H!P Girls part 7 – Tsuji Nozomi

Tsuji Nozomi. She was never anything other than pure entertainment. When appearing on tv shows she had an infectious liveliness and always seemed to be laughing along even when she was the butt of the jokes. Her Utaban appearances, whether with MM or Mini Moni, were always hysterical. Watching her on Ayaka’s Surprise English Lessons was always worth the time too. Her turn-the-table surprise dance lessons were great as well. And, to be fair, despite not being the prettiest by any means she was cute. By the time the scandals hit Kago she was also starting to grow up and it seems a shame that we never got to see her full potential as a singer after that. Some of her songs with Kago in W were a million miles away from what I’d have expected. Who’d have thought during their Morning Musume days that when given a unit together they would also be given a song like Shiroi Iro wa Koibito no Iro to sing? It’s a beautiful song and they do it justice. Even when given songs that were more in keeping with their earlier lively somewhat bonkers image – such as Robokiss – they were actually perfect bubblegum pop songs. Fun, lively, catchy as hell and still sounding great all these years later. Oh and the happy version of the Robokiss pv never fails to make me…well…happy. Fitting that. Her energy during the Musume days was also a ‘charm point’ to use that old term that doesn’t seem to get mentioned anymore (a cynic would say something disparaging about the current line-up here). Tsuji – such a force alongside Kago – always had such gleeful vibrancy. Okay so if you watch The Peace pv you can see that neither can dance but that makes their dancing just so much cuter. Oh and in the Renai Revolution 21 pv the two of them are ultra kawaii. So sweet. Yes their singing left a lot to be desired but even so somehow their sheer force of personalities compensated. Their humour, their irreverence, their lack of fear (they never held back their thoughts) all just made them worth having involved. It enriched Morning Musume and by extension Hello! Project.
Then of course came the scandals. Little Kago was a bit of a naughty girl. This left Tsuji suddenly high and dry as far as singing went. At least she still had Hello! Morning appearances on tv to partly compensate. But musically there was very little save for one single. I guess when you are so closely linked with another then when that person stumbles you are tripped up too. However Tsuji at least could keep working. With Hello! Morning, Haromoni@ and Gatas Brilhantes H.P. (sharing goalkeeper duties with Konkon and thus getting the cool black kit to wear) Tsuji was still very much active. Just not musically. Then came the happiness that has (so far) eluded Kago. A pregnancy, marriage and a healthy baby boy and Tsuji has moved on to a new life. She is on indefinate leave from H!P as you’d expect. Whether she ever comes back who knows. I hope so though. Even if her singing days are behind her I think with her personality she is made for the chat show or tv gameshow circuit. Tsuji. She never failed to entertain. What more could you ask for from a celebrity?


2 responses to “H!P Girls part 7 – Tsuji Nozomi

  1. I love Tsuji, but you have to remember the pregnany and marriage was a bit of a scandal, too. She was currently in Gyaruru, and when she got pregnant there was a fuss about replacing her. Also when the baby was conceived, she was an unmarried minor. So she’s not really perfect, either…

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