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H!P Profiles: S/mileage / ANGERME

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L to R: Saki Ogawa, Ayaka Wada, Yuuka Maeda, Kanon Fukuda

Finally, Tsunku actually announced a new group that wasn’t going to last one single or be a part of UFA’s whimsical Asia ideas.  Initially the announcement was made with these four girls but they didn’t have a name really.  3/4 of the group was already busy with Shugo Chara Egg! so when this news happened Nyon, Ayacho, and Yuukarin had to leave the group.  Of course they started with 4 indies singles and during that time, Tsunku had given them a requirement if they were to have a major debut and it was to have 10,000 pictures of people smiling (because the group’s name was as such).  Luckily, they met the mark and finally were able to graduate from H!P Egg and have their major debut, Yumemiru 15sai.  They would go on to have 5 more singles and an album before Tsunku dropped a bomb on them!  Two years later after their formation, he would announce that there would be a 2nd audition for the 2nd generation of S/mileage.

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Back Row L to R: Saki Ogawa, Yuuka Maeda, Ayaka Wada, Kanon Fukuda
Front Row L to R: Akari Takeuchi, Meimi Tamura, Fuyuka Kosuga, Kana Nakanishi, Rina Katsuta

The auditions went on and we ended up with quite a number of finalists (actually I think all but two became H!P members in some fashion) and everyone was shocked that there were 5 winners!  Three of them (Meimi, Fuyuka, and Kana) were new and the other two were H!P Eggs (Akari and Rina).  Though there was a different reason as Tsunku announced they were just sub-members to the other four and were still being tested.  However this 9-nin lineup lasted VERY short because a week later original member, Saki Ogawa, announced she was suddenly graduating to go back to a regular life.  Though a lot of wota and fans alike believe that I think she (and Yuuka) weren’t too onboard with new members at all….plus Ayacho has gone off to say that she’d quit if more was added to the current lineup.

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Back Row L to R: Kana Nakanishi, Meimi Tamura, Fuyuka Kosuga, Rina Katsuta, Akari Takeuchi
Front Row L to R: Yuuka Maeda, Ayaka Wada, Kanon Fukuda

Then another setback happened when Fuyuka Kosuga two weeks after Sakitty’s sudden graduation also had to leave because she became ill and was announced that she had severe anemia, but was allowed back into the Eggs when she felt better.  Though unlike Sakitty, Fuu-chan was involved with S/mileage’s first single as an 8-nin, “Tachiagirl” and was going to be in Mobekimasu’s “Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku” but unfortunately was canned when she left.

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Back Row L to R: Rina Katsuta, Meimi Tamura, Akari Takeuchi, Kana Nakanishi
Front Row L to R: Yuuka Maeda, Ayaka Wada, Kanon Fukuda

Thought we were done with changes?  Nope!  Well, it first started as the sub-members were FINALLY announced as the new 2nd generation and everyone was happy and letting go of their held breaths until Yuuka Maeda announced that she was graduating at the end of 2011 to focus on school.  She of course ended her idol career in S/mileage with the single, “Please Miniskirt Postwoman!”.

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Back Row L to R: Kana Nakanishi, Kanon Fukuda, Rina Katsuta
Front Row L to R: Meimi Tamura, Ayaka Wada, Akari Takeuchi

Even since the turbulent year 2011 had brought, the group slowly recovered and were at that of these 6 members when 2012 started.  They’ve been the most stable lineup well at least so far.  It seems since then they’ve been strengthing their vocals and teamwork and really has started to feel like a stronger group because of it.  HOWEVER, it wasn’t the last change to happen!

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ANGERME: Top Row L to R: Akari Takeuchi, Maho Aikawa, Kana Nakanishi, Rina Katsuta
Bottom Row L to R: Kanon Fukuda, Rikako Sasaki, Ayaka Wada, Meimi Tamura, Mizuki Murota

In 2014, the remaining, original two members, Ayaka and Kanon had decided that to preserve the group for the future, they had to find new members which they decided would be upon the Kenshuusei and a week later they chose Maho Aikawa, Rikako Sasaki, and Mizuki Murota to take up the positions!  To top that off, the group also changed their name (a rather startling and unexpected one at that) to ANGERME (courtesy of Kana) and have started performing as a 9-nin.

Unfortunately, only two singles later, it was announced NOT ONLY that Kanon would be graduating near the end of the year, there’s a 4th audition going to be held!

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Top Row L to R: Rina Katsuta, Kana Nakanishi, Akari Takeuchi, Meimi Tamura, Mizuki Murota
Bottom Row L to R: Maho Aikawa, Ayaka Wada, Moe Kamikokuryo, Kanon Fukuda, Rikako Sasaki

Of course this led to the winner of the 4th Gen audition, Moe Kamikokuryo being added to the group, though this 10-nin lineup didn’t release anything during this short time before Kanon graduated out!

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Top Row L to R: Rina Katsuta, Maho Aikawa, Akari Takeuchi, Mizuki Murota
Bottom Row L to R: Kana Nakanishi, Ayaka Wada, Moe Kamikokuryo, Meimi Tamura, Rikako Sasaki

From then we had the 9 members for an AMAZINGLY short time before an announcement was made from Meimi Tamura who wanted to pursure theater and so decided to graduate mid-2016.  At least we had one single to celebrate Meimi’s leaving and Moe’s first appearance!

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Top Row L to R: Rina Katsuta, Maho Aikawa, Akari Takeuchi, Mizuki Murota
Bottom Row L to R: Kana Nakanishi, Ayaka Wada, Momona Kasahara, Moe Kamikokuryo, Rikako Sasaki

Shortly after Meimi’s graduation (technically a couple months) we start on with the Summer concerts and we get a surprise reveal of ANOTHER member joining the group with a rather interesting Kenshuusei choice in Momona Kasahara.

Style of Music: The original 4 members were really young when they started this group so the music reflected a lot of their youthfulness by being cute and silly and wild.

After the mess that 2011 brought the group started to mature in their music and style and since they were older, getting into more dance-heavy songs with the rest of H!P but retaining their youthful style.

With ANGERME, the sound hasn’t exactly changed much for them, but it’s more of the name change really, so there’s no need to worry!

Discography

Singles

  • aMa no Jaku (indies)
  • Asu wa Date na no ni, Ima Sugu Koe ga Kikitai (indies)
  • Suki-chan (indies)
  • Otona ni Narutte Muzukashii!!! (indies)
  • Yumemiru 15sai
  • ○○Ganbaranakutemo Eenende!!
  • Onaji Jikyuu de Hataraku Tomodachi no Bijin Mama
  • Short Cut
  • Koi ni Booing Buu!
  • Uchouten LOVE (Saki’s final single)
  • Tachiagirl (Rina, Akari, Kana, Meimi, and Fuyuka’s first single; Fuyuka’s final single)
  • Please Miniskirt Postwoman! (Yuuka’s final single)
  • Choto Mate Kudasai!
  • Dot Bikini
  • Suki yo, Junjou Hankouki.
  • Samui ne.
  • Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita
  • Atarashii Watashi ni Nare! / Yattaruchan
  • Ee ka!? / “Ii Yatsu”
  • Mystery Night! / Eighteen Emotion
  • Aa Susukino / Chikyuu wa Kyou mo Ai wo Hagukumu
  • S/mileage’s JUKEBOX-MUSICAL “SMILE FANTASY!” no Theme Kyoku “Smile Fantasy!” (stageplay single)
  • Taikibansei / Otome no Gyakushuu (Mizuki, Rikako, and Maho’s first single; ANGERME’s first single)
  • Nana Korobi Ya Oki / Gashinshoutan / Mahou Tsukai Sally
  • Desugita Kui wa Utarenai / Dondengaeshi / Watashi (Kanon’s final single)
  • Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku / Itoshima Distance / Koi Nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru (Moe’s first single; Meimi’s final single)
  • Umaku Ienai / Ai no Tame Kyou Made Shinkashite Ningen, Ai no Tame Subete Taikashite Ningen / Wasurete Ageru (Momona’s first single)

Albums

  • Warugaki ①
  • S/mileage Best Album Kanzenban ① (best album)
  • ② Smile Sensation
  • Engeki Joshi-bu Musical “LILIUM -Lilium Shoujo Junketsu Kageki-” Original Soundtrack (with Morning Musume)
  • S/mileage / ANGERME SELECTION ALBUM “Taikibansei”
  • Engeki Joshi-bu Musical “MODE” Original Soundtrack

This is the group’s first single, aMa no Jaku…Don’t they look so damn young and humble about being together as a group? (despite the fact Ayaka, Yuuka, and Kanon had been working together in SCE!)

This would be Tachiagirl, the first single without Saki and the first with the whole sub-member system (in which this was the only single involving it).  It’s weird to see that only Kanon, Yuuka, and Ayaka getting the lines only while the other FIVE members were just background fodder (and with lil shouting chants).

Finally, this is their most recent release as of this post, Mystery Night!  Doesn’t it surprise you they’ve matured this quickly?  Though I’m loving the synergy in the group though!

This is Taikibansei, ANGERME’s first single!  I have to say that I’m very impressed by the new members as they bring in a fresh and exciting look to the group (not saying the elder 6 weren’t but hey).

Top 10 Favorite Songs

  • Atarashii Watashi ni Nare!
  • Mystery Night!
  • Yumemiru 15sai
  • Shin Nippon no Susume! (album song from “② Smile Sensation”)
  • ○○Ganbaranakutemo Eenende!!
  • Samui ne.
  • Jitensha Chiririn (B-side from “Uchouten LOVE”)
  • Hatsukoi no Anata e (B-side from “Koi ni Booing Buu!”
  • Asu wa Date na no ni, Ima Sugu Koe ga Kikitai
  • Smile Bijin (B-side from “○○Ganbaranakutemo Eenende!!”)

Overall: I will honestly admit when S/mileage was announced and they started in with their indies singles, I wasn’t interested at all because I didn’t know who was who and was more turned off by the squeaky vocals by all the members (mostly Yuuka and Ayaka).  I did change my tune a little bit when Yumemiru 15sai came out and followed a while longer til I kind of fell out of them around the time Short Cut came out.  The 4-nin S/mileage while being a real great group to grow together, I felt a bit polarized because their sound was here and there for me and the voices were killing me back then (idol voices were hard for me to get into…it’s easier today though) and I even called ○○Ganbaranakutemo Eenende!! THE WORST SONG from them…and now it’s one of my favorites (funny how that works huh…TSUNKU’S CURSE!).

When the auditions came around I was quite excited (since this was the 2nd audition I was around for, the first being Momusu’s 9th Gens) and was pleasantly surprised by all the finalists (most did become H!P members down the road).  I remember being shocked that S/mileage went from 4 members to 9 members like that, but that was overshadowed by Sakitty’s sudden departure (and on a lesser scale, Fuu-chans).  Though when Yuukarin announced her graduation, I was worried that the other two original members would jump ship to but the 6 of them today are so strong and they bring a lot to the table that I personally thought the original 4-nin couldn’t do so it gave them a more well-rounded balance.

Though I wasn’t expecting a 3rd Generation two years later and an identity shift with the group moving away from S/mileage to ANGERME.  Murotan and Rikako have been fan favorites so seeing them debut here is a breath of air for many people that wanted them to debut.  Maho is a bit of a wild card but she seems cute enough to keep up with the group so all-in-all, impressive!

Then with Kanon and Meimi gone and Moe and Momona joining the group, it’s really interesting how ANGERME is going to stick with 9 members, but it makes for nice things!

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