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I figure that everyone else does it, and I certainly have the time to do so right now, so how about a year in review? Let’s go!

I’ll go through each group and talk about what they did, what I liked, and what I didn’t.

Morning Musume – Resonant Blue and Pepper Keibu were their only two singles, but they also released the Cover You album. They were in “Cinderella”, ended Haromoni@, started Yorosen!, had more PVs for a single song than ever before (Resonant Blue) and started to perform in places other than just Japan.  Personally, I liked all of that. It would have been nice for them to get one more single in there, but the album was almost like one big single anyway.

Berryz Koubou – Released Dschinghis Khan, plus the remix, as well as Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance and Madayade, and the studio album 5(FIVE). Performed/received an award at the Asia Song Festival. Ended Berikyuu! and joined Yorosen!. Lines started to be distributed a bit better. I’m also a fan of everything Berryz Koubou did this year. I generally like their singles, and I’m glad to see them divvying up the parts a bit more evenly.

°C-ute – Released LALALA Shiawase no Uta, Namida no Iro, Edo no Temari Uta II, FOREVER LOVE, Koero! Rakuten Eagles  plus the album 3rd ~Love Escalation~. Ended Berikyuu! and joined Yorosen!. Had a controversy about how Hitler was “taught” during Yorosen!. Maimi and Airi were lead on 3 of the 5 singles, and Maimi was center on 3 of the 5 singles. Those of you who read this blog know I’m not into °C-ute that much, so don’t be surprised that I wasn’t a fan of what they did this year. I prefered LALALA Shiawase no Uta to their other singles, but still didn’t particularly like it. And while I like Airi and Maimi? You’ve got 7 girls in the group. If Momusu can usually highlight their 9 members, why can’t you do 7? 2008 and still not a fan.

Ongaku Gatas – Released Come Together as well as the studio album 1st Goodsal. Mano Erina and Mika Muto graduated. Elder Club graduation was announced, which may signal the end of this group. OG didn’t do badly this year, though it would have been nice to have more than one single. They’ve only done 1 a year so far, though. I’ve got my fingers crossed that they’ll continue as a group outside of the H!P name because I do enjoy them, but I’m not that hopeful. Come Together was the worst single so far, but I think only because the other 2 were so much better, not that it was bad.

Buono! – Released Renai Rider, Kiss!Kiss!Kiss!, Gachinko de Ikou, and Rottara Rottara, plus the album Cafe Buono!. Were in Pizza-La commercials. Despite my dislike for Momoko, I still liked everything Buono! did this year. Their singles are amazingly catchy, and they have a distinct sound within H!P, too. Their outfits are always interesting, too.

High-King – Formed for the Cinderella musical from members of Momusu, Berryz, °C-ute, and the Eggs. This 5-member unit only did one single, but it was well-regarded as one of the best singles with possibly the best B-side ever in all of at least 2008. The group will likely not reform except possibly in concerts.

Milky Way – Released Anataboshi and Tan Tan Taan!. Both were good singles, and I’m definitely hoping for more Kikkawa Yuu now.

Athena & Robikerrottsu – Seishun Love Lunch was their final single, as the associated anime ended. I wasn’t a fan of any member of this group, so I’ll be honest… I didn’t even give it a listen.

Melon Kinenbi – Only released Charisma . Kirei. It had a shoddy video, but is still a decent song. The group announced that they would continue as a group after the Elder Club graduation.

Shugo Chara Eggs- Released Minna no Tamago. First major release by a group consisting solely of H!P Eggs. Cute, but not a bombshell of a song.

Viyuuden – Released “Nanni mo Iwazu ni I LOVE YOU”, a cover of a Momusu song. Disbanded shortly thereafter. I like the cover of this, and the video (with the very candid-looking bits) was a nice goodbye.

HANGRY & ANGRY – A non-H!P unit, technically, but they did release their first single “Kill Me Kiss Me”, a radical departure from the typical H!P fare. First group to have a MySpace, and to release formally in the USA. Announced plans to tour in the US and Europe, also a first. I adore this group, and think that they could definitely be going places, though after the Elder Club graduation, it definitely won’t be a part of H!P.

Abe Natsumi – Released 16sai no Koi Nante with Yajima Maimi from °C-ute, and Screen. Screen especially failed to report good results. But, I still found both songs easy to listen to, if not particularly memorable.

Matsuura Aya – Released Kizuna. Ayaya looked like a grandmother in this video, and the song was unimpressive.

Fujimoto Miki – Released Oki Tegami. Done in a different style than her previous solo work (similar to enka instead of the sugary pop), I found this my favorite of her songs, easily.

Koharu Kusumi – Released Papancake as a soloist. Got a lot of flac for her overexaggerated singing style. Released the Kirari to Fuyu album which received many more compliments for her singing style. None of it compares to her early Kirari stuff, I don’t think, but I still think it’s enjoyable to listen to.

Satoda Mai – Released Mou Sugu Christmas with Goda Kyoudai, as well as Hi wa, Mata Noboru with Aladdin. The Aladdin song did rather well on the charts, but I couldn’t get into it, or the Christmas song. Sorry, Satoda.

Mano Erina – Released Mano Piano, Lucky Aura, and LaLaLa-SoSoSo as indie singles. Never looked her age at all (17). I think Manoeri is charming. She’s a decent pianist. But, I think her voice leaves something to be desired.

Ice Creamusume – Formed through the NEW STAR auditions. My favorites are Youko (always Lightbulb to me, though) and Shenshen so far, but we’ll see when they actually start performing together?

I think that’s it? There’s quite a bit to look forward to in the new year, though. There’s a new MoMusu single on the horizon, and the promise of another new material album. Berryz has their first best-of coming out which will include a new song. Buono has a new single and album scheduled for early in the year. Matsuura Aya will get another album, Maeda Yuki will get a single. Satoda will put out another single with Goda Kyoudai. Koharu will release another single. C-ute will have another album. And that’s just in the first 2 months of 2009! It looks like it will shape up to be a good year. Elder Club’s graduation doesn’t seem to be hindering any of their releases, so hopefully the girls there will be more active post-graduation. My fingers are crossed!

I hope everyone is having good times during the final days of the year, and to help? Here’s H!P’s New Year’s card.

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Oh, and to top it all off? Aibon is supposed to start releasing music again next year, too!

One question that some of the members of H!P have been asked is… “What is your charm point?” Some of them know. Others, not so much. So, I’ve gone through all of Wonderful Hearts and “found” a charm point for each girl… that little reason we get so fascinated. It’s both a reason for picspam, and a hopefully interesting insight into H!P fans and why they love the girls they do. It may be a physical characteristic, a flaw, or a little piece of their personality that pops up quite often. So, here we go!

Takahashi Ai is up first, again. What’s her charm point? High kicks and getting sweaty at concerts. ^_^
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Next, Niigaki Risa! Her genki-ness (and curly hair) are where I find her charm.
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Tanaka Reina’s easy, isn’t she? The wonky eye! (She winks so much in pictures to hide it.)
wonkyreina

Michishige Sayumi is the “cute” one, but the extra charm is in Usa-chan PEACE!
sayusapeace

Kamei Eri harkens back to her “turtleness” quite often. It’s charming!
kameikame

Kusumi Koharu is especially known for how much she acts like an anime character.
happykoharu

Mitsui Aika is so not a favorite of mine, but I kind of find her forehead charming!
aikahead

Junjun? Well, the bananas for sure, but also? Her thighs and chubby cheeks!
junjunthighs

Linlin’s charm? Her puppy-dog eyes. As I don’t like dogs at all, that’s probably where my hate comes from.
puppylinlin

Sugaya Risako’s odd charm? Her nostrils.
risakonostrils

Natsuyaki Miyabi’s charm is easy to see… because it’s her chin!
miyabichin

Tsugunaga Momoko doesn’t have the cutest face, so she makes up for it with her pinky finger!
momopinky

Sudou Maasa’s charm is her pillow-lips.
maasalips
Kumai Yurina is the tallest girl in H!P, isn’t she? It works for her!
tallkumai

Tokunaga Chinami? It’s allllllll in the legs.
chinami-legs

Shimizu Saki? It’s all in the eyebrows and cheesy grin.
sakibrow

Yajima Maimi? It’s all about how she looks in short shorts.
maimishorts

Suzuki Airi’s charm is in both her smile, and her kappa love.
airikappa

Hagiwara Mai? I personally think it’s her DJ Maimai personality.
djmaimai

Umeda Erika is a bit long in the teeth, but it works for her!
erikateeth

Nakajima Saki? It’s got to be the mouth (and the cannibalism?).
nakkieatyouup

Okai Chisato? I mostly hear people talking about loving her bad hair.
badchisatohair

Arihana Kanna has her lesbianism. (She’s going to grab you! Be careful, girls!)
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And, to round it all out, Mano Erina! What else could it be? The exuberant grin.
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If you feel that I haven’t properly shown the charm of your favorite idol, let it inspire a blog post about that girl’s charms. Picspam us all!