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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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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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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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.

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Her Name was RioRio: Graduation Triangle Complete

May 19, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

I’m sure you’ve heard the news by now: Kobushi Factory subleader Fujii Rio will be graduating. Soon.

My initial reaction was basically South Kai in first scene in the Broly Abridged Movie (particularly 0:22-0:32… or 0:48. Also, language warning. Then again, if you’re familiar with Team Four Star’s work this may not be necessary).

Yeah… I took a quasi-hiatus from Twitter for the sake of my sanity (don’t ask) and despite getting weird vibes of something akin to this, especially regarding Fujii Rio (I honestly don’t why these things happen!), this was out of left field even for me.

Now that things have calmed down… let’s see.

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Vamola! Bacchikobushi Youth is Very Popular

August 4, 2016

GABURINCHO!

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Announced on May 26 with the third A-side announced on June 22revealing their covers and updating their cover profiles on June 30.

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So let’s dig into Samba! Kobushi Janeiro / Bacchikoi Seishun! / Ora wa Ninkimono and see if the Kobushi’s recklessness translated into bravery. Brave In!

FIRE!

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Perfect Cherry Blossom Night Fever

March 17, 2016

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

It has been 168 days (or 5 months, 15 days) since the release Kobushi Factory’s major debut single, Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan / Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta / Nen ni wa Nen (Nen Iri Ver.). It has also been 156 days (or 5 months, 3 days) since the last Kobushi Factory review. Between that timespan, our Magnolias won the Best Newcomer Award to the joy of all. This came with graduations in the air as it’s been nearly a month since Fukuda Kanon left, a few days until Sayashi Riho’s graduation, and days after Tamura Meimi announced her departure. With this wind of change, the Magnolias are blooming with high expectations. (There was even a confession saying that Kobushi’s talent level was impending graduate-levels.)

During the annual New Year’s Eve countdown concert, we received news of their major sophomore single, Sakura Night Fever / Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin / Osu! Kobushi Tamashii. The first A-side, Sakura Night Fever, was performed during the H!P winter tour, Hello! Project 2016 WINTER ~DANCING! SINGING! EXCITING!~.

So let’s dig into Sakura Night Fever and see if Kobushi Factory had continued to make like Saitama and defeat enemies with a punch.

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Kobushi Damacy

February 11, 2016

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

It has been 168 days (or 5 months, 15 days) since the release Kobushi Factory’s major debut single, Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan / Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta / Nen ni wa Nen (Nen Iri Ver.). It has also been more than 156 days (or 5 months, 3 days) since the review of said single. Between that timespan, our Magnolias won the Best Newcomer Award to the joy of all. This came with graduations in the air as it’s been nearly a month since Fukuda Kanon left, a few days until Sayashi Riho’s graduation, and days after Tamura Meimi announced her departure. (This is not even mentioning the fact that this single’s release comes roughly a week after another graduation was announced.)

With this wind of change, the Magnolias are blooming with high expectations. (There was even a confession saying that Kobushi’s talent level was impending graduate-levels.)

During the annual New Year’s Eve countdown concert, we received news of their major sophomore single, Sakura Night Fever / Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin / Osu! Kobushi Tamashii. These A-sides have been performed during the H!P winter tour, Hello! Project 2016 WINTER ~DANCING! SINGING! EXCITING!~, to the delight of the attending wota.

So let’s dig into Osu! Kobushi Tamashii and see if Kobushi Factory had continued to make like Saitama and defeat enemies with a punch.

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A Little Simple Recklessness

February 4, 2016

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

It has been 168 days (or 5 months, 15 days) since the release Kobushi Factory’s major debut single, Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan / Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta / Nen ni wa Nen (Nen Iri Ver.). It has also been 156 days (or 5 months, 3 days) since the last Kobushi Factory review. Between that timespan, our Magnolias won the Best Newcomer Award to the joy of all. This came with graduations in the air as it’s been nearly a month since Fukuda Kanon left, a few days until Sayashi Riho’s graduation, and days after Tamura Meimi announced her departure. With this wind of change, the Magnolias are blooming with high expectations. (There was even a confession saying that Kobushi’s talent level was impending graduate-levels.)

During the annual New Year’s Eve countdown concert, we received news of their major sophomore single, Sakura Night Fever / Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin / Osu! Kobushi Tamashii. The first A-side, Sakura Night Fever, was performed during the H!P winter tour, Hello! Project 2016 WINTER ~DANCING! SINGING! EXCITING!~. However, the focus of this week is on the second A-side.

So let’s dig into Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin and see if Kobushi Factory had continued to make like Saitama and defeat enemies with a punch.
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Farewell to 2015

December 31, 2015

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Well, it’s the last day of 2015 (or the first day of 2016, depending on where you are). How has it been for you? Hopefully, you’re not dealing with a cold like I am! XD

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