Saturday, 9 December 2017

[This Is Duu!] Visions of Duu (I-Candy à la Duu)

*This Post contains images that might be classed as Not Safe For Work (NSFW). As this is a photobook, all images included are classed as Gravure. Some will depict bikini-clad scenes, therefore, I have put this warning in place, just in case. Thank you.

[This Is Duu!], also known as [A Week with Duu], is a series of posts dedicated to Kudo Haruka and her impending graduation on December 11th 2017. It is a series that will look at the wonders of Duu, whether it is in the form of a music video, sketches, live performances or even her photo books!

To celebrate all that is Duu, let's take a look back at everything she has given us, and remember the joy that she has delivered since debuting in Morning Musume, all those years ago! Are you ready to celebrate all that is Duu?

We have come to the penultimate post in [This Is Duu!], which means that we are stepping even closer to the graduation date of Kudo Haruka. How has time gone by so fast?

There is a lot to Duu that I haven't captured, but with so few days in the week, you really can't encompass all that is Kudo Haruka in seven, short posts. I've tried my best, and today I will continue that journey in capturing and realising just who Duu is, the Idol that many have fallen in love with. Hopefully I have done her at least a little justice since beginning this series.

Already we have seen Duu the Idol, the singer, the performer and the actress, and today I want to finally take a look at Duu the model. Even though she is already a vision to behold on the stage, there is a side to her that I rarely care to look at, but one I am ready to embrace this moment, so that I can continue to understand the glory of Duu.

Today we are going to look at visions of Duu, and enjoy sweet moments captured for our entertainment and delight. Featuring imagery from her third photobook, Harukaze, let's enjoy these images of Duu, the Idol and the model.

Are you ready to fall into a Wonderland filled with Duu?

~I-Candy à la Duu~

What a promising, innocent opening shot. Already I'm intrigued.

Duu as a serious school-girl (with flat hair, to boot!) is quite a nice image. If she wasn't an Idol, I have a feeling she would be one of those popular girls who scores well in tests.

Footprints in the sand! Wait, Duu, let me follow them!

... Wait, they're yours, aren't they?  >o>

I love how clear and blue that water looks, but what I love seeing more is that smile on Duu's face! I wonder if one day, some lucky person will be receiving that smile just as we are, now?

Background! A perfect background!

Silly Duu.
Duu butt.
Happy Duu!
Serious Duu.

The many sides of Duu, people.

Yo, Duu really looks like a guy here. But damn, she looks good in an over-sized shirt. That hair is hella sekushii, too.

GDI, Duu, why are you so androgynous and gorgeous?

Ooooh, some cheeky knee action there, I see ;)

Wash away those impure thoughts, people. The knees are gone, now!

LIES! Her knees are right there, out in full force. OOOOOH!

Okay, I love this outfit. It's so cute, and it suits Duu well.

Ahahaha, that ice cream image XD

Duu is failing the sexy in the lip bite pic, but she really does make me laugh. Such adorable, honest photos here.


No way, they're expensive! D8<

GDI, look at this girl! She's gorgeous <3

I need those sunglasses in my life. Duu, where'd ya buy 'em?

Duu: "Who knows?"

Duu seems so cheeky and childish in these pics, it's just so cute and innocent. Love it.


HOW IS SHE SO BEAUTIFUL!? And so cute and gorgeous and everything in between? HOW?

Duu: "YOLO, bro."

Okay, I am in love. These are some damn beautiful pictures, I applaud Duu's photographer.

Let's take a moment to appreciate these playful sides to Duu.

Seriously, I love them all. She just seems so innocent and carefree, as if there is nothing stopping her. This is a girl on an adventure.

S-sexy Duu!?



The Hills are alive, with the sound of KUDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I love this image. One of my faves from this PB <3

Cuddle me, Duu!

Duu, you damn delight.

Okay, those shorts are a tad sinful. And don't you look at me like that, girl!

The serenity of Duu.

Isn't that the tower AKB danced in front of for Aitakatta?

Welcome to Duucember, people! The snow is fluffy and the Duu's are coming out in full force!

So freakin' cute.

I'm getting such Little Red Riding Hood vibes from this.

This is just so pure and innocent. Damn, Duu looks like such an Angel in these.


God, I love sweater season, and Duu looks damn good in one <3

Needs moar sweaterz.

Duu and a goat. Now I've seen everything.

Snow daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

I only ever scream at the sky when it rains. Be happy you actually get snow, Duu XD


Duu: "Wait a minute, we're not done yet!"

Oh, goody! BONUS PICS!

No post is ever complete without a jump!!! of some form.

Best Duu <3

Oh, gosh darn it, she's in a sweater again. Thank you, sweater season... >o>

Yum! <3

Duu is precious. Duu is everything. DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!

I love this picture, in all its gaudy glory <3

Finally... Duu has become orange >o> It's all that Sunny D'lite, yo.

MOAR! More Duu in that skirt and tank top! YASSSS <3

Duu: "Uuuurgh, go away. I'm sleeping."

Me in the morning, every morning.

Oh, god, if I awoke to Duu looking at me like that in the morning, I would probably think I was dreaming. Of course, I would be thankful to have such a wondrous, beautiful dream.

If this was reality, though, I'd probably die happy right there and then.

God damnit, I'm gonna miss her. Why is she graduating again? ; A;

You freakin' beauty <3

Picture perfect moment <3 Duu even puts the sky to shame.

This scene reminds me of Final Fantasy. It is Final Duustination. >o>

;________________; DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!

Perfection has been captured countless times in this photo book and digital collection. How did we ever get so lucky to see such splendor?

Incredible Duu, beautiful and cool.

And soon this Idol will turn her back on the stage, walking forwards to a future she has chosen for herself...

But this memory of her in this moment will live on.


It's been a while since I last did an I-Candy post, and whilst this one does include a lot of one photobook's photographs, I thought it would be nice to simply focus on the imagery of Duu, rather than reviewing and talking about the photobook for a majority of the post. Sometimes, we don't need words to appreciate what is right in front of us.

Harukaze, as well as the Digital books vol.146 that I found, are filled with beautiful images, all depicting Kudo with various expressions and moods. I love seeing this cheeky, young girl act playful and sweet, serious and cool, mature and even seductive. The range of faces she can make shows just how good of a model she can be, allowing the style of the image to change depending on how she looks at the camera, how her body is angled, and how she presents herself overall. It's amazing.

Of course, Idols are full of various talents, but Kudo is one of those who embodies a lot of qualities and talent that others might lack. Not only can she sing, dance and act, but she can also model and express herself in so many ways. She is truly incredible, and as I sat looking through this photobook, I felt mesmirised by the power of Duu. I felt completely charmed by her.

To be honest with you, I did want to look at her final photo book, Kudo Haruka, however I can't find it yet. So, I was happy to settle with Harukaze, and after seeing it and noticing the beautiful photography and gorgeous imagery (the sky scenes especially), I was glad that I could use this one, instead. I don't doubt that Duu's final photobook is beautiful, of course, because it will be. I just couldn't get a hold of it in time, but in the end, I was able to see such beautiful moments of Duu captured in still form here.

Duu is so beautiful, and I'm going to miss her so much. This delightful girl, with her brilliant smile and various expressions, her talent and her whole being, is just so wonderful, and she will be dearly missed by those who cannot follow her acting career or the M-Line events she will undoubtedly have. It's just so hard to think that, soon, she will be gone from our line of sight.

I'm going to miss her.

Hopefully, these images have allowed you to understand the beauty of Duu more, and for those who already know of Duu's absolute divine qualities, I hope that this has become a captured moment of happiness, or even a trip down memory lane. And, above all, I hope it was enjoyable to see this many sides to Duu, in all her visual glory.

Let's never forget these visions of Duu, and always remember the Idol we adore.

Until the next post everyone. There isn't much time left...

Take care.


  1. Thank you for these posts. You did a wonderful job here and gave Duu respect where respect is Duu. But seriously..really..thank you for all of these posts.

    1. Thank you very much! I am glad that these posts have reflected so many wonderful sides of Duu, and shown respect where it's needed.

      Thank you!

  2. I have both Harukaze and "Kudo Haruka" and I still think Harukaze is the better of the two... featuring it is great tribute to Duu~ :) Thank you for all the features you've done of her this past week. Tomorrow's a sad day, indeed. At least, as Momo did for Country Girls, through Duu I've been able to appreciate the rest of Morning Musume, so I'm not left with a gaping hole in my heart where H!P used to be (it's just shrunk a lot since so many OG have left...) I fear the day when I'll no longer be looking forward to H!P since I've been a fan over a decade, but Morning Musume is the life support for now, lol.

    1. Oh, really? I am glad I chose Harukaze, then, because when I first saw it I was stunned by its beauty and locations...

      It is sad that she's graduated now, but she has delivered a lot of love and boosted the group for many. Hopefully that day won't be too soon for you to stop looking forward to H!P, because despite my own gripes about them, they do create amazing groups and good videos.

      The life support will need to keep going!