Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!
Sorry for the quiet in updates. I’ve been a bit busy… and drained in recent weeks. Some may say I was a tad distracted, what with the goings-on in politics (including a GOP tax plan and the FCC net neutrality vote) and other events (like Kuduu’s then-impending graduation, the results of the H!P audition, the strange single releases, and Taguchi’s “departure”) eating at my mind.
In fact, I was content with just letting things be as they may and take the rest of the year off on account of the drain (so sorry if this “final (review) post of 2017” is a tad more barebones than usual, trying to get this out before Christmas). However, there was something stopping that: a special review for M3’s 10th anniversary, namely one for the final single of Melon Kinenbi during their time in H!P.
Remember when I said there was a reason we started the year with a Melon Kinenbi post?
Well, one of the last releases of M3’s debut year was the Melon Kinenbi EP Melon Juice, released on December 12, 2007 (ten years ago last Tuesday).
Its opening track, Charisma, Kirei, was later released as a single with a new B-side in March 19, 2008. (Ironically, this was mildly less than a year before M3 would move to WordPress.) Selling 2,180 units, what became Melon Kinenbi’s final H!P single is also their worst-selling one.
(On another note, the fact it was going to be reviewed regardless was why “Charisma Kirei” was left out of the poll. It being the worst-selling single had nothing to do with it.)
Given that 2017 is winding down (and it’s almost Christmas), let’s dig into Charisma, Kirei and see if this has more charisma than this year had to offer.
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