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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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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An Immortal Peach Berry: Momochi Goes Back to School

November 9, 2016

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

How are you on this Wednesday morning? Still sore from the election? (You can bet your butt I am….)

Let’s take a breather from that discussion. Allow me to tell you a tale.

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Last Quarter Phase of 2016

October 13, 2016

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Another quarter down, another one to go. I hope to get the blog updating as usual as I’m a little in the middle of a project. I’ll let you know when I can give more details. Therefore, if the blog is slow to update, I humbly apologize.

And now I have a very special announcement for you all…

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Loss Stinks: No Country for Manakan

August 9, 2016

GABURINABACCHO!

(Don’t worry. This’ll be the last post to begin like this, but the pun was too irresistible. Had to bring in some humor to this dark time!)

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Enjoying the Games so far? At least they provide a welcome distraction from the loss we experienced last week.

So let’s dig into “Manakaloss” and see… well… how we came to this point, for starters?

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The act of surviving the departure of an idol is a brave act in of itself.

Brave In!

FIRE!

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Much Love for Manaka

May 3, 2016

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

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This is going to be a short one. As you all know, Inaba Manaka of Country Girls has announced to be going on a summer hiatus due to health reasons. She has had asthma ever since she was a child and her symptoms have flared up to the point that it’s interfering with idol activities. Therefore, she will be missing part of the group’s spring/summer tour (along with the H!P summer tour) and the Osaka performance of their musical has been canceled.

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I’ve Told Every Little Star

March 10, 2016

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Just like it’s been a long time since the One Punch Mags’ last offering, the same has been true for the Country Girls. Their previous single, Wakatteiru no ni Gomen ne / Tamerai Summertime, was released in August 2015 with the review coming in right before then. This was not long after the sudden departure of star member Shimamura Uta less than three months after their debut cut.

While the sophomore single served to show the group can survive after such a loss, this single serves to show the group with new life injected into it. As we all know, much like the Group Formerly Known as S/mileage, new blood was announced during a commemoration of the group’s first anniversary. Unlike the Group Formerly Known as S/mileage, it wasn’t the search of new member that was announced — it was the discovery of them, in the form of two Kenshuusei.

So let’s dig into Ranrarun ~Anata ni Muchuu~ and see if Country Girls continues to evolve.

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Magnetic Love

March 10, 2016

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Just like it’s been a long time since the One Punch Mags’ last offering, the same has been true for the Country Girls. Their previous single, Wakatteiru no ni Gomen ne / Tamerai Summertime, was released in August 2015 with the review coming in right before then. This was not long after the sudden departure of star member Shimamura Uta less than three months after their debut cut.

While the sophomore single served to show the group can survive after such a loss, this single serves to show the group with new life injected into it. As we all know, much like the Group Formerly Known as S/mileage, new blood was announced during a commemoration of the group’s first anniversary. Unlike the Group Formerly Known as S/mileage, it wasn’t the search of new member that was announced — it was the discovery of them, in the form of two Kenshuusei.

So let’s dig into Koi wa Magnet and see if Country Girls continues to evolve.

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Boogie-Woogie Country Girls Of Compa-H!P

February 25, 2016

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Just like it’s been a long time since the One Punch Mags’ last offering, the same has been true for the Country Girls. Their previous single, Wakatteiru no ni Gomen ne / Tamerai Summertime, was released in August 2015 with the review coming in right before then. This was not long after the sudden departure of star member Shimamura Uta less than three months after their debut cut.

While the sophomore single served to show the group can survive after such a loss, this single serves to show the group with new life injected into it. As we all know, much like the Group Formerly Known as S/mileage, new blood was announced during a commemoration of the group’s first anniversary. Unlike the Group Formerly Known as S/mileage, it wasn’t the search of new member that was announced — it was the discovery of them, in the form of two Kenshuusei.

So let’s dig into Boogie-Woogie LOVE and see if Country Girls continues to evolve.
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More Country for New Girls

November 12, 2015

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

It was announced last week during their first birthday one-year anniversary event that Country Girls have received their second generation. (To put this in perspective with their successors, this would make them the sixth generation.)

The idea of a changing lineup would seem a bit strange, until you realize that it’s nothing new in Country Musume.

The blurb on the Hello! Project Wiki[a]’s front page puts it best:

In its early active years, the original Country Musume’s lineup was frequently changing. The resurrected Country Girls continues this tradition on the anniversary of their announcement by adding two new members, both from Hello Pro Kenshuusei.

Meet the New Girls

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