Twenty Years of Morning Service

September 14, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

If you’re reading this, then it is (or has been) officially 21:00 on September 14 in Japan. What does that have to do with anything? Well, 20 years and one week before on the program ASAYAN (which aired at 21:00), five finalists from a Sharam-Q audition were given a five days to sell 5,000 copies of their demo single (which they would later do and thus change J-pop history forever, but I’m getting ahead of myself).

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Eight Little Magnolias

September 11, 2017

Eight Little Magnolias debuted in Idol Heaven.
One got terminated and then there were seven.
Seven Little Magnolias cured our idol fix.
One graduated and then there were six.

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

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All you children who love stories gather ’round. I have quite the yarn for you story-lovers here.

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Frosty Reflections

September 9, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

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It’s that time of year again, Ice Fairy Appreciation Day. In 2015, I talked about their genesis and progress (up to that point), highlighting how far they’ve come. (As we know, this was very timely as Sayashi Riho would announce her graduation almost two months afterwards.)

In 2016, down two Fairies via graduations, the first wave of the Powerpuff Musume ’16 series was unveiled to commemorate the day.

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Perfect Magnolia Blossoms

August 28, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Welcome to the final post in Magnolia Month, a month-long celebration of the One Punch Mags.

While we got off to a rough start by addressing the elephant in the room that was Mt. Fujii’s eruption, we danced around with fans and ninjas before rocking out with the Kenshuusei leader. Now, as summer ends and autumn begins to be on the horizon (unless you go by the Japanese calendar, in which case we’re knee deep in aki), it’s time to become a bit more reflective… even a bit retrospective.

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Back in late 2016, in contrast to the past few months, Kobushi Factory kept quiet in that time. Why? Well, they had a full album on the way, collecting some songs they’ve been performing on tour and teasing us in Hello! Sute and Upcoming (TEKI), their singles (duh), and some new material. To promote this collection, a new MV was unvieled for all of the world (which I somehow kept neglecting to cover during that slew of reviews I did earlier this year).

So without further ado, let’s dig into Kobushi no Hana!

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Ding Dong Dell. Hikarei’s in the Well

August 21, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Today is a special day here on M3. Why? Today’s my birthday! (…Unless you’re reading this after the publishing date.) Being that we’ve had a week of bad news and a nice single that is bittered by said news, I feel like we should inject some of the fun that the One Punch Maggies are known for in honor of this occasion.

What better way to do that than this wacky little duet with Kobushi Factory’s Inoue Rei and Hello Pro Kenshuusei leader Inoue Hikaru? (Seriously, if she doesn’t debut soon, she might “complete her training” soon. She’s in the danger zone on my spreadsheet. …Yes, I’m enough of a dork to create a spreadsheet about the Kenshuusei.)

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Spontaneously revealed on a then-recent Upcoming, this rockin’ song with comical lyrics showcases the talents of these two ladies. Seriously, they are talented.

So without further ado, let’s dig into Inoue no Uta!

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Floral-Patterned Job-Hunting with a Smile

August 17, 2017

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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!

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Shalala, Who Cares? REAL Ninjas Can Do It!

August 14, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

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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!

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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!

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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.”

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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.

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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

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