For a group that started out doing performances on the street and for small audiences, Momoiro Clover Z has become really big. As a long time fan of the group it’s exciting and interesting to see where this group has gone over the years. While I haven’t liked every turn they’ve made (i.e. my very poor review of their single Otome Sensou) this group has worked really hard to get to the heights they are at right now.
Momoiro Clover Z performs at Kouhaku Uta Gassen
Performing at the major annual New Year’s event has been Momoclo’s goal for quite some time, and this year they finally achieved it. This is an achievement only major artists make, so it really establishes Momoiro Clover Z as being a major force within the Japanese music industry. While of course AKB48 is there and SKE48 is there, no other major idol groups are there (though other young female artists like Perfume and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu were there). This establishes Momoiro Clover Z as being a force to be reckoned with, potentially second only to AKB48 and the other 48 groups.
The best part of their performance, however, was with their second song, Ikuze! Kaitou Shoujo. In the song they famously chant their names, and since they became Momoiro Clover Z sing “Reni Kanakooo (elongating Kanako) Shiori Ayaka Momoka.” However, at Kouhaku they sang the original “Reni Kanako Akari Shiori Ayaka Momoka”, in honor of Hayami Akari. If you watch the performance they point to the camera during her name, as if they brought Akari with them to Kouhaku. This is a very sweet gesture as MomoClo remembers their roots and their most prominent graduated member.
Momoiro Clover Z has a popular wikipedia page
This is a bit silly, really, but recently on aramatheydidnt a list of the most viewed Wikipedia articles in Japan was posted () which shows that Momoiro Clover Z is the most viewed page after AKB48 and then a list of AV actresses. Still, being 3rd isn’t bad, and shows that a good deal of people have interest in them.
Today, Momoiro Clover Z declared their goal is to perform in the Kokuritsu Stadium, which will be undergoing renovation in a year so it’s a major race against time. This is a huge venue in Japan, where only four artists have ever performed. This is kind of a long shot and a really big goal, but Momoiro Clover Z is aiming to become more and more popular.
Can I see it happening? Yes. Momoiro Clover’s rise from small group has been astronomical, and in less than two years they’ve gone from their major debut single to performing at Kouhaku Uta Gassen and being one of the biggest acts in Japan. While I miss the days when they were a smaller, more personal group, I think if any current group can be the biggest idol group it’s MomoClo. It’ll be interesting to see what happens, sale-wise with their second album (which was confirmed today). While their single sales are good, their first album (Battle & Romance) sold very well. It’ll be interesting to see if that’s a trend, especially considering how much more popular they’ve become since Battle & Romance was released.
Still, despite a few small issues, I’m really excited to see where Momoiro Clover Z goes into the future!