Okay first before I begin. I'm not very good at stringing my thoughts together so I kind of go all over the place. So excuse my tangents.
Yes I'm ready for another audition and these are my reasons. While I don't really care how many members it brings in, I do hope a one or two of the more talented trainees join. It really must sting to them seeing Tsubaki Factory. (I'd be bitter.)
They didn't have an audition last year. They very well could have, but they let the 12th gen have their year. Now of course they probably didn't see it coming that Riho would leave. I'm sure they were thinking and everyone else was thinking it would be Kanon considering what a crap year 2015 started out as. But then she pulled herself together just as Riho was unraveling.
Now a full year isn't something even the 9th gen really got because the 10th gen joined at the end of the year. They were reviving the group after being stuck in neutral for so long. And if you really want to go back into the Musume archives. Maki Goto barely had any time to herself before the 4th generation came in and totally changed the dynamics of the group forever.
The 12th gen will probably have 2015 to develop. It's not like they are going to audition and add them next week so we'll get to see what Morning Musume is like without Riho. Let them find themselves. I'm sure the music team will try and experiment a bit like they did with the 59th single. The fact they don't do more of that baffles me. They are stuck in this new world where they are promoting more than one song and they don't utilize more of the members. Anyway I figure the 13th gen be announced during the fall tour and debut in 2017 like the 12th gen did.
Chances are that yeah, some trainees will be added. Morning Musume as a group is held at a higher standard when it comes to performance. Singing, while great is something that comes second because it can be worked on and improved even if they have a little talent. Singing and dancing is much more difficult than just singing alone. Which is where I think Riho faltered a bit and one of the main reasons she decided to leave and train better. She could do both but couldn't do both very well together without straining herself. Risako also suffered from this I noticed. Anyway I got off course.
When they have a generation with more than one winner, they are obviously thinking about future graduations, talent that can be worked and molded for later use, and just the need of more revenue.
With the graduation of Riho, the 9th and 10th gen are basically now ticking time bombs. The older girls, unless they are fully committed to the group (Like Takahashi, Risa, Reina and Sayumi) will begin to think of other things if they feel they can't continue to give more to the group. There very well could be another graduation in the future and it seems like UF wants to keep Morning Musume at a certain amount of girls. They obviously don't like having a smaller group. They already have smaller groups and don't want Morning Musume or even ANGERME at this point, to be so condensed without having backup girls to replace them. These groups are brands now.I guess you could even add Country Girl into the mix now too. As soon as you add in the words audition and generation into a group, it's obvious they was groups to have longevity and continue to thrive without holding the girls back. In these types of groups they aren't forcing the girls to stay and not live their life. I find UF to be very strict with their girls now more so than they they were back in the day.
And while it would be great to have amazing talent like Riho or Kago or Takahashi to come dropping into your lap, that doesn't always happen, not with the massive amount of idol groups saturating the market now. Sometimes it takes time for that talent to mature like Risa, Eri or Masaki. I feel like that's why they love to have the bigger generations unless they need the talent right away because they find the group is lacking a certain sound because they lost a member, like Maki or Sakura.
Anyways, yeah I'd love to have a multiple girl generation only because I don't want to see Morning Musume to become stagnant. While it takes a bit of time to get the new girls integrated I feel like if gives the other generations to have someone to look out for and they grow themselves. This is what Morning Musume is about and I very much doubt you'll be seeing another era like Platinum Era any time soon. I feel like that's what Juice=Juice and C-ute are for.