Within just the past few weeks you can feel and sense the wheels turning within Tsunku’s mind. I’ve gone through an array of emotions through it all and while in no way is this pondering below all inclusive it seems that I’m just scratching the surface~.
~The second shoe drops~
The thud heard from the door hitting both Junjun and Linlin’s butt on their way out still resonates in the room =(…..and and Tsunku has already taken a seat at his laptop writing out his next graduation announcement post and it’s one of the more earth~shaking or shattering ones obviously depending on the level of your adoration♥ for her and what she means to Momusu) in the sense that it’s Aichan♥, Morning Musume’s leader who’s time in Momusu along with Gakisan is heading into the “pinnacle?” tenure of 10 years. With Aichan’s graduation set for the fall it’s still a ways away giving the chance for 9nin Momusu to first redefine the very chemistry and appearance that the group will now take forth~. Personally it’s heart wrenching as since the graduation of Nacchi it’s always been the combination of Kamei/Aichan who have for the past few years been my top and most favorites♥ in the group unwavering and now they both will be gone ( ┰_┰)。 This recent shakeup of members is way beyond anything I’d ever imagined in such a short span of time and yet it’s the inevitable, girls grow up and can’t be idols forever however in these recent graduations/graduation announcement even that notion is way pre~mature~.
~The Menudo recipe~
While I missed the Menudo craze of the 80’s (being in diapers and then heading to pre~school I most likely had no interest or idea of whom they were :P) it’s a time tested and most successful means to transcend a group through time and generations keeping your fan~base relevant…..or does it really? In hindsight one probably wouldn’t think that the original group lineup would have succeeded to this day and keeping the group “fresh” always it’s been simply genius in keeping the fan~base longing for more with always a peak in interest when new members enter coinciding with the graduation of girls in a continuous cycle. Gen.9 now having been chosen will represent half of the group when Aichan’s Fall graduation arrives well given that Tsunku between now and then doesn’t hit us with another blog post shocker (゜Д゜;)！！！、．．and while I’m most enthused in seeing his audition choices in former Egg Fukumura Mizuki and new members Ikuta Erina, Sayashi Riho and Suzuki Kanon…all so cute! and you can see their talent~* I can’t help but wonder how this group will gel~dynamically chemistry wise as with such age differences being somewhere near 12 years between the most senior and youngest it’s also a bit mind boggling to know that two of the new girls weren’t even born yet when Momusu debuted. And if you think about it that Kirsten Dunst movie “15 and Pregnant” isn’t too far off of a cry from the hypothetical possibility of there being mothers and daughters together in this group with those age differences. Certainly this is the meaning of reinventing oneself, Momusu I think many fans too will agree was in need of a change and just something big to happen but somewhere along the way is this truly what any of us expected or hoped for? I’m certainly not one to pass pre~mature judgment and especially when I consider the genius and vision that is Tsunku in that he always (or nearly always :P) does the amazing~* and his knack for finding talent and potential has brought warmth and adoration and success to an idol group franchise which is simply like no other~. Can this work? Certainly it can and only time will tell and first and foremost Momusu is in my heart and they’re special to me, a group I grew up with which now has reached a time of substantial change and a crossroads of sorts~. They’ll always have my continued support and love♥.
~Not a group to grow old with~
While there’s Ogura Yuko who never seems to age (hides jealousy xD) what of idol fans “everywhere else” whom do? If you’ve grown up with Momusu like me from their very debut throughout the past decade+ or if you’ve come to love them at any point of their amazing careers you’ve no doubt experienced the anguish and elation that goes along with adoring any group which never grows old~. Girls cycle in and out in a seemingly endless movement in time keeping youth at the forefront all the while for their fan~base it poses the obvious realization that your age is in a constant and inevitable movement of growing further and further away until the day you wake up and see that your most beloved idol group has separated the generation gap between you and them to such proportions that it’s undeniably vast~. While the Menudo~recipe has given renewed life again and again over time to what you most adore it’s also in that same very time transitioned into a face which when you take into account upon pondering can become unrecognizable while it’s all yet so familiar. How long can be truly grasp onto an idol group which never grows old? And with Momusu now you’re seeing members young as 12 years old. And unlike your parents who grew old with perhaps The Beatles or the Rolling Stones it’s not in the cards as an idol♥ fan~…no Paul or John or Mick…it’s ever revolving in our world.
Idol♥ groups which evolve. An ever changing face. Quick think of whom you identify with as being “James Bond.” Depending on your generation and whom you’ve grown up with watching there’s Connery, Moore, Brosnan and now Craig to name just a few in the franchise and each generation will without doubt identify “their” man as being the “face of Bond.” Was/is the face of Momusu for you personally Nacchi, Yuko~san, Aichan, Marippe, Ayappe, Nono & Aibon, Yossi, Rikachan, Kohachan, Kamei, Reinachan, Konkon, Junjun & Linlin?….An idol♥ group in this sense has no definitive “face” for better or for worse~.
It’s an interesting and sometimes amusing aspect when you really think about it and it’s also in so many ways the blurring of lines which can define your very fandom♥ and how and when you decide to inevitably check out~. I’m looking forward to the new look Momusu’s debut and I’m sure countless more fans are doing the very same っo(*´∀｀)o！