Archive for the ‘H!P News’ Category

Congratulations to Oda Sakura, the ONLY winner of Momusu’s 11th Gen Auditions!

September 14, 2012

Well! This news came as a TOTAL shock this morning as they JUST released the names of the finalists YESTERDAY!

Out of the 6 finalists announced, Oda Sakura, an H!P EGG, was revealed today to be the sole winner of the Morning Musume 11th Generation auditions. A rising star in H!P it seems, she had only joined the EGGs less than a year ago in November 2011. She’s already a strong vocal and dance talent so I’m sure she’ll go far in Momusu! I can’t wait to see and hear her with the other girls.

A video of her audition footage and acceptance announcement was uploaded on youtube, you can check it out here:


13 Colorful Character now available on iTunes!

September 12, 2012

Morning Musume’s 13th album, 13 Colorful Character, is now available on iTunes for the low, low price of $12.99!

Support Momusu and buy their music!

Find it here!

New Official Blogs!

September 10, 2012

H!P has finally opened blogs for the ninth and tenth gens of Momusu! This is fantastic news! It gives the public an even better glimpse into the daily lives of our favorite idols and will only serve to make us feel more connected with them and to get to know their personalities better.

As of this post, the blogs contain only greetings from each individual member, along with a cell phone photo. It’s not certain how often they’ll update, or if there’ll be a rotating schedule of who posts when, or if it will be first come, first posted. I’m sure management will be keeping a close eye on what goes through, especially with the younger members. Not that I suspect they’d post anything inappropriate, but we don’t want a repeat of the Uncle Hitler incident. (Seriously, where was management on THAT?!)

9kies Official Blog
10kies Official Blog

Congratulations to Non-chan and the Sugiura family!

September 5, 2012

Non-chan announced on her blog today that she is currently 3 months pregnant with her third child! What wonderful news for herself, Taiyo, and the children! I’m very excited and happy for her, Non-chan is a wonderful Mom.

She stated she is due sometime in the spring after the new year.

Congratulations Non-chan!

Momusu 2013 calendar cover revealed!

September 4, 2012

So the covers to the 2013 H!P calendars have been revealed! This year we’re getting Momusu, Berryz, C-ute, S/mileage and Mano, as to be expected. You can check out the other covers here.

Every year for the past several  years I have gotten the Momusu calendar, and I have never been disappointed, but I think I might be this year. It’s that ugly pixel art! It looks like someone drew all over a nice group shot of the girls in Microsoft Paint. I’m going to assume that it’s meant to resemble purikura, and that I have no problem with, but it looks sloppy. I guess I’ll have to wait to see what the interior photos look like, but I’m really kind of disappointed with the cover, especially when the past couple years have been really classy looking.

As for the other covers, I think Berryz looks nice, although a couple of them are wearing WAY too much blush (what is that trend lately to be wearing so much blush you look like you’re running a fever?) and Risako’s uneven lavender dye job is distracting. I actually think Momoko looks the best and not like she’s trying too hard.

C-ute’s cover is nice, though a bit generic. I’m interested in seeing the interior shots.

S/mileage’s cover I love! It’s very classy and just well shot. There’s something about it I can’t quite put my finger on, I love that yellow contrasting background against their uniforms, it just really pops at you.

Mano’s is nice, I guess. I’m not really a big fan of head shots like that and I definitely wouldn’t want one 24×36 on my wall.

So there you have it! I would have loved a Dream Momusu calendar at some point, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be and that’s a shame. As for these, I can’t wait to see some of the interior pages, it looks like another interesting year for H!P calendars!

Morning Musume 10th Gen News

September 9, 2011

The finalists have been chosen, 10 girls. There seems to be an influx of girls who have taken dance lessons for years, probably has a lot to do with the addition of Riho in 9th Gen, because that girl can DANCE. Lots of young girls this time around too. I guess they might be hoping if they don’t make it into Momusu, they might be picked up as an H!P Egg as Minami and Aina were last round.

These were the finalists:
Kudo Haruka (11)
Ikobo Haruna (16)
Sato Masaki (12)
Tashima Meru (11)
Oogami Hinako (13)
Miyagi Ayumi (11)
Miwa Satsuki (12)
Ishida Ayumi (14)
Tanaka Fuuka (12)
Murakami Sara (13)

Of the finalists I like Haruka and Sara the most. Haruka is already a Hello!Pro Egg, so she has that going for her. I like Haruna too, but need to see more of her. The winners will be announced Sept. 29th at Morning Musume’s concert, the day before Ai-chan’s graduation! I hope we see more of the audition process in next week’s Hello!Pro Time.


May 8, 2011

Ninth Gen have only been a part of Morning Musume for 5 months, they have 1 released single under their belt and another coming out in a a little over a month.

Yet today it was announced that TENTH GEN auditions were beginning for Morning Musume, starting TODAY, and ending June 13th.


I’m confused by this. I can only think that the powers that be at H!P are trying to shake up their business model a bit.

Dream Morning Musume!

January 28, 2011

The OG’s are back and in a brand new unit! I know I’ve mentioned Dream Morning Musume before, but there’s exciting news today! Not only was their spring tour confirmed, with 16 performances, but their fall tour has been announced expanding to 40 performances! There will also be a new album featuring covers of their old hits AND new songs!


Members are:
1st Gen: Nakazawa Yuko, Iida Kaori, Abe Natsumi
2nd Gen: Yaguchi Mari, Yasuda Kei
4th Gen: Yoshizawa Hitomi, Ishikawa Rika
5th Gen: Ogawa Makoto
6th Gen: Fujimoto Miki
7th Gen: Kusumi Koharu

It’s too bad Tsuji couldn’t take part, she was planning to but since dropped out to take care of her newborn son. But who knows! Maybe in the fall?

Their official site is here.

Oh Jeez. I might be saving my $$$ to go to Japan this fall!

9nin Musume

January 27, 2011

Via Morning Musume’s Hello!Project official profile comes this new pic of 9nin Musume!

Is it just me or has Reina lost a lot of weight recently?

I can’t wait to hear their first single together!

Can’t say I didn’t see this coming…

January 9, 2011

Takahashi Ai, current leader of Morning Musume and Hello!Project will graduate in the fall of this year. At almost a decade in the group, she is the longest serving member of Morning Musume, (along with remaining 4th Gen member Niigaki Risa) and the longest running member of Hello!Project.

It’s going to be weird to see her go. She’s been a major player in everything Hello!Project since she joined. I can’t say she’s ever been my favorite member, in terms of ranking members she’s always sat right in the middle for me. She’s talented as all get out and seems to have a lovely personality… I don’t know. Whatever the case, I will be sad to see her go.

This only makes me REALLY want to go to Japan this fall though. Dream Morning Musume will be touring, (the Original Graduates, Hitomi, Makoto, Tsuji, Koharu, Yuko, etc.), Buck-Tick tours every fall, and now Ai-chan will be graduating… I should take advantage of the fact that I’m near to the west coast and go.