Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Okay! Musume Digest #81

Minna! Is that a Digest I see? IT'S DIGEST TIME!!!

This week, in Digest x Idol News...

Tsunku Trolls us all! Taiyou to Ciscomoon and Melon Kinenbi to return for the Hello! Pro New Year Concert! WHAT!? Morning Musume's 55th single has been announced and titled! UUG's Ayano Sato opens a fashion and cosmetics blog! SKE48 to lose members! HouPri's Shiraishi Rika to graduate! Flower to release an album! Shiina Pikarin reveals the audio for her digital song Miga Candy! And more! Are you ready to Digest?

Hello hello, one and all! Welcome back to the Weekly Digest, a post updated weekly for your ease when it comes to News from the Idol world! Will you once again be reading this week?

... Yeah, okay, I'll stop that now... so how was everyone's week? Admittedly I mostly worked and tried to do reviews/tried to stop procrastinating on my reviews (it kinda worked) as well as thought about what I could get some people in my family for Christmas (I have a difficult family to tend to sometimes XD). But really, it's amazing how quickly Christmas is upon us, as well as how fast the New Year is approaching... it's scary crazy, gargh! I still need to figure out what to do for my year end posts... -sobs-

Sob stories over and done with, I hope that you have all had a good week and that the Idols have been good to you. I also hope that you are all putting up decorations and singing Christmas songs, getting a little bit tipsy and just have some good ol' fun! Or maybe you're relaxing, which is also a good thing. RELAXATION!!!

... Yeah, I am, er... kinda hyper... *ahem*

So, with all that said and done, I will leave you all to the Digest for this week. Please enjoy, and don't get lost! Or drunk... or sad! I like you when you are happy ): <3

As always, please be sure to use ctrl + f for easier navigation to the posts that YOU want to see! Tata for now~

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

Video of the Week

We're GEM! by GEM

Avex either do really well with an Idol group, or they flop (see: SUPER☆GiRLS) so when I heard that GEM of Idol Street would be debuting in the New Year, I was prepared for the worst... and then this PV came out, and fucked up my initial feelings of I will dislike you greatly. Damn you, GEM, damn you for being cute and good!

I may still do a PV review for this video, because Good Lord, I do love it! It's cute, energetic, up-beat, fun and the girls have a bit of attitude and a helluva lot of character! They also have quite a few good singers (bar that ear-piercing, shrieking one who seems to have an important solo in the bridge of the song) and they also seem to have a bit of talent and flare in the dance department... Oh yeah, and they remind me a little bit of SweetS, but more cute than cool, and more Idoly in looks. Yeah...

Also, Avex have totally pulled out their 90's album for this one, because holy crap, this is so 90's, I feel 5 again! It truly is good ol' 90's Avex, so out-dated, but still so damn good! I cannot get enough of it, and yes, I do love Shiny Days, GEM!


Picture of the Week

This is how Santa-chan flies, guys~

Looks like Santa found a ew way to cruise through the night air on Christmas Eve...


Hello! Pro Station #45 is here, with Fukuda Kanon of S/mileage hosting a bout of Hello! Project goodness for us all! Be sure to watch it!

This week, on Hello! Pro Station...

Morning Musume announce their 55th singles title! Berryz Kobou perform Anata nashi, ROCK Erotic and Jiriri Kiteru at Budokan! C-ute give a comment on the Naruchika tour! S/mileage's Ee ka!? dance version! Juice=Juice perform Hajimete wo Keikenchuu at Ikebukuro Sunshine City! The Hello! Pro Kenshuusei release a new version of Ten Made Nobore's PV! And Berryz backstage at Budokan! Are you looking forward to this weeks episode?



... Yeah, I like this episode, mostly for the MoMusu, Ju=Ju and Kenshuusei. But so many performances!!! O-O <3

Hello! Project News

The official website for Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2013 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~ has been opened, so be sure to visit and take a look!


Wait, there's a website!? YAY! WHOOP WHOOP, WHOOP WHOOP!!! -dances-

Taiyou to Ciscomoon and Melon Kinenbi will reform for and participate in the Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2013 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~ it has been revealed!

NOTE* There are more announcements to come about additional groups joining the concert line-up.



Fans... get yo butts OVER THAR!!!

Morning Musume

On December 6th, Tsunku announced that in 2014, Morning Musume would change their name to Morning Musume '14. Each year, the number will change, so in 2015 Morning Musume '14 will change to Morning Musume '15.

"From the bottom of my heart, I have to thank you very much for always supporting Morning Musume。 and Hello! Project.

Without delay, I have an information concerning Morning Musume。.

There will be a modification concerning the group's name Morning Musume。.
From the 1st of January 2014, the name of the group Morning Musume。 will be "Morning Musume。'14" (モーニング娘。’14 in Japanese). The way of reading the group's name is "Morning Musume One Four".
On 2014, Morning Musume。 kept this group's name for 17 years. From now on, to leave no doubt like "About when has this single song "XXX" been released!?" or "During which period did the member "XXX" take part of Morning Musume。?", the year will be displayed and the group can continue its activity after this for 10 years, 20 years, 30 years.
Therefore, the 1st January 2015, the group's name will become "Morning Musume。’15" (Morning Musume。 One Five).

Well, it might become confusing and might give up lol, but at any rate, from the New Year's Day, please support those girls who will become "Morning Musume。’14"!

The 55th single of Morning Musume。 '14 will be released on 29th January 2014. From now on, a new feeling will start!

6th December 2013
Morning Musume。's Producer


... I am pretty sure that upon reading the opening line of that post, a lot of Morning Musume fans had a heart attack because they thought it meant the death of MoMusu XD Oh my Lord, Tsunku is a troll!!!

But yeah, seriously, who cares? Lots of fans will continue to call them Morning Musume regardless XD

Morning Musume DVD MAGAZINE Vol. 57 has released its CM! Be sure to check it out!


Opening with creepy stares, continue with cuteness, laughter and costumes that have been dipped in glitter. Oh, and photography!WHOOO! GO MOMUSU '13!

Morning Musume '14 will hold fanclub events on February 22nd, 2014 and February 23rd, 2014.


Already planning ahead with their new name!

Tsunku has announced via his blog that Morning Musume '14 will release their 55th single. It is currently untitled, and will be released on January 29th, 2014.



JPlop | Tsunku Troll's Blog

Morning Musume's 55th single has been revealed to be a Triple A-side! The single will be titled Egao no Kimi wa Taiyo sa/Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai/What is Love? and will include the song, What is Love? created for J-Melo as well as the track Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai, which will be the theme song for the Sochi Olympics.

Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai is said to be a song with an intense dance number, and it will include the cheers from the voices that were gathered by using the Nippon Call app.

The main track Egao no Kimi wa Taiyo sa is said to be a middle tempo song that will make you smile, and is said to have a dance that looks easy, but is unexpectedly difficult.




Berryz Kobou

The Event V covers for Motto utto Issho ni Itta Katta/ROCK Erotic have been revealed!


I keep mistaking the rose petals on the ROCK Erotic cover for blood splatters... honestly, blood splatters would look a lot cooler.


C-ute have graced the cover of the December issue for Young Gangan!


Nakky and Airi are hawt, nuff said! -nose bleeds errwhere-


(Left: Amazon Limited cover | Right: Regular cover)

The covers for C-ute's C-ute 2013 Queen of J-POP Live Photobook have been revealed!


Simple edits, I could even do that XD But thank god no tacky photoshop sparkles... URGH!

Amazon Limited | Amazon Regular


S/mileage have graced the cover of Anikan R Yanyan!


And Kanananananana is front line and centre! YES!!!!

Hello! Online Twitter

S/mileage's Ee ka!?/Ii Yatsu will have a box set available for fans.


Nothing beats a damn boxset of S/mileage goodness, aye?

Hello! Project News


Juice=Juice have left a video comment for Deview, so please take a look!


The cute, polished look of Juice=Juice is very refreshing... though their red and black outfits remind me of Michael Jackson... hm... >___>

Hello! Pro Kenshuusei

Up-Front Promotion News

LoVendoЯ have released the CM for their DVD, LoVendoЯ Archives 2013! Be sure to take a look!


Wait, they're actually releasing these sorts of DVD's like the H!P units do? Nice


It has been revealed that Mano Erina will appear in the drama SHARK this coming January.


More Mano on TV, plox <3


Ayano Sato of Up Up Girls has opened up her fashion and cosmetics blog, so please check it out!


I like cosmetics, and I lurve cosmetic blogs, so OH MY GOSH YAY! So glad an Idol has opened uup a blog for people who cater to that sort of hobby/interest!

Official Ayano Sato Blog


Watarirouka Hashiritai will officially disband on February 9th, 2014, it has been revealed. On this day, the group will hold their final concert at Zepp Diver City in Odaiba.


It's nice to be given a confirmed date, though it is still rather sad...


Team E member Suga Nanako and Kenkyuusei member Yano Azuki have both announced their graduations from SKE48. They have both cited that they want to focus on their studies.

Nanako will graduate from SKE48 on December 22nd, whilst Azuki will have her final stage on December 23rd.

Draft member Suzuki Nene of Team KII has officially withdrawn from the draft as of December 10th.


... Daaaaamn, SKE are losing a load of members this year o-O

Misc Idols and Groups News

On December 7th, Shiraishi Rika announced through her blog that she would graduated from Houkago Princess on December 15th, where she will hold her final performance.

"On the 14th and 15th, I will hold my last event. 
During my holiday, I decided that I would graduate from Houkago Princess and make my announcement.
I am sorry. I am sorry that I kept you waiting. 
I am going to college next year and I need to think about the future and broaden my potential. I would also like to challenge a lot of things now. I would like to go on with my academics with no regrets. 
I had a lot of trouble coming to this decision on my own, whether I would graduate Houkago Princess. 
Because I had the support of the members and the staff, I could come to a decision. I truly appreciate it. 
And to those who have supported everyone. Thank you very much.
Thank you for not pushing Riri. I love you."
Shiraishi Rika went on a short suspension from the group in order to focus on her up-coming exams back in October, but now she has decided that she wants to focus on her studies and going towards college fully.


... I apologise for my terrible, rough translation, but I did want to try and write what she said... sadly, I did use google translate XD

That said, I am saddened that Rika is leaving. She is an adorable member, and she will certainly be missed... I hope that she truly focuses on her studies and works hard towards college. She will be sure to achieve many things, and I hope she also continues to support HouPri along the way, too.

Good look, Riri!!!

Shiraishi Rika Blog Announcement

Yamakawa Risa has announced that she will be taking a break from performing in order to treat her foot later this month. She will suspend performances from December 26th, with the last live before her return being on December 25th.

Her expected return once treatment is complete is January.


When I saw the title of the post, my heart almost leapt out of my mouth, because I thought Risarina would graduate! Thankfully that's not the case, but sadly she has hurt herself... so this is honestly the best thing for her. I am glad she is suspending performances in order to get well.

Get well soon, Risarina! <3

Yamakawa Risa Blog Report | Houkago Princess Staff Blog

It has been announced that Bakusute Sotokanda Icchome will release their first album, titled ① The Produce on January 29th, 2014. The track-list has also been revealed!

So far, the song order has yet to be decided. There will be 12 tracks in total on the album.

Track List:

1. Baito Fighter
2. Produce
3. Yoropiko Pikoyor!
4. Bishoujo Mokushiroku
5. Oh my Destiny
6. Douse Osarenai
7. Girl's Talk
8. KiraKira My Heart
9. Miracle no Hiketsu
10. HAPPY! Kyou wa Nandaka Isogashi~
11. Backstage PASS no Theme ~Oshi wa Kimi sa~
12. Tobitate! Star Ship

Comments: | Hello! Online Twitter | Tokyohive

Juice=Juice, THE Possible, WHY@DOLL, Toky Cheer2 Party, May J and others shall perform at bayFM's CHRISTMAS LOVE&LIVE on December 23rd!


Great to see a few acts get in on a Christmas gig for the fans! Hopefully they will bring the Christmas cheer we all need! Be sure to support the groups if you can attend :p

Ario-soga | Hello! Online Twitter

It has been announced that Idoling!!! member Yokoyama Rurika will release her third single, titled Mega Raba, on February 5th, 2014, and that it will also serve as the new ending theme for Fuji TV's anime Toriko.

The single will come in four editions; Limited A, Limited B, Toriko Edition and Regular Edition.


It's nice to see that Rurika is still releasing singles, though I am not a big fan of her voice. Still, who cares? A good song is a good song, so I do look forward to the sound of Mega Raba when it is leaked!


Enka singer Karen, who is under the TNX label, has released the cover for her up-coming single Shiori. The single will be released on January 8th, 2014.


My gosh, it's rare to hear about TNX artists, especially the ex-NICE GIRL Project ones...

Crown to Kuma | Nice Girl Twitter

Idoling!!!'s leader Endo Mai, a first generation member, has announced that she will be graduating from the group on February 14th, 2014. She will go on to pursue her activities as a soloist.
 "I entered the show business without knowing left from right. As a long-standing member of Idoling!!!, I feel very uneasy and lonely leaving, but with the age 25 as the turning point, I decided on my independence,"
"From now on, while delivering new music as a soloist, I hope to repay everyone little by little."
"I will keep every wonderful happening that I experienced in Idoling!!! close to my heart, and will live everyday without forgetting my first state of mind. I would be happy if you would continue supporting me as a member of Idoling!!! for the remaining months, and even after I graduate." - Endo Mai (Translation provided by Tokyohive)

I don't follow Idoling!!!, but when I saw the news I was really shocked. I didn't think that Endo Mai would graduate, but it seems she knows what she wants, and that she is ready to pursue a career without the other members surrounding her. It's sad to see that she is going, but I am sure that she will create a great journey for herself, and sing amazing solo songs.

Good luck Mai! I hope you blossom even more with your solo career!

Tokyohive | J-Pop Idols

The members of BiS have all posed nude for Quick Japan. The photos will be published in the latest issue, which will be released on December 12th.


Running in the rudey-dudey, YAAAY! Nothing like getting back to nature, aye?

J-Pop Idols

It has been announced that the group Flower will release their first album, self-titled Flower, on January 22nd. The album will contain 13 tracks and will come available in Regular and Limited editions.

The Limited edition will come with a DVD containing music videos and a making of.

*Track List available via the source.


It's great to see that Flower, who are a strong and pretty cool group, release their first album! They have some gorgeous songs, and I really hope that all of their fans save for the album and support the girls in various events!


Miscellaneous News

MAiDiGi TV have released the trailer for the up-coming movie, Kiki's Delivery Service! Be sure to check it out!


HOLY CRAVP I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -screams-

PV/Song Previews

An audio preview for Shiina Pikarin's new song, Miga Candy, has been revealed! The cute song is a collaboration project between the cute model and the girl's blog Candy. The song, which is a digital release, will be available on December 25th and is also the official theme song for Ameb Candy Collection in Takeshita Street.

The song is themed around dreams, expressing the thoughts and feelings of senior and junior high school girls.


OH. MY. GOD! This is freakin' adorable! I think I am in love with Pikarin even more now... it's just a perfect little song that is so sweet, bubbly and just down right cute!!! Like Pikarin, basically! GAAAAAH I LOVE IT *^*

Press Release/Promotional Videos

JIJIPRESS and MAiDiGi TV have released footage from the press release event for a fashion/lingerie line. Be sure to take a look!



JIJIPRESS have released footage from a press release event Tsuji Nozomi attended at Ginza's Cozy Corner. Be sure to take a look!


How has Nono not aged!? She looks gorgeous, and that Santa suit... <3



Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand that is all we have time for this week in the Land of Digests and Idols! I hope that this week has been fulfilling for your pallets, me dears, because it has certainly been a filling week for me! However now we must go and lay our heads to rest, until another week comes upon us. So until then my darlings, I will bid you adieu...

Okay, where is next week's!? >o>




    I don't know if you know this but I LOVE iDOL Street and GEM is my FAVORITE! (seriously, watch Speed Up. It's an amazing song) followed by Cheeky Parade... and then Super Girls.

    ANYWAY so yeah seeing that as the featured video just made me all smiley and happy hehe YAY! Because I for real had to contain myself from screaming with fangirl joy when the MV came out. I hope they continue to release good songs!


    I did not know, this is new information! But I am happy that I provided the song you enjoy <3 GEM seem to be a super talented bunch, I am seriously anticipating their future releases!

    I am glad! XD It's nice that a video featured for the week is a favourite of someones! It makes me happy if I put in a video others like!