Back L to R: Asami Konno, Risa Niigaki, Eri Kamei, Hitomi Yoshizawa
Front L to R: Mari Yaguchi, Ai Takahashi, Ai Kago, Natsumi Abe
L to R: Makoto Ogawa, Nozomi Tsuji, Sayumi Michishige, Miki Fujimoto, Reina Tanaka, Rika Ishikawa, Kaori Iida
In 2003, Morning Musume had just added the 6th Generation and they were at their largest in member count, so Tsunku thought to alleviate the problem by splitting the group into two separate mini-groups so they can perform at more stages and etc. This came with the creation of Sakuragumi (the more lovey-dovey unit) and Otomegumi (the more wild grouping). Of course they went through one change during this time and that was when Nacchi graduated from Morning Musume.
Style of Music: Well since it’s two units they both had their significant sound.
Sakuragumi was more along the lines of the more slower and romantic side especially with the two original songs they had “Hare Ame Nochi Suki♥” and “Sakura Mankai”.
Otomegumi on the other hand were a bit more scandalous and wild with their songs, especially with their two songs, “Ai no Sono ~Touch My Heart!~” and “Yuujou ~Kokoro no Busu ni wa Naranee!~”.
Of course both had B-sides (which all of them were of the same songs except their second singles where Sakuragumi covered “Daite HOLD ON ME!” and Otomegumi covered “Summer Night Town”.
- Hare Ame Nochi Suki♥ (Sakuragumi)
- Ai no Sono ~Touch My Heart!~ (Otomegumi)
- Sakura Mankai (Sakuragumi)
- Yuujou ~Kokoro no Busu ni wa Naranee!~ (Otomegumi)
Overall: Both groups really had a significant sound going and I thought the idea was going to last longer than it really did, but after their 2nd singles respectively, they were put into inactive space and as time grew on it slimmed to the point where Reina and Sayu are the only members left in H!P that had anything to do with this (though Reina is leaving real soon). BTW the PVs are going to reviewed!