ZXY’s Profile


ZYX (ジックス, Jikkusu?, pronounced zicks) was formed in 2003 and was the first unit to feature Hello! Project Kids members. The group was lead by Morning Musume member Yaguchi Mari who acted as a mentor to show the girls the ropes of being a performer in Hello! Project. The other members included H!P Kids Umeda Erika, Yajima Maimi, Murakami Magumi, Saki Shimizu and Tsugunaga Momoko.The group was short-lived, as once Shimizu and Tsugunaga were chosen to be members for the group Berryz Kobo in 2004, the group’s activity slowly vanished. They released two singles.

ZYX’s name is a kind of acronym using a somewhat intricate play in notation. The “Z” and “Y” are taken from the phrase Zettai Yume o Bai ni.” (絶対、夢を倍に, We hope that you will definitely accomplish your dreams double in size.?) “Bai ni”, meaning “[to accomplish] double in size”, is represented not as “B” but as a multiplication mark “×” which was then identified with letter “X” in its formal resemblance. Also, it is strongly conscious that the letters ZYX are the last letters of the English alphabet in reverse order. In Hello! Project, this inverted order naming is followed by the groups “W” created in 2004, “v-u-den” in 2005, “The Possible” in 2006 and SI☆NA in 2008. This line-up of groups continues the reverse alphabetical naming (ZYX-W-VU-T-S).

The group was revived in 2009, now with the name ZYX-a (ZYX Alpha), along with many other disbanded H!P groups who recived new members, and with the exception of Aa!, slight name changes. Tsugunaga Momoko is only one member from the original line-up left, as Yaguchi Mari, Umeda Erika, and Murakami Megumi are no longer apart of Hello! Project. As for Shimizu Saki and Yajima Maimi, both are in another group, High-King as well as their own groups Berryz Kobo and C-ute.

With Ogawa’s graduation in August 2011 and Niigaki’s graduation in May 2012, the status of the group is unknown.





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