Favorite H!P Songs of 2017 – A Few Extra Notes

December 24, 2017

Quite a bit has changed in Hello! Project this year!

Graduations/Departures This Year: °C-ute (Yajima Maimi, Nakajima Saki, Suzuki Airi, Okai Chisato, Hagiwara Mai), Tsugunaga Momoko, Fujii Rio, Ogawa Rena, Taguchi Natsumi, Kudou Haruka

Wow, when you write them all down, it’s really crazy to see how many people left this year. O_O

Not to sound mean but, Kobushi Factory‘s releases were so few and far between that I often forgot about them, so the departures of Rio, Rena, and Tagucchi didn’t affect me as much. orz

The sadness I would have felt from °C-ute’s graduation was lessened by the fact that I still see them together all the time in Instagram pictures. XD

Momo’s graduation sucked. Not that the show was bad, but I just didn’t want to see her go. orz What a delightful send-off with that concert, though (and the album)~!!! ♥

As I said in the post just before this one, Duu’s graduation was sort of a gradual build for me. Like, “Oh wow, she’s graduating,” to “… She’ll be graduating soon…,” to “DON’T LEAVE, DUU!” I will miss her (especially in variety shows).

I really hope Aiai comes back, but I wonder if it would be better for her to not… at least give her a proper graduation, even if she’s not coming back! TT_TT

The other big thing was the member transfer early this summer. Funakki and Ayano are blending in with ANGERME so well! Yanamin and Ruru are killing it with Juice=Juice (though I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss Yanamin’s old hairstyle XD). Chii-chan is wonderful in Morning Musume, but I can’t help but feel that she’s still a bit guarded. She seems much more at ease with Country Girls (which is understandable). And Ichioka Reina‘s new group… has anything more even been said about that?!

There’s also the matter of more digital releases and short MVs on the groups’ YouTube channels… I’m happy about the first, not so much the second. (-_-“)

I know a lot of fans decided to “graduate” with °C-ute or Momo, but I’m going to stick around. I’m looking forward to their future releases~! =D

~ Surimu-chan


Kudo Haruka Graduates

December 11, 2017

This always seems to happen to me. A member whom I like but who isn’t one of my absolute favorites announces her graduation, and I’m like, “Aww, that’s too bad.” Then the date gets closer and I find all of these fun interviews and video clips and I listen for her solo lines in songs… and then her graduation is less than a week away, and I start saying, “She’s graduating in just (this many) days.” Then just a day or two before her graduation I get into that “No. Nope. No no no no no, please stay a little longer!” phase… And then the day comes, and I start to see pictures and clips of the graduation roll in… And then I realize that I liked that member a lot more than I originally thought.


When she first joined (and I think that’s the first thing that makes this hard for me: I followed the 10th gen. auditions, so I’ve been a fan for her entire Morning Musume journey), I thought she was cute and had an impressive voice for such a little girl. Over the years, I sometimes felt that her “little brother” (and later “ikemen”) character was a bit forced, but Duu just being Duu was always awesome. She always seemed so nice to the other members (and could even deal with a Maa-chan who felt like being difficult XD).

Her graduation single was amazing, her graduation song in particular. The regular version of the “Wakaindashi!” music video made me misty-eyed, and the complete version (which I bought as soon as it was available) made me cry. … Yep, I just watched it again, and it still makes me cry. XD orz

I’ve watched a handful of clips from her graduation concert. It was nice that she got to do “Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~” again, which fits the ikemen character, but I was pleasantly surprised by her graduation song, “Moshimo…” (the coupling track for “Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku”). It’s pretty cutesy but somehow very much Duu.

I also watched the members’ messages to Haruka (I didn’t start calling her “Duu” until recently, actually XD). Those are always kind of painful, or… bittersweet? I guess the word is… Even though Maa-chan’s message was the only one I’ve seen translated so far, listening to and watching Chii-chan, Yokoyan, Akane (knowing how much she loves Duu), MariaSakura starting with a joke and breaking down halfway through… Maa-chan’s disjointed rambling… Daishi‘s emotional message… everyone really seems to love Duu.

Ahh~… graduations turn me into such a mess. TT_TT

Congratulations, Duu~!

Duu! Congratulations on your graduation! I’ll be sure to watch the dramas you star in~! ♥♥♥♥♥


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Great H!P-Related Memories – A Few Extra Notes

September 9, 2017

It has been such a blast to follow H!P for the past ten years~. There have been some low points (tons of complaints from other fans about anything and everything brings me down a bit; also lulls in releases kind of pulls my interest away at times), but there have been some really exciting times, too. Besides the moments I mentioned in the video, a few more come to mind:

– Morning Musume got their first #1 on the charts in a while for “Shouganai Yume Oibito;” it was the first H!P number 1 on Oricon since I started listening
– When I heard that Morning Musume was going to be at Anime Expo; even though I wasn’t able to go, just hearing that they were coming to the USA (somewhere other than Hawaii) made me happy
– Watching Ayaka’s Surprise English Lessons; early on in the fandom, I binge-watched all of the episodes and even showed them to my mom
– Watching H!P clips in general; the Idiot Girl/Crap Girl Tests and all of the H!P haunted house segments are really memorable (Ai-chan, Junjun, Reina / Kamei, Gaki-san / Miyabi, Maasa, Captain)
– Utaban clips~~~~!
– Reading H!P blogs and seeing what others thought about songs/music videos/other clips; also seeing others’ rankings for members and other things

So many memories~! ♥

There have been a couple of times where I’ve thought about slowly getting away from the fandom (2015 when they stopped having dance shots, and more recently after °C-ute and Momo graduated), but something always pulls me back in (Tsubaki Factory seems rather interesting, and I’m SO HAPPY that Manakan is back~!!!). I’m also excited about the digital releases; finally, regular content again! ^__^ I do have just one quick gripe: one of the performances by the H!P Dance Club this year used a song with some less-than-appropriate English language. I really hope they don’t trend in this direction. =( It spoiled their amazing dance performance for me. orz

Anyway, I can’t wait to see what H!P will do next! =D

~ Surimu-chan

Favorite Albums from H!P Groups – A Few Extra Notes

July 22, 2017

Seriously. I said it in the video, and I’ll say it again.

I REALLY wish they would get back to making albums regularly.

H!P album tracks are great. 1) You often get a variety of musical styles; look at Morning Musume’s sixth album: something cute with “Lemon Iro to Milk Tea,” something cool with “Dokusenyoku,” something relaxing with “Haru no Uta,” something unique with “Sukiyaki,” etc. 2) It adds an element of surprise because you can imagine what they’ll do for the costume and dance. Look at the different dances and costumes for “Moonlight night ~Tsukiyo no Ban da yo~.” I know that A-side costumes and even dances can be changed for concerts, but with album tracks (and coupling tracks) you can hear the song and imagine the presentation yourself first without having any previous versions to compare it to. … I’m not sure if this is making sense, but I understand what I’m trying to say. XD orz

~ Surimu-chan

♥🍑♥ Thank You, Momochi~! ♥🍑♥

June 30, 2017

Congratulations, Momo~!.jpg

I wanted to write something for Momo‘s graduation… but the day is almost over, and I really don’t know what to write… Not to sound weird or cheesy, but I can’t help but tear up every time I think about it.

When I first started paying attention to other Hello! Project groups, I found that I really enjoyed Berryz Koubou and Buono! music. Miyabi was my favorite for a while; I thought she was a great singer and really fashionable; I liked seeing her in both groups. Momo was also in both groups… but I found her so irritating. The super-cutesy voice and antics just weren’t my cup of tea. I had done a Hello! Project member sorter/ranker, and she was at the very bottom (I remember it being a promotional picture for “Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!,” so it had to be around spring of 2008 or so?). At some point, though, that changed.

I think it might have been around the time “Gachinko de Ikou!” came out that I finally “got” Momo’s character (because it was, indeed, just a character), and I paid more attention to her voice, so I realized that she could actually sing very well (I remember really loving her last solo line in “Gachinko de Ikou!” for whatever reason). Actually, now that I think about it, the video for “Gachinko de Ikou!” really helped me warm up to Momo. I suddenly found myself to be an otomomochi. XD (I’m not sure if “otomomochi” was even a thing when that came out…)

Momo was always a highlight in talk segments (I would have loved to have seen her using her Momochi character on Utaban back in the day XD) (Apologies for the naughty word in the title of this video; I couldn’t find it elsewhere orz)…

…behind-the-scenes/making of/random clips (like in the making of for “Tomodachi wa Tomodachi Nanda!” when the tide rolled in and Momo was stuck with water up past her knees)…

…and DVD magazines (Momo reading English cards for Buono! DVD Magazine Vol. 2).

Two times in particular that I couldn’t help but like her more are as follows: when Miya, Captain, and Maasa went into the haunted house at that theme park (poor Momo couldn’t stand the scary sounds)…

…and when Berryz was in Hawaii and that one guy was hiding in their van so he could jump out and scare them (around the 1:40 mark in the video; after he had “caused a scene” earlier). Again, poor Momo had been so terrified, I just wanted to give her a hug and pat her on the head.

There have just been so many great Momo Moments (that’s fun to say XD). I love that she was able to keep a smile through Berryz Koubou’s last concert as well as her own.

Koharu was the first graduation I dealt with as a fan (not including the Elder Club mass graduation or Umeda Erika‘s because I wasn’t following °C-ute too closely at that point); she wasn’t my favorite member of Morning Musume, so I didn’t really cry. Kamei, Junjun, and Linlin‘s graduation was sadder for me; I think I shed a few tears watching the graduation messages. The same goes for Ai-chan, Gaki-san, Mittsi, Reina, and Sayu (though, when it was first announced, I was certain I would be bawling when Gaki-san graduated). The end of Berryz hit me pretty hard, as did the end of °C-ute. Mano Erina, Riho, Zukki, Kanon, Meimei, Manakan… I was really sad to see all of them go… but I don’t recall every crying like I did when I watched a clip of the very end of Momo’s graduation concert. (Not sure how long this video will be available…)

Even though she’s about a year-and-a-half younger than me, I’ve come to look up to her so much; her work ethic and positivity. Ah… I’ll miss her so much.

♥🍑♥🍑♥🍑♥🍑♥🍑♥🍑♥🍑♥🍑♥ 🍑♥🍑♥🍑♥🍑♥🍑♥🍑♥🍑♥
Momo! Thank you for fifteen years of wonderful music, fun videos, hard work, and great memories~! I’ll always be an otomomochi~.

~ Surimu-chan

H!P’s Latest Changes – Transfers and Debuts

June 27, 2017

Lots of big things will be happening with Hello! Project very soon~! I made sure to get up early to watch the special episode of Hello! Station with all of the announcements.

Morito Chisaki to Morning Musume ’17
– My surprise for this was not so much who went to MM but the fact that anyone was added to MM at all. I thought they might try to build up the fanbases of the other groups a bit more by adding established members. I don’t have any problem with Chii-chan being added, and, of the available members, I can see why they added her. I just worry about the group dynamic; this seems to be one of those weird Mikitty situations where Chisaki debuted before the 13th generation of MM, but it was in another group, so 13th gen. is technically her senpai in Morning Musume even though she technically has seniority… I don’t know how this whole thing will work, but I just want everyone to get along well. (^_^”) I think Chii-chan will do just fine, though~.

Yanagawa Nanami and Danbara Ruru to Juice=Juice
– Again, my surprise was for the fact that members were added to Juice=Juice. That being said, I’m excited for Juice=Juice’s first release with the new members. I’ve been rooting for Ruru to debut for a long time (such amazing vocals!) and before this whole transfer was announced, I was leaning towards Yanamin being my favorite in Country Girls. I’m excited~!

Funaki Musubu and Kawamura Ayano to ANGERME
– I assumed ANGERME would get a new member, but two! I really feel like I should be paying more attention to the ANGERME members because they seem so animated and interesting. I’d really like to see that kind of fun attitude in some of their videos, but that’s neither here nor there… XD I love Funakki, and I already have a bit of a soft spot for Ayano after she sort of tripped when she was being introduced to the group, so I don’t mind these additions. XD

Ichioka Reina to lead a new group
– Ooh~, a new group! I really want a group that has happy, fun, colorful releases like Golden Era Morning Musume or 4nin S/mileage. PLEASE. Also, I’d really like to see a smaller group for once.

Overall, I don’t mind the additions and transfers. My only gripe is this: the groups are huge. I’d like to see them have groups of three to seven again, maybe eight at the most (not necessarily for MM, though), but here’s what we’ll have after Momo‘s graduation:
Morning Musume – 14 members (until Duu‘s graduation)
ANGERME – 11 members (including Aiai)
Juice=Juice – 7 members
Kobushi Factory – 8 members (until Rio‘s graduation)
Tsubaki Factory – 9 members

Even though I’m not overly keen on huge group numbers, I wouldn’t want any of the current girls held back or graduated. I just kind of wish Up Front had the budget (or cared enough to USE the budget if they do have it) to have more groups that were smaller. And if not that… can we at least get releases more often? Can the releases at least be changed up a bit? (Coupling tracks on every single! Albums!) Oops, I’m getting a bit off topic… (^_^”)

Anyway… I’m looking forward to H!P’s future! (I will forever be excited for Country Girls releases, though.)

~ Surimu-chan

♥ °C-ute: Goodbye and Thank You ♥

June 14, 2017

Thank You C-ute

I’ve mentioned it a few times before, but, of the “big” groups that were around when I first started listening to H!P (Morning Musume, Berryz Koubou, and °C-ute), °C-ute was the one that I listened to the least. I don’t know why; maybe it was because °C-ute was still fairly new when I first started listening (as far as their major debut), so I didn’t have as much music to go through (not quite accurate, though; I never listened to any of their earliest album tracks (^_^”)).

Even so… °C-ute’s disbandment made me sad. I had had the day off from work, so I was constantly checking for updates on Twitter and other sites. When I started seeing pictures from other H!P/former H!P members on Instagram, I figured it was all done. I liked every single picture, even if they looked exactly the same (like some of the shots of the arena with all the glow sticks lit up). I almost cried when I saw the picture of all the kids (minus Risako; I probably would have cried if she had been there). Seeing Megumi, Erika, Kanna, and Maiha (sort of) with the others really made it seem like the end.

Another thing I had said that would make it truly real to me would be to see °C-ute under the “Past Groups” category for lyrics on projecthello.com. Well, that’s where they are now, along with Buono!

If that wasn’t bad enough, I watched the footage from their last concert on today’s Hello! Station. When the clock hit 9:10 pm, it did actually make me cry. Then they had to go and show all the members crying. Besides the other four sobbing, Maimi‘s teary-eyed smile made me cry even more, because I just got this “Ah~, what a good time we’ve had” feeling from that look. TT__TT

So °C-ute… goodbye… and thank you~!

~ Surimu-chan

Top 11 °C-ute A-Sides – A Few Extra Notes

May 22, 2017

This basically turned into another round of No Thinking! because I was ready to add half of the singles that I didn’t mention to the Honorable Mentions category. XD

Tokaikko Junjou – This has the honor of being the song that has the strongest association with something else (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Tacos at Midnight Doritos) which makes it super-memorable for me. Plus it’s just great. =D
LALALA Shiawase no Uta – I’m 98.7% sure this was my first °C-ute song. I actually remember bringing my laptop into the living room late at night (not long after the song came out) and playing it for my mom because I had liked it so much; it makes me so happy! I think one of the reasons it didn’t make it on the Top 11 list is because the “la la la”s at the end went on for so long… (^_^”)
The Power – I think I’ve seen a few other people mention the fact that this sounded more like a song Berryz Koubou would sing. Maybe that’s why I found it so catchy coming from °C-ute. XD
I miss you – LAYERED VOCALS~!!! ♥♥♥♥♥
Ai wa Marude Seidenki – Adorable video and fun chorus~! =)
Namida no Iro – Super-catchy and I love the Latin sound! ^_^

As little as I listened to °C-ute compared to the other groups, making this video made me realize just how much I love all of their singles. =D … I’m really going to miss them. orz After they’re gone, Momo will be the only one left from the groups that were around when I first started listening… and she’s leaving, too! TT__TT AYACHO, DON’T YOU LEAVE ME ANY TIME SOON! orz

~ Surimu-chan

This Blog is Not Dead! – An Update

May 8, 2017

… Well, at least, I haven’t given up on it. It’s pretty dead as far as views. XD orz It’s just that most of my time is spent learning H!P dances instead of writing about H!P stuff. (^_^”) I’d like to start writing on here more, though. I have a few more H!P Vlogs planned, but, after those, if I want to talk about something H!P-related, I’ll just make a blog post on here~. That’s totally fine with me; I like adding pictures and changing fonts colors and stuff. XD Anyway, this is supposed to be an update post, so let’s get on with the updating!

Like I said, I’d like to do a few more H!P Vlogs for my channel. I’ve decided on two of them for sure: No Thinking! – Favorite °C-ute A-Sides, and Great H!P Memories. The third one I’m still trying to decide which one to do. I have a lot of things that I’d like to talk/write about, so I’m trying to figure out which would be best for a video. I might do something like my dream setlist for a Hello! Project concert (or just a Morning Musume concert). That might be a fun one for a video. Oh, now that I think about it, I wonder if I should do one about the fact that everyone who was in H!P when I first started listening (not counting Eggs) will be gone by July? T__T … So that’s what’s coming as far as H!P Vlogs.

As for other updates to this blog… first of all, I’d like to make some new banners. XD I still love Berryz Koubou, but I think I’ve had those banners since they went on indefinite hiatus. O_O And some posts I’d like to do eventually include more No Thinking! lists (lots, probably XD), and some best and worst (or favorite and least-favorite) discussions. I’ll probably do dream setlist posts, too~. =D

Well, these are just tentative plans, but I hope they work out! Even though I get next to no views on this blog, it’s fun to just write about something I love~. If someone else happens along and decides to read my posts, all the better~!

~ Surimu-chan

H!P Vlogs: How My Mom Remembers H!P Songs – Extra Notes

March 3, 2017

Here are a few more H!P songs and how my mom remembers them:

Pyoko Pyoko Ultra – the chicken one (she does remember “pyoko” though)
Koi ni Booing Buu! – the pig one
Kimi Sae Ireba Nanimo Irenai – the boring marching dance
Ai no Gundan – the good marching dance
Brainstorming – Riho and Daishi’s dance battle
Be Genki <Naseba Naru!> – the one with the cape/the dance YouTube wouldn’t let me upload for months
Genki+ – the video where I got stuck in a tree
Nanchatte Renai – the ballet-type move
What is LOVE? – the one where I was on J-MELO
Tomdachi wa Tomodachi Nanda! – bookshelves (from the music video)
Daite HOLD ON ME! – Kaori’s “Nee waratte?” and Taka-san making fun of it on Utaban
Mukidashi de Mukiatte – the jacket one
Kamome no Suihei-san – the one with the spoken intro
Mikan – pointing and hopping during the chorus
Our Songs – bridge in the background

There are others, but I’ll leave it at that~.

~ Surimu-chan