1: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 14:04:57
From the June issue of Gekkan ENTAME:
―― First, can you tell us how you thought of Takahashi Ai?
Tanaka: Me and Ai-chan often discussed singing. Although Ai-chan is my senior, emotionally I might be stronger than her in some aspects. When Ai-chan went “I can’t do this!”, I’d encourage her by saying “You’re fine! We can’t give up now. Let’s do our best!” We weren’t rivals — she felt more like my partner. Lots of members have graduated from Morning Musume up until now, but Ai-chan’s graduation was the most shocking to me… I really thought Morning Musume was going to end! I kept telling Ai-chan “No no no! I’m telling you it’ll be bad news if you leave!” I was really worried. “You’re really quitting? You’re joking, right? And then what are you going to do?!” (laughs)
―― But in the end, Takahashi-san did graduate and Morning Musume still exists.
Tanaka: Right. Because the group is still going strong without Ai-chan, it really made me realize that Morning Musume will be fine no matter who graduates. Morning Musume’s members are not its only strength. There’s our staff who have given their utmost effort for the group up until now, and of course there’s also our fans who keep supporting us.
―― Since the Morning Musume of today is still gaining popularity even without Takahashi-san, perhaps that can be attributed to the current lineup of the group.
Tanaka: But even now I still think that the lineup back when Ai-chan and Eri were in the group was the strongest. I feel that it would’ve been something amazing had the group back then attained the same level of popularity as today.
3: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 14:06:00
Those two did always approve of each other.
8: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 14:08:21
…had the group back then attained the same level of popularity as today.
But they never did. End of story.
16: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 14:09:33
Since I’m an Ai-Reina wota, this makes me very happy.
22: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 14:10:49
But even now I still think that the lineup back when Ai-chan and Eri were in the group was the strongest.
I feel really glad hearing that.
62: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 14:21:30
And Gaki-san? Hey, what about-Gaki-san??
30: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 14:13:42
It’s painful how Reina’s becoming so likeable just before her graduation.
31: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 14:13:43
Now that’s a good interview.
50: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 14:18:54
That reminds me, it was Reina who said “Let’s make Ai-chan give up on graduating! We’ll gather signatures!” (laughs)
57: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 14:20:49
I remember that. (laughs)
52: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 14:19:53
I liked the Two Top of Ai-chan and Reina.
114: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 14:33:00
Recommended Morning Musume live footage from 2007-2010 for people who have only recently gotten into them:
133: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 14:38:54
I don’t think they would’ve ever reached this level of popularity with those members. I do sympathize with what she’s saying, but it’s just a really big “what if”.
138: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 14:39:39
It did feel like their popularity was already gradually building up during the Platinum Era. Either way, all of their Eras are fun.
154: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 14:42:42
People are still praising the Platinum lineup? Do you guys still not realize it was just a part of the Eclipse Era?
201: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 14:52:16
I enjoyed that time. It’s just that it felt like Morning Musume was inevitably going to end with that lineup.
162: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 14:43:59
Conclusion: Kamei Eri was the strongest.
182: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 14:47:08
I would’ve liked seeing a lineup of those three from 6th gen plus 9th, 10th and 11th gen.
197: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 14:51:09
Reina’s a fool, but I do like her honesty.
214: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 14:56:12
I had absolutely no interest in Morning Musume around the time of Seishun Collection. If Michishige hadn’t been working so hard since then, I would’ve certainly given up on H!P.
221: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 14:57:48
Michishige really has been working hard. I think she left a strong impression for many people when doing stuff like yelling at Yaguchi “don’t you dare suddenly withdraw, dammit!“
442: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 15:49:38
Michishige’s turning point:
440: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 15:49:20
Reina’s almost frighteningly objective. I’m actually surprised.
548: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 17:27:13
They’ll be at their strongest when Sayashi’s around 17 or 18. The group is really going places with her strong-willedness.
606: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 17:57:35
Contrary to now, the group back then was really mature and sexy. Even in Alo! Hello they were all wearing bikinis. I was really satisfied with them as a group.
657: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 18:26:55
Tanaka’s so calm and collected. She’s no yankee anymore.
672: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 18:32:36
But Kamei was saying how Reina’s always angry about something.
674: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 18:33:24
That’s a tsundere for you.
686: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 18:38:24
I laughed at what Terada was saying about Reina sometimes intentionally coming an hour late to meetings when she’s trying to defy the office. Too cute.
23: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/01 00:31:46
Reina doesn’t talk about the other members too much, so this kind of thing is really valuable. Especially the Platinum Era episodes are so rare now.
824: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/05/01 00:36:34
Reina doesn’t often talk much, but it’s great when she does. Regardless of if she’s talking about herself or the other members, she’s always objective and accurate in her analysis.
699: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/04/30 18:42:51
Starting at age 13, she did her best as an idol for ten years straight. I want her to live freely for all her remaining years.
Henkka: I don’t think there can ever be enough appreciation for the Platinum Era lineup.