The new Hello! Project received its grand unveiling this morning through a special Monday edition of Hello! Station. The fates of 6 H!P members finally came to light. In summary, Country Girls’s Morito Chisaki is now a member of Morning Musume ’17, CG’s Funaki Musubu and new member Kawamura Ayano are in ANGERME, and CG’s Yanagawa Nanami and new member Danbara Ruru are new members of Juice=Juice. New member Ichioka Reina is the leader of a new Hello! Project unit (members and name TDB).
The reorganization of Hello! Project transpired through a series of events that began in May 5 with the surprise announcement of Ichioka Reina, Danbara Ruru, and Kawamura Ayano’s debut at the closing of the Hello! Project Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2017 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~. Those three members were still “up in the air” when the June 9 announcement of the semi hiatus of Country Girls with members Yamaki Risa and Ozeki Mai participating only during school holidays. The three other members of Country Girls: Morito Chisaki, Yanagawa Nanami, and Funaki Musubu were now set for transfer to other Hello! Project groups. These six members finally received their new assignments today.
Morning Musume ’17:
Fukumura Mizuki, Ikuta Erina, Iikubo Haruna, Ishida Ayumi, Sato Masaki, Kudo Haruka, Oda Sakura, Ogata Haruna, Nonaka Miki, Makino Maria, Haga Akane, Kaga Kaede, Yokoyama Reina, Morito Chisaki
Wada Ayaka, Nakanishi Kana, Takeuchi Akari, Katsuta Rina, Murota Mizuki, Aikawa Maho (hiatus), Sasaki Rikako, Kamikokuryo Moe, Kasahara Momona, Kawamura Ayano, Funaki Musubu
Miyazaki Yuka, Kanazawa Tomoko, Takagi Sayuki, Miyamoto Karin, Uemura Akari, Danbara Ruru, Yanagawa Nanami
Fujii Rio, Hirose Ayaka, Nomura Minami, Hamaura Ayano, Taguchi Natsumi, Wada Sakurako, Inoue Rei
Yamagishi Riko, Ogata Risa, Niinuma Kisora, Tanimoto Ami, Kishimoto Yumeno, Asakura Kiki, Ono Mizuho, Onoda Saori, Akiyama Mao
New Unit (Name tbd):
Ichioka Reina, tbd
According to the UP-FRONT Link statement (below), the newly reorganized Morning Musume ’17, ANGERME, and Juice=Juice will begin their activities with the Hello! Project Summer Concert Tour “Hello! Project 2017 SUMMER ～HELLO！MEETING～/～HELLO！GATHERING～”. The new members are expected to fully participate in their new groups by Fall of this year. Although Reina will participate in the summer tour, the “Ichioka Reina Factory” group still needs members, and membership will be decided at a later date.
Much attention has been focused on the reception of the new members. Ruru and Nanami were greeted warmly by leader Miyazaki Yuka . Ayano and Musubu received a typically crazy ANGERME reception led by leader Wada Ayaka and a hyperactive Kasahara Momona. By most accounts, Chisaki received a more tepid reception into Morning Musume ’17. Leader Fukumura Mizuki shared a teary moment onscreen and lamented the passing of the Hello! Project of her childhood. I personally would not read too much into the reaction of the flagship group: the group’s well-defined and strictly maintained social structure doesn’t seem to allow for ANGERME-like nuttiness in these situations. With the kind of push that Chisaki received in Country Girls, I’m not particularly surprised at her placement. I’m looking forward to seeing Chisaki shine on a bigger stage.
Statement from UP-FRONT link
[EN] Concerning the new organization in Hello! Project
Thank you for your continued support towards Hello! Project.
Tonight, [Hello! Station Extra ~Hello! Project 2017 new system decided special~] has been uploaded,
The following members will have their main activities in parallel of Country Girls: Chisaki Morito in Morning Musume。’17.
Nanami Yanagawa in Juice=Juice,
Musubu Funaki in ANGERME.
The following Hello! Project Kenshusei members will enter the groups:
Ruru Danbara in Juice=Juice,
Ayano Kawamura in ANGERME.
Reina Ichioka will be the leader of a new group.
The other members of this new group will be announced later.
Morning Musume。’17, ANGERME and Juice=Juice will start their activities with their new organization during the Hello! Project Summer Concert Tour “Hello! Project 2017 SUMMER ～HELLO！MEETING～/～HELLO！GATHERING～”.
It will be at the Osaka Orix Theater on July 15th, the first day of the tour.
Since then, the new members will participate on each group basically,
But we aim for a complete and full participation by this fall.
Concerning the announcement of the new group, it will take some time from now,
But Reina Ichioka will take part at the Hello! Project Summer Concert Tour.
Please continue to support us with the new organization in Hello! Project.
UP-FRONT PROMOTION Co., Ltd.
PS: The translation may not be perfect/accurate, thank you for your understanding.