Sunday, 22 June 2014

Best Pairing (TopYell+ 2014 H!P Great Dictionary)

In TopYell+ H!P edition (March 2014), there's a segment that's referred to as the Hello! Pro great dictionary - basically your run of the mill questionnaire.
Although it's set out by person, I'm arranging it by question instead, as that'll be more impartial (i.e. I won't just do Momo and Airi and not bother with all the others).
Just so you know, I'm probably not going to be following the proper question order either.

Without further ado:
Q5. If you would bring yourself to think about it, who would make up Hello! Project's best pairing?

Michishige Sayumi
Yajima Maimi-chan & Wada Ayaka-chan
Without even a hint of evil nor poison, these two make up an absolutely healing combination. 
Ayacho, who hardly ever opens up her heart, is really relaxed in front of Maimi. Just seeing them having a back-and-forth exchange makes me happy!!

Suzuki Airi-chan & Sugaya Risako-chan
In the past, these two sang Berryz Kobo's 'VERY BEAUTY' at a BeriKyuu concert. With their cuteness, their good singing, their amazing power of expression; these two girls, who possess worlds of their own, they drew me into their world. 

Fukumura Mizuki
Sugaya-san and Suzuki Airi-san singing 'VERY BEAUTY'
The 1st chorus was taken by Sugaya-san, while the 2nd was by Suzuki-san, and both of them sang the final one. That was the most awesome set-up, as awesome as the combination of these two friends, both the same age.

Takeuchi Akari-chan & Fukumura Mizuki
Rather than saying I'd like to see this, I'd like to do it (laughs)! The 2 of us are good friends. Not just us, but I think the fans would love to see combinations made up of good friends, such as the Yajima-san and Tokunaga-san, or the Mitsui-san and Hagiwara-san combinations!
* The PONPON Combi too, definitely!!!

Ikuta Erina
Fukumura Mizuki and Ikuta Erina (In the end, it's got to be PonPon)
The 2 of us have been supported as the PONPON Combi for about 3 years, but we haven't come up with any activities at all. Even so, the 2 of us are working hard every day in hopes that a song will be made for us. 

Sayashi Riho
Sato Masaki & Oda Sakura
The 2 of them are really good friends, it's really pleasant. But I'd like to see a performance by the 2 of them! It'll definitely be quite a buzz!!

Suzuki Kanon
I'd like to see Sugaya Risako-san & Wada Ayaka-san pair up!
I'd like it if they could sing a song together!
Sexy ones, cool songs, really cute songs, anything......!

Iikubo Haruna
A classmate couple of Sayashi Riho-san & Uemura Akari-chan 
Akari-chan being completely spoilt, and an embarrassed Sayashi-san......that's what I'm imagining (laughs). But, the best couple... I guess it's me and Ayaka-san.

Ishida Ayumi
Michishige Sayumi-san and Tsugunaga Momoko-san
Backstage, it's really amusing even when they only talk for a bit. But since you hardly ever see the 2 of them do an MC corner at concerts, I definitely want them to do one.

Sato Masaki
Michishige-san and Sayashi-san
When the two of them are giggling together, it's just so cute. Therefore, please make sure to have a look at them somewhere. I'd like to see the 2 of them sing a cutesy song. 

Kudo Haruka
Nakanishi Kana-chan & Uemura Akari-chan's 'Team Kansai'
I want them to do a talk using nothing but Kansai-ben~ and the 2 of them have their heads in the clouds, so it'd probably be funny. It's just that, if you want a pair that's amusing no matter how many times you see them, wouldn't you go for the MaaDuu combi???(laughs)

Oda Sakura
Michishige Sayumi-san & Wada Ayaka-san!
When I saw the 2 of them singing together once at a Hello! Con, I was really fascinated.
This definitely 'cute' pair would be awesome!!!

Shimizu Saki
Suzuki Airi & Sayashi Riho
Since the dancing of both of them fit my tastes, I'd like to see this!
I want them to dance to all sorts of songs!!

Tsugunaga Momoko
Fukuda Kanon-chan & Fukumura Mizuki-chan
The 2 of them greatly love Berryz Kobo. 
Telling your favourite group that you love them definitely brings them joy.
I hope that the 2 of them will talk about Berryz Kobo's good points until forever.

Tokunaga Chinami
Okai Chisato & Hagiwara Mai
They've been together ever since we were young, and even though you often see them quarrelling with one another, even now it's a pleasure to see them make a ruckus!

Sudo Maasa
Fukumura Mizuki-chan & Fukuda Kanon-chan
Since these 2 are the sole Hello! members to say 'We love Berryz Kobo', I'd like to see the 2 of them talk about Berryz.

Natsuyaki Miyabi
Nacky & Ayacho
A combination that's laid-back and does things at their own pace.
It might be just my preference, but I like the facial expressions of the 2 of them, so I want to see it happen!

Kumai Yurina
The Yajima Maimi & Tokunaga Chinami combo
Despite having completely different personalities, this pair has had a stable friendship since ages ago!!

Sugaya Risako
Kumai-chan & Fukuda Kanon couple
When Kanon is facing Kumai-chan, she gets really flustered, so I want to see the extent of how self-concious she'll become.

Yajima Maimi
Wada Ayaka-chan & Miyazaki Yuka-chan
It feels like you'd get healed by looking at this gentle pairing.
I'm interested in what sort of conversation they'd have ♪

Nakajima Saki
Okai Chisato & Hagiwara Mai
I think that this pair will be eternal.
I'll never tire of watching them!

Suzuki Airi
Hagiwara Mai x Okai Chisato couple
From ages ago, I've liked the feeling of 'tempo' you get from these unchanging 2.
I want these 2 to remain the same even when they've matured into adults.

Okai Chisato
Chisato and Mai!
Since we're best friends!

Hagiwara Mai
Maachan (Sato Masaki) & Reina (Tanaka Reina)-chan
I really like their atmosphere.

Wada Ayaka
Fukumura Mizuki-chan & Takeuchi Akari-chan
When Take-chan's speaking with Fuku-chan, and this is something you hardly ever see, her eyes droop and she looks so much at ease that it's unbearably cute!!! 
They look like an authentic couple!!

Fukuda Kanon
Fukuda Kanon & Kumai Yurina-san
The sole partner who can keep me dumbstruck, she's someone who can pull out a side of me that you hardly see.

Nakanishi Kana
Rabitto (Nakanishi->Rabi, Fukuda-san -> Bitto)
Although it's an unofficial unit, I'd like to slowly get it known

Takeuchi Akari
Takeuchi Akari and Fukumura Mizuki!!
The 2 of us are the best, if I do say so myself!!
We're such good friends that the staff-san get grossed out!! (lol)!!
With that, we're definitely the best couple!!

Katsuta Rina
Okai Chisato-san & Hagiwara Mai-san
When we were doing the Naruchika lives together with ℃-ute-san last year, just looking at them made me think that this combination was really cute. 

Tamura Meimi
Kumai Yurina-san & Fukuda Kanon-san
Oshimen and oshi-ing member. I'd like to hear what these two would talk about.

Miyazaki Yuka
Makino Maria-chan & Sasaki Rikako-chan
It isn't like the height or the faces of these two are similar, but these two are like twins, and they're cute to the max! Even their 'Yay! Chanel!' gag(?) is adorable.

Kanazawa Tomoko
Michishige Sayumi-san & Tsugunaga Momoko-san
Juice=Juice isn't great at doing talks, so I'd like to learn how to talk from these two. I want them to have something like a talk event...

Takagi Sayuki
Michishige Sayumi-san & Kamei Eri-san
They're really great friends... Watching the both of them have a conversation together brings me peace of mind. 

Miyamoto Karin
Fukumura Mizuki-chan & Takeuchi Akari-chan
They wear matching jerseys, and it soothes me to watch them being always together at Hello! Cons! At handshake events, I'm asked, 'Doesn't it make you jealous?', but I'm not jealous at all. Instead, I feel like I'd want to watch them. Their 2-shots on their blogs are the best!!

Uemura Akari
Michishige Sayumi-san & Tsugunaga Momoko-san
Often, when I see the 2 of them together on television, their conversational ability is amazing. 

My thoughts and observations:
  • Take x Fuku: Karin has given them her blessing, so that is that.
  • PonPon: For Eripon - main point. For Fuku-chan - footnote. To be fair, Fuku-chan's answers are the densest, so there might not have been space. But obviously for Fuku-chan, Take>Eripon.
  • Individual who was most often mentioned: Mizuki (7 times). Mainly paired with: Take-chan. (4 times)
  • Pairing that was most often mentioned: ChissaMai (5 times)
  • Yukanya picking Kenshuusei: This was surprising, given that she's relatively new to H!P and that she wasn't a Kenshuusei.
  • Pairings. The word that was actually used in the question was 'couple', which has the same connotations in Japanese as it does in English. Of course, the answers support the pairing interpretation better, so that's what I used. Generally you could bring the answers under broad categories like 'want them to perform/sing/have a talk corner together' (e.g. SayuMomo), 'couples' (Take x Fuku), 'friends' (ChisaMai), 'they're cute together', etc.

TopYell+ 2014 H!P Great Dictionary
One-line description
Q1. What's a 'moe' point of a Hello! Pro member that only you know of
Q5. If you would bring yourself to think about it, who would make up Hello! Project's best pairing?
Q6. What something new you'd like to challenge?
Q8. With live performances, gravure shoots, and stage plays among other things; what part of this work do you think lets you shine the most, or that you otherwise like?
Q9. This is what's amazing about Hello! Project!
Q10. What's your favourite tree?


  1. Thx for the translation. I like Riho and Ishida's ideas. I want to see more interaction from Sato-Oda and Sayu-Momo. They should be really funny

  2. I only see Sudou and Tsugunaga giving the same answer.