Sato Masaki in Weekly Young Jump [2016 No. 28]

Sato Masaki seems to be moving up in the world! Once the little gremlin of the group, Maachan now handles much of the group’s vocal duties and spends quite a bit of time at center position. Here, Sato takes the camera to Hokkaido for a set of photos that are somehow both playful and full of desolate isolation.
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Hello! Project Power Rankings June 2016

Hello everybody, TheNumber244 here to bring you up to date with the new month of Hello! Project rankings. Big changes rocked the Projects with the graduations of two favorites from the Western fandom, overseas performances from a senior group, the announcement of a major new concert, and the affliction of one member sinks a promising new group. With the Hello! Project release schedule finishing its first half in May, we now turn to the schedule reset. On the horizon for the Projects, yes EVERY group, are the “Hello!Project 2016 SUMMER ~ Sunshine Parade ~ and ~ Rainbow Carnival ~” scheduled for 20 performances between July 16 and September 3, 2016. As the groups rehearse for the extravaganzas, we can expect to start hearing previews of the next set of releases from the Projects, as well as some intergroup shenanigans. Shenanigans. Say it.

And with that brief preview out of the way,
Rankings come on!

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C-ute in Update Girls 2016 vol. 3

This week, we get C-ute promotion for their new single “Naze Hito wa Arasoun Darou? / Summer Wind / Jinsei wa STEP!”. The series of solo shots are great. I especially love the close up shots of Yajima Maimi and Suzuki Airi.

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°C-ute – “Naze Hito wa Arasoundarou?” [PV]

C-ute comes back to us with a triple A side single on April 20. “Naze Hito wa Arasoundarou? / Summer Wind / Jinsei wa STEP!” Puts Yajima Maimi, Nakajima Saki, Suzuki Airi, Okai Chisato, and Hagiwara Mai in a decidedly more adult direction than previous efforts. This isn’t the intense rocking sound or the aggressive dance beats of their past discography. “Naze Hito wa Arasoundarou?” is a soulful harmonized number that draws influences from the great soul groups of the past. In the spirit of those great 1960’s soul, the song is a song of love and peace which comes across immediately with the English translated title “Why Do People Fight?”.

You know how I feel about Suzuki Airi
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