Idols You Should Meet: Morning Musume (Part 2)

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Name: Fukumura Mizuki
Born: October 30th, 1996 in Tokyo Prefecture
Group: Morning Musume
Nickname: Fuku-chan, Fukuhime, Mii-chan, Mizu☆Pon
Blog: Ameba Blog
Hobbies: Drawing
Talent: Drawing manga, Cartwheels, Bridges, Double Dutch, Quickly learning new dance routines.

Trivia:
Currently the sub-leader of Morning Musume along with Iikubo Haruna.
Joined Hello!Project in 2008 as a Hello!Pro Egg.
Joined Morning Musume in 2011 as part of the 9th generation.
She is the oldest member of the 9th generation.
She is the second member of Morning Musume to enter the group from Hello!Pro Eggs, the first being Linlin.
She is the first member of Hello!Pro Eggs to become sub-leader of Morning Musume.
Her favorite colors are pink and white.
Her favorite animals are Dogs, Cats and Bears.
Her motto is “Have faith in people”.
Her favorite foods are tapioca, nata de coco, tamagoyaki, aloe.
Her least liked foods are sea urchin and ginnan.
The people she looks up to the most are Tsugunaga Momoko, Kamei Eri and Michishige Sayumi.
She is a big fan of Berryz Koubou.
She is left handed.
Fans say she has a lot of “sex appeal”.
She has a dog named Kurara, a crab, a newt, a turtle, and a goldfish as pets.
She has loved Morning Musume since she was 1 years old and wants other people to love Morning Musume as well as Hello! Project as much as she does.
She prefers to look as natural as possible.
She is good friends with fellow 9th generation member Ikuta Erina. Their pairing is often referred to as PonPon (Mizupon and Eripon).
If she could become any other member of Hello!Project it would be C-ute’s Yajima Maimi.
She often gets nosebleeds and claims she gets them from seeing “cute Hello!Project girls”.
Many fans remark that she gives very firm handshakes. These have been dubbed the “Fukumura Lock”.
Her fans identify themselves as members of the “Mizukingdom” or being on “Team Mizukingdom”. A term that Fukumura herself coined.

Picspam:

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Garry:

When talking about Fukumura Mizuki, it’s pretty difficult not to bring up her looks. It’s not like it’s a particularly unpopular topic in Morning Musume fandom or anything. However, to say that Mizuki’s looks are her only defining quality would be rather unfair to her. Incidentally, here’s a video that you can go watch if you would like to see more of what most people do end up talking about the most.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU35W_5YakY

Okay so hopefully you went and watched that video, took care of whatever you needed to take care of and now you’re back to hear more about Fukuchan, Fukuhime, Mizupon or whatever nickname you care to settle on for Ms Mizuki. I don’t claim to be the leading authority on her but I’ll at least tell you why I like her and then maybe you’ll end up liking her too.

Fukumura Mizuki joined Hello!Project Eggs in 2008, it wasn’t until 2011 that she joined Morning Musume. During that three year period Fukumura “paid her dues” or at least that’s what I think the kids say these days. Egg training eventually lead to being a backing dancer for her seniors which then lead to auditions and finally here we are. Sub-leader and one of the most recognized faces of the new look Morning Musume.

That’s one of the main things I admire about her really; she grafted to get to where she is now. A lot of people joke about her being a princess from a rich family but that’s neither here nor there. There are perhaps some examples you can make where other idols might have had things handed to them but not in this case. Fukumura worked her way through her Eggs training (proving that it does work, despite what some may say) and saw her hard work rewarded when she passed the 9th generation audition. Even if Tsunku did pull a pretty dirty trick by not telling her she had passed at the time.

As if being good looking and hard working wasn’t enough, Mizuki has a rather…interesting personality (yeah, let’s go with interesting). Sure she acts pretty dorky, especially around her PonPon partner Ikuta Erina but some of the other things she does are just plain odd.

For example, she buys crabs from the grocery store and keeps them as pets. Yeah, you read that right. Is now a good time to mention her obsession with elevator buttons or her brother complex? She has those too because why stop at just one quirk. A bit of an eccentric one is our Mizuki. Still, better than just being the group’s eye candy right?

However, the most important reason for my support of Mizuki is that she’s left handed and us lefties have to stick together. Even though I might not agree with the list of things she claims are difficult as a result of her lack of right handed dexterity. All joking aside, it’s kinda neat know that idols have struggles that you can (at least somewhat) relate to too.

For the first time in a long time, Morning Musume are showing a period of sustained growth in sales and marketing. They’re currently on a run of three consecutive weekly number one singles on the Oricon chart and momentum doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. While I’m pleased for all of the girls, I’m especially pleased for Mizuki. She worked her way up and now she gets to spread the love of Morning Musume and Hello!Project with everyone, just like she always wanted to. A shining example of being able to reach your goals if you put in the effort and work hard towards them.

So there you have it, Fukumura Mizuki. Morning Musume’s sexy (she’s 16 you perverts), dorky and eccentric sub-leader. Come for her looks (heyo) but stay for the personality.

 
Biography and trivia courtesy of Hello!Project Wiki

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