A huge thank you, and a blog you should visit!

January 16, 2011

You may have noticed that Aoi♥Usagi has gotten a bit of an upgrade,  header-wise. If you haven’t noticed that, take your eyes and lift them vertically to the top of this page. Allow the visual messages to be relayed to your brain. Process them. Now return to this text. Do you understand? That image that you just viewed is different than it was last week. You see it now? Good. I’m glad we’ve straightened this out.

Despite being a person who loves to draw and sketch, I have absolutely no skills when it comes to photomanipulation, photoshopping, and graphics in general. My first header was just a huge image loaded into wordpress and cropped to fit, and my last one, despite sporting images of the Lovely Linlin, was ugly as poo. This new header is neither of those things…

…Which ought to lead you, dear reader, to one conclusion: This current header was made by someone other than the author behind Aoi♥Usagi. The very observant among you (likely not those I had to direct to look up in the first paragraph) will have noticed a small watermark in the upper left corner. “Header by Isilie.” Does that name sound familiar at all? I hope it does!

Itsumo Genki is one of my favorite blogs. Run by Isilwentari (Isilie), it’s a bit like Aoi♥Usagi in its subject matter. I never fail to laugh when I read Isilie’s blog, whether it be over her irreverent nicknames (can you guess who was dubbed “Diamond-Sucker?”) or her gushing eye-candy posts… and she always, always has an awesome header.  I commented to that effect, and without reservation, Isilie offered to make me a header for my blog!  It’s thanks to her that the lovely Airi header now graces my blog.  She made a bunch, so expect this blog to be pretty for a while to come!

If you like to laugh, to look at pretty headers, adorable pictures of the H!P girls, and a to read a good balance between light-hearted and in-depth posts, go check Itsumo Genki out!

Isilie, thank you so much!

PS: All of the Yossy in this post was for Isilie. She adores Yossy, and I say, good taste!

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Damn it.

January 9, 2011

I knew it. As soon as I saw that H!O was being slower than usual, I knew that this had to be the reason.
But still. It’s too soon.


This is why being a fan is so fun

January 2, 2011

Waking up at 4:30 am to hear the news about the Ninth Gen. So. Much. Fun. Being a fan of H!P is one of the more formative things in my life, and it’s the intense moments like this that keep me hooked.

As a whole, I’m highly anticipating this generation. each girl brings a huge wallop of personality to a Morning Musume that many complain is too stale and complacent. I have the feeling that these girls will make the most of even the slightest chances tossed their way, snatching every moment of the spotlight that they can. That should make for an entertaining (and thus profitable) Morning Musume!

Suzuki Kanon

My feelings for Kanon mirror those that I have for Sekine Azusa and Lin. My initial confusion and disgust with this girl has transformed into a burning curiosity. I simply must watch her. I’m desperate to see how she grows and changes. Her goofy acting bit is already on its way to becoming legendary amongst the fans (a movement has sprung up to nicknamed her “Moshimoshi” or just “Moshi,” after her cell-phone skit. I like it). Kanon is, without a doubt, my initial favorite among the 9th generation.

Sayashi Riho

To not put Riho in MM would’ve been idiotic. Takahashi will have to graduate at some point, and there needs to be someone with enough swagger to fill some of her roles. Riho has that swagger. My Gaki, does she. I really want Riho to become the new Bitch of Morning Musume- a no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners bitch, just like Miki back in the day. It would be so interesting and fun to see some real conflict happening again.

Ikuta Eri(na)

I’m both surprised and not surprised about this one. I knew that Aina wouldn’t get in, simply because nothing stood out about her. Kanon and Riho were, in my mind, shoo-ins. But then came Mogi and Ikuta. I knew that if anyone else were to get in, it would be one of those two. But which one? Ikuta made much less of an impact than poor Mogi did, but Mogi’s impact seemed to have been mostly negative. In the end, I’ll have to wait and see about Ikuta. I want to see her performing all of the old classics as her personality begins to shine through!

Fukumura Mizuki.

Aaaah, an Egg! Finally, finally, things are happening with the Eggs. her addition to the group balances out the 3 auditionees nicely. She’s more experienced and comfortable onstage. She’s clearly an emotional girl who loves being an Idol. She cried twice during her introduction concert, and she turned on the waterworks again for this occasion. I can’t blame her. Being an Egg must seem occasionally hopeless. I’m fairly sure that Mori Saki or Aoki Erina (oh gaki, another one!) won’t be debuting any time soon, and I’m sure the other girls know that their chances are slim. To see some movement amongst the Eggs (with Mizuki and now Yuu) must be so uplifting. As a fan, it’s certainly promising.

I will make a separate post about Kikkawa soon… because OMGYAYKIKKA!