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Morning Musume: the aftermath

Posted by mountainoluv, 11 March 2014 · 1502 views

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Morning Musume: the aftermath Hi! It’s been a long time since my last post. Please excuse me, but I’ve been super busy with work. Also, I’ve been trying to think of something to write about, ha ha!

As I mentioned before, I got interested in Morning Musume by seeing the PV for “Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari.” This is an incredible video, and very useful for learning about the members. I watched it about 50 times, so that enabled me to learn who was who, at least among the members who were in the group at the time of that single.

I saw Morning Musume perform at Anime Expo in Los Angeles in 2009. By that time, they had admitted Koharu Kusumi, Jun Jun, Lin Lin, and Aika. A lot of the members from the JKM video had graduated, as well. The performance was only ~ 2 weeks after I discovered MM, so I was still a little fuzzy about who was who. Actually, very fuzzy.

Anyway, subsequently, I started liking Koharu Kusumi. :wub: This was about the time she graduated from MM. I was never too big on Jun-Lin. Sure, they smiled a lot, but they didn’t seem to have the personality that the girls did in the JKM video. Excuse me if I offend some Aika fans, but I have never liked her. I saw her in the group, and I thought, “Who is that? Is that one girl, or is it two girls?” I don’t think she looks good. XP Her lips are too thin. Her personality doesn’t make her stand out, at least not to me. I heard a recording of her singing, with the vocals isolated, and it sounded awful. Like a cat that had been hit by a car. It seems like she kept getting injured, and couldn’t perform the dances. I don’t want to put too much significance on it, but it seems like when they admitted Aika, MM started a downward spiral.

They have admitted many new girls since then. Jun-Lin, Takashashi, Tanaka, and Kamei graduated. It is a completely new group since JKM, with the exception of Sayu. I regret that I just can’t get into any of the new girls. They admit like 4 or 5 at a time, and I can’t tell them apart. They don’t seem to have the personality of the girls who were in MM at the time of JKM, or even the ones who had already graduated by the time JKM was released. I actually want to get to know the new girls. If I remember correctly, there was a chubby girl, though she may have lost weight. If anyone can tell me who is the cutest, and/or who is the best dancer in the group now, I would appreciate it. I know the new girls have fans, and that people are interested in them. People are posting to their threads. Maybe I am missing something.

I have been listening to a lot of Thai music lately, and watching Thai music videos. I like a group called Candy Mafia. They have been accused of being an imitation of 2NE1 (K-pop group), but I think they have a charm of their own. They (Candy Mafia) are cute, and they have some killer dance moves. :good: Their songs are good, too . . . quite catchy. How could you not like a group who has a member named Bam Bam? :lol:

OK, well, that’s all I have for now. I welcome comments, but please don’t attack me because I don’t like that former member of MM. Everybody is entitled to their opinions, and I can’t help what my opinions are.

Uhh, I think the chubby member you mentioned was Suzuki Kanon. She's still chubby, chubbier actually, and super cute XD

Personally, I Think the cutest member is Sayumi >.< but if not then Kudo Haruka and Oda Sakura are super cute~ 

The best dancer is Sayashi Riho (the front girl) and Ishida Ayumi.


I understand how you feel, I lost touch with MM after members started to leave, and by the time Risa left I only watched it because my kami-oshi Tanaka Reina was in the group.. Eventually you do grow to love the girls just like we did with P.E girls ^^ 

I hope you regain your love for them again, this is truly a great era to love Morning Musume :D

Thanks for your comment ^ !


By the way, I remember some speculation back when MM was a 9-nin or 8-nin that Tanaka Reina was going to be the leader at some point in the future. It didn't work out that way. There was another person who came after Kusumi Koharu who I had heard mentioned that was supposed to become a leader, but she is gone now, too.


I remember during one of the auditions (9th or higher), there were some comments about one of the girls being a really good dancer . . . I think it was Riho.


I'm going to have to start studying who is who in MM. They need a song and video where they introduce themselves, ha ha!

If you want to see the new members being interesting I'd really recommend the 'black variety' shows they appeared on before. 
It's hosted by Nakai-kun so if you watched old MM appearances on utaban you'll recognise him. To be honest it was those videos that really won me over to the new generation.

I liked your post because I'm totally the same, except that I followed MM from the graduations of the Platinum era members to the new girls... And even if I tried to find new interesting girls in the new gens... Honestly, for the moment I'm more interested in the group because Sayumi remains!

I would also love a JKM with the new ones, I don't think they did one. For the presentation of the girls it seems to be like this:

9th gen

Mizuki Fukumura : new "sexy" member (but so much in my opinion but...)

Erina Ikuta : Risa fangirl, wants to be No. 1 idol.

Kanon Suzuki : the "chubby" one, who seem because of that to be at the back... Do funny things apparently.

Riho Sayashi : best dancer with Ayumi Ishida, vocal leader (but I tend to dislike more and more her whining voice). Thought she was too proud but maybe onyl shy (still not sure).

10th gen

Haruna Iikubo: the weird girl, likes to flatter people, kind of otaku...? (for me as an air of Kaori but less interesting!)

Ayumi Ishida; best dancer, very ambitious and I don't want to lose girl. Riho's rival?

Masaki Sato: spoilt girl, very energetic (too much?), likes Reina. Tends to speak before thinking. Everyone seems to like her veyr much, but I find her annoying.

Haruka Kuduu: boyish girl, youngest, husky voice. Plays more and more with her boyish image apparently. Friend with Masaki.

11th gen

Sakura Oda: best singer in my opinion, reminds me a lot of Takahashi Ai, but I cannot seem to be so interested in her either, don't know why! But maybe she is in my favourite of the new girls if I had to choose. For personality I don't know her...


Well, I didn't intend to write all this in the beginning but... I'm also interested in sharing opinions about it!

Blu-Cherri, thanks for your comment ^^. I looked up images of Nakai-kun (Nakai Mashiro?), but I didn't recognize him. I would be interested in seeing some of those videos, though.


Eilantha, nice to meet you, and thanks for your comment ^, too! That was good . . . you put a lot of work into it. I thought that Kanon Suzuki was the chubby one, but I didn't want to offend anyone, so I didn't put that in my post, ha ha. So, there are three (plus Kanon) in the 9th gen., four in the 10th gen., and one in the 11th gen.? I guess I have my work cut out for me. Maybe I will start with the 9th gen., and try to learn the other three members, and go from there . . . [I'm not too optimistic, though. I've been a fan of SNSD for years and I think the only ones I could identify would be Yoona, Sooyoung, and Tiffany (possibly Jessica). Maybe if I had photos and the names and I had to match them, I could do better . . . ]

omg, i heard about Candy Mafia too, i saw them in related videos while watching some kpop stuff, so i checked them out. they're super cute! but i laughed my ass off when i found out that they have a song called Alzheimer XD

Yes, that's the same Candy Mafia! Regarding "Alzheimer," I gather that they have an expression in Thailand that if a girl is in love with a guy and she is unable to think correctly or talk when in his presence, it's called Alzheimer. Thankfully, I don't have Alzheimers, nor does my mom. Anyway, here is the link for the PV: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=AbuFz3DchUQ . If you look closely, Bam Bam is wearing a little tail. Irreverent. Original. What more could you ask for???

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