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.
5: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/25(月) 12:48:54.78 0.net
16: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/25(月) 13:04:16.69 0.net
Because people realized how everything about her is perfect.
9: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/25(月) 12:53:03.58 0.net
The Sayashi wota are drifting towards her.
29: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/25(月) 13:13:21.76 0.net
14th Annual H!P Song Ranking ’15, favorite member category
Voters: 3557 people
Votes in the favorite member category: 3501
Position, name, votes
1) Sato Masaki, 262 votes
2) Sayashi Riho, 256 votes
3) Tsugunaga Momoko, 139 votes
4) Miyamoto Karin, 131 votes
5) Suzuki Kanon, 119 votes
6) Oda Sakura, 111 votes
7) Suzuki Airi, 109 votes
8) Kudo Haruka, 108 votes
9) Wada Ayaka, 107 votes
10) Yajima Maimi, 106 votes
30: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/25(月) 13:13:21.95 0.net
She has a lot of female wota.
35: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/25(月) 13:15:22.09 0.net
1) She’s cute.
2) She can sing.
3) She’s an entertainer.
4) She says funny things.
40: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/25(月) 13:18:00.42 0.net
The things she says are both funny and philosophical.
42: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/25(月) 13:19:44.74 0.net
She’s one of the rare cases of members who are loved equally by men and women alike.
52: 名無し募集中。。 2016/01/25(月) 13:25:47.48 0.net
I’m a Maria oshi, but lately I can’t help but be interested in Maa-chan…
59: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/25(月) 13:32:51.69 0.net
Back during the Spring tour of ’14 I still had pretty much zero interest in Maa-chan, but I remember noticing how much she shined on stage. Then I saw these two high school girls sitting in front of me, constantly yelling stuff like “Maa-chan you’re cute!” I started paying more attention to her after that. It didn’t take long before I was hooked.
91: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/25(月) 14:00:34.48 0.net
I wish she was a bit more confident and ambitious.
92: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/25(月) 14:01:31.74 0.net
Agreed. I really wonder why she has such a lack of confidence.
93: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/25(月) 14:04:17.68 0.net
Because she’s cute.
114: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/25(月) 14:38:02.70 0.net
It’s cool how she’s always changing her dancing for the sake of fans who go to multiple concerts.
116: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/25(月) 14:39:06.17 0.net
If she can’t even stick to the choreography, she ought to just become a solo artist.
117: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/25(月) 14:40:25.75 0.net
Of course she sticks to it when it’s necessary. You’d know this if you actually went to a concert.
128: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/25(月) 14:56:44.59 0.net
Her gestures and her way of speaking are cute.
129: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/25(月) 14:59:42.38 0.net
Even the Boss and the Colonel look to Chan-maa for reference. I want her to do even more improvisation during Hello Con so they can learn from her.
133: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/25(月) 15:07:39.08 0.net
Kobushi does have a lot of members who love Maa-chan.
140: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/25(月) 15:35:23.64 0.net
Not just Kobushi — she has a lot of fans in the Kenshuusei, too.
134: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/25(月) 15:13:32.94 0.net
Well, Maa-chan herself looks to the Platinum Era for reference which feels like something the Kobushi members would get, too.
162: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/25(月) 20:26:57.48 0.net
The reasons behind Sato Masaki’s popularity: she’s a natural airhead character, she’s a good singer and dancer, and she has the air of someone who wouldn’t cause a scandal, so it’s easy to put your faith in her.
163: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/25(月) 20:30:49.05 0.net
She’s a cool genius and a cute angel.
The best of both worlds.
2. カラフル名無しさん 2016年01月26日 22:55 ID:3.dkTLdd0
It’s true that she is popular, but she strikes me as one of those people you either love or hate.
4. カラフル名無しさん 2016年01月26日 23:12 ID:6eCFeBd.0
I’ve fallen in love with her before even realizing it. There’s never been another idol who gives me this mix of excitement, nervousness, and fearfulness.
5. カラフル名無しさん 2016年01月26日 23:25 ID:EdM32ECP0
No matter how good her singing and dancing may be, it’s her immaturity as a person that stops me from liking her. She does things that hurt others around her like it’s nothing, and she makes way too many remarks that are just immoral. I think my impression of her might change if she fixes that about herself.
11. カラフル名無しさん 2016年01月27日 00:51 ID:tv.06aXG0
My impression of her fell even further after seeing that latest Hina Fes lottery video. Slapping her senior’s leg, not waiting for her seniors to go first… it’s that sort of thoughtlessness that stood out to me.
13. カラフル名無しさん 2016年01月27日 01:18 ID:JYfj70vS0
I personally don’t like her very much, but I understand her popularity. Her looks have improved a lot since ’14, and she’s been given a lot of prominent things to do in their songs which has improved her skills as well. Plus, I don’t think there’s anyone else with as much character in H!P. She’s also great at getting by in the idol world — she’s getting all those Reina, Sayu and Sayashi wota for herself. I feel like Musume would be boring without Maa-chan. With all that said, the Maa devotees are annoying and I wish they’d all disappear.
20. カラフル名無しさん 2016年01月27日 06:55 ID:Y8PwChTS0
I don’t like her. Though there are times when I like what I see her doing in performances and I’ll think her dancing and singing is great, I just can’t help but have a problem with some of her remarks and her behavior. She seems like a cunning person and I just can’t think of her as being innocent or cute. I guess you’d call her someone you either love or hate.
27. カラフル名無しさん 2016年01月27日 12:21 ID:UIfCiiXZ0
She has a great sense of rhythm, so it feels great to see her being perfectly on time with her singing and dancing. It’s just that she’s moody, so sometimes she’ll just do whatever she wants instead and you’re just going “huh!?” Looking around me at venues, there’s no doubt that she’s acquiring more fans lately.
31. カラフル名無しさん 2016年01月27日 20:06 ID:YNkGCW400
As a non-Sato wota, there are times that I’ll be going “well done, Maa-chan!” as well as times when she just completely puts me off as a person. I think that’s what they call a star character, but she really is someone people either love or hate — I don’t think it’s all just the same couple of people posting negative things about her. You may love her a lot, but there are others who dislike her just as much.
36. カラフル名無しさん 2016年01月28日 07:44 ID:3Zc6aN7J0
She’s a high schooler now, and Morning Musume is her job. I really wish she’d take another look at herself and her childish remarks and behavior, her changes to the choreographies, her lack of common sense, things like suddenly crying during the performance, etc. It’s not pleasant to look at.
38. カラフル名無しさん 2016年01月28日 14:32 ID:xASssskD0
It really is surprising when you realize she’s actually a high schooler.
39. カラフル名無しさん 2016年01月28日 18:07 ID:CTC.OcdR0
She is a high schooler, isn’t she. She’s the same age as Chel. It must be awkward for Chel to have someone like that who’s the same age as you as well as your senior…
40. カラフル名無しさん 2016年01月30日 03:08 ID:GGMoagJw0
It’s not like her wota are blind to those negative aspects about her either, but what purpose does it serve to post about them? Once you do so, it’s no wonder you’re labelled an anti. Sure, Maa can be annoying sometimes, but you and your desire to press your own cause is just as annoying.
21. カラフル名無しさん 2016年01月27日 07:27 ID:a3jCbu1s0
Here’s something I’ve been thinking about. Of course there are people who don’t like her. There’s nothing wrong with that. But when her “protectors” call everyone who doesn’t like her an “anti” and try to refute everything they say, it just ruins the mood. Why can’t you just go, “ah, I see what you’re saying. But this is what I like about her!” Rather than complaining about people who don’t like her, why not instead write about what you like about her? I think that’s a much more pleasant thing to read, and a much better way of supporting her.
By the way, I’m not a Maa-chan oshi myself, but I do like her a lot. Maa-chan doesn’t strike me as the perfect, pure angel, but as someone who has both her rights and her wrongs — like some whimsical fairy. Yes, she’s cunning and irresponsible, but she’s also honest and a hard worker. I think it’s the fact that she has all those sides to her that makes her so interesting.
When she first joined I couldn’t stand her. But I’ve mellowed a lot toward her over the last couple of years as it seems to me she has matured a bit. Some of her fans really are annoying though.
It is not about her abilities in performing, nor her looks, that make her famous. It is that she projects a different aura from the rest, not just in Momusu, but of the entire idols industry.
Some already mentioned things being funny as well as philosophical without trying, or things like chaning choreography in each performances. Overall, for me at least, watching her is like taking a trip to unknown territory, but yet somehow familiar. It is very unique experience for me for these past 4-5 years, eventhough I have been idols fan since the dawn of this millennium.
You can find a perfect girl to be the next Suzuki Airi, but you will never find the next Maachan
I think she also has some W (douvle you) vibes. Just like you said it is difficult to find thr next maachan. I agree with you. And i want to add that it is also as difficult to find perdect two aibon and nono, but maachan somehow gives off their aura…i I don’t knos..is it just me?
One day, I was just browsing some H!P clips on YouTube, and the next thing I knew, I was watching only clips of Maa-chan.
It’s refreshing in this day and age with so much crap going down to be confronted by somebody who (on the outside at least) is just having fun. She’s an island of irreverence and joy in a sea of seriousness and wall to wall unplesentness that has been the news across the past years. At least for me.
Agree, she is just making me smile when she laughs or makes everyone go “o.O”.
Thanks for the thread!
Small slip-up though. 162 should be: “and she has the air of someone who wouldn’t”
162: Should “she have” be “she doesn’t have”? Can’t check source at the moment, but reads a little funny as is.
Anonymous & Joshua J. Slone: Thank you! Typo fixed.
Her normal behaviour towards the other members may be perceived as annoying to people watching her, but it doesn’t look like the other members are annoyed, so I don’t think it should matter to anyone. In fact, she seems pretty well-liked by the H!P members (or at least she seems to be able to get along with most of them). But hey, if you wanna feel annoyed on behalf of the members, then uhh… go ahead?
What I like about Maa-chan is that she focuses a lot on her performance on stage, and really looks up to her seniors (to the point of imitating them sometimes). Plus her little ad-libs on her solo parts on stage are really fun to watch. You can tell she has a good feel for music.
I’m a Maafan.. I wonder how I got interested in her..
Definitely her character.. she was so awkward at first..
I was like ‘what the hell is this girl doing in MM’..
Then she suddenly became loud & crazy, she became super close with the lone wolf Reina, which surprised me.. She was like building a bridge btwn senior & junior of the group.. She became the group’s moodmaker..I got interested with her..
Then seeing her improve with each single & she shine on stage, it felt like an achievement following her as a fan..
It is true that sometimes she may appear rude.. But I always believe that she didnt mean to be rude.. But still, as a fan, I always scared that people might think that she’s a rude girl when she was just being herself..
Now, no doubt that she’s feeling the responsibility to drive the group forward now that Sayashi is gone.. She mention it on a few occasion.. She’s worried about the 12ki too like a proper senior.. not to mention she was one of their mentor..
oh crap… I have to be careful not to write a novel about my beloved Maa-chan… she’s the reason that I’m still an H!P fan… I was pretty much done with this world (H!P… not the real world XD I wasn’t suicidal…) when Kame-chan graduated… but after a few months of pure sadness I looked into these eyes and couldn’t stop smiling… why do I like Sato Masaki? everything that’s written above… plus she never fails to impress me… yes, she has her flaws… and I have to agree with the last comment… Maa-chan wota need to chill out when someone is attacking her… every extrovert or special character drags lovers and haters… and there are those, who are not affected at all… I totally get it… I simply choose to not like Maa-chan haters and won’t talk to them ^^
in the end I always see a hard working girl who never brags… she always aims at perfection and is never satisfied with her own performance… she still needs to grow in confidence… she always puts others first (especially 12ki) and never complains… that’s part of her character as well as her general love for music… and of course her explosions in front of the camera… but that’s just the way she is… she doesn’t even like to be in the focus… she often stated, that standing in front of the camera is weird and she’d never get used to it… she even hated it at times… people who don’t see this side of her haven’t paid attention…
if you want to know her better, I’d recommend you watching DVD Magazine 76 and 80… and this is Maa-chan in a nutshell:
It’s simple: Maachan is Magic
maachan is love, maachan is life
Heck, she even seems to be the most popular right now. Wasn’t her birthday event held in a bigger venue like Riho used to have? Her celeb fans are helluva popular as well. Stage director and music teachers are so impressed by her. She’s not a typical idol, that’s why many people find her interesting. She’s pretty, funny, exciting, and a great performer. A complete package, man. Her kouhais look up to her. They made her the center in singles. Still asking why she gets many fans? Whew. If some people still don’t get why she could be the most popular, they’re just denials. They think their standards are what supposed to be the basis of popularity and what of type of idol is supposed to be likable and marketable. They are annoyed at fans bragging about Maa’s traits, because their favorites doesn’t have those. Probably they’re just jealous, and feel righteous because they got annoyed by the fact that other people deem Maa as a better idol..yet she’s doesn’t behave like a generic ideal one. Isn’t it super interesting?
Just like the #40 said: “Once you do so, it’s no wonder you’re labelled an anti. Sure, Maa can be annoying sometimes, but you and your desire to press your own cause is just as annoying.”
Sorry Ikuta but i have officially oshihened to Maa-chan over the last year.. Maa-chan is a special kind of idol that seems to have no limitations on what shes really capable of.. I can see why she is becoming the most popular member of Morning if she isnt that already..
She’s my oishi. I like her cause she just doesn’t give a damn and does what she does. No one’s really ever been a “my pace” chara to such a level. I’ve never been a fan of the whole seniority level things, so it’s refreshing to see the mold being broken a bit. It’s always fun to see the reactions of others when she just blurts out whatever.
She also fulfills all the performance traits of an idol. Sings, dances, etc on an exceptionally high level. Want to keep seeing how she’ll do in the future.
It also makes me wonder how much she’s contributed to getting the different groups interacting together. I don’t think I’ve seen the groups being friendly with each other on this level since like mid 2000s. I don’t think she’s the sole reason of course, as many of these groups have old Kenshuusei members.
She is the heart of Morning Musume, since at least the colorful era. I pretty much agree with all the other comments, but also in interviews and pictures she does little gestures that help her stand out from the group. She definitely cares for her juniors, from Sakura to the juunikkies.
Is this a Japanese thread? Could have happened in some western forum lol.
I’m in a love-hate relationship with Masaki. On the one hand, I agree that she gives off a completely different aura than the other girls in MM. She’s got character, and it actually looks real to me, not over the top like Ikuta or Maria (though I like them for their character as well). She knows music, she knows how music works, and as has already been mentioned her feel for rhythm is great. I do think she’s somewhat of a genius, or at least more than what you might see on first look.
On the other hand, I can absolutely not stand her voice, neither while talking nor singing, and I agree that some things she said or did were just no-gos. Crying on stage because she got scolded, in general giving off some weird remarks, etc. However, I think she’s gotten calmer this year and more serious. I remember I was really annoyed that she acted like a 6yo while she was, in fact, 16.
well honestly id rather choose a 16 year old whine rather than someone who will have sex behind her husband’s back because sure whining is annoying but it only last for hours but when you cheat with your husband the effect is long term since you bring shame not only to the 2 of you but also to your families.
Wtf does that have to do with Masaki or this thread in general
It’s like Maa-chan is Tsuji and a genius philosopher merged in one. If Tsuji was added to Morning Musume by herself. She had the talent imo (as proven by her solo performances in her later H!P career, she was near perfection), but she was always very childish and immature, cried a lot. It’s just that Maa-chan stands out because she doesn’t have someone like her in the group and there’s no real tsukkomi in Morning Musume like Mikitty or Yaguchi, so her actions stand out and go ‘unchecked.’
I like Maachan’s singing and dancing alot, and I think shes got an interesting idol persona- the thing is, in my opinion, shes got highs and lows, and the lows are really too low for me personally. Sometimes she seems like shes trying too hard… and regardless of their friendships, on stage sometimes she seems awkward with the others, and not in a good way for me (her childishness comes to mind)
One of the commenters above said Maachan makes immoral remarks. Is this one of those “lost in translation” things? I know Sato Masaki is pretty fast and loose with Japanese etiquette, but has she ever said something immoral that would be understood as such in a Western context?
I adore Maa. Not only is she good looking and strong on stage, she’s cut from a completely different cloth.
But what really makes her special? She’s /fearless/. Completely. Not afraid to act like a 6 year old on camera backstage, not afraid to sing her guts on on stage, not afraid to rub people the wrong way, fans or fellow H!P-mates alike. In this aspect I never want her to change.
Name another idol anywhere with the same qualities this side of Miley Cyrus. Bet you can’t.
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