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H!P Profiles: Ujicha♥Taishi Maccha’s

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L to R: Yurina Kumai, Airi Suzuki

A group that literally went under my radar (and something I clearly missed) Maccha’s (the original name) was formed actually back in 2011 during promotions for the Berikyuu single, “Amazuppai Haru ni Sakura Saku” as a duo to kind of support and promote green tea (strange concept if you ask me).  It was pretty slow and things went by until 2013 where they were chosen to sing the theme song for Oji Chama (a mascot during the SATO___ era).  Beyond that, since Yurina graduated from H!P…it is assumed that they’re gone now but *shrugs*

Style of Music: Well with only one song to their name, Chacha Oukoku no Ojichama is very kiddy…

Discography

Album

  • Gotochi Character Image Song DVD (DVD release)

This is their song, Chacha Oukoku no Ojichama…interestingly enough the two dancers were NiCE GiRL Project KSS at the time (since then the company has been shut down).

Overall: Like I said, the group wasn’t VERY well known which is surprising considering it is two H!P girls doing a duet and such.  I do find it interesting though that they’ve lasted 3-ish years together (of course before Berryz went on hiatus and changed it).  For a group all about green tea, I would’ve loved to have seen them promote Green Tea Pocky~

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H!P Profiles: Tsubaki Factory

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L to R: Yumeno Kishimoto, Riko Yamagishi, Kisora Niinuma, Kiki Asakura, Ami Tanimoto, Risa Ogata

Now after Kobushi Factory started up we were slowing down on news and important things and what’s this ANOTHER group announced in the year and is also a rival group for Kobushi (and given a similar name as Tsubaki Factory).  Another group that’s made of purely Kenshuusei, Tsubaki came in with not as much fanfare as their rival group, but hey more H!P girls woo!

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Top Row L to R: Yumeno Kishimoto, Risa Ogata, Mao Akiyama, Riko Yamagishi, Ami Tanimoto, Mizuho Ono
Bottom Row L to R: Kisora Niinuma, Kiki Asakura, Saori Onoda

So after a couple indies singles and mini-album, it was shockingly announced that the group would gain three new Kenshuusei members in Saori Onoda, Mizuho Ono, and Mao Akiyama and then a couple weeks later also announed that the group would finally major debut in the beginning of 2017.

Style of Music: With only their indies release, it seems they’re going for the more EDM-ish sound H!P is currently under, but that’s alright with me!

Discography

Singles

  • Seishun Manmannaka! (indies)
  • Engeki Joshi-bu Musical “Thank You Very Berry” Original Soundtrack
  • Kedakaku Sakihokore! (indies)
  • Hitorijime / Watashi ga Obasan ga Nattemo (indies)
  • Hatsukoi Sunrise / Just Try! / Uruwashi no Camellia (Saori, Mizuho, and Mao’s debut single)
  • Shuukatsu Sensation / Waratte / Hana Moyou

ALBUMS

  • Tsubaki Factory SOUND + VISION Vol. 1 (mini-album)

(performance at 33:00) Best place I could find it, but it is a full performance of 17sai…very green group if I say so myself!

Overall: As H!P’s newest group (as of this post once again), Tsubaki Factory seems to be pulled back from the attention that Kobushi Factory has and that’s fine, it gives them time to become better performers.  While many fans felt that the group was lacking something as a 6-nin, adding the 2nd Gen was a pretty smart idea and definitely excited to see the 9 together.

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H!P Profiles: Kobushi Factory

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Top Row L to R: Rio Fujii, Ayaka Hirose, Minami Nomura, Rena Ogawa
Bottom Row L to R: Ayano Hamaura, Natsumi Taguchi, Sakurako Wada, Rei Inoue

At the beginning of 2015, there were small murmurs of a potential new unit to be announced (thanks to v-u-den’s Erika Miyoshi), and it became true with the (at the time, unannounced name) debut of a new unit comprising of only Kenshuusei!  We thought they’d debut at the end of the month, but it was pushed back a couple months and we got a name, Kobushi Factory and we get our indie debut from them in March.  After that, it was announced their next single would be their major label debut.  They would be 8-nin for 2 years until Rio Fujii announced her graduation leaving the group as a 7-nin.

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Top Row L to R: Sakurako Wada, Rena Ogawa, Rei Inoue
Bottom Row L to R: Ayano Hamaura, Minami Nomura, Natsumi Taguchi, Ayaka Hirose

Though in an odd twist of fate, Fujii would be actually fired 2 months before her graduation, so she left the group pretty quickly with no last hurrah.  Leaving the group as a 7-nin before the summer concerts began, but this lineup would be super short because at the end of the summer concerts and from being on hiatus the whole way through, Rena Ogawa announced that she’s leaving Kobushi as well!

Style of Music: From what we’ve heard so far, the group has a more rockin’ sound akin to Buono!  It’ll be interesting where this will lead them in the future.

Discography

Singles

  • Nen ni wa Nen / Survivor (indies)
  • Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan / Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta / Nen ni wa Nen (Nen Iri Ver.)
  • Sakura Night Fever / Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin / Osu! Kobushi Tamashii
  • Samba! Kobushi Janeiro / Bacchikoi Seishun! / Ora wa Ninkimono
  • Shalala! Yareru Hazu sa / Eejanaika Ninjanaika (Rio’s & Rena’s final single)

Albums

  • Engeki Joshi-bu Musical “Week End Survivor” Official Soundtrack
  • Kobushi Sono Ichi

This is their debut song Nen ni wa Nen (though it is the touched up version from their major debut single)

Overall: Honestly, this is probably a group I will heavily follow as many of my favorite Kenshuusei members are a part of this group, I was happy they’re more edgy than a lot of the other H!P groups currently and their vocals are really impressive so far (especially Rei, Minami, and Ayaka).  Can’t wait to see what’s in store for them!

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H!P Profiles: Country Girls

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Top Row L to R: Momoko Tsugunaga, Manaka Inaba, Risa Yamaki
Bottom Row L to R: Chisaki Morito, Uta Shimomura, Mai Ozeki

Let’s begin at the beginning, the only real remaining member of Country Musume, Mai Satoda, had came out of nowhere and desired that the group to be revitalized and brought back from the unknown (even though we all knew CM was disbanded when the Elder Club graduation had happened).  So from March to August, there were auditions held but for some reason bore no fruit from it.  Surprisingly enough a couple months later, there was a surprise announcement of the creation of the group.  Two Kenshuusei (Inaba and Yamaki) and 3 new girls came together.  It was also announced that Momoko from Berryz Kobo would be their senpai for a while until she felt it was OK to let them go on their own.  Initially, they were to debut as the 5 (w/o Momoko) for an indies single, but was scrapped and they waited til Berryz went on hiatus to begin their career with their first major label…howeverrrr…

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L to R: Momoko Tsugunaga, Manaka Inaba, Chisaki Morito, Mai Ozeki, Risa Yamaki

After their first single, things started to become worrying after Uta Shimomura started to be missing in events and other things like promoting the single still.  It turns out like Aina Otsuka from Juice=Juice, there was some contract issues and she basically said sayonara to the group in early June 2015 and that brings us to most of 2015 as a whole until November.

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Top Row L to R: Momoko Tsugunaga, Manaka Inaba, Mai Ozeki, Risa Yamaki
Bottom Row L to R: Nanami Yanagawa, Chisaki Morito, Musubu Funaki

Once a year had passed by since the group’s announcement and beginnings, the group celebrated their anniversary by announcing two new members: Nanami Yanagawa & Musubu Funaki (two KSS).  Though after their first single together, member Manaka Inaba had announced she had to take a hiatus due to her asthma acting up, sadly in August, she announced she was graduating from the group to the struggles with her affliction.

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L to R: Momoko Tsugunaga, Mai Ozeki, Musubu Funaki, Nanami Yanagawa, Chisaki Morito, Risa Yamaki

Which leaves us with the current iteration back to where it began as a 6-nin group (meaning “Itooshikutte Gomen ne / Koi Dorobo” will go back to its original choreography. At least until June of 2017 when Momoko Tsugunaga will graduate out of the group.

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L to R: Risa Yamaki, Nanami Yanagawa, Musubu Funaki, Chisaki Morito, Mai Ozeki

Though it seems the group would be pushed back even further due to Yamaki & Ozeki’s want to focus on school but somehow continue being in Country Girls.  With that said, the 3 remaining members had been moved to other H!P groups with Country Girls being in the backburner with short bouts of activeness.

Style of Music: Seems like they’re going for the fun, cute side of H!P and plus we’ve seen them perform some older Country Musume ni Ishikawa songs as well so that’s pretty much set in stone currently.

Discography

Singles

  • Itooshikutte Gomen ne / Koi Dorobo (Uta’s final single)
  • Wakatte Iru no ni Gomen ne / Tamerai Summertime
  • Boogie Woogie LOVE / Koi wa Magnet / Ranrarun ~Anata ni Muchuu~ (Nanami & Musubu’s debut single; Manaka’s final single)
  • Dou Datte Ii no / Namida no Request
  • Good Boy Bad Girl / Peanut Butter Jelly Love (Momoko’s final single)

This is part of their debut single, Itooshikutte Gomen ne.  You can really tell how fresh they wanted to make this group (especially being a revival unit and all).  Also notice how much facetime Uta has…shame she’s gone!

Overall: When I first heard the group announcement, it was coming off the heels of the recent additions to Morning Musume and S/mileage so this was out of the blue, but exciting.  I also worried because half the girls are brand new and unknown, two were KSS, and Momochi.  When their first single was performed, I was excited for how catchy and bright the group was and Uta was heavily being shown off as the group’s ace.

Though, it’s quite unfortunate that Uta left the group leaving a HUGE hole where she used to be as the face & ace, but it seems like with the next single, Chisaki and Mai are going to step up their game (as if they weren’t pushed enough).  Yamakki and Manakan to me feels like back girls at the moment as well as Momoko, but the latter is on purpose.  Overall, I’m curious to see where the group goes.

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