February 26, 1985 — Hokkaido
2003/01/07 ~ 2007/06/01
Fujimoto: The first dream I ever had was to become a singer. Or rather, it was the only dream I ever had. My grandmother used to take enka lessons and when we’d be singing together, the people around me would praise my singing. That’s when the feeling first arose. I decided that I would aim to one day become a singer.
— You then took part in an audition — namely, the one for Morning Musume’s 4th generation.
Fujimoto: As an elementary schooler, I was in shock when I first saw Amuro Namie. Someone like her… she was a miracle. But I lived in the countryside of Hokkaido and there were no auditions anywhere. “ASAYAN” was the biggest audition that was held even in Hokkaido, and that’s why I thought to apply.
— You ultimately failed the 4th generation auditions. Not long after, however, you made your solo debut.
Fujimoto: I made it as far as the third round. But because I had already previously failed in the Komuro-produced audition — also held on “ASAYAN” — I knew from experience how passing wasn’t that simple. I thought that I would just wait and try my best again when my next chance came.
But that’s when I suddenly received an invitation from the company to come and do lessons with them, and so I moved to Tokyo.
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/10/14(日) 22:18:18.67 0.net
I bet most of you don’t.
5: 音速♪ 2018/10/14(日) 22:24:02.83 0.net
On the contrary. It was dead-on my favorite era of them all.
4: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/10/14(日) 22:21:01.54 0.net
Koharu’s Golden Era.
15: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/10/14(日) 22:36:18.92 0.net
Music-wise, it was my favorite era of them all, album songs included.
Although yeah, it did also feel like they were in this bind of hopeless stagnation.
29: 3 2018/10/14(日) 22:55:31.97 0.net
Things were in all-out chaos until the end of 2007, but then with the next year’s Single Daizenshuu it felt like a new Momusu had finally started taking shape.
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/10/08(月) 22:42:19.49 0.net
Do you remember what sort of a time it was?
5: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/10/08(月) 22:44:40.62 0.net
They may have been past their peak, but I liked the songs.
9: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/10/08(月) 22:48:56.35 0.net
I really enjoyed this era, including the 4th and 5th albums.
10: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/10/08(月) 22:49:13.45 0.net
Even regular people still know about this era.
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It kind of felt like how Kobushi did in the beginning.
169: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/10/09(火) 00:30:43.01 0.net
Ah, what with all the cheering songs.
2: 名無し募集中。。。 2019/03/19(火) 23:06:58.36 0.net
It was totally dodongadon.
4: 名無し募集中。。。 2019/03/19(火) 23:09:22.54 0.net
All the lolicon Tsuji-Kago wota delighted.
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This is what made Ayaya known to the general public.
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It was the top trio of that era of H!P.
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I consider myself an elite otaku for having bought this CD when I was in 6th grade.
17: 名無し募集中。。。 2019/03/19(火) 23:19:43.76 0.net
This was when it was like Tsunku was high. It’s not possible to come up with stuff like this as a middle-aged man unless you’re fucked up on something.
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2019/05/03(金) 00:05:57.76 0.net
When the current members are singing it on TV or in concert, they all try to sound so cutesy that it’s like they’re singing it in 100% idol mode. Because of that, I just assumed that’s the kind of song it is. But listening to the original, the vocals are actually amazingly cool.
3: 名無し募集中。。。 2019/05/03(金) 00:08:40.16 0.net
It’s true that they no longer have that “we’re the best!” aura to them when they’re singing it.
5: 名無し募集中。。。 2019/05/03(金) 00:10:47.99 0.net
If anything, it’s now ANGERME with the whole “we’re the best!” aura.
4: 名無し募集中。。。 2019/05/03(金) 00:10:15.89 0.net
Nowadays when you see them doing like “LOVE Machine” or “Renai Revolution,” they’re all-smiles, doing winks and stuff. They’ve become something different.
7: 名無し募集中。。。 2019/05/03(金) 00:13:02.32 0.net
Nakazawa was cool.
9: 名無し募集中。。。 2019/05/03(金) 00:14:44.29 0.net
Iida, Yasuda, Abe, Yaguchi, Nakazawa… The way they all sang was so seductive. The current group can’t recreate that feeling of it being something different.
September 23, 1985 — Tokyo
1999/08/22 ~ 2002/09/23
Goto: The amount of time I spent as a member was a mere three years, but there’s no question that it was the most intense three years of my entire life.
— It really was a surprisingly short amount of time. One thing is for sure though: when that blond-haired junior high school student made her first appearance on TV, something had instantly changed all over Japan.
Goto: I’d only dyed my hair because I was on my summer vacation. That was back when that whole gyaru boom was happening and I just got swept up in it…
— But you were taking part in an idol audition. Were you not worried about the hair hurting your chances?
Goto: I liked the way I looked. And besides, while I did hope to become a singer, I also wasn’t the type of girl to hold back from doing something I wanted to do just because of that.
— You have also said that you were able to proceed in the auditions only because you didn’t go on your school’s field trip.
Goto: Going on the field trip, we would’ve had a certain dress code. I absolutely did not want that. I intended to go in full makeup, wearing a paleo skirt and everything, but the teacher said no. So I withdrew from the field trip and went to the audition instead. (laughs)
January 7, 1997 — Miyagi
Ishida: In the beginning, I was worried that I wasn’t going to be able to live up to Tsunku♂’s expectations because he had commented on me: “she can sing and dance well — she seems like someone who is going to inherit the soul of Morning Musume.“
I had been learning dance since I was little, but I just felt so inadequate and there was a period of time when I couldn’t help but wonder just why he had chosen to put me in Morning Musume.
The Soul of Morning Musume
— So you felt burdened by the pressure of not knowing what exactly this “soul of Morning Musume” that you had inherited from your seniors was.
Ishida: Ever since I was little, I’d loved performing for people. So I took up dancing, and just when I’d started thinking I might as well aim to perform on big stages, I found an advertisement for the Morning Musume auditions. I’d grown up on Morning Musume’s songs, hearing songs like “LOVE Machine” in my everyday life, so I knew they were an amazing group. But I didn’t particularly admire them or anything.
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Karin-chan is enjoying it even more than Kanatomo so there’s no issue here. (laughs)