Floral-Patterned Job-Hunting with a Smile

August 17, 2017

ShuukatsuSensation-lsp

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!

Read the rest of this entry »

Advertisements

Shalala, Who Cares? REAL Ninjas Can Do It!

August 14, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

KFShalalaSLE

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!

Read the rest of this entry »


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!

AiSaeArebaNannimoIranai-ls

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.”

Read the rest of this entry »


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.

Read the rest of this entry »


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.

Read the rest of this entry »


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

Read the rest of this entry »


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?

JidandaDance-r

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.
Read the rest of this entry »


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!

Read the rest of this entry »


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!

ToTomorrow-rb

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!

Read the rest of this entry »


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….)

Read the rest of this entry »


%d bloggers like this: