It was announced earlier today that H!P’s entire Elder Club would be graduating on March 31, 2009. They will only be graduating from Hello!Project and will continue to be apart of UFA. They will continue as artists rather than idols.
The initial shock has not warred off yet. I still can’t fully understand what has just happened. Can it still truly be called H!P without Nachhi or Kei? Or the 4th gen? Or without the mother of H!P herself, Nakazawa Yuuko? All the girls that made H!P rise to glory and made it what it is today are gone, just like that. Without a formal explanation. It’s just a big slap in the face to fans if you ask me. Basically saying “Hey we’re taking away all your idols and there’s nothing you can do about it! Explanations? If you’re lucky we’ll explain it clearly in April.” At least that’s how I take it. It looks like Hangry and Angry will be the first official group not part of H!P.
Well at least with every con there’s a pro. A few people have speculated that maybe they will form a new unit with UFA, an Elder!Project. Letting the respected members continue their career and be in the spotlight more. And letting Hello!Project continue to have the fresh and young feel.
What I think will happen is current solo artists and members will be able to leave UFA if the wish to or continue to remain a part of UFA but have more control over their career. I don’t think all member will become solo artist, it’s unclear who will be. So what happens to the rest of the members? I guess we’ll hopefully find out in passing months.
So here’s a full list of the graduating members.
Nakazawa Yuko, Iida Kaori, Abe Natsumi, Yasuda Kei, Yaguchi Mari
Ishikawa Rika, Yoshizawa Hitomi, Tsuji Nozomi, Konno Asami, Ogawa Makoto
Fujimoto Miki, Inaba Atsuko, Satoda Mai, Maeda Yuki
Saito Hitomi, Murata Megumi, Ohtani Masae, Shibata Ayumi