14 Credits and a week ahead on homework is conducive to blogging. So here’s my initial thoughts on the 10th gen!Iibuko Haruna
Haruna’s definitely one of the weaker singers in the group right now, but she wasn’t chosen for her singing, and will obviously be used more for her modeling/acting than for her singing ability. She has a deep voice, so my ears don’t hurt when she sings, but she can definitely improve on most other aspects of her singing.
While her dancing is often commented on as being weak or a little behind the other girls’, it appears that she’s doing well enough to not stand out as terrible or off. I think that she’s good at a dance once she learns it. While she’s struggling with lessons, she should be fine for all performances of a dance, and that’s what really matters.
She seems pretty shy compared to the younger girls in her generation, but she can be silly when she needs to be. Haruna also seems pretty mature and smart, which is a definite plus for me. While I do love the young, hyper girls as a shot in the arm to Morning Musume, I think that having an older girl to be hyper but composed when she needs to is good for the new generations. Now her personality seems to be really winning over fans as she starts appearing on the concert circuit.
She was a model for a while, and I can tell why. She doesn’t have the perfect idol face like some of the other girls do, but she knows how to work with her natural beauty. She knows what hairstyles work for her, what poses will make her stand out, and what expressions to put on her face for each mood in a photo shoot.
Reminds me of: Kaori Iida
Her singing isn’t perfect and her dancing is weaker than some of the other girls in her generation, but she finds her strengths and plays to them. She seems like she’ll end up to be a lot like Kaori: a very mature and beautiful woman that can lead and follow as needed.
She needs some work, but she’ll be a very mature beauty in a few years.
She’s not as great of a singer as most of the other aces of the group are, but I think she’ll be like Riho in that she’ll start off as only a decent singer, but with intensive training can become a very good voice of the group.
She’s done dancing for a while, and was a back-up dancer for the idol group Dorothy Little Happy before she joined Morning Musume. She’s a very good dancer, and even challenged Tsunku to make a song for her to dance to. All I can say is: RIHO-AYUMI DANCE BATTLE.
She seems to be trying hard to stand out, but when she gets to the front, she’s a little shy. I think once she’s more confident in the front, she’ll be able to stand up as a front girl of the group and get a lot of fans. I think the fact that she’s a little less confident in her persona is why she’s still one of the less popular 10kis. (But not by much at all!)
Ayumi has a face that seems to be very idol-ish. The shape of her face and the proportions of her features remind me of many idols that have come before her. Sometimes, though, her poses are awkward and/or not done with confidence. Once she becomes more confident, I think that her posing will improve, and that she’ll be someone that’s well cut-out for photobooks and magazine spreads.
Reminds me of: Riho
She may not have started off miles ahead in popularity like Riho did, but she’s certainly getting “the push” that Riho got. Her dancing is on the level that Riho’s is, and her singing sounds much like Riho’s did when she first joined. I’m really hoping that Ayumi’s singing can get to the level of Riho’s soon.
Add a little confidence, and you’ve got a future ace.
Her vocal tone is rather annoying, but as seen in the second round of the audition, she could be around an 8 with good training and better vocal tone. Her voice isn’t unbearable, per se, it sounds very young and unpolished. I think if she polished her vocal tone, she could be one of the better singers in the group. Not that I’m saying she’ll do it, but it is possible.
She’s in the same boat as Haruna right now: she has trouble learning a dance, and seems to struggle slightly doing so, but as soon as she gets it, she’s just as good as any of the other girls in the new generations. Masaki isn’t half-bad when she gets a dance down, and I think she’s doing a good job at learning them faster if the Winter Concert rehearsal videos are any indication.
While the personality she has isn’t my cup of tea, it’s the type that the fans eat up: slightly clumsy, cute, and almost moe. I mean, she’s pretty much a living version of the type of girl that some otaku are known to gravitate towards. Now all she needs is the tsundere aspect of the personality, and she’ll have fans flocking to her. As it stands right now, she’s doing pretty well with the fans this way, and it got her out of the gate quickly on the mixi rankings. I think that if she went on shows aimed at the nerdier part of Japan, she could quickly pick up fans for herself and the group.
Tsunku famously said when she joined that she was the most photogenic of the 1okis. I’d beg to differ. I think that honor goes to Haruna. There’s no doubt after seeing her catch on quickly at her first photo-shoot, though, that she’ll be very good in her future photo shoots, and that she may end up being a great person to promote in magazines spreads.
Reminds me of: Koharu Kusumi
She has a chance to be a good singer, but the vocal coaches seem to be emphasizing the younger and more annoying side of her voice. Also, she seems like she jumped out of an anime and has a good TV personality that could win her a lot of fans.
She could be a very good person for promotion outside of the current fanbase, but her dancing and singing need work.
Sometimes, even when healthy, her “husky” voice makes it sound like she’s sick. I think that if she can overcome that problem, she might be up to a 9. Her voice has a good tone to it, and she has the stamina to sing well live when she’s dancing and at the end of a long set. I think she’ll end up being a vocal ace for Morning Musume in the future.
While she’s not quite as good at “high-level” dancing like Riho and Ayumi, she learns dances fast, does them very well, and can do everything she needs to dance well by H!P standards. She’ll probably get even better once she’s fully grown up, but for now she’s doing great and rocking every dance move.
She can be anything she needs to be depending on the situation at hand: silly, cute, funny, bratty, kind, mature, etc. That’s probably why they cast her in all of those plays she was in: she can act and pull off any role she’s given. Not only can she act things out, but she can also read any situation well and adapt to the personality that that particular situation dictates. She normally seems to be very mature and disciplined, and I think this will serve her well behind the scenes and in life in general as she moves forward with her career. Maybe some day, she’ll be the poised, beautiful, and mature leader of Morning Musume.
She’s not as photogenic as, say, Haruna, or as talented in this area as Masaki, but she looks good in almost every photo, and she knows how to pull off just about every pose well. She also has a very good sense of what poses looks good for her, and when she should do said poses. I don’t know what to expect in the future from her in this category, but puberty will tell if she could be a photo book queen.
Reminds me of: Asuka Fukuda
She has a good personality, is very mature for her age, can read situations well, and is very talented. Her maturity and poise in particular remind me of Asuka. While her singing is not quite at the level Asuka’s was when she joined, Haruka’s poise makes up for what she lacks. Also, both weren’t the most photogenic in their time, but they both know how to make themselves stand out.
She’s a girl that fits right into Morning Musume and is more than ready to debut. She has a little room to improve, but she’ll be ready to shine when she needs to, however soon that may be.
I’m looking forward to great things for all four of the 10kis! I hope that they’ll live up to my expectations for them, and that they’ll be successful in Morning Musume!