IW did not cover the aforementioned SPEED post and I thought I'd link it here in light of this amazing news on their re-grouping. This post was written as a first hand account of my personal musical journey with SPEED from their very first single "Body & Soul" which I experienced in real time in 1996 till their initial disbandment leading to solo ventures for all four members…then returning for their reshaping/ re-grouping and further on. You'll find photos of their complete discography (minus just their "Memorial Live One More Dream + Remix" CD and "Save the Children Live 2003" CD & DVD releases although the former CD is on its way in the post from Japan as I type this), release artwork scans, special limited releases, uploaded mp3s/pvs chronologically taking you through their entire history, as well as solo works and in essence just what made them the most popular female J-Pop group in Japan's history in an amazingly short period of time. Welcome back!!…Shimabukuro Hiroko, Imai Eriko, Uehara Takako, and Arakaki Hitoe!! 😀
On the backburner of other substantial news is the discontinuation of Momusu's variety show "HM@." The final episode is set to air on September 28th and this for a show which has seen it's fair share of makeovers during the many years it's been on the air starting with an increased time slot, too many changes in format to even try to mention, along with its final reduction of duration and sagging t.v. ratings. The orignal incarnation of H!M from 2000-2007 which enjoyed better ratings and increased airtime will always remain a special show for me. For through this varitey show fans were able to get a better grasp on individual member personalities first and foremost but those numerous endearing "Academy" episodes, news segments, batsu games, "trial" episodes, Christmas specials, matsuri specials, drawing games, sumo body suit musical chairs/ obstacle courses, original skits, and it goes on and on….really made for good t.v. back then! Lately it's been a love/hate relationship with the latest format of HM@…sometimes good, sometimes …but nonetheless it'll definitely be missed whether you consider its promotional efforts for H!P new releases or for those special episodes which will stick with us forever. And now one of the more profound insightful visions into the varying personalities and dynamics of their interaction on screen offerings will be no more. Even though you may have disliked the newer format at the very least it did allow fans to keep up with Momusu on a weekly basis as they allowed into their world allowing us to watch them grow and develop over time. For me what will I most remember from this latter stage of the time reduced HM@ series?…it'll have to be "The one with Junjun's move, the banana & Kamei's magical umeboshi pan."
But I wonder though, could this have saved Haromoni? 😛
Sayonara HM@, may you one day be reincarnated into your former self….H!M. 🙂 Just be sure to have lots of aojiru and noni on hand just in case…