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.
- Main article: Petitmoni Members
Founding Members (1999)
First Addition (2000)
- Yoshizawa Hitomi (2000-2003)
Second Addition (2002)
On October 24, the new sub-unit was named Petitmoni. Tsunku suggested several names before making a decision: 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), Petit, Yanmoni, Morning Compact, Dejimoni, Dejideji, Dejideji Morning, Young Musume, Moniyan, and Petit Musume (プッチ娘。). He then chose three names: Petitmoni, Yanmoni, and Konmoni as the top three suggestions. Ichii liked the name Konmoni the best, while Yasuda and Goto liked Petitmoni.
On October 31, ASAYAN aired footage of the jacket shooting and the recording of the title track. (On the previous episode 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".
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 28, the PV (full version) aired on TV for the first time.
On November 30, Petitmoni 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.
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.
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.
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.
- [2001.04.25] Petitmoni Photobook (プッチモニ写真集)
- [1999/2000] GIRLPOP Hello! Project Special
- 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 Yuko said 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.
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.
- Compilation Albums
- [2009.07.15] Chanpuru ① ~Happy Marriage Song Cover Shuu~ (#5 Kimi ga Iru Dake de)
- [2009.12.02] Petit Best 10 (#4 Pira! Otome no Negai)
- [2014.07.09] Hello! Project no Zenkyoku kara Atsumechaimashita! Vol. 4 (#3 Pira! Otome no Negai)
- Hello! Project COMPLETE SINGLE BOOK Interviews: Tsunku♂
- ASAYAN November 28, 1999