Talking About My (Re)Generation

“Change, my dear, and it seems not a moment too soon!”

No, I haven’t updated much lately, and that’s unlikely to change, as the blogging bug isn’t biting as hard as it used to, but I couldn’t let today’s announcement of Koharu Kusumi’s upcoming graduation from Morning Musume and Hello!Project pass without offering my thoughts, for whatever they’re worth.

As a fan of Doctor Who, I’m no stranger to change.  I’ve watched the lead actor in that show change several times since I first started watching back in the early 1980s.  Like Doctor Who, Morning Musume has an in-built process of renewal – the Doctor has regeneration, and Morning Musume has graduations and auditions.  It helps to keep the group fresh and vital, and allows for “the show to go on”, as the old maxim goes.

This is good, because like I think every generation should have its own Doctor and eventually lose him to the next regeneration, and the next generation of fans,  every generation of Japanese kids growing up (at least, in my mind) should be able to share in the joy of discovering their own Morning Musume.  Koharu will soon join the august ranks of Yuko, Kaori, Nacchi,  Mari, Maki, Yossi, Rika, Konkon and the others, in the halls of the rich musical legacy Tsunku has laid down for the group.  New fans will have to discover her as part of this valuable past, just as I did the others.

You see, this is my first graduation.  My first real graduation, that is.  The first single released after I became a fan was Egao Yes Nude, but I never got the chance to get attached to Yossi and Miki before they were gone.  The current lineup, in a lot of ways, is the only lineup I’ve ever truly known.  I won’t lie and say I’m not sad, because I am.  I quite liked Koharu (Kirarin Voice and all) but this graduation is perhaps for the best.  It reminds us that the group has never been, and perhaps never should be, completely stable.

Things change, people change, but the group lives on.  And that’s as it should be.   If people get too used to one lineup, then when the lineup does change, it throws everyone into a state of panic.  Look at the poor C-ute fans.  Down two members in one year, and no tradition of auditions for the group to replace their lost members.  It makes one feel as if the group is deteriorating before their very eyes and they’re powerless to stop it.  At least with Morning Musume, it seems more like a catalyst for change, the beginning of a process that will see the group emerge in a new and different, but no less awesome form.  Yes, Morning Musume will never be the same without their little Miracle Worker, but they will still be Morning Musume, that great bastion of wacky Jpop genius, the foundation of the International House of Tsunku (IHOT), and I plan to enjoy them just as much as I always have.

In the meantime, I feel it my duty to point out that Koharu’s last day as a member of Morning Musume and Hello!Project will be December 6.  Checking the calendar, I see that that particular date falls on a Sunday this year.  I don’t know about the rest of you, but I plan on drinking a toast to Koha-chan that day while giving Hapi Hapi Sunday a spin on the ol’ CD player. Right, who’s with me, then?

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4 Responses to “Talking About My (Re)Generation”

  1. thejuggernaut Says:

    I’m with you mate… the song and a nice large vat of Dublin’s finest porter

  2. […] Talking About My (Re)Generation « The J-Pex: An H!P/J-Pop Music Blog. […]

  3. Liquor ain’t for me, but I’ll drink POP for the hell of it.

  4. Oh, I don’t drink alcoholic beverages either. Mine’s going to be an A&W Root Beer. 🙂

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