Still doesn't change the fact that Reina (and Ai, if you wanna be specific) were put to the front and the others were mostly ignored. Like, Resonant Blue? Most of MM were LITERALLY in the shadows for that. Pepper Keibu, REINA was the only one with a solo!
I'm not trying to start anything, but I read this and wanted to say something about Pepper Keibu. The main reason that Reina was the only one with a solo is because they needed equal line distribution and someone had to do the solo. Think about it: at the beginning of PK, they all come down in groups of two. There are NINE members. That leaves one person out. She doesn't sing AT ALL in two choruses. If you watch the PV, for those segments where the girls are doing that revolving thing (coming up from the back to the front, sing, then going to the back of the line again) that they do at the beginning and then after the group chorus, Reina's in the back just chilling. So basically she gets to sing about as much as Ai or Risa does, maybe even less since she misses out on two choruses. If it wasn't Reina with the solo, it would be someone else, but the distribution wouldn't change.
If you think about it Reina kind of gets the short end of the stick. For the other girls, if you sing slightly out of tune, the other girl sort of covers you until you get back in tune since whenever they sing it's always with someone else or with the group. If you're singing alone, it's twice as obvious when you mess up, especially if you're the only one in the entire song that sings alone. They probably chose Reina because she's probably the most reliable in lives, and also because she's been the "alone" one once already. For example, in the MM 2008 Concert Tour Singles Daizenshuu in Spring, they sing Iroppoi Jirettai. Since there are nine members, and the chorus requires that you split into groups of two, someone's left alone. You don't see it on the DVD, since they specifically don't show it, but Reina's in the middle, doing the chorus dance by herself, just sort of walking backwards in a circle with an invisible partner. It's an understatement to say that it looks REALLY weird, hence why you don't see it AT ALL on the DVD. I remember watching it on a fancam for the Shanghai concert, and even though she was dancing by herself in a dance intended for two people, she was still super confident in all of her steps even though it looked super strange. It didn't seem awkward at all, just weird, but I bet if Koharu or some of the other girls were to do the dance by themselves, they'd look a little lost. Perhaps this went into their decision to pick her to be the solo on PK?
So they didn't make Reina have a solo line just because it's REINA, they did it because someone has to sing by themselves in order for their to be almost equal line distribution. I agree with you about everything else about Reina (even the camera whore part, which I love about her anyway - what's so wrong about self promoting?
) but she doesn't deserve the flak for getting a solo part in PK especially since line distribution isn't the fault of any of the girls.
(Sorry for derailing the thread, kinda)
Edited by ketamine, 31 January 2009 - 05:53 AM.