The big news circulating the H!P water cooler lately has been the confirmation of 10th generation auditions for Morning Musume. Many fans of the “golden age” are excited about the possible reinstating of yearly auditions, while others say it’s far too soon for more members, especially since the four new 9th generation members have only one single under their belt and haven’t completely dug in their heels.
I find myself torn because I agree with both sides. It does seem extremely soon because it feels like 9th gen barely arrived, but at the same time with Takahashi Ai graduating, I can see how it may be appropriate to broaden the group and pick up a few more promising members. It’s like the shock you feel when you splash yourself with ice-cold water after a slothful sleep; you snap out of your daze, focus, and get going. So what if it’s too soon? They should do whatever they feel is necessary to get ready for the future. Tsunku has said this was the year for big changes in Morning Musume, and this announcement is a confident way to follow through with that statement.
Personally, I’m really happy about more auditions and seeing more new faces. It does give me a slight feeling of “too little, too late”, since I felt that the fact that they didn’t hold auditions more frequently in the past 5 years put Morning Musume into the state that it is now (undeniable feeling of stale-ness and large age gaps among members which could cause problems in the future), but this audition now offers a way to begin filling the cracks, provided they go about it the right way.