Aug 12 2010
And I feel fine?
Sorry about being late to the party here. I got back to America, then I went to Disney World, and now I’m trying to get ready for grad school, so I’ve been busy.
Okay, so our first graduate is Kamei Eri. On a personal level, this is the graduation I’m least upset by. Somehow, Kamei has never been one of my favorites, and at least her graduation is her choice. I will miss the three six gen girls as a collective unit, but that’s about it. However, I recognize that she is a strong performer with lots of fans, so I worry about the negative impact this will have on the quality and popularity of the group as a whole.
As for the pandas, I just feel so terrible for them right now. Tsunku decides the whole China expansion thing isn’t working out, so he just kicks them to the curb? Read the translations of their blog entries. They’re absolutely heartbreaking. I feel a bit less bad for JunJun, since she is the second oldest in the group, she knew her time would be coming soon. It’s LinLin’s graduation that absolutely kills me. The girl has an incredible voice and one of the most entertaining personalities in the group. Plus she’s the second youngest! I feel like at long last, she was finally gaining fan support, and now she has to leave. I will really really miss her presence in Morning Musume.
The good news is the 9th gen auditions. Long overdue. IMHO, Morning Musume is in desperate need to new blood right now. I’m hoping for a girl or two from the audition and a girl or two from the eggs.
Which eggs? I’d say Saho Akari is a good contender. She fits the age profile, and she’s been showcased a lot lately (new Aa!, Shugo Chara Egg, ManoEri backdancer). In Aa! she’s proven that she hold her own vocally with Miyabi and Airi, and that’s saying a lot.
My other pick may sound a little crazy, but I’m going to say Miyamoto Karin. Yeah, she’s young, but Tsunku’s set the age limit at 10 this time around, so it’s totally possible. She’s absolutely adorable, she’s got a spunky confident personality, and she can already out-sing and out-dance most of the other eggs. I think that the public could really fall in love with her.
My one request is this. Please PLEASE do not add Hirano Tomomi.