Ranking the H!P members has become a yearly tradition. It’s a new year so a new ranking (which you can do yourself here). In this year of 2018, post-C-ute, Momochi, two thirds of Kobushi, Kudo and Aiai, just who are my loves in H!P and who are in Angerme? I will start at the bottom with one disclaimer: I don’t hate any idols. They all try their hardest to make their career a success and all deserve respect for that. Nevertheless just which member of Angerme is in last place?
48. Katsuta Rina
Congratulations! So many years in H!P already and who exactly are you?
47. Nakanishi Kana
And you can’t have Thingy without Whatserface.
46. Niinuma Kisora
No great reasoning here. She just doesn’t appeal to me.
45. Kanazawa Tomoko
Another who doesn’t appeal.
44. Sasaki Rikako
Sorry but her over the top flailing arms dancing and her equally over the top reactions grate with me.
43 and 42. Kawamura Ayano and Kasahara Momona
I genuinely have no clue who they are. Both look quite attractive to be fair though.
41 and 40. Turtle-chan and Tony Danza. I mean Yamagishi Riko and Kishimoto Yumeno
I’m liking Tsubaki more and more. i don’t dislike these members but they don’t particularly stand out either.
39. Uemura Akari
Another idol of the non-grabby attention variety. I find her sort of bland.
38. Sato Masaki
She has sort of grown on me to the extent she is not last. Maybe she’ll grow more into a respectful middle of the pack position or maybe she’ll graduate. At least she’s a lot calmer these days. She doesn’t give me the Kago Ai vibes anymore.
37. Makino Maria
Kind of the most boring Momusu member.
36. Danbara Ruru
Could be great. Time will tell. Being put in Juice=Juice doesn’t help me notice her though.
35. Akiyama Mao
Chairman Mao can’t command my undivided loyalty.
34. Mitsui Aika
Not as annoying now that she’s not active. Actually kind of sweet.
33. Yamaki Risa
Good at drawing but not that good at drawing my attention away from other idols.
32. Takagi Sayuki
Likes Reina. That’s good. Isn’t like Reina. That’s unfortunate.
31. Kamikokuryo Moe
Interesting looking in an uninteresting group.
30. Tanimoto Ami
An okay Tsubaki member.
29. Yanagawa Nanami
She’s sweet. Also saxy.
28. Ikuta Erina
Funny at times. Yet not super charming.
27. Ogata Risa
Pretty. I simply don’t have much of an angle on her yet.
26. Kaga Kaede
Interesting looking. Could be fierce. Could make Kudo look like a girl.
25. Inaba Manaka
She’s back but without a group. She’s not super interesting to me though anyway. She’s okay though.
Always a cute kitten.
23. Miyazaki Yuka
My J=J favourite. J=J just aren’t that high on my list of likes though.
22. Yokoyama Reina
Really pretty looking idol who I will get to know better in the coming year.
21. Wada Ayaka
Intelligent current leader of H!P who nevertheless gives off faint cat lady vibes.
20. Takeuchi Akari
A duck that’s related to Maimi. Competitive in a good way.
19. Ogata Haruna
Attractive Momusu member who nevertheless doesn’t capture the imagination too much. Likeable though.
18. Funaki Musubu
Weird but funny. A good mix.
17. Fukumura Mizuki
She loves Hello! Project and deserves love back.
16. Ono Mizuho
I can’t explain why but there’s something about her that makes me want to see more.
15. Murota Mizuki
Angerme’s most attractive member. The only one that really grabs my attention and perhaps it’s partly just looks. Having said that when you are in Angerme you need all the help you can get.
14. Wada Sakurako
Lowest of the Kobushi members but still top 15. Thoroughly likeable.
13. Hirose Ayaka
Second lowest of the Kobushi members but no shame in that. Kobushi are great both in terms of music and members. Their leader is beautiful and full of fun. Hopefully in 2018 she’ll get to spend less time apologising for the actions of fuckwitted members.
12. Nonaka Miki
It’s not just because she speaks English. It’s also because she’s slightly dorky. Anyway gotta like her.
11. Inoue Rei
Funny and charming. What’s not to like?
10. Morito Chisaki
Into the top ten and a slew of Momusu members appear. First up the adorable Chisaki. She’s so cute and sweet and adorable. It’s no wonder she’s popular.
9. Oda Sakura
Such a great performer. There’s a serious side to her yet a ready smile too. The Ai Takahashi vibes are still there as strong as ever but she is her own person. There’s a calm feeling to her that’s kind of beautiful.
8. Haga Akane
I saw a fan club birthday DVD and immediately she became my favourite twelfth gen member. She reminded me of Sayu somehow. This happy idol-like persona that demands your heart and damn it but she deserves it too. Let a little Akane into your heart for 2018!
7. Onoda Saori
She has the looks of a young Nacchi crossed with Mr Spock. She lights up every Tsubaki PV. She’s a star in the making.
6. Asakura Kiki
It was so close. Who is my favourite in Tsubaki. Such a tough decision. I’m looking forward to seeing a lot more of the group in 2018. Truth be told Saori and Kiki are far and away my favourites so it could have gone either way. Kiki’s otherworldly charm just edged it for me. She’s beautiful, unique and may be thinking whether she left the iron on or may be thinking about murdering you. It’s hard to tell. Who can resist such mysterious charm?
5. Ozeki Mai
Less active now but as unique and likeable as ever. Mai entered H!P with a presence that showed confidence beyond her years. She’s awesome.
4. Iikubo Haruna
Honey continues to charm. Beautiful, stylish and full of compliments and humour. Perfect idol.
3. Nomura Minami
So eye-catching on stage. When she’s performing her expressions light up the screen. In any other group she’d be the stand out member. Nomura Minami is the kind of idol that just grabs you and demands your attention. She deserves it too. A fantastic idol with looks and personality in spades.
2. Ishida Ayumi
Another idol who leaps off the screen (Jaws in 3D). An idol with such an energetic personality and such a wicked smile you can’t help but want to give her your soul and more importantly one of your legs to chew on. She is pretty much perfection quite frankly.
1. Hamaura Ayano
The Queen of Hello! Project. An idol I supported from her Kenshuusei days. It’s not often I notice the Sushi members so it’s an achievement in itself to grab my attention so early on. Hamachan is perfect to me. Funny, energetic, sometimes sensitive, sometimes serious and always beautiful. An idol who loves being an idol. An idol you can put all your support behind and know it’s not being wasted. Hamachan was born to idol. She’s a natural. She’s the deserving number one. God save the Queen of Hello! Project (from scandals). All cheer her! Hello! Project Hello! Project hooray!