May 7, 1999 — Hokkaido
Sato: Even on the very day I was accepted into the group, they were angry with me. My mom and dad had never gotten angry with me as they raised me, and yet, when I was at the training camp or when I was accepted as a member… the staff were constantly angry with me. I didn’t even understand why — I just thought, “I guess adults all just hate me.“
The Airheaded Girl from Hokkaido
— When you first applied for the auditions, you weren’t even particularly a fan of Morning Musume, were you?
Sato: I didn’t know much about them. There was a leaflet about the audition at my ballet school, so I looked them up and watched “Maji desu ka Ska!” Sayashi Riho’s dancing was incredible, Tanaka Reina’s singing was so pretty, and my parents suggested I give it a shot and see what this world is all about. So I just applied without much thought behind it.
— What with everyone else around you being so serious about it, I would imagine you felt a little out-of-place…
Sato: The auditions lasted for around half a year, and I was just thinking about how long it was taking. They got unbelievably angry with me at the training camp. My mom had sent me off there, telling me to go and have fun. And so even though I was only trying to have some fun, they wouldn’t let me at all.
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A couple of years ago I had a rather strong dislike of her, but now even just listening to her talk will make me start unconsciously grinning to myself.
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It’s not just Sato — it takes time with each H!P member to learn what they’re like. The question you should be asking is: what was it that finally made everyone like her?
9: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/03/09(金) 04:10:27.70 0.net
With other H!P members it feels like there was something specific that happened that made me start liking them, but with Maa-chan it’s just… one day I noticed that she’d won me over. She simply has that strange sort of appeal about her.
5: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/03/09(金) 04:04:40.87 0.net
So you’ve finally awoken to Maa-chan’s cuteness, huh?
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/01/23(火) 17:35:16.80 0.net
There’s never been a time in the past when someone of her type has become the most popular member. I feel like until now it’s been either the more calculative or just the very self-confident members who have become no. 1 in popularity.
5: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/01/23(火) 17:37:55.68 0.net
Abe → Goto → Matsuura → Takahashi → Airi → Michishige → Sayashi → Sato.
I guess the closest thing to her would be Abe?
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Sato: “I want to become Tanaka-san.”
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But Tanaka used Abe as her blueprint.
10: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/01/23(火) 17:40:32.56 0.net
Abe Natsumi and Sato are made from the same mold.
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/11/21(火) 21:11:13.63 0.net
20:50 – 2017年11月21日
Oda-chan: “If you were to compare yourself to when Nakazawa-san used to describe you as “incredible” versus Sato-san right now, who do you think is worse?”
Tsuji-chan: “Maa-chan is pretty incredible.”
Maa-chan: “I don’t want to be told that by you!“
To think the day would come that we would actually get to see an exchange like this. #morningmusume17
20:36 – 2017年11月21日
Sakura: “I have a question for you, Tsuji-san. I’ve heard about Nakazawa-san complaining how difficult you used to be, so who would you say is worse: you or Sato-san?”
Tsuji: “Oh, Masaki-chan is way worse.”
Maa: “I don’t want to be told that by you!!“
Maa-chan insisting that at least she’s not as bad as Tsuji-san. #morningmusume17
20:34 – 2017年11月21日
Musume Budokan MC, Nono-tan vs. Maa-chan, part 1.
Oda: “Tsuji-san, Nakazawa-san has previously said that you used to be quite the handful. In your opinion, who do you think is worse: you back then, or Sato-san right now?”
Tsuji: “That’s got to be Maa-chan.”
Sato: “You were way worse!“
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You know, I just really love the music that Tsunku♂-san makes.
I’m reminded of this every time we’re in rehearsal.
Every single sound…
All the lyrics…
They all hit me so hard.
I mean, in the good sense of the word of course.
I really love his music.
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I appreciate her honesty.
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As expected of Maa-chan.
She gets it.
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/11/01(水) 16:13:56.16 0.net
I got to talk a bunch about DTM with Morning Musume ’17’s Sato Masaki-chan~! ✨
Maa-chan let me listen to some of the songs she’s composed. They were so cool, and it was incredible how she could instantly play almost the exact same chords on the piano!
I have to do my best, too!
161: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/11/01(水) 17:54:59.41 0.net
Another huge win for Maa-chan, huh.
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Maa-chan really is a genius.
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I have a mental image of her working on a song and suddenly bursting out laughing and making strange noises.
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/11/19(土) 02:00:53.91 0.net
Listening to her talk about this, I found myself agreeing. It does feel that way.
Source: HELLO! DRIVE! (episode #35, 1:52~)
Sato: I’m now going to play you a song by aiko. I listen to her music quite a lot, and my image of her is that she plays all her melodies on instruments and sings only the harmony parts. I mean, she sings the parts that we would think of as harmony parts. That makes her songs really interesting and different from other singers. There’s this freshness to her music. I love her. I’m now going to play you a song from her that was released in 1999, the year I was born. This is aiko’s “Kabutomushi.”
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I don’t really get what she’s saying. Someone explain?
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/25(月) 12:35:59.02 0.net
Is she really that popular? And if so, why? It just doesn’t make sense to me.
4: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/25(月) 12:47:53.64 0.net
It’s true that her popularity is rising. I’d say she gained the most new fans in the last year than she ever has before.
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Because people realized how everything about her is perfect.