Onyanko Club


The biggest and the BEST! As far as membership size and quality went, nobody beat the Onyanko Club (means "Kitten Club"). The enourmous group produced such celebrities as Sayuri Kokusho, Marina Watanabe, Shizuka Kudo, Akiko Ikuina, Makiko Saito, Minayo Watanabe, Mamiko Takai, Satomi Fukunaga, Sonoko Kawai, Eri Nitta, Akie Yoshizawa and Yuuyu (Yukiko Iwai). Three sub-groups also emerged - Nyangilas, Ushiroyubi Sasaregumi and Ushirogami Hikaretai. The Onyanko Club had their own TV show called Yuyake Nyan Nyan (means "sunset meow meow"). Here they would showcase their latest songs and interview other idols. They would also audition new members right on the show and vote in the ones ones they liked. Male audience members could compete in a contest for the opportunity of having their picture taken with their favourite Nyan Nayn. The girls traveled to various locations (even San Francisco and Los Angeles!) for shoots and the later episodes got wackier having contests such as members competing (arm-wrestling!) to see who would get to sing their latest single on the show.

The club had 2 strict rules - no smoking and no boyfriends - which is why a few members were expelled or dropped out. In the end, Onyanko Club counted 52 members! The show was even featured on another TV series "Sukeban Deka II."

above: the Onyanko Club on vacation in San Francisco and Disneyland, California

They had such hits as "Oyoshinenatte ne Teacher", "Maaka na Jitensha", "Valentine Day Kiss" and the classic "Sela Fuku o Nugasanai de" (who doesn't know this song???). The rotating membership allowed them to replace any members that went solo and recruit new talent. Everybody had a favourite Nyan Nyan.

Onyanko Club's final concert was on September 9, 1987. 30 current and former members got together for a one night only show to say their last farewells to their fans. It was one of the darkest days in idol history. ONYANKO!!!

The Onyanko Club were guest stars twice on Sukeban Deka II.
Akie Yoshizawa is front row, second from left playing the character of Yukino Yajima.
Yoko "Nanno" Minamino is front row, center, as Saki Asamiya II,
and Haruko Sagara is to her right as Kyoko Nakamura.


Can you name all of these Nyan Nyans?

The line up for the Final Concert 9/9/87.

The infamous "Sela Fuku o Nugasanai de" single

ROLL CALL

 01  Mika Okuda  02  Michiko Enokida  03  Kayoko Yoshino
 04  Eri Nitta  05  Miharu Nakajima  06  Aki Kihara
 07  Mamiko Tomoda  08  Sayuri Kokusho  09  Mika Nagoya
 10  Mayumi Sato  11  Satomi Fukunaga  12  Sonoko Kawai
 13  Kazuko Utsumi  14  Harumi Tomikawa  15  Rika Tatsumi
 16  Mamiko Takai  17  Sanae Junoichi  18  Ruriko Nagata
 19  Yukiko "Yuuyu" Iwai  20  Yoko Teramoto  21  Tamaki Gomioka
 22  Mako Shiraishi  23  Kaori Hayashi  24  Fumiyo Mita
 25  Akie Yoshizawa  26  Akasaka Yoshie  27  Aki Matsumoto
 28  Mutsumi Yokota  29  Watanabe Minayo  30  Chiaki Mikami
 31  Yuko Yajima  32  Susan Kumiko Yamamoto  33  Tomoko Fukawa
 34  Mami Yumioka  35  Takako Okamoto  36  Marina Watanabe
 37  Kaori Onuki  38  Shizuka Kudo  39  Maki Takabatake
 40  Akiko Ikuina  41  Noriko Kaise  42  Makiko Saito
 43  Toshie Moriya  44  Naoko Takada  45  Yumiko Yoshida
 46  Sanae Nakajima  47  Yuriko Yamamori  48  Kayo Agatsuma
 49  Mitsuko Yoshimi  50  Miyuki Sugiura  51  Kumiko Miyano
 52  Wakako Suzuki  B4  Hiroko Tominaga  B5  Mayumi Yamazaki

 Ok, I've been getting a lot of email about why I consider Morning Woodsume to be a cheap ripoff of Onyanko Club, so I'm going to spell it out once and for all to you dingdongs.

 Onyanko Club (Original)  Morning Woodsume (cheap rip off)
 Formed 1985  Formed 1999
 Invented multi-membership (over 6 members)  Copied multi-membership
 Members "graduated"  Copied members "graduated"
 Formed offshoot groups  Copied concept of offshoot groups
 Had token half-Japanese (Susan Kumiko Yamamoto)  Has token half-Japanese (Mika Todd)
 Has member's song - "Kaiin Bango no Uta"  Copied concept of member's song - "Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari"

But there is something the Morning Woodsume has that Onyanko didn't:

 Onyanko Club (Original)  Morning Woodsume (cheap rip off)
 Did NOT have 12 year old Pedo-Bait  Has 12 year old Pedo-Bait

And there you have it. I'm sure MM copied more concepts, but I hate them so much that I just don't want to look any further. Bottom line is - MM is a cheap copy of Onyanko Club. There is NOTHING original about MM. Nothing. It's been done before. Bigger and better. Now, shut the hell up!

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