Categories: Hello!Project, Top 5 Series
Tags: ai kago, ai takahashi, asami konno, asuka fukuda, kei yasuda, maki goto, makoto ogawa, mari yaguchi, morning musume, natsumi abe, risa niigaki, tsunku, yuko nakazawa
Tsunku has a knack for writing very nice, moving songs, that are often most effectively put to use in graduation concerts. Indeed, the full impact of most of these songs’ nostalgia and their touching quality reveals itself only after you see them being sung as someone is graduating. There’s just something about watching performances where everyone is busy crying their eyes out to the extent that they can barely even sing the song, let alone breathe. Delicious, sweet girly tears, guys. They will make any song better.
5th: Morning Musume – Never Forget:
This song really is quite touching. It’s sung practically solo by Asuka Fukuda who was leaving Morning Musume at that point, and later also covered by Kemeko. I always thought Fukuda was a great vocalist back then. It’s amazing she was only 13 at the time Ai no Tane was released and she was just as good of a singer as the rest of the 1st generation, probably even better than Kaori and definitely better (at that point) than any of the 2nd generation girls. Just imagine how her vocals might sound today if she had been a member of Momusu all these years!
With that said, something about Asuka always irritated me… namely the fact that she never showed basically any interest to be in Morning Musume. She was always the odd one out. Even at her graduation concert as they were singing this and everyone else was crying their eyes out, Asuka was smiling there all “awww, you guys…”, just happy she was finally getting the hell out of that group. Even if I’m not a huge fan of all girls who were in Morning Musume, I’ve never wished for anyone to leave since they obviously all wanted to be there as they were having fun and giving it their all. The exception is Asuka. She never seemed enthusiastic about anything. That never stood well with me to be honest.
Now, I realize that could be partly due to her age. Like I said, she WAS 13 at the time she joined Momusu. Goto was too and she got along just fine, but kids can be different. It might’ve just been too much for Asuka at the time. However, that still doesn’t explain the fact that she never, not even ONCE to my knowledge, showed even the slightest hint of childish satisfaction or whatever for being in a pop music group.
Still, even with all that said, it is a touching song. Even my distaste for Asuka’s… disinterest can’t change that!