Hello!!!! Long time no see!!! So!! A lot has happened between the last time I posted and now!!!
Firstly, I would like to say お疲れ様でした。to Michishige Sayumi. I haven't always loved her, but when I realized where her true charm and prowess lay, I really could appreciate her last year in Morning Musume.
Next, I would like to welcome Country Girls to Hello! Project, I guess!!! I think it's stupid that Satoda Mai and Momochi are technically "in" Country Girls, and I hope that changes because I think it's distracting from their light and popularity potential.
Yamaki Risa (17) (H!P KKS 2013-2014) - I'm going to go ahead and say that she's the leader for my purposes. She auditioned for the first 12th generation Morning Musume and didn't get in, but I have really wanted her to debut since I saw her. She's so pretty and poised, albeit a little boring, but that's okay. We can work on it.
Inaba Manaka (16) (H!P KKS 2013-2014) - I knew she was destined to debut. As soon as she joined H!P, I was taken with her. What a cute cute girl!!! She is also very even tempered and seems so kind. <3 Also, she was an EXILE backup dancer, so yay!!! She auditioned for 9th generation Morning Musume.
Morito Chisaki (14) - She's cute!!! Second 12th Generation Morning Musume finalist.
Shimamura Uta (14) - Second12th Generation Morning Musume finalist. She's cute but seems so serious.
Ozeki Mai (12) - Second 12th Generation Morning Musume finalist. This was a good decision only because she's the daughter of some really big shot team's coach. lol. Can you say Yomiuri Giants? People will totally have interest in this group if only for this reason. On another note, she's superweird looking. That haircut does nothing at all for her.
All in all, I'm interested to see where this lineup goes. ^_^ It should be a good time. I hope they have good songs and that at least some of the girls are good singers.
Next, I would like to welcome the 3rd generation to S/mileage!!!
Murota Muzuki (16) H!P KKS (2012 - 2014) - I'm glad that she is finally debuting. Honestly, I felt like time was running out for her, so I'm so happy that she is getting a chance. She's a great singer and is a lot of fun to watch. Plus, I think it's great that she auditioned for S/mileage over three years ago and is finally in!!!
Aikawa Maho (15) (H!P KKS 2014-2014) - She's new, so I don't have an opinion on her. She's really tall, though...
and my favorite!!
Sasaki Rikako (13) (H!P KKS 2013-2014) - I'm not going to lie. I was kind of upset that she ended up in S/mileage instead of Morning Musume, but I get it. If Rikako was in Morning Musume, that would be like an automatic star for the already starship group, so she was put into the group that is kind of suffering with lack of interest and popularity, so I completely understand... I'm just still bitter and annoyed. lol. But I think that she alone will breathe new life and interest into this group. Also, old news, but she looks like Mizuhara Kiko... it's so crazy, but she could definitely start being a model or actress soon. ;)
Generally speaking, I'm excited for the new S/mileage, or whatever they decide to be renamed (I hope it's something cooler). I think that Katsuta Rina and Nakanishi Kana are still a complete waste of space and should graduate soon, but what are you going to do, really? I think my favorite ranking in S/mileage goes Rikako, Dawa, MeiMei, Mizuki, Take-chan, Kanyon, Maho, Rina, Kana. lol.
Onto the main event, I would like to welcome the 12th generation!!! I was right on with Maria, and then the two randoms are going to be there, and I was almost there with Akane.
Ogata Haruna (15) - She's a figure skater, apparently. She seems kind of like a princess and she's very, ummm... boring and untalented? I get that they need a project girl with almost every generation, but really? Lol. Those are just my first impressions after seeing her auditions. We'll see what she's made of in a few months, though I guess!!! She is pretty, though. I'll give her that. :P
Nonaka Miki (15) - I LOVE HER!!!! As soon as I saw her, I was like, wowwwww, what a cute girl. Those dimples melt me. :P She also seems kind of like a princess, but for some reason, she seems more pulled together. She's like a robot in the sense that she's so calm and collected about everything, and she's good at everything. She's going to be either in or near the center very soon... I hope.
Makino Maria (13) (H!P KKS 2012-2104) - I love her. She has such a big personality, and I really love it. Not to mention that she's absolutely beautiful and so pure!!! ^_^ She can't really sing, but that's okay!!! You don't really have to sing to be front and center and the focus of attention.
Haga Akane (12) (H!P KKS 2013-2014)- I know that I said I would like her to be in Morning Musume, but that was conditional. If Rikako and Maria weren't in, then I would want her and Musubu to be in MM together. lol. Either way, I'm sure we'll see the benefits of her being in this group soon enough. She seems super clever, so we'll see how long she stays because I know that she wants to be like KonKon, and she graduated like 5 years? after being in the group. I just wish she was a little cuter, but she'll grow into it. lol. There have been a number of members that have grown into their good looks.
I'm really excited for what this generation will bring to Morning Musume, but I'm also a little concerned about the fact that everyone in MM except for Haruna, Akane, and Maria are basically the same age, so that means that no one is graduating like anytime soon. From Mizuki to Miki there's only a 3 year gap between them, so I wonder how long it's going to take until people start graduating. 9th generation basically just joined (4 years ago, but still) and is leading this whole thing, so I wonder who's going to graduate first. I'm going to guess on Haruna since she's already 20, but who knows? She's only been in the group for 3 years though. The years go by so fast!!!
And because there are 7 KKS debuting into H!P this year, that means a lot of my favorites are gone??? So who am I going to cheer on to debut now that Rikako and Maria are gone???
Well, I'm so happy you asked.
Danbara Ruru (13) (H!P KKS 2013-Present) - Ruru. I know that she's not the cutest nor is she photogenic, but her voice, man. I think she should debut as a soloist, honestly. Unfortunately, she's no Matsuura Aya or Mano Erina in the looks department, so in the idol world, her voice alone can only carry her so far.
Wada Sakurako (13) (H!P KKS 2012-Present) - She seems funny, so I'm supporting her from the bottom of my heart!!!
Kishimoto Yumeno (14) (H!P KKS 2012-Present) - Look at her!!! She's so cute, and deserves to debut immediately.
Funaki Musubu (12) (H!P KKS 2013-Present) - Musubu!!!! That overbite smile is adorable, and her singing abilities are no joke. She's a really powerful vocalist even at this age. She can do so much.