With recent shashinshuu releases both Nacchi & Sayu who's latest pbs were published by Wani Books both are featured with a nice selection of off shots that weren't included in their latest pbs. The included 90 minute DVD provides a peek into the making of DVDs that accompany both pbs as well as covering the other featured idols in this issue through photo shoots, gossip, and some idol gourmet cooking!
The new "Berryz Times" feature continues with its 2nd volume which features Kumachan, Miya, Saki, and Chinamichan in a battle of physical prowess. Some of the challenges include: jump rope, hula hoop, hand strength, upper body strength, sit ups, and foot speed coordination. Some of these challenges are reminiscent of Gen. 6's debut "test of strength" DVD which challenged them in a very similar manner (a post was written about this DVD earlier this year when I was able to purchase a copy from Ohta). Group Captain Sakichan triumphs with the best overall results with Miya second, Kumachan 3rd, and sweet Chinamichan coming in last. :O Had it been a stand-up comedy challenge, the results would probably have been an exact reversal with Chinamichan & Kumachan leading the way! 🙂 Also noted in this feature is a small write up covering the announcement of Berryz Koubou making their first appearance on NHK's annual Kouhaku! 😀 Hello! Project will open the entire event!!!…with a medley of "Mikan", "Meguru koi no kisetsu", "Tsukiatteru no ni kataomoi", and "Love Machine" performed by Momusu, Berryz Koubou, & C-ute. Hello! Project fans who aren't necessarily fans of other J-pop and enka artists/groups may still want to stay tuned after H!P's show opening performance as typically the Kouhaku features guest performances by other artists as backup dancers/singers during fellow member performances. In the past members of H!P have gotten extra stage time as back up dancers for other performers and there's little doubt that that will not happen again this year. On a side note Saburo informed me a week ago that Berryz Koubou & C-ute will appear in a joint concert brilliantly billed "Berryz Kamen vs. C-ute Rangers" at historic Yokohama Arena!! 🙂 With this announcement, Tsunku's penning of the coupling with song "Warera Berryz Kamen" on Berryz Koubou's latest single release makes perfect sense and indeed a vision was being followed by releasing this song recently. With 7 "vs." 7 lineups a super hero theme will work to perfection at this event and I'm hoping that appropriately implemented individual member colored outfits are put into play as well! Just imagine the impact and potential fan growth within this genre that these events could create! I'm thinking Risakochan as the Pink masked hero all the way!! Now Tsunku just needs to pen a super hero song for C-ute in time for this momentous concert event! 🙂
A nice surprise upon seeing this issue was a nice 3 page feature on Ongaku Gatas! The 3 members chosen for this article Konkon, Manoeri, & Nocchi!! It's great to see Konkon in Up to boy once again and the inclusion of my favorite 2 Eggs Nocchi & Manoeri seems to make this article custom made for me! 🙂 For me Nocchi continues to lead all Eggs with Manoeri a close second and there's just something so cute about having the 3 of these Ongaku Gatas members together on giant soccer ball bean bag! 😀 Following are scans of all of these featured H!P articles. 🙂