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*One Gigantic THANK YOOU to Neruru ;w; I LUBS YOU, GURL <3
Through Odagiri Nana's official Twitter, is was announced that Houkago Princess had a new sith generation Cadet member. The member has been revealed to be Saho Michishige, the second cousin of Morning Musume's Michishige Sayumi.
— 小田桐奈々@放課後プリンセス (@odagirinana) October 13, 2013
"I have forgotten to write something important!!! The 6th generation Cadet Apprentice member (she is the second cousin of Sayumi) Michishige Saho-chan, who I was taking lessons with before she joined Houkago Princess! This is the new, cute members first serious pre-release! Please come and support us with your love!" (A rough translation by Chiima)Nana also tweeted a picture of the two during a photoshoot together.
So, I found out about this news on Facebook, where one of my friends Neru linked me to a French fan page for Hello! Project that had released the news. I was, at first, very confused by the news, because there was nothing on the groups websites or blogs that had revealed Michishige Saho to be a new member. In the end, I found an article on a Japanese forum (colorful-hp.net) and also found Saho's official Facebook, as well as her blog, which she seems to have closed down for now. From her images on her Facebook page, she seems to have been doing a bit of modelling before becoming a part of Houkago Princess as a 6th Generation Cadet Apprentice (what a damn mouthful... @.@), so she seems to have some experience behind her.
Of course, the most interesting thing about Saho is not that she is a new member, but a second cousin of Morning Musume's Leader and Chou-Kawaii Sayumi. This has, for some H!P fans, expressed interest in following Houkago Princess, which I don't mind... but also do, in a way (xD). I love Houkago Princess a lot, and I am so happy to see that Sayumi's second cousin has expressed such an interest to join an Idol group I follow and enjoy so much (in fact, I can't wait to see her in a PV or the HouPri uniform *^*) but I would like fans to follow HouPri because they want to, not just because Sayu's second cousin is a part of the group.
I also think that this is a pretty smart move on HouPri staffs part, because Michishige Sayumi is still pretty well known in Japan thanks to her TV appearances, and now also Morning Musume's revival, so it could garner quite a bit of attention towards Houkago Princess, who knows? Either way, she is a new member, and it seems that she has sparked interest in people who previously did not follow HouPri.
Anyway, that all said and done, here's a little bit on Saho Michishige.
Name: Michishige Saho
D.O.B: May 13th, 1991
Blood Type: O
Traits: Optimistic (advantage), Honest to a fault (disadvantage)
Favourite Food: Curry, meat stuffed with peppers, Natto, meat and tomatoes.
Favourite Songs/Groups: Hello! Project, R&B
Favourite Type: Those who share favourite foods, people who have sex appeal.
Type you Hate: People who can forgive anything.
Occupation you wanted as a child: To become Sailor Mars
Other: She was a model for Orange-Photo, she is the second cousin of Michishige Sayumi, she had an official blog on RUNWAY channel (fashion blog)
Hopefully, this will interest those who do follow Houkago Princess, and also those who don't. Adding Michishige Sayumi's second cousin is an interesting choice, but it is nice to see that she also has had previous experience in the entertainment industry before joining Houkago Princess. I am glad she joined though, because I love HouPri, and it is wonderful to see that girls are interested enough to join them.
... It's also nice to see a 22 year old Idol! I mean, seriously, they get too young nowadays! But yeah... good luck, Michishige Saho! I am sure that you will have an abundance of fans now... XD
Michishige Saho Facebook
Michishige Saho Ameblo
Michishige Saho Twitter
Hello! Project News Fanpage
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