Mikitty Leaves Morning Musume
The wife woke me up about this news piece from Yahoo! Japan, where Miki has asked to leave Morning Musume in order to take responsibility for the scandal surrounding her being caught with her comedian boyfriend. Takahashi Ai will be taking over as leader. There’s a related article detailing the various scandals plaguing Hello! Project as of late.
Well, it isn’t like this possibility was all that far-fetched or that it’s catching anyone by complete surprise… At the same time, I was hoping Miki would beat the rap and remain leader of Momusu and maybe pave the way for more lenient policies for the girls of Hello! Project. Instead, she asked to resign from the group (was she coerced into this request? will we ever know?) though apparently staying as a solo artist in H!P - I assume she’ll continue with GAM, though the prospect of her returning to actual solo work is pretty damn exciting.
My two least favorite members are now leader and sub-leader of the group, Takitty and Gaki. Which I guess could prompt me to make statements of disgust or declare Morning Musume is dead or that I’ve given up all interest and am walking away from them as a fan… but I haven’t. My interest is considerably diminished by Miki not being there, but there’s still Sayumi, and Micchi, and even Koharu to keep me paying attention, as well as the possibility of JunJun and LinLin playing active roles in the group and hopefully participating in future singles. I’m intrigued at how the group will respond musically with the loss of one of their powerhouse performers, one who has dominated most of the singles in recent years. The challenge is before these nine girls now, and are they up to it? I think we’ll have some pleasant surprises on that front, at least.
I guess I should be happy, as Miki didn’t want to join the group way back when she was inducted with sixth gen, and it’s looking like she’s finally getting what she most deserves, her solo career back. At the same time, the circumstances surrounding this situation could have been much more joyful, and I don’t think she’s even going to get a graduation ceremony out of it.
The news is still sinking in, these are just initial impressions now that it’s official. I may be writing more on this later, though H!P scandal fatigue is beginning to wear thin on me. Below are some of the things I’ve written about Mikitty since I started blogging - even looking back at them quickly, I realize just how much I care for her as an idol, and how appreciative I’ve been of what she’s accomplished. I still believe in her, still think she’s a class act, and that her future as an idol should remain bright.
- My Dream of Fujimoto Miki (Cult of Pop 2.0)
- The Science of Hello! Project: The Freeze-Dried, Dial-Up Mikitty (Cult of Pop 2.0)
- Chokkan 2 Close-Up: Magnificent Mikitty (Cult of Pop 2.0)
- The Evil Mikitty Does: Sapphic Seduction and Gomatto (American Wota)
- The Evil Mikitty Does: The Boogie Train of Terrorized Tots (American Wota)
- The Evil Mikitty Does: HI MADAM and Sexy Otonajan (American Wota)
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- Jun 01 2007 / 12:05 am
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