You should be aware by now that Tsugunaga Momoko, the longtime Hello! Project presence, Berryz Koubou member, and Country Girls playing manager, graduates from H!P and the public eye on June 30, 2017. Post-graduation plans for the idol include a career in education (just think about Momochi with kindergartners …). But, before she makes her way to the Idol Hall of Fame, she graces us with one last photobook: “Momochi”.
And, here are the previews (presumably from FLASH March 7, 2017 and UTB April 2017, both linked below)
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Concerning Tsugunaga Momoko [English] [Japanese]
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
Rankings come on!
I talk a lot about how Country Girls are the perfection of saccharine filled idol love. Every bit of the group’s charm oozes “kawaii” , and “Ranrarun ~Anata ni Muchuu~” takes that charm and amplifies it with another time-traveling piece. As the variety entry in the last Country Girls single “Boogie Woogie LOVE / Koi wa Magnet / Ranrarun ~Anata ni Muchuu~” took a bit of a risk by choosing a song lacking in the kind of bluster one normally expects. Then again, the energy of the lead track on the release, “Boogie Woogie LOVE”, takes up the slack in energy, which frees this piece to charm us all without forcing itself. And, charm is the word for this promotional video!
Let’s get the elephant out of the room first: Shimamura Uta would have been perfect in this release.
Now that I have exorcised the demons, or at least the adorable former H!P idol, we can talk about “Wakatteiru no ni Gomen ne” properly. Country Girls stick to their guns and hit us with another irrepressibly adorable concept. On their second release, Yamaki Risa, Inaba Manaka, Morito Chisaki, Ozeki Mai, and Tsugunaga Momoko show off more of their talents set to an upbeat tune.
You can probably subtitle this PV “How I Learned to Love the Color Pink” or maybe “A Study in Pink”. “Koi Doboru” ‘s color palette deals exclusively in shades of pink, or maybe more correctly shades of red. Too bad the PV couldn’t make a release date a month and a half ago, since the PV would have been a slam dunk during the days leading up to Valentines’s Day. No matter, the cute, pastel hued “Koi Doboru” further advances the Country Girls’ agenda by providing more 1950’s pop sounds delivered in with youthful exuberance.
We don’t get a Momoko gag, but this is a nice start, right?
Some adorable Uta-chan never hurt nobody