…At least that’s what I wanted to say. Every year I write a post for Yoshizawa Hitomi, my favourite Morning Musume O.G, and the only idol I know of that shares my own birthday.
I honestly forgot this year.
But it’s probably for the best.
I haven’t commented on her drunk driving, or the fact that she faces prison time, or how her life has fallen apart since then. After all my going on about how much I adore her, what is there to say?
What she did was wrong. I’m sad for everyone involved. I’m sorry that someone I admired so much has done such things.
I hope she can rebuild her life after facing the consequences of her actions. I never expected things to end up this way. I mean, she’s a mother now…
Really, what is there to say?
I will cherish my memories. I will pray for her and for the victims.
YAY! Still eleven years old here at Itsumo Genki! In the interest of looking back (to when I was funny) and to remind myself of some memorable moments (in the posts I might not have thought were necessarily the best), let’s look at some quotes.
My only defense of such vanity is, some of this might make you laugh.
Also, ELEVEN YEARS BABY!!
Hope you enjoy some of these and maybe check out a few more posts that didn’t get listed last time.
Thanks for visiting and bearing with my celebrations…
Continue reading “In Which Itsumo Genki is (still) 11 Years Old: Quotes”
Well, it’s been TEN YEARS! Ten years! I started this blog January 4th, 2008! And this little milestone coincides with H!P’s TWENTY YEAR anniversary! How insane is that!? That was not planned, but I think it’s really awesome.
And, as per usual, I COMPLETELY MISSED IT!
So let’s just make this my tenth anniversary…uh…YEAR.
(Warning: this is gonna be long and about Isilie more than idols – you’ve been warned.)
I think it very Isilie of me to have completely forgotten about the milestone of ten years of H!P blogging. I’ve missed my “anniversary” basically every single year for the past nine years. That’s pretty ridiculous. It suits my personality very much. An anecdotal example: on my birthday a few years ago, I met a friend for coffee. She was sitting at a table with a small bouquet of flowers. The first thing I said was, “Oh! Who gave you flowers?” She just burst out laughing and handed them to me.
*takes a bow*
Continue reading “In Which Itsumo Genki has Lasted a Decade”
Picture that has nothing to do with anything: Just thought I’d give you some Ishikawa-puppy rabu. NO idea who made this, but it’s adorable. Does anybody else remember Hey Mirai??
Momusu + puppies = massive pwn.
In these entries, I will write about things that I’m thinking about that don’t require a full post. I will try to make it more interesting with pics, caps, gifs and by limiting myself to 100 words or less for each thought.It’s called a ‘return’ because I frequently seem to go too long without posting, mainly because my thoughts don’t always require a full post. Well – NO MORE!
Continue reading “In Which Isilie Returns #4”
Happy 33rd to my lovely birthday-mate, and favourite of all favourite idols, Yoshizawa Hitomi! ♡
And to me.
Have a beautiful day, everybody.
Since when is a 12th gen graduating!?
Ogata I-might-be-a-derpy-robot Haruna is GRADUATING!!
She’s only been here since 2015!
You-you can’t be serious!
And it’s for the sake of college!?
Isn’t that usually just a euphemism for ‘I no longer like the girls in my group’ (*see basically everyone in first gen S/mileage*)? Or ‘I have a boyfriend’?
I mean, sure, she’s an absolutely hopeless singer, but so was Shige and she managed to stay for ages! And she’s STILL singing and dancing, despite her demonstrable lack of talent. So, what’s the deal?
Continue reading “Wait- What?”
The first time I ever met Ikuta Erina…ok, well, the only time I likely will ever meet her, was during the handshake portion of 2014’s New York concert.
I remember I’d just been overwhelmed by my Zukki moment and then floored by how warm and sweet Riho had been, then there was Eri-pon.
And I just froze, dumbfounded. She’s so very, very small. I’ve never seen a human that is that small. I mean, short, yes, but skinny, with a tiny face. This isn’t a criticism, by the way. It honestly shocked me. I had sort of expected BOSS and Oda to be small and gorgeous, but this level of tiny was entirely different.
Eri-pon spoke, saying, “arigatou gozaimasu” and her voice was incredibly high-pitched. I looked in her eyes as I shakily remembered to take her hand and saw that wince. She had smiled, but her eyes had that ‘I think that went badly’ wince that I kept seeing in variety shows or dvd magazines. Before I could say anything, apologize for what I’m sure was a strange, nonplussed face, I was pushed on
When Bro and I compared notes later, he said that he’d basically burst out laughing the second she spoke and he’d felt terrible, but couldn’t stop laughing. It was that high-pitched voice and the wince that you can’t un-see once you start to notice it.
And it’s not that either of us are mocking her or think she’s somehow laughable.
There was just something so odd about her. Continue reading “The Strange Case of Eri-pon”
Permit me a small freak-out post, even though you and I both know that everything is going to be fine.
I suppose ‘evolution’ is the word I want. But this is starting to be more than I can handle. I’m not trying to pick on AKB (although I suspect it will come across that way), but that is not a format I want for H!P. It’s not what H!P is. If H!P becomes a giant, unstable idol factory in which every group can just be shuffled at will and auditions don’t mean anything and groups that have worked hard get unceremoniously split up or the group name just suddenly disappears-
Let me explain a bit less dramatically.
Continue reading “H!P (de)Evolves Yet Again: The Other ‘Half of it’”
PART THREE: Paving the way for Colourful Era
I still think the Platinum Era members of Momusu had it tough and it’s only now that people are realizing how amazing that group became. During promotions for their 20th anniversary, Shige said that if people were going to praise the members of that time, she wishes they would have done it back then. As Takahashi pointed out, “No one called it ‘Platinum’ at that time!” One of the most frustrating things they heard back then was, “What is Morning Musume up to nowadays?”
There were many factors contributing to their lack of popularity in Japan, but one of the major ones I cited was the appearance of AKB48. They were younger, newer, they were more accessible (at the time) and they had the variety emphasis Momusu no longer had. Momusu had to figure out what it wanted to be in the bridge period between the Golden Era and whatever they were to become. I think people generally agree that their Golden Era ended when Yossy graduated, but the usual transition was interrupted by Fujimoto Miki unexpectedly resigning to be with the man she eventually married (“Shoujiiiiii!”). Until Tsunku could find our ninth generation, Momusu had to recreate itself without their senpai to help.
One of the main things I kept seeing in blogs was ranting about ‘stagnation’ and it still bothers me. For a period of such immense changes, people didn’t seem to see anything but the lack of auditions and reliance on the same types of songs for each new release. I’m going to try and explain why I feel they didn’t stagnate; in fact, I think their development raised the bar for future generations and paved the way for the Colourful Era.
Continue reading “In Which Platinum Gen Changed Everything: Part Three”