Morning Musume 16′ adds two new members for their 13th generation

Winners have finally been selected for Morning Musume 16‘s audition for a 13th generation. A long time tradition within the group,  the 13th generation auditions originally began way back in January. However no girls were selected from the auditions.

The audition was eventually restarted in June. Finally after nearly a year since it originally began members were officially selected to become the 13th generation.  The two new girls were chosen from Hello!Project Kenshuusei (H!P’s training program) Kaede Kaga, and Reina Yokoyama. This is the first time in Morning Musume’s history where a new generation consisted of two girls. Kaga and Reina were revealed for the first time at the famed Nippon Budokan venue during Morning Musume’s latest tour “Morning Musume. ’16 Concert Tour Aki ~MY VISION~”

A video from the concert, as well as profiles of the new members can be seen below!

 

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Reina Yokoyama
Birthday: February 22nd 2001, 15 years old
From: Saitama
Height: 152.5cm
Hobbies: Singing and dancing
Special skill: Alto saxophone and jazz dance
Became a member of Hello!Project Kenshuusei in September 2016

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Kaede Kaga
Birthday: November 30th 1999, 17 years old
From: Tokyo
Height: 162cm
Hobbies: Karaoke, anime
Special skills: Trumpet and Kendo
Became a member of Hello!Project Kenshuusei in November 2011

  • Comments

    • BAD KID

      me in the middle

    • Huh

      Girlschannel is ripping Kaedii apart for being old and “ugly” in their eyes. I think this year being the year of Keyakizaka46 and Hirate Yurina (young, fresh, talented) so idol fans are a little spoiled.

      So weird they only picked 2 girls and both of them will be 16 and 18 next year? I guess that means we’re not going to see many graduations soon…I just hope they don’t put off adding members born 2002 and later because the next time they have an audition (2018?) we’ll have 10 members over the age of 19. It’ll be a big old awkward age gap like Platinum Era (aged 18 to 24) and 9ki (aged 12 to 14).

      • 8888

        27. 匿名 2016/12/13(火) 00:47:35 [通報]

        ショートの子、本当に会社のパートさんに似ててビックリ。
        50代ですが。

        “the short haired girl surprised me she seriously looks like a part time worker at a company.
        is she in her 50s?”

        damn…roasted.

        to be fair, she’s cute in motion. her profile photo does her no justice!!!

        • ShuttleBus

          No kidding I havent even heard of her because I dont follow the trainees but when I saw her live, I was so surprised because she had such a different image. Like a mix of Haruka and Ishikawa

      • Kira

        See how they added Funaki (b.2002) to Country Girls and Momona (b.2003) to ANGERME as frontgirls? UFA is so far up Mizuki, Maa and Sakura’s asses they don’t want to think about adding new younger members that can possibly outshine them.

        • mm17

          that’s exactly what i thought when i saw the results :/ those three have been around for 4-6 years…time to switch it up 🙄

        • lovehello

          What kind of thought is this? Do you know anything about children? Their voices change. If you pick a 12-13 yr old for vocal talent you are not going know how her voice will fit with the group later. They didnt even start using Maa regularly until she aged a bit. It’s better to pick some older girls some time. I dont agree with this generation picks, but your thought process is really sad.

      • Risa

        Is their anything or anyone girlschannel doesn’t complain about or hate on? Has to be the most spiteful place ever. I would have stopped being a fan for… I guess everyone, if I could read everything there. Oo

    • 8888

      lmao i’m still dying over UFA acting like MM is some ~difficult~ group to get into, they only ~look for the best~ and ~only trainees are skilled enough to make it into the group now~

      … explain the flop that is 12th gen.

      let’s be real. the first 13th gen audition in the spring got screwed over because it overlapped with SKE/HKT’s big auditions and the second 13th gen audition over the summer was screwed BIG time by overlapping with nogizaka46’s audition and AKB’s first audition in 3 years. i wouldn’t be surprised if the girls they wanted ran off to nogi or AKB, it’s happened before.

      • Ben

        I agree. Not to mention they rejected Yukirin and KojiHaru from AKB. I still don’t understand their decision choosing Mitsui Aika over these 2 girls for 8th gen members.

        • MM Fan

          I don’t get these kind of comments lol. If any of those AKB members who failed the Morning Musume auditions in the past *did* get into Morning Musume, nobody would honestly care who they are because they would be signed under UF who are terrible at promoting their talent.

          • Ben

            Lol I am glad they never got into MM for the very reason you mentioned. They probably would never have been this popular. Some AKB graduates are still relevant in the Entertainment Industry. While MM Graduates are pretty much have gone into obscurity.

            But still.. what the hell did Mitsui Aika have over Yukirin. I just don’t get it.

        • tagf

          yukirin looked like just as much as a beast as aika did though

        • Yukirin
      • Alberto Moreno

        Clearly you and Ben are AKB fans, since only they would think that the auditions got overlapped, if two girls were chosen was simply because the 12th gen isn’t completely developed specifically with two of them and MM needs back up girls so the problem with graduations since 2010 won’t happen again. Probably the next girls will enter after two years.

        “i wouldn’t be surprised if the girls they wanted ran off to nogi or AKB, it’s happened before.” The only incorrect part that part is that they weren’t wanted, they were rejected.

        • nina

          stop being so defensive. it makes perfect sense. most girls that like idols like multiple groups.

          “The only incorrect part that part is that they weren’t wanted, they were rejected.” …are you working for UFA? get me airi’s autograph while you’re at the office. both you and OP’s claims cannot be proven but OP’s is more likely. most girls who want to debut as idols will always take the better deal, they want to become famous. a KSS in H!P would rather join morning musume than ANGERME because morning musume is more popular. same deal with MM and AKB/nogizaka. a girl who wants to be on TV and be on music station and possibly even kouhaku would go with the group who’s last single sold 1 million (AKB) or shipped 1 million (nogizaka46).

          • Alberto Moreno

            I’m referring on the cases of AKB girls who auditioned for MM before and got rejected, like Yuki and Meru from HKT, that’s a fact. And yes, girls who want debut as idols will want to be and the most famous one, I agree with that. But you know, there are other factors, like value name, and chances to get recognized in the group. It depends of what the girl wants and what she can handle.

            • nina

              you have to think in the perspective of a 12-15 year old girl. preteens and teens are pretty egocentric and think in terms of them only in that stage of life…that’s why you still have tens of thousands of girls go for 48 or 46 groups even though their chances of making it big are slim. they only see the incentives like tokyo dome/kouhaku/selling 1 million and think they can make it, be the next face of the group, etc etc.

              besides if you’re that age and only see h!p picking trainees under their wing the likelihood of you wanting to audition for them in the future is less likely yeah?

              • Alberto Moreno

                I think part of the answer for this comment is my other comment to you. So I’m just to complete the idea.

                “besides if you’re that age and only see h!p picking trainees under their
                wing the likelihood of you wanting to audition for them in the future
                is less likely yeah?”
                Yes, I have to agree with that, I don’t deny, and to complete the idea, and to explain my reaction to the overlapping mention, is because the comment I first reply could be implying that girls want to audition for 48G and 46G because they are better than MM, the last part confirms it, it was a hate comment you know.

                • nina

                  the original commenter was just saying UFA turning something like “overlapping with several major auditions” into “the skill level is too high for auditioners which is why they chose KSS.” i think 2 KSS means they wanted 2 KSS and 2 girls from the public. UFA spinning it to make MM seem like a difficult group to get into in the end … it’s going to bite them in the ass when not as many girls don’t audition directly for MM because of UFA’s spin on the failed audition.

                  tl;dr – it’s not really an insult to MM, it’s making fun of UFA for being so pompous to say only KSS are good for current MM.

                  • Alberto Moreno

                    Specifically this part:

                    “the first 13th gen audition in the spring got screwed over because it
                    overlapped with SKE/HKT’s big auditions and the second 13th gen audition
                    over the summer was screwed BIG time by overlapping with nogizaka46’s
                    audition and AKB’s first audition in 3 years. i wouldn’t be surprised if
                    the girls they wanted ran off to nogi or AKB, it’s happened before.”

                    What I uderstand form that is that since 48/46G audition coincided with MM, girls prefered to audition to 48/46G because it’s better than auditioning for MM, and being this adde to the fisrt part of that comment, makes to understand that UFA had to conform with the girls who entered. So how can I not think that it’s a hate comment?

                    Each management has its own way of doing things, so it’s not like they’re competing to get the most girls to audition for their groups.

        • Erika

          How would they know so much about 12ki’s skill level if they were just an AKB fan? The MANTAN News reported that Nogizaka46’s audition this summer had 48,886 applicants and their audition seminars in different cities were packed to the brim. The last couple of Morning Musume auditions had 5,000~6,000 applicants and both auditions took months longer. You’re telling me it’s impossible there was an overlap? Yeesh. Stop proving the H!P fans are bitter archetype, because we’re not and we can be reasonable and some of us like both H!P/46/48 and can acknowledge the shortcomings of all three.

          • Alberto Moreno

            Fisrt, I think they call the 12th a flop simply because they have been in the almost all of the time, that’s easy to notice. And to get in a 48G and even in a 46G is easier, and I’m not saying that it’s difficult to get in MM unless you are the best skilled, because I know it’s not true. If you ask me is easier to get in a 48 group because of the amount of girls there are, they just add more and more members but how many of them get to be in front and recognized as members in the media? In a 46G there have more chances because the number of members is less, so I think the is not as easy to get in Nogi or Keyaki. So to resume, as more members less filters and viceversa.

        • Ben

          Bitch, please. I was a fan of MM since it was first formed back in 1998. I am no longer that big of a fan of the group anymore but I still follow the group esp the golden gen members (up to 7th generations) I started losing my interests when they decided to do a mass graduation of the elder club (Matsuura Aya, Nacchi, Kaorin, Melon, etc)and when my ultimate oshi graduated (Kamei Eri).

          I never said anything about the audtions got overlapped. That was someone else. I just don’t get why they would choose Mitsui Aika over her. I didn’t understand it back then and I still don’t understand it now.

          • Alberto Moreno

            “Bitch, please”

            I’ll just assume that you don’t know the word with B, unless you are an a**h**e.

            “I was a fan of MM since it was first formed back in 1998. I am no longer that big of a fan of the group anymore but I still follow the group esp the golden gen members (up to 7th generations) I started losing my interests when they decided to do a mass graduation of the elder club (Matsuura Aya, Nacchi, Kaorin, Melon, etc)and when my ultimate oshi graduated (Kamei Eri).”

            Well, that makes things even sadder, I wonder if you are part of Ex-MM wotas who went to AKB after their kami oshi graduated? And I also wonder how do you follow the actual group?

            “I never said anything about the audtions got overlapped. That was someone else. I just don’t get why they would choose Mitsui Aika over her. I didn’t understand it back then and I still don’t understand it now.”

            You didn’t said it, right, but the “agree” part is what made me to include you, because it shows that you share that thought. And there’s no point to argue about why Aika was chosen instead of Yuki, even though I admit was a bad decision to only add Aika. I’m glad Yuki didn’t enter, I’m not saying this to hate her, but I don’t think she would have fit with the values of the group, maybe, it’s a thought of mine, the more time I see Yuki in AKB the more convinced I am that it was better that she didn’t enter in MM.

      • aainaa

        Yeah UFA really didscrewed up recent MM audition..They seems lost without Tsunku.. Not all Tsunku’s picks were good but at least we have winners..
        But thinking about it deeply, actually the last 13th gen audition did not really failed.. Yokoyama Reina actually is a product of that audition.. but i think UFA think that she was not good on her own & tried to find more girls in the second 13th gen audition, in which they failed, so they decided to add a kenshusei instead..
        As for the 12th gen, I have to say those audition were quite ‘succesful’, well maybe not for MM, but at least for H!P in general.. The 1st 12th gen audition brought us Yamaki Risa, Funaki Musubu (Country Girls), Haga Akane (MM), & Danbara Ruru (one of the most popular KSS now) & the 2nd audition ended up with Nonaka & Ogata joining MM with Shimamura Uta, Morito Chisaki, Ozeki Mai joining Country Girls. Kamikokuryo Moe also participated in the audition & was offered to be KSS but she declined but still end up winning Angerme audition.

        I honestly think UFA got some really girls with potential with MM audition which was a win-win situation for them.. but they did screwed up MM by debuting those girls in groups other than MM..
        Yup Yukirin & Kojiharu was history but I kinda understand why Tsunku didn’t want them in MM that time.. he wanted a change in character..
        But I’m still kinda irritated that Kamikokuryo Moe didn’t get into MM.. she was that type of girls MM needed that time.. but she failed.. thankfully she got into Angerme & she shoot up in popularity immediately.. i think this is the one UFA screwed up bad..

        until today, I’m still dreaming that Shimamura Uta & Kamikokuryou Moe got into MM & made my life complete XD

    • Hoping these girls can sing cause the current Momusu literally can’t sing to save their lives but with other recent additions, that just seems what Up-Front are looking for lmao…

      • Alberto Moreno

        Excuse me but Sakura Oda CAN sing, also Masaki Sato has imrpoved her singing a lot, she’s main vocalist now along with Sakura.

        • literally Sakura, and to a v low extent Mizuki, can sing, Masaki be screeching and yelling like everyone else in there

          • Alberto Moreno

            She has improved a lot like you have no idea, I wonder when was the last time you listened to her?

      • ShuttleBus

        What are you talking about? you obviously havent seen the current group if you think that nor the latest hp groups at all -_-

        • Juice=Juice and C-ute are the ones who can sing decently with some stand-outs in other H!P groups so lol

          • ShuttleBus

            Kobushi’s actually a great group. AngerMe and Morning Musume might have some members who can’t sing at all but most of them are decent. Masaki and Oda are probably some of the greatest singers even within HP.

            For me performance wise, Morning Musume and AngerMe are the ones that delivers the best lives

    • Mr. Z

      Honestly i want to say that UFA need to add danbara ruru as 13th gen too because she is skilled in dancing and singing and it is gonna weird both new members were in hello pro kenshusei in just less a year and can get join this group…. WTF UFA…

      • M

        What? Kaga’s one if the current trainees that’s been there the longest in the current line up – she joined in late 2011, as her profile above says.

        But I agree, Ruru needs to get into a group asap. It doesn’t even have to be MM at this point. I wouldn’t mind seeing her in Angerme, or even a new group (I have a feeling there will be a new group to carry on C-ute’s spirit formed next year, just like with Berryz and Kobushi/Tsubaki. Just hope they keep it at one group this time, I think Kobushi would have been enough).

    • Erika

      Strong gen! A girl the wota adore and a girl the wota are highly interested.

      My hopes for 2017:

      Fukumura graduation (spring/summer)
      14th gen audition announcement (summer)
      Another graduation (Harunan/Eripon?)

    • faifantc

      I really don’t understand why Danbara Ruru isn’t in MM right now…

      Kaga-chan is super talented and I’m happy that she’s in MM, but this group needs better singers and Danbara is one of the best singers in HP at the moment. -_- So upset.

      • Yassie

        They’re probably saving her for a new group like they did with Karin~
        Rather than adding her in as a new member, wouldn’t it be better if she becomes a lead in a new group though? Better than waiting for sometime to get her turn in a big group like MM~
        I actually though Kaga would debut in a new group with Ichioka since Tsubaki is about to debut…
        I hope the older KSS would be included to the next group they form~

    • ラウラ

      correction: Kaede became a Kenshuusei in 2012, not 2011.