Hello!Project Poll – Top 10

Paul over at Hello!Blog has put up his latest incarnation of the Hello!Project Poll. This time around, you get to pick your top ten out of all of the current H!P girls. I remember doing the poll around this time last year and found the results to be pretty interesting; now with the inclusion of the soon departing Elder Club and some Eggs, this one will surely be even more so.

H!P Ranking 2009

H!P Poll 2009

My ten are packed with the Kids of course, with Berryz and °C-ute filling the top spots. I’ve got my thoughts on them detailed in my rankings posts if you’re interested.

Ne~e? Matsuura Aya has always been a favorite of mine. She was one of, if not the first H!P act that I had heard or seen. I’ve always enjoyed some of her earlier works, and while I believe that some of her more recent stuff isn’t as good, I love it all the same. Also, can’t forget GAM. The combo of Aya and Fujimoto Miki really worked.

Abe Natsumi, was introduced to me when she did the duet with Maimi early last year. Through a bit of searching I found Koi no Telephone Goal and a few others that I’ve enjoyed. Seeing her in some of the older Morning Musume songs and shows, she’s not only cute, but fun. With SALT5, DEF.DIVA and Nochiura Natsumi she’s also done some enjoyable work. She’s also one of the few in H!P who are around my age, haha.

Yoshizawa Hitomi was a hit during her English lessons. Really played up the tom boy role with the Musumes and has always been cool with Gatas and Hangry & Angry. Her personality has always stood out to me, and that earns her a spot in my tops.

4 Responses to “Hello!Project Poll – Top 10”

  1. Rad says:

    I note you have most of Berryz Kobo in the top 10, just as I've voted for most C-ute members high up. Very tough to abandon the Elders, but there is a clear choice here in my vew — the junior groups.

    • solo-kun says:

      Indeed, Berryz are tops for me. While I believe that both groups are great, Berryz is just so much more fun to me. I've not had much effort put into becoming attached to the Elders, but I do understand the appeal of the old school. In any case, the Kids are where it's at and I'm looking forward to what they come up with over the next couple years.

  2. Rad says:

    To finish the thought, you aren't the only one who thinks Berryz has surpassed Morning Musume. Celestia made a similar observation in her Wonderful Hearts 2009 concert review.

    • solo-kun says:

      Of particular note for me was Vee's recent article on Pleasure Principled in which she mentions the idols "existing as idols" rather than "being idols." Berryz are in the "being idols" category for me. I've never been as much of a fan of Morning Musume as many others have, so in my eyes, it's not a case of surpassing, it's a maintaining of the status quo.