Morning Musume DVD Magazine Vol.76

In which Momusu go at night to a cabin in the woods. I’m pretty sure I’ve already written this as a fanfic. Anyway night time driving means Momusu members can partake in what is seemingly their favourite past time. Secretly photographing Riho (and other members). A Momusu tradition since Sayu’s days as leader…

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It’s also a good time For Kudo to enjoy some quality time…

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Yes Masaki you are no longer needed. There’s a new gen there who can satiate Kudo’s needs.

Once at the cabin the members get cleaned up and refreshed. Idols in glasses…go!

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Notice they have given the members their own cams. I HAVE written this fanfic already!


Riho is awake this time so some things have changed since Sayu’s days.

Next morning and the members are cooking breakfast. What better way to start the day than by knackering the sandwich toaster…

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I love Ayumi’s expressions.

Meanwhile Haruna is having a problem with the plugged in appliance. Why not solve the problem by putting your hand in?


No that is clearly very silly. Use a knife instead. That’s much better…


Can we get an adult to supervise Honey? Again I bring you Ayumi’s expressions. They say it all…

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Ayumi then burnt her toastie. She’s having no luck with that contraption…


She’s so damn photogenic though…


Anyway does the burnt toastie taste good? Bonus points to you if you look at these pictures while humming the theme to jaws…

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No but she passes it round for others to try too. Ah when I watch these things I just want to be a cute Japanese idol hanging around with them all and swapping half-eaten food.

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That’s already been in Ayumi and Haruna’s mouths. Lucky toastie. Ah when I watch these things I just want to be a half-eaten bit of burnt bread with meat in it being passed around…actually…yeah…bit weird.

It’s good to see the old Sayu traditions are still going strong. Here a blindfolded Riho tastes something mysterious…


Okay Kanon’s turned up. Need to be careful with the food jokes now…


Kanon is next to Miki. Does anyone know if Miki speaks English at all? I hear she used to live in America but it never seems to get mentioned or anything. 😛


After eating Kanon…err…errrr…nope. No idea…


Sill whatever it is it probably isn’t much weirder than playing human skittles…


I have to say there must be about 20 minutes of this dvd given over to the members sitting round eating so we’ll skip the next chunk of it and go straight to the blindfolding and the baseball bats. Now some people when hearing of blindfolds and baseball bats in Japanese specialist dvds may jump to a very different conclusion but I’m sure as an idol fan you know what’s coming…

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Possibly just a bit too far away from the watermelon there Ayumi.

When it’s Eripon’s turn Ayumi starts plotting…

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No help just lots of silence and running. Mind You Eripon is as bad. Come Akane’s turn…


“Go straight forward”.


“Go to the left side”.

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So it turns out if you want an idol to smash a watermelon just give her the instructions in English!


Don’t worry. She’s eating a watermelon not regurgitating something.

There then follows some outdoor activities with climbing and bridges…

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After which it’s time to end with some ice cream…

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So to sum up they go to a cabin, stay the night, eat breakfast, assault an innocent watermelon then go for a climb. Yet even though that sounds quite boring it’s about the personalities and they shine. Obviously this review has been very Ayumi-centric which reflects my current bias but also she is one of the ones who gets the most screen time anyway. For instance I hardly noticed Kanon on screen at all. The first ones to breakfast were Ayumi, Kuu, Haruna and Sakura  and they, along with Riho, do seem to get a lot of the coverage. However I have no problem with that as they are all great to watch and in Ayumi, Haruna, Kudo and Sakura you have four of my top six anyway so this is a great dvd for me! I do think the members going on a trip makes for a good format anyway. Seeing them just interacting of an evening is a bit like hanging around with them yourself. It gives a little insight to life in the group. This is very laid back entertainment. Not lots of excitement but lots of charm and I think there is plenty of room for this type of dvd in the multifaceted Hello! Project world. There are far worse ways to spend an hour and eleven minutes. Also I really miss the old days when you had tv shows like Hello! Morning, Haromoni and Yorosen where you could get an idea of members’ personalities. So dvds like this are a great way to get a feel for each member. I give it a thumbs up. And if you follow Haruna’s example when it comes to kitchen appliances that might be the only hand gesture you can make too.


4 responses to “Morning Musume DVD Magazine Vol.76

  1. Thank you!!! I loved this dvd. I’ve been waiting for someone to pic spam it. Ayumin has the best expressions, so I don’t blame you for featuring her at all. I don’t know why Kanon wasn’t on screen much, but at least we got the random plank-ing. The pic of Iikubo and the knife in the appliance (plus Ayumin’s open-mouthed reaction) is GOLD. ❤

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  2. I remember Ayumi emphasizing “Individualism” in some interview. I remember because Riho emphasized “group” or something along collectivism on the same question (separate interviews though).
    Ayumi is basically correct, and it shows through her. I’ve been mulling for some time now and realize that 10th gen is high-quality. They’re full of personalities and even their beauty varies. (boobs department tho is another matter lol)

    Thank you for this, I love Ayumi too 😀


    • Tenth gen were slow to grow on me but they are all unique. I wonder if originally they suffered for closely following the ninth gen. The ninth gen were the first bew members in about four years so there was a buzz about them. Tenth gen came along quickly afterwards. Maybe too quickly. Yet they have great members and Ayumi is dazzling.


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