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H!P Profiles: v-u-den / Zoku v-u-den

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L to R: Erika Miyoshi, Rika Ishikawa, and Yui Okada

I’m not sure what prompted Tsunku to begin the unit, but it seems like Charmy needed ANOTHER unit to be quite busy with right when she graduated from Morning Musume.  Tagging along Erika Miyoshi (who was a winner of an H!P audition) and a H!P Egg, Yui Okada it seemed like it was a bit of a strange combination, especially for fans who didn’t really know Erika and Yui.  They lasted 10 singles, one studio album and a best-of before they went their separate ways

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L to R: Risako Sugaya, Sayumi Michishige, Junjun

Like many of the previous units I’ve talked about, v-u-den was also brought back from the dead!  Bringing in Berryz’ Risako and Momusu’s Sayu and Junjun they were brought together for the Champloo album.  However, they only did one song (which was a cover) before going back into inactivity (plus Junjun graduated…sooo).

Style of Music:

To me, v-u-den kind of took more of a cute, but also sexy route with their music and their presentation as a group.  Almost a bit fanservice-y for them Rika-wotas.  They did move around genre-land from mostly rockish songs (Koisuru♡Angel♡Heart), to more cute stuff (Issai Gassai…).

When Zoku v-u-den came around, their only track ONLY YOU was kind of run of the mill idol pop, but sounded perfect to hype crowds up live!

Discography

SINGLES

  • Koi no Nukegara
  • Kacchoii ze! JAPAN
  • Ajisai Ai Ai Monogatari
  • Hitorijime
  • Kurenai no Kisetsu
  • Issai Gassai Anata ni∮A.ge.ru♪
  • Aisu Crea~m to My Purin
  • Koisuru♡Angel♡Heart
  • Jajauma Paradise
  • Nanni mo Iwazu ni I LOVE YOU

ALBUMS

  • Suite Room Number 1
  • v-u-den Single Best 9 Vol.1 Omaketsuki (best album)

This is the trio’s first single, Koi no Nukegara…already from the first release they were impressing me to death!

This is Zoku v-u-den’s lone song, ONLY YOU…definitely a great crowd pleaser (even though it’s not an original tune).

Top 5 Favorite Songs

  • Aisu Crea~m to My Purin
  • Aimai Me MIND (B-side from Ajisai Ai Ai Monogatari)
  • Koi no Nukegara
  • Tea Break (album song from Suite Room Number 1)
  • Kacchoii ze! JAPAN

Other Things to Mention

One of the groups whose name still gets confused by fans and such…v-u-den, Biyuuden, Viyuuden….really tough to officialize because they’ve gone by all of them xD

Overall: I actually thought v-u-den was going to last at least up until the Elder Club graduation, but the announcement of the disbandment was shocking because they were a pretty damn good trio.  Of course, it would’ve ended up with Zoku v-u-den not happening, but oh well!  It was a pretty great group.

Zoku was also a pretty good trio together with Sayu paralleling Rika, Risako with Erika and Junjun to Yui.  I would’ve loved to have seen more…but it didn’t.

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