Dream Musume First Album DoriMusu 1 – 4/20

I’m a bad blogger, I know. Well, school’s back in the swing of things now, but I needed to post about this!

I’m sure the internet community knows already, but a group consisting of Nakazawa Yuko, Iida Kaori, Abe Natsumi, Yasuda Kei, Yaguchi Mari, Ishikawa Rika, Yoshizawa Hitomi, Ogawa Makoto, Fujimoto Miki and Kusumi Koharu called Dream Morning Musume has been formed and they’re releasing their first album! Many of us have known that there would be a tour featuring these OG members this spring, but now they’re adding an album and some fall tour dates.

My thoughts:

1. Group name is super appropriate. As a fan of these OG girls I can’t WAIT to see them in action. I’ve heard people take issue at the fact that they’re using the name “Morning Musume” when that should be just given to the current line up, but to me and to quite frankly the majority of Japan, THESE girls are Morning Musume, not the current line up. I love the current girls, don’t get me wrong, but not calling this group MM would be just wrong to me.
2. As a fan of these girls I’m super excited! My favorite idol still has a recording career, hell yes.
3. At first I did not want Koharu in this group, but now I’m getting closer to accepting it. I have nothing against Koharu, but she really doesn’t seem to fit the golden era-ness of this group. All these girls were in H!P in the 2001-2002 era that’s really memorable; Makoto fits in near the end of the golden era and Mikitty was a soloist. However, I’m kind of intrigued about how Koharu will fit in with this group. I don’t know if it WILL work, but I’m interested.
4. In that video I posted, Yuko going “I’m 37!!” is my favorite thing ever. Please keep it up, Yuko, I love you.
5. I’m not sure about the longevity of this group, but I certainly hope that there’s a good deal of longevity. I’ve heard rumors that H!P’s stated that this is in fact a temporary unit, but if that was the case then the title of their album “DoriMusu 1” (Dreams 1, haha, puns) would be insanely misleading. Still, Nacchi going “we’re going for the Newcomers award” makes me think that they might be here to stay, which I would be very very pleased with.

I can’t wait to get their new album DoriMusu 1, which is mostly covers but two new songs!

Obligatory 9th Gen Musume Post

So, I woke up today to find out what had happened with the 9th generation of Morning Musume. I was originally thinking of staying awake to find out the results real time, but I was sleepy. So with that, I decided to go to sleep and wake up and find out which idols I’d need to learn about and support.

Now, before this I have watched the Bijo Gaku special and I decided really early on not to strongly support any girls or strongly dislike any girls. I knew if I did that that one way or another I’d end up disappointed and bitter and I really don’t want to feel like that about any of my idol groups.

So it’s been announced that Suzuki Kanon, Sayashi Riho, Ikuta Erina and the egg Fukumura Miyuki have been put into Morning Musume.

Kanon is my immediate tentative favorite. She seemed funny in the auditions and when she started doing her audition acting part and just goes to lay on the ground to answer the phone. She immediately seems to have an abundance of personality. The fact she’s really cute also helps. I think if MM/H!P ever got themselves another TV show or TV appearances that she could really shine.

ALSO SHE’S FROM AICHI. I did a project about Aichi prefecture for Japanese class. I’m sold.

She was the favorite of a lot of fans on the internet; she already does have a solid amount of dance skill, she’s cute, and her singing wasn’t bad at all. She also seems kind of confident, but at the same time that could be a negative thing, because there’s a thin line between confident and smug. Anyways, she’s the 9th gen member that most people agree has the most potential, so I really can’t wait to see what she can do with the rest of MM.

I feel bad, but I didn’t really notice her that much in the auditions. I remember thinking she was cute and that I liked her, but I liked all of them. She really seems like she’s the underdog with the fans right now, but I do think she could have potential.

At first my reaction to the egg Mizuki making it in was:

because I was rooting for Sekine Azusa, my absolute favorite egg, to make it in. However, today I went back and listened to Watashi no Tamago to listen for Mizuki and she does have a really nice voice in Shugo Chara Egg. So I’m not that bitter, and I do like her; she’s up there with Kanon right now for favorite 9th gen.
… But Tsunku really should have added Sekkii.