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Berryz Koubou

Berryz Koubou

by Lainay on December 22, 2005 · 128 comments · AddThis

Saki Saki Shimizu
Birthday: 1991-11-22
Birthplace: Tokyo
Blood type: O
* Leader
Momoko Momoko Tsugunaga
Birthday: 1992-03-06
Birthplace: Tokyo
Blood type: O
Chinami Chinami Tokunaga
Birthday: 1992-05-22
Birthplace: Kanagawa
Blood type: O
Maasa Maasa Sudou
Birthday: 1992-07-03
Birthplace: Tokyo
Blood type: O
Miyabi Miyabi Natsuyaki
Birthday: 1992-08-25
Birthplace: Chiba
Blood type: O
Yurina Yurina Kumai
Birthday: 1993-08-03
Birthplace: Kanagawa
Blood type: B
Risako Risako Sugaya
Birthday: 1994-04-04
Birthplace: Kanagawa
Blood type: A
Maiha Maiha Ishimura
Birthday: 1992-11-20
Birthplace: Chiba
Blood type: O
* Graduated as of October 2nd, 2005.

Berryz Koubou (or sometimes BerryZ Koubou or Berryz Kobo) is the current Hello! Project kids group. It now consists of 7 members: Saki Shimizu (leader, 14), Momoko Tsugunaga (14), Chinami Tokunaga (14), Maasa Sudou (14), Miyabi Natsuyaki (14), Yurina Kumai (13), and Risako Sugaya (12). The former member is Maiha Ishimura (13), who “graduated”, left, in October 2005 to focus on her schoolwork.

Berryz Koubou (which translates to Berryz Workshop) was announced as the newest Hello! Project kids unit in early 2004. They were originally going to constantly rotate member of the Hello! Project kids into this unit, but this didn’t happen and the remaining Hello! Project kids formed their own group, °C-ute (although, °C-ute hasn’t released any singles).

Berryz Koubou is said to be Hello! Projects newest Morning Musume and will grow up very strong, vocally. So far, Berryz has released 9 singles, 2 albums, and a mini-album is coming in early December. This article will mainly focus on their singles, although a complete discography will be included. Sometime later, I’ll post articles on their albums!

Their first single, Anata Nashi de wa Sekite Yukenai, was released on March 3rd, 2004. It’s a very funky, cool hip-hop song with lots of interesting instruments and sounds. I personally love this song. I believe it’s made very well – if you’re wearing headphones and only listen to one side, it’s almost a totally different song. They really put different instruments on different channels and whatnot to make it a really fun musical experience. I’m not particularly fond of their voices, but I love their songs and I got used to their voices that I don’t mind much anymore. Plus, I’m around their same age (13!) so I don’t really feel there’s anything too special about their age.

Their second single, Fighting Pose wa Date Janai is a bit of a contrasting upbeat, cute, poppy song. It was released on April 28th of 2004. The girls singing definitely fit this style of singing and songs better. This song is filled with fun tons of cutesy
instruments, creepy man voices, and “woo!”ing. Pretty much the standard Hello! Project song, right? XD

Their third single, Piriri to Yukou is another very fun song. Released on May 26th of 2004, it has a big Okinawa style influence to it, with the various instruments and even Okinawa words and chants (and a very catchy chorus!). Even the choreography and outfits fit this fun Okinawa theme.

On July 7th, they released their first album, 1st Cho Berryz. The album contains 12 tracks, which includes their 3 singles, a remix of their first single, their version of the Hello! Project theme song, and 7 previously unreleased tracks.

August 25th of 2004 continued their busy year with the release of their 4th single, Happiness ~Koufuku Kangei~. This single is another very fun, energetic, upbeat, and fun song.

Their 5th and last single of 2004 was Koi no Jubaku, a nice vacation from the wholly poppy songs they had released previously. Koi no Jubaku is an upbeat “mysterious” song with a very good beat and percussion instruments. Koi no Jubaku does translate to “Love’s Curse” or “Love’s Spell” so the composition of the song does match very well with the lyrics and song title.

2005 was/is another great and busy year for them. Their 6th single, Special Generation, was released on March 30th. Special Generation is one of my personal favorites from Berryz Koubou. It’s an upbeat, catchy, yet DIFFERENT song of theirs. It has got a bit of the same mysterious feeling as Koi no Jubaku has, and yet it’s different. I don’t really know how to correctly descrbe this song, but it is excellent and you should listen to it for yourself.

On June 8th came another single, titled Nanchuu Koi wo Yatteru YOU KNOW?. This song is another odd song, which is a total trance/dance song. It striked me as really strange when I first heard it, but it soon grew onto me. I didn’t know how Berryz Koubou could pull off this style of song, but they managed to do it well. Sometimes, though, the background instruments drown their voices (which may or not be a good thing XD). But I really do like this song, another one of my personal favorites.

Berryz Koubou released their 8th single on August 3rd, titled 21 Ji Made no Cinderella. This song brings Berryz Koubou a little bit back to their earlier energetic poppy songs, although it still has a hint of the other songs. This is another really great song for Berryz, with its catchy verses and equally catchy choruses and “dere dere cinderella”s.

On November 16th, their second album, Dai 2 Seichouki came out. It contains 12 songs, including 5 singles and 7 other tracks.

Their 9th, and latest, single is titled Gag 100 Bun Aishite Kudasai and was released on November 23rd. I am constantly listening to this song, it’s plain awesome. I think it just might be my favorite Berryz Koubou song. This song has a really great upbeat, fun beat with very catchy lyrics and notes, especially when they do this “suki nan da, suki nan dakke?, suki ka kikasete” thing where the notes go higher and higher than lower and higher and yeah. It’s really awesome. :) This song is also very exposed since it is the theme song for a highly anticipated movie called Pretty Cure Max Heart 2.

Their third release within 3 weeks time is another album, but it’s an “extended play CD”, titled Special! Best Mini ~2.5 Maime no Kare~. It’s much like a best album. It includes Gag 100 Kai Bun Aishite Kudasai, Special Generation, 21 Ji Made no Cinderella, Piriri to Yukou, Anata Nashi dewa Sekite Yukenai, and a new song titled Arigatou! Tomodachi.

Berryz Koubou really proves to be a great addition to the Hello! Project and is always releasing something. Throughout their under 2 year career (which is growing), they already have many releases under their belt, and at such young ages! Let’s take a look at their discography and you can download some of the songs as well. I think you may like them berry, berry much. …*crickets chirping* …Enjoy!

Singles

Anata Nashi de wa Sekite Yukenai cover
1st Single: Anata Nashi de wa Sekite Yukenai

  1. Anata Nashi de wa Sekite Yukenai
  2. BERRY FIELDS
  3. Anata Nashi de wa Sekite Yukenai (Instrumental)

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Fighting Pose wa Date Janai! cover
2nd Single: Fighting Pose wa Date Janai!

  1. Fighting Pose wa Date Janai!
  2. Natsu Wakame
  3. Fighting Pose wa Date Janai! (Instrumental)

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Piriri to Yukou cover
3rd Single: Piriri to Yukou

  1. Piriri to Yukou
  2. Kaccho ee!
  3. Piriri to Yukou! (Instrumental)

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Happiness ~Koufuku Kangei!~ cover
4th Single: Happiness! ~Koufuku Kangei!~

  1. Happiness ~Koufuku Kangei!~
  2. Yuujou Junjou oh Seishun
  3. Happiness ~Koufuku Kangei!~ (Instrumental)

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Koi no Jubaku cover
5th Single: Koi no Jubaku

  1. Koi no Jubaku
  2. Passion E-CHA E-CHA
  3. Koi no Jubaku (Instrumental)

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Special Generation cover
6th Single: Special Generation

  1. Special Generation
  2. Koi Shiteru Toki Wa Itsumo
  3. Special Generation (Instrumental)

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Nanchuu Koi wo Yatteru YOU KNOW? cover
7th single: Nanchuu Koi wo Yatteru YOU KNOW?

  1. Nanchu Koi wo Yatteru YOU KNOW?
  2. Yume de DO-UP
  3. Nanchu Koi wo Yatteru YOU KNOW? (Instrumental)

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21 Ji Made no Cinderella cover
8th Single: 21 Ji Made no Cinderella

  1. 21 Ji Made no Cinderella
  2. Himitsu no U・TA・HI・ME
  3. 21 Ji Made no Cinderella (Instrumental)

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GAG 100 Kai Bun Aishite Kudasai cover
9th Single: GAG 100 Kai Bun Aishite Kudasai

  1. GAG 100 Kai Bun Aishite Kudasai
  2. Nigiyaka na Fuyu
  3. GAG 100 Kai Bun Aishite Kudasai (Instrumental)

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Jiriri Kiteru
10th Single: Jiriri Kiteru

  1. Jiriri Kiteru
  2. Toshoshitsu Taiki
  3. Jiriri Kiteru (Instrumental)

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Waracchaou yo BOYFRIEND
11th Single: Waracchaou yo BOYFRIEND

  1. Waracchaou yo BOYFRIEND
  2. Suhada Pichi Pichi
  3. Waracchaou yo BOYFRIEND (Instrumental)

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Albums

1st Cho Berryz cover
1st Album: 1st Cho Berryz

  1. Anata Nashi de wa Sekite Yukenai
  2. Piriri to Yukou
  3. Nicchoku ~Geinoujin no Kaiwa~
  4. Fighting Pose wa Date Janai!
  5. Koi wa Hipparidako
  6. Semi
  7. Anshinkan
  8. Kozukai UP Daisakusen
  9. TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY
  10. Bye Bye Mata ne
  11. Anata Nashi de wa Ikite Yukenai (FUNKY Remix)
  12. Hello! no Theme (Berryz Koubou Version)

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Dai 2 Seichouki cover
2nd Album: Dai 2 Seichouki

  1. Special Opening
  2. Special Generation
  3. Nanchu Koi wo Yatteru YOU KNOW?
  4. Joshi basket-bu~Asaneriattahi no Kamigata
  5. Koi no Jubaku
  6. Ohiru no Kyuukeijikan
  7. Happiness ~Koufuku Kangei~
  8. Sabori
  9. 21 Ji Made no Cinderella
  10. Aisuru-hito no Namae wo Nikki ni
  11. Berryz Koubou koushinkyoku
  12. Special Ending

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Mini Albums

Special! Best Mini ~ 2.5 Maime no Kare ~ cover
1st Mini Album: Special! Best Mini ~ 2.5 Maime no Kare ~

  1. GAG 100 Kai Bun Aishite Kudasai
  2. Arigatou! Tomodachi
  3. Special Generation
  4. 21 Ji Made no Cinderella
  5. Piriri to Yukou
  6. Anata Nashi dewa Sekite Yukenai

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(3) Natsu Natsu Mini Berryz
2nd Mini Album: (3) Natsu Natsu Mini Berryz

  1. Jiriri Kiteru
  2. Maji Natsu Sugiru
  3. Natsu Remember You
  4. Yeah! Meccha Holiday (Risako Sugaya)
  5. Chu! Natsu Party (Yurina Kumai, Miyabi Natsuyaki, Chinami Tokunaga)
  6. Halation Summer (Saki Shimizu, Maasa Sudou, Momoko Tsugunaga)

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Sarah UNITED STATES July 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Oh, and not to bomb with comments, but my favorite members are:
1. Yurina Kumai! Shes EXTREMELY pretty (Even if she is 6 feet tall) and she has a wonderful voice!~ I love the fact that she is a lead singer, but her voice isn’t as high and girlish and annoying as the others >.>
2. Saki Shimizu!! She has a beutiful voice and needs more lines!

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Jake June 30, 2011 at 2:53 am

Kumai isn’t 6 ft tall. I’ve met her and she’s shorter than me and I’m 5″11. She’s roughly 176 cm tall which is about 5″9. I know that was posted a year ago but I thought I should tell you.

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Sarah UNITED STATES July 22, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Its funny that you found Nanchuu Koi wo Yatteruu, You Know? to be an odd-sounding song.
I like their entergetic songs, but that style wears thin easily. Especially for me.
In my opinion, Nanchuu Koi wo Yatteruu You Know? is the best one out of all 23.
When I first heard that song, I just happened upon it. I was looking up “J-pop” on Youtube in 2008, and that song popped up. I liked it, then I ended up looking up the song and the singers, and then I learned what Hello!Project was.
Then, I started learning all sorts of things about japanese pop culture, then just REGULAR Japanese culture, and then I started practicing speaking it.
Anyways, but now, 2 years later, I have a very deep interest in Japan and I plan to go there some day as an exchange student, and if I’m VERY, VERY lucky, maybe even live there!

If I do end up going as an exchange student, to think that I wouldn’t even be there if it wasn’t for Berryz!

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Dindo AUSTRALIA September 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Berryz is my Favorite singer/dance group.. Long live and more powers Berryz.. More to sing and more to dance^^ kawaii..

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nadine June 24, 2009 at 8:28 pm

very good songs plus cute girls..ganbatte

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Lily May 17, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Oh My God!! Berryz koubou are amazing!! My favourite member is Miyabi. . .she is awesome!! Go Miyabi!! >_<

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Nina March 22, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Berryz is AWSOME!Im a total fan!My fave member is Momoko! MOMO U ROCK!!!!LONG LIVE BERRYZ AND C-UTE!!!!!
~Aishite!Nina

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Snow UNITED STATES February 1, 2009 at 4:46 pm

They are really good. I hope the keep coming out with their music.

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Artz January 27, 2009 at 1:37 am

althought im not a fan of them but i really hope to c their next album released as they deserved it^^GAMBATEH!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jundy December 22, 2008 at 1:01 am

wow….. this young girls have a great future to go. I hope that I can see them in personal and take a picture with them.

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Kei K.O. HUNGARY December 18, 2008 at 12:23 pm

Very SUGOI band, Berry Christmas e.body!!

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Joe UNITED STATES November 24, 2008 at 9:48 pm

Hiroyuki thats awsome… Hell yeah I want to go. I wanna see yurina sooooo badly and of course all the rest of the girls… I know its got to be extremly fun watching there shows in person…..:) thank you :) How much are the tickets to get into one of the berryz concerts??? hmmm

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Hiroyuki November 24, 2008 at 1:29 pm

初めまして!僕は日本人です!ネットサーフィンで偶然このブログを見つけました!
君はアメリカ人ですね!?アメリカにもBrryzフアンが居て嬉しいです!
ぜひ、Berryzのコンサートを見に日本に来て下さい!!

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Joe UNITED STATES August 21, 2008 at 11:22 am

Beautiful young talented ladies. Especially yurina kumai. I love you yurina, you rock baby. Keep it up ladiesss…. :)

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nadia cope UNITED STATES August 13, 2008 at 9:04 am

by the way, im a brit too, just my server is american lol!

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nadia cope UNITED STATES August 13, 2008 at 9:02 am

my mate introduced me to berryz while i was at uni, and i totally love them now! they are ace, and their music always makes me feel happy when im having a bad day! long live berryz!

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Brian Docherty UNITED KINGDOM June 12, 2008 at 5:21 pm

Am I the only Brit…boo hoo!!!…the girls are super..just found them by chance.

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Koide INDONESIA April 27, 2008 at 10:31 am

Heso…!!!

My friend give me Pikiri to Ikou PV..after that I become the fans of BerryZ koubou..syahahaha!!!

Heso…!!!

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Mscllns NETHERLANDS March 31, 2008 at 4:00 pm

I have found this group because of an anime, but the other songs they have made, are also nice… kawaii^^

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Dik INDONESIA March 1, 2008 at 5:20 am

i love berryz kobou new single……Dschinghis khan…….funny dancing……all members look more mature……..and i like all little children act in that video

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Creysol UNITED STATES February 29, 2008 at 6:19 pm

For any real fans who actually support the girls by BUYING the fruits of their labors… got some great news!

(I ALWAYS regret this later when the things I really wanted sell out before I can get them… but)

There is now a way to buy official fanclub items semi directly from Hello Project WITHOUT having to live in Japan! My good friend Ohta Shigehiro has created a site so that you can order through him. His english isn’t perfect and the Fanclub sites are in Japanese… but with a little patience you can get very hard to find extremely limited items!

Right now you can order custom made photobooks of any member of Morning Musume, Berryz or C-ute! A little pricey… but hey… CAN’T get it anywhere else and it is an official item!

Oh yeah.. the link… http://k.d.combzmail.jp/t/5wc2/70q59dw09dumtfn02h

ordering IS a little complicated and you need to follow all instructions to verify availability before asking for a total. Read everything at Ohta’s site FIRST!
Take your time, ask questions, BE NICE!!! Ohta is a great guy and a valuable friend to real fans. (And leave some for me!)

For those who care… Ohta found the THREE sets of all 8 original members autographs for me!!

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antrin PHILIPPINES February 15, 2008 at 12:01 am

woah….i cant believe Risako Sugaya is only 13!!! i thought she was 15 or 16! she’s sooo pretty!!!!

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Elderonius hassletii MALAYSIA February 13, 2008 at 11:21 am

Whats the latest from berryz? i juz fall in love with their sweet voices and energetic dancing … fancy but enthusiastic… very refreshing.. is there any way to communicate with the kid starz? or at least thier official reliable websites.. thanks in advance =)

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creysol UNITED STATES January 3, 2008 at 10:47 pm

SCORE!!!! Just got my second complete set of autographs!! This set is from their debut and the card is a 10″x10″ of the first singles cover.

I told you guys…. cleargood72 came up with the goods once again!

Item number: 300185736615 on eBay if you’d like to see it. It will stay up for the next 90 days until the listing expires.

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Brandon UNITED STATES December 31, 2007 at 11:05 pm

wow im surprise that they are my age, they dont look like their that old, im as old as Saki wow im amaze their cool do i love there songs a lot

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Dart December 12, 2007 at 10:19 am

15th single Tsukiatteru no ni Kataomoi sales
first week sales 28,307
second week sales 2,292
total sales so far 30,599

it’s the first time they achieve more than 30,000

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