[note: As of publishing, the latest photos of the new generation of Hello! Project are linked for each girl. Please, check out the new girls! (Be sure to see Ozeki Mai’s new hairdo and Inaba Manaka’s tied updo)]
I definitely have a problem. One minute, Morning Musume 12th generation, (Ogata Haruna, Nonaka Miki, Haga Akane, and Makino Maria) look to be the head of the new class or Hello! Project idols. The next minute, I look at Country Girls (Yamaki Risa, Inaba Manaka, Morito Chisaki, Shimamura Uta, and Ozeki Mai) and decide that THEY are the best new class. And, don’t forget about S/mileage third generation (Sasaki Rikako, Murota Mizuki, and Aikawa Maho)! There are so many new girls in Hello! Project for 2015, how’s a wota supposed to choose favorites?
Before we look the Young Gangan vol. 23 photos of the 12th gen, how about we marvel at what has happened in H!P in the last month. Did you realize that after Berryz Kobo graduates in March, 12* of the 38 girls in H!P will be newly debuted girls? That’s 31.6% of the project, practically a third of the members! How about this: a whopping 24** of the 32 debuted idols in Hello! Project are a product of the Hello! Project Kids/Egg/Kenshuusei system. It’s an astounding number of homegrown talent in the ranks, and drastic change to the complexion of Hello! Project.
To the subject at hand, today we have the Morning Musume 12th Generation girls in Young Gangan magazine volume 23. Enjoy!
tl;dr : TOO MANY CUTE, NEW HELLO! PROJECT GIRLS!!
*Ogata Haruna, Nonaka Miki, Haga Akane, Makino Maria, Murota Mizuki, Aikawa Maho, Sasaki Rikako, Yamaki Risa, Inaba Manaka, Morito Chisaki, Shimamura Uta, Ozeki Mai
** Fukumura Mizuki, Kudo Haruka, Oda Sakura, Haga Akane, Makino Maria, Yajima Maimi, Nakajima Saki, Suzuki Airi, Okai Chisato, Hagiwara Mai, Wada Ayaka, Fukuda Kanon, Takeuchi Akari, Katsuta Rina, Murota Mizuki, Aikawa Maho, Sasaki Rikako, Kanazawa Tomoko, Takagi Sayuki, Miyamoto Karin, Uemura Akari, Tsugunaga Momoko, Yamaki Risa, Inaba Manaka