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  • Jay 7:44 pm on 2011-01-11 Permalink | Reply  

    Takahashi Ai graduating from Morning Musume (part 2!) 

    *takes a looooong sip of peppermint tea*

    I actually learned of Takahashi Ai’s graduation announcement this morning over while trolling aramatheydidnt on livejournal and if I am to be completely honest here, it’s about time that they did so.

    Initially, I was surprised to learn of another graduation so soon but the time is right. Along with Gaki-san, Ai-chan has been one of the longest running members of Morning Musume and as such has had the second longest tenure as the leader of the group for 3 years and 7 months. Before this, the longest leader ever seen for the group was Iida at four years from 2001 to 2005. Her and Gaki have been in over half the singles for the group and are arguably the most noticeable and memorable members of Morning Musume as they joined the group during its peak. Ai herself is also one of a few members to release a solo song out with a Morning Musume album (Yume Kara Samete on Pucchi Best 7.

    However, I’m not surprised by this announcement anymore. It’s time for Ai to move on to bigger and better things. Ai’s got so much going on for her. She’s the most talented singer the group has ever had, she’s a great actress and she’s just this amazing photogenic girl that I didn’t like that much in the beginning. I can’t deny however that she’s blossomed into the young woman that she should be since becoming the Leader of MoMusu. Let’s face it, Ai-chan had no personality in the beginning and was so terribly shy. Now, she’s so animated and bubbly!

    But let’s face the music here. Ten years is a long time for any person in a group. It’s time for Ai-chan to move on from Morning Musume and Hello!Project. Through the countless singles, photobooks, dvds and stage plays, Ai-chan’s certainly got a lot to her credit but now, it’s time let her spread her wings and fly.

    And that’s my two cents on her Graduation. I wish her nothing but the best and will be supporting my fellow Final Fantasy Geek until the very end.

    • Adam 7:45 pm on 2011-01-11 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, I like FInal Fantasy too :P

  • TH!P 11:16 am on 2011-01-09 Permalink | Reply  

    Takahashi Ai to Graduate from Morning Musume 

    It was announced today that Morning Musume leader and 5th generation member Takahashi Ai will graduate from Morning Musume this Autumn 2011.

    I have mixed feelings about this, with the arrival of a new and very young generation, I can understand Takahashi’s decision to graduate from the group although I am concerned about the health of the group. Takahashi is undoubtably their strongest singer and having been a member since 2001, is one of the memorable members of the group.

    Source: http://www.helloproject.com/news/1101091700_musume.html

    No specific date has been announced just yet, I’m assuming we’ll have a Niigaki Risa leadership with Michishige Sayumi as her sub-leader upon Takahashi’s graduation. I feel this could be a very sad graduation, especially for Niigaki.

    • Kassi 7:52 pm on 2011-01-09 Permalink | Reply

      Sucks that miss tone-deaf is moving up because of this. Why can’t Reina be the Sub-leader. she seems more capable.

    • Alita 5:33 am on 2011-01-10 Permalink | Reply

      Well there is a date, end of fall tour. Aka we still have a year and you yourself said she would be going next year. She probably would have gone this year but Eri put her suggestion forward first, then Tsunku asked Ai at that time to start thinking about when she would move on. That’s just the way Musume is.

    • Adam 12:38 pm on 2011-01-10 Permalink | Reply

      That’s not a specific date though.

  • TH!P 1:27 am on 2008-09-24 Permalink | Reply  

    Takahashi Ai to Star in Drama 

    Morning Musume leader Takahashi Ai is set to star in the upcoming drama, Q.E.D. 証明終了 (Q.E.D. – Shoumei Shuuryou), (based on the manga of the same name) as the female lead. The drama is set to air on NHK as part of the Winter 2009 lineup, what’s more it won’t be on at some obscure time – this is primetime!

    Also appearing in the drama is Ishiguro Ken and Nakamura Aoi, both quite famous in the drama world, especially Ishiguro.

    Exciting News!

    Source: Hello! Project Official Website (Japan)

  • TH!P 11:39 pm on 2008-06-30 Permalink | Reply  

    Takahashi Ai & Niigaki Risa to star in drama 

    Morning Musume leader Takahashi Ai and sub-leader Niigaki Risa are to star in a drama about Pink Lady producer Aku Yuu, the girls will play Pink Lady!

    The drama will be part of the celebrations in honur of the commemoration of Nihon TV’s 55th anniversary and also of the one year anniversary of Aku Yuu’s death.

    Filming for the drama is already complete and in the show the girls perform the Pink Lady hit, Pepper Keibu. I’d love if this was released as a drama-tie in single!

    It will air on August 1st.

    More information & pictures here.

    • Kenny Yi 11:57 pm on 2008-06-30 Permalink | Reply

      They’re covering Pink Lady just like DABURUYUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU! =D

    • 亜田無 12:01 am on 2008-07-01 Permalink | Reply

      Oh I forgot about that, I like it Kenny Yi!

  • TH!P 10:05 pm on 2008-06-20 Permalink | Reply  

    Today’s Releases (2008-06-20) 


    • Suzuki Airi6gatsu no Kajitsu (3rd Photobook)
    • Takahashi Ai / Tanaka Reina / Michishige Sayumi / Kamei Eri Ojigi 30do On Stage (e-Lineup Limited Theatre DVD)

    No doubt many of you will be getting all exited over Suzuki’s latest photo-book, still don’t really see the appeal myself, give her a few years maybe.

    The Theater DVD is an online only product available to Japan residents so if you want it you better send a line to your friend in Japan!

  • TH!P 2:19 pm on 2007-09-27 Permalink | Reply  

    New Upcoming Releases 

    • Berryz Koubou: 15th Single Untitled (2007-11-28)
    • Takahashi Ai: 8th Photobook Untitled (2007-10-26)

    Berryz Koubou are to release their 3rd single this year at the end of November, personally I hope it’s something more upbeat than their last two singles, there’s the possibility it could be winter or Christmas themed which I’m not too sure I’d like.

    Takahashi Ai is also due to release her 8th solo photobook, nothing really to comment on this apart from UFA are certainly churning out the photobooks this year, wish they’d give Ayaka a new one…

    • Anton 7:51 pm on 2007-09-27 Permalink | Reply

      4th single? You mean third?

    • gembobshwee 8:40 pm on 2007-09-27 Permalink | Reply

      cant wait for berryz new single :)

    • Hanako 3:32 am on 2007-09-28 Permalink | Reply

      I had already added this to my site. I can’t wait to hear soon, hopefully it’s christmasy

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