current members; top to bottom, left to right; IIkubo Haruna (sub-ledaer, 10th gen), Kudo Haruka (10th gen), Ikuta Erina (sub-leader, 9th gen), Suzuki Kanon (9th gen). Fukumura Mizuki (leader, 9th gen), Masaki Sato (10th gen), Ishida Ayumi (10th gen), Sayashi Riho (9th gen), Oda Sakura (11th gen), Ogata Haruna (12th gen), Nonaka Miki (12th gen), Haga Akane (12th gen), Makino Maria (12th gen)
Morning Musume as a group has been around a new, but this line-up is relatively new. The four 12th generation members all started their idol activities this year. I can’t exactly say Momusu has a set “style” but currently, they seem to be all about formation dances and EDM with a few exceptions here and there. Has a large amount of members, but the “front” members are usually Sayashi Riho, Sato Masaki, Oda Sakura, Fukumura Mizuki, and Ishida Ayumi, but a song on their newest single has Riho, Mizuki, and Ayumi on a dance team to give spotlight to Kudo Haruka and Suzuki Kanon. Considered the flagship of Hello! Project. Has had three eras; the Golden, Platinum, and Colorful Era. Currently, all of the members joined during the Colorful Era. In the Golden and Platinum links, expect to see completely different members, as the group is known to have a consistently rotating lineup.
current members: top to bottom, left to right: Tamura Meimi (2nd gen), Katsuta Rina (2nd gen), Takeuchi Akari (2nd gen), Murota Mizuki (3rd gen), Sasaki Rikako (3rd gen), Aikawa Maho (3rd gen), Fukuda Kanon (1st gen), Wada Ayaka (leader, 1st gen), Nakanishi Kana (2nd gen)
Formerly known as S/mileage. They re-branded to ANGERME last year when the third generation members joined. Currently considered one of the strongest groups in Hello! Project, with a lineup that was already pretty powerful with the addition of three new members that all hold their own. The group is also known for having members that are quite…eccentric. Fukuda Kanon is graduating this year in the fall, and she will be writing her own graduation single. Has no current “front” members, as all the idols are usually pretty equal.
current members: top to bottom, left to right; Nakajima Saki, Hagiwara Mai, Yajima Maimi (leader), Suzuki Airi, Okai Chisato
C-ute has been around since 2005, their 10th anniversary being on June 11th. As their members are all adults, their style is usually more mature songs. Originally, all their members were part of the Hello! Project Kids division, but they were split up. Eight went into Berryz Koubou, a now retired group, and the other 7 went into C-ute. Two of the H!P Kids members graduated, and one other non-H!P Kids member also graduated. With Berryz’ graduation this year, there is a lot of worry that they will follow, but there is no news on that yet, and they seem to be staying for a while.
current members: top to bottom, left to right; Takagi Sayuki, Uemura Akari, Miyazaki Yuka (leader), Miyamoto Karin, Kanazawa Tomoko (sub-leader)
I can only describe them as the “vocal” group of H!P, as all of them have better voices than a good number of idols. Formed in 2013, they are still relatively new. All of their image colors are described with fruits rather than the usual color names. The first Hello! Project group with no relation to MoMusu to reach #1 on the Oricon charts.
current members: top to bottom, left to right; Tsugunaga Momoko, Inaba Manaka, Yamaki Risa, Morito Chisaki, Ozeki Mai
Country Musume was a group made in 1997. In 2007, it went on hiatus due to having only one member. In November, 2014, the group was revived as Country Girls, with 6 members, although one, Shimamura Uta, left the group due to a contract dispute. If you have any vision of what a classic idol looks like in your head, it’s most likely Country Girls. They are very “green” as a group, and tend to shine despite 4 of its members being newbies. Momoko is a former Berryz Koubou member, and she is currently working with the group as a playing manager.