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

ANGERME – “Nakenai ze・・・Kyoukan Sagi” Single Review

Note: This is the second on a series of posts where I catch up with Hello! Project music released during my hiatus.  ANGERME’s latest single represents a return to form after an odd video-only triple A-side release. It was odd not only because of the video-only format, but the music was a departure from the … Continue reading ANGERME – “Nakenai ze・・・Kyoukan Sagi” Single Review

“Ai no Tane (20th Anniversary Ver)”

The Hello! Project dropped it's 20th Anniversary bomb today; a (slight) reworking of Morning Musume's first recording, "Ai no Tane", originally released on this day in 1997. The group, dubbed Morning Musume 20th, consists of the current MM'17 lineup and the full original 1st Generation.  It's a digital-only release, which is understandable, as the target … Continue reading “Ai no Tane (20th Anniversary Ver)”