Monday, 8 July 2013

Bringin' Back HouPri!

All relevant links will be at the end of the post! Be sure to check them out~

For a while now, I have been meaning to do this post because I not only wanted to update everyone else on this group, but also myself; there have been quite a few changes in this lineup, so of course, I do want to profile everyone as best as I can. So, let's take a look at this group and their changes, shall we?


Houkago Princess, the group that disappeared for about a year before returning with what I can only assume is an army; they were so petite the last time I saw them, and now... well, look at them! The group has seriously grown! What started off as an 8-member group is now a 13-member unit, with 8 'Regular' members, as well as 5 'Cadet' members. Seriously... what happened!?

Of course, since last year it does seem that HouPri have gone on to become better than how they first started... looking at the group now, I do feel that their performance skills are a lot better than when they first started, though they are still quite nervous-looking upon first sight when you watch their videos, with only a few girls seeming to ooze a tiny bit of confidence, but I do think that they have all improved in their own way. I also find their new member-lineup pretty impressive... for an unknown group, that is.

Since their return to the Wota-world that we live in, the group has released a new single in four different additions. Okay, so the 'new' single is basically a re-release of their old songs, with two or three new ones thrown in there, but hey... it's something, right? Also, the group has released four new PV's, one of which is a re-do of their Juliet single, another being Sotsugyoushiki, one of their new songs, and also two songs that were only ever performed live, with one being a Venue-only release, and the other just being... well, a performance song. Those are Chou HAPPY BIRTHDAY, and the other Kojiki Shika!. Believe me when I say that I was surprised to see either of those songs given a PV... I did not expect it.

I would also like to point out that the group is now doing more lives at different venues, rather than simply performing at the Coconuts Lounge or their Ikebukuro 'Theatre' or whatever they call it. The group itself will be going to Tokyo Idol Festival, and have also performed at Shibuya O-East with other groups this year - they are expanding, and yes, it makes me happy to know that the girls are going to different venues to spread their name further!

So, that said and done, I will be taking a look at Houkago Princess: 2013 version! Hopefully you will take a look, too, and find a favourite member!

Regular Members


Name: Odagiri Nana
Nickname: Nana-Nyan
D.O.B: February 18th
Hometown: Tokyo
Star Sign: Aquarius
Blood Type: O
Generation: Gen 1
Position: Student Council President




Name: Sakino Chiba
Nickname: Saki-Pyon
D.O.B: July 9th
Hometown: Saitama Prefecture
Star Sign: Cancer
Blood Type: A
Generation: Gen 1
Position: Chairman of Style/Fashion
Other: Originally announced her graduation, however changed her mind and stayed (lol)

Official Blog
Official Twitter


Name: Noda Hitomi
Nickname: Hitomin
D.O.B: August 10th
Hometown: Chiba Prefecture
Star Sign: Leo
Blood Type: O
Generation: Gen 1
Position: Chairman of Lunch
Other: She loves Omelette a lot.

Official Blog


Name: Nagafuji Aoi
Nickname: Aotaso
D.O.B: July 3rd
Hometown: Chiba Prefecture
Star Sign: Cancer
Blood Type: O
Generation: Gen 2
Position: Chairman of Fluff, Student Council Vice President
Other: She is the only Gen 2 member left in HouPri
Despite being Gen 2, and having two other senior members, Aoi is the Vice President of HouPri.

Official Blog
Official Twitter


Name: Sakurago Nene
Nickname: Nene-tasu
D.O.B: October 5th
Hometown: Tokyo
Star Sign: Libra
Blood Type: O
Generation: Gen 3
Position: Chairman of the Sweet Tooth
Other: She was the first candidate of her Gen mates to officially debut as a 'Regular' member.
She is a front member of Houkago Princess

Official Blog


Name: Yamaguchi Miran
Nickname: Miran Osuke
D.O.B: March 22nd
Hometown: Tokyo
Star Sign: Aries
Blood Type: Unknown
Generation: Gen 3
Position: Chairman of Football

Official Blog


Name: Shiraishi Rika
Nickname: Ri-ri
D.O.B: June 13th
Hometown: Tokyo
Star Sign: Gemini
Blood Type: A
Generation: Gen 3
Position: Chairman of Dimples

Official Blog


Name: Kizuki Saori
Nickname: Saorin
D.O.B: October 12th
Hometown: Saitama Prefecture
Star Sign: Libra
Blood Type: A
Generation: Gen 3/4 (no idea)
Position: Chairman of the Sagging Brow
Other:  She is the only member outside of Gen 1 and 2 to have a Twitter account within the 'Regular' members.

Official Blog
Official Twitter

Cadets


Name: Ayase Miho
Nickname: Miho-tan
D.O.B: January 30th
Hometown: Chiba Prefecture
Star Sign: Aquarius
Blood Type: Unknown
Generation: Gen 1 Cadet
Position: Chairman of Own Pace
Other: She is the last member of her generation of Cadets to have not become a 'General' member.

Official Cadets Blog
Official Twitter


Name: Aiuchi Kohana
Nickname: Hana-chan
Generation: Gen 3 Cadet (I think)
Position: Chairman of Clearly Blowing her Nose (whaaat? XD)
Other: ?

Official Cadets Blog
Official Twitter


Name: Hayami Rin
Nickname: Riripon
Generation: Gen 4 Cadet
Position: Chairman of Grace
Other: She recently cut her hair short

Official Cadets Blog


Name: Yamakawa Risa
Generation: Gen 4 Cadet
Position: Chairman of ?

Official Cadets Blog
Official Twitter


Name: Miyashita Mayuka
Nickname: Mayu-kyan
D.O.B: November 14th
Hometown: Tokyo
Star Sign: Scorpio
Blood Type: O-
Generation: Gen ? Cadet
Position: Chairman of 2.5 Dimension
Other: An original member of HouPri, Mayuka graduated. However, she has since returned and is now (obviously) a cadet.

Official Blog
Official Cadets Blog
Official Twitter


Name: Suzukawa Kana
D.O.B: November 16th (17 years old)
Hometown: Aichi Prefecture
Star Sign: Scorpio
Blood Type: Unknown
Generation: Gen 5 Cadet
Position: 'Baby' Chairman (unsure of this)
Other: Her hobbies include Swimming and the Piano
She likes AKB48
She likes cycling and sunbathing
Strawberries, Matcha and Cheese are some of her favourite foods
She became a member of Houpri this May

Official Cadets Blog

Graduated Members


Name: Yamaguchi Mai
Nickname: Maawai
D.O.B: February 28th
Hometown: Kanagawa Prefecture
Star Sign: Pisces
Blood Type: A
Generation: Gen 1
Position: Sports Chairman



Name: Yumeka
Nickname: Yumerin
D.O.B: August 6th
Hometown: Chiba Prefecture
Star Sign: Leo
Blood Type: Unknown
Generation: Gen 1
Position: Chairman of Cool
Other: Yumeka graduated from HouPri due to illness.
She can play the drums


Name: Kishitani Yuuki
Nickname: Yukkii
D.O.B: October 3rd
Hometown: Kanagawa Prefecture
Star Sign: Libra
Blood Type: O-
Generation: Gen 1
Position: Naughty Devil Chairman
Other: She is now a part of the Idol group DreamFactory

Official Blog


Name: Kobayashi Rena
Nickname: Renachimu
D.O.B: September 3rd
Hometown: Saitama Prefecture
Star Sign: Virgo
Blood Type: B or O
Generation: Gen 2
Position: Chairman of Smiles
Other: Rena graduated sometime this year, however is still present in the Chou HAPPY BIRTHDAY music video.


Name: Shiorboshi Chiaki
Generation: Gen 1 Cadets
Position: Chairman of Tea Ceremonies



Name: Fuuka Momose
D.O.B: January 9th
Hometown: Kanagawa Prefecture
Star Sign: Capricorn
Blood Type: Unknown
Generation: Gen 1 Cadet
Position: President of Healing
Other: She graduated this June.
She was in a duo with Miho called TanTan Revolution.



Name: Asakura Erina
D.O.B: February 4th
Hometown: Chiba Prefecture
Star Sign: Aquarius
Blood Type: A
Generation: Gen 1 Cadets
Position: Chairman of Blandness

... And now for some videos for all of you to indulge in! Enjoy~

Juliet ~Kimi wo Suki na 100 no Riyuu~ (2013 Version) MV


Sotsugyoushiki MV


Chou HAPPY BIRTHDAY MV


Kojiki Shika! MV


Juliet ~Kimi wo Suki na 100 no Riyuu~ Shibuya O-East Performance


Kojiki Shika! Performance


Ichigo Ichie Performance


Making Of at Shibuya O-East

Relevant Links:

Houkago Princess Official Website
Houkago Princess Official Youtube
Houkago Princess Official Blog
Get Crazy Fansite
Barks News Article
Tower Records Article

Hopefully this article has been somewhat of a help to you all~

Chiima~

PING!!! Idolminded Recommended Reading: July 8th, 2013

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