Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!
As part of Hello! Project’s 20th anniversary celebration, I will take a look at various releases from the collective’s history.
As announced via a video announcement on Tumblr and Facebook (which was also seen in 20-second Stories snippets on Instagram and Facebook the day before), I decided to make reviews of the two Q2 ties and postponed the planned Ping Pong Pinpoint digest for a later date (probably one of the July slots).
- Morning Musume – Resonant Blue (2 – 50%)
- Buono! – Kiss! Kiss! Kiss! (2 – 50%)
- C-ute – Namida no Iro (0 – 0%)
- Fujimoto Miki – Okitegami (0 – 0%)
- Matsuura Aya – Kizuna (0 – 0%)
- High-King – C/C (Cinderella/Complex) (0 – 0%)
- SHIPS – TOKYO FRIEND☆SHIPS (0 – 0%)
- Mano Erina – Manopiano (0 – 0%)
In the midst of Morning Musume’s angst period, a new wave was sweeping over H!P: the rise of the Hello! Project Kids. One example of this is the formation of Buono!, formed with a Cutie (future soloist sensation Suzuki Airi) and two Berryz (future PINK CRES. fronter Natsuyaki Miyabi and future Country Girls Playing Manager-turned-kindergarten teacher Tsugunaga Momoko). As those who know… well, know, this was when Hello! Project was in the midst of doing anime tie-ins (which is why Koharu was so prominently featured in MM as her Kirarin Revolution activities gave her immense exposure). At this point, we were knee-deep in the other big anime tie-in of H!P’s late 2000s: Shugo Chara.
Some of you may remember about three months ago when I covered the second ending theme, Ren’ai♥Rider. (You should know because you guys voted for it!) This time, we’ll be taking a step forward into history and dig into Buono! #3.