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Hello! Project Kids
ハロー!プロジェクト・キッズ
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General Information

Origin

Japan

Genre

Japanese pop

Years Active

2002-Present

Label(s)

Zetima & PICCOLO TOWN

Associated acts

BeriKyuu, Berryz Koubou, ℃-ute, Buono!, 4KIDS, Kira☆Pika, Athena & Robikerottsu, Guardians 4, Ex-ceed!, Ujicha♥Taishi Maccha's, Cat's♥Eye 7, DIY♡, GREEN FIELDS, Dia Lady, Mellowquad, HI-FIN, Aa!, ZYX, High-King, Petitmoni V, Tanpopo#, Zoku v-u-den, H.P. All Stars, Sexy Otonajan, Akagumi, Shirogumi, Wonderful Hearts, Mobekimasu, Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu Singers

Website

No information

Members

Country Girls:
Tsugunaga Momoko
℃-ute:
Yajima Maimi
Nakajima Saki
Suzuki Airi
Okai Chisato
Hagiwara Mai

Former Members

Berryz Koubou:
Shimizu Saki
Tokunaga Chinami
Sudo Maasa
Ishimura Maiha
Natsuyaki Miyabi
Kumai Yurina
Sugaya Risako

℃-ute:
Murakami Megumi
Umeda Erika

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BeriKyuu at a glance.

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Hello! Project Kids Audition

Hello! Project Kids (ハロー!プロジェクト・キッズ; sometimes referred to as H!P Kids) was a group of 15 girls chosen out of 27,958 applicants. The results of this audition were announced on the June 30, 2002 episode of Hello! Morning.[1] Hello! Project Kids were divided into 2 groups: Berryz Koubou and ℃-ute.

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Hello! Project Kids and Arihana Kanna (2009)

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Hello! Project Kids, December 2002 promoting movies

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Hello! Project Kids, 2002

MembersEdit

Former MembersEdit

From C-ute
From Berryz Kobo

HistoryEdit

2002-2003Edit

The Hello! Project Kids joined Hello! Project in 2002 and consisted of fifteen young girls chosen out of 27,958 applicants in the Hello! Project Kids Audition. The results of this audition were announced in the June 30, 2002 episode of Hello! Morning.[1] They were called H!P Kids due to their young age at the time of their joining. They supported Hello! Project in various ways, such as dancing at concerts. Their first recording and PV shooting as a group was for "Ganbacchae!" in 2003.

In 2003, some of the members were placed in bands led by Morning Musume members: Natsuyaki Miyabi and Suzuki Airi were selected to be in Aa!,[2] while Umeda Erika, Shimizu Saki, Yajima Maimi, Tsugunaga Momoko, and Murakami Megumi were placed in ZYX. Both units were short-lived, and their activity stopped when half of the Hello! Project Kids were choosen to form Berryz Koubou in January 2004.

2004-2005Edit

In early 2004, eight of the girls were placed into a new group called Berryz Koubou.[3] The remaining seven girls were then referred to as Hello! Project Kids, but on June 11, 2005 they formed a new group named ℃-ute.[4]

All the Hello! Project Kids participated in the 2004 shuffle unit H.P. All Stars.

2006Edit

Arihara Kanna joined Hello! Project as a Hello Pro Egg in 2004 and was placed into ℃-ute at the beginning of 2006. However, she never joined the Hello! Project Kids group.

2007Edit

In July, Tsugunaga Momoko, Natsuyaki Miyabi, and Suzuki Airi formed Buono!, a unit formed for the sake of providing the openings and endings for the anime Shugo Chara!.

2011Edit

In 2011, Tsunku announced a new project within Hello! Project. Berryz Koubou and ℃-ute would join together to form the new fusion unit, BeriKyuu. In November 2011, BeriKyuu released their debut single "Amazuppai Haru ni Sakura Saku."

2012Edit

In 2012, Hello! Project Kids reached their 10th anniversary. On June 20, 2012, BeriKyuu released their second single "Chou HAPPY SONG."

On June 30, Hello! Project Kids released a photobook which commemorated their ten years within Hello! Project.

2014Edit

On August 2, during the Hello! Project 2014 SUMMER ~KOREZO!~ show at Nakano Sun Plaza, Shimizu announced that Berryz Koubou would be on indefinite hiatus after the conclusion of their spring 2015 tour.[5] For over a year, the members discussed the future of the group and all came to the mutual conclusion to go on an indefinite hiatus in order to achieve their own personal goals.

2015Edit

After Berryz Koubou's graduation on March 5, Tsugunaga Momoko was the only member of the group to remain a Hello! Project member as the playing manager of Country Girls.

2016Edit

On August 20, ℃-ute announced that they would disband in June 2017; rather than going on hiatus, or staying as a group but graduating from Hello! Project.[6][7] As ℃-ute began and grew as part of Hello! Project, the members want the group to end as "℃-ute of Hello! Project". After the conclusion of their last live at Super Saitama Arena, the members will go on to fulfill their individual goals.

On November 5, Tsugunaga Momoko announced that she would graduate from Country Girls and Hello! Project and retire from the entertainment industry on June 30, 2017 to work as a teacher, which she had already graduated from university in 2014 studying early education.[8][9]

2017Edit

With the six remaining members leaving Hello! Project in 2017, Hello! Project Kids' tenure will officially come to an end after 15 years.

GroupsEdit

Main GroupsEdit

Sub-GroupsEdit

Featured GroupsEdit

DiscographyEdit

Single VEdit

PhotobooksEdit

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  • [2012.06.30] Hello! Project Kids Debut 10th Anniversary Berryz Koubou x ℃-ute Crosstalk BOOK RIVAL ~12 Shoujo no 10-nen Monogatari~

TriviaEdit

  • Minegishi Minami of AKB48 tried out for Hello! Project Kids, but didn't make it.
  • In 2002, the addition of Hello! Project Kids was the most amount of members added to Hello! Project.
  • As of 2012, with the graduation of Niigaki Risa, Hello! Project Kids have been in Hello! Project longer than any other members.
  • Arihara Kanna is not part of Hello! Project Kids, even though she was a member of C-ute.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hello! Morning. Broadcast Date: 2002-06-30.
  2. Tsunku. "<ハロー!プロジェクト新ユニット「あぁ!」に関する公式文章>" (in Japanese). Tsunku Official Website. 2003-09-12.
  3. Tsunku. "『Berryz工房』(ベリーズこうぼう)誕生について" (in Japanese). Tsunku Official Website. 2003-01-15.
  4. Tsunku. "℃-ute (キュート) に関して" (in Japanese). Tsunku Official Website. 2005-06-11.
  5. Ohama Minoru, Tsunku. "Berryz工房に関するお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-08-02.
  6. "℃-uteに関するお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2016-08-20.
  7. "Announcement concerning ℃-ute." UP-FRONT LINK. 2016-08-20.
  8. "嗣永桃子に関するお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2016-11-05.
  9. Concerning Momoko Tsugunaga. UP-FRONT LINK. 2016-11-05.

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