Morning Musume 13th Generation Announcement!

Morning Musume 13th Gen

Announced a few moments ago at Morning Musume ’16’s Fall ~My Vision~ Tour Finale …

The 13th Generation Morning Musume Members are Yokoyama Reina and Kaga Kaede!

Firstly, congratulations to Reina and Kaede!  There’s never been a two-person generation in Morning Musume, so 13th generation is breaking new ground in a way.  As for my little poll, Kaede came in 5th place and Reina followed in 8th place. Not too bad, but the pundits were wrong.

And now, how about we learn a little about the new members?
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Kaga Kaede
加賀楓

Birthday: November 20, 1999
Hometown: Tokyo
Height: 162 cm
Nickname: Kaedy (かえでぃー)
Hobbies: Karaoke, Reading, Listen to Hello! Project’s songs
Specialty: Trumpet, Kendo
Favorite Music Genre: Rock and Anime songs
Favorite Foods: Natto, Cucumbers, Ground Meat
Favorite Subject: Cooking class
Worst Subject: Social Studies
Favorite Color: Orange
Favorite Sports: Kendo, Foot race, Football, Martial arts
Favorite School Lunch Item: Daikon Miso Soup
Favorite Animal: Guinea Pig
Charm Point: Being an anime otaku
Motto: Nanigoto mo tsukiru made! (何事も尽きるまで!; Do everything until the end!)
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Kaedy is a 17th generation Hello! Project Kenshuusei who has been with the organization since 2012. She originally auditioned for Morning Musume’s 11th generation. As one of the most experienced trainees, she is a bit of a known quantity. I remember tweeting about her excessively upon seeing her fail an audition for a Kenshuusei small group performance showcase. Also, as one of the older members, it felt like the clock was against her and this 13th gen audition was her last regardless of the outcome. I’m glad to have her aboard, and I hope she flourishes.

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Yokoyama Reina
横山玲奈

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Birthdate: February 22, 2001
Homeown: Saitama, Japan
Height: 153cm
Hobbies: Listening to music and dancing
Special Skill: Playing various instruments
Favorite Music Genre: J-Pop
Favorite Food: Shougayaki
Favorite Sports: Dance and Soccer
Charm Points: Her bangs, her eyes, her loud laughing, and sneezing
Motto: Jikan wo taisetsu ni! (時間を大切に!; Time is important!)

Much less is known about Yokoyama Reina. The girl only joined Hello! Project in August 2016, so there hasn’t been much time to learn about her. From some additional reference, Reina sounds like very musical girl:

  • In middle school, she wanted to form a band and tried invite her friends. Nobody was interested in her interests. Her guitar broke and she lost interest in forming one.
  • She played percussion instruments in elementary school with a brass club.
  • She played Alto Sax in junior high school with a brass club.
  • She learned piano at home.
  • Her future goal is become a cool idol like her seniors.
  • From what I’ve heard, fans have been crazy about her since her debut. I have to admit that she is very cute. Like, very cute lol.

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    This 13th generation audition seemed much more suspenseful than the last two. This owes mainly to the fact that we knew all the candidates, and the betting pool was off and running. It was difficult to build much anticipation when everything was unknown. Maybe my poll also was a source of echo chamber hype …

    Again, good luck to the new generation of Morning Musume!

    Hello! Project Power Rankings December 2016



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

    It’s been an eventful month in the projects. November spawned two single releases, an album release, a graduation announcement, a first-time Nippon Budokan concert, and a new generation announcement! And, if that isn’t enough news, Michishige Sayumi revealed (after some numberplay and wordplay) her comeback to the entertainment industry on November 26, a full two years after her graduation. The only thing for certain now is that the pink one will return next year. Details will be announced, so look out for Yummy Sayumi!

    And now,
    Rankings come on!

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    Be Kind, (Promotional Video) Rewind – 20161113 to 20161119


    Over at New School Kaidan, I write a few words about some of the recently released promotional videos. This is a collection of those write-ups, with a few words sometimes added after a week+ of viewing.

    This week, we have promotional videos from Morning Musume ’16, P.IDL Nagoya, Happippi, Wakita Monari, Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku (REWIND EXCLUSIVE!), DEAR KISS, Yunomi feat. Nicamoq, and Tokyo Girls’ Style


    Morning Musume ’16 – Confront with Bare Nakedness


    With “Confront with Bare Nakedness”, Morning Musume ’16 play their entire hand for their November 23rd single. The synthy dance number sees the girls in vaguely pink camouflage patterned dresses and short bolero jackets in front of bare, skeletal red structures. Fukumura Mizuki and crew swagger it out with a choreography that involves lots of jacket play and chest pumping. Stick around for the glow paint that shows up roughly 3/4 of the way into the PV!. Morning Musume ’16’s 62nd single, “Sexy Cat no Enzetsu / Mukidashi de Mukiatte / Sou ja nai”, hits stores on November 23, 2016.


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    You know, “MukiMuki” didn’t really get me until a few listens. The song is relentless, and is only slowed by the b-melody. I tell you, once Eripon starts flipping her jacket over her shoulders, when the glo-paint comes out, and when Haga Akane gets the line of her career, I get behind this one. Behind “Sexy Cat no Enzetsu”, this will be my favorite from the release. Continue reading

    Be Kind, (Promotional Video) Rewind – 20161106 to 20161112


    Over at New School Kaidan, I write a few words about some of the recently released promotional videos. This is a collection of those write-ups, with a few words sometimes added after a week+ of viewing.

    This week, we have promotional videos from Morning Musume ’16, Bokura no Oyugi, Chubbiness, Especia, Yanakoto Sotto Mute, Fullfull☆Pocket, The Idol Formerly Known as Ladybaby, and ONEPIXCEL.


    Morning Musume ’16 – Sou Ja Nai


    “Sou ja nai” finds the girls of Morning Musume ’16 return to form, and that form is the 2014 “Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai” / “Password is 0” version of the group. Fukumura Mizuki’s girls are dramatically lit and shadowed in their cold antiseptic set filled with glass and poured concrete pillars. The promotional video also showcases some interesting effects. After the group materializes from silvery, Makino Maria summoned cocoons, the send shock waves flying with every thrust, sweep, and kick. There’s some definite Musume robotics at play with “Sou ja nai”, but I’ll let you fill in the connection between the song and the visuals. Morning Musume ’16’s 62nd single, “Sexy Cat no Enzetsu / Mukidashi de Mukiatte / Sou ja nai”, hits stores on November 23, 2016.

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    Hello! Project Power Rankings November 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.

    October brought with it three single releases, the expectations for two more single releases, overseas concert performances, idol Halloween costumes, and more. But, even with that flurry of activity the news that dominates the here and now is Tsugunaga Momoko’s graduation from Country Girls, Hello! Project, and public life. You saw that correct: Momochi is hanging up the musubi. Technically, this news should belong in next month’s Power Rankings, and it still will appear there. But, in the here and now there is no bigger news. Momoko still has a few months with us- Momoko officially calls it quits on June 30, 2017 – exactly 15 years from the debut of Tsugunaga Momoka and the rest of the Hello! Project Kids.

    And now,
    Rankings come on!

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    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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    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!

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    The Future of Hello Project Weekly Shounen Sunday 2016 no. 24


    Always be wary of such a sweeping title. But, in this case Weekly Shounen Sunday may have things just about right with this selection of girls from Hello! Project.
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    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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