My favourite Hello Project idol is graduating in a few months and I still feel like a lost and heartbroken soul travelling across arid lands. I have faith in myself. I know I will survive, but until then I will be crying and reminiscing Suzuki Kanon’s days in Morning Musume.
This series will highlight Suzuki Kanon from her auditions to her present day in Morning Musume. This is part two.
The Debut: Morning Musume’s Underdog
In April 2011, the 9th Generation debuted with the song “Maji Desu ka Ska!” Not only was I nervous for this single because of the 9th Generation’s debut, but because this was a new Morning Musume. Only a few of the Platinum Era members remained. It was a new era, and a Morning Musume I was not used to. The happy and up-tempo song also concerned me. I was used to the more mature and slower songs of the Platinum Era.
However, I really grew to love “Maji Desu Ka Ska!” I was also overly happy that each girl got at least two solo lines. My favourite lines of the song are “Sukasuka biito wa suki desu ka” and “Sukasuka biito de noremasu ka”. Yes, you guessed right! Those are Suzuki Kanon’s solo lines in the song! Her deep and youthful voice was hard to miss. She had a shining smile throughout the music video. Sayashi Riho’s popularity soared after her debut. However, I believe that Suzuki Kanon was the shining star of the 9th Generation.
As this new era of Morning Musume continued and more singles were released, Sayashi Riho continued to push forward. With Takahashi Ai, Niigaki Risa, and Mitsui Aika’s graduations and the debut of the 10th and 11th Generations, many of the members of the 9th Generation, including Suzuki Kanon, began fading into the background.
For a while, Tanaka Reina and Sayashi Riho were the shining vocalists of Morning Musume. All the other members were adlibbers, backup vocalists and backup dancers. Unfortunately, Kanon fell into the adlibber and backup dancer group. She was continuously pushed to the back, but she did let that stop her from smiling. She may not have made much contribution through their singles and performances, but she was the variety star of the group. Her charming and funny personality was a hit on variety shows. She was also one of the best speakers of the group. She was confident and charismatic. I would vote for Kanon and Iikubo Haruna as the group’s PRO.
Kanon is a bit on the chubby side. She was bigger and curvier than the other members. In a music industry where image is everything, this was often not seen as a good thing. Television personalities and fans often teased Suzuki Kanon about her weight. Despite this, Kanon viewed her chubbiness as a positive thing and did not succumb to the pressures of the industry. She broke down walls, and promoted chubbiness as a positive image. I am very proud of her, and I can only hope that she continues to have this mindset after departing the group.
~END OF PART TWO~