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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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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