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Yaguchi Mari (founder)
Minimoni Nicknames: Yaguttsan, Gucchan
Birth Date: January 20, 1983
Birthplace: Yokohama, Japan
Blood Type: A
Height: 145cm (4'9")

Kago Ai
Minimoni Nicknames: Kago-chan, Ai~n-chan
Birth Date: February 7, 1988
Birthplace: Nara, Japan
Blood Type: AB
Height: 150cm (4'11")

Tsuji Nozomi
Minimoni Nicknames: Tsuji-chan, Nonno-chan
Birth Date: June 17, 1987
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Blood Type: O
Height: 150cm (4'11")

Mika Todd (second-generation leader)
Minimoni Nicknames: Mika-chan, Merika-chan
Birth Date: May 28, 1984
Birthplace: Oahu, Hawaii, USA
Blood Type: A
Height: 150cm (4'11")

Takahashi Ai
Minimoni Nicknames: Ai-chan
Birth Date: September 14, 1986
Birthplace: Fukui, Japan
Blood Type: A
Height: 153cm (5'0")

Biography

The group was founded in late 2000 by Morning Musume member Mari Yaguchi, who had an idea for a subgroup whose members were 150 cm in height or shorter. Yaguchi, and Morning Musume's songwriter and producer Tsunku, selected two of Morning Musume's newest members, Ai Kago and Nozomi Tsuji, for the new subgroup, and the trio began performing in concerts as Mini Moni. American-born Mika Todd of Coconuts Musume was later added into the group to give the group "an international flavor," and Tsunku made them official. Their debut single, "Minimoni Jankenpyon!," was a #1 hit.

While Mini Moni was initially directed towards younger listeners (in spite of the fact two of the members, Yaguchi and Todd, were in their late teens), they also had an older fan base consisting of older Morning Musume fans (especially of Yaguchi, Kago and Tsuji) and the parents of the younger Mini Moni fans.

The quartet released several singles in 2001 and 2002, and most of these tracks were compiled into their first album MiniMoni Song Dai Hyakka 1kan. The album's musical styles spanned wildly from track to track, defiantly incorporating such diverse styles as blues, electronica, march music, jazz, reggae, and horn-driven 60's soul music.

The group's almost anarchic presentation would also carry into some of the group's television appearances, many of which are circulated online, especially amongst the band's non-Japanese cult audience; these antics have included: Kago playfully saying "big doo-doo" (in English) in response to a Japanese TV interviewer's question (a bleeped version of the clip has been misidentified as "Kago says fuck you"); band members collectively grabbing the buttocks of a female assistant backstage at a concert (dubbed by some Western fans as the "MiniMoni Ass Grab," in parody of the song title "MiniMoni Bus Guide"); and an Utaban appearance where Kago slugged Yaguchi in the crotch while Yaguchi was in the middle of a sentence.

Simultaneously with their single releases, the band became the subject of a series of short cartoons of their own, Yarunoda Pyon!, in which they supplied their own voices. They also contributed their voices to the Hamtaro cartoon series, in which hamster versions of MiniMoni are featured. The group recorded two songs especially for Hamtaro under the group pseudonymn MiniHams.

In 2002, Mari Yaguchi graduated from Mini Moni to take on leading the subgroup ZYX, one of the first Hello! Project groups to incorporate the Hello! Project Kids (including a couple of then-future members of Berryz Koubou). Another Morning Musume member, Ai Takahashi took Yaguchi's place, while Mika Todd, as the oldest member of the current lineup, took over as the band's leader. That same year, all five members of Mini Moni filmed the movie MiniMoni Ja Movie: Okashina Daibouken (MiniMoni The Movie: The Great Cake Adventure), part of the storyline of which, in the context of the movie's fantasy setting, "explains" how Yaguchi ended up leaving MiniMoni to begin leading ZYX and how Takahashi ended up in the band.

They started to have a more mature, modern R&B-heavy sound to their music with the single Crazy About You, a style the group explored more heavily on their second album MiniMoni Songs 2. However, their silly side was also well represented on the album with two more songs they contributed to Hamtaro as MiniHams. Former member Yaguchi also appears on three cuts, two of which previously appeared on the Okashina Daibouken soundtrack. They also starred in a mini-series called MiniMoni's The Brementown Musicians starring Takahashi, Tsuji, and Kago; Mika made brief appearances in two episodes.

With The Brementown Musicians' end theme, Minimoni returned to their cutesy roots with the aural bubblegum "Lucky CHA CHA CHA." It was solid proof that the new lineup could do justice to the old group's glory. Unfortunately, it was immediately after that the group announced an indefinite hiatus. Mika expressed a desire to return to America to study music in California, and the group has since dissolved.

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(The profiles are borrowed from Minimoni's Wiki.theppn entry. The biography is adapted from their Wikipedia profile.)