モーニング娘。ランキング

It’s that time of the year again. Rankin’ Time! Let’s jump right into it and get started with Morning Musume, shall we.

While I didn’t make it out to AX to see them last year, I was able to see them perform in Japan at the summer concert back in July. As I’ve heard a few other people say, and I agree, seeing them up close really does change your perception of the girls a bit. I’ve still not taken too much time to get to know the group really, but I guess I know them well enough that things have shuffled around a little. With Koharu’s departure my interest as a whole has dropped some. That said, current Musume has mostly just been about the music to me anyway, so that’s not indicative of much of a change.

Morning Musume

Morning Musume. 2010

Morning Musume.

2010 Ranking
2009 Ranking

Their releases over the past year have been pretty consistent for me. None of their recent singles have made it into my all time favorites for the group, but I though I’d point out that I’ve enjoyed a little something from all of them. Good in the end, but nothing really stands out. As I said I’d get around to doing last year, I’ve gone through and picked up a bunch of their music, old and new, so I generally have a wide selection of songs that I’ve listened to.

Favorite Songs

GuruGuru JUMP
3, 2, 1 BREAKIN’OUT!

Other Favorites (Singles)

Souda! We’re ALIVE

Honorable Mentions

Chokkan 2 ~Nogashita Sakana wa Ookiizo!~ (Mattaku Sono Toori Remix)
Tsuyoki de Yukouze!

The Girls

JunJun

JunJun

1. JunJun

Holding on to the number one spot, nothing’s really changed here. I will say though, that she further solidified her position with the performance of ONLY YOU with v-u-den during the Champloo concert. Really, the DVD doesn’t do justice to how “wow” that performance was. Sure, she didn’t get to sing her solo part, but she got to rock, and she shined while doing so.

Niigaki Risa

Niigaki Risa

2. Risa (-1)

Hmm, she dropped one, cause Koharu moved up… but since Koharu is no longer here, she sticks at 2. Short hair Gaki is cute for the most part (sometimes it looks a little off); I’ll always be comparing her to the tomboyish girl with pigtails that first caught my attention, so it’s an interesting change no mater what style she goes with.

Other than the hair change, there were a couple of other things over the last year that were memorable for me. First one, the konnichipa “incident.” As Koharu convinces the other members to belt out konnichipa while saying hi to the audience, Gaki kinda just rolls her eyes at the idea and moves on like it’s nothing. She finally gives in, but her reluctance to do so, her whole attitude about it was just great.

The second thing that caught me was her appearance in their latest PV, Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai. Not only did she look good dancing and walking the catwalk, but also in the make up chair, she is just all kinds of cute.

Hmm, I say she’s dropped down a spot, but really, she’s gunning for position number one. Even tho, like I said I don’t follow Morning Musume all that much, Risa is one to watch methinks.

Takahashi Ai

Takahashi Ai

3. Ai

Yeah, umm… from my perspective, she’s still kinda boring. Her solo at the summer concert was sung well, but put me to sleep (not really, heh). She still has that great voice and great dance moves so it’s all good. I guess she gets some extra credit from her performances with High-King as well. I really enjoyed their cover of DIAMONDS and she really charged up the stage with Cinderella\Complex.

I watched a couple episodes of Q.E.D, the drama she starred in last year. I thought she did a pretty good job. I guess it showcases some personality, even tho it’s technically a little fake. She could probably move into some sort of drama/acting roles after her time in Morning Musume is over, and with her singing ability, she could still pursue that as well.

Tanaka Reina

Tanaka Reina

4. Reina

Well, she still thinks she’s hot… which is okay I guess. Her Champloo solo, in contrast to Ai’s was a bit more memorable. The song was more upbeat maybe; it kept my interest in any case. Also keeping my interest, her weird eyes. Not in a stop, stare, point and laugh kind of way, but they’re just hypnotizing and add an interesting aspect to her overall character.

Her little anime character Kaito Reinya is kinda cute, how it matches her looks (and personality?). The show itself tho is missing something to keep me watching it past a couple episodes.

LinLin

LinLin

5. LinLin (+3)

Bless her heart… this is probably the biggest jump of all my updated rankings. I’ve still not seen much of the number two panda, but I’ve seen enough for me to open up my opinion of her a bit. With GuruGuru JUMP and her performances with minimoni, her fun and genki side was revealed to me. Her solo on the Champloo album perhaps wasn’t my favorite, but it brought her vocal ability to my attention, and I like the overall sound.

Michishige Sayumi

Michishige Sayumi

6. Sayu (-1)

It seems she lost some of that squishiness. No biggie, but that was at least a little part of what made her stand out to me. Despite the questionable quality of her singing voice, I enjoyed her duet with Risa and her solo on Platinum 9 Disc. As the third in the new v-u-den, she rocks as well; mixing in some cute and rounding out the new group’s image.

On the whole, it seems like she isn’t being given the chance to be cute and idoly much anymore, tho that might just be my lack of exposure to the group in general, I’m just not seeing it.

Kamei Eri

Kamei Eri

7. Eri

Beautiful girl yeah, beautiful, just beautiful… but she still hasn’t managed to leave any sort of impression on me, outside of singing capability. Might be she’s not being given the chance to stand out, or like I hinted with Sayu, perhaps I’m just not paying attention. She’s supposedly a bit airheaded or somethin’, but I don’t see that either. I got nothin’.

Mitsui Aika

Mitsui Aika

8. Aika (-2)

Her forehead is a bit intimidating… why do they always feel the need to pull her hair back. Anyway, she’s still cute or whatever, most of the time… maybe; on stage tho she’s like, not even there. Hmm, she’s also in Guardians 4 and the new Tanpopo… nope, still doesn’t stand out at all.

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