We Can’t Live Without You (But We Must)

August 16, 2018

In the beginning, there was darkness. Chaos swirled as graduations and fresh-faced adolescent idols ran amok. Then, little seeds were planted and after a few years, they began to form fruit.

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

As part of Hello! Project’s 20th anniversary celebration (and M3’s 10th anniversary… that tagline will be over with soon), I will take a look at various releases from the collective’s history. This week, we’re traveling to 2004 as we take a look at Berryz Koubou’s Anata Nashi de wa Ikite Yukenai. That’s right, we’re going back to the beginning.

Once upon a time in 2002, an idol collective held auditions for junior members to join their ranks. After making many cameos and special appearances, 8 special children were chosen to be part of a new group in early 2004. That group was Berryz Koubou and thus, the dawn of a new age had truly begun…

The single is so significant that it is the first song featured in the Chuu!Sugoi!Idol tribute video. Then again, that probably has more to do with the fact that it is their debut single rather than anything else. At the same time, in this business, even if it’s a limited edition group, it would not be a bad idea to have their debut song be good.

As an aside, since we’re talking Berryz, might as well (again) bring up how this single fared in the Berryz Memorial Survey!

  • The single was voted 2nd Best Single overall. As mentioned last week, Otakebi Boy WAO! / Tomodachi wa Tomodachi Nanda! took the gold.
  • Anata Nashi de wa Ikite Yukenai was voted voted 5th best A-side of the 8nin Era, surpassed by Nanchuu Koi wo Yatteruu YOU KNOW?, Koi no Jubaku, Piriri to Yukou!, and (to what may be no one’s surprise at all) Special Genera~tion.
    • Its B-side, BERRY FIELDS (which I had preferred over the A-side when it came out) was voted Best B-side for this period.

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In any case, let’s dig into Berryz Koubou #1 and see how it all began.

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War Cry of Friendship WAO!

August 9, 2018

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Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

As part of Hello! Project’s 20th anniversary celebration (and M3’s 10th anniversary… that tagline will be over with soon), I will take a look at various releases from the collective’s history. This week, we’re traveling to 2010 as we take a look at Berryz Koubou’s Otakebi Boy WAO! / Tomodachi wa Tomodachi Nanda!

At this point, we’re knee-deep in what I’d call the Inazuma Era, where the Berryz would do double-headed tie-ins to a soccer anime called Inazuma Eleven.

How many Berryz songs can you recognize in these medleys?

As an aside, since we’re talking Berryz, might as well bring up how this single fared in the Berryz Memorial Survey!

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In any case, let’s dig into Berryz Koubou #22 and see if the WAR CRY OF FRIENDSHIP will reach us.

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Lovely Riding into the Sunset

March 15, 2018

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Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Today is a special post (at this rate, every post will be special) as this review is the result of the first Anniversary Review Vote. As noted last week, Buono’s sophomore single Ren’ai♥Rider won by a landslide 5 votes.

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So without further ado, let’s dig into Buono! #2 and ride off into the sunset!

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Hey Brother, Ho Brother! Nice Rider, Go Rider!

February 25, 2018

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Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Today is a special post as it is the 10th anniversary of what may have been my first full Berryz review: 2008’s Dschinghis Khan, theme song to the musical Dschinghis Khan ~Watashi ga Tsurugi, Netsusuna wo Some yo~ and (more importantly) a cover of the 1979 song by the same name by Dschinghis Khan.

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So without further ado, let’s dig into Berryz Kobo #16 and seize victory!

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A Post-Thanksgiving Feast of News

December 2, 2015

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

How have you been all this time? Me, I’ve been juggling a few projects and fighting off a major case of burnout. (I think it’s starting to show in recent posts again.)

Seeing as it was around Thanksgiving, I decided to give myself a slight impromptu break from all of the blogging I’ve been doing. It’s a rather heavy time in the fandom anyway, what with the graduations and YouTube Red situation and all (and don’t get me started on other current events)…

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BMS: The Results Show – Act VI

May 15, 2015

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Welcome to the next installment of Berryz Memorial Survey: The Results Show. Last time, we took a look at the final phase of Berryz history as the lightning died down and the future began. However, just looking at those phases, we’ve barely even begun to look. There are so many nooks and crannies beyond proper singles and albums.

Citizens of the Universe, welcome to the final installment of this series: Other Spaces of the Berryz Universe!

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BMS: The Results Show – Act V

May 8, 2015

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Welcome to the next installment of Berryz Memorial Survey: The Results Show. Last time, we took a look at the shonen-tastic Inazuma Eleven days of Berryz Koubou. This time, we take a look at the days afterwards. Unfortunately, it was the end of days.

Citizens of the Universe, welcome to the final era: the Post-Inazuma Era! Read the rest of this entry »


BMS: The Results Show – Act IV

May 1, 2015

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Welcome to the next installment of Berryz Memorial Survey: The Results Show. Last time, we took at Berryz Koubou after the graduation of Ishimura Maiha. This time, we’re going to head into an era a good number of people remember. Some of you may have even arrived into the fandom during this era.

Starting in 2009, Berryz Koubou began to be tied into a soccer series called Inazuma Eleven (which is actually an animanga based on a game; those clever little…). This resulted in a skyrocketing of exposure for the group (and thus an influx of new fans). (This also resulted in the word “inazuma” being inserted at least once per relevant A-side, along with references to lightning.)

Can you feel the storm? Here it comes! Here comes the Inazuma Era!
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BMS: The Results Show – Act III

April 24, 2015

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Welcome to the next installment of Berryz Memorial Survey: The Results Show. Last time, we took a look at the early days of Berryz Koubou. It all seemed to rise smoothly, but then the Berryz were hit with their first challenge: their first (and thankfully only) graduation.

On September 11, 2005, Ishimura Maiha announced her graduation, which commenced on October 2. This was a life-changing event as it altered the dynamic between the Berryz forever. (There’s a reason a majority of the responding fans said her graduation was the low point of the previous era.)

How will the Berryz get through this time? Well, as we all know, the Workshop rose stronger than ever afterwards. However, it all begins somewhere…

Citizens of the Universe, welcome to the 7nin Era! Read the rest of this entry »


BMS: The Results Show – Act II

April 17, 2015

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

Welcome to the next installment of Berryz Memorial Survey: The Results Show. Last time, we took a general look at the history of Berryz Koubou. In this installment, we will explore the early days of the BK girls. Fresh off the novelty of being among the Hello! Project Kids, eight girls were selected to become its first group. Debuting on March 3, 2004, Berryz Koubou began a journey that will forever shape so many lives…

Come along, I’ll tell you a tale of the 8nin Era! Read the rest of this entry »


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