In May of 2010 S/mileage made their major label 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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Akari Takeichi/竹内朱莉さん

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– First, tell us about the new single and the tour. We’ve been asking each member about a particular song. Can you tell us about “Itoshima Distance”? What kind of song is it?

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Akari: This song is based on a place named Itoshima in Fukuoka prefecture. So, in the lyrics there are many famous things in Fukuoka mentioned. At first, our members didn’t know about many of the things and wondered “what is this? where is this town?”. But if somebody related to Fukuoka listens to it, I think they would all know what we are singing about. It should be fun for people from Fukuoka to listen to it.

– Have you ever been to Fukuoka?

Akari: I’ve been there for concerts and events but I’ve never really had much time to go sightseeing. There was one time where we had a little bit of time and we went to a place called Tenjin. it was right after we received the song, so we were excited to actually be there.

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– When you were in S/mileage, you had a song called “Aa Susukino” about Hokkaido.

Akari: We started to become popular among people in Hokkaido after we released the song “Aa Susukino”. When fans here the intro melody, they get excited. It was our first time seeing that kind of excitement in the crowd and the members were chuckling a bit when we started the song. So I hope “Itoshima Distance” will be loved by the people of Fukuoka too.

– I though the costumes are very cute.

Akari: Based on the song, I expected a more grownup kind of costume but it’s actually the complete opposite from the song, kind of like a colorful clown. Normally groups would wear cool costumes for a cool song, but ANGERME tends to play around a bit. This was how it used to be since we were S/mileage, like having funny moves in a cool song. So I think at good that we still have this kind of character. If you just listen to the song, it sounds very soothing but if watch the MV, you’ll get to see a whole different world in the song, so please check out the song in many ways.

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– Next we would like to ask you about the tour. in the last tour”Hyakka Ryoran”, it was the first time for ANGERME to go around the whole country. The upcoming “Kyuui Ittai” tour will be the second time, has anything changed from the last tour?

Akari: Fukuda-san has graduated, and Kamikokuryou-chan has joined the group and its the first tour since we’ve become the new 9 members. The biggest difference is that the new members, Mizuki Murota, Maho Aikawa, and Rikako Sasaki have become sempai. I feel that the three members members have grown up much more than before. I never felt my self growing up but I could tell that my kouhai were becoming sempai. It just comes by so fast. but it hasn’t even been a year yet since those three members have joined, and I think they still have many difficulties. Since a new member joined, I thought we were the ones that were going to be busy, but the 3rd generation members taught Kamikokuryou-chan most of the stuff. They must have been very busy with just themselves, but I think it’s good that they’ve become able to care about kouhai at the same time.

– That sounds good for ANGERME as a group. Getting back to the single, since you’ve become ANGERME, you’ve reached 2nd place on the Oricon singles chart for two songs in a row. Maybe the next song will be in 1st place.

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Akari: Yeah, but our kouhai have already gotten 1st place lately, like Kobushi Factory and Juice=Juice. I really wish that we can get 1st place but I can’t imagine what it’s like. The highest we’ve got done as S/mileage is 2nd place. It’s not that we are desperate to get 1st place, but if more people could become happy by listening to our song, I wish we could get 1st place. But it doesn’t have to be in the near future I guess.

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– In May, Tamura-san will be graduating. Since you two joined at the same time and have been together for a long time, can you tell us about some memories and anything you want to do before she graduates?

…What does Akari think about Meimi? Read more
…竹内朱莉さんにとって、田村芽実さんはどんな存在だったのか

Related links
ANGERME official site : http://www.helloproject.com/angerme/
ANGERME America Nikki including Akari Takeuchi’s blog : http://ameblo.jp/angerme-amerika

Photos by Mime Soga

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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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