The Morning Musume X Anime crossover you were clamoring for finally arrived. Morning Musume ’15’s first release of the year, and 58th release overall, is the triple A-side “Seishun Kozo ga Naiteiru / Yuugure wa Ameagari / Ima Koko Kara”. As part of the triple A-side, “Ima Koko Kara” will be used in the latest Pretty Cure movie, “Pretty Cure All Stars: Haru no Carnival”. I think providing closing credits/insert song to a well-established anime franchise can only bring great things to the group. Wisely, Pretty Cure appeals to young girls (so I’m told), which could bring a windfall of new girl fans to the group. That said, I am squarely a Morning Musume fan, so I find the addition of Pretty Cure anime cuts in the PV a bit distracting. A necessary distraction, but still a distraction.
Mysterious shots of as yet unnamed Morning Musume ’15 members start off the PV.
Oda Sakura hopes she gets a good spot near the center.
(Suda Akari from SKE 48)
The Christmas gifts keep coming from Young Gangan! This time we get a proper Santa Claus themed photo spread featuring idols from across the spectrum. I don’t really know what to say. Maybe I’m just in a good mood, or maybe the Christmas spirit got into my heart. Either way, I hope you enjoy this great idol feature!
(Fukumura Mizuki from Morning Musume)
I haven’t done one of these for a while …
These tweets do a decent job of telling how I spent the EARLY morning of November 26- Michishige Sayumi’s graduation from Morning Musume. I don’t want to editorialize too much; hopefully the raw emotion of the night will come through. If nothing else, I think there are some great screen caps from the graduation.
Now, as you will read, my stream crapped out on me on several key moments. Lucky for me, this means I get to rewatch the whole thing again! You can tell when I’m getting frustrated with my internet, which is a little bit embarrassing.
I also want to acknowledge the Twitter community. I felt like I was watching the graduation with everyone who was awake and watching at the time. We had an emotional rollercoaster of a night, and I’m glad I had company. You all are great!
MOST IMPORTANT- I’d like to thank the SKE48 channel that decided to break international laws and stream the graduation. Good job!
(P.S. If you’re not following me on twitter, maybe these tweets will incentivize you? FOLLOW ME!)
[note: As of publishing, the latest photos of the new generation of Hello! Project are linked for each girl. Please, check out the new girls! (Be sure to see Ozeki Mai’s new hairdo and Inaba Manaka’s tied updo)]
I definitely have a problem. One minute, Morning Musume 12th generation, (Ogata Haruna, Nonaka Miki, Haga Akane, and Makino Maria) look to be the head of the new class or Hello! Project idols. The next minute, I look at Country Girls (Yamaki Risa, Inaba Manaka, Morito Chisaki, Shimamura Uta, and Ozeki Mai) and decide that THEY are the best new class. And, don’t forget about S/mileage third generation (Sasaki Rikako, Murota Mizuki, and Aikawa Maho)! There are so many new girls in Hello! Project for 2015, how’s a wota supposed to choose favorites?
This is just a quick update to get my thoughts out there. Morning Musume announced the 12th generation a few hours ago, and I don’t think I can let a momentous announcement like that go by without at least a nickel in thoughts. This is now the third generation of Morning Musume that I have witnessed at their induction. I certainly think that the buzz surrounding this group of girls surpassed that of the tenth and eleventh generations. That might just be my personal feelings, but it seems the time is right for a shake up. With Sayumi leaving in a couple of months, the girls could use a shot in the arm. The excitement and the new blood will definitely do the group good! We can now look forward to our first pairing, the first clique, and the first tiff!