The life partners of H!P, Rika and Yossy AKA Ishiyoshi. They have Japanese fans dedicated to their pairing, they’ve been besties since they joined. Rika and Yossy are super ultra close friends, always fun to watch, and the most obvious best idol pairing EVER.
No matter what lineup: The original four, that group plus Ayarin, and Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 which includes Komorin and Wasamin, I love them all.
They really are a great match, all seven of them. They’re all really cute, singing and dancing to really cute songs, and all of them do so with such enthusiasm and energy (and yes, I include Komorin in that count). They’re the type of group I’d 100% follow even if they weren’t all associated with AKB48. They fit so well together, that I just love them.
The lovely Momoiro Clover, or as it’s now known Momoiro Clover Z (I’ll miss you forever, Akari).
This group is just nothing short of amazing. I love all the members like crazy, so even though Shiori is TECHNICALLY my least favorite, I still love her like crazy and consider her to be one of my favorite idols. They all have such natural, fun personalities that watching them in concert is always really fun. I remember that I really grew to love the group when they got the daily results for their indies singles (vids are online) and they’re SO excited to get these low daily results, and Reni starts sobbing uncontrollably.
They’re also the most fun group to watch perform live. Their dancing is king, with cartwheels and spins being hallmarks of their performances. But even without that they all perform with such energy and life that it’s hard not to really love watching their performances. They all give off such energy and enthusiasm that it’s fun.
I also love their producers/promotion XD It’s weird, but when their staff twitter started to follow me I was hooked, and was even more hooked when they replied to my private message on twitter.
Finally, even though they have relatively cheaper production values than some of the idol giants of the day, they use them perfectly. If you’ve ever complained about Hello!Project PVs looking cheap, I direct you to MomoClo. For some of their PVs I wonder how much budget they had, but they always manage to make things interesting. The jumping around in Ikuze! Kaitou Shoujo is always fun to watch, and the weird storyline of Mirai Bowl (Kanako and Akari are Sandy and Danny from Grease, but Danny has to beat evil Ayaka and her henchman Reni, with the help of newsies Shiori and Momoka in a bowling competition to win Sandy back? Uh, yeah!) can’t be beat. It’s a lot of the girls’ work, but the production team behind MomoClo is simply genius.
Every time I see MomoClo lauded as the next big thing, I’m SUPER happy because I hope it’s true. Just now they’re starting to get more and more press and more and more notice with the idol boom, so I just have to wait and hope that Momoiro Clover Z gets more and more fans, because I LOVE them.
So, since I’m not as into H!P as I have been, I was a bit stuck. I wanted to talk more about AKB, MomoClo and other idol groups as opposed to JUST H!P in this challenge. So, my friend Dani (who’s doing it too, on her Tumblr Quagsirechannel), edited this to be more generic idol stuff:
Day 01: Your favorite Idol.
Day 02: An Idol you hate/dislike.
Day 03: If you were a guy, who would be your girlfriend?
Day 04: If this Idol were a boy, who would be your boyfriend?
Day 05: Your favorite Idol group.
Day 06: Your favorite subunit.
Day 07: Your favorite Idol pairing.
Day 08: Which Idol’s voice do you like best?
Day 09: Which Idol’s voice do you dislike?
Day 10: Your favorite “undebuted” Idol (Hello! Pro Egg, AKB48 Kenkyuusei, etc.)
Day 11: Your favorite solo Idol.
Day 12: Your favorite Hello! Project member.
Day 13: Your favorite AKB48 member.
Day 14: Your favorite Idoling!!! member.
Day 15: Your favorite Momoiro Clover member.
Day 16: Your favorite Idol from a group not listed above.
Day 17: The first Idol you noticed.
Day 18: Favorite Idol concert.
Day 19: Which Idol would you like to be for 1 day?
Day 20: An Idol you admire.
Day 21: An Idol who has charisma.
Day 22: Favorite outfit an Idol has worn.
Day 23: Your favorite ex-Idol.
Day 24: An Idol that is not one of your favorites but you admit that they’re good.
Day 25: Your favorite Idol who is NOT Japanese.
Day 26: An Idol whose character you like.
Day 27: An Idol you have a particular appreciation for.
Day 28: An Idol who reminds you of someone special or that was special.
Day 29: In your opinion, who is/was the best leader of an Idol group?
Day 3: If you are a boy, who would be your girlfriend?
Now, obviously I could very easily say my idol favorite, Ishikawa Rika. I do think she would be the perfect girlfriend. She’s caring, funny, seems like a good person to be around, quirky, and the fact that she’s drop dead gorgeous doesn’t hurt.
How can one woman be so beautiful? It’s enough to give me a complex
However, IMO this is the easy way out. I mean, she’s my favorite idol ever, and if I was a boy I have no doubt in my mind that I’d go for the cuter/feminine girls. I mean, that’s my idol type. I tend to go for the girly-girls.
So, I was thinking “Hm, Rika’s too easy. Who else of my favorites would I like to go out with?” The highest girl on my ranking that I could think of is the AKB48 KKS Natori Wakana.
She’s cute, a fantastic singer, a really good performer, and is seriously brave. (Watch the 11th gen KKS special of Ariyoshi AKB Kyowaku (sp?); she picks up one snake, it bites her, and she picks the next one up) I LOVE Wakanyan so much, that even though I haven’t seen her in that much she’s my 3rd favorite idol ever (after Ishikawa Rika and Oota Aika).
However, I don’t know THAT MUCH about Wakanyan. I know that I adore her, but she still hasn’t really gotten enough exposure to show her personality. Granted, I think she’s shown herself to be really cute and great, but would I want to date someone I didn’t know that much about?
That’s when it hit me. The girl I’d want to date so much if I was a Japanese boy and had any chance in hell with her.
The choice was obvious! My choice of girlfriend would be the lovely Iwasa Misaki, AKA Wasamin. Now, Wasamin’s totally an underdog; she’s not a frontrunner in AKB at all, not making it to the top 40 in the senbatsu elections, and her only big promotion has been a DVD with Komori Mika as well as her stint in Watarirouka Hashiritai 7.
However, in the past six months or so I’ve gone from knowing next to nothing about her to being a huge Wasamin wota. Why? because she’s that fantastic.
The first place I knew of her was actually in my AKB Oshi Oota Aika’s birthday show. In that show, the message that was read for Lovetan’s birthday (by.. Sasshi, maybe? I forget) was by Wasamin, who said lovely things that ended up being something that further cemented Lovetan as my favorite. But even still, the sentiment was lovely and sincere, and I wanted to know more about her.
Wasamin really just seems to be this all around wonderful sweetheart. Many fans know her and love her for her voice, which is indeed fantastic. But to me, the things that have really endeared Wasamin to me have been her personality. She’s definitely not the outgoing type. However, she just seems to be one of the sweetest girls in all of AKB, with a lot of maturity. Also, one thing I’ve noticed is that even though she’s potentially one of the least popular girls in AKB, she always seems to be enthusiastic about the group. She also doesn’t try and conform to the group, and I mean that in a good way. How many idols actively sing enka in events, even though that’s not necessarily popular with wota? Enka’s not even my thing, and I’ve got to appreciate Wasamin going with what she likes.
I’m also completely charmed by Wasamin in this vid. She’s just such a sweetheart, it’s unbelievable.
So yes. Even though I gave it a lot of thought, I’d TOTALLY want Wasamin as a girlfriend, with both Rika and Wakanyan as 2nd place.
Part two of the daily challenge that I started last post!
Day 2: The Idol you hate or dislike
Oh man, this is kind of tough. Like I’ve said, I’ve mainly moved from the H!P fandom to the AKB fandom, and part of the reason I did that was because I love EVERYONE in AKB. Not even kidding. For this question I was thinking of putting Akimoto Sayaka, but then thought better of it. Thought about putting Itano Tomomi up there, but then realized I like her a lot. XD So, even though this girl is from a group I pay VERY LITTLE attention to, the answer is…
Now, putting this is kind of hard for me, because Momo was actually my first favorite idol. I loved her back in 2008, when I first got into Berryz Koubou and idol fandom. However, lately she’s just been rubbing me the wrong way. I love cute idols, but Momoko really strikes me as just trying too hard. There’s a difference between trying to be cute but not taking it that seriously and finding humor in that (which is really part of why I’m a fan of both Ishikawa Rika and Sasaki Ayaka of Momoiro Clover) and just trying too hard but never finding humor. Momoko really strikes me as a bit of an attention whore and I don’t really find her schtick all that cute.
Anyone who reads this, hello! I’ve neglected this lovely blog for so long, mainly because of school. I love Happy Disco, but man the long posts I tend to do are a pain. So, to get myself back in blogging, I found this challenge at selective-hearing.com. I’ll be posting every single day about idols, and it shall be glorious.
Day 1: Your favorite Idol
Only one answer for me….
The lovely Ishikawa Rika.
I thought of a couple of other options; AKB48’s Oota Aika, for one. My Hello!Project fandom isn’t as strong as my AKB fandom is, nowadays, and Oota is my favorite there. However, when it comes to being an idol fan, no one lives up to Rika.
There are a million reasons why I love her, but it’s mainly her funny and sweet personality. She’s such a caring person, caring for her juniors and seniors at work alike. She’s always hilarious to watch.
One thing that I personally love about her is that she’s really passionate about her work and loves to sing/perform. Even though I’m in the minority in that I love her voice, both recorded and live, regardless of how you feel about her singing voice she’s a wonderful and passionate performer.
Skip to five minutes in here. She’s not the greatest singer, but the level of emotion and passion she sings with is mindblowing.
I’ve somewhat moved on from the H!P fandom, sadly, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is how fantastic I find Rika.