From the monthly archives:

September 2005

ZYX

by Lainay on September 1, 2005 · 5 comments · AddThis

Mari Mari Yaguchi
Birthday: 1983-01-20
Birthplace: Kanagawa
Blood type: A
Megumi Megumi Murakami
Birthday: 1992-06-06
Blood type: A
Momoko Momoko Tsugunaga
Birthday: 1992-03-06
Birthplace: Tokyo
Blood type: O
Maimi Maimi Yajima
Birthday: 1992-02-07
Blood type: O
Saki Saki Shimizu
Birthday: 1991-11-22
Birthplace: Tokyo
Blood type: O
Erika Erika Umeda
Birthday: 1991-05-24
Blood type: A

ZYX

I’d like to bring your attention to another Hello! Project group: ZYX. Or should I say former Hello! Project, as the group hasn’t released anything since winter, 2003.

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Hitomi Shimatani

by Rinoa on September 1, 2005 · 16 comments · AddThis

Hitomi Shimatani
Hitomi Shimatani posing in CDData 2006
Name: Hitomi Shimatani
Birthday: September 4th 1980
Hometown: Hiroshima
Star Sign: Virgo
Height: 161 cm
Blood Type: O type
Hobbies: Karaoke, shopping, movies
Record Label: avex trax
Talent Agency: PROCEED

Hitomi Shimatani is a relatively popular singer in the J-Pop scene, who has made her debut back then in 1999. Apart from being a singer, Hitomi is a popular television personality and is an actress. She has a reputation of having powerful vocals and her beauty has labelled her as being one of the most beautiful personalities in Japan. Her trademark is her long hair.

Despite the fact that she is not extremely popular and is not one of avex’s biggest source of revenue, Hitomi still manages to attract a fair amount of attention. She has her personal fanclub called Eye-Land. Hitomi’s personality is rather well mannered and she is a compliant woman to work with, according to those who have done so. Hitomi frequents many music and radio programmes, just because she an interesting person. For these reasons she has made a lot of friendships and connections with various personalities, most notably the illustrious actress Yukie Nakama and Ryoko Kuninaka.

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ZONE

by spellcheck on September 1, 2005 · 55 comments · AddThis

MIYU MIYU
Guitar and Vocals
DoB: 20/05/1988
Blood Type: B
Height: 156cm
MIZUHO MIZUHO
Drums and Vocals
DoB: 12/12/1986
Blood Type: A
Height: 153cm
MAIKO MAIKO
Bass and Vocals
DoB: 24/07/1986
Blood Type: O
Height: 154cm
TOMOKA TOMOKA
Guitar and Vocals
DoB: 19/09/1986
Blood Type: O
Height: 160cm
TAKAYO TAKAYO
Ex-Guitar and Ex-Vocals
DoB: 13/06/1985
Blood Type: A
Height: 154cm

In 1999, Studio Runtime held an audition in Sapporo for a new type of group that they called a “bandoru” (band+idol, a group that could both dance and play instruments). Initially, 8 members were picked, but that was later shortened to 4: TAKAYO, MIYU, MIZUHO and MAIKO. This became ZONE. The name “ZONE” refers to the group’s goal, starting from the bottom, or “Z” (the last letter in the alphabet), all the way to number one (“ONE”).

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