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Feb. 6th, 2014

「あなたが望んだ人ならば。。。」

あけおめ!おそいけど。。。(笑)

I got inspired. So Morning Musume has a lot of songs, and it's impossible to ran them all. Because of that, I wanted to rank Morning Musume debut songs!!!!! There are 11 generations and 12 debut songs, so it's not that hard. :D They're all good songs for the most part, though!

12. Onna ni Sachi Are (2007) - 8th Generation Pt. 2 - Linlin/Junjun



I don't hate this song... I just don't think it's the best debut. Not to mention that the costumes are awful and the music video is weird. :P

11. Egao YES Nude (2007) - 8th Generation Pt. 1 - Mitsui Aika



The eighth generation was such a mess!! Aha. I actually like this song and the costumes, but don't like anything about Aika, so that's why this is here. :)

10. Morning Coffee (1997) - 1st Generation - Nakazawa Yuuko, Ishiguro Aya, Iida Kaori, Abe Natsumi, Fukuda Asuka



It's a classic! But it's so boring. :) Nevertheless, I'll always sing to it.

9. Pyoko Pyoko Ultra (2012) - 10th Generation - Iikubo Haruna, Ishida Ayumi, Sato Masaki, Kudo Haruka



See, this song isn't really bad when it comes down to it. It's cute and catchy. I think my only issue really is that there are 17+ members wearing chicken suits. :)

8. Maji Desu Ka Suka (2011) - 9th Generation - Fukumura Mizuki, Ikuta Erina, Sayashi Riho, Suzuki Kanon



It's cute, fun, and a great introduction to the 9th generation (since all of them have solo lines!!!!). Not to mention that all of the senpai members are totally adorable, and the costumes are complete win.

7. Iroppoi Jirettai (2005) - 7th Generation - Kusumi Koharu



I didn't like Koharu, but I can't deny that this song is great enough for that not even to be an issue. Everyone on lead vocals sounds amazing, and it's a really sexily performed song that I loved seeing from Morning Musume at this point.

6. Help Me! (2013) - 11th Generation - Oda Sakura



Sakura has the best debut song of the younger generations. The costumes... ehh... not so much, but all of Sakura's solo lines scream HBIC and it's the first of a string of number one singles for a reason! I hope that from now on, Sakura only experiences number one singles throughout her career as a Morning Musume member!

5. Mr. Moonlight~Ai no Big Band~ (2001) - 5th Generation - Takahashi Ai, Konno Asami, Ogawa Makoto, Niigaki Risa



<3 My second favorite generation. <3 I love this song, a) because Yossie is the center, and b) because it's brilliant and funny. I love the big band aspect of it, and it never gets old. It's something that can always be performed, and I love it.

4. Summer Night Town (1998) - 2nd Generation - Yasuda Kei, Yaguchi Mari, Ichii Sayaka



This is a song that can only be performed with members that have the vocals for it, but I can never turn it off when it's on.

3. Happy Summer Wedding (2000) - 4th Generation - Ishikawa Rika, Yoshizawa Hitomi, Tsuji Nozomi, Kago Ai



!!!!! This was going to be number one, honestly. It's my favorite generation, and it's such a fun song. I never get as excited hearing ~Congratulations~ as I do when it's in the introduction of this song. It's a fun song that also makes me cry and smile at the same time.

2. Shabondama (2003) - 6th Generation - Fujimoto Miki, Kamei Eri, Michishige Sayumi, Tanaka Reina



So this song is a classic, and also a song I never ever ever tire of hearing live. What better way to welcome the new generation than give them a powerful angry love song with lots of screaming that requires lots vocal prowess?

1. Love Machine (1999) - 3rd Generation - Goto Maki



But even though all of these songs have their merits, the best debut song has to go to Love Machine. Every person in Japan knows this song. It's a classic and a million seller that will always be remembered. Even if Tsunku-san does remix after remix, nothing will be better than the original song and the original cheesy choreography. It was dethroned as the highest selling female idol single by AKB48 a while ago, but I doubt that people will actually remember Sayonara Crawl or Manatsu no Sounds Good! in a few years. Cheers to Love Machine and Goto Maki!!!!!

Dec. 28th, 2013

モー娘。について今年の感想。

So my periodic Morning Musume ranking post. Come to think of it, I haven't done one since before Help me! came out.

This was a fantastic year for the group, and I am so so so incredibly proud of them. I started loving the group as the Platinum Era was going out, and now I love them more than ever. What the Platinum Era was missing was that rookie energy. There was no more room for improvement, because they were all seasoned professionals. The fun of Morning Musume is getting to know each member and seeing them grow from their entrance to their graduation. Although it was sad to see each Platinum member go, as it always is, we are seeing a fresh group full of color. Each member contributes something valuable to the group, and that combined talent has always made them a reckoning force in the industry, and the public is realizing that with the Morning Musume of today. I have to say that I've grown really attached to this Morning Musume, and I can't really imagine the group without any one of them. That thought makes me really sad. With that said, I'm going to change my post. Instead of a yearly ranking...

「今」のモーニング娘。のメンバーのいいところ!

1. Michishige Sayumi (24) 6th generation (2003-present)



Sayumi is one of the most admirable leaders of Morning Musume. With no one else in her generation or near her generation around her, she is guiding this group alone. She isn't the most talented of people, with her voice and dance lacking in a lot of ways, but she is an interesting character and provides a lot of support, familiarity, and relief for the younger generations. Even though she has shed her former Sayu persona, I find her more appealing than ever. She has a sense of maturity, and has grown into herself. Her graduation is like a ticking clock now, and when she leaves I will be both sad and afraid, but mostly thankful for everything she has contributed to Morning Musume over the past eleven years.


2. Fukumura Mizuki (17) 9th generation (2011-present) H!P (2008-present)



Fuku-chan! In a word, Fuku-chan is reliable, and probably the one most suited to be the leader of this group after Haruna. She loves Morning Musume and has developed a competitive edge that is driving her to be better every day. I love hearing her sing, and she now has a presence on stage that she didn't have before. She is extremely mature, albeit a little boring on television shows, but she's growing into a really wonderful woman and she is an irreplaceable member. I can't wait for her growth in the next few years. It makes me sad to think that January will mark the 9th generation's forth year, and that usually means graduations, but I'm hoping that they stick around for a little longer.


3. Ikuta Erina (16) 9th generation (2011-present)



Aiming to be the best idol in the world. lol. She can't possibly accomplish this, but I appreciate her efforts. Erina has also grown a lot as a talent, and I hope that this year she can focus on honing in on her variety skills and getting her name out in variety television, because I genuinely think that she can be the next Sashihara. I really really do. She's bright, funny, random, easy to tsukkomi... she's a great variety talent in the making, so I hope that she does her best this year to become the host of something!!! I love watching her on television.


4. Sayashi Riho (15) 9th generation (2011-present)



Sayashi!!! You know, I have gone from loving her to loving her more to disliking her, to really disliking her, and now I love her again. She really is doing her best, and I can't imagine anyone else in the group being more suited for the center position than Riho. She has quite the stage presence, and although her personality is a little (very?) boring, I love watching her perform, and I love watching her dance on stage. Her singing leaves a lot to be desired, but what are you going to do? Aside from her voice, she has all of the makings of a spectacular front girl. She's also incredibly pretty. I really want to know what she's going to look like at 20. I'm really itching to find out. ;) Provided, of course, that she stays in Morning Musume that long.


5. Suzuki Kanon (15) 9th generation (2011-present)



*sigh* Kanon. I really tried to be this girl's cheerleader, but I can't do it anymore. Kanon used to be one of my faaaavorite members, but suddenly at the beginning of 2012, she just shut down. I don't know what happened, but it's the craziest thing. Not to jinx anything, but I think that if I had to pick a member that will graduate first from 9-11, it's her. For some reason, I don't feel like she's having fun anymore, and that's so tragic because she has such a bright smile. I just don't see it anymore. Either way, her singing is improving a lot, her dancing is becoming more and more precise as the days go by, and I think that she's becoming a great performer. I just want her to focus on herself and think about what makes her stand out and what makes her special amongst these current members.


6. Iikubo Haruna (19) 10th generation (2011-present)



安心. That's what I feel when I look at her and think about her. She, like Sayumi, has almost no singing talent, and minimal dancing talent and potential. She's so awkward and jumpy, and I can't help but to see her flaws in the most endearing of ways. She is so great. I feel like I could watch her forever on shows. Maybe it's because she's two years younger than I am, but I feel like we could be friends if we ever met. She exudes that sense of comfort, and I would really like her to be the next leader of Morning Musume. I know that she probably won't be because of Fuku-chan, but she has everything it takes and more. She can't lead by example, but if I every wanted to cry on anyone's shoulders, they would be hers. :)


7. Ishida Ayumi (16) 10th generation (2011-present)



*scream* I love her. She's so great. I love watching her talk, smile, and generally exist. She's really cute, and I'm starting to think that the brown hair was a good idea on an unrelated note. She's really talented, and she's an amazing dancer. Like, as a performer she just blows me out of the water. Her singing voice on the other hand is improving. It's not quite pleasant to listen to yet, but she's working hard, and I hope that she can secure her place in the center!!! She's just so much fun to watch. As a personality, she just seems very fun loving, and I think that's probably my favorite part about her. She has a Yaguchi appeal in the sense that she's little but has a big and shining personality. I can't wait to see what kind of idol she'll become. <3


8. Sato Masaki (14) 10th generation (2011-present)



With Masaki, I have kind of bittersweet feelings towards her as a lead vocalist... like over Sakura. That is just ridiculous to me, but Tsunku knows best, so whatever. That being said, she has improved so much vocally. She's been working on her range, and I really appreciate the fact that more lines have been distributed to her. She has a cute voice and it's starting to become very powerful, so I guess we'll know for sure after she finishes going through puberty, right? :) She's also so much fun to watch. I never know or understand what she's talking about because she's so random, but so funny. I love her laugh, and I love the very fact that she finds everything and anything funny. She creates a very lighthearted atmosphere, and I really like the atmosphere surrounding the current Morning Musume because of it. For the most part, everyone in the group is pretty serious and stoic, and Masaki makes things playful. :) I'm looking forward to seeing how 2014 treats her.


9. Kudo Haruka (14) 10th generation (2011-present) H!P (2010-present)



This is no secret, but I have the biggest crush on her. She's probably the most put together member after Sayumi which is crazy because she's the youngest. She's extremely well spoken, and presents herself extremely well. She needs to be the next leader of Morning Musume in the future. She's so suited for the role. I can't imagine Morning Musume without her, but I also want the world to realize how amazing she is as a talent. She's a great dancer and singer, and she's b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. I know that she has this tomboy thing going on, but oh my goodness, she's so pretty. I could stare at her photo books forever. I honestly think that she's probably the cutest member or Morning Musume right now. She could so easily be a model. So I hope that she gets more exposure and does spreads in magazines in a few years.


10. Oda Sakura (14) 11th generation (2012-present) H!P (2011-present)



Sakura is something that the current Morning Musume cannot do without. Tsunku-san said it right when he said that her voice was like spring. It is so refreshing and beautiful. <3 I love watching her perform, and I think that it's amazing that she has such confidence in her abilities after only performing in Morning Musume for a year, but I'll give her two since she was a Kenshuusei. She seems so sure of herself when she's speaking, singing, dancing - everything, really, and it's amazing. She is a jack of all trades, and I have absolutely nothing bad to say about her. It's one of those situations where even though she's amazing now, I still want to know how far she'll go within the group, and how much improvement she'll make in the company. In the future, I wan't her to become a soloist in the company within the group and after she graduates from Morning Musume, but that's a ways away (hopefully). She's also getting a lot cuter as the months go by, so I can't wait to see what she looks like in a few years. <3


Like I said before, I've become really attached to this group of girls, so I can't wait for what the year 2014 will bring for them!!!

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Nov. 30th, 2013

本当に誰かを守りたけりゃ。。。他人の目なんて気になんない。

It has been a very long while. So since I haven't written, a lot has happened in the world of J-Pop. Most notably, in the world of Hello!Project, which has become relevant overnight! This is extremely exciting for me, because hopefully more people will take an interest in one of my many H!P centered blogs. I know that I've been slacking on my Johnny's family blogging lately, but that's only because the company hasn't come out with any new or interesting acts or formulas that I can get behind. The company also isn't debuting the Juniors I need in J-Pop circulation, so I'm a little pressed. ;)

Anyway, because Hello! Project is becoming more and more relevant as the days go by, I thought that I would make this a Morning Musume centered post. This was actually inspired by their last omake segment on Hello! Station. They have some killer tour costumes, but also some that make me go ??? WHY???? Hence...

THE BEST AND THE WORST: MORNING MUSUME SINGLE COSTUMES THROUGH THE DECADES!!!!!!

Morning Musume has been around for a long time, and they have had a lotttt of singles, so I'll split this up into my top/bottom 5 in 5 year increments to be completely fair to the 90's. :) LESGO!!!

1997-2002 (TBH, This period was really just all bad...)

WORST

5. Happy Summer Wedding (PURPLE) (2000)

Ugh... and the makeup doesn't help.



4. I WISH (2000)

No matter how much I love the song... these pant/skirt jumpsuits with the flight attendant scarves was just awful.



3. Love Machine (1999)

I know that the costumes were supposed to be gimmicky, but they were still ugly.



2. The Peace (GOLD) (2001)

AHHHHHH... Whyyyyy?? The sailor suits are so cute.



1. Ren'ai Revolution 21 (2001)

Are words even needed?



BEST: ("best")

5. Sou da! We're alive! (2002)

And by top 5, I mean, I liked Yaguchi's costume a lot. <3



4. Do It! Now (2002)

There were some cute versions of this outfit... i.e none of the pant suits.



3. Koi no Dance Site (1999)

These were pretty cute, actually. I liked the blue ones more though. <3



2. The Peace! (SAILOR)

You can't go wrong with a sailor outfit. You really can't. Also, Ishikawa center. <3



1. Morning Coffee (1998)

You can't beat a classic school uniform...



2003-2008 (This era deserves a bottom 10...)

WORST:

5. As for One Day (2003)

Because they are meh and unflattering on everyone but Ishikawa, as most things are.



4. Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~ (2003)

These outfits just upset me all the time. Jumpsuits? COME ON. They are flattering on actually no one.



3. Onna ni Sachi Are (2007)

Yellow feather boas and gold headpieces, PLEASE STOP. It's like this era's version of The Peace! In other news, this marked the last time Aika was relevant in a photograph.



2. Roman ~ My Dear Boy ~ (PURPLE) (2004)

... why would they do this to them... for a SINGLE? There are cuter ways to look like a gangster. Maybe open the trench coats, make them black or red and add ripped shorts and aggressive chains and jewelry?? Boots too, because training shoes aren't that hardcore.



1. Aruiteru (2006)

The outfits they actually used to promote the song were so cute. Why they decided to don these disasters is way beyond me.



BEST:

5. Egao Yes Nude (2007)

They were neither here nor there for me, but they were amongst the best of the worst.



4. Roman ~My Dear Boy~ (NOT PURPLE) (2004)

The non-purple version of these costumes were actually cool.



3. The Manpower!! (2005)

:)



2. Resonant Blue (2008)

Despite the outfit segregation, they were cu~te. Chokers, anyone?



1. Kanashimi Twilight (2007)

I told you, you can do no wrong with a school uniform. The stiletto heels on Mikitty's part are sort of scary, but still hot. <3



2009-2013 (This is kind of like the "good period". Despite this fact, there are quite a few gems here.)

WORST:

5. Ren'ai Hunter (2012)

I love the song so much that I was almost fooled into liking the costumes. But lol, they are unflattering aluminum jumpsuits. See: I WISH, Go Girl.



4. Help Me! (2013)

Really though, with these costumes. They aren't bad, but they're pretty bad. Animal prints and pink tutus? At least the shape is there. And I like the garter belts.



3. Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai (2010)

It's okay for women to stand out... just not like this. Those headpieces and red things have got to go...



2. Pyoko Pyoko Ultra (2012)

... In theory, these are cute. In reality, these are chicken costumes put on girls from 12 to 23... unacceptable. But again... I like the garter belt on Reina. Every era has its yellow disaster. See: The Peace!, Onna ni Sachi Are.



1. Seishun Collection (2012)

Unforgivable. I am personally offended when i see these costumes. What were their stylists thinking??? If they had worn their private clothes I would have been way happier. See: Roman ~My Dear Boy~



BEST:

5. Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game (2010)

I really loved these costumes. This was the Morning Musume I really fell in love with. This song is the reason why I'm a fan today.



4. One Two Three/ The Matenrou Show (2012)

Uniforms, I say... Uniforms.



3. Nanchatte Ren'ai (2009)

These costumes were the classiest. <3



2. Brainstorming (2013)

It was a battle between this and first place. I looooove these costumes... like so much.



1. Ai no Gundan (2013)

But ultimately, I adore these costumes.

Jun. 12th, 2013

「みんながオリジナリティー」

Today's post is going to be..... my....

Top 15 Favorite Morning Musume Coupling Songs!!!!!

So I had this realization that some Morning Musume coupling songs go under my favorite song "Morning Musume song" list period. And so. Since I love rankings and stuff. I decided to do one for this cause. When I made the full list, it came down to 27 songs, but I narrowed it down to my top 15!!!

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15. Dekiru Onna -  Ai Araba It's All Right! - (2004)

I don't know exactly what it is about this song that has had me hooked since first listen, but it's a good one. From the lyrics, to the instruments, and the vocal dynamism, this is a great great great song. It just sucks that it was only performed once and without the original members. Still a great performance, though, three years after it was written. Enjoy!



14. Tokimeki Tokimeke - Brainstorming/ Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai - (2013)

This is a new one! It's the only post 2009 B-side on my favorites list. It's an addicting song for whatever reason. Forget that neither Michishige nor Harua can sing, and it's not a classic that can be easily recycled for future generations. For now, it's a fun and good song that I thoroughly enjoy every part of. Enjoy!


13. Subete Ai no Chikara - Nanchatte Ren'ai - (2009)

I didn't think I would find a performance of this, but I found two!!! I love this song, mostly because of Linlin, but also because it's a great great song that captured my heart as soon as I found it. <3 I like this performance because it has the original nine performing it, and this live just captures the feel of the song so well. Enjoy!


12. NATURE IS GOOD! - Osaka Koi no Uta - (2005)

I love this song a lot a lot a lot, and I was sad when it turned into a duet live instead of having lines distributed, but what can you do. I love every performance of this song, but this one was one of the first in 2006, so I'll leave you with this one, even though there are better. <3 Yossie and Reina. The Gaki/Reina performances are wonderful too. <3


11. 3,2,1 BREAKIN' OUT! - Shouganai Yume Oibito - (2009)

I LOVE THIS SONG!!!! I LOVE IT!!! It's the best to watch live. It was also surprisingly difficult to find performances. My favorite performance of this one is during the Platinum 9 Smile tour, but this version is fun too. It's the Rival Survival concert. <3 The actual performance only makes up a small portion of the video, but it's also a fun Guru guru Jump performance too. :)


10. Tsuugaku Ressha - Happy Summer Wedding- (2000)

This song is so prettily hypnotizing. I love it. It's such a pretty song. A great coupling track, since Happy Summer is also a wonderful, wonderful song. Unfortunately, this one also has only been performed once (twice if you count Michishige's solo version, but I don't usually) and not with the original members. It's like during the Sexy 8 Beat concert, Yossie was determined to perform all of her favorite songs that had never been performed in concert before. I'm not complaining, since they're my favorites too! Enjoy! By the way, in this performance, my WTF outfit award goes to Kamei. Seriously?


9. Please! Jiyuu no Tobira - Onna ni Sachiare - (2007)

As soon as I heard it, I was in love! And I also fantasize what it would have sounded like if Miki was in it. Anyway, this song is so much fun to watch live and listen to! It's great lyrically as well. :) Enjoy! They're all so young here! Can you believe that basically no one from this era is here anymore? It was a great one, and they had great songs too. I can't believe this was almost seven years ago.


8. Hand Made CITY - Kanashimi Twilight - (2007)

I really loveeed Mikitty on lead vocals for this song, but alas, her boyfriend took her away before she could perform this with the girls. Kamei did a great job for three years though. I love this song, and it's one of my favorites to see live. Tsunku's too, apparently. Enjoy the Rival Survival version of the song! I love these costumes so much, by the way.


7. Odore! Morning Curry - Aruiteru - (2006)

This song is so much fun to listen to, and I think it's so so so funny that it couples Aruiteru. It's a great song that I always have tons of fun listening to and watching because it's so avant garde and absurd that I love it. :) The performance! It was just a question of which pre-Yossie's departure performance. This song isn't the song without Yossie. While Ai-chan does a great job, it's one of those Yossie songs, you know? I love the costumes for this one, and they alllll look great at the same time for once, so that was the deciding factor. :P


6. Never Forget - Memory Seishun no Hikari - (1999)

It's a great song. So I decided that graduation solos didn't count, but this is a great song, so it does. It makes me cry every time I hear it. It really is a great song lyrically and instrumentally. Unfortunately, when I think of this song, I think of Kei-chan and Risa, and then Asuka (even though her version recorded is the best). Risa's my favorite, so here's her graduation performance! Kei-chan sang it better at her graduation though, I will say that.


5. Popcorn Love - Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~ - (2001)

AHHHH!!! POPCORN LOVE!!! I really love this song. <3 There is nothing bad about it. It's fun, cute, and touching at the same time. Everything is Popcorn Love! <3 I love the original song, but since there's only one live performance of it, which sucks because it's an incredible song (-_-). So, thank you Yossie, again, for using your graduation concert to perform all of my favorite songs. Here it is! I hate that Aika and Koharu are in it, but Mikitty's in it, so that balances it out a little? Enjoy! It's a wonderful song! I love every second of it.


4. Love and Peace! HERO ga Yattekita - The Manpower - (2005)

I love this song so much that I got distracted for an hour just watching performances. You really can't go wrong with this one. It's so upbeat and makes your heart soar at the same time. The lyrics are great and so much fun to listen to. <3 I don't know which version to choose, since every performance of this song is wonderful! We haven't seen Rika yet in these selections, so the performance at her graduation concert with close to the original line up. 10 people. The entire 5th and 6th generations with Rika and Yossie.


3. Dekkai Uchuu ni Ai ga Aru - The Peace! - (2001)

This is a song that I always feel like listening to no matter what. Sometimes it makes me cry, sometimes it makes me happy, but it is an undeniably classic and great Morning Musume song. It's so inspirational and lovely. <3 I don't even mind that it's almost 6 minutes long, because I'll always listen to the whole thing. The Peace was one of the most perfect singles. Two classics in one.


2. KoiING - Go Girl! Koi no Victory - (2003)

The song in which I fell in love with Fujimoto Miki even though she only has one line. :D This is one of my favorite morning musume songs to date, and I think everyone will agree with me on this. It's beautiful, the lyrics are great, and Ai-chan is on lead vocals. What more could you ask for? Tsunku-san saw an early gem in Kamei for this song, but it works. If Morning Musume had a "kami kyoku" album, this would definitely be in it. The first performance that would spring many many performances and covers. It's really a great great great song.


1. Sono Bamen de Bibiccha Ikenai jan! - Resonant Blue - (2008)

Last but not least!!! This song is one of my favorite songs period. It can always put me in a good mood and always has me dancing. <3 This is one of Tsunku's best creations for the Platinum Era, and it was coupled with Resonant Blue! How perfect is that? I would have bought 200 copies of that single if I could have. My favorite performances of this song are usually the big H!P performances because it's a huge and flamboyant song, so I love seeing lots of girls onstage dancing to it usually followed by Koko ni Iruzee or something like that. It's a great song! The Platinum Era was the awesome and they had great songs! <3


So in conclusion, I love morning musume's B-sides from 2005-2009. That four year period was my favorite in terms of MoMusu B-sides. There's a whole list of 27 favorites though. <3 Thanks for reading this far!!!

Jun. 8th, 2013

Because I shouldn't put this off any longer: 気になります、ね〜

I can't wait for the 12th generation results to come out... I really can't. In the meantime, I've been fantasizing about which H!P Kenshuusei members I would like to enter MoMusu during this audition. I've become quite a fan of some of the KSS members between this year and last, and now that I've been put at ease regarding Karin's debut, and I'm almost positive that Nanami is going to debut with another H!P unit, I can focus on the new blood. There are two! Also, a note about what I'm expecting from these auditions. Vocal prowess would be nice, but I would really like Mizuki, Kanon, Ayumi, and Sakura to take lead vocals... Riho too (grudgingly, but it can't be helped), and Masaki and Haruka on supporting vocals when they're ready and trained, so I think Morning Musume is good on the singing front, and a kid that can dance wouldn't be bad, but also not necessary, since Riho and Ayumi have got a chokehold over the dance center thing. I do want someone cute (enough to rival Sayu) and fun to watch. Someone interesting who has personality and is also a little bit unpredictable. If she had stayed, that person would have been Koharu (even though I was never her biggest fan), but since she and Reina are gone, and Kanon's spirit she had two years ago has been putting itself in a bottle recently, Morning Musume needs another kid with a little more personality. So that's what I hope for. Not to say that they don't have personality, I just think that for the most part, they're all very good and predictable kids right now.

1. Sasaki Rikako (12) H!P (March, 2013 - Present)


So almost immediately after she joined H!P Kenshuusei, I have been obsessed with her. I look at her pictures a million times a day and I listen to her singing Choito Kawaii Urabanchou an unhealthy amount. She is so cute. SO. CUTE. She's one of the cutest members of Hello!Project to me right now. Those eyes! And dimples! And ears!!!! <3 <3 <3 She's also not a bad singer either. She's pretty good, actually. I like her voice. Though, if she joins Morning Musume, she'd have to fight with Haruka on the whole husky voice front. I really would love for her to join, but if she does, another new ace would be in town, and she, Riho, Sakura, and Ayumi would have to throw down. Aside from that, she looks fun. I want to get to know her character better to really decide, but I think amongst the current KSS members, I would have the most fun watching her and my other prospective member!

2. Makino Mariya (12) H!P (December, 2012 - Present)



I don't know what it is... but she looks cool. She looks like she could be trouble, and I love it. I might be wrong, but I might not be. I know what Tsunku-san meant when he said that she looked clever. She does. And I hope he puts her to good use in some way, because otherwise it would be a waste. She looks ambitious and interesting, and I want to watch her. She's also super cute. <3 SO cute, I could look at her forever. It helps that she's Sayu's favorite KSS member. :P

And there's one member who has piqued my interest super super recently... like today, really:

Inaba Manaka (15) H!P (May 5, 2013 - Present)


I don't know what it is, but I just find her irresistibly cute. I just want to keep looking at her and buy a photobook or something already. I don't think that she'll get into Morning Musume, but I think that Tsunku will end up adding her to a new unit kind of like Kanazawa Tomoko. I hope to see more of her and hear her voice! She's so cute!!! <3 Nevermind that she joined like a month ago. ;)

Jun. 5th, 2013

「あの夏へ」

今のハロプロのメーンバーランキング!

29. Mitsui Aika (20) (H!P 2006-Present) (Morning Musume 2006-2012)


28. Katsuta Rina (15) H!P (2009-Present) S/mileage (2011-Present)


27. Nakanishi Kana (16) H!P (2011-Present) S/mileage (2011-Present)


26. Sudo Maasa (20) H!P (2002-Present) Berryz Kobou (2004-Present)


25. Hagiwara Mai (17) H!P (2002-Present) C-ute (2005-Present)


24. Natsuyaki Miyabi (20) H!P (2002-Present) Berryz Kobou (2004-Present)


23. Yajima Maimi (21) H!P (2002-Present) C-ute (2005-Present)


22. Shimizu Saki (21) H!P (2002-Present) Berryz Kobou (2004-Present)


21. Wada Ayaka (18) H!P (2004-Present) S/mileage (2009-Present)


20. Suzuki Kanon (14) H!P (2011-Present) Morning Musume (2011-Present)


19. Tokunaga Chinami (21) H!P (2002-Present) Berryz Kobou (2004-Present)


18. Nakajima Saki (19) H!P (2002-Present) C-ute (2005-Present)


17. Fukuda Kanon (18) H!P (2004-Present) S/mileage (2009-Present)


16. Tsugunaga Momoko (21) H!P (2002-Present) Berryz Kobou (2004-Present)


15. Takeuchi Akari (15) H!P (2008-Present) S/mileage (2011-Present)


14. Sato Masaki (14) H!P (2011-Present) Morning Musume (2011-Present)


13. Fukumura Mizuki 16 H!P (2008-Present) Morning Musume (2011-Present)


12. Sugaya Risako (19) H!P (2002-Present) Berryz Kobou (2004-Present)


11. Okai Chisato (18) H!P (2002-Present) C-ute (2005-Present)


10. Sayashi Riho (15) H!P (2011-Present) Morning Musume (2011-Present)


9. Suzuki Airi (19) H!P (2002-Present) C-ute (2005-Present)


8. Ikuta Erina (15) H!P (2011-Present) Morning Musume (2011-Present)


7. Kumai Yurina (19) H!P (2002-Present) Berryz Kobou (2004-Present)


6. Iikubo Haruna (18) H!P (2011-Present) Morning Musume (2011-Present)


5. Tamura Meimei (14) H!P (2011-Present) S/mileage (2011-Present)


4. Michishige Sayumi (23) H!P (2003-Present) Morning Musume (2003-Present)


3. Ishida Ayumi (16) H!P (2011-Present) Morning Musume (2011-Present)


2. Kudo Haruka (13) H!P (2010-Present) Morning Musume (2011-Present)


1. Oda Sakura (14) H!P (2011-Present) Morning Musume (2011-Present)

Hello! Project's 2nd batch of 2013 singles. Double A-sides!!! Part 1: モーニング娘。

ブレスト!

Brainstorming is probably my favorite of the Michishige era singles because the song, dance, PV, costumes... everything is perfect.

The Song: They really couldn't have sent Reina off with a better song. The line distribution is so much better than it has been in all of their other singles, with all of the girls who should get lines getting lines (except for Kanon, but what are you going to do, she's being shafted, but I have a feeling that Reina's graduation forced Tsunku to realize how worthy Kanon's voice is, so we'll see) and I was so excited to hear Sakura's god-like vocal part. It makes me sad that she's not singing more, but I understand line distribution. I just wish that Riho could be the center without getting so many lines. She's perfect and charismatic, but no one can tell me honestly that she's a good singer. Other than that, the pacing of the song is great. The autotune works where it's put, and Tsunku-san let the girls' vocals shine through on the strong parts. It's a very well balanced song, and the lyrics are great too.

The Dance: Michishige era momusu is all about formations, and I'm not even mad. It's a catchy dance that's easy to learn, and a lot of fun to watch. What more can we ask for?

The Outfits: Ahhhhhh!!! Finally!!! Outfits that I'm raging over. I love these outfits. I love the red and blue with shiny stuff and the shorts with boots and fancy hair accessories. Even though they're all pretty much wearing the same thing, Riho definitely looks the best in her outfit. That hair accessory is so cute on her. That jewel waterfall that goes down the other side of her head is so perfect. She also rocks blue.

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The Video: I couldn't have asked for more. They had two different closeup scenes mixed with two different dance versions that made for a visually stimulating PV. And it's in HD. The girls are so much prettier in HD. Enjoy!!!



君さえ!

Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai took me a very long time to appreciate, but I love it as the other A-side now.

The Song: This song is flooded with autotune. SO. MUCH. AUTOTUNE. I was mad at first, but now I really don't mind. The song is really catchy and it has harmonies and is actually a really dynamic song, so I love it now. It's also a lot to hear and see live. I love that Ayumi has lines in both songs and sings them well. It's refreshing. <3 I was sad to see that Sakura didn't have as much of an impact in this song, but that's okay. I can't have everything.

The Dance: FORMATIONS!!! The formations are beautiful, well executed, and a lot of fun to watch. They go along with the song super well.

The Outfits: I'm not a fan of these yellow flapper dresses. Morning Musume works them, but I don't like them at all. I got used to them though. Best outfit almost went to Riho again because I loveeeee her bow and hair, but Reina wins this one, because her outfit from head to toe is the best. The black hat contrasting with her redish hair with the off the shoulder look and the GARTER!!!! I love it. <3

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The Video: See, what I don't understand is why they bothered to shoot a close up version if they weren't going to use it in the actual music video, and why they bothered to make a dance version if that was basically going to be the video...



Next Time: Berryz Kobou, followed by... Juice=Juice, S/mileage, and C-ute!!!

Jun. 4th, 2013

「いつかまた逢いましょう。その日までサヨナラ恋心よ!」

今のハロプロの中で一番可愛い子ベスト10人ランキング!


10. Wada Ayaka (18) H!P (2004-Present) S/mileage (2009-Present)


9. Iikubo Haruna (18) H!P (2011-Present) Morning Musume (2011-Present)


8. Nakajima Saki (19) H!P (2002-Present) C-ute (2005-Present)

7. Kumai Yurina (19) H!P (2002-Present) Berryz Kobou (2004-Present)


6. Sayashi Riho (15) H!P (2011-Present) Morning Musume (2011-Present)


5. Sasaki Rikako (12) H!P (2013-Present)


4. Makino Mariya (12) H!P (2012-Present)


3. Kudo Haruka (13) H!P (2010-Present) Morning Musume (2011-Present)


2. Michishige Sayumi (23) H!P (2003-Present) Morning Musume (2003-Present)


1. Sugaya Risako (19) H!P (2002-Present) Berryz Kobou (2004-Present)

May. 24th, 2013

ありがとう。。。きずなに感謝。。。

FAIFANTC'S 10 BEST VOICES IN THE HISTORY OF ハロプロ RANKING!!!!

So, I feel like I've been meaning to do this post forever, but I just got inspired listening to my favorite singers do what they do best.

You might disagree with me, but that's okay. <3

10. Suzuki Airi (19) (C-ute 2005 - Present) (H!P 2002 - Present)



Airi's voice speaks for itself. Some people may not like it, but it's very strong, controlled, and consistent. She has had the power to move people with her voice since she was 8 years old, and continues to. <3



9. Okai Chisato (18) (C-ute 2005 - Present) (H!P 2002 - Present)



I really love Chisato's voice. It's rough and strong, but can also be pretty. I feel so much from hearing her sing, and I'm glad she's finally become a lead vocalist. <3 It's also wonderful that she does Mikitty's songs justice. :)



8. Goto Maki (27) (Morning Musume 1999 - 2002) (H!P 1999 - 2007)



One can argue that while Maki was in H!P, her voice wasn't as bomb as it is today. Naturally, with age comes a fuller voice, but you cannot deny that her voice is full and strong, and quite possibly one of the best voices Morning Musume has ever had.



7. Inaba Atsuko (39) (T&C Bomber 1999 - 2000) (H!P 1999 - 2009)



Inaba Atsuko is the most unsung hero of Hello! Project. Even after her group dissolved, she was a trooper and stayed in H!P for 10 years, working on all of the groups' songs with harmonies and backing vocals. She's really very talented. Just no one knows.



6. Tamura Meimei (14) (S/mileage 2011 - Present) (H!P 2011 - Present)



I know that she's young, but she's SO POWERFUL as a vocalist. She's going to be amazing in 2-3 years, so I can't wait. Unfortunately, there are too many front vocalists ahead of her, so she can't really shine yet. But here's her first solo in a concert of more to come. <3 She's also adorable and hilarious, so ... that too. <3 I just love her. She's my favorite S/mileage member hands down.



5. Linlin (22) (Morning Musume 2007 - 2010) (H!P 2007 - 2010)



It's just unfortunate that she never had vary many chances to shine alone. She's a wonderful singer and kills Ayaya's songs which really says something. <3 She's another unsung hero of the Morning Musume's Platinum generation. I want her to come out with solo stuff in China! It's been three years since she graduated, so I know she's probably more amazing now.



4. Oda Sakura (14) (Morning Musume 2012 - Present) (H!P 2011 - Present)



She just joined, so I don't have any real solo footage of her. She, however, is a spectacular singer, despite being so young and so new to the agency. She's a gem, and I hope hope hope, sincerely hope that they use her instead of Riho or use her as much as they are currently using Riho. She's so great. <3 And she should have Ai-chan's lines... just saying...





3. Fujimoto Miki (28) (Morning Musume 2003 - 2007) (H!P 2001 - 2009)



Hands down. It just sucks that she was part of the even line distribution Morning Musume where she had the main parts of songs, but nowhere near Ai-chan/Reina/Sayashi era level. She made songs for me, and from the first time I heard her voice, I was a fan. She was so good for Morning Musume, but she should have stayed a soloist and with GAM. She shined so much more in smaller groups. I will say that.



2. Takahashi Ai (26) (Morning Musume 2001 - 2011) (H!P 2001 - 2011)



Is there even a need to comment on this one? Ai-chan was probably the best vocalist that Morning Musume has ever had, and might be the best they will ever have. She was great from the start, and she only got better as she got older. She is an irreplaceable presence in Morning Musume, and I howe that she becomes super famous, because she's too talented to drown in the entertainment industry!



1. Matsuura Aya (26) (Soloist) (H!P 2000 - 2009)



Queen Ayaya. There was never a question when it came down to it. She has a wonderful and sweet but strong and mesmerizing voice. I melt, really. If there was ever a perfect Hello! Project idol, it was Ayaya. She was the complete package, with personality, beauty, and skills - so unless Oda Sakura or Meimei usurp her, she's here to stay.







おまけ!Some favorites!!!! <3



Mar. 16th, 2013

MORNING MUSUME'S 12TH GENERATION - MIRAI SHOUJO- AUDITIONS ANNOUNCED

And we all knew it was going to happen... let's be realistic. Reina is graduating, and Sayu will be graduating soon as well. Generations 9 through 11 have proved to be the poster idol children and project girls. They have no issues, they have lots of fun, they are lots of fun to watch, and I love every single one of them, but they are missing a key element that the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 7th generations have that no one else really does.

The current Morning Musume all have very clear characters, but they don't really have any strong characters. The strongest characters from 9 -11generation Morning Musume right now are, in my opinion, Haruka (hands down), Ayumi, and Sakura. Haruka by far though, she is in a league of her own with personality. I just wish they would stop screwing with her image and the whole 'boy' thing. She is not a boy! I support the tomboy image, but she is a really beautiful girl, so the agency should encourage her to embrace her Yossie-ness and just establish a 'cool beauty' character... or encourage her to be herself since she's fucking hilarious and fun.

The other girls are all fun and cute and nice and all that, but there isn't an agressive character that knows her own charms and goes forward with them as aggressively as Nakazawa-san, Yaguchin, Rika-chan, Yossie, Tsuji, Aibon, Mikitty, Eri, Sayu, Reina, and Koharu do. These girls are all very special in that aspect. They have very distinct characters that have not been replaced by anyone.

5th generation was necessary because they added talent on talent and bonding and friendship and longevity and all that, while the 8th generation was just a general fail, and Gocchin left too early to really establish a character in Morning Musume, but the current Morning Musume, after they lose Reina and then Sayu soon won't really have a variety character. They won't be able to be entertaining outside of performing, and that's always a danger zone for idols. It is the equivalent of AKB minus both Takamina and Miichan. You can't imagine it, right?

In any case, I feel like Tsunku is looking for another Koharu, and I hope he finds her. Talent is absolutely not what he is looking for in this audition, even though I will argue that he should, since the current MoMusu is still lacking in that department. He probably will choose a project girl - some random, who is not a KSS.

It can also be said, though, that this search is unnecessary. I think that part of the reason why these girls can't fully be themselves is because of the fact that Sayu and Reina are still in the group. Not to say that these two are preventing their growth, but their presences might be so intimidating that they are reluctant to go all out with their characters. I see a little potential with Erina's 'number one idol' bullshit. If she followed through with it, then it would be even funnier. Who knows?

Either way, I'm really interested in who will catch Tsunku's eye this time. I'm crossing my fingers!!!

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If he were, though, to be looking for talent, my recommendation would be (I'm sorry CUCA-chan!!!):

Some girl named Fukumoto Manaka I became a fan of in the past 24 hours. She's 11 years old, and can sing like no other. She's cute too. :) I can also see that "負けない" character. I'm just making that up, but it would be nice if she did. Also, she has a great name. I know that it's まなか, but we can play with that and have it be 真ん中, as in, she's in the complete center of everything. <3

This is when she was 10. She sang Ayaka's 'I Believe.' It's amazing.



And here, she's 11 and is singing Namuro Amie's 'Tempest' at an Avex challenge. Also, I love her outfit.



And her most recent video in January, of her singing MISIA's 'Deepness.' This one is my favorite . Just like... wow.



And for kicks, here's a video of her singing another MISIA song, while Tsunku-san drools over her voice and then says that he wants her to audition for Morning Musume.



My real question is: "WHY ISN'T SHE SIGNED AND FAMOUS YET???" No fucking clue. She's clearly brilliant. Arguably, if she did join, her talents would be wasted in Morning Musume, but I can still dream. I'm still her fan. If she becomes a solo artist, I will follow her!!!! Mark my words. She will be famous. There's no way she won't be.

That is all! Good luck to the girls auditioning!!! まなかちゃん!応援しています!I don't even know if she's auditioning, but whether or not she is, I'm still cheering her on!!!

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