Friday, December 30, 2011

Nia's Hopes and Dreams for 2012

This year I don't exactly have New Year's resolutions... more like things I want one 2012 starts! For instance, I don't want the world to end, I want to get into college, and I want to buy a bowler hat! However, for idols I have a few personal hopes and dreams. Does that mean they'll come true? Heh heh... let's be rational, probably not. But don't you dare burst my idealistic bubble! Not until 2013!

AKB48 Blows Me Away

I want my AKBitches to release something good. No, not good great. I want another Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou or Beginner. SKE48 appears to be doing that with Kataomoi Finally (but I've yet to give my final verdict on it) so why doesn't AKB hop on the awesome songs bandwagon too? I'm tired of this formula of singles they've fallen into following and I suppose Aki-P's just following this formula:

Sakura single+summer single+Senbatsu single+dark single+Janken single = $$$$$$$$$$$$$$!!!

And personally that really upsets me. I know that the main purpose of idols is to make money off their fans and the general public, but I want to be surprised this year. I want to look at one of their singles the way I look at Keibetsu or Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru. I think the problem with AKB right now is that they're too scared they're going to lose their fans (and $$$) if they try something new so they've decided "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" However, maybe just maybe Aki-P will be like "Hey! We're making money! Let's do something and see if that'll make us MORE money!!!" I know they have stage songs and other units but I never get to see those; I'm not someone in Japan who can get a ticket. All I can look at are their singles and albums and frankly I was a little let down this year. T

Berryz Koubou Doesn't Graduate

I'm really worried about Berryz. Yeah yeah, I know they're coming to New Jersy (so close.) but singles-wise they haven't announced anything. I know they're releasing an album but I'm kinda worried their days are numbered. Face it; they're getting older (Saki's 20 already) and we all know what happens to idols who get old... They either get into variety shows or drop off the face of the planet! But that's not the point. This is probably the most irrational thing on this list considering they have things planned up until June but I can't get rid of this nagging feeling something big is going to happen to them soon. I don't know if it's for better or worse but they're sales are getting worse, the girls are getting older, what are you going to do, UFA? Like I said, it's probably just me anticipating the worst but eventually they are going to have to graduate, along with C-ute. We just don't know when and I really hope this isn't their final year as a group. Granted, they're not my favorite group in Hello! Project but I still find their songs fairly enjoyable especially if I'm in the right mood. So UFA, please don't pull anything horrible on them, at least not yet.

Morning Musume Finds Their Style

I still feel bad for saying this but the more I listen to PyokoPyoko Ultra, the more I hate it. It's too cutesy, too childish, too awkard, too Reina and her new line whore apprentices Riwhore and Ayumi, and too much focus on members that lack in... vocal talent. I know that Momosu can do genki music well (Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai?) but right now I think they're stuck in the rut that Perfume is. They can't find their style. I think Tsunku just doesn't know how to balance out the songs so that they're not too young for the older members and not too old for the newer members. When the 4th Generation came, he had to do the same thing: tone down the mature image the group had been going on and make it more youthful and fun. But I think right now's he's gone too far and the end result is forced and awkward, especially for the older members. Momosu is a great group and with all these new members they have a lot of potential! UFA just needs to learn how to show off the individual talents of each member and how to showcase the group as a whole. Speaking of showcasing...

One of the Momosu Members Pulls a Chisato On Us

What are you talking about? I'm not biased!
There's no other way I can say this. I'm sick and tired of the front girls of Momosu. One of them's been there for years and is slowly losing her charm on me, one of them looks like she wants to stab the idiot who put her in a mother hen suit, one of them is an overrated brat who's only there because she can dance, and the last one knows she doesn't deserve the vocals but doesnt care! It's how I felt with C-ute last year; I was sick of Airi and Maimi whoring all the screen time and lines. But then one day a girl named Chisato started dancing on the Internet... and suddenly became a front girl! I don't know if that would work in the same way for Momosu but I want a new face in the front. I don't care who (actually not Baggage-chan... or Ayumi, she scares me) but just someone who's voice doesn't sound like it's digging out my ears with a fork! I mean, yes you can keep your precious front girls UFA but why not add someone else to it? Someone with charm, a personality, on-screen charisma, doesn't look bored to be in the front like Riwhore, and actually has a commanding presence in the group. I highly recommend Haruka. Or Zukki. Or Mizuki. Or Eripon!! Just sayin'

Perfume Releases Something Edgy

Don't get me wrong, I loved Spice. I also loved Glitter. And I really like JPN and have all the songs on my iPod! But the closest thing we've seen from Perfume in terms of edginess was FAKE IT and that was last year! And as I've said before JPN is a decent album but it's too safe. I think right now Perfume is just going in too much of a safe direction. There songs are good but they could be so much better. If only I could find a way to magically learn Kanji, obtain Nakata's email, and send him some complaints suggestions about Perfume's music for 2012. Now I know this year they'll probably just release one single, two at the most, due to their tour but I want it to be damn good. I know that Perfume might be stuck in a rut right now but I just want to find some way to tell Nakata and Tokuma that "No, Perfume's fans are not going to leave them in disgust if you dare to try something different!"

S/mileage Doesn't Give Me Another Heart Attack

I nearly fell out of my chair when I read Saki was graduating. I choked on my Sprite when I read about Yuuka's. I swear if these graduations don't stop, S/mileage is going to kill me! And don't get me started on the auditions... this group is going to give me a heart attack if they get any more unpredictable! I'm not saying they have to be cliche but seriously. This year, I want S/mileage to prove they can be successful and triumphant without Yuuka. They have the new members sure only one of them is talented but the others have cute personalities and that's what helps drive S/mileage. I think the closer the group gets the less it'll seem like Ayaka+Kanon and a bunch of newbies. However, in order for that to happen I think the group just needs to play it safe here in terms of lineup. In place of that, I hope they'll try a bunch of crazy stuff with their music! I believe in order for the group to polish itself to the glory of its indies they need to experiment with their style. I think the cute, adorable direction is good but I want to see how far they'll go with it and how the fans will react to it. Chotte Matte Kudasai will hopefully give us a preview of what's to come next year for S/mileage and I hope it's really amazing. So in layman's terms: I want the lineup to be predictable but the music to be unpredictable! Don't disappoint me, S/mileage!

Tokyo Girls' Style Gets Even Awesome-r

2011 was a good year for TGS and a good year for me to get into them. They're young but successfully pull of this very mature and kind of dark style (are you taking notes, Morning Musume?). They had some really strong singles and a very strong album released this year even if they didn't do spectacularly well, saleswise. Limited Addiction was one of my favorite songs of 2011 and their B-sides were very good too! But to be honest... I actually don't want them to be successful. Not because I don't want them to get the attention they so deserve but because I'm afraid they'll go mainstream like so many other groups (ABK48, Perfume, etc.). I think it's best for them if they just stay in the little dark horse spotlight they have now even if they never get beyond that. My only worry is Avex will disband them but at the moment... I think they're safe!

I Write More in This Blog

Well, that's a given. Considering I basically started this at the end of 2011 I missed out on a lot of really good things to write about (graduations, auditions, new groups, etc.) I really want to stay active in the J-Pop/idol world this year and I want to find more groups to stalk enjoy! For the past three years, the only Japanese music I listened to was Perfume (and some Capsule). It wasn't until 2011 I really starting exploring other genres and I've found I really enjoy a lot of idol music! Is it all amazing? No, but I want to write more about; I want to expand my interests to other groups. I've heard Momoiro Clover, Super Girls, Fairies, Idoling!!!, etc. but I've yet to take interest in them and I hope this year I can!

So there you have it! I don't ask for much in terms of quantity but I really do hope at least one of these things comes true! And now I wish you a happy New Year and hope you have fun counting down at a party or staying at home and completely forgetting about it! Either way, let's all hope for the best in 2012! ^.^


  1. *---*

    I really enjoyed reading this~ I enjoy our related dislike of Riho xD xD AND ERIPON <3 <3 PLEEEASE have her pushed forward, Tsunku xD I adore the girl <3 she's my bias! WHEE 8D

  2. @Chiima

    I know right!? Eripon may not be as vocally talented as some other members but she's ADORABLE! She's supportive of other idol groups, loves what she does, and looks great on camera! How could she not be in the front!?

    In all honesty, I don't hate Riwhore (despite the nickname) I just wish she wasn't in the front. Either that or she get some personality... and vocal lessons... >.<