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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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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The Rain is Falling

May 5, 2017

I hate days like this
When it rains and rains
And rains and rains

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe,

Despite the cheer of the 200th Post, it is with sadness that this has to be Post #201 instead of a Country Girls review.

Why? The last full week of April ended in a surreal manner. While watching the Hello! Pro Kenshuusei lottery, I thought about Up Up Girls. Then again, it may be an imprint that I caught the odd tweet about them. Hours later, past 7pm, I got a notification on my phone about Kame’s post about their announcement earlier that day: Sengoku Minami and Sato Ayano announce their graduation.

“Am I psychic or something?!” I cried in my head. It was just so strange, knowing I thought about Sengoku Minami and her long tenure, reminded of her in the names of the current trainees.

However, despite the uncomfortably warm day (it was the first fully sunny and warm day in what felt like weeks. It’s been a very rainy and cool/cold April for me), it was set to worsen. Sure, rain was in the forecast, but… not at all like what’s to come.

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Let’s Have Morning Coffee Together for 20+ Years

May 4, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Long time no see, yes? Well, it’s been a long break, but there’s a reason for this: the previous post was #199, meaning that two years after the 100th Post, we’ve reached 200 posts on Magic Morning Meteora!

Since February, a poll/survey/what have you was held to determine the topic for this landmark post, which was open until April 24 sometime after 11:00 UTC. The results were announced the following Friday on the 25th with Morning Coffee and its iterations.

This is rather appropriate because Morning Musume is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with their major debut song as part of the festivities. (That’s not getting into the fact the blog is celebrating its 10th anniversary, having been established during Momusu’s 10th.)

So let’s dig into Magic Morning Meteora #200 and kill two birds with one stone!

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Meow, Not Right: A Speech Facing Frankness

March 2, 2017

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

So we’re finally here. The final single of 2016. It’s been a long road, a long month to get to this month.

It’s fitting we’re here at this point now. Today is the 12th anniversary of the CD release of Morning Coffee. In a few weeks, Sato Masaki will officially return from sick leave, the same day as my 12th netiversary. Plus, Morning Musume ’17 has already unleashed their might onto the world and the music charts.

(On another note, the aforementioned netiversary is close to Nattosoup’s birthday and I recommend you watch her videos, especially if you want to learn about watercolors and/or comics.)

Either way, let’s all commerate all the occasions by digging into Morning Musume #62!

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Final Quarter of 2016 ☾

December 30, 2016

Preface: There’s going to be a lot of embedded content in this post.

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

This will be the final post of 2016 and what are my thoughts on 2016? It’s been quite a year.
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The Goldenpuff Girls

December 8, 2016

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

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Back on Cirno Day, I unveiled the 9th Gen. Last Saturday, I unveiled he 10th and 11th Gen. Now, today, we spotlight the 12th Generation before they become senpai in a few days.

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Triskaidekaphobia Be Darned: Morning Musume’s 13th Gen is Nigh

December 7, 2016

Apologies in advance to any triskaidekaphobia sufferers, especially since the number 13 will become increasingly common in the future.

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

How are you on this fine Wednesday? Are you well? I’m still doing far better than I did weeks ago. I’m a lot less exhausted and I even managed to get one of my Secret Santa projects done!

Did my fellow Americans have a nice Thanksgiving? (Trump and Standing Rock spoiled your appetite? Did you hear the news about the latter?) Did you find some good deals over the weekend? Are any non-Americans still sane after all of that?

Speaking of Thanksgiving weekend…
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