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…


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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?


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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In Memory of C-ute: The Memorial Survey Opens

June 9, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Idols have come and gone. When Michishige Sayumi’s graduation was on the horizons, fans illustrated the impact of her tenure as a Musume and it was immortalized as the “results show” of Michishige Sayumemorial Survey. When Berryz Koubou announced their “indefinite hiatus,” their legacy was immortalized in the “results show” of the Berryz Memorial Survey.

Now, after months of consideration and planning, months of construction, and at least a month in “preview mode,” it is now time to unveil the latest Memorial Survey to immortalize an H!P legend.

As promised, here’s the C-ute Memorial Survey!

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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!


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


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


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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Her Name was RioRio: Graduation Triangle Complete

May 19, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

I’m sure you’ve heard the news by now: Kobushi Factory subleader Fujii Rio will be graduating. Soon.

My initial reaction was basically South Kai in first scene in the Broly Abridged Movie (particularly 0:22-0:32… or 0:48. Also, language warning. Then again, if you’re familiar with Team Four Star’s work this may not be necessary).

Yeah… I took a quasi-hiatus from Twitter for the sake of my sanity (don’t ask) and despite getting weird vibes of something akin to this, especially regarding Fujii Rio (I honestly don’t why these things happen!), this was out of left field even for me.

Now that things have calmed down… let’s see.

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Fandom Enlightening the World: The Welcome ANGERME Project

May 18, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

We interrupt our regularly scheduled content with a Fan Project Boost Alert! The subject of this is a public service announcement regarding a fan project hosted by monkiipop.

Long story short, the aim of this project is to show ANGERME that yes, their desire to perform overseas isn’t so pie-in-the-sky and there are fans who would love to see them.

monkiipop hopes to make a video of the many contributions and no matter how you participate, you must include “Welcome to [country name]!” in your language. Written, spoken, “made out of letter balloons,” it doesn’t matter how it’s written.

There are four options in joining the projects but you can choose a maximum of two:

  • A short video that is not more than 25 seconds. Singing, dancing, speaking, holding a sign, showcasing your country, anything goes, as long as it’s respectful! You can also hide your face if you so wish.
  • A photo utilizing the same rules.
  • A drawing.
  • A brief message on a piece of paper that is sent as a photo/drawing. (monkiipop would rather not have the video filled with just writing though.)

You can submit your content via email (welcomeangerme@gmail.com) or Twitter DM (@monkiipop), but be sure to do so by June 18, the end of September 2017 your local time!

The video will be uploaded in early July on monkiipop’s channel so it can be seen and shared by as many people as possible (aka everyone!). It’ll also be sent to UP-FRONT LINK so it’ll be able to reach ANGERME.

Be sure to share this project with as many fans as you can!

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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