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Finally! This excites me beyond all belief. Seriously, I may not have followed Kikka very closely in the beginning but I know now that this girl would’ve been wasted in Morning Musume if she’d gotten in. She’s got the biggest fanbase of all the eggs and finally let her personality out to shine! I also sincerely believe that Kikka is going to go so much farther than Mano Erina. There’s so much more charisma in Kikka than in Mano to me. Mano is cute and everything but Kikka’s got SPUNK. I like spunk.
At any rate, it’s been announced finally that former Hello!Pro Egg Kikkawa Yuu will have her solo debut in March. This crazy talented girl’s debut single is called Kikkake wa YOU and will have four different versions. Like S/mileage’s fourth single Shortcut, each version will have a different b-side to go along with it. The b-sides for all of the singles will be the songs that she performed as the opening act for the Hello!Project winter 2011 concerts. These songs include Sayonara Namida, Candy PoP and Fuyuzora Hanabi.
In a rare move for any Hello!Project member, Kikka has been signed to Universal Music Japan. I’m sure that Tsunku will likely be writing her solo material but the fact that she isn’t with a label affiliated to Zetima will probably mean so much more promotion for her than any of the other artists under H!P. She’s also slated to perform alongside BEAST and SDN48 at the UNIVERSAL DREAM LIVE 2011 event at Osaka and Universal Studios Japan on March 19th. Kikka also has over 10,000 subscribers to her mobile site already.
So who’s going to be the next H!P Egg to debut? Mori Saki also recently completed her Egg training so there’s no knowing what’s going to happen next. Actually, there’s a lot of exciting coming out of H!P lately. Buono are back in action, Berryz Koubou’s got a new album coming out this year, C-ute are releasing good songs again and Morning Musume’s set for what seems to be quite the comeback.
Expect a H!P news roundup in the next couple of days!
And now for your regularly scheduled break in the new generation of Hello!Project news, I come to thee bearing news of some FC events for M-line!
First, it has been announced that First Generation Morning Musume member Abe Natsumi will be having a Fan Club Tour of Hokkaido which is currently untitled. I think that it’s going to be a great event for all of Nacchi’s fans to be able go and see her live in action. She has a very welcoming aura to her so I’m sure that many of her fans who have enjoyed these trips in the past will enjoy this one as well! The tour is scheduled for 3 days and 2 nights from March 20 to 23. Maybe some of the international fans will be able to attend this event as well. :)
Second, it was announced awhile ago that former Seventh Generation Morning Musume member Kusumi Koharu would also be having a fanclub event as well. It remained untitled for quite some time but it seems that Koharu has been able to decide on a name for the event and is dubbing is Koharu sai! Translated into english, this means “Koharu fest” and it seems like a rather interesting title to name her first solo fanclub event since leaving Morning Musume. It leaves me wondering if she’ll be singing mainly from her solo material from the Kirarin Revolution anime? It’s been quite some time since I’ve heard Koharu sing so I wonder if she’s been receiving any vocal training since she left Morning Musume a year ago.
Regardless, both events are going to be chock-full of fun and excitement and I hope that anyone who gets the opportunity to attend these events has a blast!
The official Hello! Project website has uploaded pictures of the new 9th generation members of Morning Musume.
Former 8th generation Morning Musume members Junjun & Linlin have both returned home to China, Junjun made a blog post today about it, I’ve translated it below for you all~みんな..
It’s been a while hasn’t it?
How are you all?
Actually, I’m already at home lol
It’s been four days since I returned to China
It feels strange
When I wake up, it’s not in the place I’m used to waking up
I have to sort it all out in my head
When I open my eyes I’m like, where am I? (This Japanese felt weird)
I had a dream about the other members yesterday (Dunno why she uses question marks)
Everyone was up there on the stage…
I was in the audience
And here comes Egg #4 to complete their H!P egg training!
It was announced on the Hello!Project fanclub page that H!P Egg Trainee Mori Saki has completed her training as H!P Egg. Like Sengoku Minami, Mori will be staring in a stage play that will run from April 8th to 17th. After that, there’s really no knowing what’s in store for Mori. Here’s hoping for new and exciting things for all the Eggs!
Sadly, I don’t really follow the eggs and therefore, know very little about them. It’s very nice to see all of their hard work paying off though. Those girls sing and dance their butts off in the concerts and there’s a lot of unused talent in the Eggs that definitely deserves to shine. It’s about time that some of these talented gals finally get their chance to prove what they’re worth.
Congratulations Saki! :D
That leaves a good question in the fandom.
*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.
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