I'm liking them. I agree with PnP, most H!P girls to start haven't really wowed me but they tend to grow into the role. I'd say Riho probably stands as one of the few in wowing me early from the past few MM gens. (too cute) I was rooting for Maria to get in so I'm happy. Apparently there are already some slightly embarrassing Haruna Ogata pics out there, so she may very well surpass Maachan in antics.
Yeah it sorta looks like Kudo has picked her favorite new member out. :) I think we all know who Sayumi's favorite new member is. (also mine, so happy for Maria!)
Kudo also wrote on her blog that she is losing her title as youngest member as Maria and Akane are younger. I'm sure she figured this day would come but maybe not so quickly. Also sounds like Miki is our English speaking Musume, can't wait to hear her.