This is about a week early as I've been doing my Morning Musume favorite member rankings every 8 months and it wouldn't be due till next week but this time I'm doing this a bit differently. I was thinking about doing a H!P all time favorite member ranking and while pondering this I thought about how I would rank the members of just Momusu and Berryz Koubou if they were merged together into one list. Because if I can't combine just these 2 groups how do I expect to be able to rank the entire H!P family?! So I went to work on this list which would combine Momusu and Berryz Koubou together.
One important factor in making this list for me is that within the last year or so I began to see Berryz Koubou as an equal to Momusu. Before you throw watermelon at me (because it's in season and it's really refreshing!) let me state it more clearly. While Momusu is the birth of H!P and their importance cannot and never will be matched by any other member/group in H!P what I mean is that I like these 2 groups equally. Momusu is where it all started, the house that Nacchi built. 🙂 Asayan. "Ai no tane." For me personally Berryz Koubou is no longer Momusu's little sister and it is because of this reason that I'm able to make this list. If I didn't like these groups equally then my list would probably turn out with all of the members of Momusu in the top 7 spots and then 8 through 14 would include Berrryz Koubou members and it would just be like having 2 separate lists for these groups. So with much thought over the last week I've finally finished it.
With a little bit of analysis I wondered if this list would show some favor towards one group over the other but as I look at it the members from both groups are placed pretty evenly as you go down the list. So although unintentional this list really does show that I like Morning Musume and Berryz Koubou equally. It's nice that it turned out that way. 🙂
So to reiterate Momusu is the "meat" (heheh you know what I mean) of H!P. The centerpiece and that will never change. This list is just my attempt at seeing the members of Momusu and Berryz Koubou as individuals and then ranking them with that approach. So actually it has nothing to do with the 2 groups going up against each other but instead their individuality. I didn't include Rin Rin and Jun Jun yet as somehow they don't seem like official members until they're included on a Momusu single which will be released tomorrow in Japan. Plus I haven't seen enough of them to know where they would rank yet. Here's my Momusu/Berryz Koubou member ranking starting with #14:
If anyone would like to post their favorites I'd love to see your lists! I realize that making this list would be difficult especially if you don't have Momusu & Berrzy on the brain. lol. Paul I know that we just did our lists recently but if you'd like to make any changes. 🙂 You can check out Paul's Hello!Blog to see the very interesting break down of votes gathered by his poll. The break down includes analysis by country, number of times a member was ranked #1, as well as the overall official results. This poll was a huge success and it makes for a very interesting read!
As for the results of this list, there's nothing scientific about it. lol. 😛
Dang, I'm on the clock! I'll try submit something by this week.Full disclosure: I ain't the fan I was a couple years ago so I won't be totally sweating over my list…
i totally totally agree on your top three picks
It's good to see that the two groups are fairly mixed up, it shows that you do really them as equals. At the moment although I'm liking Berryz music, I don't really know enough about the girls to rank them, let alone put them together with Morning Musume and rank the pair, I can hazard a guess that the only Berryz member that may break into the ranks of Morning Musume would have to be Risako and even then she'd be quite near the bottom, possibly just above Akia.Hopefully with the release of their new album they'll grab my attention.As for making changes to the list, hmmm, I must admit to taking more of a liking to Gakisan lately, her smile is amazing and she pulls the most amazing faces at time, I've still to watch her Alo-Hello DVD, but even the preview made me feel like moving her up. I'll have to watch her Alo-Hello DVD (and Morning Musume Alo-Hello 2) and let you know how far she'd move up, strangely I'd feel bad if I moved Kamei down but not so bad if I moved Reina down…possibly a swap between Gakisan and Reina? Or perhaps, Kamei, Gakisan and then Reina….hmmm, need to have a think.
Saburo you remind me of NFL Live on ESPN! "On the clock!" Well at least tell me "Who's Now." 😛
mj I was thinking that everyone might think that Risakochan is ranked way too high so I'm really happy to know that you agree with her being up there in 3rd. I like this picture of her in a kimono. She's making such a serious face and in her case it's really cute.
Paul I was thinking that it'd be too soon for you to consider ranking them together. But I'm very happy to hear that Risakochan would break into Momusu territory! That really says a lot about her and her overall appeal. If you have time a good place to start getting to know more about them would be watching their "Berryz Koubou 3 shuunen special kiseki no DVD." I wrote the details of this DVD in a post back on June 13th. This DVD will give you a lot of insight into the members in a way that concerts or t.v. shows typically can't. And speaking of their new album just yesterday I realized that the regular edition first pressing comes with individual member covers and a group cover just like Momusu's "Ambitious! yashinteki de iijan" did. And I had only ordered the limited edition. Yikes! I checked Cdjapan but they're already sold out of the regular edition first pressing so I ordered it through Amazon Japan who usually has a larger stock. I just have to hope now that they do send me the first pressing. The regular edition in this case sounds like it should've been the limited edition! Sounds like you have quite a dilemma with Kamei, Gakisan, and Tanaka. It'd be hard for me to give you fair advice about Kamei as I like her way too much! lol. In fact she almost took the #1 spot from Aichan with this list that I just made. It was really close as I think that Kamei has one of the best personalities in all of H!P. Eight months from now…who knows she may take over. 🙂