The Momusu Phenomenon

July 14, 2011

Morning Musume this year celebrated its 14th anniversary, and I as an avowed otaku – ( °٢° )(^▼^), etc. – would be remiss if I didn’t dedicate an entry (or five) of my blog to the group, of whose music I have so many very happy memories.

Assembled in ’97 by vocalist-cum-producer Tsunku of Sharan Q: Abe Natsumi, Nakazawa Yuko, Iida Kaori, Fukuda Asuka, and Ishiguro Aya – altogether known as Morning Musume (モーニング娘。) – released their first official single, Morning Coffee (モーニングコーヒー), in early ’98.

(to be continued…)

'Morning Coffee'

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Deviation from the Norm

July 13, 2011

So, I’ve been on kind of a Norm Macdonald kick lately – Netflix has the seasons of SNL during which he was the ‘Weekend Update’ anchor, and I ALWAYS look forward to his segments. He has theee most hilarious deadpan expression and voice, and… I don’t know, this mischievous glint in his eyes. It’s sometimes almost as if he’s telling jokes in spite of the audience, solely for his own amusement.

He also employs a number of recurring gags. To name a few:

'You guessed it - Frank Stallone!'

He’ll read something out of the news, for instance some state’s plans to abolish the statute of limitations for rape, and then he’ll pull out a tape recorder and take a ‘note to self’ – “Note to self: Don’t go back to [Name of State].”

He’ll follow something out of the news with “Or so the Germans would have us believe,” and then stare into the camera for a good 20 seconds.

If a Michael Jackson joke (of which there are many) goes over weak, he’ll follow it with “You know the guy’s a homosexual pedophile, right?”

Frank Stallone. “And finally, the number-one-selling doll this Christmas is Tickle Me Elmo. And the LEAST-popular-selling doll? You guessed it: Tickle Me Frank Stallone.”