Grape Leaves

Karin Miyamoto to graduate Juice=Juice and Hello! Project. Juice=Juice ace Karin Miyamoto has announced her intention to graduate from the group and Hello! Project following completion of J=J's Spring tour. Reasons given for wishing to leave the group were many and varied, including the desire to be a solo artist, interests in DIY craft-work and … Continue reading Grape Leaves

Generation XV

Morning Musume - "KOKORO&KARADA / LOVEpedia / Ningen Kankei No way way" The most anticipated Morning Musume singles for me these days are those that debut a new generation. I've been less interested in the H!P flagship than all other H!P groups since Sayumi graduated, and that saddens me a bit. MM is the group … Continue reading Generation XV

Did “One•Two•Three” Save H!P?

I saw this pop up in my Twitter feed a few days ago: https://twitter.com/ainogundan/status/1208394441142292481 This is an interesting theory. There's no question that "One•Two•Three" (OTT) returned Morning Musume to relevance in the J-idol world, but it's effect on the Hello! Project itself is something I'd never considered. I did some research using data from the … Continue reading Did “One•Two•Three” Save H!P?

Tsubaki Factory — “Ishiki Takai Otome no Dilemma / Dakishimerarete Mitai” single

The sixth major single from Tsubaki Factory is so Tsubaki Factory, and I mean that in a positive way. Sure, they're channeling "Teion Yakedo" on "Dakishimerarete Mitai", which shouldn't be too surprising considering both were written by the same team (Kodama Ameko and Ohashi Riko), but "Dakishimerarete Mitai" is more subtle and restrained in terms … Continue reading Tsubaki Factory — “Ishiki Takai Otome no Dilemma / Dakishimerarete Mitai” single