Hello! Project Shuffle Unit (ハロー!プロジェクトシャッフルユニット) was the name given to special annual units in Hello! Project composed of mixed members from current major units. Beginning in 2000, Shuffle Units were created for the purpose of shuffling around these members for releases and concerts as well as to promote friendly competition with a season-long collaboration to see which shuffle unit was able to sell the most copies of their single. By 2003, the competition idea was dropped and unit songs were all sold on the same single.

Shuffle Units were generally composed three to a year, included all current members of Hello! Project, and given a "theme" for their groups. The style of each song in a given year was varied; however, the groups all shared the same B-side.

After 2005, the concept of Shuffle Units was abandoned in favor of splitting Hello! Project into Wonderful Hearts and Elder Club due to the size of Hello! Project. These groups were followed by Hello! Project Mobekimasu, an all-member group similar to H.P. All Stars special unit. In recent years, concerts have simply featured random and unofficial shuffling of members.

2000 Shuffle Units[edit | edit source]

The theme for the 2000 Shuffle Units Akagumi 4, Aoiro 7, and Kiiro 5 was "Colors" ("Red", "Blue", and "Yellow" respectively). The B-side for this years singles was "Hello! no Theme", a pop-song that is now considered Hello! Project's theme song.

Due to the disbanding of T&C Bomber and graduation of some members shortly following the shuffle releases, 4th generation Morning Musume members Ishikawa Rika, Yoshizawa Hitomi, Kago Ai, and Tsuji Nozomi, as well as soloist Maeda Yuki, filled in as alternates during concerts and performances.

2001 Shuffle Units[edit | edit source]

The theme for the 2001 Shuffle Units 3nin Matsuri, 7nin Matsuri, and 10nin Matsuri was "Festival" ("Cute Festival", "Raggae Festival", and "Traditional Fesitval" respectively). The B-side for this years singles was "Hello! Mata Aou Ne".

2002 Shuffle Units[edit | edit source]

The theme for the 2002 Shuffle Units Happy♡7, Sexy 8, and Odoru♡11 was "Happy" ("Happy", "Sexy", and "Festival Barbie" respectively). The B-side for this years singles was "Yoku Aru Oyako no Serenade".

2003 Shuffle Units[edit | edit source]

The theme for the 2003 Shuffle Units SALT5, 7AIR, and 11WATER was "Elements". The B-side for this years singles was "Oh! Be My Friend".

This is the first year in which all songs by the Shuffle Units were combined into one released single.

2004 Shuffle Unit[edit | edit source]

For 2004, there were no shuffle units. Instead, all 46 members of Hello! Project joined to form the special unit H.P. All Stars.

2005 Shuffle Units[edit | edit source]

The theme for the 2005 Shuffle Units Elegies, Sexy Otonajan, and Puripuri Pink was "Elegance". There was no B-side for this year.

The last group of shuffle units.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Hello! Project Shuffle Unit
Shuffle Units
2000
Akagumi 4 1st Gen: Shinoda Miho | Nakazawa Yuko | Danielle | Goto Maki
2nd Gen: Maeda Yuki | Yoshizawa Hitomi
Kiiro 5 1st Gen: Honda Ruru | Heike Michiyo | Yasuda Kei | Abe Natsumi | Ayaka
2nd Gen: Kago Ai
Aoiro 7 1st Gen: Inaba Atsuko | Kominato Miwa | Iida Kaori | Yaguchi Mari | Lehua | Ichii Sayaka | Mika
2nd Gen: Ishikawa Rika | Tsuji Nozomi
2001
3nin Matsuri Ishikawa Rika | Matsuura Aya | Kago Ai
7nin Matsuri Heike Michiyo | Ayaka | Yaguchi Mari | Lehua | Shibata Ayumi | Asami | Goto Maki
10nin Matsuri Yasuda Kei | Rinne | Murakami Megumi | Iida Kaori | Abe Natsumi | Saito Hitomi | Otani Masae | Mika | Yoshizawa Hitomi | Tsuji Nozomi
2002
Happy♡7 Saito Hitomi | Mika | Asami | Takahashi Ai | Ogawa Makoto | Kago Ai | Niigaki Risa
Sexy 8 Heike Michiyo | Ayaka | Otani Masae | Yaguchi Mari | Satoda Mai | Ishikawa Rika | Yoshizawa Hitomi | Goto Maki
Odoru♡11 Ishii Rika | Yasuda Kei | Rinne | Murata Megumi | Iida Kaori | Abe Natsumi | Shibata Ayumi | Fujimoto Miki | Matsuura Aya | Konno Asami | Tsuji Nozomi
2003
SALT5 Maeda Yuki | Abe Natsumi (Leader) | Matsuura Aya | Ogawa Makoto | Kago Ai
7AIR Inaba Atsuko | Otani Masae | Satoda Mai | Mika | Ishikawa Rika (Leader) | Takahashi Ai | Niigaki Risa
11WATER Murata Megumi | Iida Kaori (Leader) | Ayaka | Saito Hitomi | Yaguchi Mari | Shibata Ayumi | Asami | Fujimoto Miki | Yoshizawa Hitomi | Konno Asami | Tsuji Nozomi
2004
H.P. All Stars Morning Musume | Nakazawa Yuko | Abe Natsumi | Yasuda Kei | Goto Maki | Inaba Atsuko | Coconuts Musume Ayaka | Melon Kinenbi | Country Musume | W | Maeda Yuki | Matsuura Aya | Hello! Project Kids | Berryz Koubou | v-u-den
2005
Elegies Satoda Mai | Shibata Ayumi | Takahashi Ai | Tanaka Reina
Sexy Otonajan Fujimoto Miki | Murakami Megumi | Natsuyaki Miyabi
Puripuri Pink Nakazawa Yuko | Inaba Atsuko | Yasuda Kei | Iida Kaori
Discography
Singles Akai Nikkichou / Kiiroi Osora de BOOM BOOM BOOM / Aoi Sports Car no Otoko | Chu! Natsu Party / Summer Reggae! Rainbow / Dancing! Natsu Matsuri | Shiawase Beam! Suki Suki Beam! / Shiawase Desu ka? / Shiawase Kyouryuu Ondo | Kowarenai Ai ga Hoshii no / GET UP! Rapper / BE ALL RIGHT! | ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL! | Onna, Kanashii, Otona / Inshouha Renoir no You ni / Hitoshirezu Mune wo Kanaderu Yoru no Aki
Albums Hello! Project Shuffle Unit Mega Best
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