So your new to Hello! Project(or not, either way) and are curious about a new group or maybe just want to get to know more about these gorgeous Hello! Project girls. Well, using this guide, you can ease your way into…
Well, first things first, who is Buono! composed of? Well, it’s a 3-nin unit(currently the smallest active unit in Hello! Project) composed of three Hello! Project Kids:
- Tsugunaga Momoko (leader)(Berryz Koubou)
- Natsuyaki Miyabi (Berryz Koubou)
- Suzuki Airi (°C-ute)
As you can see, she’s the leader of the group. This was chosen during one of their concerts(in which all three of them wanted to be leader). She’s also the oldest of the three(and shortest) so that may have had something to do with it. In Berryz Koubou, she’s known as the cute and playful shorty with a very nasally voice who almost always has a center spot in singles. She’s also the center in most of Buono!’s covers/promotional images as of the Gachinko de Ikou! single.
She used to be the center in images and such until the release of Gachinko de Ikou!, where Momoko unexpectedly took the center spot. Either way, all three girls still share the same amount of lines in songs(although Miyabi does get ripped off sometimes). In Berryz she’s known(to me anyway) as the beauty who battles it out with Kumai Yurina to be in that center spot along with Sugaya Risako. To me, she has the most solid voice in the group and is my personal favorite.
Mostly known as C-ute’s insanely popular member and as the girl who ALWAYS had a prominent spot in the group’s singles. Tsunku really wanted special members in this group, and it’s these three together that fit best with the groups punky/rock image. In songs, she tends to sing the chorus a lot, making her voice one of the most noticeable in the groups.
Image and Sales
Compared with the rest of Hello! Project’s cute image(which Buono! doesn’t lack in, trust me) the group offers a more punk rock image, which is also seen in their music, the which has always had a rock sound to it(minus their very first single).
Sales wise, Buono! had a very strong start, their first single(Honto no Jibun) sold 30k the first week(around 15k less than Momosu’s average present sales and just on par with Berryz/C-ute’s current sales) and 42k overall. However, being an anime based group(their singles are used as the opening+ending themes) they were bound to deteriorate with time. Their latest single MY BOY(which is leagues better than Honto no Jibun) has only sold around 20k it’s first week. While not as much as they used to sell, in the Hello! Project world for 2009, it’s still a fair amount.
As of today, Buono! has released 7 singles and 2 albums, with a new single being released the 26th of August. Buono! is one of the few H!P artists whose discography I can really enjoy the most of. Their albums have proven to be of very high quality and their a-sides are insanely catchy.
Recommended songs, in order of awesomeness:
- Rottara Rottara (a-side / Buono! 2 album)
- Goal (Buono! 2 album)
- MY BOY (a-side)
- Gachinko de Ikou! (a-side / Buono! 2 album)
- Kiss! Kiss! Kiss! (a-side / Buono! 2 album)
Recommended PV’s, in order of awesomeness: