Changing the Guard

Michishige Sayumi – November 2014
Berryz Kobo- March 2015
Shimamura Uta- June 2015
Fukuda Kanon- November 2015
Sayashi Riho- December 2015
Tamura Meimi- May 2016
Suzuki Kanon- May 2016

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?

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Berryz Kobo, Final Live

This is a story told through tweets. I set my alarm for 12:30 AM and spent an emotional 4 hours watching one of my dear Hello! Project groups ride into the sunset (or something like that).

A collection of live tweets from my viewing of the the Berryz Kobo Final Live.

Oh, hey! Thank you, friends, for the link. You know who you are :))

Berryz Ikube, they’ve kept this up for a while now

and then …

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2014 Single of the Year!

Do you know what gives me a hard time? End-of-the year lists. For someone like me, who likes and tries to find value in the littlest of things, every decision involves a heart wrenching choice. Regardless, my idol friends on Twitter (you know who you are) provided me with enough motivation to attempt an end of the year list of idol releases. I agreed to this undertaking for a couple of reasons. Firstly, this undertaking provides me the motivation to look and listen at a wide cross-section of idol music. Lots of idol groups have been popping up of late, and without this project I feel like I was missing many groups that I would love.

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Hello! Project Power Rankings Septeber 2014 [plug]

It’s new month and  new set of rankings.  You can see my work over at New School Kaidan.  To preface the rankings, you may not know about my Berryz Kobo fandom (since I post very little about the group), but there was a time when they were my favorite Hello! Project act (no joke!).  I felt really bad last month when Berryz Kobo announced their indefinite hiatus / disbandment at the end of the month just after my deadline for the August H!P Power Ranking.  Anyway, there really was no news in the last 30+ days that compares to the end of such an important H!P group.  I don’t know if I’ll miss the group too much.  They have been getting a bit stale for a while now.  Of course, I hope the group goes out with a celebration rather than a whimper.

TLDR: read my September H!P Power Ranking at New School Kaidan!

Now, watch Morning Musume ’14 at Mezamashi live on 8/13/2014

Hello Station 13- A Viewer’s guide

It’s a bit of a shock, but after Shimizu Saki’s blog announcement of her Berryz intentions she is hosting this edition of Hello! Station. Outfit check- she is wearing the outfit from the recent Berryz Kobo single “Asian Celebration“. We get a good look at those zebra stripes, finally!
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Of Berryz and Disco Balls

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The view from the inside of a disco ball is pretty nice.  I got lots of Berryz girls dancing around, pretending to DJ and generally mugging and pouting in front of me.  There is some sort of Asian Celebration happening, clearly.  After all, these girls are all Asian, I’m Asian, and this disco is located in Japan.

Asian Celebration is available for purchase at CD Japan

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Voting season! vol. 2

It’s inevitable.  The end of the year is always accompanied with End of the Year lists and polls.  I’m going to go ahead and link a few here.  I will participate in all of these polls along with you, so don’t feel alone. You Are (Not) Alone … (lol I love Eva)

We already had the top 10 H!P girls  ranking on Hello! Online :

And now we have a ranking of all Berryz Kobo singles by year.

This poll  is brought to us by Zush at Berryz Kobo International.  Please vote in every year that you know the singles.  Make us all happy.


How did I vote?

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Hello! Farm Hands

Satoyama Life had coverage of a women only event featuring the Satoyama groups (DIY, Peaberry, Harvest and Green Fields). This makes for a very interesting watch.   The video here literally begins with a bus rolling into the farm and ends with the same bus rolling out under darkness.  The fans get very close to the girls and work alongside them in the farm and in the kitchen.  This leads up to a dinner where they eat the fruits of their labor and watch performances from the aforementioned groups.  Here’s a list of some of my favorite moments:

0:45 – Ayacho has a big carrot …
1:45 – It’s like the girls have never eaten an apple before
2:50 – Maimi cuts noodles with a gigantic blade
3:25 – Riho doesn’t know how to light a lighter
4:35 – Eripon chops wood and Kanon whittles
5:35 – performances


A Hello! Project (FAN) election

Just a quick impetus for what I believe is a nice idea.

A thread on Hello! Online has been started to rank all the current Hello! Project girls.  I plan on getting my act together and voting today, when I am not busy.  You can’t vote for favorites Gaki (sorry Ikuta) nor can you vote for Ai.  Mano Erina can still receive your votes; and Karin can receive your vote as well, should you desire.  Mogi cannot receive a vote- she has left the building.  You can vote for current H!P trainees but not graduates (as of December 2012 it appears).  I encourage everyone to vote as well!


Vote here:


I’ll post my list in the comments.  Please post your list here as well!