Ruru would be better as a non idol soloist. Then she wouldn’t be held to the idol looks standard. She could be like Ieiri Leo who is not a conventionally pretty.
While I agree, she definitely had the chance to go that route. She loves performing as a whole; with dancing and big concerts and costumes... the whole shebang. Because she was definitely able to be a soloist while she was still at Actor's School Hiroshima :)
If she made the decision to go this route, I'm happy for her. It could have been a lot less fulfilling for her if she did something like join MM. She can always be a "serious" soloist after she graduates H!P, which I'm sure we're all for!!
They wouldn't need to make Ruru a "full front girl" for her to make MM a way better group. She could be the new Asuka who helps with the heavy lifting on vocals, while others the other idol stuff. MM needs singers, and H!P took one of the better singers to come through the KSS system in years and put her into a group already flush with vocal talent. It's frustrating. OTOH, J=J is fucking awesome, and everyone except MM is probably better off for Ruru going there instead.
I've been up on Ruru's jock harder than anyone not named TicTac, but what this set shows me is that she still has room to develop. Don't misunderstand me, this is really good, however it shows just how hard it is to carry a show by yourself. You can hear Ruru's voice tire at several points, and her pitch is not nearly as consistent as we've come to expect. I think Danbara has the tools to overcome these things, and that Ruru mojo still shines through in places, but this is the first time she has left me wishing she was better.
I'm happy to see her struggle a bit, it's what she needs. In KSS she barely grew because she just wasn't properly pushed. I think touring with J=J is perfect for her because of how many concerts they do and all the stamina they build.... Her gaining stamina more and more could be a big key to her just becoming a true powerhouse. She strikes me as the type that needs to have a failure (missed high note, off pitch, etc) for her to improve. That that's the type of thing that makes her want to try harder--otherwise she's just praised all the time. Solo events like this are a perfect gateway to her testing the waters on having to carry a show all by herself. She cried after her first training session with a vocal coach in Ju=Ju because she just wasn't used to having to think of all the different aspects of singing (annunciation, rhythm, repeating things until it's perfect, etc.) But it was a good cry because it wasn't that she was hurt, just overwhelmed... which was a perfect push for her.
PS, here's her Romantic Ukare Mode
And here's her vocal training after joining Ju=Ju