“S/mileage / ANGERME SELECTION ALBUM Taiki Bansei” Covers Released

The covers for ANGERME’s new album titled S/mileage / ANGERME SELECTION ALBUM Taiki Bansei have been released.

There will be three versions: Regular, Limited A with a Blu-ray with MVs and live performances selected by the members, and a Limited B version with a DVD with the full concert for ANGERME’s 2015 “Starting” Live Tour.

New album releases are always fun and this one is no exception. This one seems like it’s a best of album due to the title, but we will find out for sure once the complete tracklist is released.

Regardless the covers are amazing, with a unique theme for each one. Regular features a standard group shot with the members in white dresses. Limited A has a bit more of a grungy look with the members standing around Wada. Limited B is the standout, with the members standing in stylish poses against a white background.

So far I’m loving all of the covers, but I am curious as to why the Limited A and Limited B will be taller than the Regular cover. It might be due to the DVD and Blu-ray included in the release, but we will find out on November 25 when it’s released.

Source: Hello! Project


[UPDATED] Sayashi Riho To Graduate From Morning Musume ’15

Sayashi Riho

UPDATED: Translation of her graduation announcement after the break

Sayashi Riho has announced that she will be graduating from Morning Musume ’15.

She will remain in Hello! Project after her graduation. Her reason for leaving is that she wants to focus on her dancing.

Thank you for your continued support towards Morning Musume。’15.

Today, Riho Sayashi has announced she will graduated from Morning Musume。’15 on December 31st in her blog post.

Riho became a 9th generation member and made her debut with “Majidesuka Suka” in 2011 and continued her career until now.

She said she wants to devote herself to her progress in dancing, and she talked about this matter many times. With her consent, we came to this conclusion.

Riho will graduate from Morning Musume。but she will be a Hello! Project’s member after the graduation.

Before flying with her own wings, we will watch her with this new challenge.

Until her Morning Musume。’15’s graduation as a member, she will continue to perform much more during the current tour and during the other activities.

Please continue to support Morning Musume。’15 and assist Riho Sayashi in the future.



As a big Momusu fan it’s strange to see a 9ki member graduate all of a sudden. Seeing her join the group and being proclaimed as the ace with her amazing dancing skills and vocal abilities it seems like she was destined to shape the group into an amazing force to be reckoned with and across the years it seems like she did just that.

Sadly, fans have pointed out that she seems bored at times, and I do have to agree. Maybe the group isn’t challenging her skills enough? Maybe the idea of being restricted to only a few lines in a song while dancing with others might be a bit too much? Regardless, she will remain with H!P so that’s a relief since we will be able to enjoy her performances in the umbrella of groups.

What she will be doing from now on is certainly a mystery but I look forward to finding out as the time comes near.

Her graduation is set for December 31 (the 5th anniversary of being announced as part of Morning Musume), so fans make sure to attend her final performance to support her as she moves on to her solo activities!

Good luck Riho, thank you for the many years of amazing performances!

Source: Oricon.jp | Hello! Project Site | 9ki Blog | Up Front Link Facebook

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Little Glee Monster To Open For Ariana Grande This December

Little Glee Monster

Little Glee Monster have been selected to open up for Ariana Grande’s upcoming series of concerts in Japan this December.

My Ariana Grande knowledge is close to nothing so there isn’t much to comment on her from my side, but I’m ecstatic to see that Little Glee Monster will get a chance to get some additional promo by being the opening act for the concert.

The dates for the performances are set for December 8 and 9 at Saitama Super Arena so fans of the group and of Ariana are encouraged to attend!

Source: Natalie.mu

MARIA “Me Gumi no Hito” And “Getchu” MVs Released


Two MVs for MARIA’s latest single titled Me Gumi no Hito and the coupling song Getchu have been released.

Me Gumi no Hito features the group’s unique style of rock that sets them apart, and while it might be a sound for everyone I am loving how it looks and sounds since not many idols go the route of old-timey rock with sunglasses and backpacks. Highly recommended if you’re bored of the typical idol groups!

In MARIA’s Getchu we get to enjoy them without their sunglasses for a more upbeat sound with them dancing on a red platform in front of a dark backdrop. Compared to the previous video it’s not exactly the most visually entertaining with only a dance shot, but it’s quite fitting for the song.

It’s been out for a while, specifically October 21, so those who love the MVs won’t have to wait!


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Stereo Tokyo “PARTY PEOPLE” MV Released

Stereo Tokyo

The MV for Stereo Tokyo’s PARTY PEOPLE has been released.

These EDM idols have a unique style to them that make them stand out from the other idols, with a catchy electronic sound that is sure to make you move your head along to the beat. It reminds me of Perfume, but of course with more members and a more EDM style.

The setting of the video is a crazy party with people waving lightsticks, carrying cakes, and dancing along to the music as a story unfolds. Things get hectic when the senior citizens hit the scene, bringing with them enough foam cannons to cover everyone in attendance. As weird as that might sound, it makes the video much more unique and complements the visuals well.

The single was released on October 28, so it’s brand new on store shelves for you to enjoy!

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NEXT YOU “Next is You!” Single Announced

NEXT YOU Juice Juice

Juice=Juice’s fictional idol alter ego NEXT YOU will be releasing their 1st single titled Next is you!

As we mentioned before, Juice=Juice will be playing a fictional idol band called NEXT YOU and they would be releasing singles under that name while the drama Budoukan played out and it seems like we’re already getting a new single announcement ahead of the drama’s airing.

The title itself isn’t the most creative, but I’m liking how they went for simplicity over a complex and long title. A nice detail is that it will be produced by Tsunku. Those who remember the drama mention might remember that the group in the drama are produced by the legendary producer so it’s nice that he will have a part in this release as well.

Of course, the release was mentioned at a conference so there are not that many details so far, but we should hopefully have a date for release sometime soon.

Source: Barks.jp

miwa “Anata ga Koko ni Ite Dakishimeru Koto ga Dekiru Nara” Covers Released

The covers for miwa’s Anata ga Koko ni Ite Dakishimeru Koto ga Dekiru Nara have been released.

With an amazing look and voice, it’s no surprise to see her get equally impressive covers for her latest release, and I have to admit that these are quite eye catching. Of course, we get two versions: regular having her in a fetal position as well as a Limited version.

I’m quite the fan of the Limited version since we get to see her looking at the camera, but I’m loving the leaves and flower petals flowing around her with the light background colors in the background.

There is mention that an MV is out for the song, but I couldn’t find it so if you do please comment below so we can share it with everyone.

November 11 is the day of release, so make sure to get a copy and check out the drama Kounodori where the song is being used as a theme song!

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sora tob sakana “Yozora wo Zenbu” MV Released

sora tob sakana

The MV for sora tob sakana’s Yozora wo Zenbu has been released.

sora tob sakana have an interesting style that sets them apart from other groups since they tend to lean towards a more electronic sound mixed in with some rock. Sure, it might sound a bit messy at times since the instrumental is a bit too powerful, but it seems like a group to keep an eye.

The single was released on October 27, so you can get a copy out now!

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Arai Manami PB Titled “Seventeen’s Eyes”

Arai Manami

Arai Manami’s PB, previously titled LOVELY EYES, will be titled Seventeen’s Blue.

It seems like quite an interesting choice to change the title, but for me it definitely makes for a catchier title, since it seems to show off her age a bit more while not being a bit generic. Of course, the content will be the same so that will be a treat.

We’ll be enjoying this amazing PB pretty soon, in fact in a few weeks on November 16.

Source: Shogakukan