Kobushi Factory, who passed their major debut on 9/2 after being formed on 2015/1/2, is a young Hello! Project group carrying on the spirit of Berryz Koubou who suspended activities on 3/3.
The girls who’ve had many external lives (Battle of Bands events) from summer through the winter, what kind of experience have they been getting through those, and how have they felt? —Pressing for thoughts from the 8 of them.
| The first match was a scorching hot outdoor live
—As a group the first external live you experienced was the 7/20 “Summer Conference 2015 Suma Sute! Live” held in Yokohama Akarenga Warehouse, right.
That day really was hot, huh. From the dressing room backstage it was already hot, and standing on stage the heat was incredible. Before it began, I thought, “I wonder if I’ll be all right singing several songs from now on?”
—You experienced a “public rehearsal” on the stage at this time too.
Since it was my first one, I was a bit lost. Since the fans could see us going over our positioning and making mistakes too. I was nervous with so many people being about to see us rehearse like that.
—Many Kobushi Factory fans came too, didn’t they.
Since we were talking before going on stage in the dressing room about, “I wonder if there’ll be like 10 people?” or “Maybe the 2 lines or so from before?” we were surprised when we came out on stage for rehearsal.
—With the performance starting, how did it go?
I remember being incredibly happy that there were people just passing by who stopped to watch us. Also, wanting fans of other groups to get energized too, I was conscious of that as well.
—These external lives give you a chance to appeal to those who aren’t fans, so do the members talk about how to appeal to those who may not be interested?
Yep. We often talk about that.
—Who’s a member who takes the initiative to stir up people like that?
Myself and Hirose Ayaka-chan probably do it the most.
—Out of the experiences Hamaura-san has had, is there some trick you’ve picked up? In order to catch their interest.
Looking at the same person many times.
—When you do that, as expected they start to gain awareness of you too.
That’s right. We don’t really get reactions just looking their way once, so I look at them many times during the same song.
—And with that they bit by bit start moving their bodies along with you as well, huh.
Yep. That’s true. Those moments make me happy.
|”Let’s capture 1,000 hearts each” through TIF
—You served as the top batter for the second day of “TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL 2015″ held on 8/2.
At first on the “SMILE GARDEN” stage, it was so incredibly hot starting in the morning. I think it was the largest audience we’ve had for ourselves as a solo group.
—What were the members talking about before going out on stage?
Since we think there are lots of people here who don’t know about us, we were saying something like “Let’s capture 1,000 hearts each”.
—Are your feelings before an external live like this different from Hello! Project (Hello Pro) lives and events and such?
Though I’m nervous before all of them, the type of anxiety is different for external lives. Like, “What type of sight are they waiting for?”
—Is the way the members go over things different as well?
We did lots of double-checking for things like how we can make people new to us have fun, or how to make sure people even in the back corners could see us.
—Are more of you the type that gets fired up by external lives, or the type that tends to get stiff?
Since all of us in Kobushi Factory are competitive, we don’t get nervous and stiff very much, btu rather the members mostly get like “Let’s do it!” Since we definitely don’t want to lose to other groups in our zeal or energy.
—Have you ever lived like at home (like at Hello Pro events) during any away (external live) experiences?
Everyone really has become good at “instigation”. Though we wouldn’t say things like “Oi! Oi!” much, learning how to instigate people outdoors is something everyone’s come to do.
—Who do you think from the group has changed, or grown the most?
Ogawa Rena-chan. Since long ago she’s been incredibly gentle, and had a really “warm fuzzy!” image, but now she’s developed a cool rock-like singing style, and though her dance was “warm fuzzy!” as well, now it’s sharp. I feel like she’s really changed a lot.
—Have you told her that yourself?
I occa~sionally say it. But since Rena really rides the flow, I try not to say it much.
| The day she went from “Hamaura-san” to “Hama-chan”
—Hamaura-san is called the “Senpai of the Kenshuusei” by other members, but at some point you started being claled “Hama-chan” by all of them, huh.
Since I wanted them to quickly become more casual with me, I proposed many other nicknames they could use for me. That lasted about 4 or 5 months. The result of that was “Hama-chan”.
—Please tell us what some of the other candidates were.
“Hama-chan”, “Hama-san, “Hama”. Also “Hamachi”. I’m called “Hamachi” in school.
—They all use “Hama”, huh.
Yep. Since I’ve not been called by my first name. Oda Sakura (Morning Musume. ’15) is the only one who calls me “Ayano”.
—So after that, “Hama-chan” quickly took hold?
Nope, they wouldn’t call me that at all.
—Who’s someone who never called you by that?
Nomura Minami-chan. Since the senpai-kouhai relationship really was long. It’s like she mixes casual and honorific speech when she talks to me too. But now there’s none of that. It’s properly become “Hama-chan”.
| Murota Mizuki (Angerme), Eternal Rival
—Who’s your rival from the same Hello Pro generation as you outside of Kobushi Factory?
Angerme’s Murota Mizuki-chan.
—No different from the previous interview (Hamaura Ayano live photographs & interview “The Distinct Presence and Charm of the Long-Expected Ace of the Kenshuusei”).
Yep. I think she’ll be my eternal rival. We’ve both sing a lot since our Kenshuusei days, and are really aware of each other.
—The two of you were were rivals in the Kenshuusei have been standing on different stages in different groups too, right.
Really when seeing her standing on the stage of the Nippon Budoukan before me, I thought that Kobushi Factory really also needs to become that big.
—Do you still keep in contact with Murota-san?
Yep. I always send her my thoughts after seeing Angerme-san’s lives. We also say things like, “Let’s hang out soon okay”.
| I wanna do lives every day
—What kind of activities do you want to do as a group next year?
Though I definitely want to continue live tours, I also hope we’ll keep appearing in external lives to increase the numbers of people who like us.
—Do you like external lives?
I like them a ton. They get me fired up.
—If you’re asked about next year’s TIF, would you want to be in it?
I definitely do. Since it was so incredibly fun. Since I just really love lives, I want to do lots of them. It’s okay if they’re every day.
—Lastly, please tell us about your personal goals.
Though my goal never changes from wanting to be the ace in singing and dancing, in addition to that I want to increase my talking ability. I was able to lead the ramen corner in our live tour, since I always get wordy in it, I want to become able to make it properly brief and succinct. Also, since there are so many foods I like and dislike… I want to work hard to be able to eat more vegetables.
—Are vegetables no good even if they’re put in ramen?
I can eat them if they’re in ramen.