2018 will be Hello!Project's 20th anniversary. 2017 has seen a lot of surprising changes, departures, and arrivals.
Per usual, feel free to comment with whatever predictions you have for H!P in the year 2018... It's usually easiest to divide it by bullet sections for each group.
Here are most of the correct predictions we made last year, grouped up:
My predictions for 2017:
Kenshuusei: Danbara Ruru, after debuting, fits nicely into her group.
Country Girls: Momochi gets a solo song on CG's album before she leaves the entertainment biz
Country Girls: They get an 80's-themed song
MM'17: 13th gen is a success within the wota fanbase and general sales increase, new album in 2017.
Akane and Ogata Haruna are thrown into the back once 13ki joins
-Kobushi continues to dominate over Tsubaki
MM: Someone leaves because hopefully SOMEONE in management learned from Platinum.
Sayashi Riho: Doesn't come back even one smallest, tiniest bit, not even photos. She holds on to her ~2 years away with an iron fist. Await next year's prediction thread for the hope. (Negative Nelly here, y'all)
MM'17: Someone will graduate, I'm sure about that.
MM'17: They'll get an album,
but it's going to be a best-of.
MM'17: Will become the company's main interest group again.
MM'17: Mizuki, Ayumi, Haruka and O. Haruna will get a photobook.
°C-ute: One member will leave the showbiz completely.
ANGERME: They'll get one good and one boring single. (Subjective, but I left it -TicTac)
ANGERME: Since the company shoves their interest to another group next year ANGERME will have a so-so year.
Kobushi: Will continue to perform with other idol groups and build up a decent fanbase.
Tsubaki: Will finally get Up-Front's attention once °C-ute's graduated.
Others: This is still 2016 kinda, but Buono! will announce their disbandment at the Countdown concert, since Momoko will leave showbiz.
Others: Sayumi will get a new radio show. (Partially. She was on radio shows --TicTac)
- In other news they get an album and their singles have only 1 boring song, the other 2 are always good.
- They get 2 replacements
to keep the number 9 but they add this 2 girls together so they have a single as 8.
- 13ki end up being well recieved.
Although Danbara Ruru doesn't get chosen and she leaves and debuts right away somewhere else.(Partially true, debuted in H!P still --TicTac)
- Angerme starts selling better and rivaling Morning Musume more.
- Sayumi has a job of some sorts involving Hello! Project.
Oda Sakura orKudo Haruka ends up announcing their graduation.
- the 13 generation will be a nice addition (as they are from the eggs).
- from 12 generation a see Miki being pushed more.
13th gen won't make much of an impact, but they'll be better than 12th gen. (Felt the first part was subjective but still relevant, so kept it in --TicTac)
I'm going to start predicting new JJ members every year until it happens. I mentioned it elsewhere but next year they'll all be 18+ and aren't far away from finding themselves in C-ute's situation.
Morning Musume : Someone is leaving. Probably from the 10th gen.
Morning Musume : 20th anniversary.
Semi-world tour. And an album release. (Probably 3 versions and one of them will have a cover of old Musume songs.)
C-ute : They Release a Mega Album like Berryz did with another cover of old songs but handpicked by C-ute members. (Wouldn't that be awesome?)
ANGERME : They don't suck, but I'll continue to be on the fence with them for the 1st half of the year. Momona finally breaks out of her shell.
Country Girls :
New members are added in the new year. And they release an album.
Kobushi/Tsubaki : Someones going to lose a member. I just haven't decided from which group.
New group is formed in the wake of the C-ute loss. (Halfway. We'll see where Reina's group leads. --TicTac)
Here's my only prediction:
Neither Ikuta nor Iikubo will graduate. Other(s) will.
Well, that and I expect a drop-off in quality of music given to ANGERME, but that's totally subjective.
-10th gen member graduates
I wanna add one more prediction before the year starts...
-MM will start performing lots of Platinum era songs.
auditionsannounced near the end of the year.
New album. Finally.
Airi continues to perform as a singer with a
Uhhh... consistency? That's what they're good for.
Momo graduates, Risa is named leader.
Country Girls releases their first album. Included are the 4 unreleased songs they've been doing in lives, the '15 updated version of Hajimete no Happy Birthday! heard at 2015's Hina Fes, and a few other CM covers (Kakumeichikku KISS, please?)
They re-record their first single for the album so as to do their absolute best to erase Uta from history. LOL
Several KSS selected to form a new group.
Get those brains going!