Berryz Kobo Short Interview at Nikkan SPA!

2015.02.24

Berryz Kobo : "This was decided by everyone. There is no regret."

Berryz Kobo is a special Idol Group. With 11 years of activity, they're a veteran in Woman Idol business, but the oldest one Shimizu Saki is still 23 years old. Those elementary school girls, gradually grown into adult woman, and eventually be able to design their own life. Then those 7 came out with a conclusion, to go into "Indefinite Hiatus".

――About the hiatus, you said to various media it is because "Want to do something other than Berryz Kobo", but at the same time there is anxiety of "Didn't know world other than Idol".

Shimizu Saki : Eee, That's big. I'm already 23 years old, the oldest among here. But, when i heard the story from same-generation friends, there is a lot of "How is it?" moment. Like studying to enter university, or getting ready to become a working people. For example, when gathered with my friends from hometown, there is a lot of time i think, "Ah, the only one who doesn't understand this conversation is me." Even when writing survey, sometimes i feel lack of study, to begin with i don't even know how to use computer. Until now, i'm still typing on keyboard with 1 index finger, it feels embarrassing.

Sugaya Risako : Me too. I entered this world at 2nd grade of elementary school, that's why this is the only world i know. There is friend in my hometown that already married, there is also those who has become mother. Yet, i didn't even know how to do bank transfer. Tax, life insurance,… something like that, i don't know anything at all.

Miyabi Natsuyaki : Me too, after going to hiatus i want to travel overseas, but i don't even know how to get a tickets. I have my parent and staff to do it for me.

Tsugunaga Momoko : But i know how to use PASMO!

Tokunaga Chinami : Yeah, how to input cash into PASMO. Because i'm using train everyday.

Sugaya : But, you can't really do anything but rely on your parent. Until this year i'm still thinking what will happen with me if my parent isn't here. Will it be okay to be like this? Before as a Idol or entertainer, i'm a people and honestly that's make me anxious.

Yurina Kumai : That kind of thing may be a normal things to the girls at our age, but not for us. All of my friends have done part-time work, with hourly wage and daily wage, before being told by them, i didn't even know the meaning of those words. If you see it from the other's perspective, it seems nothing for us to be envy of, but in contrary we envy of a normal things.

Shimizu : But if we work hard now we might still be able to catch to it, we have that kind of positive think.

For the complete interview, read at "Edge People" part of Shukan SPA! that was published at 24 February 2015.

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The continuation from before. ――I'll looking forward for the unit performance. In this Party Live,
Tokyo Performance Doll that performed in "Idolotakarakuji". (Front row from left) : Hamasaki Kaho, Takashima
At that time, do you know that the concert will be released as DVD? Yoshii
With the forthcoming Budokan Live preparation in hand, 9nine Kansai-sisters are talking about the DVD
Diverting from mainstream J-Pop to full-scale dance music, What is the passion in this? Since

Tokyo Performance Doll Interview (thetv.jp) – 2nd Part

The continuation from before.

――I’ll looking forward for the unit performance. In this Party Live, there will be a lot of groups performing, but please tell us about the strength of Tokyo Performance Doll.

Hamasaki Kaho : On our usual live, we are performing for 90 minutes non-stop. Between them, changing clothes is about 30 seconds to 1 minutes, the fastest is 10 seconds, There is also performance with changing clothes outside. Also using accessory in the performance such as lightstick, on that 90 minutes, there are unit song and solo song that matched each one’s personality, we are performing it wholeheartedly. The audiences will feel that it so quick…. and get the feel with a series of performance, that’s kind of live we aim for.

Takashima Nana : Now, that seems a good talk (lol), but there is more. Actually when we’re formed(June 2013),it was planned to do the stage for 1 year. During that time, i’ve been able to match the expression in the song. And that’s not one pattern, we cherish each of the song, i want people that watch us for the first time to know that.

Tachibana Futaba : And during the performance, everyone have a lot of variation moves. Moving from end to end, i think that makes it more attractive and colorful formation.

Sakurai Saki : The debut single “Brand New Story” is less than 4 minutes, but the formation is changed about 30 times.

Kobayashi Anyu : Audience can see us clearly from any seat.

Shingu Saki : There are still a lot of people that don’t know Tokyo Performance Doll, The people that don’t know the name of each of us is a lot too. Our costume is a pure white from top to bottom, and it seems a bit shining, I want everyone to think of Tokyo Performance Doll when looking at pure shining white costume.

――I have watched the PV, not just the performance but the singing too is impressive.

Takashima: (Singing) Teacher was used to say “The voice isn’t from stomach”. Then we’re gradually aware to get the voice from stomach from a lot of practice.

Kobayashi : We’re also sing a song from our predecessor, in the form of re-arrangement. Actually we have more re-arranged song than original song. But, instead of mimicking the voice of our predecessor, we’re trying to sing it with our own style.

――By the way, is there any group that you consider as rival that also performing in this Party live?

Everyone : Nonononono, there isn’t any! (lol)

Takashima:This kind of question always come out, right? (laugh). This time i’ll answer it but i think it won’t be interesting. We’re aware of the other group, but it’s not a rival. Previously in our hosted live “Tokyo Gokyu Live! ~ Senpai, Yoroshikuonegaishimasu” (May ’14), Marimi、GEM, and the other, are visiting and doing taiban as a senior guest, we were learning a lot from them. That was our first time doing taiban with the other group, but we’re learning a lot from them.
For example, Negicco has an encompassing live to people around, Up Up Girls was good at talking and making passionte live. Palet is really beautiful and really cute idol, they have that kind of impression. This time, we’re really looking forward to be able to co-star with everyone.

Iida Sakurako:Because the performance of each of group is different, while learning the good thing i hope we won’t lose.

――When asking the same question to other Idol, there are a lot that said Tokyo Performance Doll’s dance is amazing.

Everyone:Eh? We’re really happy! Is that for real?

Sakurai : We’re less experienced in dance than other idol, though.(lol) Half of us is amateur, there is also member that just learned dance when we’re formed.

Takashima: It makes us happy. It makes us want to do even better.

――If you will give a special gift to fans that come to see your live, what gift you’ll give?

Takashima:We’ll give the towel that we’re using during the live! Ah, but it’s better to wash it first, because there’ll be a lot of sweat. (lol)

――As a leader in behalf of everyone. Please send a message to everyone towards 12 march’s live.

Takashima:Because there are also other group, maybe there are a lot people that will see us for the first time, but, i want to increase the level of TPD by making the live more awesome. So, please come to see the Party Live at 12 March, we’re also looking forward for it.

2015.02.24 Berryz Kobo : "This was decided by everyone. There is no regret." Berryz Kobo
Tokyo Performance Doll that performed in "Idolotakarakuji". (Front row from left) : Hamasaki Kaho, Takashima
At that time, do you know that the concert will be released as DVD? Yoshii
With the forthcoming Budokan Live preparation in hand, 9nine Kansai-sisters are talking about the DVD
Diverting from mainstream J-Pop to full-scale dance music, What is the passion in this? Since

Tokyo Performance Doll Interview (thetv.jp) – 1st Part

「アイドルお宝くじ」に出演する東京パフォーマンスドールの浜崎香帆、高嶋菜七、上西星来、櫻井紗季(写真前列左から)、飯田桜子、神宮沙紀、小林晏夕、橘二葉、脇あかり(後列左から)

Tokyo Performance Doll that performed in "Idolotakarakuji". (Front row from left) : Hamasaki Kaho, Takashima Nana, Jonishi Seira, Sakurai Saki. (Back row from left) Iida Sakurako, Shingu Saki, Kobayashi Anyu, Tachibana Futaba, Waki Akari.

【写真を見る】「ランキングってあまりいいイメージがないので、順位を決めるのってやはりちょっと複雑な気がします」とリーダーの高嶋は不安げ!“パーティーライヴ”について、上西は「もしかしてお客さんがお食事しているところで私たちがライブをするのかなって(笑)」と印象を明かす

――Please introduce yourself, and tell your charm point in 1 word.

Waki Akari: From Oita、17 years old Waki Akari. My charm point is among Tokyo Performance Doll member, i'm the best with short hair.

Sakurai Saki: From Yamaguchi, 17 years old Sakurai Saki. My charm point is my dimple cheeks when laughing.

Jonishi Seira: From Aichi, 18 years old Jonishi Seira. my charm point is arm. (laugh)

Takashima Nana: From Hyogo, 18 years old leader, Takashima Nana. my charm point is my skin is a bit tanned.

Tachibana Futaba: From Wakayama, 15 years old Tachibana Futaba. My charm point is my "Pattsun Bang".

Kobayashi Anyu: From Shizuoka, 16 years old Kobayashi Anyu. My charm point is, my hair is longest among member, i think.

Hamasaki Kaho: From Fukuoka, 17 years old Hamasaki Kaho. My charm point is my big hand!

Shingu Saki: From Gunma. 16 years old Shingu Saki. My charm point is, currently unvisible, my wide forehead.

Iida Sakurako: From Tokyo, 16 years old Iida Sakurako. My charm point is my "Princess cut".

――You are not yet a regular in this show, but what do you think about this show?

Takashima: Before, i have seen it, that's when UpUpGirls performed. UpUpGirls is one of my personal favourite to perform together, so i'm really happy to be able to perform together.

Kobayashi: I have seen GEM, who also appeared this time, through the broadcast before. At the 6th episode, i want to work even harder to be able to pass the baton of the performer.

――In the regular broadcast, there is some system called "Surviving battle", what do you think?

Takashima: How they decide the rank is still feel a bit complicated for me. Since Tokyo Performance Doll doesn't have experience on it… Honestly, i feels uneasy.

Tachibana : But there is a sense of curiosity. I think it will be interesting, i want to participate!

Kobayashi : That's right, I want to know by current our own.

Takashima : I'll learn something!

Everyone : TV Asahi, Please give us the chance.

――Those that got rank 4 or lower is crying on air, you know?

Everyone : Eh! That seems so harsh.

Tachibana : No, but that's why we want to challenge it. Whatever the result, i want everyone to look at our performance!

――So, please tell me how do you feel when you've decided to perform at the Party Live at 12 March?

Kobayashi : People who performed at the live is so gorgeus. There are also some Idol that we have co-performed before, but it's really like a dream to be able to perform with everyone like this. Also, our 2nd Zepp Tour has been decided through April-May, this time there will be a lot of people watching, if we make them know our existence, i wonder if that will be able to lead them to our future live.

Jonishi : The first time i heard about the title of the live, I thought it isn't a normal live. I thought that the audience will dining while we perform (lol). Since the venue is Roppongi EX Theater, i thought there are some place to sit. (lol)

Takashima : In this "Otarakuji" (Lottery) live, there is also lottery project. I think that's an interesting project. I'm secretly looking forward for it, really secretly.(lol)

Sakurai : There is also Unit Shuffle song contest, isn't there? We're really looking forward for it since the beginning.

Hamasaki : By the way, i'll also appear (at the shuffle unit). I'm really nervous right now (lol). I'll make unit with UpUpGirls's Sekine Azusa and Mamiri's Manami. While i've performed together with UpUpGirls at Taiban, to perform together with Manami this will be the first time. Before this, we had a unit practice for the first time, we had a friendly talk, i'm pleased to get along with her. Manami is doing the choreography together but, our dance genre is bit different, it's difficult to remember. But i'm really excited to be able to show the new side of me, (the practice) was really fun. At first, i didn't really think about "Harmonizing" the song, but suddenly Manami-san said "is it okay to harmonizing?", it is a sudden harmonizing! I'm sure that she has a perfect pitch hearing. I really think she is a great person.

――How is your impression of that Shuffle unit singing Yuki Saito's "Kanashimi yo Konnichi wa" ('86 song)?

Hamasaki : Honestly, i've never heard that song before. But i was told "It's a famous song" by my mother. And then, when i'm looking at the song at video streaming site, i learned that it was a theme song for an anime (Mezon Ikkoku). 80's song incorporated with modern coreography, it's feel like a collaboration between 80's and now, it wil be fun. Because it's different with Tokyo Performance Doll's usual melody, i'm really looking forward to sing.

Shingu : Come to think of it, the other day when i went to karaoke with Kaho, she always put this song.

Hamasaki : Hehehe, so you actually secretly practicing.(lol)

Shingu : Though i knew that Kaho will appear to the unit song, i don't know she'll perform that song, So when she suddenly put that song, "What is this song?" was what i think. But i help her with what can i only do. (lol)

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2015.02.24 Berryz Kobo : "This was decided by everyone. There is no regret." Berryz Kobo
The continuation from before. ――I'll looking forward for the unit performance. In this Party Live,
At that time, do you know that the concert will be released as DVD? Yoshii
With the forthcoming Budokan Live preparation in hand, 9nine Kansai-sisters are talking about the DVD
Diverting from mainstream J-Pop to full-scale dance music, What is the passion in this? Since

9nine WEB INTERVIEW Vanitymix 2 (Page 2-3/4)

At that time, do you know that the concert will be released as DVD?
Yoshii : I didn't think about that.
Murata : But i know there are a lot of cameras.
Yoshii : I think i'm not aware of that.

At 21st August you will have your Budokan Performance, what is the connection between that and the Maihama performance?
Yoshii : Until the Maihama, there are a lot of Tour, and attending various festivals, we were stacking the performance, and this Budokan live is the culmination of all of that.
Murata : Even though at that time there still no talk about Budokan, i think that live is the first time connecting us to Budokan.
Yoshii : There are a lot of new things, I think that will be the axis of our future performance. It also triggered our confidence.
Murata : That's right it gave us confidence. I heard from the direction of fans, "This was the best live until now.". But, i want to continue to leveling up my skill, I think i want to keep doing my best and be able to say, "That time was good, but this time is even better."

So, by watching DVD, it will increase the excitement for Budokan, won't it? New Album "Magi9 Playland" has been released, which song you keep listen towards Budokan performance?
Yoshii : I think "9uestions". The lyric is so girly, and that is the only medium tempo song.
Murata : For me it's "The Magi9al FES" From the first time i heard it, it increased my tension! Everyone swinging the towel together, that is one of the song that WOWed me. The interlude is amazing, the dance tune is very cool, It makes me want to dance.
Yoshii : The choreography is very cool, i want to dance it with everyone.
Murata : There are special hand movement, like hand waving and swinging the towel, it will makes you want to do that too.

Then, ask the audience to prepare a towel for Budokan.
Murata : I want to swing the towel with everyone.
Yoshii : maybe it will became the most energized song!

We have interviewed the other three, they said that Budokan is the start, how about you twohow do you feel about this Budokan performance?
Yoshii : I'm lived far away but there are people that want to go to the Budokan, aren't there? I think it's an amazing place, Family's support and friends, and for the fans that keep cheering us until Budokan, i want to say "Thank you~", I think this Budokan is also the culmination of 9nine, but i think it's also a start, from here "I want to go further" that kind of feeling, and it's also what connecting us between the past and the future.
Murata : I heard about Budokan at the end of November, and suddenly it's 1 month away. And how we spend this 1 month is the battlefield. We must concentrating our feeling. "First time live on Budokan" is once-in-a-lifetime chance, that's why i will give 100% for this performance.

Is there any anxiety?
Murata : There are many things that comes into mind, but to do it i must throw away all the anxiety!
Yoshii : I'm very nervous right now, that i will cry at the first song.
Murata : There?
Yoshii : I think there are a lot of positives from that. (lol)

Both of you joined at the same time, and also from Kansai, are you usually talking to each other?
Yoshii : Yes. There are also time when we are living in the same dormitories.
Murata : We have conversation in sofa, while eating Onigiri, aren't we? (lol)

What kind of conversation?
Yoshii : something like , "I have grown" (lol)
Murata : Kanchan is in highschool and i'm in middle school when the first time i came to Tokyo, so she is like my family in Tokyo. It's something like, "Let's grow up together". Because the other members said "Grow by yourself." (lol)

There must be a lot of happening, but is there anything special recently?
Murata : When i write twitter and blog for the first time, i'm thinking too much about beautiful sentence because i'm not good at conveying a feeling. I really want to convey my feelings properly to everyone. "What do you think about the 9nine right now?" that is the most effective one after all. This Budokan performance feelings will always be remembered and also the 9nine right now.

2015.02.24 Berryz Kobo : "This was decided by everyone. There is no regret." Berryz Kobo
The continuation from before. ――I'll looking forward for the unit performance. In this Party Live,
Tokyo Performance Doll that performed in "Idolotakarakuji". (Front row from left) : Hamasaki Kaho, Takashima
With the forthcoming Budokan Live preparation in hand, 9nine Kansai-sisters are talking about the DVD
Diverting from mainstream J-Pop to full-scale dance music, What is the passion in this? Since

9nine WEB INTERVIEW Vanitymix 2 (Page 1/4)

With the forthcoming Budokan Live preparation in hand, 9nine Kansai-sisters are talking about the DVD and Bluray!

November Last year's 9nine Live at Maihama Amphitheater “9 nine 2013 raivu `be! Be! Be! – Kimitomukouhe -" has been released in DVD and Blu-ray! With the video started and linked with a dance corner, the production was also significantly evolved from the live. Last month, these 2 Kansai-natives was not participating in launching interview of "Magi9 Playland", Yoshii Kanae and Murata Hirona will have a lot to explain. Including about the feelings of the Budokan Performance ahead.

November Last year's Live performance have been released in DVD. Even though it is 8 months ago, do you still remember?
Murata : I remember it clearly! Video linked dance, spinning stage, up and down, there were a lot of new challenge.
Yoshii : Stage is projecting before, and there was a condition where the audiences is in 360degree. Everyone was discussed to balancing the members to be seen from all position. We need to think how we are seen from the side too. But, live in a condition where you are surrounded by the audiences was very fun. Because you'll get a cheer even from the other side. It felt very good.

The first half is mostly cute songs, then continued with a beating dance music in the second half. What do you think after watching the DVD by yourself?
Kanae : It feels tense at first, It makes me think "Everyone seems stiff". But, gradually it seems we were enjoying it. When checking the video with the director, i think we started to grooving from the middle. At the encore, it was my first time riding the trolley, and when i'm looking at the pictures, i'm like "Wow! I've been doing a cool thing!".

When you're linking the dancing to the video is the live highlight.
Murata : I couldn't see the screen when i'm dancing, so i first saw it from the DVD. I'm surprised to be able to do it cleanly, i'm happy.

Eh, the screen is too huge that you can't use it in practice before?
Yoshii : Just the last rehearsal. We are just practice to the sound before. While using rough imagination for the video.
Murata : So at the last rehearsal, we are just practicing the video.
Yoshii : Even though the spot is hit, we are the one who chase the spot, I myself was moving to match the spot, the practice is so hard.

I see! Kanchan also became 100, wasn't it?
Yoshii : I said i wanna do something like Michael Jackson. (lol) The dance was also different for each one, maybe they even have their own personality.

Hiroro is the fastest one, isn't it?
Murata : I was dancing to match the wall looming from above
Yoshii : The dance is so cool, when the screen first go down, i'm awed.
Murata : When the screen started to go down, i started to dance by myself. I was nervous, wondering if it will go down properly, and it was success, i'm relieved.

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Through the album production, what kind of 9nine you feels? Kawashima : What i feel

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Diverting from mainstream J-Pop to full-scale dance music, What is the passion in this?
Since this year, 9nine has been pursuing a full-fledged dance music, and the release of "Magi9 Playland" was the culmination.About the changing music from their previous works, Their start position, about Budokan Live at 21 August, and about the mortifying feelings they have faced so far, We are interviewing Uki Satake, Nishiwaki Sayaka and Umika Kawashima.

It was the first album after about 1 year, there is a color change to strong music of dance, what triggered this?
Uki : It was from "Evolution no.9" that was released in June last year. From that song came a lot of fan who is at the same age as us, and they are coming to the live. That is the trigger, we're thinking whether it is better for 9nine to go with that kind of music, Members and also staffs aware of this. As it has been at the mainstream J-pop until now to get a wide range of age groups listener, but now among the beating dance tune, we began to pursue our own music.

With that kind of complete change, Was the recording became difficult?
Sayaka : This time, it's more than "What we want to sing", we're become more aware with "What you want to hear", that sense was smooth. Until now, the song and the tone was a separate sense. We're singing to match the tone. But this time, the tone arrangements is changed everytime at the recording studio, the staff keeps improving the arrangements until the last minute. We are also, can pick our own wording of the lyrics, so we will be more motivated.

"Yourself-ish" lyrics, there maybe a lot, but what is your favourite?
Uki : I think it's common for any song, but i think everything is good. For example at "Forget-U-Not", i'm starting from the lyrics of "Sayonara", for a moment i think it's a negative words, but in the end i think of it positively. And i think it's the song that gives me such strength. How to interpret a song maybe different at first, but at the end there is no reason there will be no common point.

Umika : I like the playful lyrics of "Love Vampire". Even when singing, i let go my own small devil. Dance with choreography that conscious of Vampire, also i think that this song will spread wide in the performance-side.

Among a song with a large energy, there is also a cute song isn't it?
Umika : Maybe there is a little cute base. we want to create something that very us. We want to show a whole bunch cool part of 9nine but, Among the EDM music, we put out a lot of variation, so you won't get bored with the album.

With that kind of song, i feel the width of the album is very wide. What do you think?
Sayaka : From the first time i heard it, i like "Algorithm+Love". This time, i'm going to the recording with the assumption that the sound will change, just to "Algorithm+Love" i'm saying "It's great" from the first time. I genuinely like the lyrics. There are a lot of difficult words, but until the end it take my mind.

Even with difficult words one after another, the last words  are "Kimi ga Suki", it is a simple conclusion, isn't it?
Sayaka : At first it's like arrangement of strange sound, I wonder if i'm gonna sing an unknown words? (lol) "Ah, like that!", something like that. I think that's a new world for 9nine. Usually easy to understand, but there was something positive that comes from something like that, and i'm happy you have noticed the charm like that. I wonder if we've growing among ourselves.

Maybe it's bad, but is it safe to say that 99% of the word is meaningless? (lol)
Sayaka : That's right. But for the sake of the last line, that 99% is there. Isn't that a nice way to put it?

The first track of the album "Re:", isn't that song has a "regret" theme. I'd think there is a connection between that and the current situation of 9nine, what is your feelings in this 1 year?
Uki : Re: isn't just limited to this 1 year. OZO-san said , that this song was made from it's 9 years feelings since the formation. 9 years, i think it isn't wasted, it's more like i wonder if we proceeded more quickly, there are a lot of frustrating part. But, now we have calmed down, so the live in Budokan in August 21 is a new start, that start was interpreted to the lyrics.

Are you having a talk with OZO-san?
Sayaka : Yes, a little.
Uki : About 2 hours.
Kawashima : It's about an hour for me but, when the lyrics came out, we often talking.There is part in my life that i regret, but i think it's pretty greedy. When failing, you'll be able to re-recognize your own feelings. At the time we're talking, i didn't really think about it, But by express it in song and doing it this way, i have been very grateful.

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2015.02.24 Berryz Kobo : "This was decided by everyone. There is no regret." Berryz Kobo
The continuation from before. ――I'll looking forward for the unit performance. In this Party Live,
Tokyo Performance Doll that performed in "Idolotakarakuji". (Front row from left) : Hamasaki Kaho, Takashima
At that time, do you know that the concert will be released as DVD? Yoshii
With the forthcoming Budokan Live preparation in hand, 9nine Kansai-sisters are talking about the DVD

Poker Face Interview : Kawashima Umika (Part 2)

Through the album production, what kind of 9nine you feels?
Kawashima : What i feel is, maybe what makes 9nine feels so 9nine isn't just us, but everyone is also participating and makes it complete. Also for this album, in each of the song, the performance and also the choreography, there are ideas from various of people that representing 9nine.  and our feelings are reflected in there too. Because we must deliver it precisely to the fans, that's why i think our responsibilities is big.

Even so, You will continue to evolve at a highspeed, won't you?
Kawashima : We have tried song of various genres so far, but recently is very awesome! I mean, the diversity and the new fans have been increasing. In particular, i realized that girl fans have increased.

Kawashima-san was still teenager when joining 9nine, this year you have became 20, are there any changes?
Kawashima : A lot. I said earlier "Sense of responsibilities", it is….. But, i think the nice thing about the teens is you can challenge anything just with curiousity. Or i can say, nothing to fear. There are places that you can thrust just with feels. I don't want to lose that, but there is a portion that still ends up until now. However, now my opinion on responsibility has firmly increased, now i want to be a woman that has passed the childish phase.

For example, compared to your work as an actress, what kind of feel you have for the music?
Kawashima : Recently i feel it is better but, that is part that create a "new me", It is also place to communicate my acting. Like changing facial expression according to the song, It is a fun place. But the stage isn't just a place to acting in front of people, Live is a place to perform in front of everyone. Together with the fans to enliven the venue, there is still difficulties in that. Originally, it is not that the dance and the sing in front of people weren't good, i just didn't have the confidence from the start. But now i have my confidence.

Looking from the perspective of an actress, there isn't much who reached this far as a musician, isn't it?
Kawashima : Anyway, all i have done in 9nine is a valuable experience, we want to thrive everytime. I believe i was growing little by little by doing so, i want to keep challenge myself in the future.

2015.02.24 Berryz Kobo : "This was decided by everyone. There is no regret." Berryz Kobo
The continuation from before. ――I'll looking forward for the unit performance. In this Party Live,
Tokyo Performance Doll that performed in "Idolotakarakuji". (Front row from left) : Hamasaki Kaho, Takashima
At that time, do you know that the concert will be released as DVD? Yoshii
With the forthcoming Budokan Live preparation in hand, 9nine Kansai-sisters are talking about the DVD

Poker Face Interview : Kawashima Umika

"I want a lot of people to watch 9nine as artist on it's own"

Releasing the album that showing the future of 9nine "Magi9 Playland" at july, and will hold Budokan Concert "9nine Dream Live in Budokan" , Kawashima Umika. As a member of 9nine and as herself, Let's hear about what is in her heart.

Including the Budokan, You have got a lot of Live in this summer.

Kawashima : I've always thinking about a lot of concept for concert by myself, among them there are cherished feels of 9nine, with that in hand i want to go to various places. I think i want to be a group that sell the performance above the others. Because of that, not with just the song, but also the dance, is building up the performance. I think i want a lot of people to watch us as artist on our own.

About the stage concept, is there something you can talk to everyone?

Kawashima : When it came to live at a big scale, the producer usually thinks a lot about it, but in case of ordinary event we allowed to think about the setlist by ourselves, also deciding what we like to speak between the songs. But regardless of the scale, the experiences that we gained from that various event, have became important things for us. If you watched 9nine for the first time, something like "What kind of performance they will do?" "How should i react to this song?" and with that thinking, watching silently. And how to make people like that liven up without hestitation, i'm learning it during the event.

In 2013, as a live act, 9nine has grown a lot.

Kawashima : Yes. But, we still need to work harder, and with the new album "Magi9 Playland", i think it will be nice to be able to tell a lot of people about nice music of 9nine.

I think Magi9 Playland is a good album.

Kawashima : But i'm bit worried that maybe not many people like that kind of music.

But, i think the melody is really has 9nine feels.

Kawashima : Yeah. The lyrics are also life-sized, I think girls of the same age (with us) will also like it. I think the sound will gives you power with the explosion, still i want to hear the impression from other people. I think there will be a slight different perception between male and female when hearing this album. I want to listen to it during commuting. I hope you will get a feeling of increasing energy since morning.

There is Live feel, right?

Kawashima : Yes. When you listen carefully, there are some voices changing, also there are clearly perceptible sound and sometime the beating backsound, these are different for each song. But it matches perfectly. That's why, it will feel like coming to our live, and i think you'll enjoy this album.

2015.02.24 Berryz Kobo : "This was decided by everyone. There is no regret." Berryz Kobo
The continuation from before. ――I'll looking forward for the unit performance. In this Party Live,
Tokyo Performance Doll that performed in "Idolotakarakuji". (Front row from left) : Hamasaki Kaho, Takashima
At that time, do you know that the concert will be released as DVD? Yoshii
With the forthcoming Budokan Live preparation in hand, 9nine Kansai-sisters are talking about the DVD

Poker Face Interview : Murata Hirona

I want to be a group that makes people said "The song and the dance are great"

Have appeared for the second consecutive years in "Rock in Japan Festival" , Standing on the stage for this summer event, Performance girls unit, 9nine. Their Budokan concert is getting closer, it is scheduled at 21st of this month. And toward "9nine Dream Live in Budokan", continuing from Kawashima Umika's interview from the last time, this time we will interviewing Murata Hirona. I want you to feel the passion that was hidden on her heart.

In this 1 year, surely your view towards live is changing, what kind of changes for you?

Murata :For me, it is when i'm wondering "What 9nine will be?", I want to be a group that makes people said "The songs and the dances are amazing". For example, on the event that just had 30 minutes time, we must use the time effectively for dance corner on the stage and then we will review the performance thoroughly. (?)

I began to think like this about 1 year ago. I gradually accustomed with something like Call&Response and Waving a towel, it makes me want to be able to enjoy it more with everyone.

You have performed in many event in this year's summer, by standing on the stage in various situation, you have improved a lot, haven't you?

Murata : Mainly on courage/confidence. I were allowed to feel many kind of genres, and everytime, the audience reaction is also different. I were nervous for the first time, but after a few times, i started to build up the confidence. When we are trying to appeal to the audience, everyone response is always great, with that kind of experience, now i have my courage.

In case of one-man live, i think the person who came to watch us are important, it makes us feels like at home, that is makes me realized that what are they doing is so important. For example, during live we explained "Waves the towel from this part", and they will quickly response "Ee~?", and then when it comes to the part, just saying "Towel waves", everyone are responsing and waves their towel.

It is about the new album, finally the aimed path of 9nine might be clearly visible. Not just going with the cute looks.

Murata : This time in "Magi9 Playland", might contain a lot of music with EDM (Electronic Dance Music) style, with that kind of cool music, it makes me want to dance all-out. Something like cute song and refreshing song, there are a lot of unique 9nine song but, with this album i want you all to feel the core of our music.

Surely.

Maybe, i think for people who knows 9nine for the first time when listening to this album, will immediately understand what kind of group we are. And for people who are supporting us until now, they maybe thinking "So, 9nine is going with this kind of music now", overall i think this is an easy-listening album.

Your feeling towards fans.

Murata : When i'm doing the hi-touch or during the event, the people who said that they have became a fan were increased. Things like that (Increasing fans) makes me think that we are blessed with this wonderful music, It makes us want to do the dancing and singing better and give them a hot performance. (Complete)

2015.02.24 Berryz Kobo : "This was decided by everyone. There is no regret." Berryz Kobo
The continuation from before. ――I'll looking forward for the unit performance. In this Party Live,
Tokyo Performance Doll that performed in "Idolotakarakuji". (Front row from left) : Hamasaki Kaho, Takashima
At that time, do you know that the concert will be released as DVD? Yoshii
With the forthcoming Budokan Live preparation in hand, 9nine Kansai-sisters are talking about the DVD