9th gen Momusu sings Maji Desu ka Ska on Bijou Gaku

Yesterday’s episode of Bijou Gaku aired a segment that showed the 9th practicing and recording their lines for Morning Musume’s upcoming single Maji Desu ka Ska.

I am extremely happy that everything I hoped for when the 9th gen joined is happening. Morning Musume is finally releasing happy and upbeat music. Morning Musume’s so called emo era has finally ended. Which is bittersweet because Koharu was have totally owned at songs like this. :/

First, let me start off by saying how impressed I am with the 9th gen. The girls have only been training for a month, and still sound great. Granted, both Mizuki and Riho have had years of vocal and dance training, so they don’t really count too much. And my girl Zukki completely owned it! Despite her being the worst singer in the batch, she actually sounds the best out of the 9th gen. It’s her cuteness, charisma, and energy overflowing in the song.

I have to say I am absolutely in love with this song. It’s energetic, happy, upbeat, and adorable. This song to me sounds like the album songs from Morning Musume’s 9th and 10th albums. Which I am completely thrilled about. I always whined that one of those type of songs should be used as an A-side, and now it is. This song honestly sounds like/has the overall feel of Morning Musume’s Koko ni Iruzee, Guru Guru Jump, and Genki Pika Pika, and S/mileage’s Otona ni Narutte Muzukashii.


Some fans are saying this song isn’t strong enough to be an A-side, but I don’t think they can judge that until the full radio rip is out. I mean, the chorus isn’t even all of Morning Musume. If you listen closely it’s just the 9th gens voices, and I doubt only the 9th gen will sing the chorus of the song. I will completely judge the song when I hear all of the members in the song. I am excited to hear what they’ll sound like. I’m hoping Risa brings her cuteness from Athena & Robikerottsu, I hope Sayumi brings her adorableness from Rainbow Pink, and I hope Aika uses her Guardians 4 voice. I’ve never heard Reina’s voice sound remotely cutesy, so I hope she at least tries to sound cute. But I’m dreading Ai-chan’s voice. I know she’s going to put on that horrible voice she uses when she tries to sound cute. You know the one. The one she uses’s when she sings Shainimuni Paradise, and the 2009 version of Suki na Senpai, and when she was in Mini Moni.


The one thing I am worried about it, it seems like these are the only lines the 9th gen get. At first I thought we were only hearing these solo lines and the chorus to tease fans and only give them a snippet of the song. But there’s also another possibility that these are their only lines. Because when you are recording a song you only record your lines, bottom line. And you only record the chorus once. Even if the chorus is repeated 8 times, they take your one chorus section and paste it 8 times. Of course unless there are 2 different choruses or the last chorus has a higher ending or something. Then you would only have one copy and pasted chorus. (I wish I knew actual editing terms, because I’m sure it’s not copy and paste.) Of course, I could also just be over analyzing this, as I often tend to do.

Here’s the Bijou Gaku clip if you want to watch the whole thing.

But if you’d just prefer to hear the song, here’s the a clip of just the song.

First audition footage of the 9th gen finalists!

On yesterday’s episode of Bijo Gaku they showed the first footage of the Morning Musume 9th generation auditions. The footage is only 4:30 minutes long, and we hardly get to see any footage of the girls. The footage also shows the final 5 girls rather than most of the girls who audition, like past auditions have shown.

In this clip we only see one girl sing the first line of the chorus to C-ute’s Aitai Lonely Christmas, and one girl dance for about 10 seconds, then she immediately cries.



Here are the 5 finalists: (well actually they may or may no be finalists. Only half of them could be or just one. The truth is, no one knows for sure just yet.)

Apparently this girl won the audition to be in Morning Musume’s stage play Fashionable. I just think it’s so funny she made it to the finals. Mostly because I said here that there was a good chance the winner of the auditions would become a 9th generation member.

So far the first and last girl look like they would make a good addition to the group. But since they haven’t shown them singing or dancing, it’s far to early to make that judgement. I’m looking forward to the next episode, where we will most likely hear everyone sing.

9th gen sneak peek!

Today I woke up to the most exciting news of my week. Well, most exciting fandom releated news anyway. After months of nothing but vague updates when an audition phase ended, we finally have a solid update on Morning Musume’s 9th generation auditions. And when I say solid update I mean a preview of the auditioners. That’s right, on today’s episode of Bijou Gaku they showed a sneak peek of the 9th gen audition process. The show also indicated that over 9,000 applicants auditioned for the 9th gen. Which is roughly 2,200 more than the 8th gen auditions. And can I just say I love being wrong. During NMB48 it was announced that they had 7,256 applicants, and, being the optimist I am, I said that Morning Musume would be lucky to get half that. Well to my pleasant surprise they got more. Roughly 1,750 more, which is hardly a difference. But it is way better than the 4,000 I was expecting.

Here are the preview pictures of the girls. These pictures on my blog are in a small size so they don’t cut in half. Please click on each picture to make them bigger. Usually I resize every picture to be a near perfect size for my blog. But for these pictures I tried to do minimal resizing, to keep the pictures as large as possible.
 

Out of these girls 397 has the most star quality. She looks absolutely adorable and infectious. 405, 891,and 862 also stand out.
 

Here 142 stands out the most. She’s got that awkwardness in her look that Airi did when she was little. 858, 339, have potential.
 

This girl looks extremely tired.
 

This girl looks fashionable.
 

I want this girl in 9th gen! She looks like a mix between Kumai Yurina and Wada Ayaka. Adorable!
 

This girl kinda looks cute, but I can’t really see her face.
 

Next.
 

She kinda looks like an uglier version of Ogawa Saki.
 

For some reason she reminds me of JunJun. She’s a little too chubby though. Sorry for being so brutally honest.

Her face is too pumpkin like. XD
 

Now this girl looks fresh and cute.
 

These girls look like they are 16. Which in my opinion is too old. I’d like for the girls to be no older than 14.
 

From the side the girl in black looks like Fukuda Kanon. The chick in pink looks dazed.
 

This girl has features that remind me of Yajima Maimi. I think with a little time and makeup, she could become quite a beauty.
 

There’s nothing special about this girl.
 

I don’t care how old this girl is, I want her in the 9th gen! She is incredibly gorgeous!
 

Eh. She’s kinda ugly.
 

This girl kinda looks like Yaguchi Mari from the Morning Coffee PV.
 
 

This girl’s eyes are too far apart. Did she happen t suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome? Oh, that’s just mean. XD

This chick’s eyes are uneven!
 

This girl is really pretty. When you’re that young and are already pretty, chances are you’re gonna grow up to be pretty.
 
 
Now, Morning Musme auditions usually last about 3 months after they start broadcasting. So if the show starts broadcasting in December or January, you should expect the new members in March or April. Let’s just hope Tsunku doesn’t lose anymore girls to AKB48 again.
I am extremely excited to see what the dance and voice training songs are going to be. Since they are usually newer songs I’m going to guess the dance sing will be Kimagure Princess, Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game,  or Moonlight Night ~Tsukiyo no Ban da yo~. And I’m going to guess the vocal training song will be Seishun Collection, Namdacchi, or Loving You Forever. That’s like a dream. But they will most likely be doing songs from the 11th album. Which I kinda don’t want to see happen. Mostly because I haven’t even gotten the chance to listen to the 11th album yet. XD