Smile for a Summer Night

May 24, 2018

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Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

As part of Hello! Project’s 20th anniversary celebration, I will take a look at various releases from the collective’s history.

In this post, we will take a look at the representative for 1998: Morning Musume’s Summer Night Town.

Kath, didn’t you cover Morning Musume enough this month?

Yes. Like I said in the last review, that’s what the Random Picker chose…. The Picker really loves Morning Musume.

Granted, 1998 was a time in which Hello! Project was essentially just Heike Michiyo and Momusu. Sure, Nakazawa Yuko also began her solo career (and all its enka-flavored glory) this year and Tanpopo was formed, but again… it was literally just Michiyo & the ASAYAN loser troupe! (As we all know, Nakazawa was the leader of Momusu and Tanpopo was said group’s first sub-unit. I think you can forgive me for 1998’s rep being Momusu-related. Sure, I could’ve pulled the executive card, but I wanted to be fair.)

With that in mind… let’s dig into Summer Night Town.

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A Melon-Flavored Carelessly Whispered Chance of LOVE

May 17, 2018

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Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

As part of Hello! Project’s 20th anniversary celebration, I will take a look at various releases from the collective’s history.

In this post, we will take a look at the representative for 2003: Melon Kinenbi’s Chance of LOVE.

Kath, isn’t 2003 the year you became a fan?!

Yes.

Then why aren’t you reviewing Go Girl ~ Koi no Victory?!

Because that’s what the Random Picker chose…. H!P released a lot of stuff back in the day (and even in the more recent years up to now). Besides, after last week, do you really want me to cover another Morning Musume track? It’s supposed to be a celebration of Hello! Project’s anniversary and the Mothership had their time in the limelight last year.

But Kath, this is the 20th anniversary of their major debut!

…Let’s dig into Melon Kinenbi.

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CONGRATULATIONS on Your Happy Summer Wedding!

May 10, 2018

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Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

As part of Hello! Project’s 20th anniversary celebration, I will take a look at various releases from the collective’s history.

In this post, we will take a look at the representative for 2000: Morning Musume’s Happy Summer Wedding. (This is rather fitting, given the recent news regarding last week’s topic.)

This one has a bit of a personal significance to me. While Go Girl ~ Koi no Victory was my “gateway” song into the H!P fandom (for a flimsy reason) and said song that marked the beginning of my days as H!P fan, I had actually tried to get into H!P about a year earlier using this song. (Oh, and The☆Peace too, but I didn’t even listen to that one until I became a bona fide fan.)

It’s weird admitting this, especially since they’re among my favorite songs now and they are considered classics. Plus, this was the debut of the 4th Gen, half of whom are my all-time favorite Momusu members and went on to form my all-time favorite H!P unit. Heck, the entire 4th Gen rocked.

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Wahahaha~! Youth’s Passionate Journey Serenade

May 3, 2018

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Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

As part of Hello! Project’s 20th anniversary celebration, I will take a look at various releases from the collective’s history. This one technically is also one of five meant to make up for the six weeks I went without a proper post in the first quarter, due to being busy with the Production Red Diary (among other factors).

In this post, we will take a look at the representative for 2011: Mano Erina’s Seishun no Serenade. (How appropriate, given the recent news regarding Manoeri. This is also a factor into next week’s pic, the representative for 2000.)

I technically gave it a mini-review in the third part of the “Ping Pong Pinpoint Precision Past Perspective” series, designed to catch me up on the numerous releases during my olympiad of a blogging hiatus:

The first release of this cuspid year is Mano Erina’s Seishun no Serenade. Mano, in her red and white sportiness*, dances along with her army of zipperiffic backup dancers* (while looking to attempt the Morning Coffee look). We seem to have returned to normalcy after Genkimono(so we’re led to believe).
* She reminds me of Maki for some reason in that look.

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Lovely Riding into the Sunset

March 15, 2018

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Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Today is a special post (at this rate, every post will be special) as this review is the result of the first Anniversary Review Vote. As noted last week, Buono’s sophomore single Ren’ai♥Rider won by a landslide 5 votes.

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So without further ado, let’s dig into Buono! #2 and ride off into the sunset!

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Roles in the Polls That Shake Up Everyone’s Souls

March 7, 2018

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

This is a post to update you guys on some things. A lot has happened and it’s time to set things up for the months ahead.

Are you ready? Here we go!

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Hey Brother, Ho Brother! Nice Rider, Go Rider!

February 25, 2018

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Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Today is a special post as it is the 10th anniversary of what may have been my first full Berryz review: 2008’s Dschinghis Khan, theme song to the musical Dschinghis Khan ~Watashi ga Tsurugi, Netsusuna wo Some yo~ and (more importantly) a cover of the 1979 song by the same name by Dschinghis Khan.

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So without further ado, let’s dig into Berryz Kobo #16 and seize victory!

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C-ute Memorial Survey: The Results Show

February 20, 2018

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

There always seem to be a big project that takes up a portion of the year. In 2014-2015, it was the Michishige Sayumemorial Survey (in addition to the P3 Precision Past PerspectiveSummer Refreshment, and Jingle Bell Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree series). In 2015, it was the Berryz Memorial Survey. In 2016, it was the Powerpuff Musume ’16 series. In 2017, it was the C-ute Memorial Survey.

The original plan was to present the results as described below:

Similarly to the Memorial Surveys held for Michishige Sayumi and Berryz Koubou, C-ute’s history and legacy is immortalized in multi-post form.

However… changes related to Google Forms made the process both easier and harder. Instead… the results will be displayed as a document! (I added a Table of Contents for ease of use.)

You can view the results show and the fun there was to be had here.

I said it once and I’ll say it again…

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Here’s to THE FUTURE!
–Magi-Kat

P.S. The “Extra Time” for the Momusu M3 Grand Prix’s last few ties is currently underway. Voting ends March 9th!


🗞️📰 Momusu M3 Grand Prix: Rounding out the Firsts 📰🗞️

February 5, 2018

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

This is going to be a formal announcement regarding the Momusu Edition M3 Grand Prix. First announced on the main blog post entitled M3 Project Announcement: 20 Years of Fun, it is among a plethora of projects held in commemoration of Hello! Project’s 20th Anniversary. The Momusu Tournaments in particular also commemorate Morning Musume’s 20th anniversary.

The First Round’s normal time ran from January 9 at 9:40pm Eastern time (2:40 UTC) to January 31 at 6am Eastern Time (11:00 UTC). (Thank you to those who voted during that span!)

Following a semi-formal announcement on Twitter on February 1st at 5:59am Eastern time (10:59 UTC), the normal voting period was extended for (eventually) 38 hours (62 hours if we begin with the intended end time).

It is now time to unveil the results. I can’t stress this enough: Thank you so much to all who voted!

You can read the results for the Singles Tournament here and the Members Tournament here.

If your voting finger is still itching, you can still vote in the Anniversary Review Vote – Q1 2008 until March 1, 2018 at 16:00 UTC / 11:00am EST (calculate your local time here).

Please continue to support Magic Morning Meteora in the future!

— Magi-Kat


2/9 Update: Upper Bracket Extra Time has begun!

2/16 Update: An announcement was made regarding the Upper Bracket “Extra Time.”

You can end the ties in the Upper Bracket via this Twitter thread.

You can end the ties in the Middle Bracket via this Twitter thread.

2/23 Update:

You can end the ties in the Lower Bracket via this Twitter thread.

3/2 Update: Extra Time for the Lower Bracket has ended!

You can end the last remaining ties in this thread!


Ping Pong Pinpoint, January 2018 Edition: Beginnings and Endings Galore

January 18, 2018

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

How’s your year so far?

Well, as promised in the 2017 Year-End post, here’s a rundown of minor news from late 2017 to earlier this month.

We’ve got news to cover, involving new beginnings for Inaba Manaka, Sugaya RisakoTsubaki FactorySuzuki Airi, Yasuda Kei, and Ishikawa Rika, along with endings for Taguchi Natsumi and Aikawa Maho.

(Don’t worry, Kuduu fans. You’ll get your day.)

Anyway, let’s get right down to it!

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