July poll results
A scorchingly hot July has come and gone, and so it’s time to tally the votes on another Maimi poll. Thinking back to Maimi’s duet with Abe Natsumi, July’s poll asked “Which former H!P member would you like to see Maimi sing a duet with?”. The clear winner in first place with 20 votes is Hello! Project’s amazing former soloist and Maimi’s own idol Matsuura Aya. Coming in second with 12 votes is former Melon Kinenbi member Shibata Ayumi, who is currently enjoying a solo career outside of H!P. Just one vote behind in third place is Morning Musume O.G. Iida Kaori. And rounding out the list in fourth place with 2 votes is former Country Musume member Satoda Mai.
Last month a brand new unit consiting of Maimi, Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami and Kumai Yurina, fellow ℃-ute member Nakajima Saki, and Morning Musume’s Iikubo Haruna was announced. This new unit, “DIY♡”, is tied into the Hello! Project program “Hello! SATOYAMA Life”, and has already debuted a new song at the Hello! Project summer concert series. This is far from the first time that Maimi has been involved in a special unit outside of ℃-ute, though.
Well before ℃-ute showed up, Maimi was in the special unit “ZYX” with Yaguchi Mari, Shimizu Saki, Tsugunaga Momoko, Murakami Megumi, and Umeda Erika. The unit released two singles, “Iku ZYX! Fly High” and “Shiroi TOKYO”, before it’s first incarnation disbanded, and is a unit Maimi has stated a desire to revisit to on several occassions.
Sometime after that, Maimi (as Yajimy) teamed up with Umeda Erika (Umely) and Kumai Yurina (Lily) to form a rival unit to Buono!, named “Bello!“. This unit only appeared in the “Buono! Days 2” DVD magazine, but they performed one song, “Café Bello!”, and hold a special place in your friendly neighborhood MaimiLog admin’s heart.
Perhaps one of Maimi’s best-known and best-loved units is the powerhouse “High-King“, the unit featuring Takahashi Ai, Tanaka Reina, Maimi, Shimizu Saki, and Maeda Yuuka. The unit was formed to provide a theme song for Morning Musume’s stage play “Cinderella”, titled “C\C (Cinderella\Complex)”, but also released several more songs on various Hello! Project compilations albums, and were a mainstay at Hello! Project’s shuffle unit concerts up until Takahashi Ai’s graduation.
One of the most recent and short-lived of Maimi’s special units is “B℃ST” (Berryz Koubou & ℃-ute Special Team). This unit came together for a one-time-only performance at the “LIVE NEXT!! Featuring Hello! Project” event, and consisted of Maimi, Nakajima Saki, Shimizu Saki, Tokunaga Chinami, and Kumai Yurina. Of the special units listed in this article, this is the only one whose members are all still part of Hello! Project!
What’s with the history lesson, you might be asking? Well, in the wake of DIY♡’s formation, August’s poll wants to know “Which of Maimi’s side groups would you like to see revived?” Given the holes left in many of the groups due to graduation, use your imagination to fill them in, and then decide which one you’d like see rise again. And of course, after you do that, make sure to cast your vote!