“Is there anyone you personally respect?”
Tsunku♂: Well, my parents — naturally.
But as for someone I admire?
“Positive Hon — Pucchi Seikou e no Chikamichi” (2005)
Henkka: The Beatles are, without a doubt, my favorite band. If someone asked me why I like the music of Tsunku♂, my answer would be along the lines of “well… because I like The Beatles.” Some people might not understand what I mean by that. But if they didn’t, I would assume they don’t hear the music of The Beatles or the music of Hello! Project in the same way as I do.
There are endless of nods to The Beatles in the music of Hello! Project. There are so many callbacks to their sounds, melodies, chord progressions, recording techniques, and even direct allusions to their song titles, if you didn’t notice them you’d have to be intentionally trying not to.
I would make the case that, regardless of whether you care much for The Beatles or not, their music is unquestionably linked with the musical output and outlook of Tsunku♂, including all of the works he has produced for Hello! Project throughout the years.
Thus, here are some translated texts of Tsunku♂ talking about perhaps the biggest musical influence on Hello! Project and his work in general: The Beatles.
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/11/01(火) 23:27:11.47 0.net
Why didn’t any of the current fans tell me this?
4: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/11/01(火) 23:30:07.99 0.net
“Koi wo suru ni wa ososugi demo / asette nanka inai no yo” (“Although I’ve been slow to fall in love / I’m in no hurry.“)
Especially this lyric. So heartrending and painful.
6: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/11/01(火) 23:31:04.57 0.net
Especially when it comes after the interlude. That’s the best part. I didn’t like the song at first for some reason, but now I just love it.
8: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/11/01(火) 23:31:54.26 0.net
Tsunku’s songs always make you go “oh, I see, it’s just another one of your typical Tsunku songs,” and you forget about it entirely… until it comes back to bite you in the ass. Then you’ll be hitting yourself, going “why didn’t I realize how great this song was sooner…?!“
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/09/29(木) 12:03:03.29 0.net
After a 15-minute drive from the Honolulu airport towards Waikiki, you arrive at downtown Hawaii with its many government administration offices. One person who has in recent times been spotted around this area increasingly often is Tsunku♂ (47).
“Tsunku♂ and his family received their visas in June after which he bought a house in the downtown area and emigrated there at the end of July with his wife, soon-to-be 8-year-old twins, and 5-year-old daughter. Their children are already attending a local school. After losing his vocal cords to laryngeal cancer in 2014, Tsunku♂ decided to take the plunge with the hopes of doing more work overseas, as well as raising his children to be global people. He currently splits his time between Japan and Hawaii.” (Tsunku♂’s acquaintance)
Prior to their emigration, Tsunku♂’s children were attending an international school in Tokyo, meaning they were already accustomed to being around the English language as well as non-Japanese people.
※ Josei Seven, 2016/10/13 edition
18: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/09/29(木) 12:11:00.45 0.net
Alo-Hello at Tsunku’s house!
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/14(木) 17:13:26.82 0.net
Something I just came to realize.
4: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/14(木) 17:14:21.87 0.net
5: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/14(木) 17:14:23.61 0.net
His rapping, too.
24: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/14(木) 17:28:58.78 0.net
Uchouten LOVE is like H!P in a nutshell. (laughs)
40: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/14(木) 17:41:28.33 0.net
Eurobeat + “yahoo!” = Hello! Project.
Which H!P songs are fun to
listen to on headphones?
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/11/18(火) 09:37:08.78 0.net
Tell me, oh wise ones!
4: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/11/18(火) 09:38:00.22 0.net
Although many called it a bad song… TIKI BUN, actually.
8: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/11/18(火) 09:42:39.45 0.net
It’s pointless to listen to Yume 15 if you’re not doing so on headphones.
13: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/11/18(火) 09:48:01.49 0.net
I think °C’s I miss you might be pretty interesting in a way.
9: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/11/18(火) 09:43:05.61 0.net
All H!P songs as of late are very carefully crafted. They’re all worth listening to. As far as Juice goes though, I’d recommend Romance no Tochuu and Senobi.
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/27(金) 16:39:01.42 0
“Atarashii kanojo no koto watashi no you ni aisanaide”
(“Don’t love your new girlfriend the way you loved me“)
1) Don’t love her the way you loved me because our relationship ended in a break-up.
2) Don’t love her as much as you loved me.
4: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/27(金) 16:54:29.49 0
I think it’s 2. To this woman, this guy was her “seishun no hikari” (“light of youth”) — she needs to believe that there could be no substitute to the time she spent with him. She’d hate it if the guy just went, “whatever, that’s how I treat all my girlfriends.” Though unfortunately, it does feel like that is how he sees her.
17: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/27(金) 17:06:47.37 0
I always believed it was 1. This song is about the girl saying goodbye to her boyfriend, following the night she discovered this guy cheating on her and everything falling apart.
“Kiiroi Osora de BOOM BOOM BOOM”
by Kiiro 5 is cool, right?
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/09(土) 01:20:01.99 0.net
It’s one of those great songs that you just randomly feel like listening to every now and then.
5: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/09(土) 01:27:48.71 0.net
It was Micchan, Yasuda, Nacchi… and who else?
6: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/09(土) 01:28:09.66 0.net
Ruru and Ayaka.
31: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/09(土) 01:57:25.39 0.net
I remember this song now. These sure were fun times.
15: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/09(土) 01:34:22.90 0.net
I remember watching them record it. (laughs) I still remember Yasuda proclaiming “I want to stand in the center.”
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 11:18:13.05 0
Let me know if you have any on hand.
2: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 11:22:04.41 0
Morning Musume – Manatsu no Kousen
4: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 11:24:18.58 0
It is true that people rarely talk about this one. How nostalgic. I mostly know only the singles from each group, so I’m especially hoping to learn about the album, coupling, and solo songs.
5: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 11:26:01.10 0
°C-ute – Attakai Ude de Tsutsunde
13: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 11:32:44.41 0
I didn’t know this one. This is so damn good. Thanks.
71: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 12:10:23.49 0
No good… You’re going to make me catch Tsunku♂ fever again.