Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!
It has been quite a while hasn’t it?
As mentioned on this post on Kathartic Bohemia, I took a break from blogging to better focus on other things (one big thing being art). This quietly went into effect mid/late May after finishing the post about C-ute’s impending concert in Mexico (but if you’ve read the posts that preceded it, you can see why I needed a break). Between fulfilling a past obligation, depicting a forgotten kirin nurse and a plucky thief with a heart of gold as Puffs, coloring covers for an MLP fanfic and a webcomic, depicting grande dame vampires, and unveiling a future project, I’ve been occupying my time.
However, while I was on break from blogging (which began to increase with every art project and even cheated with a surprise music review), the idol world kept turning:
- ANGERME has announced a single that will certainly appeal to me and other Magical Girl fans, though the response on the Chuu!Sugoi!Idol H!P fan page were either gripes about the outfits or comparisons to past H!P couture.
- Kago Ai’s husband was arrested on reported domestic violence charges. Kago herself was found to have injuries concurrent with spousal abuse. As this is a topic that really cuts me (especially since Aibon is one of my all-time favorites of the “classic” members), this really left me numb. I wish Kago Ai the best.
- Juice=Juice has an album coming out next month. Truth be told, one of the drafts I left behind when I started my hiatus was a Juice=Juice post for the summer series. (It might end up being the only one as the response hasn’t been fruitful. The fate of the series will be announced in a post coming later today.)
- Shimamura Uta has withdrawn from Country Girls due to contractual issues. When I first read this (on the H!P fan page), I immediately thought of former Juice= Juice member Otsuka Aina who had done the same thing right around this time of year. The Curse Superstition Factory (lol) is alive again with cries of “Country Musume curse” or a curse befalling KSS groups.
- Not long after this news dropped, anther bomb has been deployed: Kobushi Factory will be getting their major debut this fall! While the news is praised by the fandom at large, some (including Chiima and Ikuta Kate) express concern over the possbility that this announcement was made to cushion the blow of the preceding one.
In less blog-related news, I finally have a Facebook page! If you like my art as much you like my writing, feel free to click “Like” and follow for further updates and inspiration. I’m also on Google+ now so you can add me to your circles and share.
Until next time,