Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!
If you’re reading this, then we’ve reached the point where nine years ago, I posted the self-introduction to the blogging world.
A lot has happened since then (which have all been covered in previous posts).
M3’s previous anniversary was marred by two things: the YouTube Red Scare and the announcement of Sayashi Riho’s graduation. That informed the rather somber post-Cake Day mood on the blog.
Compounding this was Fukuda Kanon’s then-impending graduation, encapsuled by posts about fan tributes and her final single as an idol.
New faces came around to counteract the departures with two new Country Girls and a literal Moekko from Kumamoto (and I write this on the 6 month anniversary of the earthquakes…).
Thanksgiving was marked with a digest post (the result of burnout and busyness), a failed contest post dissecting my love for idols, and more news. 2015 was officially closed off with the obligatory review post.
2016 began with a review of the final single of Morning Musume ’15, followed by news of the (first) 13th Gen auditions (how are those going by the way).
The next weeks were about Juice=Juice and their Budokan-bound fictional counterparts NEXT YOU. After that was a fortnight about Kobushi Factory’s sophomore single, particularly Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsumoushin and Osu! Kobushi Tamashii.
The next week was a strange one as it announced the tribute project to Suzuki Kanon, who had announced her graduation ten days before.
After that, the next few weeks were devoted to Country Girls’ third single: Boogie Woogie LOVE / Koi wa Magnet / Ranrarun ~Anata ni Muchuu~.
Completing this sandwich is a post about Tamura Meimi’s graduation and its associated tribute project.
After that came the review for Sakura Night Fever and a review of Anataboshi for a rather macabre reason….
After returning to the blog in a haze, posting returned by boosting Kumamoto recovery efforts (of which there’s still a lot to do!), various fan projects for Zukki and Meimei (which were all successes), and the hiatus news of Inaba Manaka. (No, I’m not going to play the whole “they were delaying the inevitable. Manaka is the new Kanna” schtick. I’m not a conspiracy theorist. Yes, I know there’s some degree of fakeness in the idol industry, but I’ll save that rant for another post.) Reviews came in the form of C-ute, ANGERME, and Morning Musume ’16. Ending it was a post about Kenshuusei Test winners and M3’s tribute to Zukki and Meimei.
All through June, I had drafted a post in response to Mayu Tomita’s stabbing. Due the publishing schedule (which I put in place to alleviate burnout), I stopped once June 20 came around and it was the first post to be published in the next quarter.
After that came my response to Kasahara Momona’s promotion to Crying Angel. The week after that came Kobushi Factory’s third single. Unfortunately, it was posted at the same time as a sorrowful bit of news came out: Inaba Manaka’s impromptu graduation. Compounding this was news of more departures, this time from the Kenshuusei.
Fortunately, next week came out with more positivity as the Ice Fairy Festival was announced on the blog. Sadly, this euphoria was not to last as two J-pop legends announced their disbandment within days: SMAP and C-ute. The mood was hopefully lightened by the 2016 Ice Fairy Festival, the linchpin post of which also acting as the debut of first part of the Powerpuff Musume ’16 series. The quarter then ended with the Camellias with a spotlight on their MVs and their new members.
Tune in this Friday for a follow-up post!
Until next time!