I am totally happy that Ongaku Gatas exists, because Hitomi Yoshizawa ties for my favorite H!P member and I didn't want her to be lost to obscurity after graduating MoMusu. And of course, many people love it because Asami Konno is back and active, it's something new for Mai Satoda to do, and then we've got Rika joining in (which makes Yossie & Rika pair fans happy) and spotlight for many H!P Eggs. I'm starting to like a lot of the Eggs because of this group, too. ^^v
Their first single was released September 12th this year and made #10 for the weekly Oricon sales, which is not bad at all these days for Hello! Project (and especially a small debut group at that). Its debut was at #7 on the daily charts.
They now have a radio show that started this month, replacing Miki Fujimoto's show, and now have a second single announced for December. I will try to keep as updated as possible regarding news on this group in this community. ^^
It seems their second single is going to be like the first, with a limited edition plus a DVD and a regular edition. Interesting! I'm wondering how well this kind of advertising works. I always buy the limited editions just for the extra goodies, heh.
So that's it for my lame intro post. I'm about to make a friends only post sharing my thoughts from a recent Ongaku Gatas event in Tokyo that I attended, which was to promote their debut single. There was a very big turn out of over 800 people crowding in this outdoor mall for the group's handshaking event, mostly cheering for Konno but with a big chunk of Yossie, Mai, and a few H!P Egg fans too. (Rika wasn't present at this event due to the MoMusu tour v-u-den is participating in right now) They have a nice dynamic that works well on stage, with the newbies and the seasoned oldbies joining together. :D I hope they last a long time! Yay!
I'm glad this idea wasn't a huge flop. :) Thanks for joining, everyone!!