Perfect Magnolia Blossoms

August 28, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Welcome to the final post in Magnolia Month, a month-long celebration of the One Punch Mags.

While we got off to a rough start by addressing the elephant in the room that was Mt. Fujii’s eruption, we danced around with fans and ninjas before rocking out with the Kenshuusei leader. Now, as summer ends and autumn begins to be on the horizon (unless you go by the Japanese calendar, in which case we’re knee deep in aki), it’s time to become a bit more reflective… even a bit retrospective.

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Back in late 2016, in contrast to the past few months, Kobushi Factory kept quiet in that time. Why? Well, they had a full album on the way, collecting some songs they’ve been performing on tour and teasing us in Hello! Sute and Upcoming (TEKI), their singles (duh), and some new material. To promote this collection, a new MV was unvieled for all of the world (which I somehow kept neglecting to cover during that slew of reviews I did earlier this year).

So without further ado, let’s dig into Kobushi no Hana!

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Ding Dong Dell. Hikarei’s in the Well

August 21, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Today is a special day here on M3. Why? Today’s my birthday! (…Unless you’re reading this after the publishing date.) Being that we’ve had a week of bad news and a nice single that is bittered by said news, I feel like we should inject some of the fun that the One Punch Maggies are known for in honor of this occasion.

What better way to do that than this wacky little duet with Kobushi Factory’s Inoue Rei and Hello Pro Kenshuusei leader Inoue Hikaru? (Seriously, if she doesn’t debut soon, she might “complete her training” soon. She’s in the danger zone on my spreadsheet. …Yes, I’m enough of a dork to create a spreadsheet about the Kenshuusei.)

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Spontaneously revealed on a then-recent Upcoming, this rockin’ song with comical lyrics showcases the talents of these two ladies. Seriously, they are talented.

So without further ado, let’s dig into Inoue no Uta!

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Floral-Patterned Job-Hunting with a Smile

August 17, 2017

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Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

The summer’s been a rather… chaotic one. As mentioned in a previous post, practically every group in H!P had a lineup change by mid-July. Well, all except one: Tsubaki Factory. Yeah, Asakura Kiki’s on medical leave for her lumbar herniation, but the group’s pretty much unchanged otherwise. In the midst of all of these changes, it’s nice to see some form of stability. (Of course, this may be helped by the fact that they were in the middle of doing single promo work.)

So without further ado, let’s dig into Tsubaki Factory #2 (or #5 if you count the indies) and see where the Camellias have gone from here!

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Shalala, Who Cares? REAL Ninjas Can Do It!

August 14, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

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How is everyone today/night? After the somewhat heavy posts last week, it’s time to attempt some form of normalcy. Then again, given the past few months’ events, especially with the spotlight group of this month, no discussion of said events is complete without a look into their latest single, whose release cycle and tie-in have been swept up into these events.

So without further ado, let’s dig into Kobushi Factory #4! Believe it!

MORNING TWILIGHT NO JUTSU!

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Tear-colored Witches Don’t Need Anything But Love

August 10, 2017

Don’t forget the Welcome ANGERME Project! Submissions close in late September!

“…a message for you is the misty vernal moon.
Only the months and days are sure to come around again”
–Minezaki Koto, Zangetsu (“Morning Moon”)

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

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How’s your summer so far? It’s been a rather… interesting one so far. Between the whirlwind of change that erupted in H!P and the world being in a state of transition, it can be a trying time.

In regards to H!P, quite a few has happened so far. C-ute disbanded, Tsugunaga Momoko graduated, any group that wasn’t suffixed “Factory” gained new members, and Kobushi Factory lost one when Fujii Rio’s contract was terminated.

In regards to one group, a sense of absence is already awash in the group as Aikawa Maho is (as of this writing) on medical leave for panic disorder (prompting fanproject galore to show support). However, life must go on and the cycle must continue. “The show must go on,” as it is said in show business.

Therefore, let’s dig into ANGERME #23 and see how “the show went on.”

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Feel It! Dance the Furnace Foot Stomp

June 15, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

If you’re reading this, then we have eaten our tear-sprinkled chocolate pudding, staining our brand-new blue jeans as we’ve watched (or wished to have watched) C-ute head off into the sunset. The sheer sense of loss cannot but put into words.

Neither can you accurately describe the sense of pride and joy that came with H!P as a whole… once you brush off the anxious feeling of uncertainly surrounding the rebooted Country Musume. (You can try though.)

However, to quote many a song, “life goes on.” We’ve had our time to grieve, to celebrate, to say goodbye… even if many of us probably did at least one of those things at this point. C-ute has left their mark and their legacy is sealed, a torch passed on to the rest of H!P.

Let us talk about one such part of this sisterhood, shall we?

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Juice=Juice. Cool, refreshing, mature Juice=Juice. “Youthfully sizzling” Juice=Juice. Juice=Juice, named by the Great and Powerful Tsunku to express a desire for the group to “be always fresh and full of personality, and that in Japan anything is called ‘juice” whereas overseas unless it’s 100% pure it’s not ‘juice’. Despite that he said they would not be a childlike group and that he wants them to reach beyond their limits with being cool.” (Thanks generasia.)

Juice=Juice, having spent the early part of 2016 in a dorama about being an idol and hoping to get a gig at the legendary Budokan. Who have done 220+ shows in a span of 2 years. Who will be going on the very first “world tour” in H!P’s history, not even going for one-night engagements in far-off lands (to the mixed delight, chagrin, and fascination of the fandom at the “experiment”. As of this writing, the dates for the shows in Mexico, the UK, France, and Germany have been announced).

However, I’m getting ahead of myself. It’s been at least 6 months and a day since their last release (and four months since my review of said release). Therefore, let’s dig into Juice=Juice #9 and see what freshness they’ve brought into 2017.
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The Curtain-Rising Final Squall To Tomorrow

June 8, 2017

Since C-ute’s disbandment is near, you’re welcome to get a headstart on the Memorial Survey right here.

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

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It’s been a long, long road, but we’re finally (!) here. It feels like almost a year, right? C-ute announced their disbandment, a desire to pursue other dreams, in August 2016. The send-offs began with a penultimate single, a complete box set, and numerous fan tributes. Buono! very recently closed its book, to the sadness and bittersweet happiness of fans. (Happy because the members get to explore and we’re no longer tortured with hiatuses, sad for the fact it’s officially over.)

C-ute’s members announced their post-grad plans just days before this post went up. (In fact, I was in the process of making it.)

Since C-ute’s disbandment is near, you’re welcome to get a headstart on the Memorial Survey by clicking this link.

So without further ado, let’s dig into C-ute #31!

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Jealousy for a Brand New Morning

June 8, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

We’ve made it. After the darkness comes the light. Winter, with its lip-splitting blizzards, torturing SAD sufferers and anyone else who relates to “California Dreamin'” by the Mamas and the Papas.

However, there was something to look forward to come March. In fact, despite the chaos and burning dumpster fires happening at the year’s beginning, there was a reason to look at the bright side: Morning Musume’s 20th anniversary. In late January–the 28th to be exact, the 20th anniversary of the release of Morning Coffee–a new MV was unvieled: Morning Misoshiru, a miso-themed remake to the classic track announced earlier in the month for the sake of a commercial. (For more on that, look to the commemorative 200th post!)

There’s been a lot of build-up and hype in regards to this release, between the aforementioned miso-themed remake and the surprise collaboration unit Sashining Musume (which came with its own… set upon its announcement). (Even then, they’re essentially rarities as they were only available on the “Limited Edition SP” version of the single. If you want anything that is remotely akin to the songs, your best bet is probably the Type-A version of AKB48’s Thumbnail album, featuring the “AKB48” version of the collab song. The “Morning Musume” version was on the aforementioned “Limited Edition.”)

All that aside, it’s a time of celebration because Morning Musume is now 20 years old! *snf* These idol groups grow up so fast. *shikushiku* I’m not crying!

Anyway… Let’s celebrate the envy-inducing BRAND NEW MORNING by digging into Morning Musume #62, featuring the first appearance of 13th Gen members Kaga Kaede and Yokoyama Reina! (On that note…. I never did make a post about them….)

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Just Try for a First Love Sunrise, Beautiful Camellia!

May 25, 2017

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Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

 

2017 was off to an… interesting start, between the political maelstrom that rocked the Internet to the various literal and metaphorical flurries that marked the winter. Despite it all, we had idols to keep our spirits up, even if some parts of it had a bittersweet quality to them. Last time, we took a look at Country Girls’ latest offering — and the very last single to feature its most senior member. This time, we’re switching gears to look at some newer faces who hope to be “fresh and evergreen” like their namesake flower, the camellia.

So without further ado, let’s dig into Tsubaki Factory #1 (or #4 if you count the indies), featuring the first appearance of the three new blooms!
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For Good or Bad, It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time!

May 25, 2017

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Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

How are things on your end? It’s been a crazy few months, right? Graduation announcements galore this spring (’tis the season), influenza, and other woes (and this is just in idoldom).

Well, allow me to bring back some normalcy with a review! Just like the last backlog, we start things off with Country Girls. Where we were in an innocent mindset with the previous single, this single had a particular shadow as it’s the last single to feature Playing Manager Tsugunaga Momoko.

So without further ado, let’s dig into Country Girls #5!

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