This is it. The final promotional video from the final Kobushi Factory single. Having fulfilled their obligation for a sentimental PV (that was last week’s “Seishun no hana“), the group chooses to go out with an upbeat song that represents their ambitions going forward from this point. On “The start line” (スタートライン, Start line)”, the girls put on their best smiles and perform with the energy and enthusiasm of a group that has nothing to lose. Intercut among the new footage, we get archival shots of the girls in the middle of their heyday. One memorable sequence projects images each member at the start of their journey as Kobushi Factory behind their look of the now. Through all the trials that Kobushi Factory has been through, it’s good to remember that the girls grew up in this crucible of a career. I’m satisfied to see the group going out with an energetic kick; how about you? You should be so happy. “Seishun no hana / Start line”, the 8th and final single from Kobushi Factory, goes on sale March 4, 2020.
Kobushi Factory (こぶしファクトリー; Magnolia Factory) is a Japanese pop group under Hello! Project, originally formed with eight members from Hello! Project Kenshuusei in early January 2015. In 2015 Kobushi Factory won a Newcomer Award at the 57th Japan Record Awards and were nominated for the Best Newcomer Award, which they subsequently won. Kobushi Factory is considered a successor to former Hello! Project unit Berryz Koubou and were given a name that was deliberated upon by Berryz Koubou leader Shimizu Saki and carried a similar naming to Berryz Koubou (Berryz Workshop). Their sister group is Tsubaki Factory. Kobushi Factory’s current lineup includes Hirose Ayaka (廣瀬彩海), Nomura Minami (野村みな美), Hamaura Ayano (浜浦彩乃), Wada Sakurako (和田桜子), and Inoue Rei (井上玲音).
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