The AW Idol Index – June 17, 2007

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A strictly self-indulgent look at who matters to me right this very moment and why. I don’t have any clever intros this time. Let’s get to the list!

5. Nagase Miyu (Pop Idol)
Last Week: –
Total Weeks on Index: 1

I recently downloaded a clip of Zone’s performance of “True Blue” on Music Station, the last one with Takayo before she went to college. (Now that I think of it, I probably have a non-HD version of it on one of my hard drives, but whatever.) Anyway, watching it a few times got me to thinking about the Zone girls again. Takayo released some solo material recently, Maiko’s got Maria, Mizuho’s been spotted in college, and Tomoka formed that international supergroup (okay, so that was just a stupid rumor). But what I really wanted to know was, Why aren’t we seeing more of Miyu? Last summer she performed back-up vocals duty for Tube, and… that was it. I no longer cry much when watching Zone clips (well, “Egao Biyori” still gets to me), but I really want to see more of Miyu whether it’s rock or R&B (though I’d much prefer rock, of course).

And I want more Akina, too. But I didn’t download any new Folder5 clips this week, so it’s Miyu in the five spot.

4. Chocolove (Pop Group)
Last Week: –
Total Weeks on Index: 1

Come on, how can anyone not love this? Three idols get gunned down, and it turns out they live anyway because they bleed chocolate. I laugh every time I watch this – which has provoked some concern for those who think I’ve become bloodthirsty about my idols. It’s ridiculous and yet somehow… sublime. Or maybe just sublimely ridiculous.

Freud would have a field day with this. Gun? Phallic. So chocolate…? Um…

The sad part is, I don’t particularly care for the song yet, nor can I name any of the girls in this AKB48 subgroup. (Or any girl in AKB48, for that matter.) But if they keep doing such overblown videos, I’ll become an actual fan of theirs and not just an admirer of their dubious marketing decisions.

3. Maria Ozawa (AV Idol)
Last Week: –
Total Weeks on Index: 1

I just finished a Mozawa torrent flood which just about completes my collection of her S1 releases, and found myself enjoying – as opposed to “enjoying” – her work in those earlier, more innocent days. Innocent meaning the worse that’d happen is five or six guys waiting to take their turn with her, as opposed to the violent gang rapes going down in her current DAS videos.

Mozawa’s an interesting case as far as AV idols go, in that her S1 performances played on a tension between reluctance and capitulation to her desires. Sometimes she seemed to just be going through the motions – not out of coercion, but just not really getting into the sex – and then it’s like a switch is flipped and she gets really into it. It’s a shift worth keeping an eye out for, as it’s something she seemed to turn into part of her style on purpose. Then there’d be times when her love of performance – a certain playfulness, or a melodramatic flair – takes center stage and the usual AV lust gives way to something more open and sunny and genki. Too bad she decided to hide those qualities in her recent work. But hopefully we’ll see more of it again, and soon.

2. Shihono Ryo (Junior Idol)
Last Week: –
Total Weeks on Index: 3

I was looking through her photobook 15’s Way To Grow Up again and admiring just how great it is. I do worry sometimes about how much her appeal is tied into her junior idol / U15 status. (Which is why I’ve been watching some Kijima Noriko lately as well, for compare-and-contrast purposes.) I’m not saying that the minute she turns 16 (or 18 or 20) that her work will take on a sudden change. But part of her mystique is certainly built into the way she’s molded her identity as a U15 idol, with that mix of youthful innocence, nascent sexuality, and forbidden temptation. I’m sure she’ll prove herself, but this is going to bear considerably more thought.

And research.

1. Tsugunaga Momoko (Pop Idol)
Last Week: –
Total Weeks on Index: 4

It comes out this week. This. Week. Don’t tell me you’re not waiting eagerly for this. Even if you’re not, I don’t care – this is something I’ve been clamoring for since I became a hardcore Berryz fan. My joy knows no bounds. No. Bounds. And just when Berryz have released another great (as opposed to merely good) single! With this photobook, the single, and the concert DVD all leeching great amounts of money from my bank accounts, this is a great month to be a Berryz fan.

Special props to Suika at MM-BBS who suggests what an ideal Momoko photobook would contain: “I want to see shots of her in a frilly party dress stomping down buildings in Tokyo, the heads of Yuko and Ayaya in one hand.” (And why isn’t Suika blogging anymore? I miss Melon Pop like a long lost sibling.)

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2 Responses to “The AW Idol Index – June 17, 2007”
  1. Garamond says:

    It’s nice that Momoko gets a PB, but I want to see Captain in a bikini too! ASAP!! *drools* 😀

  2. nadir says:

    fyi miyu’s site is updated, new single out in a month or so.
    http://nagasemiyu.com