So apparently the bathing suit hierarchy in the current Morning Musume goes like this:
Over 17 years old: Wear a traditional string bikini.
15-16 years old: Wear a bikini top with a skirt or shorts.
Under 15 years old: Wear a tankini or bandeau topwith a skirt or shorts.
Suzuki Kanon: Oh god cover everything up how horrible we do not want to see your gross body nooooo.
:/ Yes, I’m mad. It is entirely possible that Zukki wanted a less revealing swimsuit and chose it herself; in that case, good for her. But that is pretty unlikely. It’s just kind of… Obvious when only one girl is entirely covered up when the rest are frolicking about in much less. It can’t be called an age thing like last year, because look at Kudu and Masaki.
Congratulations, Sakura-chan! I’ve been rooting for her since she auditioned for S/mileage, so this is wondful. Aaah, her voice is so good, and her face and personality are both very sweet. I do worry for her a bit, being the only winner, but I hope the 9th and 10th generations will support her as friends.
This also means that, for the past three auditions, my favorite has gotten in! Am I allowed to feel a bit smug?
(in other news, did Mizuki dye her hair brown, or is that just the stage lights?)
[TPF] -Mizuki Fukumura- Morning Musume Profile Movie (by HPMBKMS)
Fukumura Mizuki subbed profile movie
1) Mizuki is adorable and precious.
2) My dear Murr had a hand in this subbing!
3) It is therefore perfect.
Also. This video in combination with Sayumi’s gives a really good example of what the fan/Idol relationship is like. When Mizuki says things like “I love even the bad things about [hello! Project members],” and “Impossible, I’d die” (if H!P ceased to exist), she’s directly echoing what the other fans truly feel. Michishige, for her part, says something like “the fans are such kind people. They love everything we do. They see even our bad sides and love them. It makes me want to say ‘here, see all of me!’” Sayumi has been an Idol for ten years now. She grew up in the Idol business, with fans observing her at her best and at her worst. She’s traded in some of her privacy in return for the kind of undying support that fans are willing to give. To a non-fan, that relationship might seem somewhat gross or even creepy, but to those of us who are part of it, the fan/Idol relationship is one of the most meaningful parts of our lives.