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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Contributor Wanted!!


Kana Nakanishi/中西香菜さん


– Today, I would like to ask you about the new song, the upcoming concert tour, and the graduation of Meimi Tamura from the group. To begin with, I am asking each of the members to introduce one of the new songs we have chosen. May I ask you about “Itoshima Distance?”

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Kana: Of course! The subject of this song is the Itoshima seaside in Fukuoka. It’s is a very slow and sad ballad-like song that ANGERME has never released before. However we have funky costumes and hair arrangements, and surreal movements in the choreography. The song and the music video are in contrast to each other. For example, I am playing air guitar in the music video, but at the same time, there is a person playing air saxophone, and others abruptly start dancing ballet. I guess there was no similar music video offered by Hello! Project before so, on the contrary, it has a feeling of trying to provoke laughter.

– Indeed.

Kana: Don’t you think it’s more funny when you see a comedy and people are working in earnest, rather than working like “We’re acting funny, aren’t we?”


-That makes for a more surreal feeling.

Kana: Yes, the song is like that.

– I didn’t know it was a song trying to provoke a laugh!

Kana: Yeah, I hope people will enjoy watching it.(laugh)

– So, where do you think is the feature we should listen for in the song?

Kana: I guess it is the lyrics written in Fukuoka dialect. There are many different Fukuoka dialect words used in the lyrics such as ‘Suitouto(好いとうと)’ and “Yakedo Shikatanaiyan(やけど仕方ないやん),” but my favorite is ‘Suitouto!’

– I see. By the way, where are you from?

Kana: I’m from Osaka, so the dialects are pretty similar, like both have the suffix, ‘yan (やん).’ It feels really familiar when I sing this song.


– I see, thank you very much. Next, I would like to ask about the upcoming concert tour. I believe that the last tour, ‘Hyakka Ryoran’, was the first nationwide concert tour for ANGERME. Since this is the second Japan-wide concert tour, and the group has become one of nine members, do you think you have somehow developed, matured, or have changed since the last tour?

…Read her thoughts on this “Kyuui ittai” concert tour and Meimi's graduation

Related links
ANGERME official site :
ANGERME America Nikki includinig Kana Nakanishi’s blog :

Photos by Mime Soga


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