— Could you begin by talking about your personal favorite Hello! Project albums?
Tsurugi: I like Matsuura Aya’s First KISS and x3. Her first album is often called a masterpiece by fans. There was something about Matsuura back then that you can only hear on that album. Idols sometimes tend to “de-idolize” — for Matsuura, that change into “singer” came rather quickly. Her debut was the only album where she was purely an “idol,” but even on that release there was already a mix of both youthfulness and maturity. She had the technical skill that made her seem like the complete package, but she also had that youth and that idol-ness about her. And that expressiveness… the variation she showed on each and every song. I don’t think that album has much of the so-called “Hello! Project flavor” on it. It just maintains a fantastic balance throughout. She’s never going to make an album like that again. With that said, I also like her third album a lot.
— That one’s great, but in a different way from the first album, right?
Tsurugi: She showed so much growth. I actually prefer the album tracks on that release more than the singles. In short, it just has so many songs I like. Back then, whenever Matsuura was releasing a new song I was always both nervous and excited, and so to suddenly receive an album with this many songs I loved… You know what I mean?
Oomori: Matsuura’s singing always really stands out, so when she puts out an album, they’ll have those those certainsongs on there that can be a touch weaker in the sound department — you know, the not-as-serious “album tracks.” And it’s actually those songs that I tend to prefer from Matsuura.
Namba: Seeing as this book is about the albums of Hello! Project, we’ve each been asked to list five of our favorite Hello! Project album songs.
Koide: I must begin by saying that out of all Hello! Project albums, past or present, Berryz Koubou’s first album might be the best one out of any of them. I’m afraid that might be the case.
Hyadain: You’re afraid? (laughs)
Koide: Berryz Koubou’s 1st Chou Berryz and Dai ② Seichouki might be the best of them all — conceptually as well as in terms of their degree of perfection. Like, if you were to look at specific songs here and there, it’s not like there’s not a single track on there that’s not a bit… you know? (laughs) But they both have overarching stories and the songs all serve a meaning. Both releases stand on their merits as concept albums. When you listen to H!P releases with that mindset, there are actually a couple of other conceptual albums like that as well. v-u-den’s Suite Room No.1 comes to mind — that’s a good one to listen to in order.
Hyadain: Hmm. I’ve never done that.
Koide: v-u-den only released that one original album which means it has all their singles up until that point. That’s the main draw for most people. But the concept is that it’s a “hotel” — the album actually begins with the group checking-in.
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Hello! Con Fukuoka
Tsugunaga: “Our great senior, Nakazawa-san, came to see our performance today. I thought it might’ve been because today is the anniversary of Morning Musume’s debut, but she said: “no, I came because it’s your final Hello! Con tour.” And she said those words to me with a serious look in her eyes, with not a hint of flattery. When I told her I was about to cry because of what she’d just said, she replied: “stop lying — I don’t see any tears.” I was desperately trying to pinch the back of my hand, but I couldn’t get even one tear out…”
Tsugunaga: “Before the concert when we all gathered around and Ayacho said “congratulations to Morning Musume on your major debut anniversary,” Nakazawa-san suddenly appeared and said “it’s thanks to all of you for continuing to do your best.” When Harunan heard her say those words, tears just started pouring down her face. I felt so frustrated and jealous when I saw that! Like, that’s the reaction I wanted to show Nakazawa-san!”
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1: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/12/10(土) 17:36:16.20 0.net
Has she become someone even non-wota might recognize?
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That’s tough to say. Is it just me who knows her? Or is the general public in on it, too…?
5: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/12/10(土) 17:40:23.64 0.net
She’s become quite well-known through Nige Haji.
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I’d bet the general public has no clue she was ever in H!P. They only know her as an actress.
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To think H!P’s most successful person would be someone outside of Morning Musume…
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Peanut Butter Jelly Love?
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Ending with Yurushite Nyan Taisou would be the most Momochi-like ending.
3: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/01/16(月) 19:27:16.91 0.net
Itooshikutte Gomen ne — with all 8 members.
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That one “bye bye” song.
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I’d be wailing if it was that one.
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Idol Department@Asahi Shimbun @asahi_idol
I have a great idea! Up-Front should start up a kindergarten! They could have it on the first floor of their offices in Akabanebashi! And who better to appoint as its principal than Momochi! (S)
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This guy’s a genius.
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I’m going to enroll!
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Feels like this kindergarten would have an exceptionally high average age.
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Yajima-san is such a great person! My image of her is that she’s basically like a goddess. The only thing we had to say to each other was “good morning” and “you’re so beautiful!” But I’m still glad I got to talk to her. ♡
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Well, they are both beautiful…
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Uemura: “You’re so beautiful.”
Yajima: “You’re so beautiful.”
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An endless loop.
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Listening to her talk about this, I found myself agreeing. It does feel that way.
Source: HELLO! DRIVE! (episode #35, 1:52~)
Sato: I’m now going to play you a song by aiko. I listen to her music quite a lot, and my image of her is that she plays all her melodies on instruments and sings only the harmony parts. I mean, she sings the parts that we would think of as harmony parts. That makes her songs really interesting and different from other singers. There’s this freshness to her music. I love her. I’m now going to play you a song from her that was released in 1999, the year I was born. This is aiko’s “Kabutomushi.”
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I don’t really get what she’s saying. Someone explain?