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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Zangetsu: Mourning Moon

February 15, 2017

“There is no death, just a change in our cosmic address”
— Edgar Froese (1945-2015)

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe.

How are you on this wonderful day? Has it been cheerful? I hope it is. I really hate to bring the cheer to a halt, especially after I finished celebrating her life as an idol through an originally unrelated review.

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It’s roughly a week since we received the terrible news of Matsuno Rina’s passing, reveal two days later to be from “lethal arrhythmia”. Chiima describes the sorrow perfectly in her post, how it’s the kind of news nobody wants to bear. As I mentioned in my comment on Kame’s post, this was one big reason I made my plea to enjoy an idol’s time while we can. It’s awful knowing that Country Musume’s first lineup change was the result of a death, watching Ladies’ Code succumb to the horrid twist of fate, Tsukimiya Karen having also entered the realm of dreams close to Rina’s age, knowing a Mama Musume had to bury her firstborn not long after bringing him here…

It’s terrible it took me this long to jot it down into words… even if it’s superfluous as I dedicated my ANGERME review to her, my way of honoring the life she led as an idol. This is especially since I deliberately posted it on Valentine’s Day, a day where we celebrate love.

Every time I think about it, I return to a piece of classical Japanese music I heard as a tween (did I mention I have weird taste in music?): Minezaki Koto’s Zangetsu (“Morning Moon”).

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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:

Forgotten Unexplained Human Love Evolution and Degeneration

…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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Shoot for the Moon, C-uties!

February 10, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

If you’re reading this, then we have less than a month left before the submission period to the Chuu!Sugoi!Idol C-ute tribute project ends. For a recap/summary of the project, take a look at the embedded post below. (If you can’t see it, you can see the post here.)
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Do Tearful Requests Matter?

February 9, 2017

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

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“Baby, don’t I think” what?

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

After weeks of 4K Melons, Maho birthday projects, and Okinawan grandma idols, it’s time to return to more “normal” fare here on M3. Namely, getting to those long-awaited, long-delayed reviews from a quarter ago.

If I may be frank, it’s been a long quarter year and 2 months. From the last phase of election campaigning to the election results to the various protests and calls to action (some more literal than others) to the bizarre antics of the new administration, it really took its toll. Compounding this was a long feeling of burnout that culminated in an unpleasant Christmas present in the form of stomach flu. (Sheesh, that’s the second time in the row where a bout of burnout and illness marked my final months of a year.)

Anyway, things appear to have gotten back to normal. While I’m somewhat disappointed in the fact the M3 comic is behind schedule (primarily due to scripting issues), I am glad that a backlog of posts that erupted is finally being chipped away at. (Curse you, H!P, and how you have a buttload of groups who haven’t released a single A-side single since 2013.)

So let’s begin where we left off in 2016 by digging into Country Girls #4!

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Come On and Dance with Kohamajima’s Pop Grannies!

February 2, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

How are you today? I’m doing a lot better than a few weeks ago and this post is one reason why!

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Some time ago, I was watching Newsroom Tokyo on TV. (There’s a block on WLIW World that shows the aforementioned news program along with Direct Talk.) I was originally going to skip it as all of the top stories (and some auxiliary ones) involved everyone’s “favorite” celebrity president. (This was one reason I took a quasi-hiatus from social media, primarily Twitter as the following paragraph explains somewhat.)

What kept me along was (besides the fact I was distracted by Twitter and 90% of my timeline was dominated by politics) was this delightful story about “Grandma idols” and their then-impending trek to Singapore. Their fascinating story intrigued me, prompting the following response:

Well, as you can tell, I’m talking about these wonderful ladies.

This can help bring some context to it all (along with being a somewhat abridged version of the section immediately following the break):

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A Sallying Forth Project About Maho

January 19, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Sometime on Tuesday, I came across the following tweet:

Needless to say, I felt it to be important to spread awareness regarding this project. It will also go on the bulletin board widget on the Sidebar.

A project is being arranged by Japanese fans to send messages of support to Aikawa Maho, who is currently on hiatus for panic disorder. The project organizer has also sent confirmation that overseas fans can participate as well.
You can participate in three ways:

  • Twitter Route: Tweet/DM @aiai_birthday18 (the project’s Twitter account) with your name, country, and message
  • Google Form Route: Fill in the Google form here: http://goo.gl/Dfnrix
  • Image Route: Write your name, country, and message on the provided picture card. However, if you so choose this method, you must send it back as a 91x55mm image.

Regardless of whatever method you choose, bear in mind these things:

  • You can write your message in English or Japanese and you are welcome to “add some words of your own language if you would like too [sic].”
  • Your message must be short as it will be placed on the small cards, which will then be placed in an album.
  • Your submission is due March 17th Japan time.

I hope you consider participating and showing Aikawa Maho the support she needs. Being an idol can be hard on the mind and a good support system is important in times like these.

Until the next time!
— Magi-Kat


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