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H!P Profiles: Berryz Koubou

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Front Row L to R: Miyabi Natsuyaki, Momoko Tsugunaga, Risako Sugaya
Middle Row L to R: Saki Shimizu, Yurina Kumai, Maiha Ishimura
Back Row L to R: Maasa Sudo, Chinami Tokunaga

Tsunku during this time wanted to do something more with floundering H!P Kids that were there and his original plan was to have a revolving group for them all (which included the new C-ute members).  Though for some reason, Tsunku ditched the idea and just took 8 of the members and created a group for them and named them Berryz Koubou.  While they were vocally unstable during their early days they were the kids group for a while.  Unfortunately, when 21-ji Made no Cinderella was released, Maiha Ishimura announced her graduation to return to a normal life leaving the 7 to push forward without her

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Bottom Row L to R: Risako Sugaya, Miyabi Natsuyaki
Middle Row: Chinami Tokunaga, Momoko Tsugunaga, Yurina Kumai
Top Row: Maasa Sudo, Saki Shimizu

Ever since Maiha left, the group DID push on without any new members or other members leaving and marks as one of the groups that still are active within H!P today!  All of the girls went through puberty and they all sound unique which is something Tsunku never really expected (I bet).  They would go on for quite a long time before in 2015, they would go and announced their indefinite hiatus, which they totally deserve for being the longest standing group (with no member changes or loss).

Style of Music: To me, Berryz has always been that group to be given strange songs to deal with and see what and how they would deal with it because they got a wide selection of genres thrown in their discography.  They’ve done strange songs (Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance), sexy songs (WANT!), and some other stuff.  They are just the random group of H!P

Discography

SINGLES

  • Anata Nashi de wa Ikite Yukenai
  • Fighting Pose wa Date ja Nai!
  • Piriri to Yukou!
  • Happiness ~Koufuku Kangei!~
  • Koi no Jubaku
  • Special Genera~tion
  • Nanchuu Koi wo Yatteru YOU KNOW?
  • 21-ji Made no Cinderella (Maiha’s final single)
  • Gag 100 Kaibun Aishite Kudasai
  • Jiriri Kiteru
  • Waracchaou yo BOYFRIEND
  • Munasawagi Scarlet
  • VERY BEAUTY
  • Kokuhaku no Funsui Hiroba
  • Tsukiatteru no ni Kataomoi
  • Dschinghis Khan
  • Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance
  • MADAYADE
  • Dakishimete Dakishimete
  • Seishun Bus Guide / Rival
  • Watashi no Mirai no Danna-sama / Ryuusei Boy
  • Otakebi Boy WAO! / Tomodachi wa Tomodachi Nanda!
  • Maji Bomber!!
  • Shining Power
  • Heroine ni Narou ka!
  • Ai no Dangan
  • Aa, Yo ga Akeru
  • Be Genki <Naseba Naru!>
  • cha cha SING
  • WANT!
  • Asian Celebration
  • Golden Chinatown / Sayonara Usotsuki na Watashi
  • Motto Zutto Isshi no Itakatta / ROCK Erotic
  • Otona na no yo! / 1-oku 3-senman Sou Diet Oukoku
  • Ai wa Itsumo Kimi no Naka ni / Fuutsu, Idol 10nen Yattaranai Desho!?
  • Romance wo Katatte / Towa no Uta

ALBUMS

  • 1st Chou Berryz
  • Dai ② Seichouki
  • Special! Best Mini ~2.5 Maime no Kare~ (mini-album)
  • ③ Natsu Natsu Mini Berryz (mini-album)
  • 4th Ai no Nanchara Shisuu
  • 5 (FIVE)
  • Berryz Koubou Special Best Vol. 1 (best album)
  • 6th Otakebi Album
  • ⑦ Berryz Times
  • Ai no Album ⑧
  • Berryz Mansion 9kai
  • Berryz Koubou Special Best Vol. 2 (best album)
  • SUPPECIAL CUTIE BEST ALBUM ~Japan Expo 15th Year Anniversary Fans Selection Songs~ (French best album with C-ute)
  • Kanjuku Berryz Koubou The Final Selection Box (best album)

This is the group’s debut single “Anata Nashi de wa Ikite Yukenai” with all the members in tact!

“Special Genera~tion” is probably the group’s most well-known song and for good reasons because it really showed the capabilities out of all 8 girls at the time…plus the song was just damn good!

Finally, this is the group’s PV for “Asian Celebration” kind of making the transition to the electro style H!P would dive into.

This is “Love together!” the final PV the group would release together.

Top 10 Favorite Songs

  • Aa, Yo ga Akeru
  • Dakishimete Dakishimete
  • Special Genera~tion
  • Heroine ni Narou ka!
  • Omoide (B-side from “Ai no Dangan”)
  • WANT!
  • Jiriri Kiteru
  • Furare Pattern (B-side from “MADAYADE”)
  • Piriri to Yukou!
  • Loving you Too much (B-side from “cha cha SING”)

Other Things to Mention:

Berryz is currently the group that has the oldest members in it (yes technically longer than Reina and Sayu!

Overall: I’ve always thought Berryz was the weird group ever since their debut and it really hasn’t changed over the years.  What did change was the vocals because back then it was really only Yurina, Risako, Miyabi, and Momoko…but in recent times, the remaining three other members: Chinami, Saki, and Maasa have started to step it up more ^_^.  I really do like the group and their songs have mostly been wins for me.  With them finally disbanded, I hope the girls will go onto bigger and better things!  They sure left a mark in the company!

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