v-u-den (美勇伝, also romanized as Biyuuden and Viyuden) was a Hello! Project group produced by UP-FRONT AGENCY. The group was active from August 10, 2004 to June 29, 2008.

Their best selling single is "Koi no Nukegara" with 33,250 copies sold, and their lowest selling single is "Jaja Uma Paradise" with 10,236 copies sold.

Members[edit | edit source]

Ishikawa Rika
Ishikawa Rika

Miyoshi Erika
Miyoshi Erika

Okada Yui
Okada Yui

石川梨華
Jan. 19, 1985 (35)
Kanagawa
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Leader
三好絵梨香
Nov. 8, 1984 (35)
Hokkaido
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岡田唯
Dec. 28, 1987 (32)
Osaka
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History[edit | edit source]

v-u-den, November 2006

v-u-den, May 2006

v-u-den, August 2005

v-u-den, May 2005

v-u-den, March 2005

v-u-den, September 2004

2004[edit | edit source]

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.

2005[edit | edit source]

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.

2006[edit | edit source]

From April 8 until June 25, v-u-den went on tour with Goto Maki and Tsuji Nozomi during the Hello☆Pro Party~! 2006 ~Goto Maki Captain Kouen~.

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.

2007[edit | edit source]

On November 21, v-u-den released their first compilation album, v-u-den Single Best 9 Vol.1 Omaketsuki.

2008[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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.

Discography[edit | edit source]

Studio Albums
Compilation Albums

Major Singles
  1. [2004.09.23] Koi no Nukegara (恋のヌケガラ)
  2. [2005.03.02] Kacchoii ze! JAPAN (カッチョイイゼ! JAPAN)
  3. [2005.05.25] Ajisai Ai Ai Monogatari (紫陽花アイ愛物語)
  4. [2005.08.10] Hitorijime (ひとりじめ)
  5. [2005.10.05] Kurenai no Kisetsu (クレナイの季節)
  6. [2006.05.10] Issai Gassai Anata ni∮A.ge.ru♪ (一切合切 あなたに∮あ·げ·る♪)
  7. [2006.11.22] Aisu Cream to My Purin (愛すクリ~ムとMyプリン)
  8. [2007.05.23] Koisuru♡Angel♡Heart (恋する♡エンジェル♡ハート)
  9. [2007.09.26] Jaja Uma Paradise (じゃじゃ馬パラダイス)
  10. [2008.04.23] Nanni mo Iwazu ni I LOVE YOU (なんにも言わずに I LOVE YOU)

Photobooks[edit | edit source]

Group Photobooks[edit | edit source]

Concert Photobooks[edit | edit source]

Works[edit | edit source]

TV Programs[edit | edit source]

Movies[edit | edit source]

Theater[edit | edit source]

Radio[edit | edit source]

  • [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)

Internet[edit | edit source]

  • [2005.05.26] 11th Haro Pro Video Chat

Total Sales[edit | edit source]

Year Year Sales Total Sales
2004 42,754 42,754
2005 137,086 179,840
2006 51,909 231,749
2007 52,094 283,843
2008 25,815 309,658

Zoku v-u-den[edit | edit source]

Zoku v-u-den, January 2010

Zoku v-u-den, July 2009

Zoku v-u-den (続·美勇伝) 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.

Members[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

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.

In 2013, Zoku v-u-den briefly reunited with Michishige Sayumi and Sugaya Risako to perform Koisuru♡Angel♡Heart with Ishikawa Rika.

Discography[edit | edit source]

Compilations

External Links[edit | edit source]

v-u-den
Members
1st Generation Ishikawa Rika | Miyoshi Erika | Okada Yui
Zoku v-u-den Michishige Sayumi | Junjun | Sugaya Risako
Discography
Singles 1. Koi no Nukegara | 2. Kacchoii ze! JAPAN | 3. Ajisai Ai Ai Monogatari | 4.Hitorijime | 5. Kurenai no Kisetsu | 6. Issai Gassai Anata ni∮A.ge.ru♪ | 7. Aisu Cream to My Purin | 8. Koisuru♡Angel♡Heart | 9. Jaja Uma Paradise | 10. Nanni mo Iwazu ni I LOVE YOU
Other: ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL!
Albums Original: Suite Room Number 1
Best: v-u-den Single Best 9 Vol.1 Omaketsuki
Concerts & Events
Concerts

Spring Tours: 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008
Fall Tours: 2005 | 2006

Units & Other Acts
Associated Acts Morning Musume | Hello Pro Egg | Berryz Koubou
Chanpuru
Units
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

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