As seen on TV22 August, 2010 by Chad
During a TBS show yesterday, 300 young women in Shibuya were asked which idol group they would most like to join. The results after the jump.
10. Berryz Koubou (7 votes)
Having come a long way since functioning as backup dancers for Hello Project’s more popular talents, Berryz Koubou appears among the top 10 choices. The first shown girl gave the reason that she loved Natsuyaki Miyabi while the second mentioned about their innocence and joked that she wanted to increase their average age.
9. Watarirouka Hashiritai (8 votes)
The Production Ogi revival of Onyako Club’s Ushirogami Hikaretai using popular AKB members. Watarirouka Hashiritai has been actively churning out singles for the past two years and has been receiving quite a bit of attention. Reasons given include, “Because Watanabe Mayu is cute” and “Their uniforms are cute so it looks fun”.
8. Perfume (9 votes)
The Hiroshima trio have been pumping out catchy technopop tunes for nearly a decade and with their immense popularity the past year I’m a little surprised to see the Perfume trio taking so few votes. The main reasons for girls wanting to join the group were (of course) their cute dance moves.
7. C-ute (10 votes)
Hello Project’s other young girl group. Featuring more fashionable costumes and energetic dance songs. One of the girls chose C-ute because of their powerful dance moves. The second girl was asked what she could contribute to the group, she mentioned that she could be dull.
6. Idoling!!! (12 votes)
Fuji TV’s reality show idols come as a popular choice to many young women, no doubt because of their ample exposure on TV. The first girl diplomatically answers that she would like the experience to join the group. While the second stutters that while AKB seems cute, Idoling!!! has a more interesting image.
5. No Sleeves (13 votes)
No Sleeves (no3b) is the AKB unit formed by Takahashi Minami, Kojima Haruna and Minegishi Minami for their 2008 drama Mendol. Surprisingly the group managed to continue past the theme song and has even been charting well on the Oricon charts. One fan’s reason was because she liked Kojima Haruna while the other said that she was better off as their backdancer since she couldn’t sing.
4. Fudanjuku (16 votes)
Fudanjuku are the alter egos of the Nakano Fujoshi Sisters. They’re notably unpopular as themselves but after catering to yaoi manga fans they come in alarmingly high on the list. Reasons for their popularity include their cool boyish image and wanting to try out the whole danso (butch) thing.
3. Morning Musume (42 votes)
Japan’s daughters still remain a popular choice among young women. One reason given was because “everyone in Morning Musume is cute” and wanting to be cute together. Another girl said she had even tried auditioning twice. When asked why she couldn’t make it, she embarrassingly says isn’t it because of her face.
2. Pabo (62 votes)
Baka idol group Pabo on the other hand is able to gain the favor of older audiences too. The variety and comedy group features popular fashion models Kinoshita Yukina, Suzanne and even former Hello Project’s Satoda Mai. When asked about the group, one woman remarks that she was suited to join the group being a bimbo herself, though she wondered if she could mix well with the rest of the members.
1. AKB48 (83 votes)
As the most popular female artists in Japan now, its no surprise that AKB48 comes in with the most votes. One girl stated that it was because they seemed to let pretty much anyone in. Another mentioned that she really wanted to join the group but saw on the site that the cut-off age was 19. Unfortunately she was 20.
Fret not if you’re favorite group didn’t place to your liking. Keep in mind the small sample size and the fact that this is after all a show but it should give you an idea of some of the popular female idol groups out there.
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