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The Country Curse continues! x.x;

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We all know that Momoko is graduating at the end of June, but we weren’t totally sure with the continuation of Country Girls beyond the fact that there will be a disc on Momoko’s graduation album with unreleased CG songs…sadly (or not?) we got some news about what the group will do after Tsugunaga graduated and boy it’s a doozy…

  • It seems that Risa & Mai will focus on school for the time being and will be on somewhat of a hiatus and will only really be active when there’s breaks and holidays.
  • That said, the remaining 3, Chisaki, Nanami, and Musubu will be put into other existing H!P groups.
  • At the end of the announcement it was said that future Country Girls releases will probably be digital releases.

Personally, this seems a little bit strange especially for the timing it brings coming 2 months before the H!P Summer Tour kicks off.  I mean it’s great that Yamakki and Ozeko want to focus, but I feel like that’s somewhat dragging the group, enough it seems that the other three members are going to be tossed around into other H!P groups knowing that Danbara, Ichioka, Kawamura, Takase, and Kiyono are set to debut as well…It seems this is all in UF’s plan, but it seems a lot of the members are really feeling for it…we’ll see how it goes, but it does seem like a bit of a trainwreck at the moment…

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Farewell Buono!

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As we’re getting closer to seeing both C-ute and Momoko graduating, we also have to see that Buono! the epic trio of former Berryz Kobo member Miyabi Natsuyaki and Airi Suzuki & Momoko Tsugunaga closing a chapter for themselves as Buono! members

The group began as a unit to promote Shugo Chara!, an anime that had many many H!P sub-units involved as well as Koharu at the helm of it all.  Buono! at that time was quite into doing rockin’ music to stick out amongst the other units (Guardians 4, SCE!, KiraPika).  After the anime ended, the group was the only one to really strive on continuing their releases and after a couple more singles and mini-albums, they kind of went away and was worried even moreso when Miyabi graduated from H!P.

They came back last year to a surprise of many with a new DVD single to promote a performance at Budokan….

Though they went quiet again for a bit until Monday when they had their final performance at Yokohama Arena…a great 10 years running, coming to a close.

I feel like with Buono! closing it’s doors, the feeling of dread of the upcoming graduations of Airi, Chisa, Nakky, Maimai, Maimi, and Momochi is starting to ooze into my mind and I’m a bit bummed as they represented a LOT of my time with H!P (alongside Berryz).  So it really feels like an end of an era…it’ll be interesting to watch H!P continue after these losses in the ranks.

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Rio Fujii to graduate at the end of the H!P Summer tour.

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Announced back on Friday, Fujii announced that she’ll graduate from Kobushi Factory & Hello! Project at the end of the H!P Summer Tour to focus on becoming a nurse or a teacher.

Wow, it didn’t take very long before we would lose our first Factory member and I was actually caught off guard by this announcement just coming so soon after Kudo’s announcement too.

I’ve been following Rio’s tenure since her audition for the 2nd Gen S/mileage addition and she was a wildfire back then and it was great watching her change and make it into the Kenshuusei before finally making her stamp in the idol world in 2015 when she was announced to be a sub-leader for Kobushi Factory.  So I didn’t really see this coming, but it does make sense at her age as this is a good time to decide what to do for the future so congrats to her for making a decision…

Though with the recent KSS news, makes me wonder if they’ll be a replacement for Fujii if the 3 girls choose to go into separate groups.

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H!P, you have some things to explain!!!

So I just did the post for the Test Recital and boy it was a strong test filled with great performances and presence on top of hearing from Kobushi & Tsubaki as well.  Though as it seemed like it was coming to an end with the award ceremony and last performances…the audience was surprised by an appearance from Nishiguchi (UFP Representive and he dropped 2 big bombs and one that was well kind of big, but it’s a title…so let’s talk it!

Kurumi Takase & Momohime Kiyono to start a branch

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The first announcement was that Takase & Kiyono were chosen to be a part of a KSS Project that focuses on Stageplays (which is strange considering Engeki exists already, unless they wanted to have an H!P-branded branch.  Still, it is with two of the stronger vocalists here.  Not much info was give beyond the company will have to sit with their parents to get something going.

Hikaru Inoue as leader of KSS

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Yup, the 2nd announcement was that now Hikarun was the de facto leader of the Kenshuusei.  Which we haven’t officially had since Arisa Noto, so this is pretty interesting this is becoming a thing again!

Ichioka, Danbara, and Kawamura to debut

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The last announcement made is that Ichioka, Danbara, and Kawamura would debut, but the decision between a new unit or spreading to existing units hasn’t been decided yet which is a bit strange to announce straight up (yeah, these announcement were just literally out of the blue and from Nishiguchi’s mouth).  Granted, since there’s no news beyond what I said, we’ll just have to wait to see what the girls’ parents with think.

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Haruka Kudo to graduate Morning Musume/H!P in the Fall

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Today at Morning Musume 17’s concert, in a shocking announcement, Kudo announced that she’ll be leaving the group and company at the end of the fall tour to persue an acting career.

I have to say I’m pretty bummed since she comes after Zukki’s graduation last year and they both were oshis in the group for me!!  Despite that, I do think she’ll do well after since she’s still quite young (17) and her stageplay appearances have really stood out…Though it begs the question…who’s going to take over the lines in Oh my wish! since both leads are gone?!?

Anyway, I want to enjoy my time left with her and hopefully another single (OR AND ALBUM!) will release before she graduates.

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Most original name for a group? Funny joke UFP!

So on today’s Hello! Station we got an announcement of a new SATOYAMA unit!

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L to R: Moe Kamikokuryo, Ayumi Ishida, Saki Nakajima, Tomoko Kanazawa

Meet our new SATOYAMA unit, Kamiishinaka Kana

What surprised me was just having Kamiko be the one to announce this as if she was the leader of this unit.  Granted, this announcement is slightly weakened by the fact the other 3 have been in previous SATO units (Ayumi in Harvest, Nakky in DIY, HI-FIN, and Kanatomo in ODATOMO.  It also didn’t help that the name of the unit is a bit lazy and kind of mundane (though it makes the acronym KINK seem very interesting!).

Anyway, they will release an event single, “Furusato no Yume” during the SATOYAMA e Ikou! event / Hinafest date).  This unit won’t last too long with Nakky graduating in June, but it’ll be nice to see what the song willbring.

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Let’s say hello to our 13th Generation!

Yup, we finally have our new Generation (going through two auditions once again).  Though no actual new members, but chosen from the Kenshuusei!  So let’s get to know them!

Kaede Kaga

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One of the eldest Kenshuusei, joining back in 2012 alongside Kanatomo, Maria, Wadasaku, Kishimon, and Ichioka. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting her to win due to her age and straight-up 4 year tenure in the trainees program.  Though she’s pretty impressive as a vocalist and has grown during the time and her adding to Momusu will probably lead to her being a main vocalist which is great (we really needed more vocalists).

Reina Yokoyama

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The other new members is the opposite to Kaedii by being from the most recent batch of Kenshuusei!  Yokoyama hasn’t really done anything too huge in the program (hell, I haven’t been able to hear her proper yet).  There’s not much of an opinion so I’ll just have to wait til their first single before making a complete thought out of her.

Overall, I feel like a 2-nin is a bit disappointing because that just meant these auditions were just done primarily to fill the spots that Riho and Kanon had left behind when they graduated and it’s looking like Kaede might fill Riho’s spot while Reina will have Zukki’s.  I would’ve chosen better girls too to add onto the group.

 

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°C-ute to disband in 2017

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Today, it was announced that the eldest group in H!P currently will disband at Saitama Super Arena in June of 2017.

Honestly, while the timing was surprising, the overall thoughts were that it wasn’t as much of a shock considering the tenure they’ve been pulling since they’ve debuted.  I love the group and as much as I think Airi, Maimi, and Chisato were the vocal powerhouses, Saki and Mai were pretty integral as well!

More news is that they’ll release one more single and won’t take part in the Winter H!P concerts.  Makes me think there’ll also be a best album thrown in like when Berryz called it a day.

Don’t know what other surprises are in store, but it’ll be a nice run towards the end!

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Tsubaki Factory gains 3 members?…WHT?!?

Yup!  Announced today at a Fanclub event, the group annouced 3 new members (all from the Kenshuusei…so let’s get to know them!

Saori Onoda

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Probably the most familiar face of the trio, Saorin kind of took up Karin’s mantle when she started doing the Pinkss stuff and even then she surprised many for her Shindan Test performance opting for a recorder solo!  To me she stands as a good face for the group next to Yumeno currently.  It’ll be interesting to see what she’ll bring, but I have a feeling she’ll be a lead next to Yumeno and Kiki.

Mao Akiyama

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The next gal up is Mao Akiyama!  Though I am sad to say that between her and the other girl that’s coming up, I don’t have too much of an opinion on them.  With Akiyama though, she is known for her dancing abilities so that’ll come in handy for more upbeat songs.  We’ll see how things go!

Mizuho Ono

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The last girl, Mizuho is really an enigmatic to the group as she kind of runs in the middle of the road leaving nothing that really sets her apart from her KSS sisters.  She has gotten better singing since her induction to the KSS, but how it’ll stand amongst the other 8 will be interesting.

Overall, I feel like moving Tsubaki to a 9-nin group might be a little overkill, but I feel like the group really needed a spark as not many fans are won over quite yet.  While I see Saori being a good choice, it’ll be worth seeing if Mao and Mizuho can add something else as well!  Though announcing this not even a week after the 6-nin released “Hitorijime / Watashi ga Obasan ni Nattemo” is beyond weird

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Manaka Inaba graduates from Country Girls

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Today, it was announced that Manaka Inaba from Country Girls has graduated.  For me, this isn’t all too surprising because she’s been absent and on hiatus for a couple months now due to her asthma which apparently hasn’t gotten better.  The notice did say she’ll remain a part of UF, but to what degree is unknown currently.

It’s a bitter and sudden closure as she only sung on three singles, but she was kind of the hidden ace amongst the group due to her amazing dancing skills and her voice which could go between a powerful voice and to a cutesy squeak.  While I wonder if they’ll replace with someone (as ANGERME did recently), I kind of hope one of the Hokkaido KSS gets added just for the whole Country Musume/Girls status quo.

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