Morning Musume is ready for its newest batch of girls! It was announced not long ago that the 12th generation auditions, nicknamed Mirai Shoujo, is ready for some new chicas!
As usual, Tsunku is looking for some unsigned schoolgirls aged 10-17. The deadline for auditioning is set for May 30th–plenty of time for some seifuku-himes to get their singing and dancing up to par.
I’m not exactly surprised of course. Tsunku has been up on his game lately, opening auditions each year. It’s actually served him well. Sales have boosted tremendously, more foreign events have been announced, and it looks like Morning Musume is finally starting to gain that unity that we loved so much from the Stable Lineup.
Let’s also not forget that with Reina leaving, we’re gonna need a few more girls to fall back on. The picture above perfectly outlines the hierarchy many fans have noticed in Morning Musume. Ayumi Ishida, Riho Sayashi, Mizuki Fukumura, and Sakura Oda are going to be pushed far once Reina’s gone. The last 6 might not be completely shafted, but we won’t see much of them in Morning Musume’s newest formation-influenced dances. Riho and Ayumi have the dancing power, Mizuki is being groomed as leader, and Sakura has the lungs. And quite frankly, the other girls fall a little behind when it comes to those factors.
We’re gonna need more girls with some nice vocals. Sure, the girls now have a few good notes here and there & Sakura is good, but we still need a little more power behind those screechy tones. If we get more than a couple girls, I anticipate a few with some really powerful voices. When it comes to dancing, all we really need are Riho and Ayumi to battle it out–the others get by just fine.
Speaking of the amount of girls being added, what do you think? I’m gonna take the title as a bit of a disclaimer. Nobody really noticed that last year’s audition was entitled “Suppin Utahime(Makeupless Songstress)“–wasn’t plural, meaning only one. Then when we were smacked in the face with just Sakura, everyone was shocked. But we could have inferred that! So since this generation’s audition is entitled “Mirai Shoujo,” I’m gonna be ready for another 1nin generation. But I also think we’re ready for another era of 16nin Morning Musume.