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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God Save Queen & Elizabeth

May 24, 2015

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Today is a friend’s birthday so to commemorate, this post is going to go a bit off the beaten path for this blog’s fare. Now, I usually talk about H!P, but as an idol fan, it is near-impossible to get away from a certain other collective. That’s right, this post is going to talk about the 48s. Fortunately, this doesn’t involve any wacky incidents so this one is going to be a little happier.

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Birds of Paradise with Cherry Ice Cream Smiles…

July 21, 2014

As I’m writing this, there may or may not be a football game being played in Rio de Janeiro (and by the time you read this, no games will be playing there). Oh wait, that’s not what this Rio is named for.

About two years ago, I got hopelessly hooked onto an old 80s hit: Duran Duran’s Rio. With a cool and tropical sound with a pretty girl as a metaphorical subject, the English new wavers pretty much serenaded their desire to win over American audiences. (As you can tell by the fact the song is now an 80’s classic on both sides of the Atlantic, they did. You can see (or rather, hear) why.)

Going back to the song, the song was just as much manifesto to expand as it is a love song to a beautiful dancer girl.

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Keep Calm and Support AKB48 – Take Two

May 29, 2014

So ya thought ya might like to go to the show
To feel the warm thrill of confusion and that space cadet glow
Did you see the frightened ones?
Did you hear the falling bombs?

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Keep Calm and Support AKB48

May 25, 2014

We interrupt this stream of updates with an emergency update. I’m not even saving it for Twitter because my thoughts can’t be summed up in 140 characters.

What. The. Eff.

This is the stuff people dreaded, hoped that never happened… but did. This is the kind of stuff outsiders and haters would normally associate with us.

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