So if you’re a blogger and love H!P, recently there’s been posts with questions initially a collaboration post between Chiima from Okay! Musume Time and Momoka from Momo Musu and of course it grew with other people stating their viewpoints of the matter as I will do as well because it’s actually an interesting set of 21 Questions XD So let us dive into the list huh?!
1. If your favourite member were to leave a group, you would abandon that group.
First of all, this is false for me since my favorite member was Konkon and she left a LONG time ago! That being said of the current members of H!P, honestly it wouldn’t determine my enjoyment of the group at all. I mean it does rather piss me off when I see that when a member leaves there’s always a butt-ton of people that say…YOU KNOW WHAT, SO & SO IS GONA AND SO AM I…it’s like wow…shallow view on a group don’t ya think? I know I’ll never get that way with any group idol/rock/k-pop…because I’m a little more fair and equal to member adoration. If my current favs (Aika, Haruna, Kanana, Rinapuu, Akari, Chinami, Maimi, Yurina, and Maasa) left I’ll be depressed of course but at the same time, I can enjoy what the other members bring to the table!
2. Your favourite member/group is obviously the best member/group to exist and without them, the group/project would fail.
Uh oh, the god complex! A member doesn’t make the group, the individual talents coming as one is the group so false for me. I mean to a lot of people and putting this in perspective a LOT of people said that Takitty was the sole reason Momusu still were going strong and that’s a deft lie right there! Yes, she has the vocals but the other members were better than her in many ways like personality and dancing and other things. To say something like without her the group is nothing is a bit of wishy-washy thing to say!
Sometimes I’m a little negative with the reverse side of it like there’s members that we could live without and we would’ve been fine but that’s not in the H!P area to be honest.
3. The new members (Gen 9/10 MM & Gen 2 S/mileage) are too new to handle the loss of so many senpai (Aichan, Gaki, and Yuuka) so soon after joining.
Lies and slander here! To me why would this need to be challenged? I mean Morning Musume has been a revolving group full of new girls and girls leaving for so long that it shouldn’t be surprising. I mean the 6th Gen were basically pushed to the front immediately when they debuted with “Shabondama” (especially Reina of course) so seeing the Kyuukies being pushed fast is no new news to me.
Jyuukies are the same way but in a different situation because while they weren’t THAT busy in either “Pyokopyoko Ultra” and “Kanashiki Koi no Melody”…I mean I did think pushing them to promote “Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku” when they weren’t initially involved was a tad strange to me (and they could’ve had more training than throwing them into lives SO QUICKLY…yeah.
As for the 4 2nd Gen S/mileage members, I think they came in at a rather unusual time since the process did come out of nowhere and having half the troupe leave just as much! I think they’re having the hardest time because they’re having to reset the fanbase basically and start anew almost.
Now for the girls themselves I think caking on Riho so hard on the fans is a bit hard but didn’t they do that with Reina….exactly. The other girls in Momusu are being pushed normally and some being forgotten which is nothing new and that’s normal to me. Also for S/mileage with Akari and Meimi taking up where Saki and Yuuka left it’s blatant to see that Rinapuu and Kanana are kind of just there when it comes to lines…so it’s back and forth
4. Idols should be forever pure – They should not marry, or date, or even think about anyone other than their fans.
Personally, I just want the girl to be happy and have real emotions. In reality though, it seems that that can’t happen due to the idol status quo of not ever dating or falling in love because the fans are kind of selfish and want the girls to themselves (but let’s be honest here, it’s never gonna happen). I read one version of this rant and agreed that it’s kind of not fair for the girls to not have dates while Johnny’s can freely mooch on any girl or housewife they want…It’s so annoying to me.
I mean off-topic but seeing Natsumi and Rumi from ABK48 get kicked out because they had dates is just total bullshit and shouldn’t had elevated to then having their contracts evoked basically…Same with Marippe and Mikitty…they shouldn’t have left just because a guy came into their lives…UGH…
To me, I just don’t like the rules of idolism in Japan, it’s just sexist and limits the girls happiness (well at their older age…young ones are well too young to do that so underage-ness works here).
5. H!P members should be allowed to date/marry so they can stay members forever.
Ok, I think the girls should be allowed to date whoever they want (if they’re legal). HOWEVER, it should be the girl’s decision if she wants to stay as a member because I’m sure some of them get tired of that kind of life so they opt out of it (like in the case of Maiha from Berryz and Saki from S/mileage) I doubt some of the girls don’t wanna end up like Seiko Matsuda or something XD…a bajillion albums and still an idol…jeeze…
6. When a member graduated, suddenly, everyone loves them.
I think everyone gets that way whether or not they like/not like them. Well, it’s really random to see people that bash them and then all of a sudden see them do a pity dance for the member because “the group will never be the same without her” AKA #2 Question. I mean I’ve shown that I’ll miss a gal because she contributed something to the group even if she’s not well-liked and all that. So in a way, it’s a way of life and other times it’s kind of annoying to get empty pity from people (at least how I see it).
7. When a new member gets more lines than other new members, everyone either hates that member or loves them. (No in between)
The biggest case of this in recent times is in the case of Riho Sayashi. I mean when she joined Momosu she’s been essentially taking almost center roles in everything (not as much in “Pyokopyoko Ultra” but that was a different scenario. Now people bitch because Riho is so up-front and pushed as the next best thing but let’s be honest it’s the fan’s fault as I look at it. During auditions she was THE POPULAR ONE and every fan really did want her in one way or another, but then all of a sudden since “Only you” everyone was taking their word back and starting to dislike her for having many solo lines
To me, I think she deserved the lines she’s got since she’s a great dancer and she has decent vocals for a young’n. Now most people will disagree with that statement and state that the other Kyuukies are better which I can agree to in certain situations. Erina can do cute, I’m sure Kanon could do ballads and songs that need a deeper voice, and Mizuki is the all-around like Riho. Though TBH, I’m on team I’m happy with Riho being the new face.
8. The new Members of Morning Musume (or specific members) don’t look like they belong there.
Wow, that’s just all kinds of unecessary! I mean Morning Musume once again showcases different sides of girls in one tight group so saying that girls don’t look like they belong there is kind of beating the point of the group in the first place.
The only time anyone looks out of place in Morning Musume..is if a member is a dude…
9. Morning Musume are a Sinking Ship.
Well we got to look at it in different concepts
Music: Not at all, the music is still charming to this day even though they aren’t like they once were but the music still has that spark and feel to them and even the recent “Pyokopyoko Ultra” has its unique charm IMO.
Sales: This is true, sales-wise H!P has been going down in recent times but it does fluctuate once in a while if a single is promoted well…but yeah Momusu’s sales are a bit of a sinking ship!
Though not related, I think H!P as a whole have been a sinking ship since the Elder Club graduated because we really haven’t had new groups since Guardians 4 (I mean there were a few, but they didn’t last very long or were just one-single groups).
Overall, even though the times have changed the quality is still quite great and I still enjoying the A-sides (i think there’s only 3 A-sides I don’t like from them). Morning Musume is definitely still a group that has push behind them.
10. Morning Musume are too childish, so naturally people won’t like them any more.
I actually disagree with this and to the people that hate the childish nature of “Pyokopyoko Ultra” and leaving them just because it’s too childish kind makes them childish as well!
I mean Momusu has done kiddy-ish songs in the past like “Koko ni Iruzee!”, “Morning Musume no Hyokkori Hyotanjima”, “Appare Kaitan Zushi!” and “Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai!” and loads of album tracks as well so people are just either too new to the group to fully understand how the group works or just dull. I persoanlly like the ideas of switching from deep and meaningful songs to dance tracks to happy songs…
The viewpoint though that most of the group is younger, well yeah I guess they are a little child-heavy but I think it’s the company’s fault for not having auditions during the Koha/Eri/Jun/Lin era and adding at that time. So it’s kind of their punishment for holding out for so long and letting it get down to the 5-nin Momusu before the Kyuukies joined.
Plus “Ren’ai Hunter” is looking to be less childish…so people that are jumping ship are weenies
11. S/mileage has become more mature than Morning Musume as of 2012.
Until the group releases something like “Shabondama”, “AS FOR ONE DAY”, “Kanashimi Twilight” or even “Namida ga Tomaranai Houkago”, consistently, they’ll never be mature in my eyes. Personality-wise, they still are quite young and while they are older than some of the Morning Musume members, they still act quite Minimoni-like for me….especially Meimi…have you seen her these days…she’s super hyperactive!!!
12. S/mileage ARE the new Morning Musume.
To be honest, I think it’s too early to tell if they are or not but the revolving graduation/audition shpeal does make it so that S/mileage would move like the flagship group.
In some ways, I think they need to have a third audition to confirm my thoughts that somehow they’ll be the same waylike Morning Musume…like rivals almost.
13. C-ute is only still “cute” because they owe it to their group name.
Sometimes. Recently they’ve upped it to some mature stuff like most of the “Chou!WONDERFUL6″ era has been a lot of mature stuff and hard sounding things that has been pretty popular. Add in “Namida no Iro”, “SHOCK!”, and “Tokkaiko Junjou” they’ve been pretty good in halving between cute and mature but I don’t think they own the cuteness to their name as it suggests. Though it does make me wonder why they were given that name in the first place.
14. Berryz and C-ute might disband soon.
It’s going to happen eventually, we as fans can’t deny that these two groups will eventually dissolve unless major things happen to either/or.
I mean the girls are getting quite old (C-ute’s members are a little younger so they have a longer life span than the Berryz do) so I mean due to age I’m sure the girls want to go on and live their lives but we have to cherish what time we have left with either group!
They could quite being a group and morph into one, but that won’t be well liked I’m sure but there’ll be some fans that would enjoy
The other idea that I could remotely think of but will either destroy the groups internally or turn off the fans to a great amount is having all the girls graduate but replace them with new members (whether it be the Kenshuusei girls or brand new girls but have them keep the names). Problem with this idea is that it’s a total dissolution to the group’s sound and it’d be like working from ground zero again. Not many people would enjoy the sudden transition IMO…but it is an idea, you can’t deny it and it could be on UFA’s minds in the future should they choose to just let the Berryz/C-ute members graduate.
15. Aika should graduate.
Just because she’s been out because of her injuries shouldn’t say she should just graduate and call it a day. I do agree she is holding the group back to a small degree but it’s not enough to say OK, we had enough and she just needs to quit because if that was the case UFA would’ve pulled the plug a lot earlier here.
Aika is definitely determined to return to the stage and she’s still performing with the group at lives (not a lot but that’s not the point, she’s performing and she’s keeping up with the group).
I think she’s a great idol and her determination to getting back to the stage does wonders and kind of sets a rather great influence to future idols out there!
16. The fans are the real problem behind Morning Musume’s problems.
Momusu has problems since when? I mean beside Aika being sidelined, there’s no real problems. Now in a otherworldy version of this I do think the fans are the suggestion to the company because they hear fans sometimes but not all the time I mean the biggest case was with “Koi wa Hassau Do the Hustle” where it was disliked so much at lives that they made it a B-side and got “Chokkan 2″ to be the leading track. So sometimes the fans are at fault but most of the time it’s the company that fails to promote the single/album or other things. Also the lower sales could also be counted as the fans because the internet exists XD and all that spazzing going on…yeah…
17. Sayashi Riho and Tamura Meimi are only in H!P because they previously performed in Stage Plays with H!P members/groups.
To be honest, it could’ve been the reason but there’s other reasons I’m sure behind Riho and Meimi passing the auditions and getting into said group. I mean Riho has her dancing that was exceptional. However, I’m not sure how Meimi got in otherwise because she’s a little TOO OVER EXCITED BOUT SHIT and her voice was godawful in the audition…soooo I don’t know.
18. Tanaka Reina needs to graduate.
To me, Reina is now like the Takitty of the current era where she’s now the primary lead vocalist of the group, though I don’t think it’ll be quite as long of a tenure as Ai did but she does seem to getting tired of it. Besides the drama, she looks rather uninterested in the group and only really speaks up with Sayu or when she leads interviews. I’m sure Momusu fans are split as well because there’s people that love her and some people that think she hogs too much and she has hogged many-a-lines in her tenure so far. Even her debut she was lead vocalist in “Shabondama”…I mean, I think it would be nice to see her in the back for once!
19. A-sides are better than B-sides, or else the B-side would be the A-side.
Logic says it’s the company’s decision on what is the A or B-side. I will say hearing Momusu’s singles, there are better A-sides currently than B’s but I have seen a surge of where this is not the case and I’m curious to why they’re having much better B’s than A’s. In the last two era’s all but one B-side IMO were better than it’s lead track and it’s like well…logic for company needs to notice that fans are enjoying the B’s more and take advantage on making that happen.
20. Berryz Koubou shouldn’t be “Sexy” suddenly after being “childish” for so long.
Ever since “6th Otakebi Album” Berryz have been progressively getting more mature and deeper and with “Aa, Yo ga Akeru” was rather sexy of a PV but let’s be honest they’re getting older and so the area of people to impress is changing as well and the fans that have followed them since the beginning shouldn’t be bothered by the fact they’re getting more sexier because it is a direction they need to take because I doubt anyone wants to see them pull off monkey outfits again “Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance” is definitely a strange thing. Add in the the recent failings of chicken outfits on Momusu and you got a GREAT reason they should avoid going back to childish. Plus they are old and mature I think, they can pull this off! Though I’ll admit they’re like C-ute in the way that they also switch styles up as well so it’s shouldn’t be a surprise but I do think leaving the uber cute songs will do them good I think.
21. IT’S ALL TSUNKU’S FAULT!
Well…the music is mostly him so if it’s the music you have a problem with than yeah it is all him but if it’s down to who gets what line and who gets promoted and the who gets in…it’s all UFA so it’s kind of half and half…it shouldn’t be just one person’s fault XD.
SO HERE YA GO MY OPINIONS!!!