Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!
While I’m holding the Zukki and Meimei Tribute, I thought of doing an additional post for those who want a little bit more. What with a certain recital behind us, what better topic than the trainees formerly known as the Hello! Project Eggs?!
First held in 2013, the Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test or Spring Public Ability Diagnosis Test is an annual concert event where the H!P Kenshuusei put their abilities on display in front of a panel of judges and a captive audience. Afterwards, the Kenshuusei who have displayed the best abilities are awarded by the Judges (via the “Judge’s Special Award”) and the public (via the “Public Vote”).
For its first four years, more fresh blood is introduced at these events, though they don’t perform (at least in the 2013 iteration). These include:
- Country Girls member Inaba Manaka, Kobushi Factory member Fujii Rio, and recent winner Inoue Hikaru in the 2013 event.
- ANGERME 3rd Generation member Aikawa Maho in the 2014 event.
- Country Girls member Yanagawa Nanami and recent winners Akiyama Mao and Kasahara Momona in the 2015 event.
So without further ado…
Let’s Meet the Honorees!
- 2013 Public vote winner.
- She joined the program formally in October 2010 after winning a Shugo Chara! Egg audition.
- After spending about 4-5 years as an Egg, Nanami officially left H!P in 2014. 2015, she’s a member of OnePixcel.
- 2013 Judge’s special award winner.
- After failing the Morning Musume 11th Gen auditions and joining the Kenshuusei in December 2012, Sakurako eventually became a member of Kobushi Factory in 2015.
- 2014 Public Vote Winner with 244 fan votes.
- 2015 Judge’s Special Award – Singing runner-up.
- She was one of finalists from Morning Musume’s first 12th Gen auditions who later joined the program in September 2013. She remains there to this day.
- 2014 Public Vote Runner Up (with 223 fan votes) and Judge’s Special Award – Best Character Winner (shared with 2 others).
- After failing the S/mileage 2nd Gen and the Morning Musume 10th Gen auditions, she became a Kenshuusei in March 2012. She later entered (and failed) the 11th Gen audition.
- In 2014, Mizuki became a 3rd generation member of
Hamaura Ayano & Taguchi Natsumi
- 2014 Judge’s Special Award – Singing Winners.
- Hamaura and Taguchi became Kenshuusei in June 2011. Hamaura auditioned for Morning Musume’s 10th and 11th generations, but failed. Taguchi auditioned for Morning Musume’s 11th generation, but failed.
- In 2015, both became members of Kobushi Factory.
- 2014 Judge’s Special Award – Singing Runner Up.
- She was one of finalists from Morning Musume’s first 12th Gen auditions who later joined the program in September 2013. She left the program in September 2014.
Yoshihashi Kurumi & Sasaki Rikako
- 2014 Judge’s Special Award – Dance Performance Winners.
- Yoshihashi Kurumi became a Kenshuusei in June 2011 alongside Hamaura and Taguchi. Sasaki Rikako became a Kenshuusei in March 2013.
- Both auditioned for Morning Musume’s 11th Generation, but failed.
- Yoshihashi left the program in November 2014, one month after Sasaki joined
- 2014 Judge’s Special Award – Dance Performance Runner Up.
- 2015 Public Vote Winner (with 509 fan votes).
- After failing the Morning Musume 11th Gen audition, she joined the Kenshuusei in late 2012. She remains in the program to this day.
- 2014 Judge’s Special Award – Best Character Winner (shared with 2 others).
- She became a Kenshuusei in June 2011, after failing the 9th Generation audition.
- Ironically, she was introduced alongside the finalists from the same audition who didn’t join the group.
- She auditioned for Morning Musume’s 10th and 11th Generations, but failed.
- In 2015, Ogawa became a member of Kobushi Factory.
- 2014 Judge’s Special Award – Best Character Winner (shared with 2 others).
- She became a Kenshuusei in 2012 after failing the 11th Generation audition.
- In 2015, Kishimoto became a member of Tsubaki Factory. However, she still is in the trainee program technically.
- 2015 Judge’s Special Award – Singing Winner.
- She became a Kenshuusei in December 2013 after failing the 12th Gen audition.
- In 2015, Funaki Musubu became a member of Country Girls.
Ichioka Reina & Hashimoto Nagisa
- 2015 Judge’s Special Award – Dance Performance Winner.
- Ichioka Reina became a Kenshuusei in December 2012 after failing the 11th Gen audition. She remains in the program to this day.
- Hashimoto Nagisa auditioned for S/mileage’s 2nd Generation, but ultimately failed. She later became a NICE GIRL Project! Kenshuusei in 2012 and remained until late 2014. Thereafter, she became a Hello! Pro Kenshuusei and remains in the program to this day.
- 2015 Judge’s Special Award – Best Character Winner.
- A former NICE GIRL Project! Kenshuusei, she became a Hello! Pro Kenshuusei in November 2014.
- 2015 Judge’s Special Award – “Shimizu” Winner.
- 2016 Judge’s Special Award Winner.
- She became a Kenshuusei in May 2013 during the test event of that year and remains in the program to this day.
Kasahara Momona & Kiyono Momohime
- 2016 Public Vote Winners (each with 228 votes).
- Kasahara became a Kenshuusei in May 2015 during that year’s test event while Kiyono became a Kenshuusei in February 2016. They both remain in the program to this day.
- 2016 Public Vote Runner-up (with 225 votes) and Judge’s Singing Award Winner.
- Takase became a Kenshuusei in March 2015 and remained in the program since.
- 2016 Judge’s Dance Award Winner.
- Akiyama became a Kenshuusei in May 2015 during that year’s test event. She has remained in the program ever since.
So therefore, out of all of this:
- 3 honorees (14.29%) left the program (Tanabe Nanami, Oura Hirona, Yoshihashi Kurumi)
- 7 honorees (33.33%) properly debuted within H!P
- 4 (57.14%) joined Kobushi Factory (Wada Sakurako, Hamaura Ayano, Taguchi Natsumi, Ogawa Rena)
- 2 (28.57%) joined ANGERME (Murota Mizuki, Sasaki Rikako)
- 1 (14.29%) joined Country Girls (Funaki Musubu)
- 1 honoree (4.76%) was placed in a group that is still among the Kenshuusei (Kishimoto Yumeno)
- 10 honorees (47.62%) remain in the program to this day (Danbara Ruru, Kaga Kaede, Ichioka Reina, Hashimoto Nagisa, Horie Kizuki, Inoue Hikaru, Kasahara Momona, Kiyono Momohime, Takase Kurumi, Akiyama Mao).
Wow… given the fact that there’s a slightly higher percentage of winners debuting than leaving, I’m liking those odds. It almost makes you feel optimistic for the Kenshuusei (especially the Class of 2016).
Some additional trivia:
- Inoue Hikaru won the Judge’s Special Awards two years in a row.
- Danbara Ruru and Kaga Kaede were awarded two years in a row, but in different places (winner in one year, runner-up in another) and different categories.
- Murota Mizuki and Takase Kurumi won multiple awards within the same year.
- Sasaki Rikako, Murota Mizuki, and Funaki Musubu were promoted within their awarded year.
- Conversely, Oura Hirona and Yoshihashi Kurumi left the program within their awarded year.
- Kiyono Momohime is the most junior honoree still active in the program as of this writing, having joined the program in February 2016.
- Ichioka Reina, Kaga Kaede, and Kishimoto Yumeno are the most senior honorees still active in the program as of this writing, having joined in late 2012.
Regardless of what happens, I sincerely hope for the best. With this data, I hope any of the aforementioned 10 get a spot. I’m primarily hoping for Danbara Ruru and Inoue Hikaru, if only because of their age and seniority. Kaga Kaede also gets a “ganbare” from me, though I will admit I get her confused with a now-former Kenshuusei a lot… Given the 13th Generation auditions happening, I wouldn’t be surprised if one managed to debut through this route. (I’d rather not imagine what would happen if they ended up in the 14.29%.)
Either way, I wish them all the best!
Until next time
P.S. The lineup for the Powerpuff Musume ’16 project has been finalized! See the post on the M3 Tumblr for details.
Also, if you live in the Southern Hemisphere (particularly in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Australia, South Africa, Colombia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Paraguay, or Bolivia) and particularly if you have an interest in visual arts, graphic design, drawing, and/or illustration, then you might want to check out this post from the M3 Facebook page!