Par Eggs-ellence

Originally published May 26, 2016. Updated July 3, 2019.

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:

  • Former Country Girls member Inaba Manaka, former Kobushi Factory member Fujii Rio, and current H!P KSS leader Inoue Hikaru in the 2013 event.
  • Former ANGERME (3rd Generation) member Aikawa Maho in the 2014 event.
  • Country Girls/Juice=Juice member Yanagawa Nanami, Tsubaki Factory member Akiyama Mao, and ANGERME 5th Generation member Kasahara Momona in the 2015 event.

You can watch digests for the 2014, 2015, 20162018, and 2019 events on Hello! Station and the 2017 event on Upcoming on their respective links. All of my information comes from the Hello! Project Wikia.

So without further ado…

Let’s Meet the Honorees!

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Tanabe Nanami

  • 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. In 2015, she became a member of OnePixcel where she remains to this day. (You’re welcome, DBS fans.)
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Wada Sakurako

  • 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.
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Dambara Ruru 

  • 2014 Public Vote Winner with 244 fan votes.
  • 2015 Judge’s Special Award – Singing runner-up.
  • 2017 Public Vote Winner with 548 fan votes.
  • She was one of finalists from Morning Musume’s first 12th Gen auditions who later joined the program in September 2013. In the 2017 event, her debut was announced with her joining Juice=Juice the following month.

Murota Mizuki

  • 2014 Public Vote Runner Up (with 223 fan votes) and Judge’s Special Award – Best Character Winner (shared with Ogawa Rena & Kishimoto Yumeno).
  • 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 S/mileage ANGERME.
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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, which became a fully promoted group later that year.
  • On December 7, 2017, Taguchi Natsumi “graduated” from Kobushi Factory.

Oura Hirona

  • 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 S/mileage ANGERME.
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Kaga Kaede

  • 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.
  • In December 2016, Kaga joined Morning Musume ’16 as a 13th Generation member.

Ogawa Rena

  • 2014 Judge’s Special Award – Best Character Winner (shared with Murota Mizuki & Kishimoto Yumeno).
  • 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, which became a fully promoted group later that year.
  • On September 6, 2017, after being on hiatus since July, Ogawa Rena graduated from Kobushi Factory.
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Kishimoto Yumeno

  • 2014 Judge’s Special Award – Best Character Winner (shared with Ogawa Rena & Murota Mizuki).
  • She became a Kenshuusei in 2012 after failing the 11th Generation audition.
  • In 2015, Kishimoto became a member of Tsubaki Factory, which became a fully promoted group in 2017.
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Funaki Musubu

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Ichioka Reina & Hashimoto Nagisa

  • 2015 Judge’s Special Award – Dance Performance Winners.
  • Ichioka Reina became a Kenshuusei in December 2012 after failing the 11th Gen audition. In the 2017 event, her debut was announced with her being revealed to be the leader of a (as of this writing, unknown) new group the following month. While she still performs alongside the Kenshuusei, Ichioka is considered a fully debuted member of Hello! Project.
  • On March 30, 2018, it was announced that Ichioka’s group (which had been nicknamed “Ichioka Factory” by fans and officially named CHICA#TETSU in October) will be performance-focused and whose activities will begin between summer and fall alongside Takase Kurumi & Kiyono Momohime’s group (which will called “Peachnut Factory” for simplicity sake until their official naming). An audition would be held to determine members for the groups starting in late April, but began on May 11.
  • Ichioka made her stage debut on July 14, 2018. Her profile was removed from the Kenshuusei site, signifying her as a full-fledged member.
  • 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 remained in the program until July 2016.
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Horie Kizuki

  • 2015 Judge’s Special Award – Best Character Winner.
  • 2017 Judge’s Dance Award Co-Winner (with Maeda Kokoro).
  • A former NICE GIRL Project! Kenshuusei, she became a Hello! Pro Kenshuusei in November 2014.
  • She finished her training in August 2018.
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Inoue Hikaru

  • 2015 Judge’s Special Award – “Shimizu” Winner.
  • 2016 Judge’s Special Award Winner.
  • 2017 Judge’s Singing Award Co-Winner (with Yamazaki Yuhane).
  • She became a Kenshuusei in May 2013 during the test event of that year and remains in the program to this day. In the 2017 event, she was named as the leader of the Hello! Pro Kenshuusei.
  • In 2018, Inoue ended her training.
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Kasahara Momona & Kiyono Momohime

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Takase Kurumi

  • 2016 Public Vote Runner-up (with 225 votes) and Judge’s Singing Award Winner.
  • Takase became a Kenshuusei in March 2015.
  • In the 2017 event, it was announced that Takase was going to be part of “a theatre-focused section” alongside Kiyono Momohime. While she still performed alongside the Kenshuusei (until July 2018), Takase is considered a fully debuted member of Hello! Project.
  • On March 30, 2018, it was announced that she and Kiyono will form new “theatre troupe”-themed group whose activities will begin between summer and fall alongside “Ichioka Factory.” An audition would be held to determine members for the groups starting in late April, but began on May 11.
  • Takase made her stage debut on July 14, 2018. Her profile was removed from the Kenshuusei site, signifying her as a full-fledged member.
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Akiyama Mao

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Yamazaki Yuhane

  • 2017 Public Vote 3rd Place Winner (with 211 votes) and Judge’s Singing Award Co-Winner (with Inoue Hikaru).
  • Yamazaki joined the Kenshuusei on August 17, 2016, being properly introduced during opening day of the September recital.
  • On June 9, 2018, it was announced that she would become part of the new “theatre section” group, making her stage debut on July 14.

Maeda Kokoro

  • 2017 Judge’s Dance Award Co-Winner (with Horie Kizuki).
  • 2018 Judge’s Dancing Award Winner (195 Votes).
  • Maeda joined the Keshuusei in April 2015, officially being introduced during the 2015 Test event.
  • On June 9, 2018, it was announced that she would become part of the new “theatre section” group, making her stage debut on July 14.

Hashisako Rin

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Shimakura Rika

  • 2018 Public Vote Winner (324 Votes).
  • Shimakura joined the program on March 6, 2017 and was introduced at the March recital 5 days later. Among her activities as a trainee was being a back-dancer for Juice=Juice’s Jidanda Dance.
  • On June 9, 2018, it was announced that she would become part of “Ichioka Factory,” making her stage debut on July 14.
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Yamazaki Mei

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Nishida Shiori

  • 2018 Judge’s Character Award Winner (174 Votes).
  • Nishida Shiori joined Hello! Pro Kenshuusei on August 17, 2016 (alongside fellow winner Yamazaki Yuhane and Hashisako Rin, plus debuted members Kawamura Ayano and Yokoyama Reina), being properly introduced during opening day of the September recital. Among her activities as a trainee was being a back-dancer for Juice=Juice’s Jidanda Dance.
  • On June 9, 2018, it was announced that she would become part of “Ichioka Factory,” making her stage debut on July 14.
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Ishiguri Kanami

  • 2018 Judge’s Guest Judge Award Winner (160 Votes).
  • 2019 Judges’ Singing Award Winner.
  • Ishiguri joined Hello! Project Kenshuusei’s Hokkaido branch on July 30, 2016. She remains in the program as of this writing.

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Matsubara Yuriya

Final Stats

So therefore, out of all of this:

  • 6 honorees (18.75%) left the program (Tanabe Nanami, Oura Hirona, Yoshihashi Kurumi, Hashimoto Nagisa, Inoue Hikaru, Horie Kizuki)
  • 24 honorees (75.00%) properly debuted within H!P
    • 4 (25.00%) joined Kobushi Factory (Wada Sakurako, Hamaura Ayano, Taguchi Natsumi, Ogawa Rena)
    • 5 (20.83%) joined ANGERME (Murota Mizuki, Sasaki Rikako, Kasahara Momona, Kawamura Ayano, Hashisako Rin)
    • 1 (6.25%) joined Country Girls first (Funaki Musubu)
    • 2 (12.50%) joined Tsubaki Factory (Kishimoto Yumeno, Akiyama Mao)
    • 2 (8.70%) joined Morning Musume (Kaga Kaede, Yamazaki Mei)
    • 3 (13.64%) joined Juice=Juice (Dambara Ruru, Kudo Yume, Matsunaga Riai)
    • 3 honorees (15.00%) debuted in a new performance-oriented group aka “Ichioka Factory” CHICA#TETSU (Ichioka Reina, Shimakura Rika, Nishida Shiori)
    • 4 honorees (20.00%) debuted in a new theatre-oriented group aka “Walnutpeach Factory” Ame no Mori Kawa Umi (Kiyono Momohime, Takase Kurumi, Yamazaki Yuhane, Maeda Kokoro)
  • 2 honorees (6.25%) remain in the program to this day (Ishiguri Kanami, Matsubara Yuriya)

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 2018 (whose sole remaining member is Ishiguri Kanami)
  • The Class of 2019 (whose remaining members are Matsubara Yuriya and the aforementioned Ishiguri).

The Class of 2016 has mostly debuted, having gone to join ANGERME (Kasahara Momona), Ame no Mori Kawa Umi (Kiyono Momohime and Takase Kurumi), and Tsubaki Factory (Akiyama Mao). The only one who didn’t was Inoue Hikaru, who left the building shortly after the 2018 Test….

As of July 3, 2019, save for Horie Kizuki and the aforementioned Inoue Hikaru, the entire Class of 2017 has debuted.

Some additional trivia:

  • Inoue Hikaru won the Judge’s Special Awards two three years in a row. (Give this girl a debut spot, darnit!) Her streak was broken in 2018, thanks to illness sidelining her–and will stay broken, due to Inoue’s departure almost a month after the test.
  • Dambara 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, Takase Kurumi, Yamazaki Yuhane, and Kudo Yume won multiple awards within the same year. One of these was in the Public Vote, be it as a winner or a runner-up (as is the case with Takase). As of June 2019, all have debuted in Hello! Project.
  • Sasaki Rikako, Murota Mizuki, Funaki Musubu, Kasahara Momona, Kawamura Ayano, Shimakura Rika, Maeda Kokoro, Nishida Shiori, Kudo Yume, Matsunaga Riai, and Yamazaki Mei were promoted within their awarded year. Dambara Ruru technically also fits into this category, despite spending more years in the program.
  • Conversely, Oura Hirona and Yoshihashi Kurumi left the program within their awarded year.
  • Matsubara Yuriya is the most junior honoree still active in the program as of this writing, having joined the program in December 2017.
  • Ishiguri Kanami is the most senior honoree still active in the program as of this writing, having joined in July 2016 as part of the Hokkaido branch.
  • The current record for highest Public Votes is held by Dambara Ruru with 548 votes, which was previously held by Kaga Kaede with 509 votes in 2015. Coincidentally, they both debuted within a 12-month period of each other.
    • The record for lowest Public Votes for a winner are jointly held Kasahara Momona & Kiyono Momohime with 228 fan votes in 2016.
  • The greatest gap in the amount of votes in the Public Vote is in 2017 with a 301 vote difference between Dambara Ruru and Kawamura Ayano. The lowest is in 2016 with a 3 vote difference between the Two Momos and Kurumi. (For anyone curious, in 2014, there was a 21 vote difference between Dambara Ruru and Murota Mizuki. …I’m beginning to see a pattern here.) The gap for the 2018 and 2019 results is unknown as the only known votes are for the award winners.

Final Thoughts

Regardless of what happens, I sincerely hope for the best. Stats can only do but so much. With this data, I hope any of the aforementioned 10 5 9 4 3 6 4 3 2 get a spot.

Since I first wrote and published this in May 2016, here are some comparative thoughts with an August 2017 (and beyond) perspective:

I’m primarily hoping for Dambara Ruru and Inoue Hikaru, if only because of their age and seniority.

In a really weird way, I was kinda right to root for Dambara as she would debut a year later as part of Juice=Juice. As for Inoue Hikaru… she has had a start.

Well, had a start.

Kaga Kaede also gets a “ganbare” from me, though I will admit I get her confused with a now-former Kenshuusei a lot…

Little did I know that a few months later, Kaga would be beamed into the Mothership as one-half of the 13th Gen. I’m uber-happy for her… though it’s bittersweet with all of the reports of… well, let’s just say that she’s the new Zukki with how everyone (especially in the Japanese fandom) comments on her looks….

Given the 13th Generation auditions happening, I wouldn’t be surprised if one managed to debut through this route.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

(I’d rather not imagine what would happen if they ended up in the 14.29%.)

That’s out 3 of 21, which rose to 4 (19.05%) out of 21 in July for obvious reasons. This number has remained constant since so despite the bump in the percentage to 16%, this is mainly due to the increase in the general winners count that came about from 2017’s event (bringing the total up to 25). In 2018, due to the influx of new blood (and new winners), this made it 4 out of 29, decreasing the percentage to 13.79%. With Inoue Hikaru’s sudden departure in late May, that percentage jumped to 17.24% and then 20.69% in August (take care, Horie).

With 2019 bringing in more winners, the total number jumped from 29 to 32 with the percentage changing to 18.75%.

Either way, I wish them all the best! As previously mentioned, stats can only do so much. As is often said my sports-loving family, “that is why you play the game.” (Seriously, those pregame shows do nothing gossip and debate stats. Even the cruddiest teams on paper can come from behind for an upset and anything can happen. You can’t rely on stats for everything! …Shut up!)

Until next time
— Magi-Kat

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!

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  7. Chanting says:

    I hope Kanami can debut, she’s won the recital awards twice in a row now >.<

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