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This is the character sheet for Hello! Project. Please also list concepts that were significant to a group under it's name such as Mini Moni's member's all being short or GAM being the embodiment of She's Got Legs. Tsunku is the man who produces the vast majority of Hello! Project's music and personally oversees the auditions process.
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Morning Musume is Hello! Project's founding act and flagship group, hailing its commercial successes all the way back to 1998. The founding members were finalists in a competition to be the female vocalist for Tsunku's band, Sharan Q. The current members consist of:
Ascended Extra: Members are usually recruited through auditions, but Linlin, Mizuki Fukumura, Haruka Kudo, Sakura Oda, Akane Haga and Maria Makino were originally part of Hello! Project Eggs/Kenshuusei, the trainee program in Hello! Project, prior to joining.
Break the Cutie: Asuka Fukuda claims to have left Morning Musume because the other members bullied her due to her young age. She is the shortest lived member and the only one to completely go back to civilian life. No longer the case as she has resurfaced as part of a group called PEACE$TONE.
Ai Kago as a more notorious example, having been caught in two scandals after graduating from Morning Musume. The first had her suspended indefinitely from Hello! Project activities, and the second resulted in her being dismissed from Up-Front Agency altogether.
Chronological Album Title: Used for all their original studio albums. In order, they are: First Time, Second Morning, 3rd LOVE Paradise, 4th Ikimasshoi!, No.5, Ai no Dai 6 Kan, Rainbow 7, SEXY 8 BEAT, Platinum 9 DISC, 10 MY ME, Fantasy! Juuichi, 12, Smart, 13 Colorful Character, and 14shou ~The message~.
Color-Coded Characters: Each member has her own official image color, used to identify their merchandise and glowsticks, for example. In concerts, the members may even have a set of costumes all in their respective colors. For the current line-up:
Darker and Edgier: After Hitomi Yoshizawa and Rika Ishikawa left Morning Musume, they became the human avatars for Hangry & Angry, punk-lolita mascots desighed by h.Naoto. Yoshizawa and Ishikawa continued to use the Tomboy and Girly Girl archetypes respectively.
Meaningful Name: Hitomi Yoshizawa got her name due to her beautiful eyes, her name could roughly be translated to english as "eye person".
Meaningful Rename: Beginning in 2014, Morning Musume's name would reflect the current year that the group is active, so they were named "Morning Musume '14" (pronounced "one-four") and will become "Morning Musume '15" next year. This is to help audiences identify the various members in each lineup due to there being many members who were part of Morning Musume over the course of its 15+ year-history.
Pimped-Out Dress: The dresses in the music video for "Otoko to Onna no Lullaby Game", later seen on the covers of the album Fantasy! Juuichi. There will also be several of these worn as concert costumes, which are shed to reveal a more form-fitting costume underneath.
Promoted Fanboy: Risa Niigaki was known to be a fan of Morning Musume prior to her joining the group.
There's also Erina Ikuta, who as a fan of Niigaki herself, attended a fan club bus tour for Niigaki as a regular fan, going along and doing activities with the rest of the participants. Sure enough, Ikuta ended up inheriting Niigaki's yellow-green image color after the latter's graduation.
Retail Therapy: A stanza in "Kimagure Princess" talks about the girl in the song shopping online to soothe her frustrations. Subverted when she buys too much and ends up being angry when she receives the bill.
Rule of Symbolism: In the video for "No Hesitation", Ai Kago starts off trying to pack a large suit case and is wearing a dress but at the lyrics "Dangling my halfhearted feelings/with big baggage over my back/I don't need things like that any more" she stops, changes her clothes for a practical t-shirt, shorts and walking boots and opts to carry a backpack.
Running Gag: "Kame" is Japanese for turtle so whenever one of the other members sees a turtle they'll often exclaim, "There's Eri-chan!"
Self Harm: Ai Kago during her Heroic BSOD after being fired from Hello! Project by Up-Front Agency for being photographed smoking despite already being suspended for it a year earlier. She suffered from severe depression and started cutting herself. She has even admitted to having suicidal thoughts. She has since recovered, in addition to making a comeback as a musician and actress, as well as getting married and having a daughter.
Badass Biker: The stylistic concept of "Ai no Dangan" features all girls in red catsuits. There's even the aforementioned bike on one of the CD covers!
Chronological Album Title: Used for their original studio albums. In order, they are: 1st Chou Berryz, Dai 2 Seichouki, 3 Natsu Natsu Mini Berryz, 4th Ai no Nanchara Shisuu, 5 (FIVE), 6th Otakebi Album, 7 Berryz Times, Ai no Album 8, and Berryz Mansion 9kai.
Translated Cover Version: "Dschinghis Khan" (originally German), and "cha cha SING", "Loving you Too much", and "I like a picnic" (originally Thai).
C-ute consists of the other half of Hello! Project Kids who were not put in Berryz Koubou. They made their debut on an indies label in 2006 and entered the mainstream market in 2007. The members consist of:
Ascended Extra: Kanna Arihara was originally part of the trainee program, Hello! Project eggs, but was elected to become part of C-ute before the release of their first indie single to make the teams even, as Berryz Koubou and C-ute had eight and seven members at the time.
Maimi Yajima's screentime shot Up to Eleven after Megumi Murakami, the group's lead singer, left before their major label debut. A similar phenomenon happened to Chisato Okai, who had little to no solos, but her YouTube dance videos boosted her popularity to the point where she is also considered a main singer behind Maimi and Airi.
Chronological Album Title: Used for all their original studio albums. In order, they are: Cutie Queen VOL.1, 2 mini ~Ikiru to Iu Chikara~, 3rd ~LOVE Escalation!~, 4 Akogare My STAR, Shocking 5, Chou WONDERFUL! 6, Dainana Shou "Utsukushikutte Gomen ne", and 8 Queen of J-pop.
Buono! was formed in 2008 as a one-shot unit to perform the opening song to Shugo Chara!, but became popular and was kept as a regular act. In comparison to other Hello! Project acts, they're more pop-rock-influenced in terms of their music and fashion. The current members consist of:
Momoko Tsugunaga (Berryz Koubou)
Miyabi Natsuyaki (Berryz Koubou)
Airi Suzuki (C-ute)
Tropes shared by Buono!:
Anime Theme Song: The purpose of their formation; their first ten singles were used as ending themes for the Shugo Chara! anime.
S/mileage, formed in 2009, is an indies Girl Group consisting of former Hello! Project Eggs (Ayaka Wada, Kanon Fukuda, Yuuka Maeda, and Saki Ogawa) and made their record label debut in 2010. Originally consisting of four members, five auditionees were added into the group as "sub-group members", but later became integrated as "full members."In 2014, they added a 3rd generation consisting of former Hello! Project Kenshuusei and changed their name to ANGERME (pronounced "angel-me").The members consist of:
Ayaka Wada (leader)
Yuuka Maeda (left in 2011)
Saki Ogawa (left in 2011)
Kana Nakanishi (joined in 2011)
Akari Takeuchi (joined in 2011)
Rina Katsuta (joined in 2011)
Meimi Tamura (joined in 2011)
Fuyuka Kosuga (joined and left in 2011)
Mizuki Murota (joined in 2014)
Maho Aikawa (joined in 2014)
Rikako Sasaki (joined in 2014)
Tropes shared by S/mileage / ANGERME
Chronological Album Title: Used for both their original studio albums so far. (Sensing a theme with H!P yet?) In order, they are: Warugaki 1 and 2 Smile Sensation.
3rd major single: Onaji Jikyuu de Hataraku Tomodachi no Bijin Mama (My Friend's Mom Who Works At the Same Hourly Pay)
Meaningful Rename: Ayaka Wada and Kanon Fukuda decided to change S/mileage's name to coincide with the arrival of the third generation members, as it would mark a new chapter for the group. ANGERME was suggested by Kana Nakanishi and it comes from the French words ange ("angel") and larme ("tears").
Formed in early 2013, Juice=Juice is a group consisting of five girls (four of whom are Hello! Project Kenshuusei), with a "fruit" theme. They made their mainstream debut in the summer of 2013 after three successful indies singles. The members consist of:
Yuka Miyazaki (leader)
Tomoko Kanazawa (sub-leader)
Aina Otsuka (left in July 2013)
Country Musume / Country Girls
Country Musume / Country Girls
Country Musume was originally formed in 1999, consisting of Hokkaido-born members and performing more folksy songs. They're partially notable, however, for the death of founding member Hiromi Yanagihara in July 1999, shortly after their first single release. Since the release of their last single in 2004, they'd been mostly on the backburner......until 2014, when former member Mai Satoda announced the group's return with an audition announcement. In November 2014, the new lineup was introduced, along with a name change to "Country Girls" and the addition of Berryz Koubou member Momoko Tsugunaga as "acting manager".The current members consist of:
Hello! Project Kenshuusei
Hello! Project Kenshuusei
Hello! Project Kenshuusei (formerly Hello! Project Eggs) is the trainee program for Hello! Project. Some of the trainees have entered the main acts in the group themselves. The members consist of:
Dream Morning Musume
Dream Morning Musume
Dream Morning Musume, formed in 2011, is a Girl Group consisting of women who were formerly part of the original Morning Musume. They're Nostalgia Filter for the fans.The current members consist of:
The following acts listed below have either disbanded or are no longer under the Hello! Project name.
Pioneered by Morning Musume member Mari Yaguchi in 2000, Mini Moni's concept was to include all of the Token Mini-Moe members from Morning Musume under the height of 150 cms. Initially starting out with Mari Yaguchi, Nozomi Tsuji, and Ai Kago of Morning Musume, Mika Todd from Coconuts Musume was later added to the team. In 2002, Yaguchi departed from the group and elected Ai Takahashi to join, raising the height requirement to 153 cms. A fictionalized account of why Yaguchi decided to leave the group was explored in their half live-action half-animated film Mini Moni ja Movie: Okashi na Dai Bouken.Mini Moni's kid appeal made them a hit with young children, and their songs tend to be nonsensical and educational. They've collaborated with comedian Baka Tono-sama ("Ai~n!") and appeared in Hamtaro. Following Todd's departure from the group and Kago and Tsuji leaving Morning Musume in 2004, the group disbanded.If you're Internet-savvy, you might know them because of the DramaticChipmunk.
Tropes shared by Mini Moni:
Acting for Two: The girls also play the robots in the assembly line in the music video for "Lucky Cha Cha Cha."
Tomboy: Mika Todd was the only girl who wore a unique uniform, most often more tomboyish than others. For example in Okashi no Dai Bouken, she wore a chef uniform while everyone else wore waitress uniforms. Mari justified this by saying that it's because Mika was exactly on point with the height requirement. Interestingly, after Mari left the group, this no longer seemed to be the case.
Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Mika wears the flag for the United States in the music video for "Jankenpyon." It also appears in some of her other costumes.
W was a comprised of former Morning Musume members and friends Nozomi Tsuji and Ai Kago in 2004. Notable for their symmetrical choreography and similar heights, they could be mistaken as Single-Minded Twins. Unfortunately, their activities were suspended in 2006 after Kago made tabloids smoking underage. W ultimately disbanded when Kago was booted out of Hello! Project for dating an older man and smoking again.
Tropes shared by W:
Achievements in Ignorance: In the video for "Aa ii na", they walk off straight of a cliff and it takes them a second to notice as the camera pans back to a wide shot, then it takes a few more second before they actually fall.
Brother-Sister Incest: Vaguely implied in "Dakishimenaide ~Nikki Tsuki~". One has to raise eyebrows at the lines "We were born far away from each other/And then we met." Either that or it could be Star-Crossed Lovers.
Theme Naming: Tsuji and Kago's detective characters are named Cara and Mel.
What Could Have Been: "Dou ni mo Tomaranai" was supposed to be their comeback single after Kago came back from her suspension. This and their third album, "W3: Faithful", were cancelled when she was dismissed from the company.
Woman in White: In the music video for "Miss Love Tantei", Kago and Tsuji play two mysterious angels in white who return the diamond to its stand in the museum.
Coconuts Musume was founded in 1998 when a group of girls singing caught the attention of Tsunku's bandmate while he was traveling in Hawaii. These girls were signed onto their agency as a companion sister group to the flapship band Hello! Project, Morning Musume, but faced line-up changes within their first years due to difficulties for some of the members adjusting in Japan. They haven't released anything since 2002, and technically disbanded in 2004, though Ayaka remained in Hello! Project carrying the group's name until 2008.
Mika Todd (left in 2004)
Danielle Delunay (left in 2001)
Chelsea Ching (left in 2000)
Lehua Sandbo (left in 2002)
April Barbaran (left in 2000)
Kira☆Pika was a sub-group comprised of Koharu Kusumi from Morning Musume and Mai Hagiwara of C-ute with the purpose of performing the ending theme songs to Kirarin Revolution. Kusumi was already portraying protagonist Kirari Tsukishima, both in voice and in person on the children's variety show Oha Star. To promote the group, Hagiwara would play a similar role as Hikaru, a Canon Foreigner designed for the show.Tropes specific to the characters Kusumi and Hagiwara portray should be put in the Kirarin Revolution page.
One Head Taller: Kusumi is really tall, and it looks weird in "Hana wo Pu~n!" in the close-up shots where Hagiwara is standing on a stool to be at the same height as Kusumi.
Athena & Robikerots
Morning Musume's Koharu Kusumi had a huge part in Kirarin Revolution by not only supplying the theme songs, but by also playing the protagonist, Kirari Tsukishima, in voice and in person on the children morning show Oha Star. Come the end of the show, a 3D-animated sequel, Kirarin Revolution Stage 3 was created in 2008 to continue the franchise with two new Canon Foreigners, Kobeni and Noeru, as the leads. Hello! Project Eggs You Kikkawa and Sayaka Kitahara were chosen to play those roles in the same fashion Kusumi had with Kirari. After the end of Kirarin Revolution, the group disbanded.Tropes specific to the characters Kusumi, Kikkawa, and Kitahara portray should be put in the Kirarin Revolution page.
Formed in 2008, Shugo Chara! Egg was a Girl Group consisting of four Hello! Project Eggs dedicated to performing the theme songs to Shugo Chara!. Each girl represented one of the four main Character Changes that protagonist Amu Hinamori could do. The original line-up consisted of Yuuka Maeda (Amulet Heart), Akari Saho (Amulet Spade), Kanon Fukuda (Amulet Clover), and Ayaka Wada (Amulet Diamond), but when three of these members were promoted from Egg status to form S/mileage, they had to be replaced. In Shugo Chara! Party!, the girls hosted the live-action segments of the show. The group was disbanded after the show ended in 2010.The members consist of:
Yuuka Maeda as Amulet Heart (left in 2009)
Akari Saho as Amulet Spade
Kanon Fukuda as Amulet Clover (left in 2009)
Ayaka Wada as Amulet Diamond (left in 2009)
Mizuki Fukumura as Amulet Heart
Irori Maeda as Amulet Clover
Nanami Tanabe as Amulet Diamond
Tropes shared by Shugo Chara! Egg
The Cameo: All founding members of Shugo Chara! Egg made appearances in The Musical of Shugo Chara!. Yuuka Maeda and Kanon Fukuda were cast in the main roles while the other two played extras.