I think this is a great way to kick things off. The first three Eggs that were added into the Egg program after the original 32, starting with the one who probably has risen the highest in H!P. ManoEri started off quietly in the beginning, but she started to get somewhere when she was chosen to join Ongaku Gatas where she was one of the more promoted members in that group. Shortly after though, she had graduated from the Eggs and became a soloist (which at the time was a surprise since soloists were on the downlow until she did become the only soloist in H!P until 2013 when she graduated H!P to become an actress. Which she is doing ^_^
There’s not much info on Manami besides the fact that she was an Egg for a year and two months. I guess she did some performances and won the audition alongside ManoEri and Momoka…but there hasn’t been much about her since she left it seems >.<
At least unlike Manami, it seems the only noteworthy thing Momoka did in her time was actually finding herself as a backdancer to ManoEri in some of her PVs. Interesting, but left kind of mysteriously with not much known since then.
Funny enough, Linlin (or Qian Lin) was an Egg member for not even a year before Tsunku decided to make her the first Egg to become a full-fledged Morning Musume member! While the idea behind this reason is a bit strange (because she and Junjun were of Chinese heritage), she was a great addition with her powerful vocals! Also during this time period she was in Exceed! and Shin Minimoni too. Even though she graduated, she continues to perform and is working on releasing her first album in China. I will definitely miss her voice though…AMAZING
The other member that joined alongside Linlin, was also the first member to lose an audition but would enter as an Egg (at least for all we know). Kikka was a favorite in her audition (the same one that ended up with Aika winning). She was an instant favorite due to that and soon after joined Sayaka Kitahara and Koharu Kusumi to form the short-lived group, MilkyWay. In 2010 though, it was announced that her training was completed and her first move was that she would become a soloist. Today, she is still singing on her own and she’s doing fairly well with herself so I’m happy that her fanbase has flourished since she’s become solo!
Everyone recognizes this gal right? It’s Fukuchan! At first she was kind of under the radar for me as an Egg. She did manage to pop out a bit with becoming part of the 2nd Generation of Shugo Chara Egg! and was a backdancer for some of ManoEri’s PVs. Then Tsunku made it available for the Eggs to audition to be in Morning Musume and Fukuchan became the first Egg to officially make it into Momusu through auditioning and also was a part of Reborn Eleven. Today she’s now the sub-leader for the group and I can’t wait to see what she’ll bring once Sayumi leaves!
It’s pretty cool that Chisato had Asuna be in the Eggs and now Maimi had her cousin Take-chan join the Eggs and she was a good favorite of mine. Her first appearance that really counted was when she was one of the few Eggs that weren’t the original members chose for the Champloo revival units (in particular Shin Minimoni). Then it was silent before she passed the autidion and became a sub-member for S/mileage before finally becoming the 2nd Generation of the group. Besides that, she was also a part of the mega-group Mobekimasu and the SAYOYAMA unit Harvest. She’s still one of my current favorites!
For a while it seemed like there was some kind of hope building for Kaneko, but unfortunately that was not meant to be and on the 14th of December of 2013, she left the program to do her own thing. She’s definitely the longest retained Egg/Kenshuusei so she definitely has that going. I hope her future endeavors take her far because she was starting to shine!
Ahhh Karin! In recent times, she’s definitely a favorite amongst the Kenshuusei and people have been wanting her to finally debut for SOOOO long. She’s done quite a lot as an Egg/Kenshuusei like being involved in the revival units in Shin Minimoni and then the stageplay unit, Reborn Eleven to even having a solo career (though as Kopink) before finally striking her chance as the face of Juice=Juice and the SATOYAMA unit, Jurin. She’s really come a long way from when she started!
It’s kind of funny that Ayano is the only non-original Egg that is now currently in Up Up Girls (Kakko Kari). Though in her days as an Egg, she really didn’t do much cept Egg performances and being in two Mano PVs. At least she’s standing out SO MUCH MORE nowadays in her current group!
So, not to be confused with Azusa Sekine, Sezaki is known for having the shortest tenure as an Egg. Not even two months in and she withdraws from the program. I think she was in ONE performance before leaving. Last time she was mentioned, her home was damaged in the Touhoku earthquakes. Hopefully she’s ok yeah?
Tanabe was quite an interesting girl, she was actually a winner for an audition to fill in the last space in the 2nd Generation of Shugo Chara Egg! and since then had become quite the popular member within the Eggs/Kenshuusei. Though after 5 years, she left the program near the end of 2014. It was sad, but understandable…still she was pretty good and now with her new group, OnePixcel, many of her fans can keep up!
It’s really strange to know that of the Eggs, she was the oldest, already way in her 20s during her tenure. I’m not exactly sure what Tsunku was really going for with Hiracchi especially with the high age, but she stuck in for about a year before leaving. I think maybe her voice was on the higher scale perhaps, but she left before it was properly let out to the crowd ^_^
The other 7th Generation member of the Eggs, Rinapuu might not have been a looker in her days as an Egg but somehow her work had lead her to audition for the second generation of S/mileage and she passed! Even though she isn’t a main force in the group, she’s still doing great though and involved in SATOYAMA in Sato no Akari
Ahh the ever strong Sayubee! While she was kind of the only Egg added when she was announced, she really stood out to me and kind of reminds me of Gaki (when she was younger) but she already has potential, especially for being in Juice=Juice…her voice REALLY stands out to me even in Triplet!.
We ended up getting three more Eggs after Sayubee and Tanapyon…This is kind of where I started paying attention to the Eggs just a bit more. Runa though escapes my mind because she left quite quickly after her induction. Her only noticeable move was being a back up dancer in ManoEri’s “Seishun no Serenade”. Since she left, she joined a new idol group, Smile Gakuen. I hope she’s happy where she is now!
Now Wakana was the first Egg I noticed who left…though she didn’t do anything totally noticeable as a H!P member, she kind of just mysteriously disappeared and reappeared under a different label and a new group, Sakura Girls. Like Runa, I’m happy she’s still following her dreams even though she isn’t H!P no longer.
The only real star of the three eggs introduced, Haruka was a big surprise. I mean right from the start, she’s a really young lady, but yet her voice is husky and scratchy and really unique compared too the girls of H!P. For that reason, Tsunku chose her to be a part of Morning Musume as part of the 10th Generation! Kuduu, I hope she’ll become a major key to Momusu’s future and she’s slowly working on that with Triplet!
Another favorite of mine, Kurumin was supposed to join back in March but due to the earthquake, it had to be held at a later date. Initially, I didn’t seem to recognize her besides that last name, but after a while she started blossoming into this strong singer with a fantastic and bright personality…though I was sad to hear that her training was over in 2015 and in that wording left the KSS. I hope she finds something amazing to do or audition one more time? I don’t know but I really liked this gal!
Hamachan joined alongside Kurumin and Taguchan and she was so cute when she debuted in the first iteration of the Kenshuusei. She was charming and very petit with very suiting vocals. After a while, I thought she’d be passed up after failing many auditions (though she did become the speaker when it came to Hina Fests. Luckily in 2015, she was added to Kobushi Factory and she’s been doing great so far! Can’t wait to see what comes next!
Beyond Kurumin, I felt like Hamachan and Taguchan were so cute and squirrely for different reasons, being already a child actress, Natsumi I thought had a foot forward over the other two, but then she kind of disappeared off the radar in 2013 before returning and for some reason chosen to join Kobushi Factory two years later. It’ll be interesting to see where she ends up as the group moves forward!
The next two ladies auditioned for the 9th Generation for Morning Musume and it came down to 5 girls, Riho, Eripon, Zukki, Aina, and this lady who was credited as Tragic-chan because she cried a LOT in her auditions. Mogii wasn’t the worst but she did need a lot of work (but lets be honest so did Eripon xD). She stayed for a while, but quit…don’t know what happened but hope she continues to do well in the future.
Well it’s still to fresh to really think my Kenshuusei oshi left, but it happened. I was definitely rooting for her when she first appeared in the finals to become 9th Gen. I was sad she wasn’t chosen but then the news that she became a trainee made me happy and she was already impressing more during her performances which lead to her becoming a main vocalist for Juice=Juice. Sadly, she left a couple days ago due to contract issues with her family and H!P. I do wish her the best but I do hope she finds another outlet because I love her doing music! Plus with her singing original songs, I hope she’ll release them on discs!
Joining the KSS the same time with the 9th Gen finalists, Mogii and Tsukapon, I felt like Renako was an odd face, but appreciated a new girl beyond Minami and Aina. Rena at first was kind of strange-looking, but once she let her hair down and started approaching a more mature look, she’s been getting a lot more visually appealing…though once she joined Kobushi Factory, she’s got the weakest vocals, but still is being pushed alongside the others.
I really don’t know much about Kanae besides knowing she was a finalist during the S/mileage auditions. She also kind of left without much warning. The latest from her is that she’s auditioning once again for Morning Musume (strange that she’d leave Kenshuusei to do so) but she was the oldest of the trainees. Maybe we’ll see her again in the finals who knows right?
Joined alongside Kanae and was at the same auditions…no one really thought much of her as a finalist and neither did Tsunku but he kept the two around as Kenshuusei. As the 11th Generation auditions happened it slowly became apparent that Sakura has a lot more talent (and a LOT more training in her!). She was the only winner of the auditions and really gave some relaxed sighs since her vocals are quite amazing for such a young age. Can’t wait for the future to see how she turns out like she did in ODATOMO.
*sigh* What a tragic happening with Fuu-chan. She started off as a finalist for S/mileage’s 2nd audition and while not many people were wanting her to pass, she actually somehow did and became a sub-member for the group and was with them to release “Tachiagirl”. However, only 26 days later, it was suddenly announced that she had to quit because of sudden severe anemia. Though she wasn’t kicked out from H!P, Tsunku let her return as a Kenshuusei. Two hiatuses later and at the 2nd Test in 2014…it was announced she had graduated from the KSS. Sad that it was mostly because of her medical setbacks, but I hope she finds solace in something that won’t get her so sick all the time!
Since Aina left, I made Aarii my favorite in Juice=Juice. It’s said that she was part of H!P Kansai before becoming a Kenshuusei member which is a bit strange but whatever. She’s a real cutie and her first official picture had her in a smug look which caught my attention pretty quick! Even though she’s not the best vocally, she’s working on it nicely especially in Sato no Akari!
When Murotan joined the Kenshuusei, she was kind overlooked by me because I was happy to see Fuu-chan back and Aarii stole my heart. Though after time, she rised WAY above them becoming such a powerful voice amongst the trainees. Then she stole my heart in Karen na Gasshoudan and then I was a big fan of hers. Then the BIG news that she had joined S/mileage just excited me especially with the direction the group is in…I can’t WAIT to see what she’ll do for her first single with them after the name change to ANGERME!
I really didn’t get to know much about Rise and her time in Kenshuusei because she was there for a short time before going on hiatus mode (and then ultimately leaving the program). From the performances I did hear from her, she had a pretty good voice. I wonder if she chose education…hope whatever she’s doing keeps her happy!
There was a point in time where I wasn’t able to figure out members (alongside Riko and Rise, which the latter left shortly after)…Riko and Minami never stood out to me for the longest time (at least until 2014). There wasn’t much to say about Minamina though…though I was happy to see her being chosen to join Kobushi Factory and she’s one of the middle members. I like to see how far she goes!
Tomoko really hasn’t been a member long, but she’s definitely a VERY impressive singer in H!P-land. I mean she was an OCEAN AWARD finalist so that should tell you she’s pretty high quality…and then a little after a month of Kenshuusei work, she was added to Juice=Juice…her voice is THE BEST of the 6 (well now 5 >.>). I just REALLY love to see how Tomoko will do in the future (and maybe hear some amazing solos at concerts like the one she did alongside Sakura in ODATOMO).
Being a finalist from the 11th Generation auditions for Momusu, our first glimpse of Maria and I was kind of like she’s a tad boring and it followed her throughout her time in KSS. Though I was surprised that she won the 2nd try at the 12 Generation auditions and now is a part of Morning Musume! I hope she’ll bring a lot more to this group, but I don’t expect her to be the voice of the group for now…but she’s cute!
When she won the character award of the KSS recitals in 2013, I felt like Wadasaku would be chosen for a group sooner or later and she was! When I first saw her and the crooked smile she owned, I was definitely charmed and since then has gotten more interesting to watch even if she isn’t a lead in Kobushi. She’s pretty damn tall though (not like Yurina) but getting there!
After previous longtime Eggs/KSS Tanabe & Kaneko went nowhere as time grew longer to their eventual finishing of their training, I was starting to feel the same for Kaedii as she ended up going about over 4 years in tenure. She’s been quite a starlet and seeing her grow was just exciting and showcased her taletns, luckily unlike the two mentioned above, Kaede was chosen to join Morning Musume in December of 2016. Can’t wait to see her debut in the group!!!
When Rikako joined, she was immediately met with the eyes of many because she was already kind of known within H!P. She was kind of the face of the KSS and while I didn’t think she had the vocals to make it perfect, I had to agree that she had something that not many of the KSS were showing. It all paid off nicely when she was chosen to join S/mileage/ANGERME in 2014. I can’t wait to see what she’ll bring!
Joining back in earlier in 2013, Kana joined the Kenshuusei alongside with 5 others, but she didn’t stay very long…only about 6-ish months at best. I’m not sure what she could’ve brought, but she was pretty damn tall considering. Oh well, hopefully she finds what she wants to do in the future!
Wow, I mean I figured after her December end of the year video, her saying she wasn’t entirely sure if she’ll stay a year longer had me worried. Being the KSS of her generation that never blossomed right up until the end, Tanaka wowed me with her performance of Ayaya’s “dearest.”. She sounded wonderful and when Tsunku also said she had solo written on her, I was slightly hoping that’d be the case. Sadly, she left on the 1st of September. Lost a pretty good singer!
I kind of figured when we figured out she used to be in the avex idol group, PEACEFUL…she was going to debut somehow in H!P. Luckily, I was right and she was chosen to join Country Girls~ She has a nice wide range (to which she stick to her higher tones)…can’t wait to see what she’ll add to the group alongside Yamakki! Sad to say she didn’t stay very long as she left the group two years later due to bad asthma.
While I didn’t have the highest hopes for her debuting, Mikame was an interesting girl to say the least, opting to be into MCing more than being an idol? Yeah, that’s probably a red flag. Still, she wasn’t the best at singing so maybe they probably thought it was too much effort to deal with and let her go…but I don’t know.
Ahhh, there’s just something about Rio that always excites me. First time fans saw her was when she auditioned for 2nd Generation of S/mileage and was non to be a powerful dancer, yet brash and arrogant. Though in her time in the KSS, she’s focused a whole lot and really found her way enough to become the sub-leader of Kobushi Factory. She’s just fun to watch, especially with her bombastic energy! LOVE IT!~
So the newest to leave, Hirona was kind of surprising in fact. She was the member that ironically reminded me of Taguchi for some reason and she was pretty shy though she managed to catch a drift being being able to do the Karen na Gasshoudan stageplay (and single) before simply just leaving and opening her own Twitter…that to me is an easy to tell, then became official on September 1st. Very short tenure!
Of the 7 finalists that didn’t past the initial 12th Generation auditions, Akanechin never stood out to me when compared to the other 6 girls simply because she was kind of in that neutral zone where the other girls had already started to stand out with strong performances (or the lack of). Then in a twist of turns, Haga was chosen to join Momusu after auditioning AGAIN! I hope she does well in the group!
Yamakki was the one member that really caught my eye when she was announced (along with Danbara and Yokogawa) so I was happy to see she (and Oura) were involved in Karen na Gasshoudan. Then in a surprising twist was announced to join Country Girls! I can’t wait to see what role she’ll play!
When the finalists for the first 12th Gen were announced (and subsequently told there was no winners), I instantly took to Funakki just because she was adorable. That is until she started singing then it kind of blew me away on how such a low voice could come from someone so petit! Though I was a little worried that she wasn’t doing anything, Country Girls surprises many by adding her (and Yanamin) to the group…can’t wait to see her in a proper MV!
Out of the generation she came from, she was the prettiest, but boy did she have the worst voice amongst the KSS. I’m not sure why she was so tonedeaf and nasally at the same time, but she managed to scare off a lot of fans that way. Not to say she was the worst because her dancing skills were up to par. Shame though she was kind of casted out when the remainder of her generation (sans Danbara & Oura) managed to get promoted.
In May, during the 2nd public tests, Aikawa was introduced with two other gals and I didn’t think too much of it but enjoyed getting more KSS. Sadly, they hadn’t really stuck out to me and they didn’t get their first full performance until September, but by then it was rather quick because in October, she was chosen to join S/mileage…she’s kind of the unknown factor of the 3 new girls that joined, but I bet she’ll stand out!
Surprising that Saito left the program so quickly after about less than a year. Though since her other generation-mates (Aikawa above and Miu Takemura) aren’t exactly the best…it’s strange she left so soon. Hopefully she’ll find her path!
Sadly to say, in 2016 the last of the generation shared between Aikawa, Saito, and Takemura ended when Miu had finished her training. She wasn’t one of the stronger members (then again none of the 3 were that impressive to begin with (Saito left too quickly for any really impressions as well)) so it didn’t hit me hard like others did.
Between Hirose and Reirei, I really didn’t know who either of the two girls really were before they were placed together in Kobushi Factory. Although it was mentioned that they both were NICE GIRL! Project KSS so they’ve already been getting some training. Though Ayapan has been impressing me with her vocals and her presence, showing a lot of confidence despite being in an idol group with others (makes sense as she’s the leader of Kobushi Factory).
Yeah, Reirei (like Ayapan) didn’t last long as a KSS before being chosen for Kobushi, but it seems like with her, Rei has some powerful pipes on her and the same kind of strong presence as well. Helps that she’s on Oha Star every week so that’s more promotion for her (and perhaps Kobushi). I’m just really interested in following her!
With Nagisa leaving (alongside Yokogawa, Shimano, and Nakano), I feel like the only reason Nagi left was primarily because of her older age and the fact that most of the audition age range was not out of her league. It’s a bit bummer she couldn’t do more as she was the best (of the 4).
As with Hashimoto, I also felt like Momoko was nearing that age where she couldn’t do too many more auditions. Though I’m not too much of a fan for her due to her higher range and squeakier tone. Her new hairstyle towards the end of her tenure was pretty cute though!
You know what, there’s just nothing to say here really. Honoka joined and just as quickly as she did, she left with not more other than the announcement that she did leave. Kind of bogus if you ask me, but she was SO very young. Not much else to say as she never left much of an impression and the one song she did sing…was pretty bad.
Ever since the announcement of her joining the KSS, she’s been pushed quite a lot amongst her gen-mates and it paid off REAL fast when she and Funakki were chosen to join Country Girls…I mean it was like almost a year wait, but she actually made the cut. I can’t wait to see what she’s capable of!
I was so surprised to see that ANGERME would announce a 2nd new member under a year with Momona who before she joined was kind of plain jane and didn’t have an extraordinary voice. I wonder what she’ll bring to the table as she’s in a VERY high quality group!
Then there was Rion who was in amongst a rather mixed bunch of stronger vocals vs. dancers. While at first announcement, Honoka was the young one, she left just as quick and then fans took to Rion as the young but kooky girl. While vocally she wasn’t stellar, she pulled off cute songs quite nicely. Sad to see her go considering she is so young, but she’s got time to have some fun!
Kind of surprised that of the newest batch of Kenshuusei introduced towards the end of ’16, I was definitely not expecting anyone to join Morning Musume so quickly as Yokoyama has. Not much is really known about her very much, but I’m excited to see what she brings to the group!
NEXT TIME: THE CURRENT KENSHUUSEI!