Jin to make his Hollywood debut

It was just announced that former KAT-TUN member Akanishi Jin will be making his Hollywood debut through the Hollywood remake of the Japanese movie 47 Ronin. Jin will star alongside Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves and Japanese actors Sanada Hiroyuki, Tadanobu Asano, Kikuchi Rinko, and singer Shibasaki Kou. And as of right now it’s set to be released on November 21, 2012. But that’s obviously not set in stone. Movies get pushed back and release dates get changed all the time.

This is extremely exciting news for a couple of reasons. Obviously the first one being that Jin will grace theaters worldwide and will get worldwide exposure from this movie. The second reason is this is a Hollywood movie in English. I’m sure most Jin fans, or anyone who reads his twitter, know that his English isn’t the best. But since this is a Hollywood movie probably with a big budget, I bet there will be someone on set to help him with his English a bit. Granted it doesn’t seem like anyone has been helping Ken Watanabe with his English all that much. But that hasn’t hurt his American career in the least bit. And of course the third reason this is great is because of the exposure this will give Jin’s American career. Everyone knows that Jin is going to release his first American album. But so far a release date hasn’t been announced which means the album is no where near ready. So, that makes me assume that his album will be released late 2011, like November or December, or early 2102, like January or February. Now, a movie being released that late won’t give Jin that much promotion for the actual release of his album but it will probably pimp Jin enough to get people interested in his music. Depending how popular the movie is and how well Jin comes off to American audiences. Since Jin is going to be in the movie he will probably be doing some of the promotions. Especially on semi-big late night shows. Since a lot of shows have to settle for secondary actors in the film if they can’t book the big names. Like Jimmy Fallon or George Lopez will never get a huge actor who’s movie is currently in theaters. But they might get Jin. Also, Jin could possibly get a tie in song. Since he’s an American singer, or will be soon, they might pimp his music. Movies always love to feature the actor’s music in movies. So, if we’re lucky one of his songs will be playing while the credits play.
 
You also gotta love how the Japanese tabloids were almost right. Back when Jin first decided to take a break from KAT-TUN to do his solo concerts a Japanese tabloid said he was doing so to audition for Pirates of the Caribbean 4. And he would be unable to do KAT-TUN’s concert and audition for the movie. Well, it seems that they were half right. They just got the movies mixed up. It also seems like Jin really did leave to audition because it was also said that Jin went and auditioned for the movie on his own. So, to me it seems like he did just that with JE’s permission. And once he actually got the role Johnny thought it would be an absolutely perfect idea to have him also debut in the US as a singer. Which is why they didn’t announce he would be debuting in America until after his concerts were over, when he was supposed to come back. And not before then, in case he didn’t get the part. And if he didn’t get the part there would be no reason to have him try to debut in the US. That’s just my two sense though. Perhaps I’m just overanalyzing the situation like I always do. XD
 
Good luck to Jin though. I hope this movie becomes a success. Even though Jin will probably end up getting like 10 lines. XD

Why don’t I listen to SKE48 more?

Lately I’ve been getting into AKB48 a lot. I’m pretty much a full fledged fan. Besides the fact that I don’t know the girl’s personalities yet. Which is a work in progress. And since I’ve been focusing a lot on AKB48, I’ve pretty much been lazily following the sister groups. But now I see that I’ve been completely wrong in doing so. And because of this, I feel extremely stupid for neglecting them. Well, when I say them I mean SKE48. I’ve been following SDN48 closer than SKE48 because they are newer and easier to keep track of. And I’m sure you’re also wondering what I mean by, “because of this.”

Well, I’ll tell you exactly what this is. But first I want to start by talking about how I’ve been following SKE48. It’s not really following at all. I first became aware of SKE48 when they opened their official youtube channel. Mostly because everyone was making a big deal about it. I was intrigued so I wanted to find out exactly what they were about. So, I watched the Gomen ne, Summer PV and pretty much called it a day. I ended up liking the song, but have only listened to it a handful of times. Then a couple of months later I randomly found Tsuyokimono yo on youtube. I liked that song a little more and listened to it a couple of times every few weeks. Then when 1! 2! 3! 4! Yoroshiku! came out I actually wasn’t impressed with it. But a few months ago it got stuck in my head, and I’ve been in love with it ever since. But that’s pretty much the extent of what I listen to SKE48. I mean, when I heard about Banzai Venus I didn’t even bother listening to it.

I guess I should get back to why any of this is important. Recently AKB48 performed a medley on Music Japan, which I of course watched. While I was watching their performance I noticed how SKE48’s performance on Music Japan was a related video. I decided to watch it on a whim because I like 1! 2! 3! 4! Yoroshiku! and felt like listening to it. That was probably the best decision ever because after I watched the performance I basically instantly became of fan of theirs. The performance was absolutely incredible. It was so high energy and engaging that I was pretty much mesmerized. The performance was so awesome, half because both songs are my favorite type of idol song: heavy music, super upbeat, energetic, and cutesy. And half because both songs have insanely amazing dances. They both look pretty intricate and some what difficult. Which makes them fun to watch. I just found the whole performance completely engaging from start to finish.

All this really did was show me I need to start paying closer attention to SKE48. Because honestly, if they keep releasing songs like their last 2 singles I’ll probably end up liking them more than AKB48.

Here’s their Music Japan performance for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet.

Picking up the pieces

I have felt completely heartbroken by the unfolding events in Japan. It seems everyday when I wake up the news is worse. Nuclear reactors exploding, the death toll believed to be over 10,000. I even heard on the news last night that they are bumping up the earthquake from 8.9 to 9.0. Watching things like this makes me incredibly sad. Half because I love Japan and I empathise with them, and half because I can’t really help them at all. Having been interested in Japan and Japanese music for almost 7 years now, makes me more saddened by this news than the average American. Not to say Americans aren’t completely heartbroken over this, because they are, but as some one who has always kept an eye on Japan it hurts a lot more for me.

And the ironic thing is despite all of this I really want to start blogging again.Not for any selfish or malice reasons you might be thinking of. I want to blog because blogging gives me comfort. A few months back when my mom had a stroke blogging helped me feel just a tiny bit better. It gave me a sense of normality amide devistation. But how do you blog about the place that was effected for comfort? That seems like backwards logic to me. And because of that I haven’t been blogging. I had this blog give a moment of silence to Japan.

But then I wonder is it even ok to blog. With a devastating earthquake and tsunami obviously it doesn’t feel completely right to blog. When a tragedy of this caliber happens trivial things like idols hardly matter. But with that mind set, when is an ok time to blog? I don’t want to be seen as that insensitive person that starts blogging about unimportant things, when Japan is still grieving.

I don’t know, I feel completely torn. It’s just incredible to see what a huge difference a day makes. I remeber the day before the earthquake all I cared about was seeing the full PV for Maji Desu ka Ska. I was getting excited for the Super Moon and St. Patrick’s Day. I even wrote an entry about Passpo the day before the earthquake, that I was going to post the next day.

And now it doesn’t even seem right to care about these things. And if I care I’m a horrible person. Of course people have to move on eventually, and Japan isn’t even my native country. But it stll seems like it’s too soon. But I have no idea when it will no longer feel too soon. How do you measure something like that? A week, a month, a year? This whole post makes me seem selfish.

Would global 48 groups even work?

I orignally wanted this to be part of my Taiwan48 post, but this post was way too long to be included. So, here we are a whole new post dedicated to the possibility of other global 48 groups. XD

It seems a majority of fans have been responding negatively to the idea of foreign 48 groups since day one. But I have been absolutely excited. Despite not being a fan of AKB48 2 years ago, I was all for the idea of World48 when I heard about it. Since I am a Japanese music fan, I was thrilled about anything that would spread Japanese music and/or style around the world. Especially if it might happen here in the US.

Most fans have been shooting down the possibility of a global franchise for 3 reasons. (You know I have to overanalyze this and write more in more depth about this because I’m such a nerd.) Also, This is an EXTREMELY long post. So, stop reading if you don’t feel like reading for a good 10 minutes give or take.

The first reason being they won’t like it because they prefer things that are Japanese. Now, before I start my explanation of this let me say that I DO NOT personally know fans like this. But after years of reading forums, blogs, youtube comments, and having actual conversations, I assure you these types of fans DO exist. Please don’t take offense in this. I am not suggesting that the people who read this blog or are reading this blog now are like this. There, was that warning PC enough? XD

They would much prefer if Japanese music was a sub culture. Having the music spread would completely defeat the purpose. That way if they are the only person who  knows about the ultra cool Japabese things can they feel superior. Which deals with the whole elitism in the Japanese music community. And don’t tell me it doesn’t exist. Try joining a Jrock LJ community or Jrock forum (which is how I found out) and see how elitist the Jrock fandom is. I had a friend who literally looked down on me because I didn’t know absolutely everything about anime and anime music, and she did so that made her so much better than me. Which, I might add I wasn’t even that into. I liked Japanese music not JUST anime music. Which she only liked anime music. I will never forget the first thing I said to her. “You like Japanese music?! Do you like Morning Musume,” she responded she didn’t know who they were so I almost angrily said, “How can you like Japanese music and not know who Morning Musume are?!” Ah, good times. XD
Also, I have heard fans who literally do not want their Japanese or Asian singers known worldwide. I have no idea why. I guess they treat it as something precious and amazing, that only they like. And if the whole world suddenly learned about it would lose all it’s appeal. Which would makes those fans elites, who only like it too feel superior and trendy.

The other reason is only liking Japanese things because they are Japanese. The absolutely first second I started liking Japanese music I was labeled a weebo and a Japanophile. That I liked absolutely ANYTHING just because it was Japanese. Regardless of how terrible it actually was. One of my sister’s friends even called me an Egg. Which made me completely angry! Which was never true for me. I still listen to American music. I do not wish I was Japanese nor do I wish I lived in Japan. I am 100% happy being American. I am completely consumed in everything American and can’t imagine living anywhere else. But a vast majority of Japanese fans are like that. How do I know? Practically every friend I ever made friends with because they liked Japanese music also, where straight up Japanophiles. Case and point, I was at Japanese restaurant. Where my friends go to ALL the time. My and my friends literally go there like 2 or 3 times a week, I might add. It was my first time there and first time eating Japanese food. But, I knew I wouldn’t like it. I don’t like rice, fish, beans, or most vegetables, so it was pretty obvious. I tried some of my friends miso soup because there was no way I was going to buy something I most likely wasn’t going to like. So, I had a spoonful. And no offence to anyone, it was the most disgusting thing I have ever eaten. And I will never forget her response. “I knew you weren’t going to like it. Miso soup is an acquired taste.” And of course my response was. “There’s no such thing as an acquired taste. That just means you’re forcing yourself to like it because it’s Japanese” Which she completely was. (This was also anime girl btw. XD) And this has to be why a lot of fans WILL NOT accept international 48 groups. And as hard as it is for people to accept that, this is a much bigger reason that people do or want to realize. There are people out there who only like Japanese things. Only eat Japanese food. Only listen to Japanese music. Only wear Japanese like clothes. And think Japan is the best country in the world. Believe me they exist, I know a few. Thankfully not to such and obsessive annoying degree, but they are like that. So, with that mind set, the global 48 groups would, no matter what, automatically be worse than the Japanese one. It would be a horrible rip off that should never exist, because it’s very existence is brining down the original Japanese one. Which is absolutely ludicrous!

The second reason of course being, that 48 groups would never last in the west. Of course that out come is possible. But honestly, with the right producing and promotion anything could happen. Yes, Japanese idol culture does not exist in any shape or form in the US. It’s closest equivalent, Dinsey artists, aren’t anything near what an idol is. But obvious if the music was altered from idol music, and transformed into what is popular in that country they’d have a real shot. Such as the US would have a hip hop, autotuned, sexy, vibe. Where as a country in Europe would have a more techno infused dance song.
But not even that, there are some US artists that are making essentially cutesy “idol” music. Katy Perry released the relatively cute sounding song, California Gurls, with an even cuter youthful almost idol looking music video. And a song like Teenage Dream with lyrics about teenage love, that lyrically sounds like something AKB48 would release. Yet, she’s a legit artist. How about Taylor Swift? Despite being 20 her music is mostly poorly written songs geared toward teenage girls. I mean, try and tell me You Belong With Me, Fifteen, and Love Story aren’t written like and for a fourteen year old girl. And how about the Jonas Brothers? Yes, they are disney stars, but they were still able to break away from that a bit. But listen to songs like Hello Beautiful, Got Me Going Crazy, Infatuation, Lovebug, Pushing Me Away don’t sound like they could be JE songs? I mean lyrically they are the same caliber that Johnny’s songs are. And if you can’t see that, you’re obviously really biased. The Jonas Brother’s idol-esque lyrics are the main reason I got into them in the first place.

Another reason people think they might fail is because of the whole school girl uniform type outfits. Which is completely true in a sense. I don’t know about any other country, but here in the US school uniforms aren’t really that common. In the US only catholic schools and prep schools wear uniforms. So that’s only about half the country, if not less. In Japan they are a big deal socially since every student in every school wears uniforms. But any outfit could become accepted. Remember Gwen Stefani’s whole Harajuku Girls phase? That was weird and Japanese but accepted. And if people accept Lady Gaga wearing dresses made out of meat and condoms, I think school uniforms could become accepted. It could also become a fashion trend. If military, navy, and freaking beige can be popular trends in fashion now, why can’t school girl outfits? However, since it is the US the only way school girl outfits would fly is if they were sexy or at least a little bit flirty. Remember a few months back when that Mexican group used the music for AKB48’s Beginner? Remember how sexy and revealing their outfits were? Yeah, that’s almost what USA48 would look like.

The 3rd reason obviously being they are teenage girls. 48 groups, minus SDN48, are teenage girls, and regardless of the country they would stay teenage girls. It might fly in Japan for teenage girls too dances around in bikinis, run around in lingerie, take photo shoots wearing bra and panties, and sometimes singing about having sex with adult, it definitely won’t fly in the US. People would be up in arms in no time. Looking sexually at anyone under the age of 18 is extremely frowned upon. And AKB48’s whole appeal is sexualizing their school girl image, which would not be allowed to be done. Do you remember how much heat Miley Cyrus got for pole dancing at the Teen Choice Awards when she did? For USA48 to even be allowed to happen it would have to be completely reformatted, or it would have to be based off of SDN48 instead of AKB48.

Even though global 48 groups would have to be intricately designed to appeal to their specific country, I actually think they could in fact be popular. But much like any artist or group, it’s all about selling it correctly. And I can see things like janken tournaments and senbatsu elections being really popular. As well as the idols you can meet concept being a huge fan favorite. And who knows, if all goes well we could see sister groups. Such as NYC48, LSA48, ATL48, CGO48, etc.

Help me make JM better!

Since the new year has finally set in, I’ve been thinking about making some changes to Janakya Mottainai. Of course changes for the better. Since this July is Janakya Mottainai’s 3rd anniversary, (Can you believe it?) I really want to make this blog 100 times better for the people reading it.



So, right now I would just love to see what some of my reader’s think about this blog. Basically I want you to tell me what you would like me to write about, something you wish I would write about, or something I need to fix/change. And I don’t want anyone to hold back! Be brutally honest if you have to! If you think I’m too opinionated, tell me. If my overall writing sucks, let me know. If there’s some stories you’d wish I write about, don’t be bashful. Make the critique about absolutely anything at all! My blog’s too bland, I don’t post enough, you want more overanalyzed predictions, or whatever.
Writing this blog means absolutely nothing if the people reading it don’t enjoy it.

Here are some things I’m thinking about blogging about. Let me know if you’d be interested in reading posts about them.

-Commercials: I am writing about idols after all, and idols get lots of endorsements. But I have only ever made 2 or 3 posts about commercials in this blog. Commercials fall under a news category and I know people like to know the absolute latest news about their favorite idol/idol group. And since my blog focuses a lot on news, I think I should be posting about ALL the news.

-Release announcements: The absolute first time I mention a single is when a preview comes out. And I never even mention new albums! I have seen a lot of blogs making entire posts when new singles are announced. I feel like a lot of people reading this would want to know the second their idols are releasing something new.

-Live performances: I know I cannot wait until my favorite idols perform their songs on TV shows. But I only every post about live performances if it’s the first preview of a song, the performance is special (such as a medley or MM OGs), I’m extremely into the song, or my favorite idol looks hot in the performance. I know, completely shallow. :/ I think a lot of fans would want a link to watch the most recent performance of a song.


In the past I’ve felt that all of these are too trivial to mention or readers wouldn’t actually care about them. But the more I think about them, the more important they seem.

Also there is one thing I probably won’t be blogging about, and that’s album reviews. Not because I don’t want to or I’m too lazy. It’s mainly because I don’t speak Japanese. And to form a decent opinion on a song you need to know what is being said. I think the album review’s quality would suffer by just basing it on overall sound alone. Thank god people seem to translate singles really quickly, a lot of them are translated shortly after the previews come out. But it takes people a lot longer to translate albums. So if my readers didn’t mind waiting 6 months for album reviews, I’d love to do them. But I’m always worried people won’t be interested if the post isn’t made the second the album comes out.

As you can see my reader’s thoughts, comments, opinions, advice, and critique matter a lot to me. I write this blog a lot for myself, but I also write it for my readers. Or anyone else who checks out my blog randomly for a minute. I just want to make my posts the absolute best I am capable of making them.

Johnny wants to know your favorite artist

I opened my email today and got my December newsletter from Johnny’s International. If there are fans out there that still don’t know what that is, it’s a Johnny’s newsletter written in English. Basically it tells you who’s the guest on Tackey CHANnel, who’s having a concert, general JE updates, and they are starting out their international ticket sales. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can do so here.

Anyway, I got my email today and the second piece of news said to tell us your favorite Johnny’s artist. They asked to cancel my email delivery and re-register with my favorite artist or group.

Here’s what I submitted.



When they asked for favorite artist I was 100% going to put my favorite Johnny’s artist, Nishikido Ryo. But then I started to think why JE asked my favorite artist in the first place. And honestly it could pretty much only be for 2 reasons.

The first reason being, Johnny wants to know which artist is most popular with foreign fans, or perhaps which JE artist is popular in a specific country. Maybe for possible overseas concerts or maybe even debut. Hey after all, Jin is debuting in the US, Tegomass debuted in Sweden and Arashi was just featured on Peruvian TV recently. Stranger things have happened. It can’t just be to count how many foreign fans they have because that’s what the email service is probably mostly for in the first place. Come on Johnny open up a Hawaiian fanclub and tour, it works for H!P. Then we can get Alo-Hello JE. Sporadic AnAn shoots and Hey! Say! JUMP’s recent magazine shoot in Hawaii aren’t really enough shameless Johnny’s shirtless photos.

The second reason is more mundane, and most likely the reason they asked, they want to personalize your newsletter. This way they’ll be able to keep you updated on your favorite group’s or artist’s every move, to shell out the maximum money. And to tell you when international tickets are available for your favorite artist. I mean if you selected Yamada Ryosuke, you’ll get updates about him, Hey! Say! JUMP, and NYC. Which is why I selected NEWS instead of Ryo-chan. I love Ryo-chan and I love NEWS, but Kanjani8 not so much. And I don’t want constant updates about Kanjani8. I also really wanted to put Hey! Say! JUMP, because my love for JUMP and NEWS is almost even. But NEWS has been and always will be my favorite JE group. if they’re one of the least popular groups or not.

The newsletter also says you don’t have to change, which means you’ll probably get the same general newsletter as before. And if neither or these things don’t happen, what was the point of this? If they aren’t using this information for something, why ask? I doubt at the top of the newsletter it will now say your favorite artist is Arashi, or Tanaka Koki, or NYC, or Tadayoshi Ohkura. I mean, I think you know your own favorite artist. But there has to be some sort of reason Johnny wants to know.

Kpop in a world of Jpop

I’m sure a lot of people reading this blog don’t know this about me, because there’s never really a time to mention it, but I am a Kpop fan. Now, I’m not a huge, OMG Kpop is the best ever, kind of Kpop fan. But I do enjoy a decent amount of Kpop. The only reason I don’t listen to Kpop more is because I can’t pronounce Korean. And believe it or not, not being able to sing along to a song or pronounce a singer’s name does hinder my love for it a lot. But maybe that’s just me. (Also, please don’t say, “Just learn to pronounce Korean, seriously it’s no big deal,” because I have been trying to and it is extremely difficult. I long for the days when I was learning to pronounce Japanese because it’s a cake walk in comparison.)

The reason I’m brining this subject up at all, is because, as many of you know, this last year we have an influx of Kpop idols debuting in Japan. Big Bang, CN BLUE, FT Island, KARA, 4MINUTE, T-ara, Supernova, and SNSD. And I actually might be missing some. Now since they’re idols in Japan now, and this is an idol blog, I was thinking of maybe covering the Kpop groups’ activities in Japan. But I’ve been stopping myself. And do you want to know the reason for this? It’s simple really.

The reason is, the fans themselves. I’m sure most of the Jpop and Kpop fans reading this will instantly know what I’m talking about. And to those that don’t might find my reasoning silly. But for some reason there’s this tremendous fan war going on between Kpop and Jpop fans. And honestly, I’ve seen most of the hate on the Kpop side. When I’m bored I like to go on youtube to watch Kpop vs Jpop videos. And 8/10 times the videos are extremely biased for the Kpop side. In one video the actual vs was Morning Musume’s Love Machine vs some Kpop girl group’s song from 2010. But the worst part of these videos are reading the fan comments.

Over the months of reading fan comments the general consensus among Kpop fans is: that Kpop is superior in every way because they are sexier, not cutesy or cookie cutter like Jpop, can actually sing, are better dancers, and the overall music is better. I even read someone say that Jpop idol groups are for pedophiles who do nothing but watch anime.
And the general consensus among Jpop fan is: Kpop is unoriginal, at least Jpop has it’s own style, Jpop lyrics have more meaning, and Kpop copies from America too much.

I think the funniest part to all of this is the so called negatives for each side is why I like Kpop and Jpop. I love Kpop because it’s so similar to the kind of American music that I like. And it stands to reason that if I like it sung in English, I’m gonna like it sung in Korean. And I love Jpop because it is a nice escape from the overly sexiness of American music. It’s just cute, innocent, and upbeat.

Another thing that I dislike about Korean fans is just how biased they are. Anytime a Korean artist debuts in Japan Korean fans/blogs basically say how this will be the greatest thing to happen to Japanese music ever. Of course this group will totally dominate Japan, obviously because they are Korean. It won’t be long before they are beating established artists. Korean fans also basically cried that they are absent from this year’s Kohaku. They really think that they should get everything handed to them because of what they did already in Korea. Some artists have only been in Japan for 1 year-a couple months. This is AAA’s first time in Kohaku. It took them 5 years to get there. And honestly if Big Bang was there instead of AAA, I would be beyond angry.

In a way, it’s outrageous fans like this that make me want to support Jpop more. And sometimes I even hope Kpop artists fail. Which is pretty insane. I’m basically being dragged into a feud that’s so shallow and opinionated, that it shouldn’t even exist. And since I doubt Kpop fans are going to chill anytime soon, I most likely won’t be covering Kpop acts. No matter how much I do like CN BLUE, FT Island, SNSD, and 4MINUTE.

Here’s Kpop Vs Jpop female idol version

Here’s Kpop Vs Jpop male idol version

Has Momoiro Clover gone too far?

It seems controversy has struck the girls of Momoiro Clover. Since the release of the PV for their C-side Kimi to Sekai off their new single Pinky Jones, a lot of fans wonder if the PV itself is too sexy.

Let’s start off by showing the root of the controversy, the PV.

The PV shows the girls wearing sexy, skin tight biker outfits sitting on top of motorcycles.

However, one of the main problems most of the fans and non fans seem to have is with how heavy their makeup is.

Saying the girls are too young to wear such thick makeup. Personally to me the makeup seems to fulfill some wota’s Brooke Shields in Pretty Baby fantasy.

And of course the absolute main problem people have with the PV is the ice cream.

Of course people are outraged because the girl’s are too young and the PV consists of them doing nothing but eating ice cream.

That and the ridiculous amount of sexual innuendos.

It obviously means she’s just a messy eater.

Clearly this is only to show she’s eating a drumstick.

So the obvious question is then: has Momoiro Clover done something wrong, and have they gone too far? And my answer to that is absloutely not. Now I know what you’re all thinking. And I’m sure many people reading this are scratching their heads and have come to screeching halt. But hear me out.
Do I think this PV is too sexual? Yes, for my taste of course. Should they set this PV on fire and never dare to do this kind of thing again? No, no, and a hundred times no.
Whenever I see contoversy among fans like this, it feels like I’m the only person who knows they are watching a female idol group and not a Church choir.

But I should probably start from the very begining. I first started to listen to Momoiro Clover because a big fuss was being made about them. But after listening I fell in love with them. They were sugary sweet and had a unique kimono theme going on. Since fans have gotten so used to that from MomoClo of course it’s quite a shock when you’re thrown a curve ball like the Kimi to Sekai PV. But like all the contoversy about sexy idol PVs the people who seem to have the problem are the foreign fans. I have yet to hear Japanese fans, once complain that a PV is too sexy or has too much fan service. And you know what? They never will! Heck, AKB48 had more of a contoversy with the Beginner PV because it had too much gore. Yet, absolutely nothing was said about the Heavy Rotation PV. Only the foreign fans complained. I guess most of it stems from some foreign fans not fully understanding that’s what female, and sometimes male, idols do. And probably always will do. And stuff like this is what wota expect. They would probably get bored of a group if they weren’t thrown some sort of fanservice every now and then.

As always the main factor is age. Momoiro Clovers’ age range is from 14-17. However, in idol years that’s pretty much the age to do these kinds of things. Not to mention a lot of idols were doing fanservice when they were younger then MomoClo are.

Here are some examples:

Let’s look at Massara Blue Jeans famous Love me Love me Love me dance parts.

When this single was released C-ute was 10-15. Don’t you think 10 year old Mai Mai was a little young to do such a suggestive dance move?

What about AKB48’s Baby! Baby! Baby! PV?

When this single was released AKB48 was 14-21. Don’t you think Mayuyu at 14 was too young to be running around in a bikini?

What about Sugaya Risako’s 1st photobook Risako?

Sugaya Risako released her first photobook at just 12 years old. Isn’t it a little too sexy for a 12 year old?

The list could go on and on with photobooks alone. Fans need to take all of this into consideration, and remember that this is what female idols do. Do I condone all of it, not always no. As a straight girl I hardly let fanservice phase me. And everyone out there needs to realize if they have a problem with fanservice it’s probably because it’s not meant for them. Yes, I know actual fans, or even wota, may complain about fanservice. I heard one AKB48 fan complain that Heavy Rotation was too much fanservice at once. Which is hilarious, because on the other side I’m sure fans complain when there isn’t enough.
I guess my main point in all of this is that people shouldn’t be so outraged over fanservice. It’s basically like going wine tasting and then flipping out that they are serving cheese with it. It goes hand and hand, and to complain about it is ridiculous. As for them being too young, you should realize that Japanese men are obssesed with youth. Hence why idols start out so young and stop when they are “too old” at about 24. It’s why lolita fashion exists. And why older Japanese women try to act as cute and youthful as possible. So, if you have a problem with it go to Japan and change the society there. Or until then I suggest you get some other interests, maybe you should try male idols. Their fanservice is less frequent and less intense. (Which is ridiculous if you ask me. I’d chop my own leg off to see Yamapi and Ryo-chan kiss. ;]) Fanservice will exist for as long as their are wota willing to pay for it.

Also, until female idols fanservice gets anywhere near Jrock’s you can’t really complain.

And finally here’s the PV for Kimi to Sekai in case you want to watch it.