A blast from H!P’s past

Hello!Project’s cover album Chanpuru 1~Happy Marriage Song Cover Shuu~ is being released on July 15th. Here’s the full track list that was released recently.

1. Diamonds – High-King
2. Ai wa Katsu – °C-ute & Erina Mano
3. YES-YES-YES – Aa! [Tanaka Reina, Natsuyaki Miyabi, Suzuki Airi]
4. Tentou Chuu no Sanba – Shin Minimoni (New Minimoni) [Linlin, Kanon Fukuda, ???]
5. Kimi ga iru dake de – Pucchimoni V (Erina Mano, ???)
6. Heya to Y shirts to Watashi – Reina Tanaka
7. Mamotte Agetai – Risa Niigaki & Eri Kamei
8. Cosmos – Ai Takahashi
9. Mirai Yosouzu II – ZYX-α (ZYX alpha)
10. ONLY YOU – Zoku・Biyuuden (Sequel Biyuuden)
11. akai sweet pea – Tanpopo #
12. For You… – Linlin
13. Kanpaku Sengen – Berryz Koubou & Erina Mano
14. Sekai wa futari no tame ni – Sayumi Michishige, Koharu Kusumi, Aika Mitsui, Junjun

I’m sure most H!P fans were shocked by the track list. I definitely was. I was really surprised to see H!P reviving so many old groups. ZYX, Tanpopo, Mini Moni, V-U-DEN, Pucchimoni, Aa!, and High King are all making a comeback. H!P really seems to be pulling all the stops. There’s even a LinLin solo! Which is beyond amazing.
I can’t wait to see who’s going to be in each group. The perfect Zoku V-U-DEN would be Ai, Risa, and Reina. Just look at Take Off Is Now, no one else could be that sexy. I think JunJun would be perfect for Pucchimoni. I also wonder if previous members are going to return to their groups. There’s still time for Ai to be in the new Mini Moni.
I hate waiting for things like this.

Even though I’m mostly excited for this, there are some negatives I can’t get over. Feel free to tell me if I’m over thinking too much.

Over the last couple of years Morning Musume has been declining in sales. They are not the powerhouse and phenomenon they were all those years ago. The H!P kids are growing in popularity, and yet that’s still not enough for H!P to be on top. Sure Shouganai Yume Oibito ranked #1 and Seishun Bus Gus/Rival ranked #4. That’s great and everything, but can this current spurt of popularity really last? Tsunku is trying to by bringing back Mini Moni and possibly these other groups.

Honestly this kind of looks like an act of desperation to me. He’s trying to recapture H!P’s glory days. Which is fine to do, but do it in the right way. Instead of copying the past so much Tsunku should worry about making the current H!P better. He should be making new groups and subgroups. Look how well Buono does. One shot groups like Guardians 4 and Milky Way just aren’t cutting it. When need another S/milage group so it can be like Berryz Kobou and C-ute 2.0. And it’s definitely time for new Momusu members. I think the current line up is great, but they haven’t changed in 2 years. I’m getting impatient for new faces.

I am happy to see these groups revived. And even though they are more than likely only being revived for this CD, I don’t really think they should be revived at all. Leave the past in the past. H!P needs to more on to move forward.

LinLin set to lead new Mini Moni

Tsunku announced on his blog the next member of the new Mini Moni will be 8th gen Morning Musume member LinLin. Not only will she be in the group she is also going to be the leader.

All I can say is YES! It’s about time there’s more LinLin love in Hello!Project. This is LinLin’s first side project and she gets to lead it. That’s just amazing. LinLin definatly has the personality to lead this group. She’s one of the most entertaining members of the current Morning Musume. Word can not describe how happy I am about this!

It looks like Tsunku finally realizes just how amazing LinLin is. Let’s hope this makes her shoot up in popularity. I look forward to seeing a lot more from LinLin now! Maybe even the first 8th gen member to get a photobook.

Mini Moni revival?

Tsunku mentioned in his blog earlier today that he would like to revive H!P’s old subunit Mini Moni. He said he wants to take strong action with H!P and organize a new Mini Moni. He would also like this new Mini Moni to have 4 members like the old Mini Moni did. He already see’s Kanon as a perfect Mini Moni member.

Tsuji and Mari have also mentioned Tsunku contacting them about Mini Moni in their blogs. But this is still just a rumor, as Tsunku didn’t announce this officially. He was more or less throwing out the idea of having a new Mini Moni. Tsunku himself is even unsure what to do.

This news has really made my day. Mini Moni was the first H!P group I ever heard, and the reason I love H!P today. So I’m really excited to see if and when this happens! New Mini Moni will never be as good as old Mini Moni, but I’m still pretty happy about this.
I also wonder what kind of music would the new Mini Moni make. Would it be Strawbrerry pie era or Crazy About You era songs? Or a new style all together. I’d honestly be happy either way.

Since this is still a rumor, I can talk about my dream Mini Moni group.

Fukuda Kanon

Even though she was already picked to be in Mini Moni, I would have picked her anyway. I love Kanon! She has the cutest voice ever. She’s definitely mini Aibon.


LinLin’s funny and over the top personality would be perfect for Mini Moni. She was really cute when she sang Ai~n! Dance no uta in concert last year. And she’s only 3 cm taller than the Mini Moni height limit. Plus we need more LinLin love.

Arihara Kanna

Kanna has the vocals and personality to be in Mini Moni. She’s also only about 3 cm taller than the Mini Moni height rule. Too bad she’s still recovering from her foot injury.

Saho Akari

Akari isn’t really my favorite H!P Egg and I don’t really care if she’s in the group or not. It’s just that she was shafted from S/mileage, so give the girl a break!

Anyway, here’s a Mini Moni video to keep you in the Mini Moni mood.