Question of the Week: What are your non-book guilty pleasures? Like TV shows, food, websites, hobbies, etc.
Ah...hah... about that... I have a lot, but by far the worst right now is hands down the Japanese Idol girl group, Morning Musume '14.
|From Left to Right: Kanon Suzuki, Masaki Sato, Haruka Kudou, Ayumi Ishida, Riho Sayashi, Sayumi Michishige, Erina Ikuta, Sakura Oda, Mizuki Fukumura, Haruna Iikubo|
Previously just known as Morning Musume (their name changes with the year now, so January 2015 they will be Morning Musume '15), this is the oldest girl idol group still active in Japan that I know of. They have been around for almost 17 years now. Of course what makes them so special is the the fact that the line-up is always changing. Most of the girls in the group now were born AFTER the creation of the group (youngest member, Haruka, is 14).
|One of the single covers for One, Two, Three. |
Haruka (in orange) was 12 here.
In 2011 two generations of girls were added (ended up being around 8 girls) and then in 2012 the single One, Two Three exploded and did better than their last 10 or so singles. The new girls and the leadership of Sayumi Michishige plus a ton of advertisements brought them back into the spotlight.
Then with the addition with one more new girl Morning Musume started charting at number 1 for the first time in years... and they haven't stopped, breaking all other streaks they'd previously done. They are slowly gaining popularity again among people who don't follow music as well, though it's a slow process. Since I've been a fan since about 2008 this is amazing for me, because they've NEVER been as popular as they have been now since I've been a fan.
What I like about them: I do like their music a lot, but I'm also a fan of the girls. They join up at young ages (the youngest ever at 11, though sometimes they join at a later age such as 17) and they are not neccesarily good singers, dancer or anything, there's just that certain spark the producer saw, then you get to watch them grow, and improve and get better. When the new girls first joined they were not very good and many fans predicted the end of MM, but they grew rapidly and have become one of the most solid line-ups yet.
I've been to a couple of concert, shaken their hands and gotten to take a photo with them and they have pretty much stolen my heart.
I'll embed my favourite of their latest singles just in case anyone is curious.