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  • TH!P 7:13 pm on 2008-05-01 Permalink | Reply  

    Hello! Project Official Website Updates 

    Coconuts Musume Ayaka’s artist page has been taken down and Ongaku Gatas group image reflects the new 8nin lineup.

  • TH!P 11:57 am on 2008-04-30 Permalink | Reply
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    Ayaka Graduates from Hello! Project 

    One of Hello! Project’s longest serving members Coconuts Musume Ayaka graduates from Hello! Project today. I’m really quite sad about this as Ayaka is most definitely one of my favorite Hello! Project members and at one time was my favorite. She’s not had the best of luck in Hello! Project – being part of a group for 8 years that stopped releasing singles in 2001and has had only one member since 2004. She’s had various other small projects and has recently been in several plays. She plans to follow her dreams to become an actress, I wish her the best of luck and do hope we still see her around, hopefully in dramas or something!

    I think she’s been one of the most underused and undervalued Hello! Project members and if she had stayed until next year she’d have been a 10-year member.

    • Miu-chan 12:58 pm on 2008-04-30 Permalink | Reply

      She was the only naturally english speaking to.
      Having her and Yossi together in Dance Chance was a beautiful BEAUTIFUL song

    • HamHam 6:53 pm on 2008-04-30 Permalink | Reply

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO i love Ayaka dont leave!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 亜田無 7:18 pm on 2008-04-30 Permalink | Reply

      Look at it this way; She might have the chance to fulfill her dream and she doesn’t get that much work with Hello! Project right now anyway.

      The only thing that annoys me is that she gets zero graduation concert.

    • Kensey 10:24 pm on 2008-04-30 Permalink | Reply

      You have got to be kidding me


    • Tricia 10:38 pm on 2008-04-30 Permalink | Reply

      i can’t belive she’s not having a graduation concert! she deserves more than anyone! She’s amazing being able to be fluent in both english and japanese, i admire her so much for that!

    • Kenny Yi 11:56 pm on 2008-04-30 Permalink | Reply

      …I expect them to work with her and what happens? She graduates.

      God, she was one of my favorite members. AGHHHHHH. Not even a graduation concert. Jeez. I expected some kind of group with Yossie and Satoda, but NOOOOOO.

      I hope she keeps up with the fans though. *sigh*

    • Matthew 4:34 pm on 2008-05-02 Permalink | Reply

      I have to admit, when I found out yesterday, my heart jumped. She’s my favorite member of H!P, and I always thought she would be in Hello!Project forever. But today, I went on wiki theppn, looked her up to see if there have been any updates since the graduation 2 days ago, and guess what everyone?! She’s switched from UP FRONT agency to another company called Tristone and her new stage name is “Nagate Ayaka”!!! The website has her profile up which includes the stuff she’s done (music, plays, photobook, releases, stuff like that)…so don’t worry everyone, Ayaka isn’t going anywhere!!!

  • TH!P 10:54 am on 2008-02-07 Permalink | Reply  

    Morning Musume 36th Single Titled 

    The title of Morning Musume’s 36th title has been revealed as リゾナント ブルー (Resonant Blue). The title has a mature sound to it, though you can never be sure what to expect with Hello! Project. The single will be released on April 16th in three editions, two limited with DVDs and one regular.

    On an unrelated note today it is four past and present Hello! Project members’ birthdays;

    • C-ute’s Hagiwari Mai turns 12
    • C-ute’s Yajima Maimi turns 16
    • Former W member Kago Ai turns 20!
    • Former Coconuts Musume member Lehua turns 25
    • Rokusenz 4:10 pm on 2008-02-07 Permalink | Reply

      Miss Ai Bon T_T…….Happy Birth Day For Ai Bon….^_^

    • ForlornAngel 1:52 am on 2008-02-08 Permalink | Reply

      I’m so excited for Resonant Blue! The title is so amazing, I might buy it just for that.

    • Jay 2:18 am on 2008-02-16 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s hoping that Resonant Blue sells better than Mikan did! ^_^ *crosses fingers*

  • TH!P 7:46 pm on 2007-08-02 Permalink | Reply  

    Some New Downloads 

    I’ve been neglecting the downloads section lately though today I’ve uploaded some new tracks to it, all from my own CD collection. I’ve uploaded Morning Musume’s Morning Coffee & Memory Seishun no Hikari, these are both from the Morning Musume EARLY SINGLE BOX so the extra tracks have been uploaded as well. I also ripped Coconuts Musume’s Tokonatsu Musume single. Although there was already a download available for the title track of Tokonatsu Musume it wasn’t of great quality so I’ve replaced it. Expect more downloads very soon.

  • TH!P 3:50 pm on 2007-07-09 Permalink | Reply  

    Coconuts Musume Discography Review 

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    As I just recently managed to get a copy of each Coconuts Musume single I’ve finally had a chance to listen to each full single, previously I hadn’t heard most of the c/w tracks and so I’ve decided to do a mini-review for each, even although the singles are old I thought it might be informative.

    Single 1 – Halation Summer / Summer Night Town (English Version) (1999-07-23)

    1. Halation Summer
    2. Summer Night Town (English Version)
    3. Halation Summer (Instrumental)

    Some people forget that Coconuts Musume’s first single was indeed a “double A-side” featuring their first original song; Halation Summer and a cover of the Morning Musume single Summer Night Town in English. Halation Summer, as the title implies has a “sunshine mood” and is a very upbeat song with nice vocals, Chelsea has a majority of the main lines with the other girls getting fewer solo lines. The song has never been concert performed as far as I am aware of. Summer Night Town (English Version) sounds quite different from Morning Musume’s in terms of vocals, Coconuts Musume sound more high pitched and the English lyrics are quite suggestive and at times a little odd.

    Single 2 – DANCE&CHANCE (1999–08-25)

    2. Zurui Onna (English Version)
    3. DANCE&CHANCE (English Version)
    4. DANCE&CHANCE (Instrumental)

    Coconuts Musume’s second single contains four tracks and is the first of their singles to be released on the now standard 12cm CD. DANCE&CHANCE is a pretty decent song though it took some getting used to for me. The Japanese version is far better than the English version in my opinion as the lyrics of the English version have clearly been tailored to suit the rhythm of the original composition. Zurui Onna (English Version) is a cover of a SharanQ song and isn’t too bad. Mika’s American accent at the start is quite humorous. I find it odd that it is a direct translation Zurui Onna as the song is about being in love with a girl. Like Halation Summer, DANCE&CHANCE features Chelsea as the main vocalist and in the PV she takes center position.

    Single 3 – Tokonatsu Musume (2000-05-17)

    1. Tokonatsu Musume
    2. Tokonatsu Musume (Reggae Version)
    3. Tokonatsu Musume (Instrumental)

    This is where I think Tsunku began to get lazy. Although the a-side of this single is a very fun track and somewhat like Haltion Summer, the c/w is a poorly remixed version of it and I myself don’t class a remix as a proper coupling track.  As for Tokonatsu Musume, it’s Lehua Sandbo’s debut single with Coconuts Musume and although she’s not quite as good a singer as Chelsea her voice is pretty cute. You get some Coconuts Musume stickers with this CD which is a nice surprise.

    Single 4 – Watashi mo “I LOVE YOU” (2000-07-26)

    1. Watashi mo “I LOVE YOU”
    2. Watashi mo “I LOVE YOU” (SAMBA DE CoCo Remix)
    3. Watashi mo “I LOVE YOU” (Instrumental)

    Again instead of a proper coupling track this single has another pretty awful remix of the a-side which in all fairness is a rather good song. Watashi mo “I LOVE YOU” is a very fun song continuing the feel from Tokonatsu Musume. Each girl has a balanced number of lines in this song and all of them sound pretty good, Lehua’s inexperience in Japanese is notable however, though she manages to make it sound alright. The remix isn’t as bad as the Reggae Tokonatsu Musume, but it’s still not very good and sounds quite strange.

    Single 5 – Jounetsu Yuki Miraisen (2001-08-22)

    1. Jounetsu Yuki Miraisen
    2. Koibito Boogie-Woogie
    3. Jounetsu Yuki Miraisen (Instrumental)

    In a change of style from the last two singles Jounestu Yuki Miraisen is a more serious song though still fast paced and fun to listen to. Ayaka, Mika & Lehua all sound very good in this single and it’s possibly their best single in terms of musical arrangement and vocals. What’s more, the single includes a completly original coupling track, not an English cover or a shoddy remix. Koibito Boogie-Woogie is a great song and the “Oh Yeah!”  line which is repeated throughout the song seems to fit very well.

    • Anton_91 5:10 pm on 2007-07-09 Permalink | Reply

      This was really fun to read, I truley enjoyed it. Your reviews are always nice to read so please more of these. =)

      I sort of disagree with you on “Tokunatsu Musume”, sure the remix sucks and they don’t fit with this song. But I wouldn’t blame the song cause the ZYX Version is really great. Oh, and you might wanting to mention that Tokunatsu Musume is also in ZYX Version & that Halation Summer is in Berryz Version.

    • Totally Hello! Project 6:27 pm on 2007-07-09 Permalink | Reply

      I think Tokonatsu Musume is a great song too and maybe I didn’t make that clear.

      The ZYX version of Tokonatsu Musume is good but I prefer the original, as for the Berryz Koubou version of Halation Summer…I’m not sure which I like best, the Berryz version is faster and a bit more “hyper.”

      I’ll be sure to continue to review things as I get them!

    • Anton_91 8:37 pm on 2007-07-09 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, sorry I missed the part where you said that you liked it.

      Looked over my post again btw, sorry if it’s seems rude in someway. ^__^;;

    • Totally Hello! Project 8:40 pm on 2007-07-09 Permalink | Reply

      No it doesn’t seem rude at all, I appreciate any comments.

      I assume that you are the same Anton_91 that modifies wiki.theppn?

    • Anton_91 9:30 pm on 2007-07-09 Permalink | Reply

      Indeed, that’s me. =)
      Are you also a modifier there?
      (Sorry for using this place as a chatroom. ^^)

    • Totally Hello! Project 9:46 pm on 2007-07-09 Permalink | Reply

      No it’s perfectly fine, I invoked it. Yep, username is Kirigirisu on Wiki.theppn.

    • Anton_91 9:55 pm on 2007-07-09 Permalink | Reply

      Oh yeah! I’ve seen you around. :D
      Thank you very much for uploading better Coconuts Musume Covers. =D

    • Anton_91 9:57 pm on 2007-07-09 Permalink | Reply

      ^ For DANCE & CHANCE. ;)

    • Totally Hello! Project 10:01 pm on 2007-07-09 Permalink | Reply

      I’m gonna try and do the rest though my scanner is a bit sucky so…

    • Anton_91 10:14 pm on 2007-07-09 Permalink | Reply

      That’s great, I was really looking for better Coconuts Musume covers to decorate my Coconuts Musume songs on ITunes. :)

    • Daniel 4:11 pm on 2008-03-26 Permalink | Reply

      Very cool, where did you find the singles? I’ve looked online for where to buy them but no luck. I know “Jounetsu Yuki Miraisen” is an easy find but the rest seem hard to come across.

    • Ian 10:16 pm on 2009-04-25 Permalink | Reply

      Could you please upload a pis or scan of the stickers that came with the Tokonatsu Musume CD? I’ve never seen em. Thank you ^_^

  • TH!P 4:26 pm on 2007-06-05 Permalink | Reply  

    Latest Purchase – Jounetsu Yuki Miraisen 

    Well Coconuts Musume’s Jounetsu Yuki Miraisen arrived today and I was pleasantly surprised by the good quality of the single, the front cover and inside cover are very nice as is the disc. I’d heard the single before from one of the Pucchi Best compilations and I was really buying it for the c/w, Koibito Boogie-Woogie. It’s a really fun song I don’t really know how to describe it but I think it could have been good enough to be their sixth single to be honest. This single isn’t too rare just now so I advise if you get the chance buy it!

    Sorry the picture quality is rather poor.

  • TH!P 7:51 pm on 2007-05-24 Permalink | Reply  

    First Hello! Project Purchase 

    I’ve never before had the chance to purchase any Hello! Project goods as I was not yet 18 and couldn’t join certain websites to do so. Since I’ve been 18 for a few weeks now I decided it was time to start buying the songs, so my first purchase is Coconuts Musume’s Jounetsu Yuki Miraisen. As Coconuts Musume are (retrospectively) my favourite Hello! Project group this was the clear choice for me. Getting their older singles will be more challenging. It’s always annoyed me that the Hello! Project page doesn’t even have pictures of singles prior to the one I just bought.

    • hellogirl 7:07 am on 2007-05-25 Permalink | Reply

      That is a fantastic single! One of their best in my honest opinion, although I also really like Tokonatsu Musume as well.

    • Totally Hello! Project 10:30 am on 2007-05-25 Permalink | Reply

      I agree, this is probably their best. Though I really like Watashi mo I LOVE YOU as well.

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