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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M3 Project Announcement: 20 Years of Fun

January 9, 2018

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

As I was planning for 2018, it occurred that despite H!P hitting a landmark year, not much is done. Plus, a couple of tournaments I had intended to start in 2017 (during Momusu’s 20th anniversary year) were left on the backburner.

This’ll be handled here and now.
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Pump Up a Thank You, Beautiful Dreamers!!!

January 7, 2018

Greetings and happy New Year, Citizens of the Universe!

How has things been for you lot so far? It hasn’t been a full week (though it may be by the time you read this) and we’re already off to a chaotic start.

Well, this post is somewhat special. You see, during the 2017 autumn break, M3 reached a new milestone: 10,000 views! (give or take)

Similarly to the 4,000 visitors post, I looked to a release with a similar milestone and unlike last time, the topic was clear: after losing to the Melons (3-1 overall; 1-0 on Twitter, 2-1 on Google+) for being the topic of the last milestone post, our work-in-progress idols of Up-Front get the center stage!

(For those curious, had Apuga won, their topic would’ve been their 16th indie single, Nijiiro Mosaic / ENJOY!! ENJO(Y)!!, chosen because it was their first single to sell OVER 4,000 copies.)

But Kath, who are these girls anyway?

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Up Up Girls (Kakko Kari) is one of many acts under Up-Front Create (home to numerous H!P alumni who remained under the Up-Front Group umbrella; H!P itself is under Up-Front Promotion).

Made of former Hello! Pro Eggs Sengoku Minami (red), Furukawa Konatsu (pink), Mori Saki (green), Sato Ayano (purple), Sekine Azusa (orange), and Arai Manami (blue), the group was formed in early 2011 as Up-Front Girls (Kakko Kari) (with Saho Akari (yellow) later joining in May) before changing to their current name that very summer.

All but Sato Ayano were “1st Generation” Hello! Pro Eggs, having joined in 2004. Sato became an Egg in 2009. Sengoku completed her training in December 2010, Furukawa and Mori in January 2011, Sato, Sekine, and Arai in March, and Saho in April.

All of the members are also part of a K-pop dance cover group formed prior to Apuga called UFZS. Initially only having five of the girls (Furukawa, Mori, Sato, Sekine, and Arai), Sengoku and Saho joined months later.

Just because they’re not as well-known as their former Hello! Project compatriots doesn’t mean they’re inactive. The members perform regular lives at a Akihabara theatre, having done 119 regular shows at their current location. (Their old venue was forced to shut down.) The group also does regular weekly online shows and broadcasts, along with a livestream on Showroom. That is in addition to having had a TV show. Yeah, they’ve done a lot.

I didn’t even get into their Budokan performance, along with the formation of the Up Up Girls (2) and Up Up Girls (Puroresu) sister groups.

I hope that’s everything needed for a primer…

With that out of the way, I can get to the meat of the post: a review of  Up Up Girls (Kakko Kari)’s 19th indie single, Beautiful Dreamer / Zenryoku! Pump Up!! -ULTRA MIX- / Itadaki wo Mezase!, their first single to sell OVER 10,000 copies and was their highest-selling single until April 2016.

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I suppose that given the then-recent graduation of Sengoku Minami and Sato Akari, now’s a good a time as any to give these gals a look.

So let’s dig into Apuga #19 and commemorate getting OVER 10,000 views (and beating a dead meme in the process).

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Final Quarter of 2017 ☾

December 30, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

It’s that time of year again, when we get reflective of the past 300+ days. A lot has happened this year, which entailed numerous ups and downs. I got a bit into it during the Charisma, Kirei review, but this year was both exciting and draining.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at the Final Quarter of 2017 (and a look at 2018)! 

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Charismelon Anniversary: A Melon Kinenbi Special

December 21, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Sorry for the quiet in updates. I’ve been a bit busy… and drained in recent weeks. Some may say I was a tad distracted, what with the goings-on in politics (including a GOP tax plan and the FCC net neutrality vote) and other events (like Kuduu’s then-impending graduation, the results of the H!P audition, the strange single releases, and Taguchi’s “departure”) eating at my mind.

In fact, I was content with just letting things be as they may and take the rest of the year off on account of the drain (so sorry if this “final (review) post of 2017” is a tad more barebones than usual, trying to get this out before Christmas). However, there was something stopping that: a special review for M3’s 10th anniversary, namely one for the final single of Melon Kinenbi during their time in H!P.

Remember when I said there was a reason we started the year with a Melon Kinenbi post?

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Well, one of the last releases of M3’s debut year was the Melon Kinenbi EP Melon Juice, released on December 12, 2007 (ten years ago last Tuesday).

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Its opening track, Charisma, Kirei, was later released as a single with a new B-side in March 19, 2008. (Ironically, this was mildly less than a year before M3 would move to WordPress.) Selling 2,180 units, what became Melon Kinenbi’s final H!P single is also their worst-selling one.

(On another note, the fact it was going to be reviewed regardless was why “Charisma Kirei” was left out of the poll. It being the worst-selling single had nothing to do with it.)

Given that 2017 is winding down (and it’s almost Christmas), let’s dig into Charisma, Kirei and see if this has more charisma than this year had to offer.
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