Murr explains how Takahashi Ai received that particular nickname. For those who don’t know, Ishibashi also bestowed the greatest ever H!P nickname to Iida Kaori.
Morningtime does a nice job of further interpreting the answers the girls gave. And yeah, they really shouldn’t ask that question if they don’t want certain images dancing in the minds of wota.
It’s apparently common enough in China to wake up as a cat that JunJun and LinLin would simply go back to sleep if this happened to them.
It seems that the main argument for first gen’s greatness is: a) they got it all started, and nothing would’ve followed without them; and b) they were around before the boyfriends, substandard songs, and scandals.
While the first argument is oddly tautological – I mean, yeah, they were the first, but that doesn’t automatically make them great. That’s like saying Pete Best is better than Ringo Starr. On the second front, first gen had its share of scandals – Ayappe got knocked up by Shinya, and Nacchi was a one-woman scandal machine for a few years. If there wasn’t much attention to this kind of stuff early on, it’s because the press probably didn’t care yet.
So what were the qualities that made first gen stand out? I agree there was something special about them, but don’t know if it was captured in this post.
And just to fill in the girl group picture some, Perfume’s one single from the year placed #59 – less than all of AKB48’s and more than all of Morning Musume’s entries.
Greg’s decided to do year-end review posts, and starts off with the big events of the year for American fans. He expresses uncertainty about H!P visiting America again, but it seemed to me that these initial forays were precisely to cash in on the growing fanbase in America. If anything, we should start speculating when the H!P Kids and Eggs units start making their way to an anime con near you…
This post reminds me of that line by Billy Bragg about a bully boy in a Benetton shop.
Aside from one odd statement in the beginning – “She is truly the first to be cast adrift on her own” (what about Asuka and Ayappe?) – this is a thoughtful take on where both the Koha and Morning Musume will be heading from this point forward.
I can appreciate taking the time to ask if this is a time to dissolve Morning Musume – but even though I’m not a fan of the current line-up, the economics clearly don’t encourage this. The wota dollars aren’t only continuing to pour in, but they’re tapping overseas as well. Once the H!P wota find something better to spend their money on – AKB, say, or porn – then there’s some worries to consider.
maiZe shares clips of the Morning Musume line-up having to deal with the Koha and her idiosyncracies. The first one was particularly illuminating, as everyone seemed to pile on her faults and she seemed oblivious anyways.
The best part for me is when Paul says he likes to think he’s not much of a fan. Yes, and I don’t like looking at junior idols in bikinis. However, that’s just part of a very genial, self-effacing aassessment of the impact Koha’s departure is having on Paul – especially with the honest assessment that he’s not as likely to follow her career post-MM.