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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Maho Aikawa/相川茉穂さん

-About your latest single, I am asking each of the members to introduce one of the new songs we have chosen. May I ask you about “Itoshima Distance?”. What kind of song is that and what should people focus on when they watch the MV?

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Maho: Sure. he subject of this song is the Itoshima seaside in Fukuoka. People in Fukuoka perhaps know the place but I haven’t heard the name until this time. I suppose that the large number of overseas residents also know almost nothing of it. Having heard that Itoshima recently was revitalized to be a resort spot and became a fashionable town with great cafes, so I would like to many people to visit Itoshima after listening our song.


– Have you guys ever been to Itoshima?

Maho: Moe has been there for shooting. I haven’t been there but yet there is a relationship between me and Itoshima. I asked my mother whether she knows the place when I told her “I’m going to sing a song related to Itoshima”. She is a good cook as she makes soy sauce at home and is using malted rice from Itoshima! Aikawa family produce soy sauce from Itoshima!

– Well, please produce the soy sauce as goods!

Maho: (Laugh) The lyrics sound ballad-like and using phrase “Suitouyo” (I love you). This is the first time to sing such phrases as ANGERME. It’s different from cheerful and powerful songs like “Taiki Bansei”, singing a love song with a ballad-like sound is challenge to us. Everything is new to me this time but I want many people to know that ANGERME can sing those kind of songs as well.


-As it’s your first love song, Which phrase was impressive one for you?

Maho: The phrase “Suitouto” comes the first in the hook. I know it means “I love you” but it might be rare to have lyrics written in dialects. Since I am from Kanagawa prefecture, I don’t have any dialects, so the phrase “Suitouto” was very impressive to me. I hope that many people would remember it.

– Actually it’s rare. The lyrics with dialects must sound fresh for foreign fans too.

Maho: I think that there are many people interested in Japanese language, so I would like them to say “Suitouto”! (Laugh)


– I hope they remember it. By the way I was surprised with the costume for this song.

Maho: It’s like a clown (laugh)! It gave me a surreal feeling wearing the costume for this calm and slow song. Having an image that the choreography would be done in a deliberate manner, but actually it isn’t, like doing choreography of riding a car. Since both the choreography and costume are different from the song’s image, so you might be surprised. This song might be easy to remember because it is rare to wear such a costume like “Taiki Bansei”, ”Gashin Shotan”、and ”Desugita Kui wa Utarenai” in a surreal song.

– I see. I guess this song shows ANGERME’s new side. Which song is your favorite one among the three?

Maho: Yeah. I surely like “Itoshima Distance” but we challenged rapping in “Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku”. I am not singing the rapping part but ANGERME seriously worked on it. Since I do not rap this time, I just dance beside the members but I thought it was very cool! The MV is also cool. ANGERME sings various kinds of songs indeed, I think.

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– It would be great if you could show even cooler ANGERME to the audience. Now, please let’s us hear about “Kyuui Ittai” tour. Which parts do you think you have developed from the previous tour “Hyakka Ryoran”, matured, or have changed from the last tour?

…What Maho thinks she matured with this concert tour?

Related links
ANGERME Official site :
ANGERME new members’ blog including Maho’s blog :

Photos by Mime Soga


Been working in girls’ fashion magazines for a long time and am now the chief editor of Tokyo Girls’ Update. I have more expertise in Japanese teen fashion than anyone else (probably)! I’m a huge fan of the Revolutionary Girl Utena and Bakemonogatari animes.

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