The journey that started with “Yumemiru 15” ends with “Yumemita 15 (夢見た 15年)” and perhaps the most significant Hello! Project graduation since C-ute. Given the English title “Dreamed for 15 years”, the new ANGERME song fills itself with memories of the Hello! Project leader’s tenure in the projects. Lyrics by former S/mileage and ANGERME member Fukuda Kanon gets the sentiment just right intimately knowing Dawa’s voyage perhaps better than anyone else. Given an intimate setting that resembles an all-girls on deck slumber party, the promotional video feels like the end of an era. Ayaka reads through a letter alone in a white room, and is joined by the members as the room gains more and more color until it becomes the vibrant place that she help create. Dance shots put the ANGERME girls in white outfits reminiscent of the S/mileage / Ayaka debut and backs the group with the sparkling beaded curtains of that same promotional video. From a fan’s perspective, “Yumemita fifteen” hits all the right notes, and I suspect that more than one person was cutting onions whilst watching. “Koi wa accha accha / Yumemita fifteen”, the 26th single from ANGERME will graduate to record stores on April 10, 2019.
ANGERME (アンジュルム), formerly known as S/mileage (スマイレージ), is a Japanese pop group within Hello! Project. Originally started as an indies Hello Pro Egg unit in 2009, S/mileage was formed by four first generation members with the possibility that the line-up would be shuffled. The group graduated from Hello Pro Egg in 2010 and became full members of Hello! Project. The group changed their name in late 2014 to ANGERME to celebrate the third generation members and signify a turning point in the group’s image. ANGERMER’s current lineup includes members Wada Ayaka (福田花音), Nakanishi Kana (中西香菜), Takeuchi Akari (竹内朱莉), Katsuta Rina (勝田里奈), Murota Mizuki (室田瑞希), Sasaki Rikako (佐々木莉佳子), Kamikokuryou Moe (上國料萌衣), Kasahara Momona (笠原桃奈), Funaki Musubu (船木結, concurrent with Country Girls), Kawamura Ayano (川村文乃), Ota Haruka, (太田遥香), and Ise Reira, 伊勢鈴蘭).
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