Let’s celebrate. Akari really blossomed into a beautiful girl and an excellent vocalist to boot! This is a continuation of this series of Daily LoGirl, which will include all of Angerme by series’ end.
You can read the original article here.
Katsuta Rina is a girl who is currently growing on me like a bug bite. There’s no denying her work and talent have paid off for her. Her perpetually tired “energy conservation mode” throws me for a loop, but that’s just fun character, right? I’ll also mention that she’s got the goods. I particularly like the third picture in the series (after the jump)
Maybe I overestimate your knowledge of my personal likes and dislikes, so I’ll be clear here: Sasaki Rikako is the best! I think these pictures clearly show why she models regularly in Japan.
I’ll confess that Aiai is not particularly my cup of tea. But, I can’t deny her full face smile is really cute.
Oh, Draculachan. Our time is fleeting, and I wish I could spend more of it with you and your canine teeth. I’ll miss your craziness and your godly voice!
ANGERME rotates into the Daily LoGirl features. Watch as leader Wada Ayaka takes her turn!
Hello everybody, TheNumber244 reprinting my article from New School Kaidan here with the intention of bringing you up to date with the new month of Hello! Project rankings. With only one proper release on the schedule for March, it’s pretty clear who is perched atop the rankings for the month. Still unseen on the rankings is Tsubaki Factory, who released an indie mini-album in March titled “Tsubaki Factory SOUND + VISION Vol.1” during the Satoyama/Satoumi/HinFes event mid month. Having not heard the release myself, I can’t tell you much about it other than it contains their previous singles, “Seishun Manmannaka!” and “Kedakaku Sakihokore!”, and covers of “17sai” by Moritaka Chisato and “Cabbage Hakusho ~Haru Hen~” by Peaberry.
Speaking of the HinaFes, the events of March centered around “Hello! Project Hina Fest 2016” on March 19 and 20 at Pacifico Yokohama. Coinciding with the Satoyama/Satoumi event at the same venue, HinaFes has become a sort of “Spring Road Show” for the Projects as the groups showcase their upcoming Spring singles. Solo and small group performances with participants decided completely by lottery add a specialness to the performances as the member combinations can be completely unpredictable yet surprisingly sensical. Spread among the four performance dates this year we got solo performances from Juice=Juice’s Takagi Sayuki, Morning Musume ’16’s Fukumura Mizuki, Kobushi Factory’s Ogawa Rena, and Angerme’s Wada Ayaka. The small group performances brought us “trugranful” with Miyamoto Karin, Tamura Meimi, and Nakanishi Kana; “AAAa” with Uemura Akari, Suzuki Airi, Haga Akane, and Hamaura Ayano; “Tsubomi Factory” with Taguchi Natsumi, Nomura Minami, Niinuma Kisora, Inoue Rei, and Kamikokuryo Moe; and “6 Pack” with Katsuta Rina, Ogata Haruna, Yajima Maimi, Kishimoto Yumeno, Ishida Ayumi, and Kudo Haruka.The success of the event warranted another HinaFes in 2017, so I’ll see you next March when I describe the next set of lottery-chosen performances.
And with HinaFes 2016 out of the way,
Rankings come on!
Hello everybody, guest contributor TheNumber244 here to bring you up to date with the new month of Hello! Project rankings. This time I’ll be setting out a pile of Hello! Project photocards and allowing my pet parakeet, Bruno, to pick up his favorites. Based on his beak of destiny, I’ll be able to divine the fortunes of all of Hello! Project! You might call that method a bit weird, but I’m just as crackers as Bruno.
You may have noticed that I’m returning after a one month vacation. Well, I’ve been writing this column for over almost two years now without a break, so I hope you will forgive me a month of rest. Perhaps this was the wrong month to take off, as so much happened in the last 2 months of hello project. February also saw a congregation of Haro Wota in Houston during the last weekend of February. Why were they all there? What could possibly be going on in Houston? Well, to find out out (as if you don’t already know) you will just have to keep reading.
And with that,
rankings come on!
Look at that list. This 1.5 year span from November 2014 to May 2016 sees the loss of 13 girls from Hello! Project. Some real prominent names occupy this list as well. Girls who anchor their respective group in some form suddenly drop from the scene in droves. The last time I remember such a large exodus from the projects was the Elder Club mass graduation in 2009.
I don’t think this particular batch of departures signifies anything as sweeping as the Elder Club graduation. Some key positions opened up, and it’s interesting to see who will fill the void. Let’s go down the line?
Sayumi makes some strong argument for the most productive Morning Musume Continue reading
I’ve planned to write about Fukuda Kanon for a while, and now these words are reaching the void days after her graduation from S/mileage, ANGERME, and Hello! Project. My difficulty with words manifested, and I stopped and started writing about Fukuda Kanon many times now. I attribute this to the complex character that Kanon formulated . Sometimes she seemed very troll-ish and sometimes even resentful of her idol career. Reports of disinterested handshakes and cold fan interactions didn’t really help either. Why so I love this girl?
One thing seems true: Fukuda Kanon loves Hello! Project probably more than most of us. Like most of the Eggs who graduated from the early years of the program, Kanon spent half her life in the Projects. Steadfast and determined, Kanon continued her career despite slaps in her face and ample opportunity to search out greener pastures. If her resilience doesn’t indicate some degree of passion, then I’m not sure I’m passionate about anything.