Twenty Years of Morning Service

September 14, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

If you’re reading this, then it is (or has been) officially 21:00 on September 14 in Japan. What does that have to do with anything? Well, 20 years and one week before on the program ASAYAN (which aired at 21:00), five finalists from a Sharam-Q audition were given a five days to sell 5,000 copies of their demo single (which they would later do and thus change J-pop history forever, but I’m getting ahead of myself).

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Eight Little Magnolias

September 11, 2017

Eight Little Magnolias debuted in Idol Heaven.
One got terminated and then there were seven.
Seven Little Magnolias cured our idol fix.
One graduated and then there were six.

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

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All you children who love stories gather ’round. I have quite the yarn for you story-lovers here.

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Frosty Reflections

September 9, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

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It’s that time of year again, Ice Fairy Appreciation Day. In 2015, I talked about their genesis and progress (up to that point), highlighting how far they’ve come. (As we know, this was very timely as Sayashi Riho would announce her graduation almost two months afterwards.)

In 2016, down two Fairies via graduations, the first wave of the Powerpuff Musume ’16 series was unveiled to commemorate the day.

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HOLY 💛💛💛💛!  The Mustard Maggie’s Out Like a Mustang

August 7, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe.

Welcome, one and all, to a little something I call Magnolia Month. On every “Magnolia Monday” in August, I will put out a Kobushi Factory-related post. Now, how did this come about? Well, the original plan was to do a little mini-special event where I’d review the MV for Kobushi no Hana and the (as of this writing) latest single for the Maggies. (As you can kinda see, I decided to return to that idea and those will be saved for later.)

However, Fate had other ideas. All you children who love stories gather ’round…

On an overcast July morning, I looked around social media and the internet in a state of boredom. I try to think about my comic, drafting ideas for promo once my break ends. I resolved an issue that was roadblocking me the night before and considering my weird sleep schedule (coupled with the strange weather), I was hoping for something. I thought, “you’re just tired and need to go to bed.  You’re having an off day.” Being with family helped, as we got to chatting.

I resigned myself to another uneventful day of waiting for the H!P summer tour to start, Haromageddon 2017 having died down for now.

And then… I check the Hello! Project fan page and was greeted with a terrible surprise.

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Haromageddon 2017 ~ 15 Years Later

July 31, 2017

“And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.”
— Revelation 6:1

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Last week, I talked about Haromageddon 2002. This week, on the 15th anniversary of those events, I’m going to talk to you about…

Haromageddon 2017!

You can read the somewhat abridged version on this Tumblr post.

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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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