Chill Out, Guys! The Ice Fairy Festival’s Here

August 18, 2016

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

After the terrible topics from last week, here’s one that’s more positive! Last week, the 2016 Ice Fairy Festival’s been announced! You can read the full announcement below:

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Mission Complete

August 11, 2016

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

You have a wonderful sleep, dreaming wonderful dreams that can spur you into action. Then, you awaken to face the day ahead, full of brightness and hope for the days ahead. You casually go to your Twitter feed to see what’s going on around the Tweetsphere and then you find this:

You go, “Huh. That’s so sad….” This comes in after you talk about the Kenshuusei and the afterglow of one’s promotion. Well, you are curious and feel like you’ve heard someone before. This intrigues you, wondering if anyone was among the awardees. You then hop on your laptop and begin drafting away a minor follow-up to said previous post.

After all, as was reported on July 28th, we’ve had a few “departures.” (Ironically, the post about the promotion was published that very day.)

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Loss Stinks: No Country for Manakan

August 9, 2016

GABURINABACCHO!

(Don’t worry. This’ll be the last post to begin like this, but the pun was too irresistible. Had to bring in some humor to this dark time!)

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Enjoying the Games so far? At least they provide a welcome distraction from the loss we experienced last week.

So let’s dig into “Manakaloss” and see… well… how we came to this point, for starters?

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The act of surviving the departure of an idol is a brave act in of itself.

Brave In!

FIRE!

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Vamola! Bacchikobushi Youth is Very Popular

August 4, 2016

GABURINCHO!

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Announced on May 26 with the third A-side announced on June 22revealing their covers and updating their cover profiles on June 30.

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So let’s dig into Samba! Kobushi Janeiro / Bacchikoi Seishun! / Ora wa Ninkimono and see if the Kobushi’s recklessness translated into bravery. Brave In!

FIRE!

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Momona’s Got Promona’d!

July 28, 2016

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

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As I’m (first) writing this, news has been broken for five hours now, but it’ll still be days before you’ll see this. It was announced that Kasahara Momona, co-Public Vote Winner of the 2016 Diagnostic Test, is joining ANGERME as its sole 5th Generation member!

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Every Breath You Take: Mayu Tomita, Fandom, and Entitlement

July 19, 2016

Every breath you take and every move you make
Every bond you break, every step you take, I’ll be watching you
Every single day and every word you say
Every game you play, every night you stay, I’ll be watching you

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe.

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As you can gather from the title and the stalker-iffic lyrics at the beginning of this post, I’m sure you can guess its topic. It’s been making waves throughout the J-pop Universe in late May/early June, shaking it (and the quadrant called the idol scene) to its core.

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Par Eggs-ellence

May 26, 2016

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

While I’m holding the Zukki and Meimei Tribute, I thought of doing an additional post for those who want a little bit more. What with a certain recital behind us, what better topic than the trainees formerly known as the Hello! Project Eggs?!

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Green and Purple: A Zukki and Meimei Tribute

May 26, 2016

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

After a lot of hype, the tribute showcase is open. Granted, I didn’t receive any submissions, but I was too stubborn to cancel it, especially given the significance. I had hoped to showcase the creativity and diversity of the fandom but…

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Tokyo’s Saturday Night Vision

May 19, 2016

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

How are all of you? Have you all been well this past week? Those Kenshuusei were something, weren’t they? I might have to write a post about them sometime…

Why? Well, I’ve been a busy little bee, developing the prologue to one of my webcomic series. Due to its different tone, I was planning on releasing it separately from the main series. Of course, this has the consequence of pushing said main series back as I want the progression to feel natural. Call me a perfectionist!

In the meantime, I was also planning to submit to FORGE. Art Magazine‘s twelfth issue. Submissions end June 1st so wish me luck!

Of course, this meant any possible submission to Alterna Comics’ IF Anthology will have to be for next year. (Sadface.) At least they gave us a clue as to what the next theme is! (It’s “crime,” by the way.)

However, all of this does not excuse me from certain duties. Fan art exhibit aside, I have a blog to run! (Blogs, if you count the Tumblr side blog.) As we all know, it’ll be a few weeks until Kanon departs from idol life to share her smile with others. As a longtime Morning Musume fan who figuratively broke her thumbs crafting two tributes to her, I am obligated to write a review for her sendoff single…

UtakataSaturdayNight!

…So let’s dig into Utakata Saturday Night! / The Vision / Tokyo to Iu Katasumi and see if it’s worth smiling about!

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Beginning Love, Itoshima Distance, One After Another

May 12, 2016

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

So let’s dig into Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku / Itoshima Distance / Koi Nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru.

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