Buono! was a Japanese Hello! Project unit consisting of three members: Momoko Tsugunaga and Miyabi Natsuyaki from Berryz Koubou, and Airi Suzuki from Cute. The name translates into “good!” (from Italian), but in Japan has come to connote an association with food, as in “delicious.” All three members of Buono! originate from Chiba Prefecture. The unit disbanded on May 22, 2017.
- History of Buono!
The unit “Buono” was officially announced at the Nakayoshi magazine Festival 2007 on July 21, 2007, at Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, and formed to sing both the opening (“Kokoro no Tamago”) and ending (“Honto no Jibun”) themes for the anime adaptation of the Shugo Chara! manga. Buono! continued to record the ending and opening themes for the first season of the anime. As of the second season, Buono! only recorded the ending themes, as the opening themes were handled by Shugo Chara Egg! and Guardians 4, two other groups formed for the sake of performing Shugo Chara! music. On March 10, 2008, a collaboration album with Guardians 4 and Shugo Chara!Egg was released titled as Shugo Chara!Song Best, and on the same day a DVD titled as “Shugo Chara! Clips Best” was released with the same artists Guardians 4 and Shugo Chara!Egg.
On March 7, 2009, Hello! Project announced that Buono! was to perform at the Japan Expo in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 24, 2009, but the convention was cancelled a month earlier on April 21, 2009, due to “the financial change in world economy, severe competition from other festivals/concerts as well as poor ticket sales.”
In December 2010, Buono! left the Pony Canyon label and moved to the Zetima label. Their 11th single (and first single under the Zetima Label), Zassou No Uta, was released on February 2, 2011.
In February 2012, Buono! performed in Paris, France with a sold-out concert of 800 people.
On June 25, 2012, Buono! took part in Yubi Matsuri, an idol festival produced by Rino Sashihara from AKB48. The concert was held at Nippon Budokan before a crowd of 8,000 people and featured such girl groups as Idoling!!!, Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku, Super Girls, Tokyo Girls’ Style, Nogizaka46, Passpo, Momoiro Clover Z, and Watarirouka Hashiritai 7.
Miyabi Natsuyaki announced on her official Instagram account that Buono! will return August 25, 2016. This will be her first performance with the members since Berryz Koubou went on indefinite hiatus in 2015.
After spending four years inactive, Buono! returned in 2016 with the song “So La Ti Do ~Hey, Hey~” and a sold-out live event titled Buono! Festa 2016 held on August 25, 2016.
Around the second half of 2016, both Tsugunaga and Suzuki announced that they would be leaving Hello! Project in June 2017. On May 22nd, 2017, Buono! had their final concert, Buono! Live 2017 ~Pienezza~, at the Yokohama Arena. Performing guests included Cute, Country Girls, and Natsuyaki’s band Pink Cres. 15,000 people attended the concert. The event was also broadcast on Nico Nico Live.
- Buono! Live 2009: Hybrid Punch
- Buono! First Live 2009: Winter Festa (December 2009)
- Buono! Live Tour 2010: We are Buono! (May 19, 2010)
- Buono! Live Tour 2011 Winter Re;Buono (2011)
- Buono! 2011 Summer Concert Tour: Rock n’ Buono! 4 (2011)
- Buono! 2012 Live “Real” (2012)
[Buono! LIVE 2011 Winter – Re;Buono! (English subs)]
[Buono! First Love Cuder MV]
[Buono! Love You All Minna Daisuki 2009]
[Buono! Kokoro no Tamago Dance Shot Ver Subs]
[Buono! -Hybrid ☆ Punch- Janakya Mottainai!]