The music video for Berryz Koubou x ℃-ute’s second single “Chou HAPPY SONG”, a mash-up of their two album songs “Because happiness” (Berryz Koubou) and “Shiawase no Tochuu” (℃-ute), has been uploaded to the MBCMS YouTube channel.
■ The goods list for Berryz Koubou and ℃-ute’s joint tour “Berryz Koubou & ℃-ute Collaboration Tour 2011 Fall ~Berikyuu Island~” has been updated to show the new goods available on 12/25, the final day of performances. The goods include two new solo photosets (Maimi’s pictured above) and a t-shirt.
The goods list for the Berryz Koubou and ℃-ute joint tour “Berikyuu Island” has been updated to reflect the new goods that will be available starting at the 12/3 and 12/4 performances of the tour. The newly available goods consist of group, solo, and “nakayoshi” (best friends) photosets. You can check out Maimi’s new solo photosets above, and see the rest of the new goods at the official Hello! Project site.
■ The full MV for Berryz Koubou × ℃-ute’s single “Amazuppai Haru ni Sakurasaku” has been uploaded to the Mobekimasu channel on YouTube.
■ DVD listings for both the “Shishu-seyo” and “Kikan-seyo” performances of the play “Sengoku Jieitai” have been added to the Shinseido Shopping Site. Both DVDs will be released on 11/30 at the price of 3990 yen (approximately 49 USD). Additional information found at the CD Japan listing reveals that the DVDs will have a running time of 120 minutes.
■ Also newly listed at Shinseido and releasing on 11/30 is the DVD for the ℃-ute fanclub event “℃-ute Cutie Circuit 2011 ~9/10 is ℃-ute Day~”.
■ The official Hello! Project site has revealed the goods list for the upcoming Berryz Koubou & ℃-ute collaboration play “Sengoku Jieitai”. In addition to the usual photosets (two of Maimi’s pictured above), the list includes two DVD magazines which correspond to the two performance groups: Kikan-seyo (vol. 1, pictured above) and Shishu-seyo (vol. 2). Also of note is the curry-flavored instant ramen, which comes packed with an L-sized photo in a camoflage truck. The entire good list can be seen here.
■ The final rehearsal and first performance by the Kikan-seyo group (Maimi, Nakajima Saki, Sudou Maasa, Natsuyaki Miyabi, Kumai Yurina, Sugaya Risako) will air tomorrow (9/16) on the UST Stage USTREAM channel. The final rehearsal will begin airing at 3:30PM JST (2:30AM EST) and the performance will air starting at 7:00PM JST (6:00AM EST). A single ticket purchased at the UST Stage channel is required to view both showings, which costs 1575 yen (around $20.55 at the time of writing) and can only be purchased until 30 minutes before the broadcast (2:00AM EST). Future events are scheduled for 9/24 (Shishu-seyo performance), 9/28 (Shishu-seyo commentary), and 10/4 (Kikan-seyo commentary).
■ According to a listing on the Sony Music Shop, the members of Berryz Koubou and ℃-ute will collaborate for a single titled “Amazuppai Haru ni Sakurasaku” (Blooming cherry blossoms in the bittersweet Spring), to be released on 11/09. The single will be the ending theme for the movie “Ousama Game”, which members from both groups star in. There will be 3 editions for this release (Limited A, Limited B, and Regular), and the releases on Berryz’s label Piccolo Town will feature a Berryz Koubou song as the c/w, while the releases on ℃-ute’s label Zetima will feature a ℃-ute song as the c/w.
■ Also from Sony Music Shop, Berryz Koubou and ℃-ute will also be participating in a single with the rest of Hello! Project titled “Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku” (Must not become ugly philosophy), to be released on 11/16. This release will have 7 editions, and the coupling songs for limited editions B through F will be handled by each H!P act individually.
Maimi will take part in a special unit formed for the upcoming “LIVE NEXT!! Featuring Hello! Project” event on 9/3, called “B℃ST” (pronounced “bii kyuu es tii” and standing for “Berryz Koubou & ℃-ute Special Team”). Maimi is joined by Berryz Koubou members Shimizu Saki, Tokunaga Chinami, Kumai Yurina, and fellow ℃-ute member Nakajima Saki.
The October issue of B.L.T. magazine features a light-hearted interview with the members of the “mysterious unit” B℃ST (pictured above, courtesy of the fans at 2ch), where the girls try to figure out the reason they were put together, decide on who will be the leader of the group (Chinami gets elected), and try to come up with a concept for the unit (“a fumbling group”). Unfortunately, it seems as though for the time being B℃ST is a one-shot unit for “LIVE NEXT!!”, as B.L.T. describes them as a group formed just for that purpose.
More information on “LIVE NEXT!! Featuring Hello! Project” can be found at the official Hello! Project website.
■ Blogs for both the Kikan-seyo (repatriation) and Shishu-seyo (defending to the end) groups added to Gekidan Online website (Kikan-seyo link)
Blog for Shishu-seyo here.
■ Commercial for the play Gekidan GekiHaro vol.11 “Sengoku Jieitai” added to the Up-Front Channel on YouTube
The short 17-sec. spot features a shot of each of the members weilding a katana, and now lists the two groups as the Female Self-Defense Force repatriation (“Wind and Clouds Team”) and defending to the death (“Moonlight Team”) groups.
In addition to their joint play “Sengoku Jieitai” and the revival of their legendary “Nakayoshi Battle Concert” later this year, the members of Berryz Koubou and ℃-ute will also be teaming up for a suspense-horror film titled “King Game”. While all members will be present, the film will focus on the characters played by Berryz Koubou’s Kumai Yurina and ℃-ute’s Suzuki Airi. Former Morning Musume member Yoshizawa Hitomi will also appear in the film. The movie is based on the cellphone novel of the same name, and is due to release this winter. From the Oricon Style article on the movie, here is a short description of the movie:
One night, Honda Chiemi (Kumai) and her childhood friend Kanazawa Nobuaki (Sakurada Dori) receive a text. The sender is “King”, and the subject is “King Game”. It says that if you don’t complete the king’s order in 24 hours, you will be punished. From that day, everyone in the class receives a text from “King”, and at first all of the students complete the orders while joking around, but the content of the orders escalate. Finally, two classmates who didn’t complete the order receive “punishment”. That is the beginning of the classmates being wiped out one by one. What in the hell is the king’s goal!? Having gotten closer to the king’s true colors along with Iwamura Rie (Suzuki), who calmy gazes at the other classmates by herself, the greatest tragedy will befall Chiemi…
The Gekidan Online website has posted information on the 11th installment of the GekiHaro stage series, titled “Jikuu no Tobira” (Door of Space-time). The short description reads:
Like the two sides of a coin, reality has two faces.
The website also states that the members of Berryz Koubou and ℃-ute have been shuffled in to two groups, and the performances will be split between those groups. The two groups are “Gekkou-kumi” (Moonlight group), which consists of Shimizu Saki, Tsugunaga Momoko, Tokunaga Chinami, Suzuki Airi, Okai Chisato, and Hagiwara Mai, and “Fuun-kumi” (Wind and clouds group), which consists of Sudou Maasa, Natsuyaki Miyabi, Kumai Yurina, Sugaya Risako, Yajima Maimi, and Nakajima Saki.
The performances are set to take place 9/16 to 9/25 in Tokyo, and 9/30 to 10/2 in Osaka.