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H!P Blogs, Eating Disorders, and Hamtaro

Posted on: September 5, 2008

I want to discuss blogs with you guys. And, amazingly, not blogs like this one. (Although, International Wota recommends me now. Thanks!) I want to talk about blogs of H!P members past and present. Hello! Online posts translations of the blogs of Aibon, Nakazawa Yuko, and Maki Goto. Aibon’s is an interesting insight into the way she’s had to change to try to make it as a different kind of idol. There are a lot of entries about food and appearances, but if you’re an Aibon fan, even those can be kind of interesting. Yuko’s is pretty new. She’s a little more straightforward with her blogging, and obviously more adult. Gomaki’s was only used briefly back when she was training for avex, although she did have a different blog before that which no one seemed to really care about. Still, the best part? The pictures. Candid shots. No make-up shots. At home relaxing shots. It’s getting to see your idols for the people they are when they’re not on stage… well, at least a little. I’d definitely like to see more H!P personalities get blogs and talk about the things they do other than perform.

Hello! Online also posts translations of Pocket Morning Weekly, well, weekly… 95% of the time, the questions are un-interesting, although the girls do sometimes come up with some interesting answers. Still, do I care how the members of Morning Musume like their miso? No. Not in the slightest. However, the latest translation brings to light something that I hadn’t really thought about before… possible eating disorders among idols.

The question is something like, “If you had a magical piece of paper that you could write one wish on to come true, what would that wish be?” Some of the girls have relatively predictable answers. Takahashi wants to be taller (because that’s the only thing keeping her from dropping Morning Musume and joining Takarazuka full time?), Sayumi wants perfect pitch (so Tsunku will give her more lines that aren’t screaming?), LinLin wants a magic steak (because that’s more PC than fresh baby), Koharu and Aika want to never be sick again, and then there’s JunJun and Reina… who want to be skinnier.

I touched on the JunJun thing last post… She’s tall, so she’s not heavy for her height in the slightest, but because of the ridiculously small frames of the other MoMusu members, she does look bigger than she would in a crowd of normal-sized Chinese people. She’s even lost some weight since joining MoMusu, but singing, dancing, practicing and training will do that to you naturally. No big deal. When responding to this question, she even puts in an “lol” because she’s not that serious about it. That’s cool, JunJun. I love you even more, somehow.

Reina, though… she puts that she’s ashamed. (Now, granted, her wish was something like “To go back to the first year of middle school… or be thinner [ashamed;].) Still, Reina? You’re arguably the skinniest girl in Morning Musume. Your legs practically don’t exist. Your problem? Is that you have hips that prevent you from getting much skinnier. Too bad, so sad. Eat a cheeseburger. Yet, Reina’s never really worn a lot of tight clothing in her tenure of MoMusu. She’ll wear some for photobooks, but she never looks really happy in a bathing suit, especially if she’s facing the camera head-on. Most of what she wears is her “baggy Yankee fashion”. Girls with great bodies tend not to cloak themselves like this. Girls with eating disorders do.

But, there are girls in H!P who are even more likely to be secretly anorexic. Anyone notice how skinny Tsuji got for W? Anyone notice Rika’s ribs in most of her bikini shots that came after Viyuuden began? Then there’s the other end of the spectrum. Anyone notice how chubby Aibon got right before W? Anyone notice how Mika was swaddled in layers for the later Mini Moni singles?

It’s not too different from the American entertainment world, though. When all eyes are on you, you either stress and lose control, or you control yourself too much.

I hope JunJun doesn’t lose another pound, especially not from her chubby cheels. And I hope Reina gets some help to realize that she’ll still be wanted if she looks healthy rather than emaciated.

Lastly, I was looking up the lyrics to “Tottoko no Uta”, the first Tottoko Hamutaro opening song (Japanese version of Hamtaro if you couldn’t tell) because I like to sing along with it, but constantly misremember the order of the verses. I haven’t done so since I started my H!P love affair, it seems, or else I’m sure I would have laughed much sooner about the fact that this song in all of its goofy, “Trotting Hamtaro, I love sunflower seeds!”-ness was written by Tsunku. It’s no wonder that Mini-moni did a bunch of songs for it, then! Tsunku already had an in.

I’ll probably do some pic-spam later today or tomorrow since we all know that blogs aren’t successful as only walls of text. In fact, here, a pic of unhappy almost-naked Reina.

"I'd like to be thinner," my ass. >_<

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5 Responses to "H!P Blogs, Eating Disorders, and Hamtaro"

I always thought
“Reina is petit, she doesnt have an eating disorder.” but after reading that I was shocked and now I definietely think she has one.
I looked at a picture of Alo! Hello
and saw that Yossie is as skinny (or skinner) as Reina, but a significant amount taller.
I was surprised you didn’t mention yossie here..
But in any case, Tsuji had a lot to live up to as she knew she wasnt tsunku’s first choice and that could put a lot of pressure on anyone..
Junjun has my ultimate figure. I want to look like her. Nice, full legs, and an actual body! I’d rather be like her than mrs. lanky koharu, who’s figure is like a ruler if you look at her head on. No boobs, no hips..yknow.

Wow. I’m scrolling through these posts and invariably I want to comment on them all. My, what a direct and forceful writing style. And every sentence has substance.

Your overall take on Reina mirrors mine. Somehow I can’t recommend her as one of my all-time favorite Morning Musume members, but I really don’t know why. Maybe it’s because she’s just too happy. Yes, the thin-ness is ridiculous, but in the idol industry tiny equals profit, though at least most Hello! Project performers tend to be evenly proportioned.

Then there’s JunJun, whose staggering proportions are, yes, very bit as beautiful as Winky’s tininess.

This is a refreshing, zesty blog. I’m going to bookmark it right now.

I can’t believe I forgot Yossie! Yet, looking at Yossie, she doesn’t look emaciated like Reina’s starting to. Yet, I remember looking at one of the group Hawaii photobooks and noticing that Yossie was covered up in every single shot. She looked… odd pudgy? I think Kanashimi Twilight was her ideal weight period. She could stand to put a bit back on, but she doesn’t look unhealthy to me, just a lot skinnier than she used to.

H!O’s translation of Reina’s answer was kind of botched. In the original Japanese, Reina said “お腹のくびれを ください。。。(恥;)” Basically, she is wishing for a thinner-looking stomach, and not wanting her whole body to get skinny. 恥 can also mean “embarrassed”, not just “ashamed”. She wrote that not because she’s ashamed of herself but because to her it sounds like an embarrassing wish to make.

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