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Morning Musume, teh members!: Generation 5: Teh Gokkies!!! May 18, 2011

Filed under: ~Morning Musume Special~ — solarblade @ 8:55 am

The Gokkies surely brought a lot of interesting vibes with the addition of what was originally supposed to be Ai Takahashi, Makoto Ogawa, and Risa Niigaki….However Tsunku basically admitted freely that there was one girl who just sucked poorly and he decided to take a risk and add Asami Konno along the ride.  As of writing this only all of the Gokkies graduated….  So let’s get down to it right?  Oh yeah, just like the last generation, their debut single “Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~” didn’t really star them.  However Risa has the opening lines and Makoto was featured a lot in the song’s PV….take that as you will.

Makoto Ogawa

  • Tenure: Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~ ————> Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii jan (18 Singles + 4 Albums + SEXY BOY ~Soyokaze ni Yorisotte~ and Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii jan on SEXY 8 BEAT)
  • Signature Song in Momosu: I don’t think she really did during her days in Momosu where she was main at least
  • Solo Career? None whatsoever
  • Sub-groups: Petitmoni, Happy♡7, SALT5 and participated in MM Otomegumi and DMM.
  • Overall opinion: Really, you had the biggest hopes when you debuted but Tsunku really sucked at lines for ya to be honest only letting you truly shine with the sub-groups.  One-liners don’t cut it.

I used to really love Makoto for some reason.  It could be from her humor or her ways of talking and her Utaban appearances but seriously was shafted when looked at as a whole against the other Gokkies.  I mean she was all over the PVs and she had one-liners that were great like AS FOR ONE DAY and her biggest work during Momosu herself was basically Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari 2 in which she sung a nice amount (then again everyone had the same amount of time in the song).  Very underappreciated and like I said, the sub-groups did a good job of pushing her out like SALT5 where she really man-handled that cookie LOL.  Nowadays, she’s come back from English lessons and has returned as a part of Dream Morning Musume.  She still isn’t the most important, but she’s gettin lines of normality.

Asami Konno


  • Tenure: Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~ ————> Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii jan (18 Singles + 4 Albums + SEXY BOY ~Soyokaze ni Yorisotte~ and Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii jan on SEXY 8 BEAT)
  • Signature Song in Momosu: Namida ga Tomaranai Houkago (24th A-side)
  • Solo Career?: Nope!
  • Sub-groups: Tanpopo, Odoru♡11, Country Musume ni Konno to Fujimoto, 11WATER, and Ongaku Gatas and was in MM Sakuragumi
  • Overall opinion: Weird gal, but she had a personality to boast upon and she was adorable!!!

You really can’t go wrong with someone like Konkon who was the oddly chosen member of the Gokkies.  I mean she doesn’t have the vocals like Yossie, Gocchin, Takitty or even Mako and doesn’t dance the best either!  Remember how Konkon danced in Do it! Now alongside Gocchin?  It was pretty damn awkward.  However as time grew by (and her insatiable appetite) she became one of the more cuter personalities alongside Rika-chan and Aibon/Nono.  She still didn’t have the best vocals but was enough to garner basically a song where she was the front vocals with Namida ga Tomaranai Houkago.  That was impressive and showed that with a lot of dedication a crappy choice can become a force to be reckoned with.  Beyond that, she didn’t have much going for her like Risa or Ai and stuck with Makoto with the rather ignored bunch.  However, whenever Konkon sings, you can easily tell it’s her.  Also oddly enough she’s the only member of the 0G that isn’t doing Dream Morning Musume (Tsuji is participating, but just on baby leave).  Sad to see she isn’t doing it but props for her TV job now ^_^

Ai Takahashi

  • Tenure: Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~ —————>Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! / Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai! (35 Singles + 10 Albums)
  • Signature Song in Momosu: Izakaya (album song on COVER YOU), Denwa de ne (album song from Fantasy! Juuichi), Yuki/Ai×Anata≧Suki (song from 7.5 Fuyu Fuyu Morning Musume Mini!), and Jishin Motte Yume Motte Tobitatsu Kara (B-side from Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! / Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai!) and WAY TOO MANY A-SIDES TO ACCOUNT FOR!
  • Solo Career?: A couple of digital singles with only one original song, Yume Kara Samete
  • Sub-groups: Happy♡7, Minimoni, 7AIR, Elegies, and High-King with her also in MM Sakuragumi
  • Overall opinion: Ever since she debuted she was one of the most pushed of the Gokkies and well-deserved because she has the vocals to do it, but now it’s getting a little much.

Ahhhh, Takitty.  She was definitely the face of  Momosu and she has been for quite a while.  Ever since Nacchi (Natsumi) graduated it seemed like all but a few A-sides and various album songs had Ai as the lead vocals and that’s good and all until you’re doing it repeatedly (especially from Onna ni Sachi Are to Maji Desu ka Ska!).  Her vocals usually are pretty good though and she really has some glorious moments like her epic chorus in Shabondama to her extended epicness in Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game.  She’s a very versatile gal since she also was in Minimoni and the R&B/Euro sounds of High-King.  I do think it she contributed the most to Morning Musume vocally but it was her time to leave and I’m fine with that.

Risa Niigaki

  • Tenure: Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~  ————-> Ren’ai Hunter (37 Singles + 10 Albums + Pyocopyoco Ultra & Ren’ai Hunter on “13 Colorful Character”)
  • Signature Song in Momosu: Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~ (13th A-side) and Yowamushi (Naichau Kamo’s B-side)
  • Solo Career?: Cover songs mostly (most of the current H!P gals are doing it sooooo it really doesn’t count but whatever floats.
  • Sub-groups: Tanpopo. Happy♡7, 7AIR, Athena & Robikerottsu, ZYX-α, and Reborn Eleven (while also doing MM Sakuragumi, 10nen Kinentai, and Mobekimasu)
  • Overall opinion: She stood out in tons of Momosu’s stuff but it’s because of both her unique vocals and her godawful hairstyles she’s had up until…well it changes too much XD

Risa has always been an interesting member.  I mean she started out kind of like Yossie being a bit tom-boyish and with her odd hairstyles she’s always kind of been awkward of a member for me when I watch their PVs.  She does have vocals, I mean the opening of Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~ where she just opens the song up quite nicely and was literally the only Gokkie that really had a part to herself.  Since then she’s been like Konkon and Mako with one-liners and such but she has such an interesting voice that I’m surprised Tsunku didn’t utilize her better.  Nowadays she’s standing out a little bit more, but with the looming change of leaders…it does make me wonder if the departure of Takitty will make Gaki get A LOT MORE VOCAL TIME.  Sadly we don’t really get to see that because she would be leaving just two singles after Takitty’s graduation.





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