The Kids Are Alright… I Hope

Filed in Cult Of Pop 2.0

According to, there’s an announcement for Berryz on July 5th, when they release their summer mini-album. I hate hate hate when H!P / UFA does this, it makes me fear the absolute worst and want to strangle somebody from the anticipation.

Last time an announced announcement was made, it was for W and turned out to just be a secret concert to coincide with a single’s release. It better be just that this time around, because we’re talking Berryz here, and I take my Berryz Koubo quite seriously…

It’s funny, though, because I was looking at the latest pictures at Kakko-ii – a site you should all visit for its H!P image goodness, and which has larger versions of all the shots included here – and thinking of how the H!P Kids are steadily making themselves the equals of their senpai.

Though senpai is really a strange term to use, since the Kids have been around longer than sixth or seventh gen of Morning Musume, and of the two new Viyuden girls as well. They’ve done their time, they’ve trained, they’ve paid their dues. The time for them to become a major force in H!P has finally come, it seems.

And if that doesn’t bring it home, this shot of Yurina and Maasa towering over Mikitty and Koharu certainly speaks volumes, doesn’t it? Can’t fight biology, folks!

There were some other great shots in this set as well. I love seeing Ishiyoshi paired together, especially when they’re both looking real hot as they do here. I love the gold hot pants underneath Rika’s stitched shorts.

And much as I miss Kago, the feel of this shot is so right… Hm. Tsuji and Reina would be quite a pair, especially since Reina can do a great Kago impression.

Nah… Maybe? Nah…

All we need is Iida in this picture and I’d be in heaven.

This shot included just for Airi. And Megumi, too. And Reina…

A cute shot, but I have to say that Airi out-cutes even Shige this time around. And again, that whole senpai thing is turned upside down here. It’s kind of like Chiyo in Azumanga Daioh, I guess…

And here’s a gratuitous Airi shot. Just because I can’t get enough of her C-Ute cuteness right now.


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10 Responses to “The Kids Are Alright… I Hope”
  1. niji says:

    You’ve slain me. 🙂

  2. CJ Marsicano says:

    OMFG…. Her Royal Hotness (Reina) with bared bellybutton 😛

    I’d ask for her in a bikini for my forthcoming birthday (7/17), but I wouldn’t be able to open her until 11.11.06 🙁

  3. So I’m walking home from work today and I realized something: that picture where I mentioned all I needed was Iida for heaven was wrong! That is, I intended it to be a Tanpopo reference – except Kago was the one in Tanpopo, not Tsuji. How I could make such an obvious mistake is beyond me – I guess Smokey has been away far, far too long…

  4. Freya says:

    Well, there IS this rumor of some of the Berryz being integrated into Momusu … but I sure hope that’s just a rumor!!!

  5. Zush says:

    This rumor Freya told (well, not exactly new rumor for me) makes me deeply worried too.

    First of all I think MM should stay as 8nin group when dear Konkon and Makoto graduates. And what if Berryz is going to shrink to 6nin? How it could effect on other girls? At least I see Berryz today as a SOLID group that’s on it’s way to the next stage of evolution. I believe, as Ray & many others, that in a matter of time Berryz is going to be #1 H!P act. Let’s just give an advice to Tsunku: Don’t mess up Berryz harmony!

  6. CJ Marsicano says:

    Well, “Koubou” does mean “workshop” in Japanese, so you never know…

  7. Chuck says:

    I don’t think Berryz will be brought into Morning Musume. That would make the group bigger than it was at its height, and I recall Tsunku said it would never be that big again.

  8. KAERU says:

    I’m sure it has something to do with “Waracchaou yo Boyfriend” on August 2nd, handshake-event or something like that.

  9. Craig says:

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong in principle with Berryz members becoming MoMusu. It makes sense I think, and they can new people join Berryz too from… wherever 🙂