No, not Yoga Google. It’s YGA.

14 Nov

Yet another group from the Tokyo Idol Festival (I’ll cover them all! …maybe.) This post has been a while in the making for a couple of reasons, the first being that I got distracted by other things, and the second is that finding information on YGA is damn hard xD; I can probably find info on the current YGA, but it’s the old YGA that I like best. So until I can find anything more substantial, time to talk about what I do know.

Bin-KAN.Vanilla PV

YGA stands for Yoshimoto Gravure Agency and is a part of Yoshomoto Agency, which is a well known for the comedy acts it produces. As far as I can tell, YGA was formed in 2008 and if the PV above is any indication, they were quirky and full of fanservice ;D Yes, that is a man with the pink thigh-highs Anna. I do feel for the larger girl in there, Nancy, though. She was most likely added for the comedic factor, but from what I’ve seen in PVs, she doesn’t get treated any differently to any of the other members so. GOOD WORK YGA. For their debut single, YGA had 9 members including Nancy and Anna, while their next single featured a total of 16 members. Their next two releases, Virgin Beat and Ganbare Hero were only released as DVDs.

Fighting Girl Live

Now, YGA is more a typical idol group, which is how I was introduced to them in the TIF2010. Looking back at their old PVs, I miss that quirkiness they had ;-; I’m not sure if any of the current 8 or 9 members (there are 9 shown with official blogs, but I can only find performances with 8 members) have been with the group since they began since I can’t find names for all the members, and if I could it wouldn’t be in Romaji for me to compare, plus just from looking at the covers they seem to have gone through a few member changes which makes thing even more difficult xD; If I do find any more information, I will definitely edit this post and add it in. It doesn’t help they only have a group blog and not an official website, plus their page on the Yoshimoto site is incomplete, but oh well. Like always, members, discography and links are below~

Edit: Thanks to Aya’s links, profiles for ten former members are now up! I’ll be updating the post more as I try to make sense of Google’s translation of the YGA wiki page xD;

Stage 1 Members – Hara Makiko, Suzuki Nana, Hoshino Rika, Miyanowaki Kaori, Meguro Saori, Yukari Minato, Nancy, Anna

Stage 2 Members – Ashida Ayumi, Kakuda, Mika, Matsumoto Miho, Shinti Rie, Yanagawa Mana, Yasuda Yuki Nana

Phase 3 – Kimura Mami

School Students – Azusa, Aimi Toshi Yuu, Uchida

Phase 4 – Sakurai Rika, Hinata Sayoko

5th – Kasuga Sayaka, Miwasa Kana, Omizo Shiina

Period 6 – Wasaki Nanami

Members

Yukako Tani

Blog – http://yga-tani.laff.jp/

Yuuri Hanano

Blog – http://yga-hanano.laff.jp/

Sanae Hayashi

Blog – http://yga-hayashi.laff.jp/

Rika Sakurai

Blog – http://sakurai-rika.laff.jp/

Sayo Hinata

Blog – http://hinata-sayo.laff.jp/

Kana Misawa

Blog – http://misawa-kana.laff.jp/

Sayaka Kasuga

Blog – http://kasuga-sayaka.laff.jp/

Shiina Omizo

Blog – http://oomizo-shiina.laff.jp/

Nanami Wasaki

Blog – http://wasaki-nanami.laff.jp/

Former Members

Nancy

Hometown: Saitama

Height: 158cm

Blood Type: A

Horoscope: Capricorn

Blog – http://daikobutu-nancy.laff.jp/

Anna

Hometown: Saitama

Blood Type: A

Horoscope: Taurus

Blog – http://okamanna.laff.jp/

Toshi Yuu Aimi

Birth date: 4/9/1986

Hometown: Osaka

Blood Type: A

Blog – http://aatantantan.laff.jp/blog/

Saori Meguro

Birth date: 28/11/1985

Hometown: Kanagawa Prefecture

Blood Type: A

Horoscope: Sagittarius

Blog – http://yga-meguro.laff.jp/

Yanagawa Mana

Birth date: 24/8/1984

Blood type: A

Hometown: Osaka

Horoscope: Virgo

Blog – http://yga-yanagawa.laff.jp/

Ashida Ayumi

Birth date: 24/9/1987

Blood Type: A

Graduated YGA in April 2009

Blog – http://ameblo.jp/ayuche/

Miyanowaki Kaori

Birth date: 7/7/19xx

Hometown: Saitama

Blood Type: AB

Horoscope: Cancer

Blog – http://yga-miya.laff.jp/

Hoshino Rika

Birth date: 3/10/19xx

Hometown: Kanagawa Prefecture

Blood Type: A

Horoscope: Libra

Blog – http://yga-hoshino.laff.jp/

Suzuki Nana

Birth dateL 21/9/1982

Hometown: Kanagawa Prefecture

Blood Type: O

Horoscope: Virgo

Blog – http://yga-suzuki.laff.jp/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/suzuki_nana

Makiko Hara

Birth date: 4/10/19xx

Hometown: Tokyo

Blood Type: O

Horoscope: Libra

Blog – http://yga-hara.laff.jp/

Discography

Fighting Girl 『ファイティングガール』 (August 4th, 2010)

Ganbare Hero ~Keiki Kaifuku!!~ 『ガンバレHERO~景気回復!!~』 (November 4th, 2009)

Virgin Beat ~Watashi Tachi Yoshimoto Nandesukedo…~ 『VIRGIN BEAT〜私たちよしもとなんですけど・・・〜』 (April 22nd, 2009)

Bin-KAN.Vanilla (October 29th, 2008)


Chiisana Happy Age Mashou 『小さなハッピーあげましょ』 (July 30th, 2008)

Links

Official Group Blog – http://yga.laff.jp/

Yoshimoto Profile page – http://www.yoshimoto.co.jp/profile/artist/030yga.html

Japanese Wiki Page – http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/YGA

http://www.fandango.co.jp/lumine/7th/gravure/

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8 Responses to “No, not Yoga Google. It’s YGA.”

  1. lebird November 14, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    thanks for the post.
    I had never heard about them. I hope they didn’t let go of the fat girl.
    Awesome group. thank you again

    • lilmenchi November 14, 2010 at 4:42 pm #

      I’m not sure when, but Nancy did leave at some point ;-; I can’t see her in the cover for Ganbare Hero, and she’s not in this promo for it (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChFrb_HCLRA) so she must have left after Virgin Beat.

  2. Aya November 14, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    Fun blog! Wow YGA is hard to find info on. I don’t know if these will be of any help (there are at least some cool pics, lol) but here you are;

    http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/YGA
    http://www.fandango.co.jp/lumine/7th/gravure/

    (I have no idea if this went through the first time, so I’m re-sending it~)

    • lilmenchi November 14, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

      Thanks for the links Aya! YGA + google didn’t tend to work too well at times for me xD;

      I can’t believe I never saw your new blog until now! -bookmarks- Thanks so much for linking to Aidorabu ;-; ❤

      • Aya November 15, 2010 at 9:55 am #

        No problem! I’m working my way through the TIF groups, and hadn’t tried researching YGA yet, but after I saw this entry I wanted to give it a go. I’ll hold on to the info you and I found for when I eventually write about them.

        Have you tried using the japanese version of google for research? It’s simply http://www.google.jp ~ I usually search images first on googlejp, then try the website search, and I search both romaji and kanji (if I know both). I exhaust my options xD

        Yeah I haven’t been advertising my new blog really. It’s just for my own kicks ‘n giggles. TIF is awesome, and I like taking a step away from H!P. Oh no problem!! I found you through Pure Idol Heart, and saw that you had Blabodu linked ;w;

        I shall continue to check in!! I enjoy your blog ❤

        • lilmenchi November 15, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

          I didn’t even think of trying the Japanese Google, I’ll definitely try that next time! Especially with all these groups with English names like Happiness, that was a pain to weed through results on that one xD;

          Speaking of TIF, I found a full download of it (I think it might be up on the H!O tracker now, just my luck it goes up after I download it xD;) but I can link you if you like, the HD version is something like 7GB though, but totally worth it ❤ I'll admit the dubber in me really wants to dub it but there isn't that much interest in these groups to pull it off ;-; One day I'll have my own lesser-known-idol group -determined-

          Blabodu is one of the few blogs I read and since most of the covers were of idol songs I had to link it ;D I'll be sure to keep checking up on ITIF2.0 too, though I'll try and avoid covering groups you've covered or the ones on PureIdolHeart, not like there isn't plenty of groups to go through xD

  3. Aya February 23, 2011 at 4:55 am #

    Wow, have you seen this yet?

    Renai Sutoraikā (恋愛ストライカー)
    Their 2011 DVD/CD release?

    I really like the look of the PV and outfits, and I love what I did hear (*didn’t watch the whole thing*) I’ll probably download it. I’m working on uploading parts of their performance at TIF.

  4. Eyestrane November 29, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    Here is an interview with Yukako Tani of YGA you might be interested in

    http://eyestrane.com/2011/11/interview-with-yukako-tani-of-yga/

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