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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Floral-Patterned Job-Hunting with a Smile

August 17, 2017


Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

The summer’s been a rather… chaotic one. As mentioned in a previous post, practically every group in H!P had a lineup change by mid-July. Well, all except one: Tsubaki Factory. Yeah, Asakura Kiki’s on medical leave for her lumbar herniation, but the group’s pretty much unchanged otherwise. In the midst of all of these changes, it’s nice to see some form of stability. (Of course, this may be helped by the fact that they were in the middle of doing single promo work.)

So without further ado, let’s dig into Tsubaki Factory #2 (or #5 if you count the indies) and see where the Camellias have gone from here!

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Just Try for a First Love Sunrise, Beautiful Camellia!

May 25, 2017


Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!


2017 was off to an… interesting start, between the political maelstrom that rocked the Internet to the various literal and metaphorical flurries that marked the winter. Despite it all, we had idols to keep our spirits up, even if some parts of it had a bittersweet quality to them. Last time, we took a look at Country Girls’ latest offering — and the very last single to feature its most senior member. This time, we’re switching gears to look at some newer faces who hope to be “fresh and evergreen” like their namesake flower, the camellia.

So without further ado, let’s dig into Tsubaki Factory #1 (or #4 if you count the indies), featuring the first appearance of the three new blooms!
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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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Fresh, Ageless and Evergreen: Tsubaki Factory’s New Blooms

September 15, 2016

Love soft as an easy chair
Love fresh as the morning air
One love that is shared by two
I have found with you

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

As mentioned on Tuesday’s post, we will continue our coverage of the Tsubakis this week because something big happened a few weeks ago.


Announced at their fanclub event on August 3rd, Tsubaki Factory announced their second generation members.

Like a rose under the April snow
I was always certain love would grow
Love ageless and evergreen
Seldom seen by two

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Reporting on Having Camellia Blooms to Yourself

September 13, 2016

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

What a wacky past few weeks, huh? From a new Crying Angel to some Northern newbies to surprise graduation, H!P’s been full of surprises this summer. One of those surprises was an MV clip unveiled on a Hello! Station installment. Granted, this was to promote the release of Tsubaki Factory’s DVD single (set to release that very Saturday), but this still caught a good portion of the fandom by surprise.

This was the least of the surprises the Camellias had in store for the H!P faithful (especially given what happened a few weeks ago), but I’m getting ahead of myself.


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BMS: The Results Show – Act SP

May 22, 2015

Preface: Before anyone says anything, there are duplicate videos on here (but at different times) because I couldn’t find the clips as standalones.

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Welcome to a surprise bonus edition of Berryz Memorial Survey: The Results Show. Last week was the final post detailing the results. This post, I’m taking the time to reflect and talk about legacy of the Berryz in the forms of their successors. But first, let’s recap the history of this now-legendary group:

  • The group was formed with 8 members in 2004. In Autumn 2005, Ishimura Maiha announced her graduation, which took place later in the season. Fortunately, unlike in their sister group C-ute, this was the only graduation to occur in Berryz history.
  • The group continued as a septet, building up momentum and footing. Many that were in the fandom (at least, the ones who responded and their answers went though) came in during this time. This came to an end around the late 2000s.
  • Things really skyrocketed for the Berryz when they began a three year-long tie-in period to the Inazuma Eleven franchise. This was marked by double A-side releases, an increase of exposure, and a spike in sales.
  • Around 2011, things calmed down and the Berryz began a transitional phase where they entered adulthood. In 2014, their hiatus was announced, which commenced on March 3rd, the 11th anniversary of their debut.

Now that we have covered the past, let’s take some present time to look to the future!
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