In all my wildest dreams or thought-out predictions about Jpop acts making it in America, I never would’ve pegged H!P to make the move and launch singles and concerts – especially not with a side project that includes ex-Momusu members, punk cats, and crazy hair.
But it looks like Hangry & Angry is really going to go for it.
I’m in no way qualified to talk about H!P so I’ll keep this short, but it seems odd to me that Hangry & Angry will launch in the US before even a trial in Japan. Still, with the H!P fanbase, there’s pretty much a guaranteed audience…
Since it seems like their mini-album “Kill Me Kiss Me” will have an actual CD release, I wonder how widely distributed it will be. Is this going to be pandered directly to H!P fans, or will they actually attempt to widely distribute it to an American audience? I’d put my money with the former. Besides, with this image, Yossie and Rika are certainly more palatable to general American audiences, but the overly dramatic image, fake guitar playing, and remnants of idolpop cuteness don’t translate well to rock audiences.
Still, since there’s already a supposed tour coming to Europe and the US in 2009, it looks like they’re finally realizing the moneymaking potential of fans in the US. H!P fans in the US and Europe, you’re lucky Tsunku seems to finally have tapped into your wallets directly. It looks like this is an experiment… if Hangry & Angry is moderately successful, will other H!P groups, either established or new, also make a move to service their fans out of Japan?
(Now, if only Johnny Kitagawa would go have some coffee with Tsunku, pick up some tips, and also kindly allow me and the other Johnny’s fans over here to throw money at him for concerts… I’m not picky, I’d pay good money even to see, I don’t know, half of V6.)
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