1: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 00:11:49
Looks, voice, dancing — she met all three important requirements. She was admired by both her juniors and seniors, being almost like an intermediary between everyone. She acted like an airhead, and yet she left behind many profound comments that showed incredible farsightedness. She had that wonderful quality about her that made you see even her weak points as charming.
Even while burdened by the handicaps of atopic dermatitis and Okazaki-kun*, she was always competing for the 2nd or 3rd place in terms of popularity. It’s time we reassess this incredibly talented person.
(* TL note: Rumored ex-boyfriend. Some pics.)
6: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 00:15:57
Takahashi — has the most contact with her after graduation, often going shopping together.
Niigaki — always seemed to be having the most fun when she was preaching to Kamei.
Michishige — has many times called Kamei her best friend.
Tanaka — “if I had to choose who to make my girlfriend, it’d be Eri.“
11: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 00:17:42
She wasn’t just acting like an airhead — she was one.
18: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 00:20:23
She was the lubricant between the members.
19: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 00:20:48
People had an appreciation for her insane hips, too.
20: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 00:21:23
Even now, many wota think Kamei has the overall best face in H!P.
28: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 00:25:19
I declare that she had the best voice of the entire idol industry.
33: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 00:28:03
To be honest, Kamei only got serious in her final three years or so.
For like the five years before that, she was always one of the more boring members.
9th and 10th gen are already easily more refined.
34: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 00:28:25
35: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 00:30:02
She was already cute when she was doing the Eric Kamezou thing and stuff. It’s just that around that time Takahashi was at her cutest. She wasn’t yet showing her true colors very much so many wota gravitated towards Takahashi and others instead.
37: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 00:30:35
If only she had one thing that she was the best at.
41: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 00:31:49
Her singing voice was one of the treasures of Musume, right up there next to Kago’s.
40: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 00:31:41
The time when she was doing Kamezou and stuff was her peak.
43: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 00:32:57
They should’ve had more songs aside from Kimagure Princess where she was the main.
45: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 00:33:02
I still remember looking at a fansite and people were buying piles and piles of her photobooks. I wonder what those guys are up to these days.
55: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 00:38:39
The Platinum Era was all fine and good, but I’d love to see Kamei fooling around with the 9th and 10th gen members.
63: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 00:42:24
Kamei’s voice was cute and her dancing was very dynamic. She was a great performer.
65: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 00:43:57
Singing and dancing-wise, Kamei was at her peak during Rival Survival. I never get tired of watching it.
66: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 00:44:42
Eririn’s powerful performances were incredible.
73: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 00:50:40
Her peak was when she was doing Elizabeth Kyamei.
80: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 01:04:16
At 14 years old. It wasn’t refined or anything, but somehow her face was so charming.
167: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 03:13:35
Konno’s expression pisses me off.
82: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 01:05:30
I sometimes recall just how charming she was, but it’s too late to reassess her at this point. She’s retired so at this point we can do nothing but reminisce.
84: 涙袋ッチ ◆41x1mueUjM 2013/05/26 01:07:08
I liked her the best during the Platinum tour.
89: 涙袋ッチ ◆41x1mueUjM 2013/05/26 01:10:05
I have two of these.
92: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 01:13:45
Kamei had appeal because she was only a supporting member.
103: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 01:22:06
Her looks were on par with girls like Nacchi or Fujimoto and she was my oshi during Hello! Morning, but I just didn’t like her dim character.
140: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 01:48:29
What’s with this outstanding talent?! (laughs)
105: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 01:23:26
168: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 03:21:03
111: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 01:27:45
She was doing “pirorin” after being in the group around as long as 9th gen right now.
131: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 01:44:40
Eririn sure was cute.
133: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 01:45:46
Those duck lips of her were irresistible.
137: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 01:47:30
I don’t know of any idol who’s cuter than Kamei Eri.
139: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 01:48:18
I loved Eririn’s dynamic dancing.
146: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 01:51:27
Having the same blood type as Eririn is one of my biggest prides.
153: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 01:59:06
Even now Eririn is getting more and more fans.
158: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 02:27:38
It can’t be helped. Eririn is just too cute.
169: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 05:49:58
I didn’t care for the group at all during the Golden Era, but after seeing the 5th gen auditions I became a fan of Takahashi Ai. Then after seeing the 6th gen auditions, I immediately became a fan of Kamei Eri.
173: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 09:12:17
I liked Eririn around this time.
174: 名無し募集中。。。羊スト 2013/05/26 09:15:11
Kamei was the sole member who was on par with Takahashi.
175: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/26 09:19:07
Kamei Eri was the one evening primrose blooming in the darkness of the Eclipse Era.
Henkka: I must say… there really was something special about this particular turtle. And in her case, I’d like to think it’s not just the nostalgia factor either.
One thing that wasn’t talked about much in the thread but I think is still is worth mentioning is the wonderful duo of Gaki-Kame. For me, they really brought out the best of each other. Perhaps it’s time we take a trip down the Gaki-Kame memory lane…
PS. See here for more Kamei picspam.
Source: http://hellohellotime.doorblog.jp/archives/51884462.html (jp)
*sigh* Still my favorite member. I hope she’s doing well and enjoying her life as a real person now.
I wonder if she will ever come back to the entertainment world? I miss Eri so much, it took two new members to fill the gap of Eri (Maachan and Ikubo) for me
It would have been amazing to see Kamei in Majidesuka Ska. If only she could havee stayed a bit longer… Seeing her interact with 9th and 10th gen would be interesting. Imagine her getting close with fellow-airhead Maachan. Maa would truly be an honorary 6ki.
GakiKame leadership would have been nice to see too.
she’s my favorite MM member of all time.
I could never ask for better but she keeps getting better.
her aho-ness, sweet voice, great dance totally captivated me.
I wish Itoshiku Kurushii Kono Yoru ni have a PV.
for me she’s the best musume.
kame-chan!!! I miss you!!!
I too always felt that GakiKame was a great duo. And Kamei was definitely one of the greatests H!P personalities of all time which is saying much since I pretty much like all of them from every eras and bands.
@refregeeta2000 = love your name, nice Kamei reference!
once all is said and done, Kamei will go down as one of the greatest MM members, not because the was the best at any one thing over some others or even the best overall, but because she was able to develop from what she was into what she became at the end of her stint in MM, thereby proving the whole idea of an ‘idol’ is really true. Her whole ‘Aho’ personality and general airheadedness was also charming and made her seem vulnerable… you just want to hug that little Kame every time she flubs something or draws something horrible because she is able to project vulnerability. In another girl, that personality may come off as incredibly irritating, but with Kame you just want to pat her in the head and tell her she is great.
I would also posit that she was the glue during the Platinum era, she was always there with a laugh and comment to bring joy to the group, plus she was a reliable performer (more so than Sayumi), who was able to back up Ai and Reina during many songs and performances (in addition to co-leading in Kimagure Princess, loved here there!) Kame-wotas can only fantasize if she had stayed in MM if she could finally be taking her place in the center and undisputed ace over Reina right now and being senpai over the new girls. Also, Kamei and Maachan doing things together would have been pure gold.
“Also, Kamei and Maachan doing things together would have been pure gold.” With Maachan already being called the honorary 6ki member, that just sounds so perfect to me.
Kamei was the member who remained as my oshi the longest. I couldn’t really come up with a reason back then as to why I found her so endearing, it just gradually happened, but I think you summed it up quite nicely. It was such a joy to see her develop into the beautiful person she is, and listening to her singing just improve so much.
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It was a random Kamei Eri clip on YouTube from MoutTube that rekindled my love for Morning Musume.
The Turtle was the greatest thing in MM, while Fujimotos and Ishikawas looks first drew me in it was Kamei that really got me hooked on MM and after she graduated it took a long time before i even started paying attention at MM again.
Sad the way she had to get out of the industry, I so wish she would come back to the entertainment industry in one way or another, she might be a full time actual airhead but she was quite entertaining, I guess she cant do much TV jobs due to heavy makeup and heat being bad for her condition but atleast radio, Her and Gakis radio show was quite good.
I search at least once a month on the net for news on the “missing” Thunder thighs Turtle.
My favourite Eri quote :) “Refrigita in Cheese”
Of all the former members, she’s the one I miss most.
Henkka you just made my day. Thank you so much for this. xD
everyday i miss her.
Eri was really the best. It took me a while to get warm to her, but after that performance with Kago 111 posted she was growing on me.
At the end of her stint she had been my fav member of all of H!P. I cried when I heard she was going to graduate (and I cried more when I heard the pandas are graduating with her). I still miss her, even though Maa-chan and Zukki are filling her gap for me, at least some. What really sucked was Eri disappearing completely for nearly 2 years before the first pics of her with Ai-chan surfaced. I miss seeing her around and I hope she’s happy now living her live like she wanted to – like a normal woman in japanese society.
I don’t know why, but I never actually liked Eri.
eri has the best smile in the world ^_^… i still love kamei until now and no one could ever change that… ^_^
Kame was and will always be my favourite member ):
too bad she completely disappeared from the entertainment world…if only she had a blog TT_TT…
Everytime some member uploads a picture with her on her blog i am so happy!
Kame-chan forever. <3 I'm glad to see that Japanese wota see the same things that made me love her.. and the fact that she's gaining new fans still is amazing! I've seen it happen.
Though that means my competition for buying Kame goods remains high even 2+ years after her graduation. xD Her stuff sell higher than Aichan, Reina, Sayu, Rika and other past popular members. Even more than current super popular girls like Riho. But hey, if anyone deserves all the love.. it's my perfect turtle. <3
I just started following MM a few short months ago… and I´m a Kame-wota! That´s nearly 3 years after her graduation, so you can really see how big an impact she´s had in MM.
i’m glad to hear that kame stuff sell higher and im proud to say that im kame-wota… im not from japan so this news was really make me glad.
Kamei Eri truly is amazing. I hope she is doing well now and is enjoying her life and whatever she’s up to now. It’s kind of sad she’s basically fallen off the face of the Earth though. But I am glad that there hasn’t been anyone stalking her or being disrespecting of her privacy.