Eyecandy, Hello!Project, Music show reviews on August 2nd, 2009 0:21 by Henkka
Tags: erina mano, music fighter
The lovely Erina Mano was just on Music Fighter yesterday and what a treat it was! I hope this’ll get subbed just so it’d urge more people to watch her in action. I’m telling you, no better time to become a Manoeri fan than right now. Anyway, for some reason there’s only a tiny handpicked audience of 20 enthusiastic Mano fans here. Believe it or not, folks, but I’m fairly certain I even spotted two females in there somewhere! It’s a crazy world, I know.
The show begins by Manoeri proceeding to make this fan pretty much the luckiest guy ever.
It’s Yoshitaka-san’s birthday you see, and how else to reward him than with…
…no, not a blowjob you pervert, but a song! He seems like a nice fan actually, way less creepy than I’d have imagined your Manoeri fan to be… I guess those are the Risako fans. He’s kind of cool actually, all nice and quiet like that. Well, as cool as a Mano fan can be anyway. In any case, Mano sings him Happy Birthday and the dude seems honestly glad about it:
Nishino: “How was it, Yoshitaka-san?”
Fan, with a serious expression like this kind of thing happens to him all the time: “It was the best.”
Manoeri: “I’m glad!! ^______^”
But, of course the guy gets his ass kicked by the cool jock as is customary for idol pop fans. The funny part is Mano running to his rescue though. She’s so sweet! But that makes me realize, I would be a bad boyfriend for Mano really. She’d totally have to defend me from creepy men rather than the other way around. Mano would be the man in our relationship. She kicks ass while I cook.
Then it’s time for the best part about this whole post. You knew it, it’s more MANO FINLAND LOVE! Hell yes! Mano never runs out of love for Finland!
The same thing as usual, she wants to come over, take a picture with Santa Claus (CAUSE HE LIVES HERE AND NOT CANADA OR ANYWHERE ELSE YOU FUCKING INFIDELS, GET THE HELL OUT OF MY GODDAMN BLOG, SANTA IS A FINNISH INVENTION, HE LITERALLY EATS, BREATHES AND SHITS FINLAND) and post it on her blog. Oh Manoeri! Sooner or later I swear I’m going to mail her some plane tickets to Finland and wait for her at the airport in a convincing Santa costume. But setting aside the plans that will lead to my eventual imprisonment, the fun thing about that video was that guy who asked the question… look at his cap:
Oh you clever little bastard! It’s a Kimi Räikkönen cap with the Finnish flag on it even. That question was so rigged, he already knew what her answer would be! *shakes fist angrily like an old man*
Moving right along from that deceitful, evil man, Manoeri continues gracing this audience with her awesomeness. She actually baked freakin’ cookies for everyone in the audience. COOKIES! Handmade! Just kill me now. Why was I not in that audience?
Om nom nom. Finally, they do rock paper scissors and the winner is…
This fun looking fan. She gets a warm handjobshake from Mano.
Nishino: “So what are your thoughts, having gotten a handshake from her?”
Fan: “Oh, I won’t ever wash my hands again! ^______^”
Fan: “Ye– well, no. ;__;”
Mano: “Ehhh?!? (●´∀｀●)”
And with that, it’s time for the song. Enjoy!
So there you have it. Honestly, Manoeri’s currently my favorite idol. I can’t even pinpoint one reason exactly why it is so. She’s just… perfect, that’s all I can say really. First of all, I loved the whole piano thing from the start, as much as it might seem gimmicky to some. (Well okay, it is a gimmick in this live performance, but I mean when she actually plays.) Her looks? That’s the one area where I think everyone can agree she just excels, without any debate. Listen, if you think Manoeri looks ugly or “not really that pretty“… you’re wrong. Your opinion is invalid. It would be a sad, sad life if I got to no longer see any pictures or videos of the lovely Manoeri. It’s probably her vocals that bother people the most, but eh… what can I say? I think her vocals are adorable, and I mean especially when she sounds anemic in songs like Manopiano or Lalala Sososo. Sure, she’s no Ayaya, but I don’t need her to be. Her vocals are adorable, just like her.
Speaking of her songs, I’m aware they’re not musical masterpieces of excellence really. Let’s face it, Manoeri’s music is hardly the type that will give me chills running through my spine from just how awesome they are. However, they make me feel good, every one of ‘em. They put me in a happy place. Some of them are more unremarkable than the rest… songs like Mizuiro Omoi probably won’t be remembered much twenty years from now. Hell, probably none of her songs so far will, but fuck me, this stuff ain’t so bad! Sekai wa Summer Party especially should draw in a bunch of new fans I would think. How could anyone resist this tune? I know I couldn’t, and ordered a limited edition copy of it, just like I did with her previous two singles and like I will with her fourth one as well as her live DVD. She’s the only H!P artist whose releases I actually buy as new.
As far as her idol persona goes, that does get her a fair share of complaints for being “boring.” True, she’s not really the funny, crazy or weird type… but more than anything, she’s definitely the sweetest type there is. You know, the kind of girl you’d actually feel bad for jacking off to. Mano just exclaims the whole “pure” idol image. She seems honest. And more than anything, she seems incredibly appreciative of her fans. She’s not going to lure you in with false promises or being something she’s not — she’ll just give you something real again in this tired old idol business.
Well, that’s what I like to believe anyway.
 = When I say “pure”, I don’t mean anything like the aged mentality of “boohoo my idols can’t date!!“, no, fuck that type of thinking. I really can not believe something like the no-dating policy is still enforced to this day. If there’s one big major turn-off for me in the whole Japanese idol thing, it’s that. It’s something I’ll personally never agree with, not even if it’s something that’s written in the contracts they sign. “But Henkka, it’s the way of the wota! It’s how it’s always been!” Fine. If you want to follow that kind of thinking, feel free to. If you want to say “Well, that’s that then, they fucked up!” and abandon someone whose CD’s, DVD’s, pictures, photobooks, posters, T-shirts and other merchandise you’ve diligently spent your money on, and you want to do it just because said idol likes another person that happens to not be you, go right ahead. I, however, will always complain about it. The way I see it is very simple. I, as a fan, don’t have a right to demand anything from any idol. I especially don’t have any say in any of their private matters. Idols owe me, or you, absolutely nothing. But, maybe that’s just my crazy view on it. *shrug*