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Re: Last Idol - Eleventh Episode, A YouTube Singer?!

Postby Nayoko-Kihara » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:06 pm

Viewers angry over decisions made in episode 11.
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20171022-00000011-jct-ent
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Viewers/fans of Last Idol were not happy with the choice made in episode 11 by judge Yoshida Gou. He was called on to pass judgement on the battle between Kamohara and Nagatsuki, and he chose Kamohara as the winner. He was the only judge of the four on the panel that chose Kamohara (though the other judges choices don't matter, only the judge called upon makes the final decision). His reasoning was along the lines of thinking the group was lacking in interesting characters and good expressions; the rest of the judges were against the decision, saying Nagatsuki had the most idol-like qualities of all the members. Viewers online chimed in with a similar sentiment, many people wanting him to stop appearing on the show completely.
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Supposedly (I can't find a link source) Yoshida also gave an interview during one of Nagatsuki's previous battles where he stated that he was happy he didn't have to judge then because he might've chosen the challenger simply to make things interesting, leading some to believe he made his mind up even before watching the battle.

Most fans seem to harbor no ill will toward Kamohara, praising her singing but being of the opinion that she's more suited to becoming a singer-songwriter instead of an idol.


Episode 12.

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x66nfk5
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x66owm0
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x66n7ey
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x66n6gn
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x66ncx1
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x66n9j7

Summary:
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- Episode starts with footage from the recent event at Tower Records featuring both the
current Last Idol members and the 2nd unit Good Tears.
- A small preview of the episode ahead.
- A recap of the singers battle last week for position #5, and the shocking results.
- Performance of "Bandwagon" with the new lineup.
- The next challenger is revealed; Oishi Natsumi (大石夏摘). She's 13 years old and signed to talent agency palette. She's done no idol work, but including Last Idol she has had two TV appearances, been cast in one stage play, been part of three ad campaigns, and has had one modeling job. She lists Japanese dance as a special skill.
- Oishi nominates Ozawa Aimi (position #3).
- Oishi performs "Cutie Honey" (キューティーハニー) by Koda Kumi (倖田來未).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koda_Kumi

- Ozawa performs "Otona Ressha" (大人列車) by HKT48.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HKT48

- Judge Kurata Mayumi (倉田真由美), mangaka, is called on to announce the winner.
- Kurata announces Oishi Natsumi as the winner. She will immediately join the group and take position #3.
- Comments from both girls. Ozawa crying.
- The judge explains the reason behind the choice and Ozawa leaves the stage.
- The super awkward self introduction to the other Last Idol members as they cry.
- Ozawa backstage crying.
- Preview of next week, a new 16 year old bishoujo challenger.


Personal thoughts:
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- Some of these girls still can't hold a mic properly despite training for weeks. If you're going to partially lipsync you still need to be convincing:
1. Don't hold the mic far away from your face.
2. Don't sing into the side of the mic.
3. Don't wobble it around.

- I kind of agree with this choice? But I also don't care about either of them.
- I was hoping they'd call on Marty this episode.


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Re: Last Idol - Thirteenth Episode, Another One?!

Postby Nayoko-Kihara » Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:14 am

• A second handshake event is scheduled for November 6, 2017. Participants include Last Idol with it's current lineup, 2nd unit Good Tears, and new unit Choucream Rockets.

• BIG REVEAL: 3rd Unit, Chou Cream Rockets (シュークリームロケッツ; Cream Puff Rockets). First post updated!

Members:
Matsumoto Momona
Ozawa Aimi
Nagatsuki Midori

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Episode 13 (These are whatl I could find. TV Asahi got wise to the DM uploads. If I find dailymotion links later, I'll swap them out.)
http://www.pandora.tv/view/keigoo/55418127/#31376494_new
https://www.bilibili.com/video/av16074409/?from=search&seid=12910718977276031074


Summary:
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- Starts with short re-cap.
- Group performs "Bandwagon" with newest member.
- The next challenger is introduced, Kiyohara Rio (清原梨央). She's a model signed to Twin Planet/taimu. She has no idol experience.
- Kiyohara nominates Kamohara Rena, position #5.
- Kiyohara performs "Nandome no Aozora ka?" (何度目の青空か?) by Nogizaka46 (乃木坂46).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nogizaka46

- Kamohara performs "Wherever you are" by ONE OK ROCK.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Ok_Rock

- The judge Nakamori Akio, columnist, is called on to reveal the winner.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akio_Nakamori

- Nakamori announces Kamohara Rena as the winner of the battle. She will keep her position.
- Yet another new unit is announced. It's a trio featuring Nagatsuki Midori (長月翠), Ozawa Aimi (小澤愛実), and Matsumoto Momona (松本ももな).
- The group is called シュークリームロケッツ / Cream Puff Rockets. Based on the official Twitter accounts they seem to be using the romanization Choucream Rockets (cream puffs = Choux Cream in Japan).
- The new unit performs their first song, "Souzoujou Fruits" (想像上のフルーツ; Imaginary Fruits).
- A preview of the next episode. The next challenger is Oomori Rio (大森莉緒) from the Pink Lady little sister group Pink Babies (ピンク・ベイビーズ ), disbanded in 2017.


Personal thoughts:
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- I'm annoyed they caught on to the dailymotion uploads this soon, it makes this a lot harder. :lol:
- It's odd that Rena is being challenged so quickly, and by a model with no experience in singing or musical performance. And why is position 5 getting so much play. If I'm remembering correctly, 5 has been challenged more than any other position.
- Kiyohara put on a smile and tried though, good for her.
- Rena chose a terrible song to perform in a battle. The whole thing was pretty crap.
- The third unit has the most idol-like song so far.
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Re: Last Idol - Thirteenth Episode, Another One?!

Postby Nayoko-Kihara » Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:18 pm

• Former center and possible candidate for the 2nd unit, Majimawa Kana, has fractured her foot. She was not able to attend the 2nd handshake event.
https://twitter.com/mjmwkn/status/928986266468618240

Episode 14

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x68sg05

Summary:
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- Starts with a brief preview of the episode at hand.
- Introduction of the next challenger, Oomori Rio (大森莉緒). She's been doing entertainment activities since she was 3, performing since 11. She was a member of Pink Lady's little sister group Pink Babies (ピンク・ベイビーズ ), disbanded in May 2017.
- Oomori nominates Oishi Natsumi (position #3) for battle. Oishi just earned her position in episode 12.
- Oomori performs "Ashita Mo" (明日も) by MUSH&Co. (MUSH&Co. was a temporary band formed to promote a film in 2013; the lead singer was actress and singer Ohara Sakurako (大原櫻子).)
https://www.generasia.com/wiki/Ohara_Sakurako
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakurako_Ohara

- Oishi performs "Furimukanaide" (ふりむかないで) by The Peanuts (ザ・ピーナッツ).
https://www.generasia.com/wiki/The_Peanuts
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Peanuts

- Judge YOU, actress, is called on to announce the winner.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_(actress)

- YOU announces Oishi as the winner of the battle. She will keep her position.
- A second challenger is revealed this episode, Momiyama Himeri (籾山ひめり). She's a member of the indie idol group Spindle (スピンドル); they perform on roller skates. (Short PV)
https://twitter.com/himeri_spindle
http://www.spindle-official.com/

- Momiyama nominates Yoshizaki Aya (position #2) for battle. There's an 8 year age difference between them.
- Momiyama changes into her roller skates for her performance. She performs "Gingham Check" (ギンガムチェック) by AKB48.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AKB48

- Yoshizaki performs "Yasashii Kimochi" (やさしい気持ち) by Chara.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chara_(singer)

- Judge (couldn't catch his name) is called on to announce the winner.
- He announces Yoshizaki Aya as the winner, she will keep her position.
- The Last Idol group performs "Bandwagon".
- A very quick look at the challenger in the next episode; Inoko Reia (猪子 れいあ). She's an eighth generation member of the trainee group iDOL Street Street-sei under avex's iDOL Street division (Wasuta, GEM, etc), and a member of the e-street-sei trainee group SAPPORO Snow♥Loveits (サッポロ Snow♥Loveits).
http://www.idolstreet.jp/profile/member.php?id=1001070


Personal thoughts:
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- Oomori is pretty cute, and her singing is decent.
- Judges continue to make weird decisions.
- Momiyama's voice was pleasant enough. Her skates seemed a little useless though.
- Yoshizaki's voice was mostly fine too, just a little annoying at parts.
- I don't think either of them were particularly impressive or better than the other.
- Next week's challenger looks like someone I might like. In the same vein as Midori.
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Re: Last Idol - Fourteenth Episode, Double Tiny Challengers!

Postby Nayoko-Kihara » Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:30 am

Update: Former challenger (episode 14, battle 16) Oomori Rio (大森莉緒) has joined a new group called eyes.
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https://twitter.com/Rio_Ohmori

Episode 15.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x69uqio
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x69upxy
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x69ukly

Summary:
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- The episode starts with a short preview.
- It gets tense for a second when the MC reveals that there will be an announcement
regarding Last Idol.
- The debut CD jackets for Last Idol will be shot by famous photographer Ninagawa Mika. She has also directed several films and music videos, including AKB48's "Heavy Rotation".
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mika_Ninagawa

- Ninagawa Mika is in the studio as part of the judges panel. She offers her comments.
- Footage from the last handshake event is shown briefly.
- The next challenger is revealed, 13 year old Inoko Reia (猪子れいあ). She was an eighth generation member of the avex idol trainee program iDOL Street-sei under the iDOL Street division (SUPER☆GiRLS, Cheeky Parade, GEM, Wasuta), and was a member of the e-street trainee group SAPPORO Snow♥Loveits (サッポロ Snow♥Loveits). (NOTE: The iDOL Street-sei no longer exist. avex recently started recruiting for a new project called Avex Idol Academy. Reia's current status is unknown, though her profile still lists avex. (Special thanks to ainogundan on Twitter for up-to-date info.))
- Inoko nominates Abe Nanami, center position.
- Comments from both competitors.
- Inoko asks for a moment to do vocal warm-ups.
- Inoko performs "Synchro Tokimeki" (シンクロときめき) by Watanabe Mayu (渡辺麻友).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayu_Watanabe

- There seems to be something wrong/off with Abe's voice or throat.
- Abe performs "Brand New World" (ブランニューワールド) by Denpagumi.inc (でんぱ組.inc).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dempagumi.inc

- Judge Ninagawa Mika, photographer and director, is called on to announce the winner of the battle.
- Ninagawa announces that Abe Nanami is the winner, she will keep the center position.
- Reactions and comments from both girls, and Ninagawa offers her reasoning.
- Inoko gives more comments backstage.
- Last Idol once again performs their debut song "Bandwagon".


Personal thoughts:
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- I always think it's risky going after the center position.
- Pausing to do vocal warm-ups on stage in front of everyone seemed kind of rude.
- Decent performance of a mediocre song.
- Another alright performance of a mediocre song. She tried hard even with throat/vocal issues.
- The contestants went from having relatively varied ages to all being super young. If they
wanted a group full of 13 year olds they shouldn't have made the eligibility age so high.
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