Lots of women are fun for play,
but when it’s time to marry…
Don’t you find that in any one class in school, there’s always that one girl who everyone calls “mother” or “mom“?
“Mom” is one of those nicknames that tends to stick even if the girl in question was to transfer classes. In fact, even if she changes schools altogether and is surrounded by people she doesn’t know, her new classmates will soon have adopted for her the nickname of “mom” just the same. The characteristics for girls like that tend to include roundish features, a light complexion, and a bright, warm aura. She’s also broad-minded, she takes care of the people around her, and she has a sort of heartiness about her.
Girls like that might not be terribly pleased about being called “mom.” “Why won’t everyone call me by (name)-chan?” “I’m only 16 years old…” But it’s really nothing to worry yourself over. People calling you “mom” is not the same as them calling you an old auntie. If anything, being called “mom” is a compliment — in fact, it’s a sign of popularity.
To begin with: all guys out there are more or less mommy’s boys. No guy out there dislikes a motherly girl. It’s often said that when guys begin to think it’s embarrassing to depend on their mothers, that’s when they first fall in love with someone. In other words, guys spend their whole lives in pursuit of a mother figure. When it becomes too embarrassing to rely on their mothers, they look at girls closer to their own age, unconsciously seeking for a replacement to their mothers.
And indeed: once more they are back to sucking on a breast.
It’s way cooler to be ugly
than it is to be just “kind of” cute!
In the eyes of society, almost all of the girls who are well-liked are the ones who are sociable, have big eyes, great bodies, fast feet, and are always within the top three most popular girls in class.
But let’s say there were 20 girls in a class — I’ve always been someone who’d probably fall for something like the 12th cutest girl of those 20. I like the girls who society might deem “ugly.” If you asked me why I like ugly girls, it might be a bit hard to explain as it’s all a matter of taste, but I guess what it all comes down to is: if they have that one charm point about them, I can forgive everything else.
It feels like society itself is going through a kind of “ugliness boom” right now. A part of it is because of how R&B got so popular. ’99 was definitely the peak year of this “ugliness boom” in Japan. It feels like all those R&B and “afro groups” specifically tried to make themselves look uglier. Taiyou to Ciscomoon’s Shinoda Miho might be an example of this. To me, Shinoda was the first person to succeed in popularizing ugliness.
Note: See here before reading.
The appeal of girls is something immeasurable.
That much is clearer to me now than ever, having been given the opportunity of producing the music of groups like Morning Musume and Taiyou to Ciscomoon. But while I do love women, I’m not a “women’s producer,” nor am I a “women’s critic.” It’s simply that, through my work in the field of music, I happened to become an overall producer of these girls. In the process, I’ve given them advice not only on music, but other, more insignificant things as well. And just like that, they’ve began to shine more as women, too.
Watching them undergo that change, I couldn’t help saying a word or two about the “hidden charms” of girls. That’s why I’m writing this book.
“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.