In Which Morning Musume gets Ranked and Rated

So, there’s no denying that Momosu is easily my favorite artist to listen to at the moment(and has been for a long time) and I’ve always had who were my favorites in thought though I never did formally give them an order as to how I thought about them performance wise. So in this nifty little post, I’m gonna go ahead and rank each girl’s skills in singing, dancing, looks (^-^’) and personality along with my thoughts on them. I’ll do it by generation order and post them by order at the end.

Takahashi Ai


Ahh, our sweet little leader. There’s two things that make me love the Momosu of this day over the past generation’s and they are:
1. They feel so freakin’ fresh
2. I’ve been officially following them since their Aruiteru single

While Ai may be a 5th generation member, she still feels so much fresher than Yoshizawa did during her 8th gen days. Why is this? Well, maybe it’s cause of how she’s been exposed and how much of a good thing she is to Momosu. I’m so glad for all the exposure she’s getting her her dorama and acting stuff and she most definitely deserves it. She easily has the best vocals in the group and is also the most skilled at dancing. But don’t take age=experience thing too heavy however. Before becoming leader, Ai was kinda generic. She didn’t stand out too much in concerts for her personality but once she became leader and sported a spiffy new haircut, she really did begin to catch my attention more. I’d think that I would dislike her for taking A LOT of the attention during releases and concerts from the other girls but she’s just so enjoyable to watch that it’s completely okay with me.
Singing:5 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1
Dancing:5 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1
Personality:4 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1
Looks:4 1/2 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1redspadehalf

Niigaki Risa


Risa’s always been a bit of a wild one. ^_^” Now that she sub-leader, it’s not hard to notice that in concerts, you get to see(and hear) a lot more of her. Also with Fujimoto and Hitomi gone, she’s gotten a lot of their vocals as well. She started out as one of the more promoted 5th generation members but that only ended a bit until recently, where she usually takes a sub-center role next to Reina/Ai/Kusumi. It’s also notable to say that she has one of the most controlled voices in the group. She’s really able to manipulate it to sound as she wishes but it’s when she take son a low pitch that she really sounds great. A superb dancer and she’s really gone through a lot of looks as well.
Singing:4 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1
Dancing:4 1/2 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1redspadehalf
Personality:4 1/2 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1redspadehalf
Looks:4 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1

Kamei Eri


ERI!!!!!!! Oh gawd, my favorite member. I’m gonna try not to be biased here, though it may prove very hard. I think that thing that got me the most into Kamei was that I was always into the “weird” member(Yasuda Kei was my ex-favorite). Once I started paying attention to her, I took notice of her spectacular voice(awesome vibrato) and excellent dancing. She’s also extremely funny and beautiful. Along with being one of the more pudgier not anorexic members and the only one to yet have a center in a song, she feels very special compared to everyone else. I can’t wait until a time when she becomes leader.
Singing:4 1/2 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1redspadehalf
Dancing:5 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1
Personality:5 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1
Looks:5 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1

Michishige Sayumi


Little miss cutey is next. First of all, it’s gonna be hard to see Momosu with her as their leader, but one can take notice that she has a very bitchy side to her(similar to Fujimoto). Her voice has improved tons recently and that’s most noticeable in concerts. Being the only member that has yet to change her hair style/color, semi-pudgy and waaaay to cute for her own good, she’s been able to build up her fan base well. Sure, her singing isn’t the best out there and her dancing has lots of room for improvement but her looks are enough to keep you staring at her for hours.
Singing:3 1/2 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspadehalf
Dancing:3 1/2 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspadehalf
Personality:4 1/2 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1redspadehalf
Looks:5 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1

Reina Tanaka


Okay, I’m gonna try to be fair here. Admit it, this girl’s being shoved down our throats more than anybody else in H!P(well, Kusumi is a soloist and all…). Ever since Yossie left, she’s been getting centers in concerts and singles that it’s crazy. She also has the second biggest fan base right after Ai-chan. I honestly don’t see what’s so good about her. Thinking of her brings three things into my mind: wonka, generic and attention/camera hog. All she really does is blink and throw peace signs everywhere. She’s nto even that pretty. Anyway, her dancing isn’t bad but her singing I just can’t stand. It’s just too screamy and sounds like a dumbed down version of Eri’s. Luckily, she’s the youngest member of the 6th generation and since Tsunku usually does it by age, we (hopefully) won’t be seeing her as leader for a while.
Singing:3 1/2 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspadehalf
Dancing:4 1/2 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1redspadehalf
Personality:3 redspade1redspade1redspade1
Looks:4 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1

Kusumi Koharu


Oh my! Kirarin girl! Well, maybe after Reina, she’s been promoted like crazy ever since that Kirarin anime got started, and she suddenly gets center parts in singles! :O Kusumi is a pretty cute girl, though sometimes she can look kind of retarded(speaking of, she kinda acts like a retard most of the times, but it’s funny) and her tall height makes her look kind of awkward when dancing. Her voice is horrific, admit it and I can’t seem to find a type of song that her voice sounds good in. Maybe she’s just to kiddy for me but maybe when she’s more mature, I could find myself liking her more(though Sayumi’s already in her 20’s and such as kiddy as Kusumi…).
Singing:2 1/2 redspade1redspade1redspadehalf
Dancing:3 redspade1redspade1redspade1
Personality:4 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1
Looks:4 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1

Mitsui Aika


ORLY Kusumi rival? :O Well, that’s what everybody thought until she suddenly disappeared after the release of Kanashimi Twilight. Aika is an absolute bundle of cuteness when looking at her but she doesn’t use that as her base for the reason why she has fans. It’s maybe that she felt so fresh when being added and like a new hope for Momosu but supposedly that was what Kusumi was added for. She can look like a little monster in concerts now that she’s taken the custom of having her hair up but it just makes you love her more. She also has the highest pitched voice in the group and has improved TOO much since she joined, easily surpassing Kusumi. 8th generation kinda gets overshadowed by the other more popular and experienced members but there uniquness and fresh aura’s keep Momosu from staying stuck in the past.
Singing:4 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1
Dancing:3 1/2 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspadehalf
Personality:4 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1
Looks:4 1/2 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1redspadehalf

JunJun


Banana girl! :D The more popular of the Chinese members and oldest member of 8th gen, joining the group at 19 years old! :O There’s one reason why every JunJun member is a JunJun member: her looks. Admit it, the girl is an absolute knock out. Also that she’s the heaviest girl in the group(and even than her weight is average) and not afraid to show her crazy personality make her just fun to be a fan of. Her voice is particularly weak and her dancing nothing to be impressed by but it’s her personality that makes you love her so much. Plus, she’s Chinese. ^_^
Singing:3 redspade1redspade1redspade1
Dancing:3 redspade1redspade1redspade1
Personality:4 1/2 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1redspadehalf
Looks:5 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1

LinLin


Mah girl!!! Simply put, LinLin is weird. She’s probably the most random character in the group and even though she may not be the prettiest of the group, she has a secret weapon. We may not see(or hear) this weapon much in singles but it’s very noticeable when she gets solos in concerts and in the more recent Ame no Furanai leaked song. The live version is especially impressive. It seems both the Chinese characters are very entertaining and make Momosu so much more unique. I can’t see how anyone couldn’t like the addition of these two.
Singing:4 1/2 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1redspadehalf
Dancing:3 1/2 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspadehalf
Personality:5 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1
Looks:4 redspade1redspade1redspade1redspade1

Well, there we have it. Every member of the group has something different to offer though I do feel that some need a  lot more exposure than their actually getting while others really need to step out of the spotlight for a bit. I do kinda want to see Ai graduate but than I don’t. I do because she gets a ton of lines and I feel other members could get more attention and a 6th gen member can become leader but I don’t cause than I feel that Reina will be the sole center for songs and that the group would lose popularity without her. However, I don’t really have a feeling she’ll be graduating soon, instead, I feel JunLin are gonna be the ones to go, along with Niigaki Risa.

So here are the girl’s in order by the average of their ratings:

  1. Eri
  2. Ai
  3. LinLin/Risa
  4. JunJun
  5. Sayumi
  6. Aika
  7. Reina
  8. Kusumi

And ordered by who’s my favorite:

  1. Eri
  2. Aika
  3. LinLin
  4. Risa
  5. JunJun
  6. Ai
  7. Sayumi
  8. Kusumi
  9. Reina

Well, that’s that. What am I trying to say with all this? Simple.
Reina, GTFO. Kusumi, learn to sing or STFU. Ai, graduate. Eri, kick some ass for more lines. Sayumi, grow up. Aika, tell Kusumi to STFU. JunLin, get a duo group.

P.S. Some of those pics make some members look really fugly. Such as Eri’s, Sayumi’s and Aika’s. I chose them ’cause they were the most recent and easy to get.

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About Abraham

J-Pop devotee, Hello! Project ace, graphic designer, blogger, gamer, dancer, prince and day dreamer. Founded Sora to Kujira.
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2 Responses to In Which Morning Musume gets Ranked and Rated

  1. oz says:

    This just made me appreciate Eri a whole lot less.

  2. Jin says:

    Ahhh, well thats unfortunate. :\

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