!

I’d make the embed just this tweet, but the current block doesn’t allow for that….
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Momusu M3 Grand Prix ’22: Maji Desu ka Ska?!

Momusu M3 Grand Prix ’22’s sparkles like blooming flowers with the other Third (Semifinal) Round

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It’s time once again for another update.

Last week saw the… 300th post of Magic Morning Meteora, which was why there was no update report for that week. Such a milestone couldn’t just go to one of those and I had something in mind for the non-M3 Grand Prix-related blog content as early as January anyway.

Last update saw the beginning of the Third Round (more commonly referred to as the (Divisional) Semifinals) with the Members Tournament.

You can find details regarding the rest of the Members Tournament on the M3 Grand Prix page…

…or under the cut below.

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“Ai~n” Beginning the Year with Exercise and Dance!

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Welcome to the first Morning Twilight (review) of the 2022 and the 300th post of Magic Morning Meteora! What would possibly make a good topic?

Well, if you’ve noticed the title, you’d likely have a good idea.

As a refresher (unless you skipped the Top 10s post from a few months ago… and even if you didn’t because it’s been a while), thanks for a funny coincidence involving a Twitch Vtuber’s DJ set, I literally started 2022 with Ai~n! Dance no Uta. Given that 2022 marks the song’s 20th anniversary, I felt it appropriate to start off the review side of the blog (at least on the Hello! Project front) with this legendary song.

It is also a good way to honor Shimura Ken as (sadly) this year also marks two since he “graduated” from this world, due to coconut cake-related complications.

Bakatonosama’s assassin still lurks about, stalking us and filling us with existential dread. However, why don’t we make like our fallen lord and make ourselves happy?

As such, let’s begin the year proper by digging into Bakatonosama to Mini Moni-hime’s legendary exercise and dance songs (or utterly subject you to torture since this has a negative reputation among some, especially since it was turned into a “loljapan” meme).

Ai~n!

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