Taiyō to Ciscomoon

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Taiyō to Ciscomoon
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Taiyō to Ciscomoon, 1999
Miho Shinoda, Atsuko Inaba, Miwa Kominato, Ruru Honda
Background information
Also known as T&C Bomber
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres pop, jazz, R&B
Years active 1999–2000
Labels Zetima Records
Associated acts Akagumi 4, Kiiro 5, Aoiro 7
Past members Atsuko Inaba
Miho Shinoda
Ruru Honda
Miwa Kominato

Taiyō to Ciscomoon (太陽とシスコムーン?), later known as T&C Bomber (T&Cボンバー?), was a Japanese girl group under Hello! Project that debuted in April 1999. They released multiple singles and two albums before disbanding in late 2000. The group consisted of four members: Atsuko Inaba (稲葉貴子?), born March 13, 1974 in Osaka; Miho Shinoda (信田美帆?), born May 18, 1972 in Tokyo; Ruru Honda (本多ルル?), born March 18, 1976 in Shenyang, Liaoning, China; and Miwa Kominato (小湊美和?), born February 15, 1977 in Fukushima Prefecture. The group was created under the name Taiyō to Ciscomoon ("Sun and Ciscomoon"), but changed their name to T&C Bomber in March 2000. The group disbanded the same year after a final performance in Osaka, on October 9, 2000.

The band reformed in early 2009, after one of the group's former members posted a blog entry suggesting a reformation for a limited time to celebrate the group's ten-year anniversary, and the release of their new greatest hits album. Their first official reunion was on January 9, 2009 in Shibuya. In March of that year, the group called for fans to sign a petition for a 10th anniversary live performance. In 2 months, the petition received more than 2,200 signatures. Their final live performance took place in October; however, Ruru did not take part in the performance due to scheduling conflicts with her live concerts in Japan. Afterwards, the group's official blog was ended, though it was not taken down and was occasionally updated with information about the members (though has since been removed from the Oricon site).

In 2013, Up-Front Works confirmed that they will reform (minis RuRu)for a concert at Hello! Project's New Years Eve concert.

Post-T&C Bomber Careers[edit]

Miho Shinoda (信田 美帆?)
Shinoda has since appeared in various sports programmes, and served as a commentator on the women's gymnastics events at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Atsuko Inaba
After the group split up, the only artist to remain signed with Hello! Project was Atsuko Inaba. She continued performing as a dancer, and appeared in the chorus of various songs over the next nine years; however, her contract with UpFront Agency was terminated in late 2009, after both Inaba and the management decided that her career would go no further with Hello! Project—Inaba also stated that she would "like to see the world from a different angle" after being a performer for so long.[1]
RuRu (ルル?)
Renamed Ruru Honda (本多 ルル?) within the group by Tsunku, she used this name officially after getting Japanese citizenship. Ruru pursued a singing career in Taiwan. She returned to Japan in 2007 with her debut solo album, "Shoshin" (初心?).
Miwa Kominato (小湊 美和?)
After leaving Hello! Project, she made her solo indies debut. She then formed a unit, called "Priest", with her younger brother Akihisa.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

# Title Release date Ranking[2]
1 Taiyō & Ciscomoon 1 1999-10-27 3
2 2nd Stage 2000-09-27 23
3 Taiyō to Ciscomoon/T&C Bomber: Mega Best (太陽とシスコムーン/T&Cボンバー メガベスト?) 2008-12-10

Singles[edit]

# Title Release date Ranking[2]
1 "Tsuki to Taiyō" (月と太陽?) 1999-04-21 4
2 "Gatamekira" (ガタメキラ?) 1999-06-23 6
3 "Uchū de La Ta Ta" (宇宙でLa Ta Ta?) 1999-07-28 9
4 "Everyday Everywhere" 1999-08-25 23
5 "Magic of Love" 1999-09-29 16
6 "Marui Taiyō -Winter Version-" (丸い太陽 -Winter Version-?) 1999-12-08 25
7 "Don't Stop Ren'aichū" (Don't Stop 恋愛中?) 2000-04-19 23
8 "Hey! Mahiru no Shinkirō" (Hey!真昼の蜃気楼?) 2000-07-19 31

DVDs[edit]

Title Release date
Concert Tour 2000 Yo! Yo! Taiyo-La! Mūnsan no Dance Tengoku
(Concert Tour 2000 Yo! Yo! Taiyo-La! むうんさんのダンス天国?)
2000-08-30
All Taiyō to Ciscomoon / T&C Bomber (オール太陽とシスコムーン・T&Cボンバー?) 2000-12-13

Television[edit]

Title Network
Asayan TV Tokyo series
ハロー!モーニング。 (Hello! Morning?) TV Tokyo
モーニング娘。のへそ (Morning Musume no Heso) TV Tokyo
ガレージ (Garage) TV Tokyo

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Announcement Regarding Atsuko Inaba" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2010-02-19. 
  2. ^ a b "Oricon Rankings Archive" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-06-01. 

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