The AW Idol Index – June 24, 2007

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A strictly self-indulgent look at who matters to me right this very moment and why.There’s no doubt who tops the list this week (avert your eyes, Craig!), but let’s see who else populates the index this time around…

5. Ookoshi Takayo (Pop Idol)
Last Week: –
Total Weeks on Index: 1

I managed to download Takayo’s EP and two PVs this week, and was just so happy to see her back. I must admit that her folk-rock approach hasn’t won me over completely, but her voice is as great as ever, she still does that wistful staring-in-the-distance thing great, and I’m willing to give the tracks time to grow on me. (If any group has generated a great deal of good will for future projects, it’s Zone.) I don’t mean for the number five slot to be reserved for Zone members, but it’d be nice if Tomoka finally re-surfaces as well…

4. Kijima Noriko (Gravure Idol)
Last Week: –
Total Weeks on Index: 1

At first, what attracted me to Noriko is how much she looks like a slightly older Shihono Ryo, but watching Norinori Dream I was also struck by some Tokumoto Kasumi-esque qualities as well. Now I’m just waiting for the point where the comparisons stop and she becomes an idol in her own right in my mind, the same way Kiri Sari started as a Yurina look-alike to me and then just became Kiri Sari. Actually, that should be happening pretty soon…

3. Shihono Ryo (Junior Idol)
Last Week: 2
Total Weeks on Index: 4

I’ve been poring over the Seasons photobook and really enjoying the non-swimsuit pictures a great deal. (It’s my second favorite Ryo book, with Record head-and-shoulders above all others.) This shot of Ryo has become my absolute favorite as of late, I not only like the uniform (great tie!) but also the way she looks, the convincingly quiet maturity in her demeanor. The transition to adulthood may take a while longer, but it’s going to be exciting to see her grow into it.

2. Natsuyaki Miyabi (Pop Idol)
Last Week: –
Total Weeks on Index: 4

One thing about poring through the Momoko photobook like it’s the Rosetta Stone of wota-dom is realizing just how good Miyabi’s book is as well. It’s taken a bit of time to get to me, but I’m finding more greatness in a wider selection of images in that book, which I guess proves just how subtle and quirky Miyabi is as a young idol. When it comes to photography and mastery of idol persona, Miyabi’s photobook wins hands down…

1. Tsugunaga Momoko (Pop Idol)
Last Week: 1
Total Weeks on Index: 5

… And when it comes to overall design of photobook and most appealing idol persona, that goes to Momoko and no one else.

Surprise! Who’d’ve thought it’d be Momoko at number one again? What? All of you? Well, have you seen her photobook? It’s freakin’ amazing! Either that, or I’m a deluded, obsessed fan. What? You think I’m a deluded and obsessed fan? All of you? Well, there may be something to that, actually…

I’ve devoted the last two posts to Momoko (as well as a good many stanzas of bad poetry over the years) and will post at least one more in this coming week. I can’t help it, she’s the idol who most drives my wota-hood – CJ has Tanaka, Zush has Miya, pengie has Anna, and I’ve got the peachy one. It would take way too much space – and more reflection than I can afford tonight – to explain this appeal. However, it must be stated: Momoko was the first idol to make me want to write poems. Momoko was the first idol to get a full-on birthday treatment when she turned the big one-four. Momoko was the first idol to make me want to add a Black Sabbath track to her photobook DVD. In a very real sense, she is a major inspiration, a fountain by which I can dip and taste and express my wota-ness with unbridled glee.

(I guess I should add that I don’t consider her the greatest idol or the one all others should be measured by – that goes to SweetS’ Haruna. She also isn’t the greatest of H!P Kids – that’s Megukami. They’re both retired, though, so whatever.)

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2 Responses to “The AW Idol Index – June 24, 2007”
  1. Julia says:

    “No, and I blame Canada for this.”
    Don’t look at me. I think Yurina should get one first! XD

  2. Craig says:

    LOL @ princess Momo =) She’s an Artiste X)

    And puppy-Momo kawaii!!