Makoto Ikeda / profile

Mr. Ikeda is a fan of Aarin(Ayaka Sasaki), a member of idol group Momoiro Clover Z.
He began to wear pink clothes, saying that pink, her official member color, pumps him up.
During one New Year’s holiday, he went to his wife’s parents’ house, wearing pink clothes to invigorate himself before greeting them.
This was a crazy judgment. His common sense was paralyzed. The father-in-law looked at his son-in-law wearing pink and shuddered.
He said to his daughter, “I can’t go out together with Makoto wearing such clothes.”
The daughter, sighing, made her husband in pink change his clothes. In fact, the daughter was already paralyzed, too.

Mr. Ikeda told me to write about him and MomoClo (Momoiro Clover Z) from early on.
Although I was once steamrollered into writing it, I was worried about the reaction of my acquaintances and I was not able to step forward to post the Monogatari of Mr. Ikeda’s photo collection of MomoClo readily.
At the very time when I was hesitating, I heard the news that Momoka Ariyasu, a member of MomoClo, would leave this group.
It was said that she would retire from the company and leave the entertainment world, saying “I want to become a normal girl”.
I didn’t even image that Momoka, who had great talent, would ever disappear. During the Momo-Clo concerts I went with Mr. Ikeda, I always cheered for her.
The sense of loss is big, and the attitude of the members who are left behind and try hard to look forward touches my heart.

Unexpectedly, the objective this time became to look back on MomoClo’s history and wish them good luck.

I must devote myself into this beyond all sense of shame.

Though I don’t want to call Mr. Ikeda a complete fool, I can’t deny that he is a little foolish. I will present you with his Aarin photo collection this time.

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Makoto Ikeda / photo ( Momoiro Clover Z ) (1)

Momo-Clo is a female idol group formed in 2008.
They made their major debut in 2010.
At first, the group was called “Momoiro Clover”, but changed their name to Momoiro Clover Z when Akari Hayami withdrew.

Since then, through their performance on Ko-haku Uta Gassen (Year-end Song Festival TV Program) on New Year’s Eve, their concert at National Stadium, and their 5 major dome tour, they have built up their position as a national idol group.
Their fans are diverse in age or gender, and many people come to their live concerts as a couple, which is a characteristic of Momo-Clo that is different to other idol groups.

At present (February 2018), the members are Kanako Momota (her image color is red), Shiori Tamai (yellow), Ayaka Sasaki (pink), and Reni Takagi (purple). Momoka Ariyasu (green) withdrew on January 21, 2018.

It was about 2011 when Mr. Ikeda first came to be obsessed with Momo-Clo. He is not that much of a very long-time fan.
TORIO, a shop specializing in idols, had three branches in Nakano Broadway in those days and had original photograph sections of girl’s idol groups.

Mr. Ikeda says.

“One day I saw that section on a whim, and I found some photos of the girls singing and dancing while sweating but with a smile, not posing for a shot. Well, I began to go to look at it whenever I went to Broadway. I was cheered up when I saw them.”

At the time Mr. Ikeda became aware of Momo-Clo for the first time.
Although each member wore their own image color, it was sometimes difficult for him to even distinguish them because their facial expressions were so different in each photo.

Mr. Ikeda went to that section for a year and a half and looked at the photos earnestly. Before long, he came to be able to tell the difference between them, whatever expressions they had. And then he became a fan of Ayaka Sasaki (Aarin) in pink. He began to buy the photographs little by little.

“There was a photo with an autograph in a showcase. It was sold for around 1000 yen in those days.”
Mr. Ikeda says, strongly impressed.
“How cheap! I thought.”
“Well, I suppose so.”
I said glumly.
“However, after all, you enter with paper articles, don’t you?”

Originally, Mr. Ikeda was a collector of old magazines including “Bouken-oh”.
He also devoted himself to Kamen-Rider-cards. By nature, he just can’t seem to resist paper articles that have serial numbers.
To enter the genre of idols through the photographs, and not through songs nor images, is incredibly consistent and retains his self-position, I think. Besides, unfortunately, it was the time when he had reached a certain point of collection of magazines and cards. His experience and enthusiasm seemed to have concentrated on photos.
“Well, very terrible from the start.”
I told him my honest impression.


By the way, Mr. Ikeda who became entranced by the photographs began to buy DVDs and began to go to their concerts.
He is not a great senior as a fan, and there may be some mistakes. But I’m going to write down information as far as Mr. Ikeda knows and cheer them on. Please forgive me if there are some unsatisfactory points.

Makoto Ikeda / photo(Momoiro Clover Z) (2)

Now, following Mr. Ikeda’s lecture, I will look back on the history of Momo-Clo’s photographs.

2008 – 2010: the days of Momoiro-Clover

Events were fans make direct contact with members such as autograph sessions, handshake sessions, and breakfast meetings etc., was carried out actively.
In addition, member participation and withdrawal were frequent.
The photographs of those days basically didn’t have a serial number. However there were some special photos from the “Side-story series”, “Kamon(the family crest) series”, presents in lucky drawings, and as supplements of a magazine. There are bromides with an autograph and a comment given out at events as well.

2011 – Momoiro-Clover-Z

Akari Hayami withdrew, and the group changed its name to “Momoiro Clover Z”.
Events that made contact like handshake sessions were abolished.
The photographs were sold at the goods counter at a live concert or through mail order. Usually one set of five pieces sold for 1, 000 yen. Sometimes it has an autograph, even a comment. But the probability decreased drastically.

Makoto Ikeda / photo ( Momoiro Clover Z )(3)

“unmarked photo”

The “unmarked photo” has neither a serial number nor a mark.
After “Momoiro-Clover” became “Momoiro-Clover-Z”, every official photograph basically has a serial number. So, an “unmarked photo” is one from the days of” Momoiro-Clover”.
But, the “Side-story series”, and the “Kamon (family crest) series” have numbers before Z. (described later)

In 2008 (the zero-generation members)
Only photographs. There was no activity like live concerts.
Reni Takagi, Miyu Wakura, Aimi Ikura, Tsukina Takai, Runa Yumikawa
March 2008, change in members.

May 17th (Group formed)
Reni Takagi, Miyu Wakura, Aimi Ikura, Kanako Momota, Shiori Tamai, Tsukina Takai.
(Yumikawa withdrew. Momota, Tamai participate.)

August 9, 2008
Reni Takagi, Miyu Wakura, Aimi Ikura, Kanako Momota, Shiori Tamai, Sumire Hujishiro.
(Takai withdrew, Fujishiro participates.)

November 23, 2008
Reni Takagi, Miyu Wakura, Aimi Ikura, Kanako Momota, Shiori Tamai, Sumire Fujishiro, Yukina Kashiwa, Akari Hayami, Ayaka Sasaki
(Kashiwa, Hayami, Sasaki participate)

Makoto Ikeda / photo ( Momoiro Clover Z ) (4)

The side-story series

Each photo has the words “side-story” and a heart mark, as well as the date and the serial number.
December 29, 2008
Reni Takagi, Kanako Momota, Shiori Tamai, Yukina Kashiwa, Akari Hayami, Ayaka Sasaki.
(Wakawa, Ikura withdrew)
As a special privilege for purchasers of the album, the 0th photo with autographs of all the members was offered. The album itself included an autograph too.

March 9, 2009
Reni Takagi, Kanako Momota, Shiori Tamai, Akari Hayami, Ayaka Sasaki
(Kashiwa withdrew. Afterwards, participation in Nogizaka 46)

Mr. Ikeda says.

“As I am not a senior fan I cannot know the whole picture, but it is only to the 99th at the most, I guess. Because I have not seen a three-digit serial number.”

The photos of this series are often autographed.

I sometimes saw one without an autograph in an idol shop until about 2013, but I scarcely see one now,” he added.

“By the way, I have seen a lot of “side-story” ones with an autograph at “Wink” in Mandarake. TORIO in Akihabara has them, too. I sometimes see them on the Internet auction sites too.”

He seems to search around frequently.

“Do you sell these photos?” I asked.

“I won’t! It’s different to when I’m making an exchange, but I won’t sell anything which has come into my possession.”

Mr. Ikeda said decidedly.

Makoto Ikeda /photo ( Momoiro Clover Z ) (5)

July 26, 2009

Reni Takagi, Kanako Momota, Shiori Tamai, Akari Hayami, Ayaka Sasaki, Momoka Ariyasu
(Ariyasu participes)

By the way, this is the time that Momo-Clo held their legendary Yamada Denki tour, and sold the CD of their indies debut “Momoiro Punch” by hand.

The “Kamon series” (numbered version)

About 2010
There are many photos which look nice, but there are none with a handwritten autograph that have been confirmed.

April 10, 2011
Reni Takagi, Kanako Momota, Shiori Tamai, Ayaka Sasaki, Momoka Ariyasu
(Hayami withdrew)