August 8, 1981 — Hokkaido
1997/09/14 ~ 2005/01/30
Iida: You know, the “nee, waratte” in “Daite HOLD ON ME!“… That expression on my face was just me doing my best. I’m someone who is usually making no progress despite really trying my best…
— But you doing was something that became another hot topic for followers of the group.
Iida: Wada, our manager at the time, was coming up with all sorts of strategies to boost Morning Musume’s popularity. He would always tell us to talk more so they would show us on TV for longer. So when we were appearing on music programs, that’s what I would always be focused on — talking more. But it wasn’t working… the cameras weren’t pointed at me, so I felt like I was danger. “Oh no! They’re not going to give me any airtime all!” And that’s why I went too far. That’s why I was established as being the “weird one.”
— This time around, though, you giving it your all did produce results.
Iida: It came as a total surprise to me, too. That’s why I decided to throw away my “orthodox idol” image and choose the screen time instead. (laughs) Tsunku♂ apparently felt that I didn’t have to play the role of the comedian if I didn’t want to, but it wasn’t something I was really doing consciously.
Why are some women so adorable when angry?
I’ve been hearing that in recent times there are more and more girls who will actually get violent with their boyfriends when they get angry at them during fights. That is some scary stuff.
Now, I personally think it’s fine if a girl is, say, kicking up a bit of a racket in the guy’s arms or something, and I think it’s still acceptable if we’re only talking about something on the level of her giving him a good, honest, teary-eyed, open-handed slap. But violently throwing things or seriously hitting someone? That can’t be okay. Being subjected to something like that would surely make the guy quickly start losing his feelings for her.
Guys do not like it when girls are angry. Every guy would rather have the girl in their life always be in a good mood. However, there are some girls such as Morning Musume’s Iida Kaori who actually come across as adorable or funny when they get angry — to the point where TV hosts will try to make her angry on purpose. If you happen to be someone like that, I think that’s pretty great.
Iida is one of those girls who everyone would agree has lovely facial features. And yet, those TV hosts will pick up on the smallest changes in her facial expression and they’ll say things like “she has a scary look on her face!” or “oh no, Iida’s angry!” They poke fun at her like that, trying to make her even more angry. While Iida herself is not aware of this fact, the reason they all do that to her is because her being angry is actually one of her charms. I consider it one of her talents. It’s never an unpleasant type of angry with her.
“I don’t want anyone to think we’re
bad singers and question our right to appear at Budokan.”
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2015/10/11(日) 15:19:39.09 0.net
Nippon Budokan, to me, is this place of aspiration for people involved in music. Everyone pictures the stage of Budokan, thinking about how they’d like to one day stand on it themselves. And, to be honest, that’s why I can’t help but feel that it’s a bit cheeky of us to say that we want to perform there even though it’s only been three years since our formation.
If we didn’t have the obstacle of having to perform 220 concerts before aiming to get there, I might not agree with that objective myself. But now we’re aiming for the Budokan, and before then, we must perform 220 shows. But if you think about it rationally, setting the Budokan as your objective and actually making it there in just a year and a half would normally be completely out of the question if you were just an average person. There’s no way anyone could really make that happen…
But the Budokan wouldn’t be just a reward for us; it’s not like a pat on the back for successfully performing 220 concerts. It’s not something that cheap.
Before we can perform at Nippon Budokan, we must be able to put on concerts of much, much higher quality, and we have to be able to stand on our own feet. And that’s why I’ll do my best.
All the artists in the world who wish to one day perform at Budokan, all the artists who never gave up and struggled through various obstacles before they could finally stand on its stage, and all the fans of these artists — I want all of them to consent to us being there. I don’t want anyone to think we’re bad singers who have no place being there. I want to keep improving to the point where us performing at Budokan makes sense to everyone.
53: 名無し募集中。。。 2015/10/11(日) 15:34:23.09 0.net
This is exactly the attitude a singer ought to have.