It might just be me, but don’t you guys just love how neat and organized H!P is now that all the trash has been taken out? :D
There’s too much stuff that I can ramble about regarding H!P happenings this year. It’s much easier for me to organize it into categories and work it out there. For some, it’s been an AMAZING year, the best of their career, but for some others… well, not so much. Of course, some other groups played it on the safe side. Then again, it’s all really Tsunku’s decisions and his choices for their releases.
Truth be told, Berryz had a very… safe year. No graduations, no scandals, no wtf-y haircuts, nothing. They releases three singles, two being double a-sides, along with their first best album which included one new song.
♠ Released awesome singles. The double a-side thing works for them.
♠ Put Natsuyaki Miyabi back in the spotlight she deserves. <3
♠ They look more stunning than ever.
♠ Sales are still stable.
♠ Kind of a boring year for them.
♠ No new album.
♠ Kumai Yurina still can’t sing.
♠ Another double a-side single titled “Tomodachi wa Tomodachi Nanda! / Otakebi Boy WAO!” set for March 3rd.
Oh boy. Definitely the attention-drawing group of the year, and not in a good way. Apart from Tsunku giving them really sucky music, they’ve lost two members(one being my favorite -o-). With their upcoming, they seem to be going in the right direction, if it weren’t for the Airi hogging.
♠ Their Alo Hello! °C-ute DVD
♠ Arihara Kanna and Umeda Erika leaving.
♠ Crappy singles.
♠ Sales are in a slump.
♠ Maimi’s less than spectacular haircut.
♠ Saki looks weird.
♠ New member colors.
♠ Still no attention on the rest of the members.
♠ New Suzki Airi feat. °C-ute single “SHOCK!” out in January.
♠ Possibly more Airi hax.
Ahh… My wonderful Momosu. <3 2009 might be known as the “Emomosu” era I suppose. By the time Nanchatte Renai was released, I was honestly bored of that style of music for them, really. At least Tsunku is changing it up a bit now with Kimagure Princess and their upcoming single(<3). Still, if it weren’t for Eri hax in KP, I wouldn’t like it near as much. This year they released four singles, along with their 9th studio album and a b-side compilation.
♠ Finally released a solid studio album.
♠ Their change in music style was temporary refreshing.
♠ Most a-sides were superb.
♠ Got their first #1 in the Oricon since Aruiteru.
♠ Eri hax in Kimagure Princess
♠ Kusumi Koharu graduating.
♠ Spotlight still mostly on Ai+Reina. More 8th gen love!
♠ Still no auditions.
♠ Sales are going doooooooooown.
♠ New single “Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai” in February.
♠ Possible 9th gen?
♠ Opportunity for another member to take Koha’s sometimes center spot? Aika filling in for Resonant Blue live ftw?
Winner of my favorite H!P group of the year is no doubt Buono!. A solid sophomore album, four singles(three of them being awesome) and already releasing another single, less than two months from their last. Lets face it, we all gotta love Buono! It’s pretty much the ideal group. Not to mention their unique rock-pop sound that sets them apart from other H!P groups.
♠ Just plain awesome album and great singles.
♠ Constant new releases.
♠ Still keeping the line distribution even. <3 Don’t want my Miyabi to get pwned now.
♠ Best b-sides in the entire line-up.
♠ Apparently their sound isn’t as “Buono!” as it used to sound.
♠ New single and album next February.
♠ Who will be in the center in photo shoots now? Momoko had an album+4 singles. Miyabi had an album+3 singles. Since Airi should also get at least three singles, so she’ll get the center in the upcoming releases. But what about after that? Back to Miyabi? <3
Lolz, I’ve never noticed how huge her cheeks were before. Like her or not, you gotta give the girl props for being H!P’s only soloist, not to mention how freakin’ much she has developed since her debut. She released a whopping five singles and one album, which I would say overall were satisfactory.
♠ Developed vocally and musically by a lot.
♠ Wasn’t afraid to try out different styles.
♠ Kept us entertained at least every two months.
♠ Even more gorgeous than when she debuted. <3
♠ Her music may still sound a little bland and boring to some.
♠ Her vocals, while improved, are still everyone’s biggest concern with her.
♠ Sales aren’t doing to well(only 5k the first week for FRIENDS!).
♠ A new single for February.
Ahhh the H!P Eggs group. I love ’em to bits. <3 They just shine with freshness, like the future of the new H!P(one which started when Tsunku kicked out all the oldies). They’ve released three indie singles this year with a very poppy, cheerful sound.
♠ Their fresh sound and appearance is definitely a relief to lots of wotas.
♠ A ton of potential to really turn into a powerhouse H!P group. Imagine fierce/C-ute-ish during FOREVER LOVE single S/mileage. Awesome right?
♠ Solid songs so far.
♠ Their songs are a little bit too typical pop sound for me.
♠ Vocals have a lot of room for improvement.
♠ Major debut next Spring!
I’m loving how Tsunku is making these new groups by bringing together girls from the three main groups instead of just girls from the same group. Guardians 4 has kinda always been “there” for me. I really do enjoy their music, and the line up is great as well(minus Ms. Talksforsinging).
♠ Best “anime” music in H!P.
♠ Well rounded group of members with complimenting vocals.
♠ It’s an anime group, so all we’ll be getting is “anime” music.
♠ Kumai Yurina still can’t sing.
♠ Those fugly outfits.
♠ New single “Going On!” for January.
2010’S MOST ANTICIPATED
♠ Morning Musume auditions
♠ C-ute’s future releases
♠ Buono!’s album
♠ Mano Erina developing as a vocalist
♠ New groups!
♠ S/mlieage’s major debut