Well that was fast!
We’d only just gotten some tidbits of audition footage, so recently I hadn’t actually done a post about it yet
probably because I have been a blogging delinquent this summer. . But, this morning, lo and behold, the identity of the chosen ‘suppin utahime’ was revealed!
I am not at all displeased that she would turn out to be Oda Sakura, former S/mileage auditioner turned Hello Project Egg (er, kenshuusei, but I hate that term. It reeks of 48).
To be totally honest I never would have thought it would turn out this way. I wasn’t huge on Sakura in her S/mileage audition but girl has come a long way, in dance, vocals, and even looks since becoming part of Hello! Project. Even knowing that, I was delighted to see her audition footage and found that she had gotten even better than I’d originally thought.
Sakura has got the voice. It’s not perfect yet, she needs a pinch more control, but it is quite good even so, and is already much better than most of the current members. She will be invaluable to the group in that aspect – so long as she actually gets to sing, unlike some of the other vocal talents like Mizuki and Haruka.
Sakura’s dance was good, she seemed to pick it up well from what they showed in the footage. I don’t know her well yet, but her personality seems sweet. And then there’s looks…. I liked her better with the longer hair + bangs combo much better than the shorter cut they have given her, but she’s still not a bad looking girl, and will probably become quite cute as she grows up.
So really there are only a few things that disappointed me about this addition:
1. So many fresh and new girls applied, but we basically saw none of them. Almost every finalist was an egg or from NGP. Guess it doesn’t matter since I love who they chose, but still.
2. The audition coverage, or utter lack thereof, was dreadful. Auditions are the lifeblood of Momusu, they should be promoting the hell out of them, bombarding us with footage to give us reason to be on the edge of our seats for the big reveal. Very disappointed in the amount of footage, especially considering how awesome some of the other gens’ footage was.
3. I wanted 2 girls, Sakura and cutie pie Ayano. I loved her. Also, only having one member can put a lot of pressure on her, being only one means she will be scrutinized, although I think she could be amazing, like Maki (hopefully more like that than a travesty like Koharu).
But at the end of the day, I can live with the result, and even love it, because Sakura is a wonderful choice and I think she is going to bring a lot of good to the group. I could certainly stand to hear someone besides reinho at this point.