On September 30th Takahashi Ai graduated from Morning Musume and Hello! Project ending a 10 year odyssey that saw her go from incredibly talented (yet awkward) 5th generation member to one of the most accomplished members and leader of Hello! Project.

This is a follow up to the article about the Mecha Mecha Iketeru idol competition episode. A lot of people have had some rather overboard reactions and I figured I’d just throw my half a cent in on that aspect of the discussion.

There was a clip from a recent Mecha Mecha Iketeru special pitting various idol groups against each other in various athletic, sports festival-like challenges and it compiles the so-called "abuse" that Tsugunaga Momoko (from Berryz Koubou) takes during the episode.

The early morning news out of Hello! Project was that the final cuts were made for the S/Mileage audition and 5 were left standing.