Kanon smacksdown SNSD… sort of?

Proof that the internet can take things way too seriously, news has been circling the internet that Fukuda Kanon of S/Mileage “challenged” SNSD in saying that S/Mileage wasn’t going to lose to SNSD’s legs and that they were fresher than SNSD.

Well. Sort of.

Some of the articles out there (in particular the ones at Arama They Didn’t and at Tokyohive) brought the news to attention by adding on certain embellishments, such as saying that the other idol groups “smiled bitterly” and wrote as though Kanon herself was making a serious challenge, essentially telling SNSD “you’re going down.”

Well.

That’s the video posted of Kanon saying those words. Now, where are the others smiling bitterly? where’s Kanon being rude and telling SNSD that they’re going down? I don’t see any of that here. What we have here is an over exaggeration of what Kanon herself said. She might have said the things that she was “accused” of, but what people need to pay attention to is the context and the way she said things. Does she seem rude or bitter? Not at all. When I see that video, I see Kanon almost joking around, and with an attitude that’s much more “we are going to try our best to match SNSD” than “We’re going to kick SNSD’s ass.”

To me, when Kanon says this, it’s not saying that she and S/Mileage are better than SNSD; rather, I’d say it’s a compliment towards SNSD, saying that Kanon holds them in high esteem and that they’re going to attempt to compete with SNSD.

However, due to these articles hitting the net, SNSD fans are rallying behind their favorite group to the point where after I searched Yume Miru 15 so I could watch a live performance of S/Mileage’s debut single, I come across SNSD fans declaring “Oh yeah, SNSD is WAAAY better than this.”

Listen, I’m not about to say who’s better. Really, I like S/Mileage a little better but I respect the merits of SNSD and I like some of their music. However, IMO, before people bash a group or a person they really need to figure out the context before things are blown out of proportion.

Also, SNSD fans (oh my God I’m going to get so flamed for this): Take a little chill pill. Really. Not everyone likes SNSD. Getting so riled up over a small thing makes you look bad.

Plus, I’m kind of sick of all the hate in the S/Mileage comments. Just because you don’t like them doesn’t mean I have to see you going “OMG THEY SUCKZORZ.”

AKB48 and Morning Musume (and S/Mileage) Together At Last~

Today, a surprising amount of news popped up, but one of my little idol dreams came true today.

AKB48 and Morning Musume (with S/Mileage who I kind of forget are there sometimes ^^;;) performed two things together; a Ghibli medley that I’ll post in just a minute and the B-side to The Peace (and MM’s inspirational song for all time) “Dekkai Uchuu ni Ai ga Aru.”

Now, in the comments to Dekkai and other places I’ve seen MM fans criticize AKB48 in this performance by saying they have too little energy, but all I see is that AKB looks terribly unpracticed. A couple of them (including Maeda Atsuko notably) just looked a bit confused and hesitant, as if they weren’t 100% sure what was coming up next. While I did enjoy the professionalism of some of them (Oshima Yuko and Kasai Tomomi really stood out to me, here), I honestly can’t blame the AKB girls; they’re incredibly busy, and from the way they’re dancing it looks like they went over the bare basics of it and the management “OK, good enough, let’s go do all the other stuff we need to do.

Despite that, though, I REALLY enjoyed seeing this. There’s a moment where Takahashi Ai and Oshima Yuko looked at each other and smiled and it just warmed my heart. I’m a fan of both Morning Musume/Hello!Project AND AKB48. I love the idol world, idol groups, and most female JPop idols. Even though I liked Morning Musume first, I don’t feel any resentment towards AKB48 for being more popular; it has to be good for the idol industry, which just makes me happy. I’ve also seen a lot of stuff online and heard about a LOT of AKB/MM fan rivalries, and I’ve seen a lot of people go “OH, well, my group’s superior because of THIS” and that just bugs me. The groups are both female idol groups, but they’re both very different, and when one succeeds the other doesn’t necessarily fail because of it.

I don’t expect that this will change the minds of anyone who’s staunchly against Morning Musume or AKB48, and many people will go “OH, well, this group sucks because of THIS”; however, to me it seems like a sign that the girls themselves aren’t resentful towards each other and that the management of both groups aren’t resentful enough to pull one of the groups from the TV show. One of my little fantasies is that either Morning Musume and AKB48 or Momoiro Clover, S/Mileage and Watarirouka Hashiritai would do a TV show together doing all their fun idol things and promoting both groups. This is a HUGE long shot, but I think this dream of mine has never been closer.