— We were introduced to you by Komuro Tetsuya, and so I wanted to begin by asking: how do you view him yourself?
Tsunku♂: His band TM NETWORK is very good at showing us listeners new things. It’s like they picked up right where YMO left off with techno pop, but there’s also a feeling that they’re creating something that’s completely original — it’s like they’re half a step ahead of everyone else with their music. When they first came out I remember thinking “wow, now that’s an amazing band.“
I couldn’t have ever imagined that he’d later go on to becoming the producer that he is today. Shinohara Ryoko’s “Itoshisa to Setsunasa to Kokoro Tsuyosa to” — how many copies did that sell again? Something like 2.2 million? When I saw that I was going “oh man, Komuro’s really made it big time now.” Before long, he’d become one of the greatest producers out there.
— Do you have any memorable Komuro episodes you could share?
Tsunku♂: We were both appearing on this TV show one time. Back then, we didn’t really pay much attention to the music charts and things like that. Komuro, though, was very particular about the charts. He was producing Kahala Tomomi, and she was very disappointed that she didn’t manage to hit no. 1 on the charts with her release at the time. I said to her, “So what even if you didn’t make it to no. 1? You still sold an insane amount of copies!” That’s when Komuro said to me: “You don’t get it, Tsunku♂. Girls want something that is easy to understand — something like being no. 1.” I thought, “Huh. I see. That may actually be true.” He had a point: I mean, what could be easier to understand than being no. 1? Ever since I heard him say that, I personally started paying more attention to the number of “1.”
Tanaka: Me and Non-chan (Tsuji Nozomi) were in the group together for half a year, but it felt much longer than that because we were always together. We’d hang out in private, too. She took me to all kinds of places, and she’d be talking to me about all this stuff and I was pretending like I knew what she was talking about — I was only a child, like 14 years old or something. We even went on a cabbage diet together… No, wait. We were like, “let’s make our chests bigger!” We’d heard that if you eat lots of cabbage, you’ll get huge boobs!
Tanaka: So whenever they had it in catering, the two of us would pile up mountains of cabbage on our plates and eat it all. I just now remembered us doing that.
Ogata: Me and Iikubo Haruna-san have tried that, too. (laughs)
Tanaka: (laughs) But it’s not like it has any effect though, right?
Ogata: No. You often hear that the big three are soy milk, cabbage, and chicken…
Tanaka: Yeah, I’ve heard that. But I’ve already given up.
I have an announcement to make. I, Tokunaga Chinami, will be going to study abroad once more!
Even after returning home six months ago, I still felt like I wanted to keep studying English. But in order to live overseas comfortably I also felt that I’d need a driver’s license, and so I came back to Japan!
And, somehow or another…!!!
Managed to get my license!!!!
Not to say that I didn’t fail the first time trying though. (laughs)
Through studying English, I’ve come to realize that there really is no end goal when it comes to language learning. That’s why I simply wish to keep learning until I’m satisfied! ^ ^ To think that someone like me could ever be so willing to study…!
Now that I have my driver’s license, I’m going to head out to study abroad once more. ^ ^ I hope to meet lots more people and have many more experiences so that I’ll be able to grow even further!
But I do hope that I don’t grow any more in terms of body weight!
Part Seven: “TOUCH ME, Kurokki” Writers Yuzuki Asako and Asai Ryo
profile the lyrics of Hello! Project songs!
Song #1: Tsunku♂ – “TOUCH ME” (Tsunku/Tsunku)
Yuzuki: The last time we spoke, our heads were in the clouds because of how excited we felt thanks to “Utakata Saturday Night.” But at some point, we came back to our senses and that excitement was once again replaced by this… emptiness.
Asai: Our hearts that had been taken with “Utakata” became quiet once more.
Yuzuki: But right around then, what took our hearts by storm next was Maa-chan’s sexiness in “Aishite Aishite Ato Ippun.” She was just so alluring there, it was almost suffocating.