That, and I have a deep love for Morning Musume that Fudanjuku and Houkago Princess can't really fight against.
Anyway, getting back on track, yes, this is my 'Top 10' post for the new and current Morning Musume members. All 10 of them. This post has been something I've wanted to do for a while now, but I've pretty much waited it out until a little before or after the graduation of Niigaki Risa and Mitsui Aika. Honestly, this was originally meant to be a Top 11 post, but hey ho, we've lost another one due to health issues. That's how H!P seems to roll right now~
Anyway, let's get stuck into this post and see who fares with my love!
10. Ishida Ayumi
I'm surprising myself by putting Ayumi so low, but honestly, I don't pay much attention to her. Ever since she has joined she has not really stood out to me at all, and I don't see her as an outstanding member. She's a great dancer, I will give her that, but I don't really see much about her that grasps me and wants to make me a fan. Anyway, I'm just glad that she's learnt to control her voice and not butcher her lines.
9. Sayashi Riho
This one won't come as a surprise, though honestly, I'm liking her more recently. She seems to have learnt how to sing and sound less whiny live, and she's also been a real eye-catcher in the Ultra Smart concert. I still can't really see her charm point other than the fact that she is Loli-bait and that she can dance really well, but yeah, she's slowly growing on me. However, I think that it's that constant expression she always has, and how she never changes the tone of her voice in songs, that keeps me from liking her more - She just looks the same, smug way in PV's all the time, and she always sounds the same. I would honestly love a change of pace. If that happens, she might climb my list!
8. Tanaka Reina
Oh hi thar, Reina! Looks like you climbed my list a little!
Reina is a member that I think I will constantly dislike for whatever reason I give at the time, but I admit, she's becoming more and more likeable lately, especially in recent PV's. There are times where she will be as bland and constant as always, but then there are times, such as Only You and Renai Hunter where she will stand out and make my jaw drop. It's those times where I wish I really did like her more, and it's where I see her appeal. Sadly, her appeal seems to drop for a few single before returning again. Anyway, I don't mind the girl - I just wish she would hog a few less songs, and up that enthusiasm and shine a bit more.
... Oh, and I also forgot about her in the Ultra Smart concert for a second, which was quite bad but also funny!
7. Fukumura Mizuki
What I am about to admit is really terrible, but when I was thinking up this list, I completely forgot about Fukuhime. When I did eventually remember her, I actually contemplated why I wasn't going to put her lower on my list, basically behind Tanaka - but then I remember how much I adore her voice. Sure, she's a rather forgettable member if you don't try hard to remember everyone, but when she sings you know it's her. She has this beautiful soft voice, and I love that about her. She also has this very shy personality and is a real beauty. But that's pretty much it about her. I like Fukuhime, but not a whole lot.
6. Sato Masaki
I wonder how the hell Sato got this far, honestly, but recently I've started to quite like her - not enough for her to break into my Top 5, but enough for her to get this far. Anyway, she's adorable, and also a surprisingly good singer. You would think with her horrible audition, she wouldn't be this good, but hell, she's improved! I think that Tsunku has found a real gem, and she will just keep on improving more and more. I don't like the girl like others do, but somehow, she's wriggling her way into my heart...
5. Michishige Sayumi
Sayu's moved up on my list - last time, she was Number 6, but she's now broken the Top 5. Whilst I am not completely in love with the last two of the Old Generations, I do like Sayumi a lot. She is a beautiful young woman, and I love her narcissistic personality. I used to like her mostly because of her cuteness, but I find that I like her more now because of how she treats the other members of Morning Musume and also because of how sensitive she really is despite her so called poison-tongue personality. Sayu is gorgeous, and I enjoy watching her interact with the newer members, especially Haruna. She's an interesting character.
4. Kudo Haruka
The Queen of Lollipops and Gum Drops herself has really climbed my list, going from one of the bottom spots to the Top 5! I never intended to like Kudo, I always thought of her as a brat - but somehow, her bossy and dominating character worked its way through my ice cold heart and thawed it out, because I now really like her. She's absolutely adorable, and her bossy nature works in her favour - it's charming, and her bossiness won me over. I also love how, despite this rather hard-up, leader-like appearence she has created has suddenly been broken down by her fear of ghosts. It reminds us that she is a child, though a rather grown-up one. Kudo is certainly a charming Loli.
3. Suzuki Kanon
In the begining, when 9th Gen first became members of Morning Musume, I wasn't overly keen on Kanon. In fact, I didn't want her to get in! But when the new members were announced I suddenly really started to like her. She's such an interesting and funny girl, with a wonderful personality. She makes everything a lot more fun, and when she wants to be, she is hilarious and is the real personality of her generation. I adore Kanon, and I am glad that she has stayed in 3rd place for my favourites. She is cute, charming and comedic gold in my eyes. I honestly just wish that this little beauty would be given more time to shine as a singer, because she has some powerful pipes on her!
2. Iikubo Haruna
Haruna is such a beautiful girl, and I am so happy that she got into Morning Musume, because she was my first 'favourite' to make it in during auditions. I like her personality above all else, she has such a sweet and innocent character that is just really likeable. She also praises people a lot, especially the people that she likes, such as Sayumi. I just love how sincere she is, and how she cried when she was able to hug Sayumi for the first time on Sayu's web show. I also really like her voice - whilst it is still weak and in need of a bit more improvement, she has such a calming and gentle tone to her voice, much more gentle than Fukumura's is. She is also very hard working, and overall, I find her endearing. She is wonderful to watch as a performer, and even more wonderful to watch on TV shows. She is certainly a variety sort of girl.
1. Ikuta Erina
I think that my Number 1 is a real no brainer, but that's only because I make it quite apparent how much I adore this girl. I absolutely love her. At first it was because of her awkward under dog nature, but then it was because she was a real beauty and had learned how to work that camera, and then it was because of her wonderful personalty. She is such a fun and cute girl, and is wonderful to watch now that she is comfortable in the idol environment. Another aspect about her personality which has won me over is her love of Idols - Yes, Sayumi also loves idols, and so does Haruna, but not the way that Eripon does. Eripon is a Wota, and that makes her stand out and it also makes her extremely likeable for me. I love it when I see other Idols show their wota side! Currently Eripon is the only one who has done this, and it seems to be a good and a bad thing on her part, but honestly, I adore this aspect about her. She may suck at singing, but Eripon is a wonderful Wota-Idol, and I absolutely adore and love her.
Here... have some Eripon GOODNESS! -throws pictures at you all-
Oh lord I am hyper...
PING!!! Idolminded Recommended Reading: May 11th, 2011