Tsunku has announced that Kamei Eri, Junjun and Linlin will graduate from Morning Musume on the final day of their Autumn tour. 😦 The announcement is available in English on the official MySpace page. Apparently Eri has a skin problem while JunLin will be heading back to China. There will also be 9th generation auditions taking place.
This is another Sunday morning I could do without. It reminds me of Koha leaving. I don’t know whether this is better or worse though. On the one hand when Koha left I still had Ai-chan and Junjun to keep me entertained whereas now there’s just Ai-chan (who I adore but even so it’s like the Momusu heart is slowly failing. Bypass surgery is needed). However at least this time there’s the sweetener of ninth generation auditions.
Eri wasn’t my favourite in the group but I was saying to someone recently that I was happy to see her getting more chances to sing in recent times and was impressed by her voice. If she really does have a skin condition then her graduation is understandable. Also she has had a good run in the group. I’m surprised she’s leaving before Sayumi however but I guess the health matter explains that. I always expected her to be leader one day. I think she’d slowly matured into a person who would have been challenged by that but also able to respond to it a bit like with Ai-chan when she became leader.
Linlin leaving seems a real shame. She has a lovely personality and is one of the best singers in the group. I can’t help but feel that both Chinese members haven’t really had the chance to shine in Momusu but yet both were starting to. Linlin through her singing and Junjun through sheer force of personality.
Junjun leaving rips my heart out. She was my second favourite member. Endlessly entertaining whenever she got to open her mouth in any concert mc or on any tv programme. She is beautiful, mad, funny and was starting to fill the void left by Koharu’s exit. I am gutted.
As I said I don’t think the Chinese members had really been given the chance to shine and it pisses me off somewhat that even at their graduation that will probably be the case. All the focus will probably be on Eri.
At the same time I’ve been saying for what is actually years now that Momusu needs some new blood. The 9th gen announcement means that new blood is coming. Tsunku wants girls aged 10 to 17 to audition (TEN? WTF). It will be strange seeing Momusu members who are well younger than the Berryz and C-ute members. Even so Momusu has thrived and survived over the years precisely because of the graduations and new generations. Things had been a little too stagnant in recent times so I can’t criticise the decision to have some graduations and 9th gen auditions. Even so I can’t help thinking the members leaving are the wrong ones.
Personally this announcement makes the Japan Expo I attended in Paris even more precious to me now. I got to see Junjun performing live and got to meet her and get her autograph. I was also standing at the right side of the stage at every signing session so got lots of JunLin action. I am so glad I had the opportunity to see them live and meet them.
Eri will take some time off to cure her condition and then presumably will be back active with UFA. Junjun and Linlin returning to China worries me a lot. What will they be doing there? Will they even have a chance of a career? It’s not as if UFA hold much weight over there although I can see the groundwork has been done in recent times with their trip there and Junjun’s little bit of recent acting. On a personal level I also worry that even if they are active in China I won’t get to see much of it. If it’s tv work where will I find it? Even with singing I wonder if I’d enjoy it that much. I much prefer the sound of Japanese language to any other Asian language just because I’m so used to hearing it and I’m attempting to learn it. Mind you if Tsunku decides to have a Chinese equivalent of W that really would be made of win. Let’s hope!
Well that’s another Shock Sunday in the bag. Today’s post has been brought to you by the numbers 3 and 9 and the words fuck, shit, cock, arse and (resignedly) bugger.
Hmm…the turtle and the pandas leave? That only leaves a cat and a dog.