Final Haromoni@ 28 September 2008.

And so onto the final ever Haromoni@. I have high hopes. Will they be dashed as so often before?

Anyway the look this week?

I’m booking in and I may be gone some time. Although in that second pic I think that Mitsui should really be taken out back and told off for making insulting gestures to the guests!

Anyway first up we get a little bit of preparation…

Then it’s onto Sayumi, Eri and Koharu. In this segment Koharu has to throw a hat to Eri who then throws it onto Sayumi’s head while Sayumi is walking up the stairs. Koharu would seem to have the easiest task of simply throwing the hat to Eri but she misses on the first thee attempts leading to the pained expression in the third pic…

She gets the throw right on her fourth attempt but Eri misses Sayumi’s head and so on they go. However the action then skips to the dining room where Ai, Mitsui and Linlin are all positioned. I think I’m getting a thing for waitresses…

This section starts off with Mitsui having to pull a tablecloth off a table without disturbing the three items on the table. After 11 attempts she still hasn’t managed it. What is amusing is seeing Ai and Linlin rushing across to help set the table again ready for the next attempt…

After failing 11 times Ai then has a go and gets it first time…

On her very next attempt Mitsui succeeds but there’s more to the trick as she has to throw the cloth to Ai who then throws it into a basket pushed by Linlin. So Mitsui will have to do it again.

Onto the kitchen where Reina, Risa and Junjun are situated. Basically this segment is Risa throwing food over her shoulder into a waiting plate held by Reina while Junjun ducks out the way…

Eventually after 82 takes they succeeded…

So it’s back to Sayumi and co. It’s take 103 already and again they fail. To make matters worse Sayumi drops the boxes and rips the wrapping paper…

Meanwhile back to Mitsui, Ai & Linlin and it’s already up to take 123. By take 142 they are getting closer as the tablecloth lands on Linlin’s head…

Finally after 149 takes success…

At that moment Sayumi and co are up to take 163 when the cheers from success elsewhere come along to demoralise them even further. After further failed attempts the stress is starting to get to them…

In the end on take 316 they get victory…

And so it’s onto the finale. All 9 girls throwing darts to burst balloons at once. Shown in one take but not sure if it took more…

I’d like to know what was spelt out there. Anyway that is the end of Haromoni@. The last episode taking seemingly one of the more popular segments and making an extravaganza out of it. Although personally with the GakiKame segments I generally found seeing so many takes very boring. The earlier shows had the wow factor but this was lost in later shows by showing constant failures. The final episode though was okay. All the members looked amazing. The content was a bit light really but what did you expect from this show? All in all just for the different setting and seeing all the members involved this final show was one of the better ones. To summarise I don’t think my hopes were dashed as such but I wouldn’t have minded something a little bit more interesting. But a general okay feelng has been what Haromoni@ has been about for the most part so maybe it was a quite fitting final episode.

So it’s goodbye to the near miss that was Haromoni@. You know what though? I know it wasn’t as good as Hello! Morning and I know it was often frustratingly badly produced (so often there’d be pointless clips or worse still clips that could have been good but were produced so badly that they were the exact opposite) but even so I will miss Haromoni@. It was during Haromoni@ that I became a fan of Eri. It was during Haromoni@ that I became a fan of Niigaki. It was through Haromoni@ that I started to like Junjun (and really without Haromoni@ we would have absolutely no idea of what Junjun, Linlin and Mitsui are actually like as people). Plus through Haromoni@ I have adored Lovely, Reina and Koharu (Koharu being the only one who could really make the dreaded memory test segments watchable. Her sheer unadulterated crack-headed energy being probably the highlight of Haromoni@ for me). Plus of course it was through Haromoni@ that I got a weekly fix of MM. Something I will miss. Whether it was better to have a bad tv show than no tv show at all I doubt. A bad tv show can do more damage to reputations. However in a selfish way I will miss Haromoni@. It was good sometimes and it gave me a fix of Japanese beauty every week without fail (but with plenty of failings. Yeah…work that one out). I’ll raise a glass to…well not the memory of Haromoni@ as such but to the memory of Sunday morning Morning Musume on tv. Cheers ladies.

2 responses to “Final Haromoni@ 28 September 2008.

  1. I’ll let you know what the sign thingy said.😛 It literally says, “Haromoni@Byebye!” (Unless you want me to be technical and say it was “Haromoni@BaiBai” xD.)

    The last ep wasn’t bad or good…In my opinion anyway. But it was nice seeing Ai-chan look motherly while teaching Mittsi and hugging both Mittsi and Linlin after they finished. Aww…

    It was also pretty interesting to see a whole new side of Eri. (Unfortunately, this is the last episode, so who knows when we’ll see it again.) A side where she seems a lot more mature/supportive. Just when Sayu and Koha were ready to give up, she gave them that mini little motivational speech…thing. (My Japanese is limited… something along the lines of “Just when it seems impossible or when you want to give up, you’ll succeed!”)

    To Morning Musume (and Hello! Project): Good luck in Yorosen!🙂

  2. Thanks for the translations. Bye bye indeed.

    Actually your point about Eri and when we’ll see that side of her again is a good one. I’ve no idea what Yorosen will be like but will we get to see the girls growing and maturing in the way we have in the past? We’ve been spoilt by Hello! Morning and sort of nearly spoilt a bit by Haromoni. How will we get a decent dose of their personalities now? I hope Yorosen has a decent format even if it is only a short programme.

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