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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Country Girls – “Ranrarun ~Anata ni Muchuu~” [PV]

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!
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Country Girls – “Wakatteiru no ni Gomen ne” PV

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.

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Tsugunaga Momoko in Weekly Playboy 2015 No. 23


Everyone has an opinion on Tsugunaga Momoko … or at least everyone has an opinion on Momochi. With all of her attention grabbing tactics, I think we lose sight of a couple of facts.

Firstly, is a great singer and performer.

Secondly, Momoko is a cute girl. There, I said it. She’s not a classic beauty like Fukumura Mizuki, and she’s not a little cutie like Shimamura Uta. She’s definitely not without her charms when she flips the switch.

And so, here are the rest of Momoko’s photos. Enjoy.



Country Girls “Koi Doboru” PV [review]

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

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Country Girls “Itooshikutte Gomen ne” PV [review]

” Itooshikutte Gomen ne ” starts with a gag. It’s the Momoko gag. If you pay attention to Hello! Project, you might have mixed feelings about the Momoko gag. The gag does serve a purpose since unknown faces comprise Country Girl. I’ve been geeking over the Country Girls members for a while now (and you can read my first impressions here, and I am elated over what comes next.

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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).

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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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Happy Valentine’s Day 2014

I’m usually very bitter on this day. I refuse to celebrate love just because “the man” tells me that I should spend more money. I refuse to celebrate love because Hallmark needed to right their account books between Christmas and Easter.
However, I will celebrate a lovely set of pictures from Hello! Project. Here are the girls of MoBeKiSuJu. Fun facts: (a) look at Sayumi’s Valentine Card and see for yourself! (b) Mizuki’s vertical stripes are at their limit, (c) Miyabi’s horizontal stripes are barely affected, (d)as a group C-ute are also really good at drawing, (e) Airi drew Suu san again, (f) Kanyon looks AMAZING, and (g) Uemu looks like the cutest bully I’ve ever seen.
Morning Musume ’14
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BerryKyuu in WEEKLY SPA! MAGAZINE

Hey, don’t blame me. I don’t know why Maasa and Yurina were left out of this photo shoot. To tell the truth I don’t particularly like the way the Berryz girls are styled in this photo spread. I don’t think I can ever get used to Risako’s hair, and is cosplaying as someone’s grandma. Miya looks plain, Momoko looks like Momoko (again), and Chinami is totally out of place. Captain looks pretty good, but she is shoved WAY into the corner of the shot.


Look at C-ute’s faces. Does it seem like they all just woke up? At least they look like they like each other in the two shots.


Man, did I complain on this post. Get me more coffee. NOW.

Hello! Station 26- A Viewer’s Guide


I don’t remember the last time anticipation for a Hello! Station was this intense. As the release date for Morning Musume’s 54th single nears, this anticipation only heightened. Last week, Hello! Station played the dance shot for “Ai no Gundan”. A concert rip of “Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai no Joke” appeared following the summer Hello! Project concerts over the weekend. Earlier, Tsunku coyly hinted that the PV for “Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai no Joke” would air on H!S 26, then a preview of the PV aired on Japanese television. This morning “staff” tweeted that problems delayed the release of this episode by a few hours. Can you feel the anticipation building? You wanted it; you got it. Continue reading