Last year, the name of Morning Musume’s Spring concert tour “Michishige SOUL11″ sparked speculation that Sayumi Michishige would be the next Morning Musume graduate. Shortly after, it was announced that the other 6th Generation member Reina Tanaka would be graduating instead.
Hello! Project producer tsunku loves trolling us all – but his latest announcement has shocked everyone. After annoucing the search for the “Mirai Shoujo” of Morning Musume, to which 5,600 girls applied, tsunku has now announced that no one has passed, as well as giving us a few other interesting morsels:
- Morning Musume currently has it’s strongest lineup;
- If the 12th gen applicants had applied at the time of the 9th gen auditions, they would have won and
- No one of the 12th gen applicants is strong enough to join Momusu.
tsunku’s confidence is Momusu is amazing, but many old school Momusu fans don’t agree. Vocally, Momusu are at one of their weajest points and have relied heavily on autotuned, electro-pop singles to mask this.
tsunku’s point about the 9th gen seems a little… insulting. Although he mentions the 9th gen’s improvement, it begs to question whether they will be first to go once the graduations kick in.
I’m a big Platinum era fan, but a grievous error was made during this time. tsunku took too long to insert new girls into the group, leaving Morning Musume vocally weak and now heavily dependent on Ayumi and Riho’s dancing abilities. The current line up need to develop their singing ability.
I agree that Morning Musume didn’t need new members, but why was everyone’s time wasted in the first place with the auditions?
Finally, the longest unchanged line-up in Morning Musume’s history have released an original album! Not only does this album contain a staggering 5 singles but also three solo songs from, well, unlikely members.
- Resonant Blue
- Ame no Furanai Hoshi de wa Aisenai Darou?
- Take off is now! (Takahashi / Niigaki / Tanaka)
- Nai Chau Kamo
- Watashi no Miryoku ni Kizukanai Donkan na Hito (Mitsui)
- Guru Guru Jump (Kusumi / Jun Jun / Lin Lin)
- Jounetsu no Kiss wo Hitotsu (Takahashi / Niigaki / Tanaka)
- It’s You (Michishige)
- Onna ni Sachi Are
- Kataomoi no Owari ni (Kamei)
- Kanashimi Twilight
Can Morning Musume break the downward spiral that Hello! Project seem to have set themselves in lately? Or is this just another cover album that doesn’t twist the original songs enough to justify itself?
- Nagisa no Sinbad
- Dou ni mo Tomaranai
- Pepper Keibu (Abum version)
- Shiroi Chou no Samba
- Shieshun Jidai
- Ringo Satsujin Jiken
- Romance (Album version)
- Machi no Akari
- Koi no Dial 6700
- Pinpon Pan Taisou
- Watashi no Aoi Tori
- Jonii e no Dengon