- 1 Members
- 2 History
- 3 Group Name Origin
- 4 Discography
- 5 Photobooks
- 6 Works
- 7 Total Sales
- 8 Zoku v-u-den
- 9 External Links
Jan. 19, 1985 (36)
Nov. 8, 1984 (36)
Dec. 28, 1987 (33)
In August, it was announced that a new Hello! Project group would be formed with Ishikawa Rika, who had announced her graduation from Morning Musume in May. She would be the leader of the new unit v-u-den, alongside 2003 Hello! Project Shin Unit Audition winner Miyoshi Erika, and Hello Pro Egg Audition 2004 winner Okada Yui. Ishikawa would be a concurrent member of both Morning Musume and v-u-den until her impending graduation in 2005.
On September 23, v-u-den released their debut single, "Koi no Nukegara". The group performed the song for the first time during the Morning Musume Concert Tour "The BEST of Japan Natsu ~ Aki '04", where they appeared as guests.
From October 4 until December 24, the group hosted their own short 10-minute television show, Majokko Rikachan no Magical Biyuuden, on TV Tokyo and TV Hokkaido.
On March 5, Miyoshi and Okada released a joint photobook, hello!x2 Miyoshi Erika & Okada Yui from v-u-den.
On April 3, the group's radio show, v-u-den B.B.L. began airing.
On May 7, Ishikawa Rika officially graduated from Morning Musume at the Morning Musume Concert Tour 2005 Haru ~Dai 6kan Hit Mankai!~, where v-u-den appeared as guests. Afterwards, she dedicated herself to being the leader of v-u-den full-time.
From May 28 to June 11, v-u-den held their first solo concert tour, v-u-den First Concert Tour 2005 Haru ~v-u-densetsu~.
On August 27, v-u-den performed in Singapore at the Japan Music Fiesta 2005 Singapore.
On October 26, the group released their first studio album, Suite Room Number 1.
From August 1 until August 27, the v-u-den members had roles in Morning Musume's stage play, Ribbon no Kishi The Musical.
On September 30, the group's radio show, v-u-den B.B.L. finished airing. On the same day, the movie Sukeban Deka Codename Asamiya Saki, starring v-u-den as supporting characters, was released in theaters. Ishikawa played the antagonist, while Miyoshi and Okada played the friends of the heroine.
On November 21, v-u-den released their first compilation album, v-u-den Single Best 9 Vol.1 Omaketsuki.
On January 25, the group released their photobook, fleur de fleur. The following day, it was announced that v-u-den would disband at the last stop of the v-u-den Concert Tour 2008 Shoka v-u-densetsu V ~Saishuu Densetsu~.
On April 23, v-u-den released their last single, "Nanni mo Iwazu ni I LOVE YOU", a cover of Morning Musume's original song by the same name. The single featured original solo songs by each of the three members as b-side tracks.
On June 29, v-u-den officially disbanded. All three members remained in Hello! Project as soloists until the Elder Club's collective graduation on March 31, 2009. Afterwards, the three members continued being active individually as solo talents.
Group Name Origin
- 美 bi (び) : beauty
- 勇 yuu (ゆう) : bravery
- 伝 den (でん) : legend
美勇伝 is found romanized in several ways on the Internet, including "v-u-den," "Biyuuden," and "vi-yu-den," among others. There is evidence that references each of the above spellings of the name, including their costumes in the H.P. All Stars video, their singles, their photobooks and magazine articles. Which one is correct depends on the romanization system you use or on how Tsunku is feeling on any particular day.
The differences in romanization are largely due to a misunderstanding of the sound being pronounced. The Japanese language doesn't really have a "V" sound. So while the group's name may be spelled with a V, it will be pronounced as a "B" sound by native Japanese speakers.
- Studio Albums
- [2005.10.26] Suite Room Number 1 (スイートルームナンバー1)
- Compilation Albums
- [2007.11.21] v-u-den Single Best 9 Vol.1 Omaketsuki (美勇伝シングルベスト9 Vol.1おまけつき)
- Major Singles
- [2004.09.23] Koi no Nukegara (恋のヌケガラ)
- [2005.03.02] Kacchoii ze! JAPAN (カッチョイイゼ! JAPAN)
- [2005.05.25] Ajisai Ai Ai Monogatari (紫陽花アイ愛物語)
- [2005.08.10] Hitorijime (ひとりじめ)
- [2005.10.05] Kurenai no Kisetsu (クレナイの季節)
- [2006.05.10] Issai Gassai Anata ni∮A.ge.ru♪ (一切合切 あなたに∮あ·げ·る♪)
- [2006.11.22] Aisu Cream to My Purin (愛すクリ~ムとMyプリン)
- [2007.05.23] Koisuru♡Angel♡Heart (恋する♡エンジェル♡ハート)
- [2007.09.26] Jaja Uma Paradise (じゃじゃ馬パラダイス)
- [2008.04.23] Nanni mo Iwazu ni I LOVE YOU (なんにも言わずに I LOVE YOU)
- MV Compilations
- [2006.03.15] v-u-den Single V Clips 1
- [2008.04.30] v-u-den Single V Clips 2 ~Arigatou v-u-den Debut Kara no Daizenshuu~
- Concert DVDs
- [2005.08.17] v-u-den First Concert Tour 2005 Haru ~v-u-densetsu~
- [2006.02.25] v-u-den Live Tour 2005 Aki v-u-densetsu II ~Kurenai no Kisetsu~
- [2007.03.07] v-u-den Live Tour 2006 Aki v-u-densetsu III ~Aisu CREAM to My Purin~
- [2007.08.08] v-u-den Concert Tour 2007 Shoka v-u-densetsu IV ~Usagi to Tenshi~
- [2008.09.17] v-u-den Concert Tour 2008 Shoka v-u-densetsu V ~Saishuu Densetsu~
- [2005.03.05] hello!x2 Miyoshi Erika & Okada Yui from v-u-den (ハロハロ！ 三好絵梨香＆岡田唯 写真集from美勇伝) (without Ishikawa Rika)
- [2006.01.12] fleur de fleur
- [2005.07.29] v-u-den First Concert Tour 2005 Haru ~v-u-densetsu~ (美勇伝 ファーストコンサートツアー2005春 ～美勇伝説～)
- [2005.10.11] Hello! Project 2005 Natsu no Kayou Show -'05 Selection! Collection!- w & v-u-den (Hello! Project 2005 夏の歌謡ショー '05 セレクション!コレクション! w&v-u-den) (with W)
- [2006.04.07] Abe Natsumi & v-u-den in Hello! Project 2006 Winter (安倍なつみ&美勇伝in Hello! Project 2006 Winter) (with Abe Natsumi)
- [2004-2007] Hello! Morning (ハロー！モーニング。)
-  Majokko Rikachan no Magical Biyuuden (魔女っ娘。梨華ちゃんのマジカル美勇伝)
-  Musume DOKYU! (娘DOKYU!)
-  Sukeban Deka: Codename = Asamiya Saki (スケバン刑事 コードネーム=麻宮サキ)
-  Ribbon no Kishi The Musical (リボンの騎士 ザ・ミュージカル)
- [2004.04.03-2006.09.30] B.B.L.
- [2005.02.04-2005.05.18] Hello Pro Yanen! (ハロプロやねん!)
- [2005.08.12] All Night Nippon (オールナイトニッポン)
- [2006.10.06-2007.03.30] v-u-den beauty hour 21 (美勇伝 beauty hour 21)
- [2007.04.06-2008.06.27] v-u-den Miyoshi・Okada no Konya wa Futaribocchi (美勇伝 三好・岡田の今夜はふたりぼっち) (without Ishikawa Rika)
- [2005.05.26] 11th Haro Pro Video Chat
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Zoku v-u-den (続·美勇伝; v-u-den Continued) is a Chanpuru unit formed in 2009 consisting of Morning Musume members Michishige Sayumi and Junjun, and Berryz Koubou member Sugaya Risako. Zoku v-u-den is the revival unit of v-u-den and was initially created for the Hello! Project 2009 SUMMER Kakumei Gannen ~Hello! Chanpuru~ concert and the Chanpuru ① ~Happy Marriage Song Cover Shuu~ album.
In 2009, v-u-den was revived as Zoku v-u-den with a new line-up consisting of Michishige Sayumi and Junjun from Morning Musume, and Sugaya Risako from Berryz Koubou. Their first song was a cover of "ONLY YOU" by BOØWY on the Chanpuru ① ~Happy Marriage Song Cover Shuu~ album.
On December 15, 2010, Junjun graduated from Morning Musume and Hello! Project, effectively leaving the group.
In 2011, Zoku v-u-den performed their first concert as a duo (without Junjun) at the Hello! Project 2011 WINTER ~Kangei Shinsen Matsuri~ A gana Live, performing Ai ~Suite Room~ and Renai Sentai Shitsu Ranger" This was their last performance as a group before the Chanpuru units became inactive.
- [2009.07.15] Chanpuru ① ~Happy Marriage Song Cover Shuu~ (#10 ONLY YOU)