Never in my life have I had my interest go up so rapidly and then right back down. To my shock, surprise, and bewilderment it was announced that S/mileage would be adding five new girls to the group. On the news side, three new girls were added along with two former egg members in the form of Nakanishi Kana, Kosuga Fuyuka, Takeuchi Akari, Katsuta Rina, and Tamura Meimi.
Leave aside the discussion about whether or not it was the right decision. We’ve had that argument before on our podcast.
But back to the topic at hand, the announcement. I never would have expected the addition of more members than already in the group. For common sense reasons it throws the current balance of power off and runs the risk of the group completely shifting their personality. It’s a bold and gutsy move, one that I can respect for it’s willingness to make real changes.
But right as my excitement was growing, I found out what you would call stipulations. These members are some sort of sub-member second class citizen to removed or moved into different groups should things not pan out. I don’t understand what this means and am still waiting for actual clarification. So there’s no need to rants or tirades. The dust will settle and the details will be sorted out.
Everyone is glad that their member made it. Or they’re sad that theirs didn’t. It’s all pretty standard to formula. But what’s also playing it by the book is the lack of commitment by Tsunku, Hello Project, Up Front Agency, whoever it is insisting on making these decisions.
That’s the real the discussion here. The air of indecision that comes along with this announcement. It’s the feeling that someone is trying to cover their ass should this be the deemed a mistake. Like someone is making sure that they have an escape route all planned out.
My point is, I’m not going to get on a plane if the pilot is wearing a parachute and has one hand ready to hit the eject button. Why even do the whole new member event if it’s going to be cheapened in this way? Have Koharu, Aika, and the Chinese members influenced them in such a way that their utmost fear is getting burned again?
This really feels like a two steps forward and one and a half steps back situation. I can’t see a series of events that leads to a member being removed three month or six months down the line. Either it’ll be too soon to tell or it’ll be too late to rip them out of the group. No one is going to want to play the bad guy and be the executioner of a girl group.
All I can see is a sense of fear and loads of indecision. And trust me, I know a thing or two about being indecisive. It’s not a good thing when trying to get people into buying what you’re selling.
At this point we can only sit back and see what happens,