In May of 2010 S/mileage made their major debut with their single “Yumemiru Fifteen”. Then in October of 2011, S/mileage sub-members Kana Nakanishi, Akari Takeuchi, Rina Katsuta, and Meimi Tamura became official members of the group, and S/mileage had their massively successful first solo concert at the Nippon Budokan. In December of 2014, with the arrival of three new members, Maho Aikawa, Rikako Sasaki, and Mizuki Murota, the group changed their name to ANGERME. During their November 29, 2015 performance at the Nippon Budokan, first generation member Kanon Fukuda graduated, new member, Moe Kamikokuryo, joining the group on November 11th.

Although Meimi Tamura has plans to graduate at their next Nippon Budokan performance on May 30th, ANGERME will release their fourth single “Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku”/”Itoshima Distance”/”Koi nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru” on April 27th. Since this will be their last single with all nine members, Tokyo Girls’ Update sat down with all of them to ask them about the music video shoot for “Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku”.

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Moe Kamikokuryo/上國料萌衣さん

-We got to interview all of you of ANGERME for your last single, but it is our first time interviewing Moe Kamikokuryo. Nice to meet you.

Moe: Nice to meet you.

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-I think it was not only your first time in a single and a concert tour, but also your first time filming a MV so we would like to ask a few questions about these topics. First of all about the single, tell us about the third song “Koi Nara Tokkuni Hajimatteru”. What kind of song is it, and tell us if you have any special points we should focus on when listening to the song.

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Moe: “Koi Nara Tokkuni Hajimatteru” is a song with Wada-san and Tamura-san singing as the main vocals. It’s also a song created by Tsunku♂-san. I’m really grateful to have the opportunity to sing the first ANGERME song created by Tsunku♂-san. I want listeners to focus on the first line by Tamura-san.

-The other members have told us that too. It really must be very important.

Moe: Yes. The line is just perfect to get into the whole world of the song. She’s done it perfectly.

-Are there any points you put effort into?

Moe: The dance where we move from side to side is pretty complex, it depends on who’s singing. So I had a hard time first since I got the left and right mixed up.

-That does sound confusing. so, we have introduced the song “Koi Nara Tokkuni Hajimatteru “, including the other 2 songs, which one would you recommend most?

Moe: “Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku” has some rap parts and it’s a really cool song. I think it also really expresses the character of ANGERME well. The other two songs are cool too, but this song has a different coolness to it.

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-How was the rap?

Moe: I didn’t have any rap parts. But sempais’ raps are really cool.


-Thank you. Next we would like to ask you about your first concert tour. How is it going?

Moe: Each concert is really fun and I don’t really feel tired afterwards. That’s how fun it is. But sometimes I get stuck and can’t get the right words out during the MC time…. But the fans give me courage. Thanks to them, I’m able to say what I want to say.

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-Speaking of the tour, on the tour final, Tamura-san will be graduating. since it hasn’t been long since you have joined the group, you may not have as many memories with her like the other members but can you give us some words for Tamura-san?

Moe : Tamura-san was the sempai that scolded me the most, or rather gave me lots of advice, so I’m really thankful to her. She even stayed with me after the lessons were finished when I couldn’t memorize the dance moves.

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-She’s so nice.

Moe: Yes, she’s really nice. A sempai that was strict but kind will be graduating so I’m a bit worried about my future, but I want to be like Tamura-san.

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―I think you had many first experiences lately. how was the MV filming?

Moe: When you watch a MV, it’s only about 5 minutes long, so I didn’t really know that people spend a lot of time dancing and filming over and over again for it. After my first experience I got to know how much effort you need for it and how long it takes.

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-Interesting.

Moe: But, because I had this experience now, I know how a great piece of work is created with the efforts of so many people.

-You must be excited to see the complete version. Are there any points to focus on for the MV for “Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku”?

Moe: The moves are divided up among the members, but they are simple so it would be nice if fans could dance along with us.

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-I think you started from the center position. Were you nervous?

Moe: I was nervous. It was like I was the leader of the group. I’m not the biggest or tallest so I really need to stand out. I tried to dance as dynamically as possible.

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-What kind of image did you have of ANGERME before joining the group and how was it after actually joining the group?

Moe: I had an image the they were bright, fun, and didn’t really mind age differences. After joining, I found out that at appropriate times, they can be strict but overall a lot more noisy and fun than I expected. (laugh)

-That’s how I felt too when I met them.

Moe: It’s really fun in the dressing room. They can be strict at times but it’s really fun talking to them and they are really nice sempai.

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-Do you talk about school?

Moe: We don’t really talk about school. Since I’m short and the sempais are tall, I don’t really feel that they aren’t close to my age at all. I feel like all of them are older than me. Sasaki-san is younger than me but I still feel as if she’s older than me.

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-But she’s much younger than you. (laugh)

Moe: Yes but she doesn’t seem like it.

-Have you gotten used to the group?

Moe: I’ve become able to talk with sempais.

-We hope you will all get along well. Can we have a message for your fans around the world?

Moe: I’m the new member of ANGERME, Moe Kamikokuryo. my favorite foods are tomatoes and katsudon, and I really like cats, and I would also like to have a concert overseas.

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-Do you have any countries you would like to go to?

Moe: I want to go to America since Morning Musume. had a concert in New York, I want to go there too!

Related link
ANGERME Official site : http://www.helloproject.com/angerme/

Photos by Mime Soga
Translated by zoomie

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itaru9Z

I am the Chief Idol Officer of Tokyo Girls Update, known as "Hiroro Ojisan" who loves Maachan. I produce the MV, art works, promotions, and tie-in campaign of idol groups such as "Team Syachihoko" and "Negicco". Please contact me if you know any "hanare-me" (wide-set eyed) idols.

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