Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Mano-chan on Sayu grad

Eh?!?! Michishige-san is graduating from Morning Musume in autumn?!?! What a surprise 、、、 How should I say it If Michishige-san graduates Then it feels like The Morning Musume。-san That I looked up to and liked since I was small Will disappear。 It feels like we're on the verge of a new generation。 Inside myself、 you know I want to go to the graduation live (._.)

You know 、it's sad 。
My tears are coming out in the train (._.)
Despite it being something auspicious
Since graduation means setting out on a new path

I really understand
The feelings of all the fans (>_<)

Bonus: Sashihara Rino

Cha, Chayu...

℃―ute Suzuki Airi At 20 「I'm not mindful about being in love any time soon」

In the capital, Suzuki Airi carries out a
photo book release commemoration event
On the 24th, Suzuki Airi (20) from popular idol group ℃-ute held a release commemoration event for her photo book 「共鳴―KYOMEI―」 (Wani Books) in the capital.
 Its release date was on the 12th, her 20th birthday. 'We were on-location in Singapore, and the chicken rice was delicious. I ate lots. I was thinking that I should hold back since it'd make my tummy stick out in the photo book, but I had my fill as it's a place that I will rarely be able to get to. It was an exciting, enjoyable photo shoot,' Suzuki related with a smile.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Tsunku♂-producer's theory of work「Forge your powers of observation on your commute to work」

 Beginning with Morning Musume。’14 [sic]、Tsunku♂-shi produces Hello! Project's line up of idols。 We were told about his vision hereafter inside Shuukan SPA!'s February 11・18 combined edition 「Hello! Pro's counter-attack」。 However、 the truly amazing thing about him was his original theory of work。 We ask about his theory of work, whose usefulness is not just limited to the world of entertainment, but to all working adults。

Friday, 25 April 2014

Master Momochi 'Karin-chan was my disciple'

UTB June 2014 edition 'This month's preamble-chan' vol. 15 Special
Tsugunaga Momoko (Appearing in a pink hakama)
When this UTB came out...
I may have graduated from university without a hitch
But since I'm an eternal seventeen-year-old
I'll always continue to wear school uniforms

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Momochi on 'Uwasa ha Gohou ka Shinjitsu ka Gase Dema Collection'

(Here's a dailymotion link if the Youtube ones die)

Momochi denies the rumours that she comes from a destitute family in this TV show.

Momochi denies rumours of 'Washing herself at a river'

Tsugunaga Momoko
(Photo from 12 Feb 2014)
On TBS System's 'Uwasa ha Gohou ka Shinjitsu ka Gase Dema Collection' (Are the rumours misinformation or truth? Collection of Lies and False rumours) on the 17th, Berryz Kobo's 'Momochi' Tsugunaga Momoko (22) revealed that she's prohibited from going to swimming pools, hot springs, or public baths by the office she's attached to,
We heard from the fans that they suspected that Tsugunaga was from an 'extremely poor home', and she denied the rumour that had been whispered by those about the net that 'When her bath tub was broken, she washed herself at a nearby river'. She explained that first of all, there wasn't a river near her home, moreover she brought up that 'The company is strict, and that going to swimming pools, onsen, public baths in our private time, all of those places are prohibited'. This rule even surprised the other entertainers. It seemed that even going for onsen trips was not allowed.

Actor Sakagami Shinobu automatically asked 'Why? Is it not ok for you to be seen nude?', and she affirmed it with a 'That is so'. She continued with 'If everyone were to see Momochi, they'd get nosebleeds, so it'd be dangerous in all sorts of ways,' inducing laughter.

Souce: Nikkan Spa

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Morning Musume。 '14 interview with Oricon Style for 'Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe / Password is 0'

Currently making another breakthrough! What's event made them feel as if their faces and names were remembered?

Fukumura Mizuki
―― Firstly, we'd like to hear about the first of your two songs from the double A single 「Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe」 (Crossing time, crossing space)! What sort of song is it?
【Ikuta Erina】 With such a grand title (laughs), I think that this song that is able to evoke a response in everyone. It's packed with tons of lyrics such as 'On days when you're lonely and can't sleep, it's okay to cry,' impressive lyrics that can open up your mind. 

【Ishida Ayumi】 Normally, when we tell the audience that we'll be performing our latest song,
all the fans would obstinately try to dance along together with us. But when it comes to this song, all of them listen to it carefully, even though they've already seen us perform it at concerts [and thus would have been able to follow along with the dance]. 

【Fukumura Mizuki】 That hasn't happened before. I think that this song really does cross time. As Eripon (Ikuta) mentioned, there are plenty of lyrics that can resonate with the listener. At the same time, the lyrics seem to talk about the future. The music video (MV) is like that as well, and this amazing 'sense of space' comes out during the concerts! Even the dance looks like we're moving in water, bringing to mind a sense of us floating in zero gravity。

Sunday, 13 April 2014

My Favourite Box: Riho & Captain

From HMV Monthly Magazine
Being told
The favourites (music or movies or books) of
The Hello! Project members who continue to shine
At the core of the idol scene!

The MUSIC・MOVIE・Book I'd like to put in my favourites box is this ♥

℃-ute concert tour ー2014 Spring~℃-ute no Honne~ Nakajima Saki・ Hagiwara Mai Challenging the new technique of pole dancing!

It began with the start of the 『℃-ute Concert Tour ー2014 Spring~ ℃-ute no Honne~』 at Gotanda U-port Hall (Tokyo) where Nakajima Saki and Hagiwara Mai performed a pole dance、
But on the 19th of April (Sat) Nippon Tokushu Togyo Shiminkaikan performance (Aichi) they'll be challenging a new technique!
Everyone, make sure to keep your expectations up!

For an impression of the Gotanda U-port Hall performance, the official Youtube channel 『Hello! Sta』 has it currently open to the public!

Source: H!P official site

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Music My Life

{Taken from Suzuki Airi's perfect book 'Airi-al', Airi talks about music}
Scan from Airi Suzuki France
'Something that can be taken away by anyone, yet not taken away'.
That is what music is to me.
Currently, it might seem like I'm singing because of work, but within myself, in these 18 years since I've been born, I sing because I want to sing.
That has never changed.
That's the extent of how much I love music, and singing.

Eating Time!

{Taken from Suzuki Airi's perfect book 'Airi-al', Airi talks about eating and food}

A long time ago, it was often said that 'Suzuki Airi = face full of yum'. I love eating! I love delicious things! People were surprised that I completely finished up countless slices of pizza during the Pizza-La commercial, but that's normal for me. They're yummy, after all!!

Friday, 11 April 2014

Hello! Project Idol ℃-ute does sexy pole dance Disgruntled voices from the wota 'Too vulgar' 'Is this a strip show'

'Pole dancing', a sexy dance that makes use of a long and thin pole. Recently it's one of the things enjoyed by the arts, but even now it's still firmly rooted in the image of 'strip bar dancing'.

Hello! Project (H!P) idol group '℃-ute' challenged themselves to do pole dancing, however it led to the present circumstances where disgruntled voices are being raised by the fans. It appears that the overtly sexy performance did not jive well with the fans.

Coiling around a pole, spreading their legs wide
A scene from the pole dance
(From YouTube programme 'Hello! Sta')
℃-ute's 2014 spring concert tour 「℃-ute no Honne」 (℃-ute's true intentions) raised its curtains on the 5th of April 2014, at Gotanda U-port Hall (Tokyo・ Shinagawa Ward). A digest of the opening day performance was unveiled to the public through H!P's original YouTube programme 「Hello!Sta」。

For the song 'Crazy Kanzen na Otona', Nakajima Saki-san (20) and Hagiwara Mai-san (18) did a pole dance, while the remaining members Yajima Maimi-san (22), Suzuki Airi-san (19), and Okai Chisato-san (19) used the stairway on stage to perform.

With gleaming black costumes with a high degree of exposure, the tops bared their navels while the bottom part was considerably short. It was a provocative dance with Nakajima-san and Hagiwara-san coiling themselves around a pole, spreading their legs wide. The other 3 had caps that resembled police hats, and displayed captivating moves with their hips and legs while sitting on the stairway.

Wandering, Off-kilter Thoughts About: Miyazaki Yuka dropping out

For a change of pace, here's a more editorial piece. I'll be talking about Juice=Juice's Miyazaki Yuka and her decision to drop out from university.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

2ch: Tsugunaga Momochi discovered at a driving school

1: 名無し募集中。。。@転載禁止
Source is Twitter

5: 名無し募集中。。。@転載禁止
Srs bzns

My friend wrote on LINE to say that Momochi was at the training institute。 Though she had a mask on, it was Momochi (lol) Even though that guy prefers Risako by a small margin, he could still tell (lol)

Momochi came to the training institute  lol

6: 名無し募集中。。。@転載禁止

  • Momochi came to the training institute lol
  • Eh?! Isn't that amazing?!?!!
  • She's just like how she is on TV
  • Isn't that great~!!!! I'm jealous since I like Momochi
  • Seriously! The instructors have become all clumsy lol
  • The instructors lololololol Which training institute~???
  • Seriously laughing lol
    At Kashiwa-south!

Saturday, 5 April 2014

I think that guys who are otaku are good! I want them to recommend animes and mangas they like

Mano Erina-chan acts as main character Izumino Akira in 'The Next Generation Patlabor Dai 1-Shou', the live action adaptation of the anime 'Mobile Police Patlabor'.

How did you feel when you found out that you would be starring in the movie?
Since there are a lot of fans of the original work, which had come out even before I was born, I was extremely anxious. But, with Oshii Mamoru-director's statement, 'The setting is changing, and I'd like to remake Patlabor anew', something original was fine by me, and I started to look forward to it.

You're acting as Akira, what sort of girl is she?
A girl who's like the sun. Wanting to ride the robots called Labors stationed at Special Vehicle Section 2, she joined the police force. At any rate, she's positive and spirited.

Any common points between Akira and Mano-chan?
The things that fits us both the most, it that we love games. Both Akura and I are gamers! The scene where I'm having a conversation while playing a game is something that often happens normally, so it was easy to act out (laughs).

Well, what do you think of guys who are otaku?
I like anime and manga, so I think that they're good! We can meet and introduce our favourite works to one another.

What does Mano-chan recommend?
I'm currently into 'Hero Mask' , a manga in a school setting. The protagonist fights not with special powers, but only with a strong sense of justice, it's so cool!

Well then, finally, let's have a comment for the R25 generation. {R25 is the magazine this appears in}
Inside 'Patlabor', there'll be people appearing who are doing their best despite struggling with their work. When you watch it, I'd be pleased if it makes you think 'I have to do my best too'!


Friday, 4 April 2014

Suzuki Airi & Watanabe Mayu Special Conversation [UTB 200th issue, Dec 2010]

{This interview was in commemoration of UTB's 200th issue, at the tail end of 2010. At that time, both girls were already role players in their overarching collectives - H!P for Airi, and the 48 Group for Mayu. Slightly past three years later, they stand near the forefront, looked up to as seniors and as pillars supporting the collective. Still, let's go back and hear what they had to talk about in this rare crossing of the streams.}

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Fuku-chan's Charity Tote Bag

{Rootote holds a charity event where they auction off tote bags that were decorated by celebrities. Several H!P members have tried their hand at contributing, so let's look at Fuku-chan's creation}

{Writen on bag: So that your dreams come true}


Comment on the piece
So that the dreams of the person who will own the bag will come true... I packed it full of that feeling and drew on it. The flower decorations I attached were flower decorations that were used in the CD cover photo shoot for our 50th Single One Two Three.


MM'14 nationwide 10 location simultaneous handshake event: Wrap-up

For their nationwide 10 location simultaneous handshake event, held on the 2nd of April, the MM'14 girls had a drawing the other day to decide where they'd be going.

Like their previous simultaneous handshake event earlier this year, the girls (or their managers) posted quick updates through the official Morning Musume twitter account @MorningMusumeMg.
Below are compilations of their tweets according to member. The tweets are arranged oldest to newest, with accompanying translations by myself.
For a change of style, Up-Front Link also has translations.

Michishige Sayumi - Ishikawa prefecture (6 tweets)
Fukumura Mizuki - Osaka (& Kyoto) prefecture (18 tweets + 1 bonus)
Ikuta Erina - Akita prefecture (3 tweets)
Sayashi Riho - Mie prefecture (11 tweets)
Suzuki Kanon - Aichi prefecture (11 tweets)
Iikubo Haruna - Kanagawa prefecture (7 tweets)
Ishida Ayumi - Hokkaido (7 tweets)
Sato Masaki - Tokyo Metropolis (4 tweets)
Kudo Haruka - Okinawa prefecture (5 tweets)
Oda Sakura - Nagasaki prefecture (6 tweets)

By the way, I also did translations for Fuku-chan and RihoRiho when they did individual regional handshakes in January:
Fukumura Mizuki - Yamaguchi & Hyogo
Sayashi Riho - Hiroshima & Osaka

If you'd like a nice tale about one of these handshake events, might I recommend HelloProjectWorld's translation concerning Oda-chan's handshake last year? As a fresh (and arguably less popular) Musume at the time, Oda gets assigned a rural town, but 2ch bands together to make it a reasonably well attended handshake event. It's a long read, but heart-warming.

MM'14 nationwide 10 location simultaneous handshake event: Sayashi Riho in Mie

【Mie/Sayashi】 Sayashi's currently fast asleep while holding some snacks tightly。 We're currently heading to Mie! Since we need to retain plenty of energy、everyone, please wait excitedly at Tower Records Suzuka today ☆

MM'14 nationwide 10 location simultaneous handshake event: Fukumura Mizuki in Osaka & Kyoto

【Osaka/ Fukumura】 Today、 Fukumura Mizuki will be making her way into Osaka! Before that…she'll be intruding into a radio programme! The person in question herself is currently in top form, fast asleep while we're en-route!! You'll definitely hear an energetic voice on the radio!! More details will come later
【Osaka & Kyoto / Fukumura Mizuki】 Before Osaka~ Kyoto! From now we'll be under the care of the campaign!! For some reason, here's a scoop in front of Kyoto-ish signboard!!

MM'14 nationwide 10 location simultaneous handshake event: Suzuki Kanon in Aichi

【Aichi/ Suzuki】
Good morning。 It's Suzuki who's in charge of Aichi。 Today! I'm starting out being interviewed by Chunichi Shimbun-san。

MM'14 nationwide 10 location simultaneous handshake event: Iikubo Haruna in Kanagawa

【Kanagawa/ Iikubo】 Good morning\(^o^)/ It seems that the other members have departed, one after another、、、 But since Iikubo's is at the relatively close LaLaPort Yokohama、 I'm still chillーing at home!lol
What hair-style should I do~(´・Д・)」
【 Kanagawa/ Iikubo】 Fuffuffu、a snap with Berryz Kobo-san's CD ♡

MM'14 nationwide 10 location simultaneous handshake event: Sato Masaki in Tokyo

【Tokyo/ Sato】 Now having handshake jittersー!

MM'14 nationwide 10 location simultaneous handshake event: Oda Sakura in Nagasaki

【Nagasaki/Oda】 Arrived at Nagasakiー☆ Going 'cheese' with Omura's mascot character, 『Omuran-chan』 the sakura faerie (^-^)/ It's a sakura collaboration ♡♡

MM'14 nationwide 10 location simultaneous handshake event: Ishida Ayumi in Hiroshima

Good morning!
Ishida will be making her way into Hokkaido today

It took some time to decide on my clothes, but I'm heading off! Ah, whether or not I'm pulling it off fashionably is a completely different matter altogether.
{Written on  photo: This is my getup}

MM'14 nationwide 10 location simultaneous handshake event: Kudou Haruka in Okinawa

[Okinawa / Kudo]
Good morning!!
Nationwide 10 location simultaneous handshake @ Okinawa (^^)
I have faith that a lot of people will be coming

MM'14 nationwide 10 location simultaneous handshake event: Ikuta Erina in Akita

 【Akita/Ikuta】  Arriーーーving at Akita prefecture ( ˙³˙)~♡

MM'14 nationwide 10 location simultaneous handshake event: Michishige Sayumi in Ishikawa

【Ishikawa/ Michishige】 Currently、 in the midst of a programe recording for TV Kanazawa in front of Kanazawa station!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Quitting and graduating

Reina put up a brief announcement on her blog:

I'm quitting LoVendoЯ。

With that mere sentence, she brings us this weighty news. 
Very much like Reina - no frills, no explanations, no room for misunderstanding - just a single sentence.

Also of note: A blog post by Takagi Sayuki, posted earlier on the same day

Today I、 Takagi Sayuki have something important to say。
I love Tanaka Reina-san、 and I thought I'd work hard in order to become a person like Tanaka-san。
However、as of today, I will be graduating from being a Tanaka-san oshi。
And Tanaka-san、 thank you very much for everything up to now。
There were a lot of times、 when I was able to do my best thanks to Tanaka-san。
From now on、 as I'm a senpai, I'll work hard in order to become a presence that will be admired。

Could this be related to Reina's cryptic announcement? Only time will tell.

EDIT: Also, see this post from Sato Masaki
Translation of relevant bits:

And please listen


Tanasa-tann? Tanaka-san

I despiーーーse her

Sato Masaki

(please read the portion which follows after once it's past midnight)