Hello! Project Power Rankings September 2016

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Hello everybody, guest contributor TheNumber244 here to bring you up to date with the new month of Hello! Project Power Rankings.

In Hello! Project news that doesn’t fit in these rankings, Tsubaki Factory gained three new members! The other Factory Girls picked up H!P Kenshuusei Ono Mizuho, Onoda Saori, and Akiyama Mao. These girls are some real jewels in the KSS system. Onoda Saori is an experienced idol having been a part of the local Shizuoka idol group Princess♪Ribbon and is also the voice of one of the main characters in Kopinks COSMOS. Akiyama Mao, meanwhile, is a noted skillful dancer whose KSS rival is/was … Ono Mizuho! Read more about the new members at my blog. Look for this group to accelerate forward in the coming months.

The other monumental event in August took place at Nippon Budokan. After about four years, the super group of the Hello! Project Kids reunited on their biggest stage. Along for the ride were Tsugunaga Momoko’s Country Girls and Suzuki Airi’s C-ute. Natsuyaki Miyabi probably had the biggest day, though. Not only did the August 25 event take place on Miya’s birthday, but the “New Natsuyaki Miyabi Group” finally received it’s name: Pink Cres. (that’s short for Pink Crescendo). Crescendo is a music term that directs musicians to gradually increase volume, which is the hopeful trajectory for this new group with new girls Nihei Yuuka and Kobayashi Hikaru. Best of luck girls!

Take the good with the bad, though. August saw a major announcement in the world of Hello! Project that flavored Buono! Fest with a bit of the bittersweet. We will get to that news shortly, but before we do, let’s look at Tsunku’s Aflac commercial.

And now,
Rankings come on!

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Sekai no Owari at the Roxy Theatre Los Angeles 20170817


Sekai no Owari, the popular Japanese music act with its eye on the world market, took a big step forward on August 17, 2016. Nakajin (guitar), Fukase (vocal and guitar), Saori (piano), and DJ LOVE (DJ) reached out toward their aspirations with their debut performance in America. Sekai no Owari’s sold-out set at the historic Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood featured nine songs sung exclusively in English. Their performance marks a rebirth for the group under their international moniker End of the World. As a fan of Sekai no Owari’s Japanese discography, I was lucky enough to attend the event and lend my voice to the chorus of cheer.

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℃-ute announces dissolution plans for 2017


On August 20, 2016 the longtime Hello! Project idol group ℃-ute announced their intention to dissolve in ten months’ time. Although an exact date has not been set, the group of 5 idols will hang up their microphones after a planned performance at Saitama Super Arena. Further, the group also announced they would not participate in the 2017 Hello! Project Winter Tour as customary for groups of the idol collective.

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Jonishi Seira is Daily LoGiRL #316

One of the things you learn from attending idol shows is that oranges are not the only fruit. Something about Tokyo Performance Doll, their history, their Domobics, or their members got to me. So, I’m going to present to you a few of the girls from Tokyo Performance Doll. Heaven knows, the best way to get people interested in idols is showing them pictures of the pretty girls. With that in mind, here’s Jonishi Seira!
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Tsubaki Factory reloaded!

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Tsubaki Factory, the Hello! Project indies group, received extra reinforcements on August 13, 2016. Three additional H!P Kenshuusei (trainees) were announced as the second generation of the Factory group that is meant to continue the spirit of Berryz Kobo. The new members, Ono Mizuho (15), Onoda Saori (14), and Akiyama Mao (14), received their introductions at a fan club event held on August 13.

Tsubaki Factory got their start on April 29, 2015 with six Hello! Project Kenshuusei as initial members: leader Yamagishi Riko (17), sub-leader Ogata Risa (17), Niinuma Kisora (16), Tanimoto Ami (16), Kishimoto Yumeno (16), Asakura Kiki (15). After initial mixed reception, Tsubaki Factory’s increasing skill caught attention at their recent performances at Tokyo Idol Festival 2016. Tsubaki Factory recently released a DVD mini-album titled “Tsubaki Factory SOUND+VISION Vol. 1”. The general thought is that new members will provide the final push needed for Tsubaki Factory’s major debut.

Let’s meet the new members!

Ono Mizuho
Name: Ono Mizuho (小野瑞歩)
Birthday: September 29, 2000
Hometown: Tokyo
Blood Type: O
Height: 163 cm
Specialty: Dance, flute
Introductory video (2015)
Notes: Mizuho joined Hello! Project on April 1, 2015 as a member of the 24th generation of Kenshuusei. In the drama “Budokan”, she was shown as a 13th generation member of the fictional group NEXT YOU in the year 2028.
Name: Onoda Saori (小野田紗栞)
Birthday: December 17, 2001
Hometown: Shizuoka
Blood Type: O
Height: 152 cm
Specialty: Piano, abacus
Introductory video (2015)
Notes: Prior to joining H!P, Saori was a member of the idol group Princess♪Ribbon. Saori joined Hello! Project on November 29, 2014 as a member of the 22th generation of Kenshuusei. Last year, Saori was announced as the vocalist of the 10th Kopinks! opening song. Saori currently voices one of the two main characters of Kopinks COSMOS (the other is voiced by SUPER☆GiRLS’s Abe Yumeri).

Onoda Saori
Akiyama Mao
Name: Akiyama Mao (秋山眞緒)
Birthday: July 29, 2002
Hometown: Osaka
Blood Type: B
Height: 153.5 cm
Specialty: Dance
Introductory video (2015)
Notes: Mao joined Hello! Project on April 1, 2015 as a member of the 24th generation of Kenshuusei. Mao participated in the Morning Musume 12th Generation (Golden) Audition.

Buy Tsubaki Factory’s SOUND+VISION Vol. 1!

Sound+Vision Vol. 1

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Hello Project Power Rankings August 2016

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Hello everybody, guest contributor TheNumber244 here to bring you up to date with the new month of Hello! Project rankings. This month in Hello! Project saw a new addition, a future foursome, and a TV Summer Spectacular. In addition, July saw nine performances of the Hello! Project 2016 Summer Tour- “Sunshine Parade” and “Rainbow Carnival”. Throw a new release on top of the mix, and it’s a wonder who will fall on top of the heap! Well, I did some of that work for you, so ease your seat back and get ready for the August Hello! Project Power Rankings!

And now,
Rankings come on!


Kobushi Factory in Seventeen

Just a very quick visual post here. I just love the way the magazine styled our Factory Girls. H!P should take notice!