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Countdown! The Top 100 Hello! Project PVs

After a three-month hiatus, the Countdown continues! And you thought I’d abandoned it!

Hihihi… I’m a-changing my main handle to

Kirarin☆Snow ☃

(not to be confused with the Veoh user by the name of kirarinsnow … my handle has a STAR, or alternatively a space/dash/exclamation point if you’re not Unicode-compliant)

I’ll respond to Kawaiirrhea, but that name’s getting kind of old, and everyone (including me) keeps misspelling that pesky double i double r (which is now separated into nonconsecutive i‘s and r‘s). So I am now

Kirarin☆Snow ☃

Yippee!!

Konnichi pa! コンニチパ！！！！ Konnichi pa pa kon nichi pa!!

I’ve gone by various names over the last couple of months, including the following (you can trace the etymology of Kirarin☆Snow ☃ accordingly):

Kawaiirrhea
Kawaiiflow
K-flo
K!Flo
K!
K.
K

Snowperson
ksno
k_sno
⁂ Kirarin☆Snow ⁂ ☃
~¡Kirarin☆Snow!~

I’ll respond to any of the above, as well as these alternate transliterations in various writing systems (I’m not an expert at most of these, so please correct me if I mangle the orthography of your language…):

Kirarin☆Snow ☃
きらりん☆スノー ☃
キラリン☆スノー ☃
きらりん☆すの〜 ☃
キラリン☆すの〜 ☃
kiɾaɾiɴ☆snoʊ ☃
Κιραριν☆Σνω ☃
Кирарин☆Сно ☃
키라린☆시노 ☃
☃كرارن☆سنو
כררן☆סנו ☃
किररिन☆सनो่่ ☃
คิระริง☆สโนว์ ☃
ਕੀਰਰੀਨ☆ਸਨੋ ☃
કિરરિન☆સનો ☃
ᎩᎳᎵᏅ☆ᏍᏃ ☃
Կիռառին☆Սնո ☃

Gah! My eyes! I can’t take any more of this! Sorry if I didn’t get to your writing system.

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, while I love compiling rankings of works released by Hello! Project, I refuse to give a subjective ranking of individual people, for various reasons. But Paul Thomas’s new poll is just so shiny I couldn’t resist…

So here is my objective ranking of Morning Musume, Berryz Koubou, and ºC-ute, using criteria that (I assume) no fan actually uses, consciously or not, to determine their favorites, though the near-perfect (except Kamei) spectral order of MoMusu is rather interesting and makes me suspect someone on the inside might be using a similar criterion to assign costume colors…

Sure, it might be a coincidence, but really, the probability of at least n – 1 out of n elements randomly appearing in a specified order is $\frac{n^2-2n+2}{n!}$.* In MoMusu’s case, n = 9, so the odds are about 1 in 5582.77. Hmm…

* I leave the proof of this formula as an exercise for the reader.

Countdown! The Top 100 Hello! Project PVs

My last post has apparently sparked a “laugh riot” of a debate that’s now more than three times as long as my original post. If you haven’t seen it yet, you may find it worth reading. Or maybe not.

As always, I appreciate your feedback, positive or negative. It’s always good to know how effective my communication is.

And now, on to the next batch: