2008 Hello! Project Hopes / Predictions / Fears – The Results

Well I posted over a year ago now (!) a breakdown of my hopes, predictions and fears for 2008 – lets see how accurate I was in my predictions and hopes! Things that actually happened will be in green, things that didn’t in red and a sort of middle ground will be orange.

Hopes

  • Fujimoto Miki active in Hello! Project, (4)
    • Well she got her solo comeback Okitegami and had a heck of a lot of events as well as television appearances – well done Mikitty!
  • Morning Musume sales go up, even if just a little, (3)

    • Things couldn’t have gone much worse than Mikan to be fair, Resonant Blue sold reasonably but COVER YOU was a bit of a disappointment.
  • Matsuura Aya gets a non-ballad single, (3)
    • Nope, am I shocked? Again, nope.
  • Ayaka actually does something of note, (1)
    • Something of note more than anyone could have imagined – she left Hello! Project, got married and had a minor role in drama – well done Ayaka!
  • Country Musume auditions, (1)
    • Gone forever it seems, Satoda Mai did well this year though, really well.
  • Some more Hello! Pro Egg members graduate to full member status (2)
    • Mano Erina is a full-time soloist and actress now and although they’re still within Hello! Pro Egg, Shugo Chara Egg! have debuted.
  • Ongaku Gatas continues to release material only if Satoda and Yoshizawa can find nothing better to do. (3)
    • They had another single and it was alright, Yoshizawa got involved in the fantastic HANGRY & ANGRY and Satoda has her solo releases as well as group releases – I’m satisfied.
  • JunJun and LinLin remain members of Morning Musume. (3)
    • Yay! And they’ve improved so much!
  • Tokito Ami resumes her solo career, (3)
    • No such luck though I hear she’s resumed gravure, that’s something right?
  • Gyaruru releases a 2nd single, (2)
    • Aint gonna happen.
  • THE Possible release a 2nd album, (4)
    • Well they had a best-of with two new tracks – next year we’ll see an original album I hope.
  • Canary Club either release something I like or cease to exist, (2)
    • Well Hitomi ga Kirakirara wasn’t too bad and it’s around my 184th most played song on my ipod.
  • Melon Kinenbi release a good single, or at least a single, (3)
    • Well they had a single, it wasn’t anything new though and I felt cheated!
  • v-u-den drop the “Look at us! We’re sexy, buy our singles!” approach and become good again, (1)
    • …Or they disband.
  • Kira☆Pika release nothing else. Don’t need any more Kusumi Koharu thank you, (2)
    • Thanks UFA and this time I’m not being sarcastic.
  • Athena & Robikerottsu also release nothing else, Niigaki could do better than that, (0)
    • Well that little project is over now, yay!
  • Abe Natsumi releases a single that makes everyone remember; she was the face of Morning Musume, (2)
    • Nope instead she sank deeper into obscurity.
  • Kusumi Koharu continues to sell well, only for the sake of Hello! Project, (3)
    • Her sales decreased though weren’t too bad.
  • Maeda Yuki graduates from Hello! Project, she’s fantastically brilliant and too much so for Hello! Project, (3)
    • March 2009.
  • Nakazawa Yuko releases a new, not pathetic, uplifting single, (2)
    • Aww.
  • Satoda Mai continues to get things to do, (3)
    • She’s like…a celebrity now.
  • Takahashi Ai releases another solo song, not necessarily a single, (2)
    • 2009 please!
  • Yaguchi Mari gets some music related work, (-1)
    • Can’t see this ever happening now.
  • Yasuda Kei gets some music related work, (-2!)
    • See above.
  • Iida Kaori remains in the public-eye, in a good way (2)
    • I’m sure you all remember the tragedy of her son’s untimely passing.
  • Tsuji Nozomi resumes TV appearances, (1)
    • The other half of W however did.
  • Ogawa Makoto returns! (2)
    • She did – I was more than a little shocked to be honest!
  • Goto Maki gets a new record label and releases a new single, promptly please, (2)
    • Well she’s on Rhythm Zone and has a solo concert song as well as an upcoming b-side…that’s something…maybe.

Predicitions

  • Morning Musume do not recover from their sales slump, (3)
    • Thankfully they did see some improved sales.
  • Hello! Project is renamed “Kusumi Koharu! Project” (…)
    • Not yet, thankfully.
  • Morning Musume graduation announced (3)
    • Thankfully not but can 2009 be graduation free too?
  • Fujimoto Miki does not resume her solo career or GAM but does return, in a Yaguchi-esque manner, (2)
    • She’s a soloist again and her name hasn’t been forgotten, what more could I ask for?
  • GAM is gone for good, (3)
    • Yup.
  • Auditions of some sort, (3)
    • Hello! Project New Star.
  • Between 1 – 5 Hello! Pro Egg graduations (5),
    • Mutou Mika for one.
  • Noto Arisa implodes trying to be super cute (…),
    • She’s still in one piece.
  • Ongaku Gatas have a hard time getting into the Oricon top 20, (4)
    • They pulled through and managed a week in the top 20.
  • Likewise, v-u-den (4),
    • Well not being a group pretty much keeps them out of Oricon.

Fears

  • Fujimoto Miki graduation from Hello! Project, (3)
    • March 2009.
  • Morning Musume 9th Generation Auditions, it’s too soon, (3)
    • Thankfully not.
  • JunJun, LinLin are sent packing, (2),
    • Again, thankfully not.
  • Even more focus is given to the Hello! Project Kids, (4),
    • Ugh, yes.
  • More anime tie-ins, please, please, no, just no, (4)
    • Shugo-Chara Egg!
  • Country Musume has the same fate as Coconuts Musume, remembered by name only, and I suppose tacky unfortunate outfits in some cases, (4)
    • I guess they had their Bye Bye Saigo no Yoru in 2007 when Asami and Miuna graduated.
  • Hello! Project collapses (3),
    • March 2009.

Intersting the way things turned out!