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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

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H!P Vlogs: Favorite H!P Songs of 2016 – Extra Notes

December 30, 2016

I just wanted to talk about a few big things that happened in Hello! Project this year besides the music releases, namely graduations and graduation announcements.

Graduations This Year: Suzuki Kanon (Morning Musume ’16), Tamura Meimi (ANGERME), Inaba Manaka (Country Girls)

I’ve been a big fan of Zukki since she joined, so I was sad to see her go, but I felt she had been wasted in the group for a long time (I didn’t feel that bringing her out long enough to make fun of her “chubby” character counted as using her, even though she seemed to take it in stride). I was happy to see that she got a fairly prominent part in “Utakata Saturday Night!,” but the other two songs on her graduation single were sorely lacking her presence. I especially hoped that she would have gotten a more prominent line for “The Vision.” Anyway, while I was sad to see her go, she had had a fairly good run in the group, and she had already decided on something else to work toward outside of entertainment, so I wasn’t quite as broken up as I thought I would be.

As for Meimei, I wasn’t a huge fan of her when she first joined the group. She might have actually been my least favorite because she was just SO in-your-face. In the past couple of years, though, I grew to really appreciate her powerful vocals, and she seemed like a fun and funny person, so she slowly climbed up my ANGERME ranking. It’s too bad it took me so long to become a fan of her. orz

Manakan’s graduation hit me the hardest, I think. It was without ceremony, and it was due to her illness, so I felt that she had been cheated out of a very successful future. I’m not saying that I wanted her to continue performing despite her illness; I’m just sad that she didn’t have more time to show off just what an amazing performer she is. Dynamic dancing, adorable singing voice, super-cute look… one of my favorites in H!P overall in the year or so leading up to her graduation. I sincerely hope her health improves, even if she doesn’t continue performing.

Graduation Announcements: °C-ute, Tsugunaga Momoko

The graduation announcements for the rest of the H!P Kids were definitely expected… and yet I was still shocked and dismayed. °C-ute has never been my favorite H!P group, but I’ve always liked them (and Airi is one of my all-time favorite H!P members), so I was sad to hear about them disbanding. It made me feel kind of lonely, because I knew they were the last group that had been around when I first started listening to H!P (not counting MM because all of the members are different from when I started listening). After it was announced, I remember thinking, “Well, at least Momo will still be around…”

… And then her graduation was announced. orz Again, I KNEW it had to be coming soon, but I was rather upset anyway. I’ll probably talk about this more when she actually graduates, but when I first started getting into H!P music and video clips, Momo was my least favorite member in all of H!P. Fast-forward to now where she’s one of my top five favorite members and I have more respect for her than possibly any other current member of H!P. I hope June doesn’t come too quickly… TT_TT

Ayacho… you’re all that’s left… Please don’t leave yet! orz

I have some other general thoughts about the direction H!P is going… but maybe I’ll save that for another vlog/blog. ^_~

~ Surimu-chan

Least Played A-Side Songs – A Few Extra Notes

November 15, 2016

Here are some other songs that I don’t listen to too much. (I tried not to include songs that I don’t listen to much right now due to overplaying them at an earlier time. (^_^”))

Morning Musume。 – Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii jan, Mikaeri Bijin, Ima Koko Kara
– “Ambitious!” is mostly due to my dislike for their outfits in the music video (which is a terrible reason, I know). It’s a great song, but I always think of those ugly yellow-and-black dresses when I hear it. =/
– The other two are due to their lack of an iTunes release (in the US, at least). I have the physical copy of the single that includes “Ima Koko Kara,” but, by the time I got it, I had already gotten used to forgetting about that song. (Again, terrible, I know.)

°C-ute – Sakura Chirari, EVERYDAY Zekkouchou!!, Kanashiki Amefuri, Ai tte Motto Zanshin, Arigatou ~Mugen no Yell~
– I don’t know what it is about “Sakura Chirari.” I know how it goes and I enjoy it well enough, I just don’t actively seek it out to listen to it. The same goes for “EVERYDAY Zekkouchou!!” (which I actually really enjoy).
– The next two on the list were actually just quick-picks from that general grouping of singles; I didn’t have a ton of interest in °C-ute from around “Aitai Aitai Aitai na” to about “The Power” (which is funny, because I realized that I actually love “Kokoro no Sakebi wo Uta ni Shite Mita” after giving it a chance.)
– “Arigatou” just sort of bored me when I first heard it. =/ I’m sure I’ll like it more eventually.

ANGERME (S/mileage) – Tachiagaaru, Gashin Shoutan, Desugita Kui wa Utarenai, Watashi
– “Tachiagaaru” is on there just because I don’t remember listening to it much when it first came out, and I haven’t listened to it too much since. I do know (and like) the melody, though.
– The other three songs suffer from being part of a single that has A-sides that I enjoy more. *shrugs*

Juice=Juice – Wonderful World, Ça va ? Ça va ?
– I like the songs, but this was just sort of a bland release for me. orz

Berryz Koubou – Fighting Pose wa Date ja Nai!, Koi no Jubaku, Golden Chinatown, Otona na no yo!
– “Fighting Pose” is cute, but it’s definitely a ‘once in a while’ kind of song for me.
– I actually really like “Koi no Jubaku,” but I forget about it a lot because it didn’t have a dance shot version. (^_^”)
– The last two songs I listed just didn’t leave a huge impression on me.

So, those are my other rarely-played A-sides. I almost feel like I should listen to all of them right now just to be fair.

That’s all for this one~!

~ Surimu-chan

Kanazawa Tomoko Diagnosed with Endometriosis

January 25, 2016

Kanazawa Tomoko

It was announced today that Kanazawa Tomoko of Juice=Juice has been diagnosed with endometriosis. You may recognize this as the same disease Matsuura Aya was diagnosed with back in 2011.

I personally like Tomo’s voice the most of the Juice=Juice members, so it saddens me to hear that she will need to limit her activities because of this; however, I would much, much, much rather she limit her activities to get better than for her to try to continue on as usual while dealing with the pain.

Last year, Juice=Juice only released one single and one album. “Wonderful World/Ça va ? Ça va ?” wasn’t my favorite single by them, but I was incredibly impressed by their album tracks! That being said, when their next single was first announced, I was curious as to how it would turn out.

Lucky me! Lucky us! Lucky world! This single is amazing! With the release of both of the music videos in the past week, I was happy to see some of the things I missed in a lot of H!P releases: different shots in the music videos besides [close up-dance shot-staring into distance close up-different angle dance shot] and music and lyrics by Tsunku (so great to see him do a single for another group again~!). Also, I was so excited to see the return of the dance shot version in the physical releases that I felt close to tears (I almost gave up hoping that they’d come back T_T).

I really want Juice=Juice to shine this year, not only with their music, but also with their upcoming drama, “Budoukan.” I will definitely find a way to watch it! Feel better, Tomo~! Do your best, Juice=Juice~! ♥

Read more about endometriosis here.

Read Kanazawa Tomoko’s blog post about her situation here.
Read Miyazaki Yuka’s blog post about Tomo’s situation here.
Read Takagi Sayuki’s blog post about Tomo’s situation here.
Read Miyamoto Karin’s blog post about Tomo’s situation here.
Read Uemura Akari’s blog post about Tomo’s situation here.

Watch Juice=Juice’s MV for “Karada Dake ga Otona ni Nattan ja nai” here.
Watch NEXT YOU’s (Juice=Juice’s) MV for “Next is you!” here.

~ Surimu-chan

Favorite H!P Songs of 2015 – A Few Extra Notes

December 29, 2015

As I covered in the video, my favorite songs from each group this year were:

Morning Musume。 ’15 – ENDLESS SKY (Honorable Mentions: Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru, SUKATTO My Heart)
°C-ute – Gamusha LIFE (Honorable Mention: Iron Heart)
ANGERME – Marionette 37°C (Honorable Mention: Nanakorobi Yaoki)
Juice=Juice – GIRLS BE AMBITIOUS (Honorable Mentions: Umaretate no Baby Love,   Mirai e, Saa Hashiridase!)
Country Girls – Wakatteiru no ni Gomen ne (Honorable Mention: Itooshiku tte Gomen ne)
Kobushi Factory – Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta (Honorable Mentions: Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan, Nen ni wa Nen (Nen’iri Ver.))

For MM’15, I like “Ima Koko Kara,” but I’ve been bouncing back and forth between thinking it’s pretty and uplifting to thinking it’s a bit on the bland side. =/ I do like it though~! “Oh my wish!” is great; I especially like the opening and ending music because it reminds me of “Ai no Gundan” which I think has to be one of my favorite A-sides from Sayu‘s time as leader. I honestly can’t remember the tune of “Ima Sugu Tobikomu Yuuki” at the moment… I haven’t listened to the song much, which is funny because I saw so many people declaring it the best song from this single. =/ I’m sure I’ll come to love it eventually. “Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi” is an interesting song; I feel like it would have been sung by Ai-chan, Gaki-san, and Reina during the Platinum Era. As for the video, I love the slow-down effects they used (which were also used in ANGERME’s “Nanakorobi Yaoki”). “One and Only” is a lot of fun! Good for Miki getting probably the biggest focus of the 12th gen.! Woohoo, lefties~! XD
Like I said, I didn’t really listen to most of °C-ute’s music for this year. =/ I learned to really like “The Middle Management ~Josei Chuukan Kanrishoku~” after doing the dance, and “Tsugi no Kado wo Magare” is really good, too. Their last single didn’t really grab me… and “Iron Heart” was the only album track that I felt I needed to buy on iTunes right away.
ANGERME did pretty well this year~. “Taiki Bansei/Otome no Gyakushuu” was actually the first physical copy of a S/mileage or ANGERME single that I got (it was actually a gift). I liked both of those songs, but was a bit miffed with the “Dance Promotion Vers.” of “Taiki Bansei.” (-_-*) “Mahoutsukai Sally” was cute (both in song and MV), but I wouldn’t be able to hum “Gashin Shoutan,” “Desugita Kui wa Utarenai,” ‘or “Dondengaeshi” if you asked me to (well, maybe a little of “Dondengaeshi”‘s chorus…). I can remember just a little of “Watashi,” but I’m pretty proud of Kanon for writing her own lyrics~. ^__^ “Asesaite Carnival” and “Namida wa Chou ni Kawaru” are the only other new songs of theirs that I listened to, and they’re both amazing, which mostly just bugs me because they’re not available on iTunes, and I don’t really want to pay $90 for four songs that I don’t have. O__O
For Juice=Juice, I liked “Wonderful World/Ça va ? Ça va ?,” but my reaction to it getting #1 on Oricon was something like this: “Wow! They got #1 on the charts! Good for them! … With these songs, though…?” I really do like the songs; I just feel like some of their other singles were better. As for their other album tracks, I like them all a lot, though “Erabareshi Watashitachi” is a little forgettable (which makes me feel like a jerk, because that was the only new song Tsunku had on that album orz)…
I love all of Country Girls’ songs~! My only real gripe was the very last line of “Koi Dorobou.” I never care for them using that phrase in songs, but it sounded especially awkward and tacked on in this one. =/
Oh, Kobushi Factory~… The more I think about it, the more “Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta” and “Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan” are tied. I also really liked KoFa’s indies song “SURVIVOR” as well~! =D I’m really looking forward to more of their releases! ^__^
Tsubaki Factory‘s indies single, “Seishun Manmannaka!,” was cute, but I don’t exactly remember how it goes… (^__^”)
BERRYZ! AH, I miss them… orz “Love Together” was such a wonderful video. I was totally shocked when I left my Blu-ray running after the video was done and found out that they left messages for themselves at the very end. TT__TT
Another thing that deserves a crying face… I did literally dozens of takes trying to talk about Morning Musume。 ’15’s final single of the year. Every time I remembered the excitement of 9th gen. joining and all of their singles and performances… and the thought of Riho graduating in just a few days kept making me almost cry. orz TT__TT

All righty, that’s all from me~! What were your favorites from this year? =D

~ Surimu-chan

What Makes a Good H!P PV? – A Few Extra Notes

September 8, 2015

I made it sound like I really hated the Promotion Edit for “Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru,” but I don’t think it was quite as bad as all that. XD I had actually forgotten about the umbrella shots and the group shots on the stairs. I also forgot to mention the fact that Karin had so much screen time even though she was just filling in for Zukki also made me like it less. =/ I would also like to point out that I really like the song “Tsuzuiteiku STORY” even though I didn’t care for the PV.
(I also need to point out that, around 5:43, I said, “It had those weird clothing explosions after the… and that, that’s… that was great for the song…”. I kind of garbled my words, so I just wanted to make that clear. XD)

The “Another Version” of “Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru” is definitely one of my favorite H!P PVs ever now~. I’ve listed other PVs that I love in the “About Me” page on this blog, but I haven’t updated it in a while… I should do that at some point. XD

That’s all~!

~ Surimu-chan