July 7, 1997 — Fukuoka
Ikuta: I wrote a message in my kindergarten graduation album that said, “I want to join Morning Musume together with my friend.” Morning Musume was very popular at the time of course, as was Minimoni. I especially loved Yaguchi Mari.
— Minimoni did indeed have the support of many kindergarteners and elementary schoolers at the time.
Ikuta: What I liked about Yaguchi was how happy and bright she was, but it was also her eye-catching looks — she was like a cartoon character in how easy it was to spot her. I had a huge collection of Minimoni merchandise. One of the more rare things I had was this Minimoni PC software… It was like this, “let’s get good on the keyboard together with Minimoni!,” type thing. Minimoni was pretty much guiding my whole life back then.
Looking Up to Morning Musume
Ikuta: To me, Morning Musume were always big stars — someone I looked up to. There were lots of kids around me who also liked them, and there was this one friend especially with whom I made a promise that we’d join Morning Musume together. We both loved them to the point where she would wear like boy’s clothes and I would wear a dress and we’d dance to “Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~.“
It’s not that there was one specific thing that made me like Morning Musume — it was more like, before even noticing it, Morning Musume was already there in my life… and I was a fan.
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I went to karaoke! […] Tsunku♂-san is the best!!!
Nakidasu Kamoshirenai yo
Motto Aishite Hoshii no
Kataomoi no Owari ni
Itsumo to Onnaji Seifuku de
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“Tsuugaku Ressha” and some of the others are pretty nerdy choices.
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She has a very athletic physique.
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Short hair suits her.
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Her small face.
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Her cute Hakata dialect.
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Her easy-to-get-along-with personality.
(Text: “Fukunism not allowed!“)
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Because I feel like she doesn’t.
7: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/06/26(木) 08:33:05.95 0
Of course she does.
9: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/06/26(木) 08:35:04.95 0
She’s 17 years old. Of course she knows.
4: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/06/26(木) 08:30:12.37 0
“Mizuki isn’t like that…“
In other words: yes, she does.
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The Queen of “like that.”
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/01/13 15:11:47
It was my first time seeing Eripon in the flesh. I just got so nervous, the words wouldn’t come out…
Me: “Eripon, I really love you a lot.“
Eripon: “W-what…! M-me too…!” (Eri instantly gets wet as a sponge)
Me (in a totally unattractive voice): “…Do your best.“
Eripon (spoken like an angel): “Yes! I will!“
3: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/01/13 15:13:34
Yep, that happens.
4: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/01/13 15:14:06
Even though I was so good looking today…
Fukumura Mizuki caught on a date — it’s all over
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It was for real…
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This guy looks somehow familiar…
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The shaking won’t stop… (((((((((((((((((；ﾟДﾟ)))))))))))))))))))))
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Source: Morning Jogakuin
53: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/08/04(日) 01:18:06.40 0
|||9|＾_ゝ＾)＜ I want to create a “Support Ikuta Until She’s The Center” Party!
ノﾉ∮＾ _l＾）＜ That’d go on forever so you probably shouldn’t.
That’s terrible. (laughs)
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Okay, that’s pretty cruel. (laughs)