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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!

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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SUPER HAPPY GENKI HYPERFORCE GO!

I’ve been meaning to start a Hello! Project blog for a while now, and now that I’m almost done moving into a new place that’s a little more relaxing to live in, I figured there was no better time to start. As an introduction, I’ll discuss my feelings on some of the current H!P groups so you know where I stand. I’ll be trying my best not to outright bash any particular members or groups, but I can be a bitch when it comes to that, so expect at least one group to get that a bit.

I’ll start with Morning Musume, the flagship. As a rule, I like MoMusu. I think that they’re very different now than they were during “Golden Era”, but I like both incarnations. I particularly like Junjun, Kamei, Takahashi, and particularly dislike Aika and Linlin. I used to like Reina, but I don’t like her in front a lot. Koharu bothers me just because she’s not consistent. I disregard Kirari stuff in regards to MoMusu because I know that her character in Kirarin Revolution isn’t supposed to have a great voice at all. Still, she can be a strong singer, and once she works on that, I’ll probably like her more. Sayumi is slowly but surely growing on me. And, I tend to forget about Gaki-san. I used to dislike her, but once I saw her in the Mechaike specials, I mellowed on her a bit and now don’t really pay her much attention. Still, I’m likely to like their new singles.

Then, Berryz Koubou. Let me start off with saying that I think that Shimizu Saki is one of the most underrated talents in H!P. I don’t like Risako that much, though she’s working on her problems as she grows up a bit more, so we’ll see. I’m not that fond of Maasa, and I tend to forget Yurina altogether. Also, I’ve recently become a very big Chinami fan. There’s very little Berryz stuff I don’t like, though their Tsukiattwseruhpwoerh whatever single kind of put me to sleep in a bad way. Yet, I doubt I go more than two days without listening to Dschingis Khan and Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance. They’re almost like a new-wave Mini Moni now, and I like that a lot.

Then… C-ute. I *don’t* like C-ute, unlike everyone else in the blogosphere, it seems. And, really, I tried. I’ve listened to every song they’ve done, and I’ve also seen all of the PVs just to see if I could change my mind and get into more H!P, only I couldn’t. That’s not to say I hate all of the members. I tend to like Erika and Kanna and Airi, and Maimi is kind of growing on me maybe? Though, for some reason, I hate Chisato. I always just want to kick her off to the side as I think she ruins the aesthetic of the group as she looks like she has some life-threatening illness and will keel over any second. I have no idea why. I was close to liking Namida no Iro, but it just wasn’t quite good enough. I do, however, like Ookina Ai de Motenashite, though it’s less for being a C-ute song, and more for being a genki song.

Ongaku Gatas is next, and I don’t really have much of an opinion. I’m open to more of their stuff which I know is coming soon, but I don’t think either of their singles so far has been incredible.

I like Buono!, though I wish UFA would do some non-anime singles for them. I am also not a big fan of some of their harmonies as they come out sounding kind of robotic.

I guess I should also include GAM in here? They haven’t officially disbanded yet that I know of, and both Ayaya and Mikitty are back in business, so I hope it’s only a matter of time before they’re working together again. The strange thing is that I dislike each girl immensely, yet I love GAM. It’s probably for the strong lesbian overtones, I’ll admit. Yet, I can still say that I watched Ayaya in Sukeban Deka, though I did watch it more for the potential of Okada Yui’s boobs. Yet, they hid the entire movie! (And I impressed myself with recognizing one of the girls from Melon Kinenbi!)

And, speaking of Melon Kinenbi, I like them, but it’s been a while in the making. I don’t follow them like I do Berryz and MoMusu, yet I can say that This is Unmei! is one of my favorite songs ever, so… I don’t watch their PVs or concerts or anything, but I do make a point to listen to their new singles. I also think H!P needs to treat them better!

I’m not really into many of the soloists, but I do like Nakazawa Yuko a bit. Her song GET ALONG WITH YOU was part of my intro to H!P.

I was technically introduced to H!P a while ago, around the time of MoMusu’s Mr. Moonlight, but it wasn’t until quite a bit more recently that I really got into H!P and started being obsessed, which wasn’t until right before MoMusu’s Kanashimi Twilight. I discovered that several people on my Livejournal friends list were big H!P fans and once I could get my hands on everything, I did. (Thank you, Ciara, for gimme_hp, and Vanessa for that initial intro way back when.)

And as for the title of this blog? It’s a running joke between my husband and I. While watching some Mini Moni PVs, I inadvertantly showed him Strawberry Pie which scarred him for life. He claimed that it was so far beyond genki that it needed to be called something fitting, and together we came up with Super Happy Genki Hyperforce Go! (which was initially the name for all of my H!P mix CDs that I leave in our car so that we can identify them).

So, here we go. I won’t always talk about the new things going on in the H!P world, but I will try to review new singles and PVs and discuss big changes and new/graduating members, etc. I may also discuss some of the scandals… we’ll see. I tend to look at Hello! Online every few days at least, so I stay pretty on top of the news. ^_^

SUPER HAPPY GENKI HYPERFORCE GO!