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St. Michael Girls’ School Official Website

St. Michael Girls' School logo

On 30 October 2014, the website for St. Michael Girls’ School, the new brand dedicated to A Kiss For The Petals / Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo, launched at http://mikajyo.pink.

At the time of the launch, four images and information about their new Twitter account, @mikajyo_info, were published. No information about any new product releases is available at this time. Reports from the December 2014 issue of Dengeki Hime are pending.

Translations for each label are as follows.

Annex building:

New Generation

Main school:

Risa and Miya

Singing club:

Reo

Bicycle club:

Risa and MiyaThe six new characters appear to be illustrated by Aida Takanobu, who worked on the Angels series, but this has not been confirmed yet. Peko is the illustrator of the other three images, suggesting that the new characters are part of a separate storyline, which is further supported by the entirely different school uniforms.

The illustration of Reo was previously seen in the leaflets handed out during Girls Love Festival.

Unusually for new website launches, detailed instructions are provided for registering a Twitter account and following @mikajyo_info, as part of a Twitter Follower Campaign. A number of follower milestones were listed, along with incentives. There are multiple blank spaces between each milestone, which will presumably be filled with more information about eventual releases.

  • 300 followers: Original wallpaper (Annex facility) (Reached on 30 October 2014 at approximately 1:00 A.M. EDT)
    The wallpaper is available at the website in resolutions for desktops and mobile devices.
  • 500 followers: Original wallpaper (Main school)
  • 5,000 followers: Original clock mobile app featuring yuri-themed artwork
  • 50,000 followers: New anime production
  • 59,084,321 followers: Expansion of the St. Michael campus

The obvious point of attention is the new anime at 50,000 followers. It appears that the instructions were given to encourage visitors to register multiple accounts and inflate the follower count. However, given the patterns for Twitter accounts for anime programs, it seems unlikely that this total will be reached. For example, @yurinyurin_soft currently has 4,803 followers, and the average anime account has about 5,000 followers.

The last milestone is the follower count of the most followed account as of 30 October 2014, @katyperry, plus one.

Further information about this new company’s releases, including how the other characters will feature and the fate of Yurin Yurin (which has not updated since April 2014), will likely be revealed in the December 2014 issue of Dengeki Hime, which was also released today. This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

 

Reo-ppoi Radio Episode 90

YouTube user momoiro koneko has uploaded Reo-ppoi Radio 90 on their channel, which was originally uploaded on Niconico on 25 October 2014.  Izumi Ayaka, who had served as the “assistant” for the past several episodes, formally graduates from that role in the cold open of this episode. This episode is treated as a milestone celebration.

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At 7:40,  it’s the Reo & Mai True Friendship Quiz, where the hosts test their knowledge of their friendship, particularly in past episodes.

19:05 introduces a new segment named “Ask Reo-chan-senpai”, an advice column.

At 25:07, Reo and Mai read letters to each other, making many references to both past episodes of the show and the light novels and drama CDs.

In the closing minutes of this episode, Hana announces a giveaway for a line of yuri-related goods at 34:40. The top prize is a bundle of three CDs published in her name: First Love Melon KissInnocent Flower Fortune Telling, and the Non-Reo-ish Radio Summer 2013 special. They will be autographed by both Hana and Ayaka, similar to the discs sold at the autograph session from Girls Love Festival 12 the week before. One runner up will receive a yuri goods set that is yet to be determined. This contest requires a valid mailing address in Japan.

I have written a letter about the CDs Hana signed for me. If it’s accepted, it will appear approximately a month from now.

You can listen to every Reo-ppoi Radio to date on this YouTube playlist.

Brand announcement: St. Michael Girls’ School (Updated 29 October 2014)

Update 30 October 2014: The website has officially launched.

Girls Love Festival 12 has concluded, and at the booth of Yurin Yurin’s parent company, Carnival, a new brand under their umbrella has been revealed. It is named St. Michael Girls’ School (生ミカエル女子学園 Sei Mikaeru Joshi Gakuen), after the school in which A Kiss For The Petals takes place.

Update 28 October 2014: A clear scan of the banner from Girls Love Festival 12 was posted on Carnival’s staff blog on 22 October. It contains an official English name for the new brand, St. Michael Girls’ School. The post has been updated with this new name.

St. Michael Girls' School

St. Michael's Academy for Girls

This photo by @yuriseyui was the first to show information on the first product of this new brand. The person in the photo was a worker at the booth. It is currently unclear if Yurin Yurin will be absorbed into this brand, as neither they nor Fuguriya have yet made any announcements on it, and the http://mikajyo.pink address is currently displaying a placeholder page. It will launch on 30 October, on which the December issue of Dengeki Hime will be released.

Six new characters are shown in the photo, along with Risa and Miya dressed in what appears to be sporting attire. The character designs and different uniforms have led some to speculate that Peko is not involved with this product.

Update 29 October 2014: Dengeki Hime released silhouettes of the six new characters via Twitter.

新しい『その花びらにくちづけを』を始まります

In addition, Ralen is currently in Japan for language classes, and he was gracious enough to attend at my request on short notice. He returned with two photos of interest.

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Update 20 October 2014: This leaflet was distributed at Carnival’s booth and advertises A Kiss For The Petals – Songworks, the complete album of the theme songs performed by Anzu Hana. It will be sold at Comiket 87 on 28-30 December 2014.

In addition, he was kind enough to return with something I didn’t expect at all.

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I had asked him to buy any drama CDs that were missing from my collection on my behalf had they sold them there. None of the drama CDs were available, but the music CDs released under Anzu Hana’s name were, and as Anzu Hana was in attendance, he was even able to get her to autograph them for me. He mentioned my name to her, and, in her excitement, Hana struggled to pronounce my name correctly. He clarified that it begins with ク (as in クレイグ Craig) rather than グ (as in グレッグ Greg) , and she signed it クレッグ, an amalgam of the two. It is a new addition to the running joke that my name to the Japanese fans is anything but my actual name.

It should be clarified this autograph signing was her only appearance at this event, unlike the previous Girls Love Festival where she held her own panel. The overall presence of A Kiss For The Petals was lesser than the previous show as well. Neither Yurin Yurin nor Fuguriya were in attendance. More information about this brand will be available on 30 October, and possibly the next installment of Reo-ppoi Radio.

Update 19 October 2014: Anzu Hana has addressed the new brand and her visit to Girls Love Festival 12 on her website in a post dated 20 October 2014 and on Twitter (@anjyuhanyan) across two tweets. She also uploaded another photo of the banner showcasing the new characters.

Reo-ppoi Radio Episode 89

YouTube user momoiro koneko has uploaded Reo-ppoi Radio 89 on their channel, which was originally uploaded on Niconico on 11 October 2014.  Izumi Ayaka reprises her role as this episode’s “assistant”. This episode opens without any music, and the hosts whisper over it.

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Fan mail is read at 15:07.

The hosts give editorial at 19:42.

At 35:27, a voice letter from Sara (Uri Satsuki) plays.

You can listen to every Reo-ppoi Radio to date on this YouTube playlist.

Reo-ppoi Radio Episode 88

YouTube user momoiro koneko has uploaded Reo-ppoi Radio 88 on their channel, which was originally uploaded on Niconico on 27 September 2014.  Izumi Ayaka reprises her role as this episode’s “assistant”.

The cold open was by fan request. Several letters in the introduction commented on the おばーりん from episode 85.

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At 27:23, a section called “St. Michael’s Comedy Club” (ミカ女笑点部; see comments below) has the hosts rewrite a line from the opening theme, “First Love Melon Kiss”, in sketches. The results are attached below, alternating between Hana and Ayaka.

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At 33:28, a brief tease from the voice of the Yuri Goddess plays.

At 33:41, a voice letter from Kaede (Gogyou Nazuna) plays.

You can listen to every Reo-ppoi Radio to date on this YouTube playlist.

Reo-ppoi Radio Episode 87

YouTube user momoiro koneko has uploaded Reo-ppoi Radio 87 on their channel, which was originally uploaded on Niconico on 14 September 2014.  Izumi Ayaka reprises her role as this episode’s “assistant”.

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Much of this episode is dedicated to fan mail, which begins at 11:11.

At 27:05, two voice letters are played. Both are from Shizuku (Mi Ei) and Eris (Oukawa Mio), but the first is from impersonators.

A mini-drama is played at 34:02.

You can listen to every Reo-ppoi Radio to date on this YouTube playlist.

Reo-ppoi Radio Episode 86

YouTube user momoiro koneko has uploaded Reo-ppoi Radio 86 on their channel, which was originally uploaded on Niconico on 24 August 2014.  A pre-show was uploaded the week prior. Izumi Ayaka introduced the show as this episode’s “assistant”.

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Fan mail is read at 17:19.

The conclusion of this episode promoted the drama CDs sold at Comiket 86: With You ‘Till Morning and My Darling Lover.

You can listen to every Reo-ppoi Radio to date on this YouTube playlist.

Reo-ppoi Radio Episode 85

YouTube user momoiro koneko has uploaded Reo-ppoi Radio 85 on their channel, which was originally uploaded on Niconico on 10 August 2014.  A pre-show was uploaded the week prior. This episode is guest hosted by Izumi Ayaka (Mai) and a second anonymous guest known as “Obaarin” (おばーりん). Like the previous anonymous guest who used “Calpis Soda” as an alias, she is a fellow voice actress. For this reason, and to differentiate her from the previous Calpis Soda, she is also referred to as “Calpis Soda No.2″.

The episode opens with an a capella performance of the theme song.

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The last of these six images from this episode shows the three hosts. Which one is the Obaarin is uncertain.

You can listen to every Reo-ppoi Radio to date on this YouTube playlist.

Reo-ppoi Radio Episode 84

YouTube user momoiro koneko has uploaded Reo-ppoi Radio 84 on their channel, which was originally uploaded on Niconico on 26 July 2014.  A pre-show was uploaded the week prior. In this episode, a second voice can be heard in the background.

At Otakon 2012 and 2013, I hosted a panel for A Kiss For The Petals that I was unable to reprise for the 2014 conference. On 28 June 2014, I wrote this letter to the show to inform them of this. The letter was translated to Japanese by Kuma Ichigo.

杏花様、ぽいちゃ!

再びクレイグ・ドンソンです。近況をお知らせするために書いています。

ご存知のように、私は2012年と2013年にアメリカのアニメコンベンション、オタコンでその花のトークセッションを開催しました。しかし残念なことに、今年はオタコンに落ちました。

これでは、前回以来発売された新しい素材が! 私はあなたのために来年、さらに必死でもう一度イベントを開催するよう努力します。

話は変わりますが、百合神様に採用されたアーティストの方々、おめでとうございます。タイツはみんなにとてもよく似合います。

署名
クレイグ・ドンソン

だけど、ツイッターの日本のその花ファンはみんな、いまだに私をグレッグって呼ぶんだよなあ……

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Dear Anzu Hana:

ぽいちゃ! It’s Craig Donson again, writing to tell you about a recent development.

As you know, I hosted a talk session for “Sonohana” at the American anime convention Otakon in 2012 and 2013. However, I regret to say that I have not been invited to return this year. This, after all the new material that has debuted since then! I will try harder next year for your sake, and try to host it at other shows.

On another note, congratulations to the artists for the Yuri Goddess. The tights look great on them.

Signed,
Craig Donson

But all the Japanese fans on Twitter still call me Greg…

In the closing seconds of this episode, my letter was addressed. At 26:29, Anzu Hana informs the listeners that Greg wasn’t selected for Otakon’s programming this year (グレッグはオタコンに落ちました。).

Fan mail is read at 6:00. One of the letters mentions the 2013 film Frozen, to which Anzu Hana very briefly tries to sing a line from the song “Let It Go”.

An SHN segment at 19:33 promotes “Songworks”, a music CD promoted at Anzu Hana’s personal website, Anju Hanyan. At present, further information has yet to be released.

A voice letter from Mai (Izumi Ayaka) is played at 20:28.

You can listen to every Reo-ppoi Radio to date on this YouTube playlist.

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