Reborn ~Inochi no Audition~ Stage Play Official Blog Opened

6 09 2011

The official blog for Reborn ~Inochi no Audition~  the stage play has been opened.

Like most blogs for stage plays, this one will be opened temporarily. Though this play has a very mixed cast so regardless of the blog’s short life span I’m looking forward to seeing what they’re all doing together behind the scenes. A summary about the play was released but it doesn’t tell us much so I’m hoping we can get some hints of the play through the blog and when the play does begin I’m looking forward to seeing what the characters are like since we’ve only seen small previews of things.

So far there’s only one post, which is from the staff member announcing that the special blog will start soon. It’s not much a post but hopefully the cast members will start posting and I look forward to it.

Just a reminder the stage play will be from 10/8-10/17, so we can get an idea of how long the blog will be active.

Official Stage Play Blog





More Details About Hello! Project’s Stage Play “Reborn ~Inochi no Audition~” Released

2 09 2011

More details about the upcoming stage play featuring various H!P members titled Reborn ~Inochi no Audition~ have been released.

According to a report from a press conference and a character list from a flier these are the roles for each of the members (thanks to Amped for the translation):

  • Niigaki Risa will be Joan of Arc
  • Tanaka Reina will be Tezuka Osamu (creator of Astro Boy)
  • Fukumura Mizuki will be Cleopatra
  • Suzuki Kanon will be the historical Chinese princess Yang Guifei
  • Ikuta Erina will be Ono no Komachi
  • Sayashi Riho will be Shakespeare
  • Miyamoto Karin will be Genghis Khan
  • Kudou Haruka will be Leonardo da Vinci

Roles for Mori Saki, Miyoshi Erika, Sengoku Minami and who I think is Takagaki Sayuki, are not clear though since the quality of the flier isn’t the best.

It seems that the stage play will have a very interesting theme since having H!P members play the role of historical figures is a pretty fun concept, and while I’m not sure who some of the members will be I can say for sure that I’m looking forward to seeing Gaki play Joan of Arc as well as Mizuki playing Cleopatra since the roles fit them perfectly.

It’s also great that they didn’t limit themselves to only female roles since Reina, Riho, Karin, and Kudou have male roles, which will be fun to see since we don’t usually see many members play male roles, and also because their outfits seem a bit more feminine than what their roles represent (I don’t think Da Vinci used a cute blue dress). Apart from the main female cast there are also four guys at the bottom of the character list, who I unfortunately don’t know much so it will be interesting to see if they are the villains or have some other kind of role.

I will update this post with info from the rest of the members once it is clear, but until then I hope many fans in the area can go to the play since it looks like a great way to enjoy a play full of historical figures and H!P members.

The play is set for 10/8-10/17.

Mantan Web Site

Gekidan Online Site





Morning Musume 9th Gen First FC Bus Tour Announced

31 08 2011

Morning Musume’s 9th Gen is having their first FC bus tour.

This news isn’t too surprising since we were eventually going to get a FC tour of with just the 9th gen. Regardless, this is a great chance for the 9th gen members to show off their personalities and to spend some time with their fans. This bus tour will probably be a very interesting one since the members of 9th gen are still pretty young and energetic so there will be a lot of things going on.

Since not much has been announced regarding the FC event I wanted to comment on the promotional poster. I personally think this is one of the best pictures of the 9th gen members. They all look equally amazing and their smiles look a bit more softer, in some of the earlier pictures of 9th gen they looked a little awkward.

Hopefully all fan club members are able to attend and for those that aren’t able to attend there will still be plenty of other opportunities to do so.

The fan club is set for 11/5-11/6 and will be taking place at Yamanashi.

EDIT: A clearer picture of the flyer for the tour has been released:





Tanaka Reina To Replace Mitsui Aika In “Reborn ~Inochi no Audition~”

30 08 2011

Due to Mitsui Aika’s condition, Tanaka Reina will replace her in the upcoming stage play titled Reborn ~Inochi no Audition~.

This was confirmed by a flyer which was released recently on the stage play’s site.

It’s unfortunate that Mitsui Aika won’t be able to participate in the stage play but due to her condition it’s best for her to rest up so she can hopefully soon recover, and while it might be disappointing, it’s good to see that Reina will be able to join the cast since she has done quite a good job with her past performances.

From what I can tell there is quite a lot of variety from the cast for the show, and surprisingly it appears that this cast will be mostly female (if not completely), which should be interesting to see since there might be a few members who play the male roles, for example Gaki who appears to be wearing armor with a sword.

Everyone looks really good in their outfit, especially Kanon and Mizuki who have an elegant look, although the flyer is still a bit too small to know for sure how everyone looks since it appears that most of the members are in the back with only Gaki and Reina clearly visible.

All that is left to see is a bigger flyer and the start of the play, so hopefully everyone who can attend the show will do so since it seems like it will be very interesting to watch.

The play will run from 10/8 ~ 10/17.





Bijou Gaku Volume 13 Cover And Content Released

17 08 2011

The cover and content for Bijou Gaku Volume 13 has been released.

This volume is based on 9th gen’s debut up until their 1st concert so it’s no surprise that they’re featured on the cover. The content is all in Japanese so I can’ t figure out what all of the content is but from Google Translate there will be the Bijou Gaku specials 1-3, Maji desu ka ska making of and dance lessons, as well as footage from their 4/3, which is the day Morning Musume’s spring concert started.

Here’s the tracklist (thanks to Sara Yolland for the translation!)

  • Morning Musume 9th generation Big Decisions SP ①
  • Morning Musume 9th generation Big Decisions SP ②
  • Morning Musume 9th generation Big Decisions SP ③
  • 2nd Stage
  • Video Card & Concert Lyric
  • Sign Writing
  • Artist Profile Picture
  • Dance Lesson
  • Fan Club Event
  • Recording Studio
  • Maji desu ka ska! Dance Lessons
  • Maji desu ka ska! PV Shooting
  • Concert Rehearsal
  • Concert Coverage

Most likely other footage of their dance/concert/singing rehearsals are included but I can’t confirm that for now. Basically this is a collection of 9th gen’s beginning in Morning Musume and it’s great for all fans since years from now we can look back on this and see how much they’ve grown.

As for the cover of the DVD, it’s very random and cartoon like. There’s a lot of background pictures that I don’t see fitting into the DVD too well like the watermelon, sunglasses, and a hamburger. Maybe it’s someone’s favorite food/accessory but since the members are wearing neutral colors they somewhat stand out from the colorful background. However the title of the DVD is hidden by the colorfulness but the real focus is 9th gen so that’s ok.

Hopefully everyone can reserve a copy.

The release date is set on 9/7.

e-line up page

H!P discography page





“Ribbon~reborn~” Stage Play Title Has Changed To “Ribbon~Inochi no Audition~”

10 08 2011

The title for the stage play featuring various H!P artists has been changed from Ribbon~reborn~ to Ribbon~Inochi no Audition~.

I’m not sure if it’s Ribbon~Inochi no Audition~ or Reborn~Inochi no Audition~ since they used Katakana for the first part, but the new title for the play means something along the lines of Reborn~Life Audition~ which matches the description that was released when the play announced, and while we might not have that many details apart from what we already know it seems like this play will be very interesting.

As mentioned before this will be the first play for most of the 9th generation, although it will be fun to see who stands out since they all seem like they could do really well in the play. Apart from that Riho’s injury will most likely be healed by the time the play starts, but we’ll have to wait and see what the result for Mitsui’s checkup will be since her previous check up resulted in a longer healing time.

For now the play is starting to shape up to be a very interesting event since it includes quite a lot of H!P and UFA members, but I hope we get to see some previews or at least a promotion flier by next month.

The play will run from 10/8 ~ 17.

Stage Play Site





Ribbon~reborn~ Stage Play Featuring Various H!P Artists Announced

1 07 2011

A stage play currently titled “Ribbon~reborn~” has been announced and it will feature various H!P artists.

The title is a temporary title and is subject to change but for now the following members will be participating in the play:

  • Niigaki Risa
  • Mitsui Aika
  • Fukumura Mizuki
  • Ikuta Erina
  • Sayashi Riho
  • Suzuki Kanon
  • Mori Saki & Sengoku Minami from Up Up Girls
  • Erika Miyoshi
  • Kudou Haruka from H!P eggs

Here is a short summary of the play translated by Sohee @ JPLOP:

Between “this world” and “that world” there is a world where 10 “new lives” have been prepared.
The 10 people who have gathered are “historical super stars”.
But, a 11th one who is a “nameless ordinary person” turns up.
The great ones holds a “audition for being reborn”.

I really like that the cast line up so far since it seems like they picked random members for the play but regardless of that I’m real excited for this since this will be 9th gen’s first play (except for Riho) and I’m curious to see what their acting is like. Also in the Fashionable play Riho played a very minor role so hopefully we’ll see her in this play a little bit more and we can get an idea of what her acting is like. I’m also very surprised to see Erika Miyoshi in the line up since it’s been awhile since we’ve seen her so hopefully some of her fans can attend.

Hopefully more information is released soon, such as the characters and some promotion fliers/photos and a plot summary.

The play is set for 10/8-10/17.

Play information page





Suzuki Kanon’s “Greeting ~Suzuki Kanon” E-Hello! DVD Announced

1 06 2011

Suzuki Kanon’s e-Hello! DVD titled Greeting ~Suzuki Kanon~ has been announced.

As promised another 9th generation member will release a solo e-Hello DVD this month, and this time it’s Suzuki Kanon’s turn, and since I am a big fan of hers I have been looking forward to seeing a preview for her DVD since they announced it, so I was very happy that a video and a preview image were released.

The image features Kanon smiling at the camera while standing next to a white door, and while it might be a bit simple I am impressed with how great it turned out since we get to see Kanon’s great smile, and even though it is a DVD I really hope we get to see a PB sometime in the future since she looks perfect in the image.

The preview video on the Morning Musume Youtube channel features Kanon in various scenes: the video starts off with Kanon drinking from a cup and smiling at the camera while in a home setting wearing a black and white dress with a giant black bow, after which we see her sitting against a car in blue overall shorts (the same as the image above), and finally we see Kanon in a schoolgirl outfit in a country setting.

I was very impressed with the preview video since we got to see some amazing shots of Kanon smiling at the camera and having fun while laughing, and while the preview is only about one minute long I loved every single second since the outfits and settings all looked perfect along with Kanon’s great smile, especially the scenes where she simply looked at the camera.

I might be a bit biased since she and Mizuki are my favorites from the 9th generation, but there’s nothing cuter than Kanon smiling at the camera (almost all fans can agree that she has a great smile) so I was impressed from the start, so I hope many fans can check out the video since it is a great way to find out more about how the DVD will look and what outfits to expect (since there are almost always 3 outfits in each DVD).

It’s only a 60 minute DVD but I strongly suggest that anyone who can to preorder a copy since this will be her first solo release, and while it isn’t a PB or something similar I look forward to seeing this DVD when it is released.

Hopefully everyone who can reserves their copy!

The DVD will be up for preorder until 6/20.


Video uploaded by: morningmusumechannel

E-Lineup Site For Kanon’s DVD





“Aika no ANNEX Event ~Pastel Color Days~ FC Event Announced

18 04 2011

Mitsui Aika will have her first solo FC event titled Aika no ANNEX Event ~Pastel Color Days~.

Fukumura Mizuki, Ikuta Erina, Sayashi Riho, and Suzuki Kanon will be guests at the event.

I’m somewhat surprised to see that Mitsui will have a solo event, but since most of the other members have already had a chance to enjoy their own and since she is the only member of the 8th generation currently in Momusu it seems like a great way for Aika fans to enjoy a solo event of their own.

The title is a reference to her blog, which is a nice touch since fans most likely already read her blog and will most likely look forward to the event even more since the theme will be focused on her.

Since it is a solo event it seems that Mitsui might need some help in order to play contests and other interactions so I’m glad to see that members of the 9th generation event will be attending since Mitsui will be able to sing with them and to have contests along with other events that are usually done at solo events.

Hopefully Aika and 9th generation fans attend the event since it seems like a great way to spend the day.

The event will take place on 6/6 and 6/9 at 18:00 and 19:45.

Official FC Announcement About Aika’s FC Event

EDIT: According to the page the 9th generation members will be split into two groups and will be each present at one day of the event:

  • 6/6 – Ikuta Erina and Sayashi Riho
  • 6/9 – Fukumura Mizuki and Suzuki Kanon




Morning Musume 9th Generation Members Profiles Created

18 01 2011

Profiles with official pictures for the 9th generation members have been added on the official H!P site.

It’s about time that 9th generation members get their official profiles added in Momusu’s official page, and I’m really happy that they did so right now since it will definitly help fans know them a little better before they release the next single,  although only basic information is added without the usual Q&A for each member.

All of the girls got to pose for official pictures in matching outfits and I think it’s a great idea since they were able to put their profiles sooner without having to wait for pictures of them in the future single’s outfits since Momusu already have their Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game pictures, so it really making them shine.

I have to admit that all of the outfits look fantastic on the girls: Mizuki and Erina got the same shirt and bow outfit with a plaid skirt  that is similar to Riho and Kanon’s skirt-suspenders, although the colors differ from white and black for Erina and Kanon to pink and black for Riho and Mizuki.

Also, in these first photos we get to see each girl’s unique attitude and face, and even though Erina might look a bit awkward, her unique pose, Mizuki’s calm image, Riho’s confident expression and Kanon’s brilliant smile are really amazing.

Finally, I’m really excited to see the progression of these girls as well as their updated profiles when they will release the next single.

Note: The girls are put by order of age so Mizuki is first, then Erina, Riho and Kanon.

H!P official Morning Musume Profile Page

Up-Front’s official page for Fukumura Mizuki

Up-Front’s official page for Ikuta Erina

Up-Front’s official page for Sayashi Riho

Up-Front’s official page for Suzuki Kanon