Marui City, Shibuya, Tokyo, 7 July 2013.
FLTR: Mia, Hijon, Mini, Yumi, NueNue, Dara and Esse.
|Origin||Republic of China|
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 Japanese idols from the Republic of China (Taiwan). Originally, the group was formed in 2010 and acted as weather forecasters on television and internet for Taiwan and the United States. After attracting much attention in Japan, seven of its members, one for each day of the week, have been selected to debut in Japan as a musical group in late 2012. They are the first Taiwanese girl group to come to Japan.
The incumbent members are Hijon for Monday, Esse for Tuesday, Ria for Wednesday, Mia for Thursday, Mini for Friday, Yumi for Saturday and NueNue for Sunday. Former Wednesday Girl, Dara, vacated the membership in late 2013.
- 1 History
- 2 Controversy
- 3 Members
- 4 Discography
- 5 Filmography
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Next TV Broadcasting Ltd., which runs Next Media Animation or NMA television station, wanted to produce a daily weather forecast program to be distributed in English, Japanese and Mandarin 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 weather forecasters whose duties were to merely report weather or, actually, to "keep eyes glued on TV sets", not to serve as meteorologists. Sunday Girl NueNue, who has later been one of the members selected to form an idol group in Japan, stated that "we all learn about it a bit in school [...], though I still don't know too much about weather forecasting." According to her, the idea of NMA was to "make weather fun" since "weather reports are usually dull because it's just someone telling you that it's going to be sunny or it's going to rain, etc."
As for the program, each day of the week was hosted by a different girl who would deliver a short message to viewers in an adorable manner and each month was 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 had also been used.
On television, the forecasts were broadcast daily during the afternoon, evening, and late news. The program was terminated and the group was dissolved after some of its members became an idol group in Japan.
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 debut in Japan as an idol group, also titled "Weather Girls". They are the first Taiwanese girl group to come to Japan.
The news of Weather Girls debut was officially announced on 8 August 2012. In Japan, the group is under Pony Canyon and is represented by Ritz Productions. Jeff Miyahara is the producer of the group. A Pony Canyon representative said that "Weather Girls [...] have been born out of Taiwanese culture where so many creators have been influenced by Japanese culture, like games and anime. On top of that, a performance that involves dancing while announcing the weather is fresh and interesting, so the girls have individuality." Moreover, Saturday Girl Yumi, leader of the group, stated that they wish to appear on Kōhaku Uta Gassen (紅白歌合戦?), an annual music show having been broadcast since 1951, and to become weather forecasters in Japan as well.
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 @TV Akihabara (@TV秋葉原?) since 23 September 2012. The program, which airs every Sunday, aims to educate viewers on different forms of Japanese culture.
Their first single, called "Koi no Tenkiyohō", was announced in September 2012 and its music video was officially released on 30 September 2012. On 17 October 2012, the single was physically released in two editions, both containing the title track and a b-side track titled "Loving Pass – Koi no Password".
The second single, "Koi wa Tokimeki Chūihō", was announced on 25 December 2012 and was released on 6 February 2013.
2013: first 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 held biannually since 1994, reportedly with a five 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 3 July 2013. The eponymous album contains six new songs and four hit 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.
From their debut to the end of July 2013, the group has made a total of one hundred and one public performances. On 11 August 2013, the group performed at the A-Nation festival again as the opening act.
On 19 August 2013, it was announced that their fourth single, titled "Hey Boy – Wèishénme?", will be released in autumn 2013. The release date was later announced to be 20 November 2013. The title track also served as the ending theme of Attack Shimasukedo Nani Ka?, a new television show hosted by Weather Girls. The show started to be broadcast by several networks on 19 October 2013.
On 6 September 2013, Secret Chores Group, a thirty one episode science fiction, action and 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.
2014: New member and fifth single
On 24 January 2014, a Taiwanese girl, Ria, has been selected to replace Dara as Wednesday Girl. At the same time, it was announced that the fifth single of Weather Girls, "Tomorrow World", will be released on 5 March 2014. Participation of Ria starts from this single onwards.
The title track, "Tomorrow World", is deemed to be a new aspect of Weather Girls, as it is the group's first medium tempo song. Furthermore, its lyrics are about graduation season after which a new world of the graduated will begin, and convey the significance of friendship, whilst most of their earlier released songs concern natural seasons and romantic love.
The music video of "Tomorrow World" was premiered on 17 February 2014. It was shot on the rooftop of a five hundred metre tall building in Taipei with certain landmark buildings in the background, including Taipei 101 and Taipei City Hall.
Furthermore, on 27 January 2014, the Content Overseas Distribution Association or CODA, a private organisation supported by Japanese and Taiwanese government agencies and having the objective to promote international copyright protection, stated that Weather Girls are appointed as Japanese–Taiwanese Goodwill Ambassadors. Officially called the "Japanese–Taiwanese Copyright Protection Commanders" (日台著作権保護隊長 Hidai Chosakukenhogo Taichō?), their roles concern the promotion of anti-piracy campaigns in both countries. The appointment ceremony was held at the Spot Hushan art museum, Huashan 1914 Creative Park, Taipei, on 22 February 2014.
On 28 January 2014, International Games System released a dance video game, We Dancing Online 3, which features Weather Girls as new characters as well as their hit song "Koi no Tenkiyohō". The game also includes the costumes and scenes which appear in their music videos.
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.
|#||Stage name||Birth name||Date of birth||In charge of||Position|
|Zhèng Yítíng||鄭宜婷||27 September||Monday||Lightning||Green|
|Liú Huìyīng||劉慧英||18 August||Tuesday||Rain||Orange|
|Lín Wénjié||林彣潔||8 October||Wednesday||Cloud||Red|
|Zhuāng Xīnyí||莊心怡||12 June||Thursday||Sun||Blue|
|Lín Yíhuì||林怡慧||30 June||Friday||Snow||Pink|
|Lín Cǎiwēi||林采薇||5 March||Saturday||Fog||Purple||Leader|
|Zhào Jìngyí||趙靜儀||4 October||Sunday||Wind||Yellow|
|#||Stage name||Birth name||Date of birth||In charge of||Active period||Grounds for retirement|
|1||Dara||ダラ||Zhuō Xījié||卓昔潔||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 – Wèishénme?"
(Hey Boy～為什麼？; Hey Boy～ウェイシェンモ？, Hey Boy – Ueishenmo?;
|20 November 2013||Debut: #54 (20 November 2013)||Regular,
|5||"Tomorrow World"||5 March 2014||PCCA-4001
|#||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?)
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