Haromageddon 2002 ~ 15 Years Earlier

July 24, 2017

“Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.”
— Revelation 16:15-16 (KJV)

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe.

Next week marks 15 years to the day when a lot changed for H!P (or began to). The Project as we know it (or rather, knew it) can be traced to the seismic changes that happened beginning with this day. Ladies, gentlemen, and anyone in-between and outside, I welcome you to…

Haromageddon

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The Rain is Falling

May 5, 2017

I hate days like this
When it rains and rains
And rains and rains

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe,

Despite the cheer of the 200th Post, it is with sadness that this has to be Post #201 instead of a Country Girls review.

Why? The last full week of April ended in a surreal manner. While watching the Hello! Pro Kenshuusei lottery, I thought about Up Up Girls. Then again, it may be an imprint that I caught the odd tweet about them. Hours later, past 7pm, I got a notification on my phone about Kame’s post about their announcement earlier that day: Sengoku Minami and Sato Ayano announce their graduation.

“Am I psychic or something?!” I cried in my head. It was just so strange, knowing I thought about Sengoku Minami and her long tenure, reminded of her in the names of the current trainees.

However, despite the uncomfortably warm day (it was the first fully sunny and warm day in what felt like weeks. It’s been a very rainy and cool/cold April for me), it was set to worsen. Sure, rain was in the forecast, but… not at all like what’s to come.

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M3 Cake Day 2016 – Strongest 9th

October 23, 2016

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).

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WAFNA~! C-ute’s Disbanding. O Fortuna…

September 1, 2016

I bemoan the wounds of Fortune
with weeping eyes,
for the gifts she made me
she perversely takes away

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Well, as promised from last week’s post, here is the proper take on C-ute’s announcement.

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Disband on the Run

August 30, 2016

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

This post is going to talk something may seem unrelated at first, but has quite the significance in the J-idol fandom. It’s been a year ago since Berryz Koubou went on indefinite hiatus. It has also been sometime since the J-pop Universe was rocked with its biggest scare yet: the “SMAP Disbandment” Scare (if you can call it that at this point).

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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.

mayu-tomita

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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Spring Daze

April 21, 2016

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Had a good one? As you may or may not know, I spent the last few weeks on “vacation,” or “spring break” as it were. Well, the main purpose of this is to let myself a break from talking so I can focus on my main gig, which it is being an artist. Plus, it is also to allow myself a decent break as to provide you a quality posts.

Why? Because I am a person with very high standards, and let’s face it: the past few posts weren’t exactly up to snuff.

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Why Am I An Idol Fan?

December 24, 2015

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Sometime last month, Chiima celebrated her 5th anniversary as a blogger with a post and an accompanying contest. The latter is “simply” to answer the following question:

Why Am I An Idol Fan?

That’s a question that was on my mind. I was on and off about whether to enter or not, but I might as well. Who knows about the competition and who knows if I’ll win.

One big part of my answer is that idols provide a source of positivity in the face of increasing negativity. Case in point: Read the rest of this entry »


M³ Cake Day 2015

October 23, 2015

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

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It’s that time of the year again, where I reflect on the musings of yore. It’s been a long and winding road since the previous anniversary and even the blog’s humble beginnings and arrival. Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? Read the rest of this entry »


Graduation: Friends Forever?

September 16, 2015

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

How has your week been? Mine has been relatively uneventful, between the typical influx of followers and perusing of social media. I also had a minor time when I was burned out from working on comic pages all summer. The Ice Fairy Festival went by quietly, though I’d later discover that it ended on C-ute Day. (Fortunately, it was early morning in New Jersey. We’d also get more information regarding the new single, which did wonders for that post I made earlier that week.)

The day after that was the anniversary of Juice=Juice’s major debut, a great cause for celebration. Afterwards was the early celebration of my brother’s birthday and the aforementioned but thankfully brief burnout period.

Okay, now on to business! The nexus of this post was something that crossed my mind a week ago. thenumber244’s wonderful review of Morning Musume ’15’s 59th single mentioned a sobering fact:
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