Thursday, 16 January 2014

Okay! Musume Digest #86

Hey, where's the Digest, Dayo? It's right here!!! Are you ready to Digest?

This Week, in Idol News...

The Girls Live airs its first episode! Michishige Sayumi to challenge cooking! Tsunku to announce big news on January 22nd regarding Morning Musume '14! Nakky to get a PB! Berryz update their profiles! AKB48 members celebrate their coming-of-age ceremony! MomoClo Z's Reni celebrates her coming-of-age ceremony! Ohori Megumi is pregnant! Yasuda Kei gets wed! A few albums to be released soon! And more!!! Are you ready to Digest this meal?

Whew, this Digest... there is a lot. Lots of Idol News, coming-of-age ceremonies, old ladies in the form of vibrant young Idols... yeah, this week there is a lot of News, and it has surprised me, but it does please me when plenty of news comes out. That said, I'm not as thrilled by my Digest this week as I should be, or as I would normally be.... -sighs-

I will be honest with you and say that I honestly did not think I would bring out this Digest today, or at all in fact... but I forced myself to do it, because it's what I need to do not just for you guys, but for myself as well. I need to chug on in these times, you know?

That said, I have been on a total downer lately, and I am thinking about creating a post about it at some point as it coincides with something I want to try and do to help myself feel a bit better. We shall see, I guess... but yeah, the way I have been feeling has reflected in how little I have posted, and how much I just don't want to post... I didn't want to start this Digest, let alone finish it, but I knew that if I didn't, I would disappoint myself and you guys as well. So I sincerely apologise to you all.

I also need to answer comments... that is something I have been neglecting to do as of late, too. Urgh. Bad Chiima! BAD!!!

Anyway, I will shut up now... because you guys want to read the Digest, and you don't want me moping about. It's not nice xD

AS ALWAYS!!! Be sure to use ctrl + f to navigate your way through the Digest swiftly and easily! And, of course, ENJOY!!!!

#Hello! Project News
#Up-Front Promotion News
#AKS News
#Misc Idols and Groups News
#Miscellaneous News
#PV/Song Previews
#Press Release Event Video's
#Performances and TV Appearances

Video of the Week

Run with U by Fairies

I was at a bit of a loss with what video to include this week, but honestly, I really like this song! The video is cute too I guess, especially the costumes, but the running about makes the dance feel uninspired and a bit too childish for the likes of Fairies, who are known for their intense and dynamic choreography... but really, I mostly like Run with U for the song, even if it isn't their best yet. It's just a simple, well-paced song that is safe and sweet. It doesn't break boundaries, but it isn't terrible either.

I do miss their cool dance and sounds though, even if I wasn't the biggest fan of it. At least it showed off their talent, instead of jogging on the spot...

Oh wow, this is becoming a negative Video of the Week! In all seriousness, I like the song and the girls look adorable and it seems like they are having fun, but this isn't testing their strength of dancing either, and they need a challenge, rather than simple childish dances that are too easy for them. Give them more POW and WOW!!!!

... Kay thanks, bye ;)

Picture of the Week

"And it is on this day that I went from a girl and changed into a woman..."

Yep. It has to be Reni. She is perfectly weird <3


Hello! Pro Sttion #50 is here, and we are ready for it! MC'ed by BK's try-hard vibrato, Risako, are you prepared for what you are about to see?

This week, on Hello! Pro Station...

Morning Musume reveal part of the PV for Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai! A performance of Romance no Tochuu... Hello! Project style! Guardians 4 return for PARTY TIME! Buono perform Renai Rider! Berryz perform Special Generation! The Kenshuusei perform their latest song, Oheso no Kuni Kara Konnichiwa! Juice=Juice perform Ijiwaru Shinaide Dakishimete yo! S/mileage bring back the glory that is Uchoten LOVE! Morning Musume perform Help me!!! C-ute bring out the big guns with Kiss me Aishiteru! And hair arrangements courtesy of Dawa and Maimi! Are you looking forward to the episode this week?


... So H!P is doing an Avex on us and giving us incomplete MV's? For fucks sake!

Why do H!P let Risako sing? She butchered her line in Romance no Tochuu! Honestly, I would have even given it to Riho, because Risako is so bad at singing live... urgh >o<

Good Lord, hearing PARTY TIME all over again is a nostalgia trip for many of us, I bet! I used to watch Shugo Chara, back when Guardians 4 was actually a thing... and good lord, the nostalgia, the feels, the love ;w; and Aika... you perfect beam of sunlight and loveliness ;w; Good Lord, I miss you <3 Deary me though, Risako's voice sticks out like a bleeding thumb amongst beautiful girls.

... HOLY CRAP, RENAI RIDER!!! This was for a long time my favourite Buono song, I used to dance along to it (terribly) and just adored it! I still do! Oh my Jesus in Pants, it is perfect!!! I love this!!! -sobs- NOSTALGIA RIDE, PEOPLE, NOSTALGIA!!! What next, Shugo Chara EGG??? Please happen

... Sadly not, because BK perform instead -sobs- woeful days! Oh well, whatever, it's a good performance still!

DAMN! Them mini Kenshuusei!

... I kind of wish Nyon didn't have so many lines in Uchoten LOVE, because whilst her vocals can be nice and all, I want to hear others sing, especially Meimi and Akari. Best. Vocals. of. S/MILEAGE!!!

Look at lil' Riho, finally hittin' some notes in Help Me!! properly! And Jesus, I can hear how badly Haruna stands out xD Also, why are there pompoms stuck to their outfits? They look so weird... o-O

And I swear, I forget how awesome Kiss me Aishiteru is as a song until I hear it again. Even live, it's amazing! Then again, C-ute have the vocal talent, unlike a good chunk of the other groups that aren't Juice=Juice. MEH!!!

... Yeah, this was a GOOD episode!!! Thumbs up from the Chii!!!! ;)

Hello! Project News

It has been revealed that Hello! Project will hold their Hello! Project Hinamatsuri Festival 2014 ~Full Course~ and will take place on March the 29th and 30th!


The fact that they are continuing the Hinamatsuri is a good thing, in fact, it's amazing in my eyes! It makes me seriously happy to know that the Hinamatsuri was popular enough to continue, or profitable enough... -sobs-

The cover for Hello! Project Best Shot!! Vol. 21 has been revealed, so be sure to check it out!


Featuring the hottest group, C-UTE!!!

Hello! Project's new show, The Girls Live, which has replaced SATOYAMA Life, has officially debuted with its first episode!

There are two parts, so be sure to check them both out! Here is Part 1!!! Part 2 will be in the Source~


Wait wait wait... isn't this just Hello! Pro Station re-packaged and without the girls as MC's? It is, isn't it!? Well... this episode is, at least.

Part 1 | Part 2

Morning Musume

It has been announced that on February 1st, Michisige Sayumi will be a guest on Masaaki Sakai's cooking variety show Shin Chuubou Desu yo! and will be challenged to cook a Korean Kimchi Chijimi!


I want her to make a bunny cake one day!

TBS | Yahoo Japan | JPlop

On January 17th, Sayumi, Haruna, Masaki and Haruka will hold a handshake event at Shibuya Tsutaya.


If they held a small performance, we'd only have two girls who can hold a tune there... well, at least management are saving the ears of the public this time around!

Hello! Project News

On January 17th, Mizuki, Ayumi and Sakura will hold a talk and handshake event at Sakae, Nagoya.

Further more, Mizuki and Ayumi will both be live on the show GoGo Smile in Nagoya on the same day to promote the groups new single!


I kind of question where Eripon, Zukkini and Dayashi it into this... show them lot some love, too!!!

Hello! Project News | Hello! Project News Media

On January 14th, Tsunku revealed to the Press through a fax that on January 22nd, he would make an important announcement regarding Morning Musume '14 that will make a change for the group.
"It is to do with 'something' that will become a huge turning point for the girls. It will be a great challenge both for the girls, as well as for me." 
"Whether the fans will be able to accept this, it's a bet. To be honest, I am still wondering if I should announce this. However, this is a great chance for Morning Musume '14 to become superstars and I will believe in it as January 22 approaches." - Tsunku (Tokyohive Translation)

He's splitting the group in half? He's going to bring Kamei Eri back? Riho is no longer a front girl due to her shitty vocals? Uemuu transfers into MoMusu? Beckii Cruel for Morning Musume '14? Tsunku for 12ki? One of the girls to become a soloist? Aki P begins writing their lyrics? Hyadain - Permanent Producer, Composer, Lyricist?


Tokyohive | Barks News

Berryz Kobou

Tsugunaga Momoko will hold a Birthday FC Event on March 6th, it has been revealed!


And there she shall hold a ceremonial cutting of the pigtails, so that she shall never become The Horned King again!

Hello! Project FC News

The Profile images for Berryz Kobo have been updated, so be sure to check them out!


What the Doodleberry have they forced Miyabi into?

Berryz Kobo Profiles

It has been revealed that on January 30th, Berryz Kobo will be guests on TM Revolution's Nishikawa Lenomi! Nico Nico Live Show at 7pm!


And Miyabi will knock everyone out with her bright, fluorescent skirt.

Hello! Project News


On January 16th, Yajima Maimi and Nakajima Saki will be on the J:COM TV Show where they will have a discussion about The Mentalist, which airs on Japan's Warner TV.


This has already gone by I am sure, but The Mentalist, really???

It has been announced that Nakajima Saki will release a new photobook titled N20 on February 5th!


Okay, where do I drop my pants? Wait, it isn't that kind of photobook? Awww, damn...

A Digest for Nakajima Saki's making of for her up-coming photobook, N20, has been uploaded! Be sure to have a look for some beautiful Spring footage!


It really feels like Spring when Nakky takes her kit off... er, I mean when she walks around in cute clothes and wears a Yukata >o>


The cover for Nakajima Saki's up-coming photobook, N20, has been revealed!


When can the dropping of the pants begin, lads?

Wani Books


The Event V covers for Ee ka!? / ii yatsu have been revealed!


I love how they basically look the same, just with different outfits, photoshop and positions... but I like the shitty photoshop here, especially for ii yatsu.


The Event V covers for Ijiwaru Shinaide Dakishimete yo / Hajimete wo Keikenchuu have been revealed!


It feels so GOOD to have Uemuu Melon-Pan in the middle of one of those covers! Good Lord, she is gorgeous <3 And precious <3 And amazing <3 And PERFECT!!! <3

Well they all are, but still... UEMU!!! <3

The Digest for Miyamoto Karin's first e-Hello DVD, titled Greeting ~Miyamoto Karin~ has been uploaded! Be sure to take a look and enjoy!


Wait, haven't I seen something like this before...? Oh yeah, every other e-Hello Greeting DVD. They kinda need some originality... how about apple bobbing? Twister? Skateboarding? Make it creative!

Still though... d'awww, Jesus!

Up-Front Promotion News

UFP Duo Bitter&Sweet now have an official Twitter, so be sure to follow it!


I am sure that many of you have already found the Twitter and followed, but if you haven't... then do it! I have, and I can't wait for the MV that they have said they shot on one of their first tweets! YEEP!!!

Bitter&Sweet Official Twitter

Kikkawa Yuu's official youtube has uploaded two parts of her Christmas ustream, so be sure to check it out!


This should be a pleasant surprise for the fans, though er, UFP, Christmas was a month away? Yeah, you could uploaded it a while ago, at least BEFORE NEW YEARS!!!

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Sengoku Minami graces the February 2014 cover of Photo Technic Digital!


I like that hair on her, it is really flattering! She just looks bored, is all.


On January 13th, former Morning Musume member Yasuda Kei and her partner, Italian food cooking researcher Ozaki Yuichi, held their wedding ceremony on the Island of Oahu in Hawaii.
"To my family, friends, and everyone in Japan... I am the happiest I could be to have received messages of blessings from many people. Thank you very much. Our long life together, we would like to build a warm family by taking each other's hands. We are still very immature, but please continue to support us." - Yasuda Kei (Tokyohive Translation)

She looks so beautiful in her Wedding Dress... ahhh, she looks beautiful always, but you know what I mean!!! It is so lovely to see her wear a beautiful gown... <3


Former AKB48 and SDN48 member Ohori Megumi is expecting her first child. She announced her pregnancy on her official blog, and is expecting her baby in June.

"When we found out that there is a new, small life inside my stomach, my husband was greatly pleased with tears in his eyes. Everyday, I am able to feel the reality that I will become a mother. I want to protect this precious life no matter what happens," 
"Finally this day has come. Fertilization plan complete." - Ohori Megumi (Tokyohive Translation)

Oh wow, this is amazing news! I honestly do sometimes wonder if anyone from the AKB or 48 graduates in general has had a baby, but to hear this is such awesome news!!! Children are wonderful, and I am sure that Megumi will treasure her precious child with all of the love and kindness she can offer.

Congrats to the expecting parents!!!



It has been announced that SKE48 will release their 14th single on March 19th! The single is currently untitled, and will be available in Limited Editions A-D, Regular Editions A-D, and a Theatre Edition.
"I am really happy to let everyone know about the release of our 14th single. On top of that, we were able to make the announcement during the first handshake event of the year so it's like an 'otoshidama' (New Year's present) from SKE48 to our fans. I'm glad that you were all pleased with it."
"We don't know the details yet, but it will be our first single after our Nagoya Dome concerts (February 1 & 2nd), so we want to challenge a song that will allow you to look at us in a different way and feel new possibilities from us." -Matsui Jurina (Tokyohive Translation)

I swear, waiting for a 48 sister group single is like waiting for the apocalypse to come - it takes ages, and the only thing we have to entertain ourselves during the wait is lack-lustre, bland songs by AKB.

Still, HURRAH FOR A NEW SKE SONG!!!! -bows to SKE-

Tokyohive | 48 Scoops | Tokyo Girls' Update


On January 11th, it was announced that Team M's Koyanagi Arisa will be graduating from the group. Currently her graduation date and future activities will be announced once they have been decided.
"Since my first year of high school, I started to have a desire for clothing and accessories related work. Now that I'm my third year, I had to decide on what course I should take and started thinking about what I should do. I thought about it a lot, but my desire for working with clothing and accessories was number one." - Koyanagi Arisa (Tokyohive Translation)

I always find myself surprised whenever someone in a 48 group that isn't AKB announces their graduation, and this time is no different, either. It's sad that Arisa has decided to leave, but it's good that she knows where her desires lie, and I hope that she can fulfill those desires and dreams.

Until you leave, have fun in NMB48 and cherish the moments you spend with the other members.


On January 11th, HKT48 announced the promotion of 17 Kenkyuusei members, as well as the formation of Team KIV!

All promotions and Team Shuffles into Team KIV will be linked within the Source.


I was happy to see that a new Team was created for HKT48, but I was even more pleased to see that some of the Kenkyuusei were promoted! It's been a long time coming I think, to have certain girls (Meruru) promoted... so let's just say FINALLY!!!

Misc Idols and Groups News

The title for Aarashi's new single, to be released on February 12th, has been revealed! The new single has been titled Bittersweet, and the coupling track has been titled Road to Glory.

The title song will be used as the theme song for Matsumoto Jun's drama, Shitsuren Chocolatier, whilst Road to Glory will be used as the theme song  for NTV's broadcast of the Sochi Olympics.

The single will come in both a Limited and Regular edition.


I am surprised that this wasn't a Double A-side, to be honest. But still... I wonder how bittersweet and glorious this single will be?

On 13th January 2014, Takagi Reni of Momoiro Clover Z attended her coming-of-age ceremony and visited a shrine in Tokyo to pray, as well as spoke of her aspirations of adulthood with the fans during the groups Ustream.

She is the first member of Momoiro Clover Z to reach the age of 20 (as of last July) and journey into womanhood.


Even though I haven't really commented on any other coming-of-age ceremonies that don't include a video, I really felt like I wanted to include Reni's, because despite not being a big fan of MomoClo Z in general, I actually find Reni to be such a fun and likeable Idol, and when I saw the pictures of her wearing the kimono, I just wanted to comment on it and appreciate how truly beautiful she is.

Congratulations on becoming a woman, Reni-chan. You will truly blossom this year I believe.

It has been reported that Momoiro Clover Z's Sasaki Ayaka has fractured her foot, and will therefore only sing during performances depending on the condition of her foot for at least 3 weeks.


Good Lord, what is with these Idols and fracturing their feet!? Well, I hope she gets better soon and will dance again, but in the mean time, why not work on your vocals, love...?

It has been announced that AAA's Hidaka Mitsuhiro will release his first solo album this March under the name SKY-HI.


Good Lord, he is dishy... and his vocals are to die for <3 I need to re-ignite my love for AAA again, and Hidaka. Nom nom nom, Hidaka... <3

Sexy Zone's second album, titled Sexy Second, has had its track list revealed! The album will come in four different editions; Limited A, Limited B, Regular Edition and Loppi-HMV Limited Edition!

Limited A and Limited B will come with a DVD and Photobook, as well as a bonus track, and the Loppi-HMV Limited Edition single will come with an original scarf towel.

Track List:

01. Sexy Second(Introduction)
02. We Gotta Go
03. Butsukacchauyo
04. 4 Seasons
06. Ghost ~Kimi wa Maboroshi~
07. Congratulations
08. Bye Bye Du Bye~See you again~
09. Shout!!
10. Soba ni Iru yo
11. Be Free
12. Real Sexy!
13. Doki Doki Break Out!!
15. Watashi no Okite (Bonus Track)


I am cringing from second-hand embarrassment at that title... Good freakin' Lord, those boys do suffer... -bangs head to desk-


On December 31st, 2013, Alice Project debuted their latest group, Armor Girls! The group consists of the members Amaki Jun, Kuroki Hinako, Onodera Naho, Ito Miu, Hoshino Manami and Kubota Misa. All six girls were previously a part of the group Pa-Ken, which their all graduated on December 30th, 2013.


I don't follow Alice Project any more, but I like the look of these girls. They remind me of something out of Final Fantasy! It would be awesome to see PV's with dragons and elements in it for them, though given that this is Alice Project... yeah, it won't happen xD

J-Pop Idols

Railway loving Idols Station♪ are set to release their 8th single next month! The new single, titled Ichikoro Motion, will be the groups 3rd consecutive release in three months!

The single comes in one edition, and will include the title track and its instrumental.


Okay, I need to hope back onto the Station♪ and board the train! These girls are chugging along nicely!!!

J-Pop Idols

(From Top Left to Bottom Right: CD_DVD ver, CD only ver, Event & mu-mo shop ver and Limited Picture Label ver.)

Fairies have revealed the covers for their 7th single, RUN with U which is set for release on February 19th!

There will be four editions of the single available to purchase.


Hot damn, those are some pretty covers. I actually want to buy them simply for the covers... and the song. I actually like the song!

Tokyo Girls' Update

(From Top Left to Bottom Centre: Type A, Type B and Type C)

GALETTe will release their second single, titled Jajauma to Yobanaide / Candy Pop, on February 19th, it has been revealed. This will also be the groups first release with their newest member, Komori Yui formerly of HKT48!

There are three editions availbale; Type A, Type B and Type C. Type A comes with a DVD including the Music Video of Jajauma to Yobanaide.


I have actually heard their first song before, though I have had to re-listen to it as I may have not listened to it properly, and it is seriously good! I am looking forward to seeing how they are as a 5nin group now though~

J-Pop Idols

Dorothy Little Happy will release their second album, titled STARTING OVER, on February 26th it has been revealed. There will be two editions available, Type A and Type B, and includes 12 songs with 8 of those songs being new.

Type A includes a bonus DVD, whilst Type B includes a 48-page photobook for its first press edition.


Wait, this group is still around? Also, February 26th... isn't that my Mapa's birthday...?

J-Pop Idols

Miscellaneous News

It has been announced that Kawaguchi Haruna and Fukushi Sota will both star in the live-action film adaptation of the manga Sukitte Iinayo, also known as Say "I Love You". Filming has already begun, and is said to end in February.
"The ideal shiny school life in the original manga gave me a heart-wringing feeling. Since I never experienced such things in my high school days, I was envious about it. I think it would be the movie that you could get courage from Mei-chan," - Kawaguchi Haruna
"I need to meet the expectation of the fans of the original manga, and I also would like to do my best to play 'Yamato', the most handsome guy in the school." - Fukushi Sota
(Translations by Tokyohive)


I vaguely remember reading this manga, and even though the story is a bit clich├ęd and over-done, the thought of it being turned into a live-action film is nice.

I still kinda want Hiyokoi to be adapted into a live action film or series, though!


PV/Song Previews

On March 19th, KAMEN RIDER GIRLS will release their second album, titled exploded! The news was announced on January 15th during the groups Live Show.

The teaser trailer, above, was released and shows recordings of the girls singing the tracks.

There will be a Type A and Type B version of the single, both coming with a DVD.


I swear, I haven't heard from these girls in ages... or at least, I have heard of them, but forgot! o-o Well, I am glad they are still around because they are a cool group to listen to, and WOOHOO!!! Second album!!!

Press Release/Promotional Videos

JIJIPRESS have released press release event footage featuring Yajima Maimi, Nakajima Saki and Hagiwara Mai of C-ute promoting the groups Live Concert Photobook, so be sure to check it out!


Mai looks so gorgeous in this, and Maimi's hair looks good as well. Nakky doesn't look as good though, which is sad because she is too gorgeous ;w; but that shirt she is wearing is ugly...


26 members of AKB48 including Watanabe Mayu and Shimazaki Haruka, as well as NMB48's Yamamoto Sayaka, all held the coming-of-age ceremony as they will all turn 20 this year!

Footage has been uploaded and provided by MAiDiGi TV, Oricon and JIJIPRESS!


Wait, Paruru's not 13!? MY LIFE HAS BEEN A LIE!!!

MAiDiGi TV | MAiDiGi TV 2 | Oricon Official | JIJIPRESS

Shimazaki Haruka, Watanabe Mayu and Nagao Mariya all attend a press conference to promote nail designs for Hot Pepper Beauty! Be sure to check it out!

Footage has been uploaded and provided by MAiDiGi TV, Movie Collection JP, Oricon and JIJIPRESS!


I actually want those nails, but I can't have them... they are far too out of my reach -sobs- Also, the girls all look absolutely gorgeous. I am so jelly of their purtyness!!!

HKT48 members attended a press conference for the Aomori apple, as the figure of Aomori Ringo Queen. Be sure to check out the footage provided!


They should have dressed as apples. Beautiful, whole apples.

JIJIPRESS has uploaded footage from Kasai Tomomi's release event for her third solo single release, Kietai Kurai, so be sure to check it out!


Her voice is so sweetly annoying, and she looks so refreshing singing the song here. Sadly, her song sounds so unoriginal, but hey, it's still nice! Well done Kasai!

Performances and TV Appearances

Up Up Girls perform their song ENJOY!! ENJO(Y)!! at Akiba Cultures Gekijyou! Be sure to check it out!


Okay, I think I am in love with this song... it is so cute, peppy, energetic and fun!

Morning Musume '14's Talk and Performance on Hey! Hey! Hey! Special from January 13th has been uploaded! Be sure to check it out, and have fun!


I just want to sit here and appreciate how darned amazing these girls are, and Video of thhow good that performance was... regardless of all the unnecessary auto-tune on certain girls, and Riho's bad live vocals. Oh welps~ STILL GOOD!

And look at Riho dancing like the Queen she is, and Eripon trying to charm the hosts!


Aaaaand that is all I have time for this week! Hopefully this (late, oops) Digest will have filled your bellies, taken away that hunger and will keep you going for another week! Until next time though, Ja ne, tata and good day! Have a lovely week ahead of you! MWAH!!!!



  1. Just a bit of suggestion.. You might want to change 'Up-Front Promotion News' to a broader title like "Up-Front news' because most -if not all- artist covered there aren't in UFP, but belong to other UF management like Up-Front Create (some OG, Kikka, UUG) or Just Pro (Mano).

  2. Riho is getting better, i lover her dancing. Btw i wonder whats the big news regarding morning musume, maybe tsunku thinks on graduating the group from hp or sayumi's graduation yeiih haha i like sayu but i think is time for her to grow up outside momusu. OMG i can't wait for the 22th