Hello!Project has formed a new anime centered unit called Lilpri, for the anime “Hime Chen! Otogi Chikku Idol Lilpri. The unit will consist of newly major debuted S/mileage members Fukuda Kanon, Wada Ayaka and Maeda Yuuka. Their debut single, Little Princess, will be released June 16th. On top of singing the music they will be pulling a Kusumi Koharu and will also be voice acting in the anime.
Am I the only one a little disappointed by the group members? I love S/mileage and all, and Yuuka and Kanon are my favorites. But I was expecting to see some Egg members. When I heard about the announcement I though, “Great, I wonder what Egg members will be picked.” Small groups like this are the perfect place to showcase the Egg’s talents. And for people like me who don’t pay attention to the Eggs at all, to find out about the amazing H!P members you didn’t even know existed. Like with Yuuka and Kanon. I instantly fell in love with Yuuka in High King, and I instantly fell in love with Kanon. This is why the Eggs never do anything in H!P. Tsunku focuses on a few girls, and you never stop seeing them. What about using Saho Akari for this group? She rocked in Yume to Genjitsu. And she was already shafted from being in S/mileage, it seems she was shafted again.
But, I guess I can stop complaining about S/mileage’s line distribution now. If I don’t get my Kanon fix from S/mileage I can listen to Lilpri. But since this group features 3/4 of S/mileage I doubt it’s going to last that long. Anime units don’t last that long, and this unit isn’t really a new unit. Why bother using 3/4 of S/mileage? They should just have S/mileage sing the themes for this anime. That’s essentially what they’re doing anyway. But I guess H!P did this as a strategic move. Shoving 3/4 of S/mileage into a new group gives S/mileage itself double the exposure and double the fans. Now not only will wota love S/mileage but the little kids watching the anime too. Just like with Kirarin Revolution.
I do love the outfits though, they’re really cute. But Kanon’s seems out of place. Yuuka looks like Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Ayaka looks like Snow White, and Kanon looks like she just happens to be wearing a kimono. Unless she’s supposed to be modeled after Princess Kaguya. That’s the best guess I have. And Kanon looks absolutely adorable with that hair.
However, I am not a fan of the song at all. It’s just way too childish for me. I’m 18 years old and this song is obviously geared to a 7 year old. Kirarin Revolution was geared for little kids, and so were the song. But they weren’t overly childish, and I could listen to them without feeling immature. But this song I feel pretty uncool for listening to it now.
Aside from the childish lyrics, the music is good I guess. It just sounds like all the overly happy and girly anime music out there. Change the lyrics and this could have been the opening to Chobits, Ouran High School Host Club, or Full Moon wo Sagashite.