Monthly Archives: January 2016

Itsudemo! Kannon Smile #30 (2015.06.23) (guest: Ikuta Erina)


Erina is back this week as the guest! Kanon suggests that since there hasn’t been time yet on the show, they should discuss how their GRADATION Budokan performance went. The two share that they were both a little envious of Riho and Sakura receiving so many of Sayumi’s previous lines, but were happy to receive a few of their own. Erina’s favorite line she received is in “I’m Lucky Girl”, which was sung as a 5 person song with Mizuki, Erina, Haruna, Haruka, and Kanon. The line “kono mama kaze ni notte” is in the chorus, which made Erina especially happy, since it was nearly the first time she sang in a chorus at Budokan. Kanon shares the feeling, finally getting to sing on her own, in particular, her solo part in “Shouganai Yumeoibito”. To them, who have rarely gotten solo lines in the past, can really feel “god looking down on them” when they do receive the parts. With that, they feel that they absolutely must perform their parts as well they can, and, beyond that, they think they were more nervous than other members who regularly receive solo lines because the pressure of judgement is certainly greater. Erina explains that she attempted to emulate how her seniors performed the lines; thinking it to be considerably difficult at first. The two are happy with how far they were able to grow during the GRADATION Concert season and look forward to doing their best during the Summer Hello! Concert, as well.

Song: Morning Musume – Tokimeku Tokimeke

ikutaandosuzukiShe’s back!

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Japan Hello! Pro Network #1 (2015.04.01)

Our MC for today’s inaugural episode is Morning Musume。´15 leader Fukumura Mizuki, who gives us a quick introduction to the show. Also appearing together with her are ℃-ute and H!P leader Yajima Maimi and Country Girls’ Playing Manager Tsugunaga Momoko.

With Mizuki as the MC, Momoko hopes to get something yummy to work with. Mizuki was actually really nervous to be in the MC position – so nervous that she couldn’t sleep the night before.

This first broadcast is a meeting of leaders, so the girls will be talking about the charms of Hello! Project from a leader’s point of view. Momoko is grateful to be invited for this, since she’s technically not a leader – she’s usually only called when the circumstances are convenient. As she always gets left out despite wanting to join, she’s really happy for the opportunity to participate in the discussions this time around.

♫ Morning Musume。´15 – Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru ♫


Momoko: For still being so cute today… ‘Gomennasai ne~’
Mizuki: Eh, Tsugunaga-san, have you quit with your ‘Yurushite-nyan’?
Momoko: Nope, I haven’t.

Momoko was just promoting Country Girls’ newly released song, Itooshikutte Gomen ne. Anyway, they start with a very brief outline of the history of Hello! Project: H!P started in 1998 with the debut of Heike Michiyo and Morning Musume。, and after 17 years, Hello! Project is now a bastion of various groups. Continue reading

Itsudemo! Kannon Smile #29 (2015.06.16) (guest: Ikuta Erina)


Today, Kanon has a guest on the show: Ikuta Erina! Kanon initially comments that she is of the opinion that most members stopped thinking about this show once Sayumi’s ended. Erina half heartedly replies that she had thought about the show, but that was the extent of her efforts. In her defense, the recording studio is ‘all the way out in Nagoya’, so it’s more of a out of sight, out of mind thing. She made it her all by herself today solely using her phones GPS though. This is Erina’s second time coming to the studio, as she ended up joining Mizuki when she went on as a guest on Sayumi’s show. When Sayumi announced her graduation, Erina asked who would be taking over the show, however Sayumi never gave her a straight answer. After thinking about it for a small bit, Erina concluded that it would probably be Kanon since the studio was in Aichi after all. Kanon mentions Maria is also from Aichi, and Erina says “Yeah I thought maybe it would her as well” since she had the new member appeal at the time. Tieing it together, Kanon states that she’s happy to have this show since it’s in her home prefecture.

Song: Otome no Timing – Morning Musume

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Normally, this would be the part where Kanon reads letters, however, they’ll be doing something a little different: a tongue twister showdown! The two cheer; Kanon begins asking Erina if she thinks she can perform tongue twisters to which she professes mid sentence that she think she can do it. On this radio show she has been able to do them before successfully, so while Kanon generally thinks shes bad at them, she thinks she’ll be alright today. Finding it hard to believe, Erina asks if she practices before the radio recording; this happens to be the truth, leading Erina to be suspicious of her real ability. The rules are simple, do the most tongue twisters without making a mistake and you don’t have to give a super-cutesy self appeal. The two rock-paper-scissors to decide who gets to goes first, Kanon wins. As a result, she lets Erina go first.

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