|Origin||Republic of China|
|Years active||August 2010 – present|
Weather Girls (Japanese: ウェザーガールズ Uezā Gāruzu , Chinese: 天氣女孩; pinyin: Tiānqì Nǚhái) is a group of Taiwanese female idols originally acting as weather forecasters on televisions and internet for Taiwan and the United States and later entering entertainment business in Japan.
Next TV Broadcasting Ltd., which runs the Next Media Animation TV or NMA television station, wanted to produce daily weather forecast programs to be distributed in English in Taiwan and the United States, with a group of cute young girls dancing to the reports. In August 2010, NMA formed a group called "Weather Girls", consisting of thirty eight members. Each day of the week is hosted by a different weather girl who would deliver a short message to viewers in an adorable manner, and each month is a different theme. The themes include the graduation season, in which the girls dressed up in Japanese school uniforms and spoke in Japanese. The ninja and tokusatsu themes have also been used.
2012: debut in Japan
After having been introduced by several Japanese programs in April 2012, the group attracted much attention in Japan. Seven of its members who are most skilled in singing and dancing were then chosen to be debuted in Japan as a musical group. They are reportedly the first Taiwanese girl group to come to Japan.
The news of Weather Girls officially debuting as an idol girl group was announced on 8 August 2012. The group held their debut performance as the opening act of the A-Nation Festival on 10 August 2012.
For their Japanese career, the seven girls were required to take Japanese courses, in addition to dance lessons and performance rehearsals. Their language studies were broadcast on televisions once a week. The group has also been fixed guests on the program Akihabara@TV since 23 September 2012. The program, which airs every Sunday, aims to educate viewers on different forms of Japanese culture.
The group's first single, called "Koi no Tenkiyohō", was announced in September 2012, and its music video was officially released on 30 September 2012. The single was later revealed to have been produced by Jeff Miyahara. On 17 October 2012, the single was physically released in two editions, both containing the song "Koi no Tenkiyohō" and a b-side single titled "Loving Pass – Koi no Password".
The second single, titled "Koi wa Tokimeki Chūihō", was announced on 25 December 2012 and was released on 6 February 2013.
2013: debut album, Weather Girls, and continued promotions in Japan
On 17 May 2013, it was revealed that, in January 2014, the group will take Japanese National Weather Forecasting Licence Examination to become legitimate weather forecasters in the country, in addition to their idol careers. The examination has been biannually held since 1994, reportedly with a 5 percent pass rate. For the sake of the examination, the group takes meteorological classes where licensed weather forecasters give lectures and the fans are also allowed to be present.
Their first album, named Weather Girls, was also announced on 17 May 2013 and was released on on 3 July 2013. The eponymous album was entirely produced by Jeff Miyahara and his team and contains six new studio recordings, in addition to the other four songs from the previous singles. The songs vary from dance-pop to ballad. With the theme of clouds, the concept art of the album is described as follows: "Weather Girls, wearing fluffy marshmallow clouds, come to Japan riding on 'bomb anticyclone'." The concept costumes, the cloud outfits, were also designed by Junko Isogai from Dexi.
On 19 August 2013, it was announced that their fourth single will be released in autumn 2013. The release date was later announced to be 20 November 2013. Titled "Hey Boy – Wèishéme?", the single will also be the ending of Attack Shimasukedo Nani Ka?, a new television show hosted by Weather Girls. The show starts airing on several networks from 19 October 2013.
On 6 September 2013, Secret Chores Group, a 31-episode science fiction/action/dramedy series produced by NMA, started airing in Japan. The story is set in 2030 and is about a group of six police girls played by the Weather Girls members, except Mia.
In October 2013, Dara was removed from the group. According to an official statement released by Ritz Productions on 15 October 2013, the removal was due to her repeated abandonment of work, despite its successive warnings and encouragement.
|#||Stage name||Chinese name||Date of birth||In charge of||Position|
|4||Mia||ミア||Zhuāng Xīnyí||莊心怡||12 June||Thursday||Sun||Blue|
|6||Yumi||ユミ||Lín Cǎiwēi||林采薇||5 March||Saturday||Fog||Purple||Leader|
|#||Stage name||Chinese name||Date of birth||In charge of||Active period||Grounds for retirement|
|1||Dara||ダラ||Xiǎo Nǎixī||小奶昔||7 September||Wednesday||Cloud||Red||2010–2013||Contract termination owing to repeated abandonment of work|
|#||Title||Release date||Peak position on Oricon Weekly||Medium|
|1||"Koi no Tenkiyohō"
(恋の天気予報; "Weather Forecast of Love")
|17 October 2012||Debut: #29 (17 October 2012)
Closing: #12 (21 October 2012)
|2||"Koi wa Tokimeki Chūihō"
(恋はトキメキ注意報; "Heartbeat Storm Warning is Love")
|6 February 2013||Debut: #35 (6 February 2013)||PCCA-70360
|3||"Koi no Love – Sunshine"
(恋のラブ♥サンシャイン; Koi no Rabu – Sanshain; "Love of Love – Sunshine")
|5 June 2013||Debut: #18 (4 June 2013)
Closing: #27 (13 June 2013)
|4||"Hey Boy – Wèishéme?"
(Hey Boy～為什麼？; Hey Boy～ウェイシェンモ？, Hey Boy – Ueishenmo?;
|20 November 2013||Regular,
|#||Title||Release date||Peak position on Oricon Weekly||Medium|
|1||Weather Girls||3 July 2013||#67||CD||PCCA-3859|
|1||Weather Girls TV Vol. 1||20 March 2013||DVD||PCBP-52242|
|1||Secret Chores Group
(雜務特勤組 Záwù Tèqín Zǔ; ザツムトッキングミ Zatsumutokkingumi)
- 2013: Attack Shimasukedo Nani Ka? (アタックしますけど何か？ Atakku Shimasukedo Nani Ka?)
Due to the success of Weather Girls, the Mainland China Guangdong Satellite TV set up a group of girl meteorologists called "Apple Pie" (Chinese: 苹果派; pinyin: Píngguǒ Pài) to produce the like programs in December 2011. In January 2012, NMA responded to the Chinese group with a press release describing the programs as "plagiarism" and condemning the Chinese authority for its lack of copyright protection laws.
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- "台湾お天気お姉さん"晴れて"日本デビュー！(1/2ページ)" (in Japanese). Sanspo. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
- "AKB48がミニスカでトリ！K-POPガールズは"悪魔ちゃんダンス"で会場をメロメロに＜ライブレポート＞" (in Japanese). modelpress. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
- "日曜日の特別授業！ウェザーガールズのニッポンを勉強するバラエティ" (in Japanese). tv.atcommons. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
- "台湾お天気お姉さん"晴れて"日本デビュー！(2/2ページ)" (in Japanese). Sanspo. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
- "ウェザーガールズ/恋の天気予報 [CD+DVD] [限定]" (in Japanese). CDJournal. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
- "お天気アイドル、ウェザーガールズの2ndシングルは「恋はトキメキ注意報」！" (in Japanese). CDJournal. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
- "Weather Girls – Koi no Love Sunshine". jpop-idols. 2013-04-27. Retrieved 2013-05-21.
- "ウェザーガールズ 『恋のラブサンシャイン』 衣装製作" [Costume Production for Weather Girls' "Koi no Love – Sunshine"] (in Japanese). Dexi. n.d. Retrieved 2013-09-01.
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- "Weather Girls - 日本語タイトル: WEATHER GIRLS / ウェザーガールズ" (in Japanese). CDJapan. n.d. Retrieved 2013-06-12.
- "Sexyお天気アイドルのウェザーガールズ"ふわふわのマシュマロ"" (in Japanese). Billboard Japan. 2013-06-12. Retrieved 2013-06-12.
- "Weather Girls reveals the details on their 1st album". Tokyohive. 2013-06-12. Retrieved 2013-06-15.
- "ウェザーガールズ １stアルバム 衣装製作" [Costume Production for Weather Girls' First Album] (in Japanese). Dexi. n.d. Retrieved 2013-09-01.
- "台湾"Weather Girls"亮相东京偶像女团音乐节" (in Chinese). RecordJapan. 2013-07-29. Retrieved 2013-08-04.
- "「IDOL NATION 2013」に15組のアイドルが一挙集結！" (in Japanese). OKMusic. 2013-08-11. Retrieved 2013-08-21.
- "あべ、綾部ら「バトスピ応援団」結成もSPサポーターはCOWCOWに" (in Japanese). Yoshimoto News. 2013-08-19. Retrieved 2013-08-21.
- "ウェザーガールズ" (in Japanese). Ritz Store. 2013-08-30. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
- "ウェザーガールズ」メンバー、ダラ脱退に関するお知らせ" (in Japanese). Ritz Productions. 2013-10-15. Retrieved 2013-10-15. "「ウェザーガールズ」メンバーのダラに関して、アーティスト活動の放棄などの違反行為により、ファンの皆様および関係各位に大変なご迷惑をおかけし、弊社にも多大な損害を生じさせました。ダラに対しては指導と説得を行いましたが、残念ながら改善が見られませんでした。 そのため、ダラとの専属契約を続けていくことが困難だと判断し、ダラとの専属契約を解除する運びとなりました。すでにリリース準備を終えている4thシングル「HEY BOY～ウェイシェンモ？～」におきましては、ダラ名義が入った状態で、予定通り11月20日（水）にリリースを致します。ただし、シングルリリースに関連するプロモーション活動およびその他のイベント等に、ダラは参加致しませんので、何卒ご理解くださいますようお願い申し上げます。"
- Weather Girls (2013-08-19). ぽにきゃん！アイドル倶楽部#15 ウェザーガールズのとこだけ [Ponykyan! Idol Club No. 15 (only Weather Girls cut)] (in Japanese). ein さん. Retrieved 2013-08-21.
- "新番組「アタックしますけど何か？」番宣情報" (in Japanese). Ritz Productions. 2013-10-03. Retrieved 2013-10-15. "【アタックしますけど何か？】- 放送局：メ～テレ（名古屋テレビ）- 放送日：2013年10月19日（土）から毎週土曜25：20～ - 放送局：TOKYO MX - 放送日：2013年10月21日（月）から毎週月曜25：00～"
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- Eric Jou (26-03-2012). "Taiwanese Weather Girls Ripped Off By Chinese Weather Girls". Kotaku. Retrieved 01-12-2012.
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