23 comments on “Michishige Sayumi: “Idols are great because you get to see them grow. They should just have them debut right away and not do any training.”

  1. I think it can work as a mix. Some idols can be good from the beginning and others can have that very visible improvement from useless to reliable. Girls like Inaba and Murota def have their audience, as do the raw and new faces. I also feel like there’s room to improve even after moving on from being kenshuusei,at least I hope so, because not all of them have THAT impressive vocals, dancing or expressions, depending on each individual. And some things will come only with the actual experience of being in a group.

    With that being said, many times in the past that a girl I was excited about as an Egg or KSS debuted, I sort of lost interest after they actually did. But I see a change now more recently with Angerme and the Factories and even Country Girls and I wonder if it’s just a matter of getting used to it, this continuation from a trainee to a professional. Oh well, idols are serious business etc.!

  2. Well they can have both. Complete amateurs and already trained girls. They don’t have to isolate characteristics, each girl added shall be followed by certain kinds of people.

    Sure girls like Masaki certainly mark a soft spot, but hadn’t been there Ai-chan, Reina, and even Sayashi- girls who are already good from the beginning and was entrusted the center- there’s no one to look-up to and Masaki wouldn’t even yearn to grow. Airi who’s capable since audition turned out to be one of the greatest performers too, and the entire H!P is looking up at her.

    What a lousy group, or organization H!P had been. They could have placed all the untrained girls in one group and you might still see them develop, but not as rapidly and as great as you would expect (like the way Masaki is achieving now XD)

  3. I’m actually somewhat surprised to see so many people say that complete amateurs might not be fit for idol biz, with a hint to Uta. I thought the Japanese fans were more into super fresh stuff and awkward girls that you can watch over.

    When it comes to comparisons between °C-ute/Berryz and Tsubaki I think they’re wrong. Berryz had Miya and °C-ute had Airi, kids that were already somewhat good. Also, they basically have trained in their pre-units, like Aa!, ZYX, etc. However, they were also just that – kids. Children. Some of them not even teenagers yet. Tsubaki is a group full of girls that are in High School (or reach HS soon like Kiki). It’s not really fair to compare.

  4. ofcourse freshness is appreciated and all but
    you cant be a total amateur and have the company wait on you till you are able to utter that first note thats not totally offtune.
    they have a busyness to run and although they can afford to take on the ultra cutie with a “spiky” character (cough shige san cough) but who cant sing a note and just manages to dance above average…yeah thats 1 person among 12 is gonna be an exception to verify the rule. nothing more.
    picture a morning musume with 12 shige sans. all cute. none can sing or dance or act.
    have the company wait for them for 1-2 years. profit?
    it wouldnt work and the girlpickers would have to be super espar to be able to tell which girl is going to blossom and which girl is gonna turn out bad.
    amatauer or not. all girls will grow up and evolve. like pokimon. and you ll get to experience that either way.

  5. Maachan was inexperienced but she was spotted lots if potential. Utachan however, full of mysteries.

  6. Some of those replies make it sound like all new H!P members now have years of experience and all the kinks worked out. That’s definitely not true. As an ANGERME guy Aikawa and Kamikokuryo immediately come to mind, which is fully half of the members added in the last few years.

  7. I think you can generally draw a line between when members are added to a pre-existing group (like a new MoMusu or Angerme generation), and when a completely fresh group is debuted. When adding to an existing group you already have plenty of senior members who can provide the skills and stability, but it’s best with a newly-debuting group to have at least some of the members already with some prior experience in order to have at least something to rely on.

    This approach isn’t something new to H!P’s history, either. I’m not very familiar with back at its origin when MoMusu and the first groups were formed, but not long after when for example Berryz and C-ute formed and debuted… All those girls had already had at least a couple years experience and training as the H!P kids before debuting as their own group. Moving forward S/mileage was originally comprised of members who also had a good amount of experience – all had been in the Eggs, Yuuka/Aya/Maro had been in Shugo Chara Egg, and Yuuka had even been in High-King.

    Then again, when does “becoming an idol” start? Lol. As has been mentioned, with the attention on the training programs since Kids they’re really idols once they start that, but certainly get a good amount of training before actually doing much. However, they’re still “fresh” upon debut in a major group.

  8. a group like Momusu needs different characters… sure, you can have a group of aces (korean groups often cast perfect voices)… but that isn’t fun at all… I love the music but I also need a connection to the members… don’t get me wrong… I also like Sakura for example… her voice is awesome and she’s getting more and more gorgeous… but without members like Masaki the group would be rather dull and boring… we all like the variety shows and DVD Magazines, don’t we? it’s because of those interesting characters…

    so… I agree – a good mix is the best choice… 6ki are the best example and Tsunku-san before the announcement said “it’s all or none!”… Reina already had her great voice and Kame-chan had more energy than Sayu and Reina combined… Sayu had neither but she was dedicated… she’d have gone through hell to be a part of the group… all three together were perfect and it was a lot of fun to watch them grow! imagine there would have only been Reina and Mikitty… :(

    12ki are a great combination, too… there’s Chel who has a great voice… Maria who dances with so much energy… I could listen to Haa-chin’s stories for days… she’s got charisma… and Akane? well… I don’t know yet… but she’s got great potential… she kinda reminds me of a younger version of Sayu… ^^ although she doesn’t claim to be the cutest of the group… but she kinda is… 4 very different characters I love… some are well trained, some are not…

    long story short… I agree with Sayu partially XD

  9. the difference now tho is eggs back in the day didn’t have so much going on, you’d only see them in the summer/winter h!p concerts and the occasional tamago show n that was more or less it.
    these days they seem to be doing so much more between plays, singles, blogs, clips on yt, like there’s way more opportunities for them now(that n it seems a lot of the trainees were already in pervious idol groups or in performance schools)

    for me personally its nice to have a mix of both trainees and “unknown” girls. the best example is 9th gen, like u had riho who was unkown(if u don’t count her being in fashionable the yr before)but had some experience thanks to the Hiroshima performance school, mizuki who was an egg, and then eripon and zukki who were both completely inexperienced.
    they’ve all improved in their own ways but to see how far eripon and zukki have come in the past 5 yrs is pretty amazing.

  10. There’s no single formula for a good idol. And it’s not like the trainees stop growing after they debut.

  11. I think idols should be given training but only a little bit like say maybe a year.

    I really do like the growing aspect when following idols though. It’s probably why I’m a bigger Tsubaki fan than I am a Kobushi fan

  12. I like all the comments about Masaki, who has had the biggest development. I definitely agree she wouldn’t be where she is without Reina, and Riho. Basically if you want a fresh girls, look at the KSS. They seem to get more time nowadays and some of them are brand new. But even then there are senior members.

  13. I’ve always supported this ideal.. I think its much more rewarding and inspiring to see an idol be thrust into the spotlight not knowing who she will turn out and watching them ascend to greatness… Isnt that the foundation that the original Morning Musume concept was built on… I personally loved watching idols who i thought were terrible at first and seen them grow to become core irreplaceable members, legendary even…

    Without this concept we may never have had idols like Konno, Michishige, Kana and Maachan… These 4 and some others looked absolutely worthless in their auditions and I thought there was no way Tsunku would choose them and when he did I couldnt understand why… But thats what makes Tsunku Tsunku, he can see hidden potential where others cant… Flash forward a few years later and these so called failures who would never amount to anything became superstars instead which is what the idol journey of H!P is all about or used to be about. It doesnt mean Tsunku hasn’t struck out a few times with a few idols who shall not be named cause i dont wanna make some people butthurt but thats also what makes the idoll world so interesting..

    Doesnt mean i dont like the polished girls who have that training experience its just that its expected of them to be successful, I dont get as excited to see them do great… Like Juice Juice and Kobushi Factory they came out the gate strong, had talents that made them look like veterans instead of a new debuting group… I love the 2 groups and its members but i see them as veterans who should be doing things on that level. its a different sort of appeal than an idol who is truly fresh and is doing their best to be great

    • Kanana and Maachan didn’t look useless for the whole of their respective auditions – in fact, it was the progress and drive that they showed throughout the process that earned them their debuts.

      That’s the point of the training camp.

      • Yeah, its just my personal opnion… I remember watching that 10th gen audition and thinking how great Murakami Sara, especially during the vocal training, and thought she was a shoe-in.. On the other hand i thought Meru and Sato were the worst, Ikubo didnt catch my attention either.. So when Sato and Ikubo made the cut and Murakami didnt i thought Tsunku fucked up, like most of the online fanbase did… Turns out he was right like he always is and I regret not liking Sato back then cause she is hands down my favorite member of H!P right now

  14. i agree with partially agreeing xD i mean u do need a mix of both skill and unskilled girls, but been skilled isn’t equal to having lots of training, Reina and Riho didn’t come from KSS but they were talented right from the beginning, but fresh to see a major improvement, when i compare Riho’s singing from beginning to end i can really tell how much she learn, so i love many KSS, but i think they shouldn’t take so much time in make them debut, like i was all over Karin when she was a KSS, but now i have lost interest and find KanaTomo and Yuka-nyan more appealing

  15. Time flies, time changes.. In the past, management chose really fresh member from the audition, and then they’ll transformed into idols. But after Kenshuusei era, management tend to chose “complete resources” from them, rather than direct auditions.

    I’m not surprised when new girls chosen and debut in a (almost) perfect performance. J=J, Country Girls, Kobushi, Oda Sakura are the examples.

  16. Historians of the future will rank Sayumism as one of the greatest ideology of the 21st Century.

  17. Well, you gotta see it from her POV… If she had auditioned today, if she had even made it into the KSS, she would have been stuck there for years without making any discernible progress :D

  18. Well, it used to be that the rank amateur was wlcomed into the fold but with the “idol wars” H!P had to claim their niche, which is the emphasis on professional performance andwhy they are much more selective about who they bring along. The Kids were the first experiment at training girls, the Eggs program was the perfecting of the process and Kobushi is the culmination of H!P’s goal of creating the almost-perfect idol group. I’m much more excited about eight gorgeous girls who sing and dance their asses off than watching a girl who can’t carry a tune in a bucket with the hope that eventually she get it right. (***cough***koharu***cough***)

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