Archive for the ‘Yoshizawa Hitomi’ Category

OG’s I want to come back!

April 5, 2010

Well , not me specifically. This poll was taken by goo, and the information for the link came via Hello!Online, but I thought I’d re-post here with a few thoughts on the results.

1. Abe Natsumi
2. Iida Kaori
3. Goto Maki
4. Yoshizawa Hitomi
5. Ishikawa Rika
6. Nakazawa Yuuko
7. Tsuji Nozomi
8. Fujimoto Miki
9. Fukuda Asuka
10. Kago Ai

For one, I’m surprised and delighted that Aibon made the list, and for the most part, I am in full agreement on those who made it on here, though I would probably shuffle some members around, and I would strike Maki off the list because I think she has a better thing going for her at Avex.

I am surprised though, that neither Kei-chan, Mako-chan or Konkon made the list! I thought for sure at least Asami would be there. She seemed so popular! And no Koharu! Wow! Of course, I don’t know when this poll was taken, it could have been while she was still a member, but I am really surprised she didn’t make the cut. Of course, all these members were present during the so called “golden era” of Momusu, and truth be told, they belong to my favorite gens as well.

I’m not sure I’d have any of these ladies come back to Momusu though, they’ve done their stint and have moved on. I do wish however, that some of them had more exposure now, and were still as active now as they were in their Momusu days.

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Hangry & Angry New Unit!

October 12, 2008

This is really kind of shocking! But OH SO AWESOME!

H!P has paired up with the clothing brand Hangry & Angry and created a brand new unit! What’s even MORE awesome is that that unit is comprised of Yossie and Rika! *dies*

Even if this wasn’t H!P related, I can without a doubt say that I would be rocking out to it. It reminds me a lot of Nanase Aikawa attitude-wise. The heavy guitar sound is just… I love it! What an awesome song! I am *dying* for the PV!

The full debut single can be heard at Hello!Online There is a myspace page for the group here.

PLEASE don’t let this be a 1 single unit a la Gyaruru. H&A is now my favorite H!P unit. This is SO a single I am going to pre-order. (I’ve already listened to the song 5 times, LOL!)

Oh, and let me point out right away that this is NOT gothic-lolita style. Goth-loli is a style unto itself, a fashion that tries very hard to emulate the look of a victorian porcelain doll. It has become a blanket term by english speaking fans to mean everything under the sun, but it’s not. (This probably has something to do with the magazine, the Gothic-Lolita bible, which started out covering both the Goth style and the lolita style, but the two have pretty much merged at this point). The style they are employing here is Punk lolita, or even just punk.

What was the biggest H!P event of 2007?

December 13, 2007

Buckle up, this is a long one.

While perusing the Hello!Online picture board, my eye was caught by the poll in the lower right hand corner. I prepared myself for a quick click of the mouse, a cursory viewing of the results, and moving on with my picture browsing. The only problem…. the poll and it’s possible choices were hard to pick between. As I sat weighing the possible choice to best fit, I though, Hey! Why not write a post about it?

The question is, What was the biggest H!P event of 2007? And boy howdy weren’t there A LOT this year? Like, whoa. It gave me a ton to think about, so I decided to go ahead and analyze each option.

Yoshizawa’s brother killed.
I wholeheartedly love Yossi, so for the New Year to start out this way was terrible. I felt truly horrified when I read the news and deeply saddened on Yossi’s behalf. Understanding her need to grieve, there was a wave of support for her from the H!P blogging community should she decide to take a leave of absence. Color us all shocked and amazed when she shouldered her burden and kept performing. For myself (and many others I am sure) it only further cemented our love and respect for this amazingly strong and talented young woman.

Since Hitomi decided to continue on with her career, this family tragedy did not have the effect it could have had she decided not to return. So this event, while horrible, was not the biggest thing to happen to H!P this year.

Momusu gets 2 Chinese girls.
This was big, this was HUGE and a complete and total shock to fans. Not only were there two new surprise members of the Eighth Gen of Momusu, but they hailed from the land beyond Japan! Sure there were foreign members in other H!P acts before, but NOT in their flagship group. Fan reaction went wild. A lot of people had faith in Tsunku’s decision, he had proven his intuition right before, and we were willing to keep our faith in his ability again. However some us, I am ashamed to say, attacked the two new girls, Junjun and Linlin, some people even went so far as to post horrendous racial and derogatory comments on their personal blogs! Those kind of actions are beyond belief. To think that foreign fans would be so embracing of one type of nationality and not another is mind boggling. As fans we should open our arms to any and all under the H!P banner.

I didn’t mean for that to turn in to a lecture. Getting back on track I would have to say that this was definitely a top contender for the biggest event in H!P for the year.

The end of Hello!Morning.
Honestly, I was really sad to see Hello!Morning go, but willing to embrace Harmoni@ (of which I’ve seen all of 2 or 3 episodes). We really should have seen the departure of H!M coming down the pipeline somewhere in the near future. So while this might have been a personal blow to some people who enjoyed H!M, Momusu is still on the air, so really, not that big of a deal. Plus I am sure H!P were trying to mix up the format of the show a bit to get the girls out and interacting with the public and maybe something new would draw in new viewers.

Kago Ai returns, Friday’d, Fired.
I actually did the write ups for every other topic before going in and writing this one. My God, this one still has me by the heart. At the time this scandal broke I was just getting into other H!P acts that weren’t Morning Musume, and W was the forerunner of my fandom. Ai and Tsuji were just so damn CUTE together! At first I was really disappointed in Aibon. Not so much that she got caught smoking underage, but that she was smoking at all. It’s so damn bad for you! Especially if you are a singer by profession. I felt terrible for Tsuji as this put her singing career at a standstill, and removed (it seems permanently) any chance of the fans hearing W’s last album Faithful.

But as time went on and we started to learn the extent of Ai’s burden, I began to feel for the poor girl more. Being the sole bread winner for her family, her Dad a split ex-con, her Mother a single Mom, and Aibon with much younger siblings to care for. I’m sure her workload was incredible, and she was trying to balance work with her relationship with (the now infamous) Ishimoto Yasuyuki. The poor girl was just trying to live a normal life outside of her “idol” duties.

This whole thing really brought to light the immense responsibility it is to be an idol. You have to be “in character” ALL THE TIME. There is no turn off switch, no down time. If you’re out in public, even just running to the store for toilet paper, or going out to eat, you still have to be in persona. She’d been living this life since she was 12 years old, and I’m sure she was tired of trying to wear that image 24/7. It’s really very, very sad. These girls sacrifice so much for the sake out our entertainment. Granted we reward them back with love and money, but is the trade off really equal?

This was a huge blow to H!P and I think one of their first MAJOR scandals. Even still, Aibon, I love you and hope you someday step up to the microphone again. (If not could we please at least run in to each other somewhere in NYC? I was crowd watching for you last weekend. LOL!) These events definitely rank up there as the biggest things to happen to H!P in 2007.

Yoshizawa graduates from MM.
Yossi! I was terribly sad to see Yossi leaving MM. However, she really was getting beyond the age demographic of the group. Other members graduated from MM and pursued solo careers (some with a hell of a lot more success than others) so it really shouldn’t have been that much of a shock. Plus it was known before her graduation even took place that she’d be participating in a new group and/or solo activities, so we knew she wasn’t totally going to disappear off the radar.

Tsuji/Iida pregnancies.
Kaorin I can say I really wasn’t too shocked to hear about. Tsuji on the other hand I was a little shocked about. We had heard a really awesome live recording of a new unit she was participating in, Gyaruru, under Tsunku’s TNX label, and seemed to be moving on from the scandals that broke up W. I was ultimately really excited for them both. Except for bowing out of the spotlight, this didn’t really affect H!P much as the two weren’t at the forefront at that moment in time. A great personal development for them both, but not the biggest event.

Fujimoto Friday’d/leaves MM.
Honestly… God I hope people don’t kill me for this, but honestly I didn’t really care all that much. I’m not that big of a Miki fan. I thought she was great in GAM, but like Yossi, she was getting a little too old for Momusu and it really was time to move on. If H!P couldn’t see it, then Miki was going to show them herself. I have utter respect for her there, standing up like she did, in the end though it was A-OK by me that she left Morning Musume.

Goto Maki leaves H!P.
This totally and utterly caught me by complete surprise. I really don’t feel like going into too much detail here as it’s all been discussed before…. but reading Maki’s reasons; exhaustion and artistic differences over her musical direction, I totally understand why she left. Was I sad to see her go? Absolutely, especially after she released such a kick ass album! But she wanted to move on with her life and I totally respect that. Losing their most successful solo artist had to be a blow to H!P, but if she was asking for it a long time coming, then it wouldn’t have been a shock to them. A shock to the fan community, but not to H!P.

There were a few other things that happened this year that I thought were pretty big that weren’t on the poll. The biggest…. the return of Konkon! That was HUGE! I was so excited when I heard she was coming back. What a windfall for the fans to have one of our departed beloveds come back to us! How awesome is that?!

In other news I finally received my package today containing the 10th Anniversary Morning Musume essay & photobook, as well as the photobook for Hitomi’s graduation concert this past spring. I’ve done a cursory glance through both and will be adding reviews and scans later, time permitting before Christmas. I will say though that the concert photobook has some amazing shots I’d love as posters.

On one last note, does anyone else find it amusing that the Up Front! International website is only in Japanese?

Yattarouze!

December 1, 2007

Is it safe to say I think Ongaku Gatas are the greatest thing to happen to H!P in a while? That would be affirmative, so it goes without saying I fucking LOVE Yattarouze.

Okay, so the opening of the PV is a little weird, but once the titles come up it just kicks off from there. This song is so high energy it’s infectious. You can’t tell me you listen to this song and don’t want to get up and do the windmill thing during “Yatta-rouze!” Can I have a dance shot version please? Lots of bouncy hip swaying, fist pumping and attitude. This song was designed to get you on your feet and moving.

I also must point out how much I love Yossie in this video. Oh my God, she’s freaking bursting with energy. She shines! You know at the announcement of her graduation I was really scared she would go the way of Kei and disappear from H!P album/single releases all together. (Does Kei-chan even perform at concerts?) Anyway I am thrilled beyond words that she hasn’t, and is still going strong. Yossie I freaking love you.

I love the costumes too. Short skirts or hot pants with knee high boots? Uniform stylings? Count me in. I love that look. I would like Yossie’s over shirt too please (because I love the striped cuffs on her sleeves). I’ll take Konkon’s too!

Is this better than Kirakira? Oh how I am leaning towards that point of view at the moment, however they really are two different styles of songs. Thinking about it, I love them both, hardcore. So much so that I will at this moment claim the two singles by Ongaku Gatas my favorite releases by H!P for the year of 2007. (with Mikan in a very close 2nd place).

PLEASE GOD LET THERE BE AN ONGAKU GATAS ALBUM OR THREE!

Happy Graduation Yossie!

May 5, 2007

Well as of Sunday evening, Yoshizawa Hitomi, my favorite girl in the H!P line up will be graduating from my favorite group in the H!P line up, Morning Musume. To commemorate the event I decided to make some icons. It is also extremely late/early as it is going on 4am and I am damn exhausted. I may post more this weekend if I make them.

The best of luck to Yossie in all her future endeavors. I will continue to support you with all my heart. Words really cannot express how much I admire your strength, wit and beauty. You are everything I aspire to be. Thanks for everything! ♥ Much, much love!

~Arashi

Countdown to Graduation

May 1, 2007

I was lurking about on Hello!Online and decided to jump over to the pic board. There somebody had posted these just released photos of Hitomi with each of the girls in Momusu. She’ll be graduating to (hopefully) a successful solo career come Sunday, May 6. Hitomi! I already miss you! T_T

Happy Birthday Hitomi!

April 12, 2007

I’ve been way too busy to really post anything as of late, but I wated to drop a quick birthday greeting to my favorite gal in H!P, Yoshizawa Hitomi!

Hitomi’s brother killed in traffic accident

January 12, 2007

Yoshizawa Hitomi’s younger brother was killed on January 11 in an unfortunate traffic accident. This is truly horrible news and a complete tragedy. He was 16 years old at the time of his death.

Heartfelt condolences go out to Hitomi and her family.

There is no word yet from Up Front Agency on how this will affect concerts and/or Hitomi’s graduation. I am sure she’ll be given the proper time to grieve, and we should all support her in any decisions she decides to make.

EDIT Slight translation of news article

The article states that Hitomi’s younger brother (Kouta?) who was 16 was involved in a traffic accident around 10pm on the 11th, and that he passed away shortly after midnight on the morning of the 12th, from severe head and neck injuries. The accident took place at the Kagurazaka crossing in Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo.

The driver of the car is being investigated for negligence. Apparently he is 20 years old and a vocational student, he received slight head injuries due to the accident.

Apparently through a relative, the staff (of the paper) has learned that Hitomi and her parents are not making comments about the situation, and ask that the funeral be a family affair.

Yoshizawa Hitomi to Graduate!

January 2, 2007

Yes, it’s true! Yoshizawa Hitomi will graduate from Morning Musume and become a solo artist for Hello! Project on May 6, 2007. If there is a God he’ll let me win the lottery so I can be there for her graduation concert. XD The concert tour is titled “Sexy 8 Beat” The possible title of a new album? We can hope?

Fujimoto Miki will become the new leader, with Takahashi Ai acting as sub-leader.

Anyway, this opens up lots of doors for Hitomi, and while I’ll miss her around Momusu, I’ll be excited for her solo stuff. Hopefully she doesn’t get the shaft as Kaori and Kei have, but I doubt it as not only is she going solo, but she will be participating in group units as well.

Hopefully she’ll get a new photo book as well. As for solo artist material, consensus seems to lean towards upbeat and funky songs. One has to wonder what her solo image will be like though. I don’t think Tsunku will go for the ero-kawaii angle that Maki has taken, I’m sure he’ll keep her girl next door image going strong. It remains to be seen if any changes will be made, or if she’ll evolve over time as a solo artist after being allowed to break free from the cute girly style of Momusu.