May 21 2012
Hello again blog!
So it’s been a while. One reason is that Gaki graduating has kind of bummed me out, but mostly I’ve just been busy with other things. I like having this blog around if I want to write something, but I don’t really want to feel “obligated” to update it regularly.
Anyway, some pretty important thing have happened with MM recently, so let’s look at the group now and their future prospects.
1. Gaki-san graduates. My favorite member graduating is bittersweet for me. On the one hand, she’s been in the group forever and it feels like it’s time. On the other, bwaaaaaaaaaaa Gaki-saaaaaaan don’t leave!!! =( It seems that she had a nice send-off though. I really hope she just doesn’t disappear off the face of the earth now.
2. Aika graduates. It’s no secret that she was my least favorite current group member, so I’m sort of glad this happened… but I don’t really like the way it happened. My personal feelings aside, having such a rushed and last minute graduation shoe-horned in before Gaki’s doesn’t feel like a proper send-off. From the footage I’ve seen, the concert and the fans were very much all about Risa. Aika leaving felt like an afterthought.
3. Who do I support now?? I’ve thought about this, and I just don’t know who’s shirt color/ glowsticks I will sport next time I make it to a MM concert in Japan. I like a lot of the current girls, but I don’t overwhelmingly like one over the rest like I did with Gaki-san. Do I go for a member that tops my list, or maybe pick one of the less popular members that I like to show that she has support out there? I mean, I like Riho, Reina, and Sayumi, but they easily carry the majority of fans now (I saw a sea of red out there at pictures from other concerts), so supporting one of them almost feels redundant. Maybe I should go for Haruka…or Kanon…or Eripon? I just don’t know. It occurs to me that there has always been at least one girl in MM that I didn’t like much (Koharu, Makoto, Aika, Eri sometimes) but now there really isn’t a single girl I don’t like.
4. The Future. One of the main things that brought me back to this blog is the recent appearances of MM (mostly 9th/10th gen) and Fairies on Nakai (from SMAP)’s talk show. Finally, after years of MM coming off as polite and subdued (AKA boring) during the period of Ai-chan leadership, the new members are bringing back the genki, funny, youthful craziness that MM used to be known for! Don’t get me wrong, I love the 9nin MM dearly, and they were great in concert, but as a group they kind of sucked at TV appearances. This new MM generation is easily stealing the attention from Fairies, and seems to be making an impression on Nakai as well. Kanon and Eripon in particular are stand-outs. They’re not afraid to act over-the-top and goofy! Mizuki, while less “funny” is also not afraid to speak up and seems to be taking a natural leadership role with the new members.
Here’s the most recent segment:
And of course, there’s the announcement of 11th gen auditions. I for one am excited! I like MM as a 10+ member group. They’re at their best when there is a good mix of different looks, personalities, ages, and talents. I’ve been quite pleased with the results of the last two auditions, so I have high hopes for this one as well (no Mogis or Satsukis please!!). Again, back in the old days of MM there used to be auditions every year or so (1st through 5th generation all occurred in consecutive years). While this may seem sudden, it’s actually in keeping with the era when MM was shining their brightest.
In summary, while current MM is not the group I personally grew to know and love during my time in Japan anymore, they are starting to come much closer to the group they used to be when they were at the height of popularity, and I think that is a very good move.