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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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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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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Let’s Have Morning Coffee Together for 20+ Years

May 4, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Long time no see, yes? Well, it’s been a long break, but there’s a reason for this: the previous post was #199, meaning that two years after the 100th Post, we’ve reached 200 posts on Magic Morning Meteora!

Since February, a poll/survey/what have you was held to determine the topic for this landmark post, which was open until April 24 sometime after 11:00 UTC. The results were announced the following Friday on the 25th with Morning Coffee and its iterations.

This is rather appropriate because Morning Musume is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with their major debut song as part of the festivities. (That’s not getting into the fact the blog is celebrating its 10th anniversary, having been established during Momusu’s 10th.)

So let’s dig into Magic Morning Meteora #200 and kill two birds with one stone!

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Meow, Not Right: A Speech Facing Frankness

March 2, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

So we’re finally here. The final single of 2016. It’s been a long road, a long month to get to this month.

It’s fitting we’re here at this point now. Today is the 12th anniversary of the CD release of Morning Coffee. In a few weeks, Sato Masaki will officially return from sick leave, the same day as my 12th netiversary. Plus, Morning Musume ’17 has already unleashed their might onto the world and the music charts.

(On another note, the aforementioned netiversary is close to Nattosoup’s birthday and I recommend you watch her videos, especially if you want to learn about watercolors and/or comics.)

Either way, let’s all commerate all the occasions by digging into Morning Musume #62!

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Climatic Singing Like Back Then is an Electrostatic Dream

February 23, 2017

Preface: There’s going to be a lot of embedded content in this post.

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

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It’s hard to believe we’ve reached this point. Between the backlog of posts involving their juniors (namely Country Girls, ANGERME, and Juice=Juice) and their imminent demise, it’s hard to believe we’ve come to this point in time.

So with the true final single on the way, let’s close off February by digging into C-ute #30!

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Keep On Heartdancing on Dream Road, ‘Morrow Idiot!

February 16, 2017

Preface: There’s going to be a lot of embedded content in this post.

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Announced on July 3rd, Juice=Juice’s 8th single is the first triple A-side since their major debut single back in 2014 with the titles and lyricist info announced on the 12th. This single in particular has a fascinating bit of trivia in that one of the A-sides is written by the former Moon Princess herself, the ANGERME alumni Fukuda Kanon. (The name Kanon seems to be on the radar these days….)

On August 11, it was announced that the release date was moved from the original September 7th to October 26th.

So let’s dig into Juice=Juice’s triple feature and see if they kept up the fruity goodness.

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Forgotten Unexplained Human Love Evolution and Degeneration

February 14, 2017

Preface: There’s going to be a lot of embedded content in this post.


Greetings and happy Valentine’s Day, Citizens of the Universe!
Today is a special day here on M3 as it was 3 hours and 3 years ago that the blog was officially revived (holdover post that was later remade as the page it was intended to be notwithstanding). In the past, such occasions was lumped together with traditional Valentine’s Day festivities. In 2015, it was celebrated with the Chocolate Soul Disco miniseries, spotlighting Perfume, Matsuura Aya, and Kikkawa You. Unfortunately, the occasion wasn’t “marked” in 2016, most likely due to the fact that everyone (myself included) was reeling from Suzuki Kanon’s announcement a few weeks before.

However, it will be marked this year here on the blog! What do you ask? Well, the title and excerpt should tell you everything:

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…I’ll Forget I Can’t Explain The Human Degenerative Evolution of Love For You…

That’s right. In addition to getting rid of that annoying backlog that was built up from burnout and malaise, we’re commemorating Valentine’s Day/M3’s 3rd reviversary by digging into ANGERME #22, featuring the first appearance of Kasahara Momona.

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