The Chokkan 2 Curse? Conspiracy theorist that I am, I found myself wondering with this new set of graduations if there was a new curse at work on Morning Musume. (Though considering the ever-decreasing sales, maybe it would be a boon more than a curse to leave Momusu at this time.) I may have found it with the Chokkan 2 cover… After all, it makes sense that a sequel to the original Chokkan album track would also become the sequel to the Love Machine curse… right?
For those unfamiliar with the Love Machine Curse, it’s a pattern on the “Love Machine” single cover that predicted the order in which girls would leave Morning Musume. This picture is from the Early Single Box version, but it does the trick: start from the top right, go down, then left to the next column, go down,and so on…
What you end up with is Ayappe, Sayaka, Yuko, Gocchin, Kei, Nacchi, Iida, and Yagu. This was the order in which they left – Kago and Tsuji graduated between Nacchi and Iida, but they weren’t in Morning Musume at the time the curse started, so they don’t count for this.
Therefore! If I’ve chosen the right single cover – and I checked, this is the only one that works – then don’t be surprised if Sayumi is the next to leave, then Mikitty and then Takitty. You heard it here first!
That said, my alternate interpretation of the Love Machine Curse hasn’t borne fruit (literally)… So maybe I’m just a bit tetched in the head or something.
Momusu’s First CD-DVD Single. At freaking last! The next Morning Musume CD single will include a DVD in its first press. I’ve written about the potential value a CD-DVD single combo would have for Morning Musume here and here, so it’s nice to see they’re finally doing it. That said, they’re putting concert performances and not the PV for the single on the DVD – Ayaya didn’t have her PV included when she did the CD-DVD thing, too – but that’s better than nothing. I know I’ll be picking it up, at least.
The picture above, by the way, is misleading – Konno and Ogawa will be on the next single, it’ll be their farewells. However, I have to say that I really like the look of 8-nin Musume and am already enamored with such a small line-up. It isn’t who leaves and who stays, but the fact that Momusu has been allowed to shrink.
Not wishing to offend fans of Kon-Kon and Mako-chan, but the group hasn’t been this small since “Koi no Dance Site” and it’s exhilerating to think of Momusu as a leaner idol machine. No minna-lag at this size, more lines spread out among the non-leads (hopefully), more attention for each individual idol…
Like I said, it’d be nice to see Country Musume become new members – but 8-nin looks great, I admit. I hope they last a while at that strength. Though if the Chokkan 2 Curse has anything to say about it, maybe not…
C-Ute are Cute! Wow! I wasn’t paying attention, but that new girl Kanna (in yellow, to the right) is pretty adorable! And when did Airi (blue, in the center) become such a looker? I still pictured her as the childish cutie from the Aa! PV, with the pinched up kiddie face.
Now, though, she’s becoming attractive in a whole different way. Well, in a slightly different, pre-teen way. Thank you, God! Thank you, Airi’s pituitary gland!
Anyway, it’ll be fun to see C-Ute in their future PVs and other performances, especially with four U15 hotties in their midst (can’t forget Maimi and of course Megumi)… If they follow the success of Berryz – and there’s a good chance of it happening, I think – then H!P may become U15 heaven for a little while and we’ll all start asking, “Morning Who?”
Okay, not really. But damn! Airi’s cute!
About a month of SweetS left. I guess it’s a good thing C-ute is finally making headway, as it’s about a month until SweetS release their last products. I’m still holding out for an announcement from Haruna as being part of a new mid-teen Avex act.
Rain Among Time’s 100 Most Influential People. Korean pop star Bi / Rain is listed among Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. Ironically, it only made me think of what crs wrote about the American response to his first U.S. concerts. However, there’s a larger lesson in including Bi, as the article in Time points out:
Before he visited the U.S., Rain already had a fan base, thanks to Internet music sites, satellite TV and DVDs of his soap operas. Those are the same media that make it easier than ever for growing numbers of Americans to get their fix of Japanese anime, Bollywood films and Korean music – and vice-versa. Pop culture no longer moves simply in a single direction, from the West to the rest of the world. Instead, it’s a global swirl, no more constrained by borders than the weather.
Which is old fucking news to anybody who’d care enough to read this blog or go to the various Jpop torrent sites or BBS’s. But I find it interesting that Time Magazine – i.e., the mainstream media – is beginning to pick up on this growing trend. Like the growing interest in comics by creators in other media, I think this signals a generational change in how American culture understands and defines itself.
And it’s about time.