Versus: Original vs. Revival

Last year, after the mass graduation of the Elder Club. Tsunku decided to revive some of the old Hello! Project group. These are Tanpopo, Mini Moni, V-u-den, ZYX, and Petitmoni. After two concerts. I had a conflict in my mind, which group is better the original or the revival.

Here’s the original vs the revival of the groups.

Now let’s start things of with V-u-den. Original line-up is Rika, Erika, and Yui. The revival group was changed to Zoku V-u-den. This group like the original one are only 3. Risako, Sayu, and Junjun.

here’s the original Koisuru Angel Hearts

and here’s Zoku V-u-den’s version

Next is ZYX. This is one of the first groups wherein members from the original Hello! Project Kids joined having Morning Musume’s Yaguchi Mari as their mentor. The original ZYX line-up was Mari, Erika, Saki, Momo, and Megumi. The ZYX-a’s line-up is composed of Risa, Momo, Chinami, Maasa, Ayaka, and Saki. At the Hello Champloo concert Erika and Koharu are part of the group. Erika and Momo are the only original members of the original Zyx.

Here’s the original version of Iku Zyx Fly High


and here’s ZYX-A‘s version with Koharu and Erika

and without them

Next is Pucchimoni/Petitmoni

The original Petitmoni line-up consists of Ichii Sayaka, Yasuda Kei, and Goto Maki. The group  however had two more line up changes. Yoshizawa Hitomi replaced Sakaya Ichii in the second generation while Ogawa Makoto and Kimura Ayaka replaced Maki and Kei as the 3rd generation.

Petitmoni V consists of Mano Erina and C-ute’s Nakajima Saki and Hagiwara Mai.

Here’s the original version of Chokotto Love by the 1st gen line-up of Petitmoni

And here’s the revival version by Petitmoni V

Next is Tanpopo.

Tanpopo is one of the highest selling H!P sub-group in it’s 10 year history. Original line up is composed of Kaori, Aya, and Mari. The line up as well had two line up changes. As Ishiguro Aya left H!P, they added Ishikawa Rika and Kago Ai in the line up making it a 4nin group. Rika, Kaori, and Yaguchi had to left the group to be placed in another sub group but was immediately replaced by Risa, Konno, and Shibata Ayumi.

Tanpopo# named after the 井 kanji that is similar to each members names are composed of Okai, Kamei, Kumai, and Aika.

Here’s the 2nd generation of Tanpopo performing Otome Pasta ni Kandou and Oujisama to Yuki no Yoru

and here’s Tanpopo# performing Oujisama to Yuki no Yoru

Last but not the least is Mini Moni

The original Mini Moni line-up is composed of Yaguchi Mari, Mika Todd, Kago Ai, and Tsuji Nozomi. After Mari left the group, new comer Takahashi Ai joined the group in 2003.

Shin Mini Moni meaning NEW Mini Moni is composed of Linlin, Kanon, Karin, and Akari. Much like the original concept of the old Mini Moni. The group’s height are all under 155cm except for leader Linlin.

Here’s the original 5 members of Mini Moni performing their #1 single Jankenpyon live

Now here’s the revival Shin Mini Moni performing the same song live

Now that you’ve seen the different versions. You be the judge. Which is better the original or the revival.

Versions: Chokotto Love – Petitmoni/Pucchimoni

This is a new segment in our blog. Called Versions. We will show you different performances of one song by different artists. It’s not a weekly regular. I’ll try to post a versions every week if I can. But it’s kinda hard since if I do that I’ll ran out of versions in just a matter of time

Chokotto Love by Petitmoni is one of the most re-used song in H!P. It has been performed a lot of times in concerts

Here’s the PV

Here’s the original Petitmoni(1st gen) performing it live on Music Station Live

The latest version of it is by Petitmoni V on Hello! Project’s Winter concert ~Shuffel Date~

Oh and have you noticed Petitmoni V’s line up is similar to the original Petitmoni. 2 from a main group while one is a soloist (though in Goto Maki’s case, she’s a soloist as well as in a main group).

This is one of my favorite performances of this song. Performed by Kago Ai, Tokunaga Chinami, Yaguchi Mari, Miyoshi Erika, Shimizu Saki, and Fujimoto Miki.

Here’s another one. This time it’s from C-ute early days (skip Mirakururun Grand Purin). Performed by Airi, Chisa, and the only future Petitmoni member Saki. They did actually pretty good in this one.

Here’s another one of my favorite version. Really ‘W’ can do it all. And with these 2, the song seems to be much fun.

~I’m getting LSS in the ‘desu ne’ line

Now how about solo. Yes! there’s a solo performance of this trio song. Performed by Yasuda Kei along with Hello! Project Kids (the kids had little part though). Now it’s kinda creepy seeing Yasuda Kei doing the ‘desu ne’ part. Notice how Saki is also in this song. Heck she has a lot appearance in this one song doesn’t she.

I think that’s all of the Chokotto Love performances that I know. Message me if there’s another kind of version of this song

5 Hello! Project sub-groups that shaped Hello! Project

Aside from Morning Musume, C-ute, Berryz Kobo. There are sub-groups who are from the main groups. Usually, sub-groups are mixed from different groups. To tell if a group is a sub-group. There should be at least one member in the group that is from the main group.

Sub-group aren’t ordinary group. Sometimes, at one point in their existence they get more or less higher sales than the main groups. Sometimes, the sub-groups are the reason why fans keep on following Hello! Project. Sub-groups sometimes shaped Hello! Project in times of troubles

Here are the 5 groups the shaped Hello! Project

5. Buono! –  2007 to present. Total sales: 356,022

Maybe some of you would not agree with me. But you can’t argue with the fact that Buono! is one of the top acts of Hello! Project today. Despite Hello! Project’s decline in Japan’s Music scene. Buono! still manages to sell and outsell their main groups (Berryz Kobo and C-ute). They have released 10 singles, 3 albums, and 1 collaboration album. Every year, their sales grow. Though Shugo Chara has ended. Believe me this group won’t because it’s Hello! Project’s last salvation.

4. W  – 2004-2005. Total Sales: 314,222

If you’re a fan, you know this won’t be a shock. W is one of those special groups that H!P has made. It’s almost perfect only if those 2 didn’t do something to void their contracts. I’m sure they could have gone bigger. 6 singles and 2 albums all in a span of 1 year and 4 months. They had 2 concerts together with Berryz Kobo. Not convinced? Well let’s put it all this way. Aibon and Nonon are the best girl duo the world has ever seen.

3. Tanpopo – 1998-2009. Total Sales:1,907,383

Tanpopo was the very first Hello! Project sub-group. Reaching up to 3 generations (4 if you count the recent revival). Though the group ceased releasing a single after 2002. They still continued to perform up until last year. From 1999-2002, they released  8 singles. All but 2 reaching a total sales of 6 figures. And all song reaching the top 10 of the Oricon charts. They also had 2 albums both reaching the top 10 of the Oricons as well.

2. Petitmoni 1999-2003. Total Sales: 2,446,520

You can’t go wrong with this one. Petitmoni only had 4 singles. But all of them reached number 1 in the oricon charts except Piitari Shitai X’mas which came in close at 2. Now with their 4 singles and 1 album, they rank in 3rd in total sales beating out other groups who lasted longer and had more singles (e.g. v-u-den). Their highest grossing single in Chokotto Love which had a total sales of 1,123,610. Though the rest of the singles didn’t matched fairly with the first one. They all still manage to have a total sales and first week sales in 6 figures.

1. Minimoni 2001-2004. Total Sales: 2,409,640

I know. Petitmoni did better than this group; at least in the sales. But this group was way better. Lasting for 3 years, 12 singles, 2 albums, and 1 movie. They’re the only Hello! Project group who had a movie about them! The group is headlined by 2 of Hello! Projects top stars. Aibon and Nono. Add in Coconuts Musume’s star Mika Todd, Natural Idol Mari Yaguchi, and soon to be Hello! Project’s leader Takahashi Ai. The group had 2,409,640. All of their singles ranked in the Top 10 of the Oricon except for Mirakururun Grand Purin. The group at first was made solely for the younger market. But somehow, it managed to attract the older market instead. Maybe you’ll argue with me putting Mini Moni on top. But all I got to say is that, Minimoni was the reason why fans sticked to Hello! Project. Without them Hello! Project won’t be the same as it is today.