This was just something I felt that I needed to write, due to my annoyance in trying to find anything idol-related on YouTube.
This section has been edited to be less irrationally angry
I hate fandubbing. Okay, some fandubbing. Sure, it’s fun to sing your favorite musician’s songs, and I certainly sing along to H!P, AKB, Perfume, etc’s songs, but I can’t always appreciate fandubs. If the sound quality is good, I appreciate fandubs, but often fandubs are just people singing over a concert video/recordings. I want to hear people do fandubs that will have good sound. There’s a purpose for instrumentals, but if there isn’t one, I can understand, as long as there’s some effort to lower teh back-up music so I can hear the fan singing.
And now there are “auditions” for “generations” of fandub groups. A commenter has pointed out that it’s a way for fandubbers to connect- to talk to eachother. I understand wanting to talk to people who like the same things you do, but I don’t see a need for auditions. If fandubbers want to network with other fandubbers, shouldn’t they all be included? I don’t see a reason to hold auditions to join the circle. If it’s a fandub, live fandubbing ustreams or something would actually be pretty cool, so that we could hear the fandubbers sing live. I’d perfer this type of fandubbing concert rather than the type currently on YouTube. (If any fandubbers are willing to do this, I’d listen!)
Seriously? If you’re an idol fan, you like idols. You don’t have to like all idols, but it’s not right to diss the rival fans/groups. Sometimes I feel like the AKB48 and the Hello!Project fans are the worst about this, and while there’s only a small number of fans that are fighting between the groups, I’m sure that there are more that think badly about the other fandom. They’re all idols, and they’re all cute. The marketing strategies and the music may be different, but there’s evidence that idols from all the different groups are friends. If they can be friends, the fans can too. Those fans can agree to disagree. Most of us already do.
3. Hating on Idols
This isn’t a purely international trend, either. When Ikuta Erina was announced as a new member of Morning Musume, Japanese fans started to say that she looked too “foreign” or that she shouldn’t be in Morning Musume all because she was an AKB48 fan. She likes Hello!Project groups too, especially S/mileage. Sayumi is known to like AKB48 and S/mileage, so why does Erina get the bad rap? Because she’s new. Really, there’s no reason for it. Fans need to cool their horses on some things.
North American fans initially went crazy for Riho. She seemed to be a fan favorite from the start with both international and Japanese wota. Now, as I browse the H!O picboard and forums, I’ve started to notice that her thread has drastically slowed down. Riho is sometimes acused of being stuck-up or too self-obsessed. I haven’t seen any evidence of either accusation, and honestly, I’m sure that many idols are probably self-obsessed. Junjun and Sayumi both insist that they’re the cutest idols out there, and no one can deny that idols, particularly the ones that get the most attention in a group, such as Maeda Atsuko, Ai Takahashi, Suzuki Airi, and Sugaya Risako, must have some level of self-obsession. The main thing though, is who cares? Everyone is a little stuck up. It happens. Why should we bash an idol for it, particularly if they don’t act like they are.