January 20, 1983 — Kanagawa
1998/05/03 ~ 2005/04/14
Yaguchi: From the very beginning, I hated the thought of being the center. Me, having to shoulder all that responsibility? I’m just not that character. But I did want to stand out, and that’s why I loved the position that was right next to the center. That’s where I wanted to express myself.
But even with that said, the cover of “Memory Seishun no Hikari” was just terrible. (laughs) Abe Natsumi alone was in focus and all the rest of us members in the back were blurred. Some of us even had our eyes closed! But then even there the message was loud and clear: “Be serious about each and every shot they take of you! Never lose focus!” It’s very serious. You can’t survive in this world if you don’t have some guts.
— You were among the first members to be added to Morning Musume. Did you apply for the auditions because you admired the group?
Yaguchi: I was a SPEED fan at the time. I watched “ASAYAN” and I did like Morning Musume, too, but I never felt like I wanted to actually be in the group myself. But when they showed the announcement of them holding auditions for more members, it felt like a surge of electricity going through me. Immediately I felt that I had to apply and I sent in my resume the very next day. So it wasn’t because I loved them or because I admired them — rather, it felt like I was being pushed towards the group by fate itself.
1: いち和食 2019/04/28(日) 16:49:39.94 0.net
I guess for the majority it must’ve been through “One Two Three.”
2: 名無し募集中。。。 2019/04/28(日) 16:50:23.01 0.net
Mmm. It was Minimoni that did it for me.
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I only just started going to events and stuff about ten years ago, but most people here are of the “ASAYAN” generation.
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I’m pretty sure I’m the only person in this whole country who got into them with “Pepper Keibu.”
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I started going to events because of Gatas — I’m a soccer wota.
February 2, 2001 — Aichi
Makino: I always thought of it only as a dream that was never going to come true, but I really wanted to become a Morning Musume. So when I was accepted, it felt like I was in a trance. Everything was so new; anything and everything seemed like a dream. For a while, it didn’t actually feel like I had become a Morning Musume — it was just pure bliss. For the longest time it literally felt like my feet weren’t touching the ground, like I was floating on cloud nine.
The Sparkle of the OG’s
— You first took part in the 10th generation auditions and joined the Kenshuusei. Later, the third time was the charm and you became a member of Morning Musume. When did you first begin to so strongly hope to join the group?
Makino: I liked “Kirarin☆Revolution” so much that I came to admire Morning Musume. Then, after I’d applied for the 10th generation auditions, I had an experience that made me come to love Morning Musume even more. That experience was seeing Dream Morning Musume in concert.
— What drew you to Dream Morning Musume?
Makino: I’d heard the songs on the CD, but this was the first time for me to be seeing my seniors in concert. They were all sparkling so much that it moved me. I instantly became so hooked that I was listening to the CD again in the car on the way home.
I especially love their version of “Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari” — I’ve listened to it so much that I could probably sing all the parts. I was a member of the Broadcast Committee in school so I’d always be broadcasting Morning Musume songs during lunch, including Dream Morning Musume’s “Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari,” of course!