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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. 😄 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. 😄 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. 😄 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

Suzuki Kanon Graduates

May 31, 2016

It totally doesn’t feel like Zukki has graduated. Seriously. I think it might be because, when Riho graduated, I was mainly focusing on my dancing and videos, so H!P was at the forefront of my thoughts. Now, I’m back to work, and I have potential surgery and other expenses to worry about, so the day arrived in the blink of an eye without my thinking about it too much. It’s going to be super-weird to see the group without Zukki. Even though she was pretty much always in the back, you could always spot her million-watt smile. I also still maintain that she had a great singing voice, and they should have used her more often. Do you remember her singing when Morning Musume performed Berryz Koubou‘s “1-Oku 3-Senman Sou Dietto Oukoku” in 2014? SO great!

I remember sending in a picture for the birthday book that was made for her by fans. I was dressed up in my one of my “One・Two・Three” dance cover outfits (Zukki’s, obviously), and I had a sign with a birthday message and green butterflies on it (green because it was (WAS! *sob*) her color, and butterflies because remember her insect impressions early on?). In fact, I still have that picture. Let’s rewind to 2012!

Zukki Appreciation Project Picture

How nostalgic~. Also, I am glad that she got a big speaking part in one of the A-sides on her last single (along with a couple of solo singing lines), but I do sort of wish she would have gotten a little more focus in “The Vision” because it’s such a pretty, very graduation-sounding song. Though “Utakata Saturday Night!” really fits Zukki’s personality, doesn’t it? Bright colors, lots of fun being had with dashes of cute, cool, and mature thrown in, too. (Also, I just watched a clip covering her graduation and, oh my goodness, she sang “Never Forget” for her solo song. TT____TT And they sang “Ai Araba IT’S ALL RIGHT,” too! TT____TT)

Ahh~… I’m going to miss her.

Congratulations, Zukki~!

Zukki! Congratulations on your graduation! All the best for your future~! ♥♥♥♥♥

Surimu-chan

Inaba Manaka Taking Extended Break

April 28, 2016

Inaba Manaka

It was announced today that Inaba Manaka of Country Girls will be taking an extended break from activities due to a resurgence of the chronic asthma that she’s suffered from since early childhood. She will be participating in neither Country Girls’ upcoming tour nor this summer’s H!P tour.

This came as a huge shock to me. Though I’m a big fan of all of the girls in the group, I’d be lying if I said Manakan isn’t my favorite. She’s such a dynamic dancer, and she has an adorable singing voice (besides just being adorable herself), so I’ll miss her presence in the group. That being said, I’m happy that she’s taking time off to recover her health; that’s much more important.

Get well soon, Manakan! I’ll patiently await your return~. ♥

~ 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

Sayashi Riho Graduates

December 31, 2015

Let me start out by saying that Riho was never my favorite member. That might sound a bit harsh, but I think it needs to be understood that I was never one of the “RihoRiho can do no wrong!” type of fans. That’s not to say I didn’t like her! Far from it. She is amazingly dedicated in all that she does, and she’s a very talented dancer. Though others might disagree, there were even times I really liked her singing (usually when she was given a lower part). Here’s a big thing, though (and I mentioned it in the video in my previous post): Riho was part of the 9th generation. They were the first generation I was able to follow from the very beginning. I remember watching all of the girls auditioning and being really impressed by her dancing. When she got in, it was like, “I knew it!” I was excited to see how she and the other girls did and what they would add to the group.
I believe that Riho’s early dedication and talent in dance got her pushed to the front so quickly. Fuku-chan had experience, but she was a bit on the quiet side. Eripon was also terribly quiet and a bit awkward at first. Zukki was a lot of fun, but she lacked experience. Right off the bat, Riho seemed up to the challenge. That’s very admirable, I think, for a girl her age.
Bringing the focus to Riho also brought a focus to dance, which is, in my opinion, why they have such a strong focus on formation dancing now. With Riho excelling at dance and having such a prominent role in the group, I feel like it inspired the company (or whoever decides these things) to have dances created that would show off her (and Daishi‘s) ability and bring the other members closer to her level. If you look at it that way, you could say that it’s thanks to Riho that MM’s dances are as impressive as they are now.
I’m probably rambling at this point (I know I am; I’ve been up for about twenty hours and my eyes are tired XD), but I’m really happy to have known the MM lineup with Riho in it. I don’t remember crying quite so much about any other graduation I’ve been through so far. Koharu‘s, Reina‘s, and Sayu‘s didn’t affect me too much (I wasn’t a huge fan of Koha, and Reina an Sayu had been in the group for so long); I felt bad for Mittsi, Junjun, and Linlin (I think they all got a pretty poor deal =/); I still miss Ai-chan, Gaki-san, and Kamei… but, like I said, Riho is the first one I was able to follow since she was just a liiiittle girl (well, you know what I mean XD). It’s like watching my little sister leave (Riho’s only a week older than my little sister orz).
I’m going to miss her in the group, but I know she’s coming back, and I’m sure she’s going to be even better than ever!

Riho Graduation

Riho! Congratulations on your graduation! ♥

~ Surimu-chan

Over Two Years…

January 30, 2015

Wow, it’s been over two years since my last post on this blog. O__O I felt that I needed to start writing on here again, especially with all of the changes coming to Hello! Project these days. Seriously… Berryz… *insert all of the crying faces here*

That being said, I plan on uploading a few posts over the next few days to try to rank the Berryz Koubou music videos. I wanted to do something besides a dance cover to contribute to the Berryz Koubou Tribute Project, so I figured, hey, I have an H!P blog; why don’t I use it? =D So you can look forward to that!

Are you interested in contributing to the Berryz Koubou Tribute Project? I certainly hope so! It’s been slow-going since it started, but I still have faith! All you need to do to contribute is share something Berryz Koubou-related on Twitter and tag it with #berryz. The goal is to get them trending on Twitter before they go on indefinite hiatus. We’re going to try sharing our Berryz creations (dance/song covers, vlog/blog posts, cosplay, fanart, etc.) tomorrow (January 31st), and then we’ll need to pick a specific day to share anything and everything Berryz-related (favorite clips, music videos, pictures, your own dances, drawings, etc.; everything!) for one last push to get them trending. Please consider participating!

That’s all! Thanks for reading~!

~ Surimu-chan

It’s Been Too Long Since My Last Update…

August 31, 2012

…Wow… it’s been too long since my last post. O_O Sorry! m(_ _)m I have some free time before work today, though, so I thought I’d write something for this blog. =D (Part of this post was written months ago, so please keep that in mind. orz) Here’s my take on a few H!P-related things…

1) Morning Musume
I am beyond excited for their next single. I just watched the dance rehearsal, and I already love the song and dance! =D And, of course, I’m excited for 13 Colorful Character as well.

2) Berryz Koubou
– For AnimeNEXT
I loved the video they uploaded to their channel where they introduced themselves and answered a few questions. 😄
– Momochi
Momo’s getting a lot of hate for her “Momochi” act… and I’m not terribly fond of it myself, but I can’t bring myself to fault her. I’m sure management is pushing her to be as outrageous as possible with all of the “Yurushite nyan” and “otomomochi” business and such. I think it’s too bad that people are dismissing her talent because of that act. =(
– I absolutely loved Berryz’ “Loving you too much,” and I’m really irritated that iTunes still doesn’t have the “cha cha SING” single up yet. (>_<*)

3) °C-ute
… Actually, I can’t really think of anything °C-ute-related. “Aitai Aitai Aitai na” wasn’t very memorable to me. In fact, the only part of the song I can remember is “Aitai aitai aitai na.” (^_^”)>

4) Mano Erina
I’ve become a bigger fan of Mano-chan recently (even before her graduation was announced). =D I listened to some of her older songs, and, after really paying attention to them, I realized that I really liked them. Two that I can think of right off the bat are “Lucky Aura” and “Hajimete no Keiken.” I also really love “Hanakotoba,” “Glory days,” and “Tasogare Kousaten.” I’d like to listen to all of her album tracks eventually, but I’ll have to wait until I can buy them, because they seem to be nonexistent on YouTube. o_O

5) S/mileage
I feel like I’m not as big of a fan of S/mileage as I was before… orz It doesn’t have anything to do with Saki and Yuuka leaving (though I think I preferred having fewer members to share the focus). I think the music just hasn’t been grabbing me as much, though I really love “Chance Tourai!” (much more than “Choto Mate Kudasai!,” I’d say). I’m glad that we saw (and heard) more of Rina and Kana in “Suki yo, Junjou Hankouki.” Even though it’s not my favorite S/mileage release, I did like the opening music, and I am able to remember a  few parts of the song. I remember thinking the chorus sounded somewhat out of place with the rest of the song, but I’ve gotten used to it. (^_^”)> I’m glad we’re finally going to see a new album from them next year~.

6) Buono!
So far, I’m loving SHERBET. “FEVER” is probably my favorite album track on there (even though I haven’t had a chance to listen to all of them…), but “Never gonna stop!” is great, too. ^__^ Just by listening to the previews of the other songs, I’m sure I’ll enjoy the other tracks as well.

That’s about all for now~. (^_^”)>

Surimu-chan

Mitsui Aika to Graduate from Morning Musume

May 4, 2012

I always knew Mittsi would get the short stick for graduations, but this is a bit much. (^_^”)> She will be graduating from Morning Musume alongside Gaki-san on May 18th but will remain in Hello! Project. My guess is that she’ll do MC work or something similar.

I feel kind of bad about this because I’m seeing a lot of “I’m not a fan of her…” comments, and I’m sure I’ll see some “Good riddance,” comments as well. (>_<*) Even if she was never front and center, and even if you were never a fan, she still put time and effort into her activities, so I hope others will respect that.

As for me, though Mittsi wasn’t my favorite member, I’d still call myself a fan. I really loved her deeper singing voice, which was, unfortunately, very under-used, in my opinion; she sounded really great for her raps in “Nanchatte Renai” and “Silver no Udedokei.” =D Also, even though she used her higher, more nasally voice in her solo, “Watashi no Miryoku ni Kizukanai Donkan na Hito,” I liked that song, too~.

I remember not really liking Mittsi when I first started watching H!P stuff. I thought her super-high voice was annoying, and she seemed a bit bratty. After a while, though, I would read blog translations about her bringing snacks for the other members or something like that. After seeing her interact with and teach the kyuukies when they first joined, I realized that she would make a great leader. It’s unfortunate that that will never happen.

It’s really too bad that she’s had to go through all the health problems. I’ve suffered from a few foot injuries from dancing in the past couple of years but nothing as severe as hers.

I love Gaki-san, and I hope her graduation is very special, but I also hope Mittsi gets a bit of recognition, too. When the MM singles featured mostly Ai-chan and Reina, Gaki-san and Kamei were usually the secondary members to be featured. Koharu and Sayu got some attention, too, of course, but the eighth generation was usually in the background. That’s rather sad to me. =(

After the upcoming graduation, only two members will remain from the first MM lineup I knew. o_o

Sorry about this post being all over the place; I just woke up a little while ago, so I’m still a little out of it. (^_^”)>

~ Surimu-chan

The Ai-chan Effect

January 25, 2012

When it comes to Morning Musume, I think everyone can agree that, love her or hate her, Takahashi Ai was a big part of the group. While she’s one of my favorite members of all time (and also my mom’s favorite member XD), I’m starting to see some adverse effects of her super-prominent position while she was in the group. There are three points that I’d like to talk about: Ai-chan as MM’s leader, the image Ai-chan’s powerful vocals worked best with, and Ai-chan’s general popularity among fans.

Ai-chan as a Leader
I think that a lot of international fans, myself included, started listening to Morning Musume after Ai-chan became the leader (or, at least, she was the leader they’ve known the longest). It’s no secret that Ai-chan received a heavy portion of the lines in their singles, so I can see why others may think that the leader, if anyone, should get more lines than the other members. This, of course, isn’t how it works. Just look at the earliest MM singles: Nacchi had a huge number of solo lines while Nakazawa Yuko was in the background more often than not. Iida Kaori was never front and center with a lot of lines while she was leader (and Yasuda Kei, though she was co-leader for a time, usually had even less luck when it came to being featured). Even Yoshizawa Hitomi, though a well-loved member, was not usually a front girl during her time as leader. Now that Gaki-san is leader, I’ve seen a lot of complaints about her not being front and center in all things Morning Musume. It made sense to me, though, if Tsunku plans on bringing back MM’s old style. (I do hope she’ll have a lot more lines in her final single, though.)

Ai-chan’s Vocals and Image
Takahashi is an amazing singer. This is my opinion, but I think I share it with a lot of other people. I can easily understand why she got as many lines as she did. Ai-chan has an incredibly powerful voice, which I think works better with the more mature songs that MM was given during her leadership. While she could pull off the “cute” image just as well, I’ve always associated Ai-chan with having a “cooler” edge to her style; just look at her graduation song (and outfit). It stands to reason that, as their leader and lead girl pulls off the mature image quite nicely, the singles will take on the same tone. Though “Mikan” was well-received by international fans (from what I’ve seen), “Seishun Collection” was mostly either disliked or “just okay.” (I grew to really love it~.) “Kono Chikyuu…/Kare to Issho…” was rather well-received, it seems, but, again, “Kono Chikyuu…” was more of a powerful happy than a cutesy happy. Speaking of “cutesy happy,” “Pyoko Pyoko Ultra” (I don’t care how it’s written on the covers; I’m spelling it with a “k”) is a complete turnaround from MM’s mature image. It’s causing an awful lot of (what I deem to be unwarranted) hate for the song, and even the group itself.

Ai-chan’s Popularity
Finally, Ai-chan was super-popular. Actually, even for those who didn’t really like her, it’s hard to deny that she brought something special to the group, even if it was only her voice. It was hard not to notice her; she was a constant for the group. She had been in MM since their thirteenth single, so her absence would definitely be noticeable. Still… I hardly think the lack of Ai-chan is a good reason to abandon the group. I don’t know how many times I saw the comment, “Now that Ai-chan’s gone, I have no reason to like MM anymore. I’m moving on to ______.” (This is also relevent to any other graduation, including the S/mileage ones.) To be honest, this phrase kind of offends me. These people claim to love [insert idol name here]. Do you think said idol(s) would be especially happy to see so many people abandoning the group that they spent so much time and effort on? I certainly don’t. I’m not saying that you can’t be sad that your favorite member is leaving (Ai-chan’s graduation was hard for me, and I have a feeling that Gaki-san’s will be even worse T_T) or that you can’t dislike a single (“Pyoko Pyoko Ultra” isn’t my favorite single, but I’m not going to “move on” from the group just because of it; neither am I going to wish poor sales on it, like I’ve seen others doing); I’m just asking that you grant H!P more than a couple strikes before you leave for some other fandom.

There you are. I ended up ranting a bit, but I hope everyone understands what I’m saying. (^_^”)> Oh, and this post was in no way saying that MM died with Ai-chan; if anything, it was just a few complaints I have about the fandom. (^_^”)>

~ Surimu-chan

Hello! Project Music 2011 – Part 7: Miscellaneous

December 31, 2011

Favorite Misc. SingleHello! Project Mobekimasu – “Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku”
Favorite Misc. Coupling Track – Hello! Project Mobekimasu – “Kachoii Uta” (all versions) [“Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku” c/w]
Favorite Misc. CoverBerryz Koubou x °C-ute – “Amazuppai Haru ni Sakura Saku” [Both Event V covers]

There weren’t too many miscellaneous songs this year, but the few that they had were rather good. There was a period of a few days when I listened to “Kachoii Uta” over and over. 😄 I also like “Makeruna Wasshoi!,” though I’m not too terribly fond of the parts where it sounds like the song is skipping. =/

As far as other miscellaneous, H!P-related stuff, I believe I mentioned in Part 3 that °C-ute has really caught my attention this year. I have a new-found appreciation for them~. =D
Besides, °C-ute, I have a new-found appreciation for all of the former MM members. To be specific, I noticed that I really miss Kamei‘s voice in Morning Musume‘s songs. T_T Eri was initially one of my favorite members~. I also like Goto Maki a lot more than I used to after seeing her perform “LOVE Machine” with Dream Morning Musume. I always thought that she seemed sort of distant in many of the older clips I saw of her, but she was really animated when she was on stage with them at their concert, and she seemed incredibly grateful that they were at her concert. Then, of course, there’s Ai-chan. It’s going to be pretty odd listening to a song that she had lead vocals on (which is a huge number of songs) only to not hear her singing. =/ Also, seeing so many former members congratulate Kago on her marriage and pregnancy made me really happy~~. ^_^
I believe I also mentioned that I’ve become quite a fan of Ayacho this year. She seems like a great leader (before and after the auditions, and even when she, Yuuka, and Kanon went to the amusement park XD) and a genuinely happy girl in general. ^_^

Let’s see… for next year… I want to see a #1 in Hello! Project~! It doesn’t necessarily have to be from Morning Musume, though I think they’re the most likely to get it if anyone does. I’m also really excited to see the H!P drama. I never got a chance to watch all of Hanbun Esper, because I couldn’t find it anywhere. =( Anything else…? Maybe a new temporary unit! A sort of shuffle group, you know? That would be great! =D

Well, that’s about all I have to say~. Thanks for reading~! ^_^

~ Surimu-chan