Saturday, November 30, 2013

Preliminary Round 1 Complete - Addressing the Full H!P Survey

First of all, the Berryz Koubou Survey results won't be posted until the Full Current H!P Survey is ready to post. So, if you still haven't voted on that, vote here.

Moving on, concerning the full (current) H!P survey: almost all of the questions had ties for the last "x" members for the top 10, so I've created a tie-breaker (/Round 2) for the preliminary version of the survey. First I'll go ahead and post who has definitely made top 10, and who needs a tiebreaker, then I'll respond to a few comments that people left me, then I'll post the tie-breaker survey link afterwards. (So if the only reason your here is to vote, scroll down.)

"Who's voice do you like the best?"
The top 9 were decided to be (in order of group): Fukumura Mizuki, Oda Sakura, Tsugunaga Momoko, Natsuyaki Miyabi, Sugaya Risako, Suzuki Airi, Okai Chisato, Tamura Meimi, and Kanazawa Tomoko.

The tenth spot tie-breaker is for the 6-way tie of Suzuki Kanon, Sato Masaki, Shimizu Saki, Yajima Maimi, Fukuda Kanon, and Takagi Sayuki.

"Who's dancing do you like the best?"
The top 8 were decided to be (in order of group): Sayashi Riho, Ishida Ayumi, Shimizu Saki, Yajima Maimi, Nakajima Saki, Suzuki Airi, Okai Chisato, and Tamura Meimi.

These 8 were the only girls nominated so there will not be a tie-breaker.

"Who's personality do you like the best?"
The top 10 were decided to be (in order of group): Michishige Sayumi, Fukumura Mizuki, Ikuta erina, Suzuki Kanon, Sato Masaki, Kudo Haruka, Tsugunaga Momoko, Tokunaga Chinami, Yajima Maimi, and Tamura Meimi. 

There was a top 10, so there is no tie-breaker.

"Who do you think shines most in PVs?"
The top 7 were decided to be (in order of group): Michishige Sayumi, Fukumura Mizuki, Sayashi Riho, Shimizu Saki, Natsuyaki Miyabi, Suzuki Airi, and Tamura Meimi

The last 3 spots tie-breaker is for the 6-way tie of Kumai Yurina, Sugaya Risako, Nakajima Saki, Hagiwara Mai, Kanazawa Tomoko, and Miyamoto Karin.

"Who do you think shines most in concerts?"
The top 6 were decided to be (in order of group): Ikuta Erina, Sayashi Riho, Sugaya Risako, Yajima Maimi, Suzuki Airi, and Tamura Meimi.

The last 4 spots tie-breaker is for the 5-way tie of Michishige Sayumi, Suzuki Kanon, Shimizu Saki, Natsuyaki Miyabi, and Nakajima Saki.

"Who do you think is the most energetic member?"
The top 6 were decided to be (in order of group): Ikuta Erina, Suzuki Kanon, Sato Masaki, Tokunaga Chinami, Takeuchi Akari, and Tamura Meimi.

The last 4 spots tie-breaker is for the 8-way tie of Ishida Ayumi, Tsugunaga Momoko, Natsuyaki Miyabi, Okai Chisato, Wada Ayaka, Fukuda Kanon, Nakanishi Kana, and Uemura Akari.

"Who do you think is the most mellow member?"
The top 9 were decided to be (in order of group): Fukumura Mizuki, Oda Sakura, Sudou Maasa, Kumai Yurina, Sugaya Risako, Nakanishi Kana, Katsuta Rina, Miyazaki Yuka, and Kanazawa Tomoko.

The last spot tie-breaker is for the 6-way tie of Ikuta Erina, Sayashi Riho, Kudo Haruka, Shimizu Saki, Hagiwara Mai, and Uemura Akari.

"Who do you think has the best qualities for a leader?"
The top 7 were decided to be (in order of group): Michishige Sayumi, Fukumura Mizuki, Shimizu Saki, Natsuyaki Miyabi, Yajima Maimi, Wada Ayaka, and Fukuda Kanon.

The last 3 spots tie-breaker is for the 8-way tie of Suzuki Kanon, Iikubo Haruna, Kudo Haruka, Tokunaga Chinami, Nakajima Saki, Kanazawa Tomoko, Takagi Sayuki, and Miyamoto Karin.

"Who do you think should be in a new sub-unit if they were to make one?"
The top 10 were decided to be (in order of group): Sayashi Riho, Suzuki Kanon, Ishida Ayumi, Kudo Haruka, Oda Sakura, Shimizu Saki, Sudou Maasa, Tamura Meimi, Miyazaki Yuka, and Takagi Sayuki.

There was a top 10, so there is no tie-breaker.

"Who do you think suits the 'sexy' image best?"
The top 10 were decided to be (in order of group): Michishige Sayumi, Fukumura Mizuki, Shimizu Saki, Sudou Maasa, Natsuyaki Miyabi, Sugaya Risako, Yajima Maimi, Nakajima Saki, Suzuki Airi, and Okai Chisato.

There was a top 10, so there is no tie-breaker.

"Who do you think suits the 'mature/elegant' image best?"
The top 10 were decided to be (in order of group): Fukumura Mizuki, Iikubo Haruna, Shimizu Saki, Natsuyaki Miyabi, Kumai Yurina, Sugaya Risako, Yajima Maimi, Wada Ayaka, Miyazaki Yuka, and Kanazawa Tomoko.

There was a top 10, so there is no tie-breaker.

"Who do you think suits the 'cool/badass' image best?"
The top 6 were decided to be (in order of group): Ikuta Erina, Sayashi Riho, Ishida Ayumi, Kudo Haruka, Yajima Maimi, and Takeuchi Akari.

The last 4 spots tie-breaker is for the 5-way tie of Shimizu Saki, Sudou Maasa, Nakajima Saki, Hagiwara Mai, and Takagi Sayuki.

"Who do you think suits the 'cute' image best?"
The top 9 were decided to be (in order of group): Michishige Sayumi, Sato Masaki, Tsugunaga Momoko, Hagiwara Mai, Fukuda Kanon, Tamura Meimi, Miyazaki Yuka, Miyamoto Karin, and Uemura Akari.

The last spot tie-breaker is for the 8-way tie of Sayashi Riho, Suzuki Kanon, Kudo Haruka, Nakanishi Kana, Takeuchi Akari, Katsuta Rina, Mitsui Aika, and Takagi Sayuki.

"Who do you think suits the 'tomboy' image best?"
The top 7 were decided to be (in order of group): Ikuta Erina, Ishida Ayumi, Kudo Haruka, Sudou Maasa, Yajima Maimi, Okai Chisato, and Takeuchi Akari

These 7 were the only girls nominated so there will not be a tie-breaker.

Comments I would like to respond to.

"A bit too broad questions, don't you think? Narrow it down or something. And don't steal everything from Pocket morning."

I'm not exactly the best question maker. That's why I ask at the end if the people taking the survey have any other ideas for questions. I'm not quite sure how to narrow it down anymore. I could easily ask "which girl do you like the most," which I initially considered, but that was too broad and I could narrow it down to voice, dancing, and personality. I don't know about any other questions that could be narrowed down any more than they are. And as for the "stealing everything from Pocket Morning," the only questions I personally recognize that I "stole" were the energetic/mellow questions (as someone else noticed in their comment "the energetic/mellow question brings to mind the Pokemo Q&As"), and it's because I thought it was an interesting question and I wanted to know what the fans thought in opposed to the H!P members, I really don't see the problem with that. 

"I really don't think any HP member is "badass". Maybe a question about who's the best actress, given all the plays they've done."

Firstly, THANK YOU for that amazing question, I've added it to the Round 2 survey, although I'm trying to stay away from the phrase "the best," as it would give off implications that there is a "best" rather than a "most popular" which is what I'm getting at with these surveys. So I hope you don't mind me changing the question to "Who's acting do you like the best?" :)

In response to the other part of your comment, I don't blame you if you don't think any H!P member is "badass," but some people do. For this reason I've grouped "cool" and "badass" together so that the nominated members could apply to either of the categories (or both possibly). I apologize if the wording of the question may have seemed loaded.

"Going through all the Hello members was a bit tiring - maybe do it for each group individually, then compile all those into a 'best of' might be easier?"

I personally hate this type of process. Shows like American Idol and such do a similar thing when they separate the contestants by gender before kicking people out. What bugs me about doing it this way is that, lets say, just metaphorically, that the "Who's dancing do you like the best?" top results for each group separately were as follows:
MoMusu - Sayashi Riho
Berryz - Shimizu Saki
C-ute - Nakajima Saki
S/mileage - Tamura Meimi
Juice=Juice - Takagi Sayuki

Then the "best of dancers" would likely be these five girls. However, suppose if in the H!P full survey, we get that the top five were Sayashi Riho, Ishida Ayumi, Oda Sakura, Shimizu Saki, and Natsuyaki Miyabi or something. Doing a "best of" for separate groups doesn't take into consideration that multiple people from each group may be considered for the question. Also, many people seem to have forgotten that Mitsui Aika is still in H!P as well, even though she's not in a group. Doing the groups separately and putting them together in a "best of" would then neglect her altogether. So I apologize for tiring you out, but I personally prefer this method.

"Questions about songs for the year (or some other measurement of time) could be interesting"
"Favorite songs/pvs/etc instead of members could be more interesting."

In the future I would like to do some song/PV related surveys, but I need to figure out how to ask questions to where they wouldn't be absolutely impossible to answer. Someone even commented on my Berryz Koubou survey that I should try asking favorite a-side/b-side/album songs separately, so even just for one group it's difficult. Also there's the problem with the fact that, even if I were to do 100 preliminary rounds, chances are I wouldn't be able to get good, realistic results from the 15-20 voters I've been getting on things. So I think surveys like that I'll save until if/when I get a bigger number of people voting.

(Questions suggestion) "Best all-rounder (singing, dancing, personality)"

While it's a nice thought, I think that this would just come down to a typical "who's you're favorite member?" type of question. Although there might be a few people who would be honest and vote for someone who they think falls into all three categories, I just can't believe that people wouldn't just let their bias to their Oshis take over and vote for just whoever they like most. Plus, if you think about it, idols are humans too. All of them have their flaws, and chances are, it's in at least one of these three areas. So there's also the chance that people would try and pick out members who are really good in maybe 2/3 categories, but not so much in the other. The point I'm trying to make is that, while it seems like a cool question, the criteria are a bit too much, I think.

(Questions suggestion) "OG!"
"Top group members of all time for Morning musume"

I do really, really want to make an OG related survey soon too. Unfortunately, much like the songs survey idea, I haven't quite thought of how to ask the questions where they wouldn't be super difficult, especially for people like me who have like half and half OG/current members in my top 5 MoMusu, or if I were to do an overall OG survey, how to ask questions related to soloists or groups that have graduated, or even groups that's members were once H!P members, but the groups themselves weren't (like Up Up Girls, The Possible, etc) and other issues like that. So for the time being, I'll be sticking to current H!P related surveys, but YES, I do want to make an OG related one in the near future!

Alrighty, so the tie-breaker survey is right here. Most of the questions this time, answering is optional, however, I do hope that people will try to vote for at least one of the girls per question so that hopefully we can get rid of these ties and make the final survey. Have fun :D

Thursday, November 28, 2013

A-side 1 vs A-side 2; Ee ka!?/"Ii Yatsu"

Hi. Welcome to my blog. Here you will find my opinions on my interests. But be warned, opinions and interests are not always the same between people. If you come across anything you don't agree with, realize that this is life and you have the choice to either keep reading, accepting the fact our opinions do differ, or stop reading. I'm not making you read this post, so please be respectful of my freedom to write what I want. Enjoy~

Today (tonight actually... starting at 7pm probably isn't the best idea, but whatever) I'm gonna try something... new? Well, I guess most everything I post about is new... since I'm not very consistent... but I digress, today I'm going to try to summarize and then compare the two A-sides for S/mileage's new single Ee ka!?/"Ii Yatsu" I might do this more in the future, too, since H!P seems to be having a lot of fun with these double A-sides recently. We'll see. 


First, let's look at the outfits, because why not? Ee ka!? has cute pink and black outfits that vary between members similarly to how Ai no Gundan's outfits did. They all have the same general outfit, but the colors of the different parts of the outfits vary between different members. The most noticeable example of this is their skirts, I think. With three members (Wada Ayaka, Takeuchi Akari, and Katsuta Rina) having black skirts, and the other three (Fukuda Kanon, Nakanishi Kana, and Tamura Meimi) having pink. But even the skirts vary a little between the waistbands even. Kanyon being the only one with a pure pink skirt, then Kana and Meimi have pink skirts with black waistbands, then Rinappu with a black skirt and a pink waistband, and then DAWA and Takechan have pure black skirts. I'll leave the rest of the searching for color swaps up to you.

"Ii Yatsu" has more "realistic" outfits. What I mean by this, is I feel like I'd actually see someone in real life wearing an outfit like this. For these outfits, the common thing between all of the girls is the black stockings, the same shoes, and the fact they're all wearing dresses. These outfits give off a mature feeling. I would try and say that they're possibly semi-formal even, but I'm so bad at what qualifies for formal/casual that this conclusion simply comes from the fact it's nicer than a t-shirt and jeans. Comparing the two a-sides outfits, there's a lot of things I could say. Ee ka!? has much more of a cuter outfit, and it's basically the same between all of the girls. It's probably my favorite kind of "group" outfit, "group" referring when you make it blatantly obvious that they're from the same group. "Ii Yatsu" has much more mature outfits, and while they look very good together, unlike Ee ka!?, if you were to see one of the girls in their outfit in public alone, chances are you wouldn't think anything of it (the outfit, not the fact that you saw an idol in public). To put it in other words, the outfits look good together, but they can easily stand alone as well.

Moving on to the PVs/songs themselves. When I first watched Ee ka!?, my jaw dropped. I was NOT expecting it at all. It's a very cool, upbeat, fun song. The PV starts silent just showing the girls in their starter pose for the dance, and then... BAM the beat starts up and the girls start rapping. What? It caught me off guard for one. The rap used at the beginning is then used throughout the song at various parts, and the rest of the song is sung normally. For the song, It's a really well composed song, I think, that doesn't give you a second to breath before surprising you again. It's very enjoyable to listen to. As for the PV, it's, as H!P's specialty, extremely simple. However, because of the outfits, the simplicity of it, even, was well executed. The dance shots take place in either a plain white room, or the same room "without walls" that seem to have floodlights coming from the background even. Then the close up shots have a shimmery pink/purple background. I feel like both of these scenes work well for the outfits, successfully leaving the focus of the video on the girls rather than their surroundings. The dance isn't extremely impressive, especially after Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai no Joke and Ai tte Motto Zanshin, but it's still interesting to watch. I think my favorite part of the PV is the fact that they all seem to shine. Normally with PVs there will be maybe one or two girls who really grab my attention, even if someone else is singing or in the center, but when it comes to Ee ka!?, my attention was constantly switching between girls, whether they were the one(s) singing or not.

"Ii Yatsu" is also a very simple PV. The thing I loved most about the song was the fact that the lyrics match my situation right now about 95%. Anyway, the song is also an upbeat song, but it's also got a more painful feeling to it. A lot of the song is sung with noticeable passion and feeling, especially Meimi's lines. The song reminds me a lot of Smaui ne. The line distribution, primarily, is very similar, with the first half of the song's solos being almost all DAWA and Kanyon, and then the 2nd half the Gen 2 girls get solos. This does NOT go to say I think this song is on par with Samui ne. I honestly think this song is so many levels higher. The PV starts with close up shots of the girls that makes me think of the close up shots in C-ute's Aitai Lonely Christmas. They show the girls sitting at tables, and the overall scenes have a yellowish tint to them. The dance shots, on the contrary, have a strange blue, white, and green striped platform-like floor, and a silver backing that looks similar to a stage's curtain. The dance is very fun to watch, and seems to have a lot of original moves that I haven't seen before in H!P. I feel like, when it comes to the PV, DAWA really stands out. She expresses the feeling of the song flawlessly through her facial expressions throughout the song. When it comes to vocals, though, I would say Meimei really stood out with the passion and strength she put into her lines. Whether or not this passion and strength was appropriate for the song itself, I still haven't decided, but that's aside the point.

What I find interesting between the two songs is that, although they're both pretty upbeat they get across entirely different feelings. It's hard to express how they managed to, since I'm not a music scholar and have no idea if there's like certain pitches or anything that make people feel certain ways or anything. Ee ka!? has a much more fun feel that suits the upbeat sound it has much more than "Ii Yatsu". I feel like, as a song "Ii Yatsu" could have had much more impact if it was a bit slower. However, the feeling it gives off is much different then Ee ka!?'s. Rather than a fun upbeat sound, it manages more of a possibly desperate or agitated upbeat sound.

As for the PVs, they're both very simple, but in different ways. I'd say that Ee ka!? was simple in order to put emphasis on the girls and it succeeds in that, where as "Ii Yatsu" seems to be simple to match the meaning of the song. Personally, I fell that, while Ee ka!?'s simplicity made it almost boring, the energy the girls put in definitely make up for what's lacking. And, while "Ii Yatsu" was a slight bit less simple than Ee ka!?, there doesn't seem to be as valid of a reason, and with the effort put forth by the girls themselves, they could have used to give something more to the video. 

Overall, this is definitely my favorite single to come out of S/mileage to date. Between the two songs themselves, I'd have to say that I like the song "Ii Yatsu" more than Ee ka!?, but I like Ee ka!?'s PV more than "Ii Yatsu"'s. Although, at least as far as songs go, they're really close, and I have a feeling that Ee ka!? is even gonna come up from behind and con me into listening to it more than "Ii Yatsu". But, for now, it's too early to tell for sure.

So that's how I feel about Ee ka!? vs "Ii Yatsu". I hope you enjoyed reading. I may or may not do more of these as new double A-sides come out. I probably won't do any old ones simply because I feel like I wouldn't be able to give off the same impression for songs that I've already known for a while, and likely have some from of bias towards/against them as I am to songs that were JUST released (well technically not released yet, but you get the point). Anyway, see you next time, and I hope you had a great Thanksgiving if you're in America and a good Thursday if you're not :D (Or Friday morning since it's past midnight in over half of the world right now...) ... Yup :'3.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

"Find the Good" Game!

All opinions expressed in this post are my own. If you happen to share them, great! If you don't, I'm sorry. I will not be censoring my opinions (EVER) for fear that they may differ from someone else's. If you leave me with a criticism, please make it constructive. Otherwise, enjoy :D. Or don't. Up to you.

Let's play a game! I like games :3. Recently I've put up quite a few posts regarding or referencing to some pretty negative stuff. It's kinda saddening... So today I wanna play the "Find the Good" game. This may or may not be a real game. As far as I know, I made it up, but original ideas are hard to come by nowadays, so it probably exists somehow already. Anyway, I'll be playing this H!P member style, so here's how I play: I'm going to go through every H!P member and talk about what I like about them. Even if I don't like the member, I will find something in them that I like. The main rule is just that I can't skip over any members using the excuse "I can't find anything I like about them." Everyone has charm points and, even if I have to spend an hour staring at them/watching videos of them/etc I WILL find something about them that I like. The other rule is that I'm not allowed to talk about anything I don't like about the members. Yup. Here we go.

First up is Michishige Sayumi. One of the things I love most about Shige is that she looks good in just about any style. When she's dressed cute, she's adorable. When she's dressed mature, she's gorgeous. When she's dressed cool/sexy/etc she's somehow able to work it. I love photos of her, and seeing her in different outfits. Another thing I love is her dedication to Morning Musume. After Aichan left, she did everything in her power to help Morning Musume stay popular, despite only being sub-leader at the time. Shige is my favorite leader for Morning Musume thus far because she really cares about the group and the members.

Next is Fukumura Mizuki. Firstly, Mizuki is gorgeous. That said, I love Mizuki's voice. It's very soft and mature. But at the same time, she can pull of cute songs like Aishuu Romantic so easily and sounds amazing. Also, despite being mature, she seems to have a bit of a playful side from what I've seen. I don't watch near as many videos as I want to, but from the bit I've seen, she seems like one of the members that most others enjoy the company of and gets along well with everyone. 

Ikuta Erina seems to be really good at pulling off styles like Shige, which I like. I also like that she's starting to find a personality in the group other than the "Gaki-Wota." She's always had the "strong" thing going for her, which is very admirable to me, but she's also made it her goal to become... what is it? "The number 1 idol" or something? I don't quite remember, but I think it may be interesting to see where that goes and if she takes it seriously. Lastly, Erina's is very pretty, especially in the right outfits and poses. Probably one of the best short-but-still-semi-girly-ish haired members H!P has had.

Sayashi Riho is an amazing dancer. Ever since the top 5 for gen 9 auditions were announced, I wanted her to get in because I loved her dancing so much. And now all the more so since she can dance without being held down by a certain lazy co-lead -cough-. Anyway, in addition to her dancing, one thing that I love is that she's gotten a lot better at smiling. I think it may have to do with feeling more comfortable in the group? Maybe? I don't know, but her old smile always scared me, but now she has a beautiful smile. Just look at it! It's adorable <3

My absolute favorite part of Suzuki Kanon is when she smiles wholeheartedly. Her "real" smile is one of those that I look at and can't help but smile along. Zukki also has a really unique (in a good way) voice that's enjoyable to listen to. Not to mention, Zukki has one of the most energetic personalities ever. Zukki really reminds me of Ogawa Makoto in that aspect. She's very playful and always seems to find some way of having fun.

Iikubo Haruna is really pretty, especially in the right photos. My initial bias towards her is because of the fact she's the closest H!P member ever to me in age (she's 2 days younger than me). Harunyan also has some funny reactions. She's very enjoyable to watch in misc. videos.

As for Ishida Ayumi, like Yasushi, she's an AMAZING dancer. She's also a really good singer, and even more so, an absolutely amazing rapper. If she ever gets a solo it better have rapping in it, for sure. Daishi's also very pretty. She especially looks amazing in cooler styles. I love when she wears outfits that involve ties, it somehow suits her. Haha, ties, suits, oh puns. 

Pretty sure anyone who has read most any of the posts on my blog already knows I absolutely LOVE Sato Masaki. So I will try and keep my fangirling to a minimum and just summarize what I love about her. First of all, she has such an adorable smile. Secondly, she has an amazing voice, though  when she uses her cutesy voice it may sound annoying, I still somehow like it. She's also a total airhead, but not in the fake "I want attention" kind of way. She's a legit airhead, and, at least for the time being, I find it adorable. Lastly, one of my favorite things about Masacchi is that she somehow has the ability to bring out the worst in everyone. And by "worst" I mean like "inner child." I'd gladly post an array of gifs and videos of such moments, but that's not what this post is for, so I'll be moving on now.

Despite being the youngest member of Morning Musume, Kudo Haruka is very mature. I love her tomboy style and would dare to say it rivals, if not beats, Yoshizawa Hitomi's (though I'm sure a lot of Yossie fans would beg to differ). Duu also has an amazing, strong voice. I also love how, despite how different they are, Duu is like the perfect match for Masacchi. Duu keeps Masacchi in check, and Masacchi brings out the kid in Duu. Perfect, right? :D

I remember when I first heard Help Me!! and my jaw literally dropped at Oda Sakura's first solo. Sakura has a very powerful voice. I also love her dancing. However, I'll admit, when she first joined, the thing I loved about her most was her sense of taste when she said "I want to be able to sing like Takahashi Ai and Niigaki Risa, and dance like Nakajima Saki." Now, though, I love Sakura for herself. She also has a cute, but still rather timid personality. I can't wait to see how she is when she gets completely relaxed in Morning Musume.

Shimizu Saki is probably my 2nd favorite member of current H!P (after Masacchi). I love her voice, both her cute-ish voice and her mature voice. Her dancing is also amazing, and her rapping is even better than her singing. Plus, she pulls of both mature and cool styles flawlessly. From what I can tell, Captain cares a lot about Berryz and is trying her best to keep them afloat even as they seem to be deteriorating slightly. I love that she dubbed Miiya as Sub-Captain despite her being the 3rd youngest. Captain's also very playful and silly sometimes, and it's fun to watch her in videos.

What I love about Tsugunaga Momoko is how, when she's not pulling her cute Momochii bullshit, she is so pretty. And when she wants to be, she can actually be drop-dead gorgeous. I think I'd fall in love with her if she looked like she does in this photo more often! <3

Tokunaga Chinami has to be one of the best personalities in current H!P. She's cute and funny and always smiling. She always seems to be messing around, but not in the annoying way, more like in the lightening the mood kinda way. She's also got a great smile that always looks like she means it with her whole heart when she smiles, even if it's just a smile smile. She's also adorable, and even some more serious styles suit her well.

I'd have to say that Sudou Maasa is probably my 2nd or 3rd favorite voice in Berryz Koubou (not sure if Miiya would be ahead of her or not). I love her deep, mature voice, as well as the uniqueness of her voice.

Natsuyaki Miyabi is a big bias for me with the title of "first H!P bias." I've loved her since I first got into H!P through Buono! Her voice is great and her dancing is good. She also is gorgeous when she doesn't have ridiculous hairstyles. Miiya has always come across as mature to me and I feel like she would make a great leader (another reason why I was so excited that she was made sub-captain of Berryz).

Kumai Yurina has always fascinated me, to some extent. Between being the tallest member of Berryz, and having an extremely unique voice, she's one of those members that always seems to stand out (pun intended).

Somehow, Sugaya Risako has always seemed to me like one of the most relate-able members. I can't really explain how, she just gives off a really... well... "normal" vibe to me. I also love her voice. She's probably one of the strongest singers in lives out of Berryz Koubou. Even though her voice isn't my favorite, I really do think she deserves most of the lines she's given in songs.

Yajima Maimi is one of my favorite members in the "sexy" category. Definitely. She's also a pretty good dancer and has amazing hair. Maimi's probably one of the few/only members that I actually really like her hair, even when it's straight.

Nakajima Saki is another one of those "amazing dancer" things that I've mentioned before. She may possibly be my favorite of those, not sure on that one. Nakky also has potentially the best legs in H!P. Again, not sure, but hers are basically the only ones I've noticed, so I like them best. That's enough, right? Despite it being cutesy, I really love Nakky's voice, and don't find it near as annoying as most other cutesy voices. (I think Masacchi and Nakky are the only two super cutesy voices that I really like)

I think Suzuki Airi looks better in her member color than any other member looks in theirs. I swear, Airi looks perfect in pink. It's like she was made for the color. But Airi has this thing about looking good in most everything, it's just that making it pink makes it like 20% cooler (/MLP reference). Her voice is amazing too.

I'd have to say Okai Chisato's voice is probably my favorite out of current C-ute. I think Airi's is better in that it has an amazing range and such, but there's just something about Chisa's that is much more fun to listen to than Airi's. Plus she somehow always gets some badass songs for solos/leads and she pulls them off with ease.

Hagiwara Mai has really grown into a beautiful young woman these past few years. And her voice is much more tolerable then it used to be for me. I feel like she's gotten a lot better at controlling her voice, and rather than nasally cutesy voice like Masacchi, Momocchi, and Nakky tend to use, she seems to have a more naturally cutesy voice.

Okay, I lied. Wada Ayaka is also on my list of cutesy voices that I still love, as is Aika and Yukan so... uhh... forget I said anything. Anyway, I love DAWA's voice, in case you didn't catch that. I also love her hair. She's on the list with Maimi of "people who's hair I love even when it's straight." DAWA's also gotten extremely beautiful since the old Shugo Chara Egg days. (BTW I've had a DAWA bias since SCE in case I never mentioned that.)

As for Fukuda Kanon, I would have no complaints if she became a full time cosplay-model. I love her cosplays. Amulet Clover, Princess Kaguya, Suzumiya Haruhi, I've loved them all.

I can't seem to decide if Nakanishi Kana is adorable or beautiful. Maybe both? But with most people who I think are both, it varies with the outfit, however with Kananana, I'll look at the same photo and not be able to determine how I would define it. Outside of looks, I also love Kananana's voice. It's mature-ish, but in a cute kind of way.

I feel like if she wasn't a singer, Takeuchi Akari should be a model. I know I've commented on just about every member's looks, but something about Takechan just really makes me think she'd be a good model, especially for "cool" style fashions. Takechan also has a great voice, with, again, a very uniqueness to it.

Katsuta Rina comes across as a more mature, calmer person to me. She's also really cute when it comes to her looks. There's just something about her that makes me love her. <3

When it comes to Tamura Meimi, I don't even know where to start. I love her energetic personality, I love her deep, strong voice that doesn't seem to fit properly with her adorable image. Her dancing is always full of energy, and she always looks like she's having fun in videos, be it a PV, a concert, or another misc. video.

Mitsui Aika has only gotten cuter since she graduated from Morning Musume. I really wish she would do something as a solo artist, be it actually release songs or even be her own little modeling soloist of H!P. But I love her voice, and her looks, and she's just perfect and I wanna see more of her. ;A;

I've loved Miyazaki Yuka since she showed up out of no where in GREEN FIELDS. When it was announced she would be in a new egg unit, I couldn't have been more excited. Yukan is gorgeous and mature, and I love her voice. I feel like she's perfect for Juice=Juice and I'm infinitely glad she was added to it.

I know I've used this word a lot, but Kanazawa Tomoko has the most unique voice in current (and possibly all-time) Hello!Project. Her accent affects her singing voice enough to stand out and it sounds really cool. Plus, Tomoko is really pretty. I hadn't even heard her name until Juice=Juice was announced, but she's grown to be my second favorite member in the group since it formed.

I feel like Takagi Sayuki is the most energetic girl in Juice=Juice. I love her powerful voice, as well as her energetic dancing. I feel like she and Meimi would have a lot of fun singing and dancing together.

I have to say, Miyamoto Karin's gentle voice is amazing, I'm really not at all upset that she's one of the lead singers of Juice=Juice (yeah, now if only the gap between the leads and the back ups wasn't so big... :'3) She's also really pretty and seems to look good in most of the outfits she's had so far.

Lastly, Uemura Akari is really pretty and looks older than she actually is (I really didn't think she was the youngest of Juice=Juice at first). Her voice is also really cute. I don't love it by any means, but I do like it. She also has a really pretty smile. 

So that was my attempt at finding the good in everyone in current H!P. I hope you enjoyed, and I challenge you to try and look at some of the members you may not like so much and find something about them that you can honestly say you like. Have a good day/night/morning/evening/whatever time it is where you are, and see you next time.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

New Surveys and Old Survey's Results.

My survey got 13 responses. That may not seem like much, but it was like 5-10 more than I expected to get, so I'm going to post the results here for it. I'll leave the survey open if people still want to take it (that link is dis one -click me- if you're interested in that). I may or may not post the results again in the future depending on how many more people vote.

Before I show the results, I did get a few requests for more surveys (as you will see later), so I went ahead and made two more for the time being. An official one, and a "preliminary" one.

Click here for the Berryz Koubou Survey

In regards to the H!P Prelims one, I'll probably narrow the nominated members down to the top 7-10 (depending on the question, and this only if more than that are nominated) simply to keep things a bit cleaner.

Alright, now that that's been said, let's look at the Results of the 13 responses to the "Random Morning Musume Survey"

What is Morning Musume's rank to you?

This really doesn't surprise me much. it seems to me Morning Musume is one of the most popular groups before taking a survey. Seeing the majority vote for "First" and 100% of the 13 responses are in the top half (First-Third), makes sense to me.

Who's voice do you like the best?

This is probably one of the ones that surprised me the most. Just by the fact that Masaki got the most votes thus far. I personally voted for her, but I know that a lot of people don't like her voice because she tends to use the "cutesy" one most of the time, which even I'll admit is extremely annoying. Sakura being 2nd isn't very surprising, I was personally expecting her to be first.

Who's dancing do you like the best?

Riho won by a margin. I got a laugh out of the random Erina in there though. 12/13 people voted for either Ayumi or Riho, and then just a random vote for Erina. Nothing against Erina's dancing or whoever voted for it. To each his own, huh? ;3

Who's personality do you like the best?

Other than being, again, surprised by Masaki's lead, I'm not surprised much elsewhere. It's to be expected for this category especially to be diverse. Well... All of them should be, but I just feel like what people like in other people's personalities would vary a bit more than their voice or dancing abilities, but this is just an un-backed prejudgement on my part. I have no evidence for it.

Which members would you say you "love"?

I'm very happy, and not just that 7/13 would say they love Masaki, but primarily that everyone has at least 2 people who love them. Fans are very important to an idol, and I may not necessarily love everyone in the group, but I do think they all work hard and deserve love.

Which members would you say you "like"?

This also pleases me greatly. It feels like people like to ignore the line between "love" and "hate," so I'm happy to see that so many people do incorporate that they may not "love" a member, but they still like them.

Which members would you say you less than "like"?

I think the thing I like most about this one is that, no member as more than 4 less than like votes. Unlike "Love" which varied from 2 to 7, and "Like" which varied from 4 to 8, this category only varies from 2 to 4 at the moment. I also like how most of the members are about the same. 6/10 of them are tied at 2, and 2/10 are tied at both 3 and 4. I dunno, I personally find that amusing xD.

Which generation made the biggest impact on your opinion of MoMusu's Colorful Era?

This is possibly the most surprising graph to me. Not only do Michishige and Oda have no votes, but Gen 9 and 10 are as tied as you can get with 13 people who have to answer this question. I guess I kinda expected Gen 9 and 10 to be about even, but I did expect people to vote on at least Sakura too...

As for the comments, I've gotten three things:

"I like this idea"
"this kind of survey is fun :)"
"Nothing really. Neat and precise enough. Answering a survey is really the main highlight of it. As long as the topic is good and relevant enough, you can put up surveys as often as you like."
"Keep doing them"
"Great survey, would love to hear about the result soon..."
"Pretty good!"

"General Hello Project or Beeryz Koubou. I like that you asked about whose voice and personality differently"
"Great survey! I would enjoy more surveys comparing ALL groups of Hello! Project!"
"Recent song ranking?"

and two just random things
"IMMABAKA" (<-- that would be me btw)
"Why you make me pick only one?!"

Due to such positive feedback, I do intend on making more surveys in the future. I'll probably only make  one or two at a time, and probably make a preliminary survey for things that would involve a lot more choices like the song ranking and such. I'm glad that people had fun :). Thanks for taking part everybody, have a good day/night/gif.