With the every booming popularity of AKB48, and with upcoming election, a recent 2ch thread points out a shift in the focus on the idol industry, while waxing poetic about last generations great idol group, Morning Musume. Are you nostalgic about the old days? I certainly am.
The thread starts out with a picture of Goto Maki, aged 13 at the time. Someone then points out: “Love Machine didn’t have a hand shaking ticket, and it sold a million copies”. But alas, someone countered that by point out: “Morning Musume 7th Single, Love Machine, did indeed a special promo and handshaking event” (Source: http://www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~namiken/repo3.html). Someone else later replies that this was the last time that Morning Musume had such an event.
The thread continues one:
- “How many million-seller songs does Morning Musume have?”
- “The Morning Musume that sang Love Machine is not the Morning Musume we know today.”
- “You can’t really compare past sales with current sales”
- “Is the current Morning Musume selling well?”
- “It would be great if they sold well.”
- “Morning Musume don’t sell CDs, it was records, right?”
- “No way, HKT is way better!”
- “People talking about the old days — how long have you been an idol otaku?!”
- “What’s wrong with having a handshake ticket with a CD?”
- “Heavy Rotation sold over a million digitally. That doesn’t have a handshake ticket.”
Like many internet debates, it quickly falls apart afterwards, and dissipates into nostalgia for the old Morning Musume. I can definitely relate here. I even have nostalgia about the old days of AKB48!
Oddly enough, the thread opens with a picture of Goto Maki when she was 13 years old. Just for kicks, here’s a picture of Maki-chan in her prime!
I’m writing about useless and stupid things a lot, and I like to laugh. My policy is 一期一会。It means treasure your meeting with everyone!