They’re Blue, Ba Da Dee Ba Da Di

June 7, 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).

As announced via a video announcement on Tumblr and Facebook (which was also seen in 20-second Stories snippets on Instagram and Facebook the day before), I decided to make reviews of the two Q2 ties and postponed the planned Ping Pong Pinpoint digest for a later date (probably one of the July slots).

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This week, we’ll be tackling Morning Musume‘s Resonant Blue. As this is in the late 2000s, we’re in the midst of the “Emo Musume” period where Momusu sang about practically nothing but “I’M SO LONELYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY”! and “Everyone has ANGST!” (Given what this blog was originally about, it took everything in my power not to make a “Crawling” joke, something I took great delight in as I loathed that song with every fiber of my existence. Besides, I have something better in mind come the summer….)

…Anyway, Morning Musume’s output was marked by a more “mature” note with more introspective (and at times, angry) lyrics. One can trace one aspect of this to the success of singles like Kanashimi Twilight (which “had angrier lyrics than Shabondama”) and Onna ni Sachi Are (which was infamous for its line distribution, which can be attributed to the sudden departure of Fujimoto Miki a little more than a month before the single’s release). This was also a time when the 48s were really gaining steam and a lot of the idol names we know were just bubbling. (Momoiro Clover was formed a year after this single was released, eventually gaining and losing a member before turning into Z Fighters we know them as today… until Ariyasu Momoka left earlier this year.)

Point is Hello! Project was in a state of… abyss. Sales were rock bottom or close to it (as you can see from this spreadsheet used to seed the M3 Momusu Grand Prix) and public recognition was at a similar level. This also marked the duration of Morning Musume’s most stable lineup, which would be broken in 2009 with the graduation of the eternally controversial Kusumi Koharu.

If all of this sounds familiar (and given the end results of two unrelated polls, it should to a good chunk of you), then you may know that all of this is the textbook definition of what became known as the Platinum Era. Twas a time when Morning Musume were building up their skillset to compete with the juggernaut of the 48s (which has quite the pedigree), along with other idols and cultural factors. (Kpop and the overall Hallyu Wave were also making waves around this point. I can’t believe I forgot.)

This was also a time marked by Hello! Project’s overall efforts to expand into Asian markets, as shown by the addition of Chinese members Junjun and Linlin to Morning Musume, the formation of Taiwanese groups Ice Creamusume and Da Xiao Jie, and the sole H!P Korea member in the form of its sole Kenshuusei member. (As we are all painfully aware of, H!P’s competitors learned from their mistakes and missteps.)

Now that we’ve talked a bit of history, let’s dig into the third single of this brave new frontier and one of the winning singles of the Q2 Anniversary Review Vote, Morning Musume #36: Resonant Blue. Da ba dee da ba di.

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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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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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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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🗞️📰 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!


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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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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Life is one time: Unfinished Business with Unfinished Mandarins (yum!)

November 10, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

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Welcome to another special review where I revisit old blog topics. Last time, we talked about the topic of my first review. Now, we’re going to talk about the first Morning Musume review I’ve done. (How fitting I do this in anniversary years.)

Like last time, content from the original post are quoted.

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Planting the Seeds of Love

November 2, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

If you’re reading this, it’s now (or was)  midnight in Japan and thus (has been) November 3, 2017. What does such a date mean?

Well, on November 3, 1997, a small single was released and its singers given a challenge: sell 50,000 copies in five days and they’ll be a signed act. They managed to complete the challenge just in time and the rest is history.

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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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