Morning Musume ‘16 (Fukumura/Ikuta/Iikubo) Billboard Interview
The feelings of “doing more than” and “not losing” are important. But now I think that thoughts like “cherishing it,” and “I want to connect with it” are bigger feelings—the members talk about “Wanting to Become World-Class Idols”. They want to be at the forefront of Japanese idol culture—
The long awaited interview with the Morning Musume ‘16 leader team (Fukumura Mizuki/Ikuta Erina/Iikubo Haruna) has happened! Co-starring with AKB48 Groups, Momokuro and the like, ℃-ute disbanding, from the timing of Michishige Sayumi’s graduation to the current leadership reign for 2 years, Sayashi Riho and Suzuki Kanon’s graduation, the DVD & BD release of “Morning Musume ‘16 Concert Tour Spring ~EMOTION IN MOTION~ Suzuki Kanon Graduation Special”, not disappearing after graduating, the current Morning Musume’s aim, we discussed in full. Don’t talk about the future idol scene without reading this!
Co-starring with AKB48 Groups and Momokuro and the Like ~℃-ute Disbanding
This summer you were on TV channels Music Specials a lot, huh. This is the first summer in a few years where Morning Musume has been on TV a lot.
Ikuta Erina: Every time it was decided we’d go on another special it’d be like “Again?” “Eh, again?” we would be happier as they increased, we were guests on most of the summer music specials, so I was really happy about it. The feeling of “Again?” had a really nice feeling.
Iikubo Haruna: Also, the fans were happy as the announcements came one by one. The fans were happy about it, those who watched the special who don’t go to lives were able to to see us perform and that makes us happy. However, we didn’t perform new songs, we performed songs our seniors had sung, other Hello! Project groups got to show off new songs; it was a little bit frustrating, like “I want to perform new songs as well,”. So, when we called again next time, I’d like it if we were able to perform a new song.
Unlike other groups, Morning Musume has the trouble of having their 20th anniversary next year. You understandably would want there to be more songs from your era.
Ikuta Erina: That’s right. Because that was the group from when we were born.
But wasn’t the “FNS Summer Festival” performance of “Happy Summer Wedding” excellent? Everyone was sparkling, it was very fresh.
Iikubo Haruna: When we do songs of our seniors we face it consciously like “This is our seniors song but, we’re going to do it in our way,”
Fukumura Mizuki: It was the feeling like “We are our own original members,”. Also, right after Kanon-chan (Suzuki Kanon) graduated we had a play “They were 11! Horizon of the East Eternity of the West”, so our first performance as 11 members was debuted on a music special. Therefore, we had more time for lessons as a new lineup, everyone was able to properly prepare, so even in costume we were able to show our differences from our seniors. We were in good shape, had our own member colors, everyone was in uniform at the formation dance, there were various things you could watch at this summer that made us happy.
Then, at “FNS Song Summer Festival”, for the first time you had a collaboration with everyone in AKB48 groups and everyone from Stardust Idol’s Momoiro Clover. How did you feel actually standing on the same stage as them?
Fukumura Mizuki: Everyone is just great in their groups, but of course I thought by far the most “cute” and “wonderful” group was ℃-ute-san. At that time I thought “Hello! Project is strong!”