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Goodbye, Hello! Project of my Youth

Posted on: October 19, 2008

That’s Elder Club, in their winter 2006 concert, performing “Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari”. (I linked the subbed one because knowing what they’re saying *is* nice.)

I post this in fond remembrance of Hello! Project’s entire Elder Club because, as of March 31st, they will no longer fall under the umbrella of Hello! Project. Now, it’s very likely that they’ll still be represented by Up-Front Agency, but no more Elder Club concertrs after their final ones to occur on 1/31 and 2/1. Some of these girls may stop performing music altogether. Others may move on to other agencies. But, perhaps this is a good thing.

It cannot be said with enough vim and vigor that a lot of the members of Elder Club have been underused and underappreciated. On the song “Girl’s Psychology”, Yasuda Kei sounds a *LOT* like Goto Maki, but when was the last time she got to do anything with that? Nakazawa Yuko has been in plays for a while and loves it. Yaguchi Mari has moved on to a lot of other things, but obviously wants to move even further away from being an “idol”. Satoda Mai is going places with Hexagon/Pabo. Viyuuden was disbanded. Ayaka went and got married. Ayaya wants to start writing her own lyrics. Melon Kinenbi are stagnating, although they’re still wonderful. (See a bit further down for more about this.)

Yet, I cannot see any of this as a bad thing. H!P has put their focus on the Wonderful Hearts groups. It makes sense for them to release the other girls to a bit more freedom. They can focus on Morning Musume, Berryz Koubou, C-ute, Mano Erina, and the Egg groups without even having to think about what to do with everybody else.

I mean, it’s been over 10 years now. Things should change. And, I’m holding out a lot of hope for this to be a change that will let us see even more of our favorite girls. There’s no reason it shouldn’t. Maybe they won’t all be at the same concert anymore, and maybe not all of them will continue to sing-dance-smile for us, but they won’t have to wait in line behind younger girls who learned everything they know from them.

Still, I think it is important not to overreact. We’ve been given next to no information on this, so until we get something even remotely definititive, there’s no point in worrying as there is very likely nothing that we, as English-speaking fans, can do.

On the front of Melon Kinenbi, while browsing over at DohhhUp!, I came across a video from a recent live they did where they performed “Saa! Koibito ni Narou”… with Ogawa Makoto.

Mako-chan’s English and overall looks are probably the focus of this, but I was rather impressed by the performance that Melon Kinenbi put on. They’re rather good live, but this almost depresses me to watch because they’re not doing a whole lot. They’ve been a Hello! Project group longer than most girls have been *in* Hello! Project. I was never into MK much until I heard this, now I’ve really listened through their discography and I do really enjoy their voices.

I wish all of these girls the best and hope that their graduation concerts go amazingly well. I will definitely be making an effort to see as much of it as I can.

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Yes, you’re right. Calm must prevail.

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