STOP! Hama Time!

A new Hello! Project unit has been announced and it’s the news I’ve been waiting for. Yes it’s time for MC Hama…chan. Well I’m sure she’ll MC at some point. >.> Yes my favourite current Kenshuusei member will not be a Kenshuusei member for much longer. Hamaura Ayano will be one of eight members in the new, as yet unnamed, unit. This thrills me although at the same time it’s a bit sad Nanami left a little while back as she’d have fitted in a group with Hamachan so well and really deserved a unit. Even so there’ll be a new group that according to Tokyo Girls’ Update will be debuting March 26th in the musical Week End Survivor before going on to release their first single shortly after. I am very much looking forward to this. I’ve been hoping for a new unit for ages and with Hamachan in there my interest is instantly grabbed.

Anyway joining Hamachan…

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…will be Fuji Rio…

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(That’s not how you mount a horse. Silly!)

…Hirose Ayaka…


…Nomura Minami…

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…Ogawa Rena…

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…Taguchi Natsumi…

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…Wada Sakurako…

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…and Inoue Rei (a former Nice Girl Project Kenshuusei member along with Hirose Ayaka)…


I couldn’t find much on Rei so that pic is borrowed from Hello! Project Wikia.

Anyway here’s hoping for a cute idol group instead of the Cool Hello groups of recent times. Really with an eight member unit comprised mostly of girls born 2000 or later (only Fujii Rio and Hirose Ayaka are last millenium babies, both being born in 1999) it’d be a waste of cute energy not to make happy, fun pop songs. I’m hoping for stuff similar to the Kenshuusei’s Oheso no Kuni Kara Konnichiwa.

A profile pic of the group together is already doing the rounds on the net…

Fujii Rio, Hamaura Ayano, Nomura Minami, Ogawa Rena, Taguchi Natsumi, Wada Sakurako-516148

And there’s also pics of them on stage during the announcement so here’s one…

Fujii Rio, Hamaura Ayano, Nomura Minami, Ogawa Rena, Taguchi Natsumi, Wada Sakurako-516181

So with an eight member unit made up of trainees I guess you could say they are a straight replacement for Berryz Kobo. It just remains to be seen if one leaves to concentrate on her education, one goes batshit insane and starts doing stupid hair, one becomes a top-class racehorse, one becomes a big momma, one becomes an awesome potato-loving happy, sleepy, English speaker, one becomes obsessed with the Eiffel Tower, one stays short but sweet and if one becomes super popular, dyes her hair in various colours and starts giving half-arsed answers to Pocket Morning questions. If in four years time they release a single called Rasputin and follow it up by dressing as chimps in the pv for the following single I’m gonna get suspicious (come on! Rasputin is a famous figure used by a German pop group for a Eurovision Song Contest entry. Keep up!)

Well whatever happens I’m really happy that there’s a new unit and it features an up-and-coming idol I’ve spoken of a lot in the past year or so. A cute bundle of energy you just can’t help but want to hug (in a non-dodgy kind of way thank you very much). Hamaura is just so adorable. I can’t wait to hear their songs and see their pv’s and their live performances. It’ll be sad to se Berryz leave (for me mainly because of Chinami) but with idols it’s kind of like musical Buddhism. There’s always regeneration. There’s always new faces. There’s always more lives to come. There’s always new people arriving to assist you in your quest for happiness. Actually sorry, not Buddhism. It’s Doctor Who. My mistake.


5 responses to “STOP! Hama Time!

    • Yes. Around the time Berryz leave the new group, Fruitiez Workshop, arrive. Or whatever their name will be. I’m hoping for maybe an early-S/mileage vibe or something else similarly happy and energetic.

  1. Hamachaaan! 😀 She’s my laptop wallpaper right now. Wait… Since when am I a fan of hers? How did this happen? I should say, Renakooo! Also, I didn’t get the MC thing. (*^^*)

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