I've been buying Morning Musume/ H!P releases since February 1998. This is the short version of how I discovered Morning Musume which later grew into Hello! Project. While working at record we were lucky to start receiving J-Pop as a new section was born. Originally the store would just bring in whatever was currently on the Oricon Charts in Japan but later I was actually able to order whatever I wanted which involved mostly going through new release pamphlets and magazines which were sent from the Tower export division in Japan. My first J-Pop purchase was Morikawa Miho's "Voices" album which was on the Oricon in late 1992. It was the perfect album to start with as a first impression of any kind of new music is important as to whether you'll keep listening to it or move on. "Voices" has such great catchy pop songs and Morikawa Miho's voice is dynamic and powerful! Songs I'd recommend if you ever have a chance to check out some of her music are: "Blue Water", "Yes, I will…", "Positive", "Mezameta Venus", and "Tsubasa ni kaete." J-Pop buying was a real learning experience as I didn't know any artists and was becoming familiar with J-Pop as I went along. Sometimes I ordered things that weren't so great but at the same time I found some really great artists/groups along the way. I made a 6 volume mp3 collection for Paul Thomas a few months ago which contains 422 songs from a large variety of J-Pop artists & groups. I went through about 1900 Japanese albums & singles choosing my favorite songs in order to make these compilations. It was a collection that was about 14 1/2 years in the making. In late 1997 I'm guessing either November or December as we typically received new release catalogs about 2-3 months before release dates, I came across Morning Musume's "Morning Coffee" release information. I had no idea who they were but Nacchi caught my eye and even though I didn't know what they were going to sound like I ordered it blindly. When it arrived in early February 1998 I bought myself a copy and put the rest of the singles on the shelf. When I first listened to it I was immediately blown away by the b-side "Ai no tane." This is the first Momusu song that I ever loved and if you read my favorite song list that I posted here recently than you saw that it's still my favorite Momusu song of all time. I have a sentimental attachment to it and it's also just such a perfect J-Pop song in every way for me. Unfortunately the copies on the sales floor weren't selling so I put them into my listening station and just like that they all sold including the play copy! Four months later and their second single "Summer Night Town" was being released and of course I ordered it! When it arrived I was shocked to see that there were now 8 members in the group! And just a little more than a month later I was amazed that they were already releasing an album. When the album arrived I couldn't believe how many good songs were on their debut album! One thing to note about early Momusu is how awesome the vocals are. I'm not saying anything bad about the current Momusu but anyone who listens to early Momusu I'd imagine would agree that they were really selected and trained to sing very well. The harmonies on such a song as "Yume no naka" really make this point. It was when I received this album that I first began to notice Ayappe. And a battle in my head between Nacchi and Ayappe ensued! lol. Nacchi is my all time favorite Momusu/ Hello! Project member and don't imagine that will ever change. I just have too much history of liking her so much that she will always remain #1 in my heart no matter what changes Momusu or H!P go through. And boy have there been changes! Ever since I bought their first commercial single "Morning Coffee" I have been buying Momusu and Hello! Project releases and have remained a fan ever since then. What I'd like to share with you is everything that I've collected so far. The following is a break down of everything H!P that I own. Even after doing this I have a feeling that I may have missed something. Here it is. I've collected a total of 301 H!P albums & singles and 261 H!P DVDs. 301 albums & singles is a significantly large part of the 1922 total J-Pop albums & singles that I own. And 8 more H!P releases arrived today. I'm listening to Berryz Koubou's 4th album right now and I'll have a post about it tomorrow.
All 10 Momusu albums including 4 first press copies of "Second Morning" with different collectible booklets & every every 1st press edition/ Both versions of "Sexy 8 Beat."/ first press editions of both Momusu best of albums/ Special Hawaii Best of edition/ Together! compilation/ all 7 Pucchi Best albums including 6 first press editions plus Hawaii Pucchi Best version/ "Luxury Moment in Bali" promotional Cd/ all 5 Folk Songs albums/ 5 Momusu children's songs albums/ Soundtracks for Morning Cop, Pinch Runner, Koinu dan no monogatari, Minimoni The Movie/ Soundtracks for the musicals Love Century & Morning Town/ Momusu Early Singles Box/ all 34 Momusu singles including every first pressing, limited edition & regular edition/ every H!P shuffle group release including all first pressings/ both Otomegumi & both Sakuragumi singles/ H.P. All Stars first press edition single/ both editions of Momusu's 10th anniversary group/ Aa!'s one single release/ 1st pressing of all 3 of Nacchi's albums/ Okeisan to Nacchi single/ all 10 of Nacchi's singles including all 1st pressings/ all of Berryz Koubou's albums plus "Special Best Mini" album/ all 14 of Berryz koubou's singles including every edition and first presssing from "21ji made no cinderella"/ Biyuuden's 1 album & 8 singles including all first press editions/ both Country Musume albums and all 7 of their singles including all 1st pressings/ C-ute's 2 albums and 2 singles including 1st pressings/ DEF DIVA's 2 singles/ Mikitty's 1 album and all 5 singles/ GAM's 1 album and 4 singles including Limited editions/ Gomattou's 1 single/ first pressing of all 3 of Gocchin's albums plus Maki Gotou Premium Best first pressing & "2005 Special Edition for Hawaii" album/ Gocchin's "Ken & Mary" musical soundtrack/ all 17 of Gocchin's singles including all 1st press editions/ first pressing of Koharu's 1 album & "Kirarin Revolution Song Selection" album/ first pressings of all 3 of Koharu's singles/ first pressing of all 4 Ayaya albums plus first pressing of Ayaya's "Best 1" album/ all 17 of Ayaya's singles including every first pressing from "Sougen no hito"/ Ayayamu with Eco Hamuzu single/ Melon Kinenbi's "Fruity Killer Tune" album and 2 singles/ Mimimoni's 2nd album & 8 singles including "Minihamus" single/ first pressing of Yuko's 1 pop album & 9 singles/ first pressing of Nochiuranatsumi's one single/ first pressing of Pucchimoni's 1 album & all 4 singles/ Roman's 1 single/ Tanpopo's 2 albums including first pressings/ all 8 Tanpopo singles including 1st pressings/ First pressing of Nono's "koko ni iruze!" single/ First pressing of W's 2 albums and 5 singles including first pressings/ ZYX's 2 singles first pressings/ Itsuki Hiroshi & Horiuchi Takao with the Hello! Project Choir Christmas single/ Sweet Morning Box releases for 2002, 2003, & 2004.
(Note: due to the 2 sizes of their DVD releases, all similar volumes aren't pictured together.)
DVD's include: every first pressing available of every Momusu & H!P concert release/ Both Folk Days concert releases/ Every Momusu single M clips DVD/ Together Clips DVD/ every Pucchi Best DVD release, every Momusu PV single DVD release/ all Otomegumi & Sakargumi PV DVD releases & concert DVDs/ Momusu 10th Anniversary PV DVD/ musicals "Love Century", "Morning Town", & "Help!!" DVDs/ Nacchi concert DVD & all of her PV DVD singles/ Berryz Koubou single V clips 1 & 2/ every Berryz Koubou PV DVD single release/ every Biyuuden PV DVD single/ Country Musume's single V clips 1 DVD/ C-ute's 1 PV DVD single/ all of Mikitty's PV DVD releases/ all of GAM's PV DVD releases/ Gomattou's 1 PV DVD single/ 2 Gocchin concert DVDs/ Gocchin's single V clips DVD & all of her PV DVD singles/ Koharu's 3 PV DVD singles/ 8 Ayaya concert DVDs/ Ayaya's 2 single M clips DVDs/ all of Ayaya's PV DVD singles/ all 3 of Melon Kinenbi's single V clips DVDs/ Minimoni's single V clips 1/ 6 of Mimimoni's PV DVD singles/ Yuko's single M clips 1 DVD/ Nochiuranatsumi's 1 PV DVD single/ Pucchimoni's single V clips 1/ Roman's 1 PV DVD single/ every shuffle group's PV DVD single/ Tanpopo's single V clips 1/ W no Eizo no Sekai Vol. 1/ 4 of W's PV DVD singles/ both of ZYX's PV DVD singles/ Gen. 6's Hello! X 2 DVD/ both of Ayaya's Alo-Hello! DVDs/ Aichan's Alo-Hello! DVD/ every Momusu Alo-Hello! DVD release/ volumes 1-9 of H!M skits DVDs/ The Puchimobikusu DVD/ Kyou no tamegoto volumes 1 & 2 DVDs/ "Hello Land" DVD/ Momusu's childrens' songs DVD/ Koinu dan no monogatari DVD & making of DVD/ Morning Cop DVD/ Pinch Runner DVD/ Momusu's "Love Stories" DVD/ Tokkaekko DVD/ Musume Dokyu! Volumes 1-4 DVDs/ complete Hello Pro Hour DVD collection Volumes 1-9/ every Pucchi Best DVD release/ Momusu's Best Shot DVDs volumes 1-4/ Momusu DVD in Hong Kong/ Futarigoto volumes 1-4/ Gocchin's "Ken & Mary" musical DVD/ Ayaya's "Sougen no hito" musical DVD/ Nacchi's single V clips 1 DVd/ Nacchi's Momusu sotsugyou memorial DVD/ Both of Nacchi's Alo-Hello! DVDs/ Nacchi's acoustic live at Shibuya O-East DVD/ Every Berryz Koubou concert DVD/ Biyuuden's single V clips 1 DVD/ C-ute's music V 1 DVD/ C-ute's "Cutie Circuit 2006 Final in Yomiuriland East Live" DVD/ Mikitty's Alo-Hello! DVD/ Mikitty's single M clips 1 DVD/ Both of Gocchin's Alo-Hello! DVDs/ Rikachan's Momusu sotsugyou memorial DVD/ Rikachan's Alo-Hello! DVD/ Kamei's Love-Hello! DVD/ Konkon's Alo-Hello! DVD/ Ayaya's studio live DVD/ Aichan's Love-Hello! DVD/ Tanaka's Alo-Hello! DVD/ Gakisan's Alo-Hello! DVD/ Gen. 6's measurement of fitness DVD/ Uta Doki! Pop Classics volumes 1 & 2/ Melon Kinenbi's Fruity Killer Tune concert DVD/ Ribbon no kishi musical DVD/ first pressing of Ribbon no kishi soundtrack CD/ Nochiuranatsumi's concert DVD/ H!P 2007 Winter Live DVD box/ C-ute's Spring Debut 2007 concert DVD/ Momusu Fan Club Special CD set.
74 H!P shashinshuu's. (These are not in any particular order as they're set up on my bookshelves in a way that allows them all to fit.) Shashinshuu's include: 11 Momusu PBs/ 3 H!P PBs/ 1 Pucchimoni PB/ 1 Tanpopo PB/ 1 GAM concert pamphlet/ all 6 of Rikachan's PBs/ 6 of Nacchi's PBs/ 2 Yuko PBs/ 1 Marippe PB/ 3 Gocchin PBs including "More Maki" which comes housed in a large box with slip case plus poster, stickers, & photograph along with the actual PB/ 1 Yossi PB/ 1 Gen. 5 PB/ all 7 of Aichan's PBs/ all 3 of Gakisan's PBs/ 3 Konkon PBs/ all 4 of Kamei's PBs/ 3 Mikitty PBs/ all 3 of Sayu's PBs/ 3 Tanaka PBs/ 1 Koharu PB/ 1 Sayu w/ Rikachan PB "Angels"/ 2 Ayaya PBs/ 1 Berryz Koubou PB/ both of Risakochan's PBs/ Momo's 1 PB/ Miya's 1 PB/ Maimichan's 1 PB/ and Airichan's 1 PB.
H!P baseballs include: Aichan, Kamei, Gakisan, Mikitty, Konkon, Sayu, Gocchin, Risakochan, Momo, Miya, Yurinachan, Chinamichan, Maasa, and Saki.
Autographs include: "Sexy Boy~ soyo kaze ni yorisotte~" poster signed by every member in that current line up/ "Ai no tane" postcard signed by all 5 original members with Asayan "Ai no tane" single and photograph/ Card signed by Gen. 6 members Sayu, Tanaka, and Kamei/ and card signed in 2000 by Momusu members Yuko, Gocchin, Yossi, Nono, Nacchi, Kei, Marippe, Aibon, Rikachan, and Kaorin.
Picture albums which include 521 pictures and 22 postcards.
3 microfiber towels including Aichan, Kamei, and Koharuchan.
9 t-shirts including Kamei, Momo, Berryz Koubou, Sayu, Risakochan, "Tropical Morning Morning Musume Hawaii Version" t-shirt, and 3 Koharuchan t-shirts.
3 scarfs including Aichan, Kamei, and Gakisan.
Morning Musume Mini Figure set (13 figures), Morning Musume Mascot Figures (13 figures), and "Love Machine" commemorative figure set.
And lastly there is a picture of misc. goods including some cards, fans, a cup, clear files, photographs, keychains, wristbands, pin, and anything else I may have forgotten.
The 521 photos and 22 postcards were previously posted here: Hello! Project Information Village pics binder 1. and here: Hello ! Project Information Village pics binder 2. and here: Hello! Project Information Village pics binder 3. and lastly here: Hello! Project Information Village pics binder 4.
Kyaaa! I just realized I forgot the picture of Kamei's gray scarf….and this post really needs to be updated one day properly! XD…so many things missing.