Brand announcement: St. Michael’s Academy for Girls

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’s Academy for Girls (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.

St. Michael's Academy for Girls

This photo by @yuriseyui is currently the only one that shows 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 offline. 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.

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 88 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 Writing Club” (ミカ女商店部) 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.

Reo-ppoi Radio Episode 83

YouTube user momoiro koneko has uploaded Reo-ppoi Radio 83 on their channel, which was originally uploaded on Niconico on 12 July 2014.  A pre-show was uploaded the week prior.

Fan mail is read at 7:41.

A segment at 13:26 .

The song “Twinkle Star Sweetie Star” plays at 16:37, which leads into a mini-drama at 18:26.

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

Reo-ppoi Radio Episode 82

YouTube user momoiro koneko has uploaded Reo-ppoi Radio 82 on their channel, which was originally uploaded on Niconico on 29 June 2014.  A pre-show was uploaded the week prior.

Fan mail is read at 6:20.

A sample of a song titled “桜咲く、花の香” is played at 12:13. It is not featured on any of the music CD releases.

A voice letter from Runa (Ueda Yuki) and Rena (Manazuru Kou) is played at 13:29. In it, Yuki briefly breaks character to give personal comments.

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

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