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So the Kenshuusei is getting another new unit?!? Oh wait….it’s not permanent

Not even 2 days before the Summer concerts begin is when we get an announcement of a sort-of new unit within the Kenshuusei….not surprisingly named Hello Pro Kenshuusei Unit.  The idea behind is that they’ll watch over the members involved, but will swap girls out here and there for the time beings (slightly like BEYOOOOONDS?).  At least for now the current 5 girls are

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Yup, the members you see here; Kirara Yonemura, Kanami Ishiguri, Nanami Kubota, Ruru Kanemitsu, and Madoka Saito were the ones chosen to start things off, not sure if they’ll get an original song too, but it is interesting they’d announce this 2 days before the concerts begin but I do think most of these girls seem ready to do something bigger, but goodness is the KSS getting small x.x

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ANGERME News incoming!

Well, it seems that in the weeks before H!P’s Summer tour, ANGERME has had some news regarding the group and I felt it was the right time to start talking so let’s get the first big news out of the way!

Rina Katsuta announces graduation

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Couple weeks back, Rinapuu announced that she was graduating from ANGERME at the end of September to focus on studies (which is a fair conclusion)

To me, Rina was like the underdog when it comes to S/mileage/ANGERME because when she was first added to the group, she did look odd (lazy eye was pretty prominent) and she didn’t get many lines (or a song like Yattaruchan to boost her up like it did for Kanana).  Though for whatever reason when the name changed in the group, Rina was starting to have more solos and prominence and presence all in one!  She was always a great member and while her low energy performance might stick out in a rather rambunctious group, it made her feel like the mom of the group (next to Ayacho was) so it’s going to be sad when she does leave!

New Member joins the group!

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Not even a day of warning and ANGERME teased something new was going to happen, well a couple hours later, it was announced that a new member has joined the group! (Katsuta replacement?) Either way it’s none other than Rin Hashisako who was a Kenshuusei member prior to the announcement!

Honestly, she has been growing a lot since joining and her voice is getting better and better as evident from the Test Recitals they’ve been doing!  Young, but she might be a great asset to the group, just surprising that she was added only 1 single (and an album) after Ise & Oota were so watching these 3 will be interestings!

 

I’m already pumped to see what the Summer concerts will bring (with Hashisako, 3 new Momusu members, the two new members for Juice=Juice, and BEYOOOOONDS performing more, and hopefully some new releases to fill the summer with).  It’ll be awesomes!

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Morning Musume to finally bring in new members!

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I mean what a surprise that we’re getting new members in both Juice=Juice and Morning Musume to essentially (fill in the spots), here I feel like the 3 new members that we got were added to kind of fill the void that Kudo, Ogata, and Iikubo left.

Also there isn’t pictures of the members by themselves quite yet so we’re going off this one above.

 

So going from L to R, we begin with Mei Yamazaki who was a part of the Kenshuusei Hokkaido branch.  Honestly, it’s a good choice and I’m sure she and Miki could have some kind of English conversation which would mean more push for the group to be world wide.

The other two girls in order, Homare Okamura Rio Kitagawa are brand new members and rightfully the winners of the auditions (unless more finalists get placed elsewhere).

Not quite sure how they’ll stack up within the group, but so far it seems like it’ll be an interesting ride with this 15th Generation!

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Juice=Juice comes in with the shadowdrop of new members!

Well, not quite a shadow drop, but we only really had 2 days to brace ourselves for new members to join the group (arguably assuming they’re to kind of take the place that Yanagawa & Miyazaki left behind since they graduated/is graduating so let’s talk about it!

Yume Kudo

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The first girl announced was Yume Kudo from the Hokkaido branch and I was happily surprised with this addition and she did win the Dancing award at the Kenshuusei test so seeing her being added was pretty awesome.  I am curious to see what’s going to happen with the Hokkaido girls now that there’s only 4 left (Ishuguri, Yamazaki, Sato, and Kawano).

Riai Matsunaga

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Well hot damn, one of my favorites in the current KSS line-up also seemed to have been given the green light to join the group!  Yeah, she won the Test Recital and she’s been super solid since joining the Kenshuusei so I’m super happy to see she joined.

 

Can’t wait to see them debut (seems like they’ll be shown off first at the group’s next Budokan live!

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Yuka Miyazaki to graduate from Juice=Juice & H!P in March

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While this news was not surprising in the least because Yuka is the oldest in the group, I was kind of surprised she announced her graduation to be at the same time Yanamin will also graduate too which is at the end of the Spring Tour.

When she first joined, I was happy Up-Front chose someone that didn’t audition for the group but someone from a different situation (like Kanatomo) and us fans already had a little time with her when she debuted as a member in GREEN FIELDS.  Her time in Juice=Juice might have been a back girl, but as the leader of the group she did a good job and she was always bubbly and happy.  I’m wondering if this was already considered seeing that Juice=Juice will be going down to 6 members.

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Riho Sayashi ends her contract, officially leaving H!P

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After 3 years of silence from Riho, it was announced this morning that she has indeed ended her contract with the company.  I guess she just kind of let the contract continue without being too involved considering that she went AFK after her graduation.  I mean I’m pretty curious to why she didn’t do anything with the remaining time she had left or at least ended things earlier, but it is what it is.  It is interesting is coming shortly after Aika announced her leaving as well as they both were the only “soloists” left and now they’re gone.  Just odd IMO.

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Seems the trifecta has completed, the winners of the ONLY YOU Audition/new BEYOOOOONDS members!

I’m a little bit late here, but hey during the first BEYOOOOONDS FC performance, an announcement was made that the winners of the audition were finally announced and the missing triangle piece for BEYOOOOONDS, so shall we meet these new members?

Miyo Hirai

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Honoka Kobayashi

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Utano Satoyoshi

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Now, there isn’t much of an opinion from myself as they’re brand spankin new members, but what we do know is that they’re Ichioka’s age range which is a nice move.  While it wasn’t 100% announced these 3 will be a unit, they (and the members of CHICA#TETSU & Ame no Mori Kawa Umi) got their member colors.  I’m now certain this collective will announce a debut single during the Winter Tour, it’s nice to finally our 3 units together.

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ANGERME gains 2 new members, what a shock eh?

Yup, earlier in the week, Ayacho had announced that there’d be new members added to the group in an announcement at the final live at Pacifico Yokohama and it happened, we get two new members!

Haruka Oota

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It seems rather surprising that both girls hail from Hokkaido, but Haruka actually came from the Hokkaido branch of the Kenshuusei (the first to actually get lifted from there).  While I’m still kind of unsure about the HKKSS in general, it’s nice to see Haruka make the cut and I wonder what she’ll bring to the group!

Reira Ise

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The other new gal, Reira hails from the ONLY YOU audition as a finalist (probably one of the winners) and from initial reports, unlike Haruka, she wasn’t into H!P and kind of pushed into it lol.  Granted it does give me slight worry on tenure, but she did end up joining.  She does kind of remind me of a mix of Reina Yokoyama & Kiki Asakura but we’ll see how she ends up faring in ANGERME.

 

Both girls will begin at the Winter Tour (which is the 2nd day after New Year’s so we got a little while before we hear them sing.

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Aika Mitsui retires from entertainment industry, leaves H!P

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In a surprising announcement so shortly after Yanamin announced her graduation, we get news that Aika Mitsui is going to retire from the industry to focus on culinary arts.  Granted, the news isn’t quite alarming because Mittsi has been kind of quiet for the last couple years (apparently she was doing some of the English subtitles for some of the H!P PVs).  Also her last actual music release was the 2013 single as a member of the SATOYAMA unit, GREEN FIELDS.  So it’s been almost 6 years (not regarding the couple lives she’s performed here and there).

That said, she really didn’t do much for me after her graduation from Morning Musume, but I wished she had done more…

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Nanami Yanagawa to graduate from Juice=Juice/Country Girls & H!P in March

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Announced this morning, it seems that Yanamin has gone off to say that she’ll graduate Hello! Project and her groups in March of next year!

Honestly, it has been 3 years, but it doesn’t feel quite as long considering she’s only been in Juice=Juice for almost half that time.  Yeah, she wasn’t quite the addition at first when she and Funaki joined Country Girls, but her cutesy side definitely started to rub off and then the sudden switch to Juice=Juice was a little weird, but she slowly started fitting into the group, especially taking lead in “SEXY SEXY”.  Personally, not so sure how I feel about her graduation as she hasn’t quite left a lasting impression yet, but to know she wants to further her education is commendable.

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