The H!P Kids Are Alright 7: Celestia

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Oh joy, it’s my turn again!

Ray brings up some very good points, but I have to disagree with several things. I don’t see Morning Musume as a training station before h!p idols go on to bigger and better things. I think that MM really is the main focus for them, because the so called “bigger and better things” usually are a lack-luster solo career singing ballads that will never sell as well as anything Momusu did, inclusion in a unit that will never be as popular as MM (ongatas, vuden), or, if you’re one of the less fortunate girls, a career doing dinner shows and occasionally appearing in OG concerts. Even the soloists and groups that have sold relatively well like Maki Goto and W all fell well below MM’s sales by the time their run ended. For almost every MM girl, being in Momusu, not whatever comes after, will be the height of her career and her popularity.

As for bringing back OG as Morning Musume, I’m all for using OG, but actually bringing them together and calling them ‘Morning Musume’ strikes me as a bit desperate. Did they not all have elaborate, tear-filled graduation ceremonies? Even if they could gain more popularity as a group than as ‘soloists’, putting them back in Morning Musume seems kind of insulting to them. Even if it is literally a step forward, metaphorically it’s a step backwards. Also, a lot of my Japanese friends know that I like Morning Musume, but if I mention names like Yuko Nakazawa or Yasuda Kei to them, the usual response I get is, “but she’s old isn’t she?” which brings me right back to the unfair standards for attractiveness applied to women as opposed to men, but I don’t think I’ll go into that again. My point is, what’s left of OG, even as a group, will not have nearly the draw that they did when they were younger, especially since they’re missing key members like Gomaki and Aibon.

I don’t know anything about Black Sabbath, so I’m just going to move on to the next questions now. Could Berryz and C-ute be better spokeswomen for h!p than Morning Musume? Hmm, I still say that their popularity, which is currently on the upswing, will start to drop in the next few years, so I don’t think they’re really a viable long-term investment. While the individual members may be sempais to much of MM, the groups are not. I know Japanese people are very concerned with seniority and respecting your seniors, so I really wonder which counts more to them, age of members or age of the group as an entity. Maybe I’ll do some research and ask my Japanese friends. I think the question of which group is the sempai makes a difference when deciding which makes the most sense as the flagship.



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  1. Radicalipton says:

    No matter how weak they might appear, Morning Musume remains the promised land for any H!P singer. Yes, until the incredible maid number at their most recent concert, soloists in the Elder Club were destined for mediocrity and fan ambivalence. The maid thing wasn’t exactly Black Sabbath, but it was great, man, great!


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