Petitmoni (プッチモニ) was the second official sub-group of the J-pop idol group Morning Musume, which was active from 1999 to 2003.

Petitmoni's highest selling single is "Chokotto LOVE" with 1,123,610 copies sold, while their lowest selling single is "Pittari Shitai X'mas!" with 300,320 copies sold.

Members[edit | edit source]

Petitmoni, November 2001

Petitmoni, GiRLPOP 2000

Petitmoni, GiRLPOP 2000

ASAYAN announcing the new un-named unit (October 1999)

Founding Members (1999)[edit | edit source]

First Addition (2000)[edit | edit source]

Second Addition (2002)[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

1999[edit | edit source]

On October 3, Tsunku announced on ASAYAN his plan of creating a new sub-unit using members from Morning Musume. He revealed that the members will be Ichii Sayaka, Yasuda Kei and Goto Maki.

On October 24, the new sub-unit was named Pucchimoni. Tsunku suggested several names, before deciding, like: Naminaminami (並並並), Chuchuchu (中中中), Ichigoppo (15っぽ), Ichigotamotsu (市後保), 8-3=5, C.V.S. (Convenience Sisters), MINIMONI (MINIモニ), Pucchi, Yanmoni, Morning Compact, Dejimoni, Dejideji, Dejideji Morning, Young Musume, Moniyan, and Pucchi Musume (プッチ娘。). He then chose three names; Puchimoni, Yanmoni, and Konmoni as the top three suggestions. Ichii liked the name Konmoni the best, while Yasuda and Goto liked Pucchimoni.

On October 31, ASAYAN aired footage of the jacket shooting and the recording of the title track. (On the previous epsiode they had aired the recording of the coupling song). They also announced the title of the single as Chokotto LOVE. Tsunku later revealed in a 2013 interview that the original title for the song first was "Konya wa Chicken Rice".[1]

On the November 7 episode of ASAYAN they revealed footage from the recording and played the whole song for the first time.

On November 21, they performed the song live on TV (in the ASAYAN studios) for the first time

On November 25, Chokotto LOVE was released. The song was a spiritual sequel to LOVE Machine, Morning Musume's first million seller.

On November 28, the PV (full version) aired on TV for the first time.[2]

On November 30, Pucchimoni watched the countdown for the Oricon charts to see how their single placed. They were up against Misia's "Wasurenai Hibi" and "Sweetness", Yuzu's "Kokoro no Mama ni", Utada Hikaru's "Addicted To You", and Chara + YUKI's "Ai no Hi Mittsu Orange", but managed to place 1st with 287,110 copies sold. It went on to sell more than one million copies.

2000[edit | edit source]

On May 21, Ichii graduated from Hello! Project, Morning Musume and Petitmoni at Morning Musume Live Hatsu no Budokan ~Dancing Love Site 2000 Haru~.

On June 18, Tsunku said on an episode of ASAYAN that Petitmoni was going to go through an image change. He also added Yoshizawa Hitomi to the group.

THey released their second single on July 26.

2001-2004[edit | edit source]

After Goto graduated and Yasuda's graduation was announced, the group's formation changed yet again. Coconuts Musume member Ayaka was the first non-Morning Musume member to join, along with 5th generation Morning Musume member Ogawa Makoto. Yoshizawa became the new leader. This lineup never released a single, but they did release a remake of "Chokotto LOVE" (titled "Chokotto LOVE (2003 Version)") which was included in Petit Best 3. They also released a new song, titled "WOW WOW WOW," which was included in the Petit Best 4.

2013-2018[edit | edit source]

In January 2013, Yasuda and Yoshizawa briefly returned to the stage for Hello! Project's 15th anniversary tour, where Yoshizawa and members of Petitmoni V performed BABY! Koi ni KNOCK OUT!, while Yasuda performed "Chokotto LOVE" with S/mileage.

On August 8, 2018, Petitmoni reunited with Ichii, Yasuda, and Yoshizawa performing "Chokotto LOVE" during Hello! Project 20th Anniversary!! Hello! Project 2018 SUMMER. They also performed Happy Summer Wedding with Yaguchi Mari. This was Ichii's first time performing with Hello! Project in 18 years. However, the footage was not released due to Yoshizawa's subsequent arrest and scandal that led to her retiring from the entertainment industry.

Discography[edit | edit source]

Works[edit | edit source]

Photobooks[edit | edit source]

  • [2001.04.25] Petitmoni Photobook (プッチモニ写真集)

Magazines[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Rumors say that the choice of the founding members was because of Goto’s success in Morning Musume, and the fact that Yasuda and Ichii had sung a catchy song (Otome no Shinrigaku) as a duo on Morning Musume's second album.
  • Nakazawa Yukosaid in an interview on FUN in August 2000 that she had wanted to be a member of Petitmoni. Yasuda replied humorously saying that the concept of the unit is bright, cheerful and young so Nakazawa wouldn't be a good fit.

Petitmoni V[edit | edit source]

Petitmoni V, July 2009

Petitmoni V (プッチモニV) was a Hello! Project unit, a revival group of Petitmoni. The unit was revived in 2009 alongside the other Chanpuru units.

Members[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

After 6 years on hiatus, Petitmoni was revived as Petitmoni V alongside various other units in 2009.

The new line-up recorded "Kimi ga Iru Dake de" for Chanpuru ① ~Happy Marriage Song Cover Shuu~, and later performed a new original song, "Pira! Otome no Negai" at that year's summer concert tour. "Pira! Otome no Negai" was then featured in Petit Best 10.

Petitmoni V's last performance was during the Hello! Project 2011 WINTER ~Kangei Shinsen Matsuri~ A gana Live, after which the unit became inactive.

In January 2013, Petitmoni V briefly reunited for Hello! Project's 15th anniversary tour, performing alongside Yoshizawa Hitomi.

Discography[edit | edit source]

Compilation Albums
1999 Ichii Sayaka | Yasuda Kei | Goto Maki
2000 Yoshizawa Hitomi
2002 Ogawa Makoto | Ayaka
Petitmoni V Nakajima Saki | Hagiwara Mai | Mano Erina
Singles 1. Chokotto LOVE | 2. Seishun Jidai 1.2.3! / Bicycle Daiseikou! | 3. BABY! Koi ni KNOCK OUT! | 4. Pittari Shitai X'mas!
Albums Original: Zenbu! Petitmoni
Best: Tanpopo / Petitmoni Mega Best
Other The★Petitmobics | Petitmoni Single V Clips ①
Units & Other Acts
Associated Acts Morning Musume | Coconuts Musume | ℃-ute | Mano Erina
High-King Takahashi Ai | Tanaka Reina | Shimizu Saki | Yajima Maimi | Maeda Yuuka
Tanpopo# Kamei Eri | Mitsui Aika | Kumai Yurina | Okai Chisato
Petitmoni V Mano Erina | Nakajima Saki | Hagiwara Mai
Shin Minimoni. Linlin | Fukuda Kanon | Takeuchi Akari | Miyamoto Karin
Aa! Natsuyaki Miyabi | Suzuki Airi | Saho Akari
ZYX-α Niigaki Risa | Kusumi Koharu | Umeda Erika | Tsugunaga Momoko | Tokunaga Chinami | Sudo Maasa | Wada Ayaka | Ogawa Saki
Zoku v-u-den Michishige Sayumi | Junjun | Sugaya Risako
Discography Featured In
Albums As Chanpuru: Chanpuru ① ~Happy Marriage Song Cover Shuu~ | Petit Best 10
Other: Hello! Project no Zenkyoku kara Atsumechaimashita! Vol. 4 (Petitmoni V only)
DVDs As Chanpuru: Hello! Project DVD Magazine Vol.21
Concerts Featured In
Hello! Project As Chanpuru: 2009 SUMMER | 2010 WINTER | 2010 SUMMER | 2011 WINTER
Other: 2013 Fuyu (High-King, Petitmoni V, ZYX-α, Zoku v-u-den only) | Berryz Koubou Matsuri (High-King, Aa!, ZYX only) | COUNTDOWN PARTY 2016 (Tanpopo# only)
Units & Other Acts
Associated Acts Morning Musume | Berryz Koubou | ℃-ute | Mano Erina | S/mileage | Mobekimasu | Buono! | Guardians 4 | Shugo Chara Egg! | Hello Pro Egg
  1. [1]Hello! Project COMPLETE SINGLE BOOK Interviews: Tsunku♂
  2. ASAYAN November 28, 1999
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