Let there be lips!

Posted on: November 29, 2008

So, I’ve been away from the blogging world for a little while since I broke my ankle.  Between being in the hospital, and in pain, and on meds, I’ve been kind of useless. However, my meds aren’t quite as strong now, and the pain isn’t quite so bad, so I’m going to get back into blogging. But, it would be boring for me to go back and talk about all of the stuff that happened, and would be lame to just ease back in without talking about my absence, so I’m going to do a special post: a rundown of H!P lips. I didn’t include every member, but I included all of Momusu, Berryz and C-ute, plus a handful of “important” others, a few of whom have graduated. I’ll show them using the three most important idol lip positions: smiling, not smiling, and CHU!. I’ll let you know my favorites and I’ll name some important distinctions!

First up? Momusu!

momusuThere’s something great about lips, and Morning Musume proves it. No girls lips are really even remotely the same, and I have no shame for noticing and liking that.
* Takahashi Ai has great lips, but her upper lip tends to look darker than her lower lip if she isn’t wearing lipstick (see her “Not Smiling” pic). It was something I used to notice in every picture she took, but she wears a lot more lipstick as Leader, so I’m finding her more and more attractive lately.
* Niigaki Risa’s lips are slightly awkward by themselves. Overall, she’s a pretty girl, but her lips and smile are not her best feature.
* Tanaka Reina is the queen of the CHU! pose. In fact, I had to go through over 100 pictures of her before I could find one where she was actually smiling.
* Michishige Sayumi has a surprisingly sexy pout.
* Kamei Eri has a somewhat strange shape to her lips where they connect, and has a tendency to show her “fangs” over the edges of her lips, but it tends to be appealing anyway. What gives?
* Kusumi Koharu is the girl of 1 million smiles, so it was odd for me to discover that when she doesn’t smile, she gives a natural “Chu!”. The only way I could tell the difference was the rest of her face. She has surprisingly pretty lips.
* Mitsui Aika reminds me of a combination between a grandmother and The Joker. Her lips extend so far to the sides of her face, and her smile looks a bit like dentures. Also, the girl has not yet learned her CHU! face. Work on it, Mittsi!
* JunJun! She might be slightly chubby compared to the other girls, but those chubby cheeks offset her lips in a great way.
* Linlin is far from my favorite H!P member, and I think the reason might be her lips. They seem thin and not very expressive to me.

Best lips: Kamei Eri. They’re interesting, and a charm point!
Worst lips: I think this is a tie between Mittsi and Linlin, though Mittsui has more potential, I think.

Next, Berryz Koubou!
berryz* Sugaya Risako has teeth that seem vaguely rounded. Is she a vegetarian??? But, her lips are full. Her smile isn’t the best, but she’s got a decent pout.
* Tsugunaga Momoko has the thinnest upper lip of an idol, ever. It’s always struck me as unattractive.
* Natsuyaki Miyabi’s lips seem kind of idol-average. Not too bad, not too good.
* Tokunaga Chinami surprised me when I went looking for pics. I don’t always think that her lips look good on her face, but by themselves they are practically flawless. That CHU!
* Sudou Maasa has bee-stung lips if there ever were any. They tend to overwhelm her a bit, but don’t look too out-of-place most of the time.
* Kumai Yurina’s top lip almost disappears in the middle. But, she works it. The good teeth help a lot.
* Shimizu Saki has always rather been a favorite of mine, but her lips tend not to work with her. Her smiles often look a little cheesy, but I think she’s finally starting to learn how to work them.

Best Lips: Chinami for the win.
Worst Lips: Momo. ;_; But, damn, does she try anyway.

Next, °C-ute:
c-ute* Yajima Maimi is often said to have the best smile in H!P. I beg to differ. It’s just kind of average.
* Suzuki Airi may have a wonky tooth, but that smile is adorable. And, KAPPA CHU!
* Hagiwara Mai doesn’t smile as much as she used to, and her bottom lip kind of comes up in the middle in a strange way, but it’s still cute.
* Umeda Erika’s smile is a little too small for her face, and her teeth tend to jut out a bit, but her closed mouth is rather attractive.
* Chisato Okai’s lips are kind of meh to me. She overworks them, seriously.
* Nakajima Saki = CANNIBAL. At least, that’s what a lot of people who look at her mouth think. It is significantly too large for her face, and kind of Julia Roberts-esque (never a compliment in my book).
* Arihana Kanna has an adorable smile, and may actually be the reason I started this post up in the first place. Her teeth are a bit shorter on one side, it seems, (odd, I know) but there’s a sincerity there I adore, and I like that she doesn’t always force a smile!

Best Lips: Kanna for the win.
Worst Lips: Nakki for the fail.

And, finally, 8 current and former H!P members who I felt like looking at pictures of:
otherhp* Yaguchi Mari’s “Chu!” is probably as well-known as Hello! Project themselves. Her upper lip that makes that heart shape doesn’t look quite so good on her smile, though.
* Mano Erina has a bad tendency to give the same smile over and over and over again. And, while it’s adorable? Give me range of expression! All of her other expressions seem tensed.
* Matsuura Aya has a very prominent dip in her top lip. It’s mildly disconcerting to me, but that’s usually just in combination with her nose. Still, she wouldn’t be where she is without knowing how to work it.
* Fujimoto Miki’s lips give Maasa’s a run for their money. They’re nearly as puffy as the bags under her eyes. It looks rather good when she smiles, though.
* Goto Maki, for as charming and beautiful as she is, also has kind of average idol lips.
* Nakazawa Yuko has a very normal looking smile, but her CHU! is almost as flashy as she can be!
* Ogawa Makoto has a smile very similar to Yurina, but she’s practiced it so much more. Her CHU! is delightful.
* Kago Ai has gorgeous lips. I really can’t find anything bad to say whatsoever.

Best Lips: Kago Ai for president of Best! Lips.
Worst Lips: Mano Erina, but just for lack of practice.

Now, some overall awards!

Best Smile: Kago Ai
*****Runners-up: Kanna, Airi, Chinami, Koharu, Takahashi Ai
Best Not-a-Smile: Reina
*****Runners-up: Erika, Kanna, Makoto, Aibon
Best CHU!: Yaguchi Mari
*****Runners-up: Chinami, Reina, Kanna, Yuko, Makoto

So, BEST OVERALL LIPS: Arihana Kanna!
She may not have the best of anything, but she’s pretty close in all areas.
*****Runner-up: Kago Ai

Worst Overall Lips: Nakajima Saki.
Because, really, she’s kind of scary.
*****Runner-ups: Mitsui Aika, Linlin (I couldn’t decide before, and still can’t.)

There. A Saturday afternoon spent looking through thousands of H!P pictures isn’t a wasted one at all!


2 Responses to "Let there be lips!"

IMO, Nacchi has the best smile in all of H!P (former and current). She just seems so… genuinely happy. ^^

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