…We are golden, we are golden.

Teenage dreams in a teenage circus
Running around like a clown on purpose
Who gives a damn about the family you come from?
No giving up when you’re young and you want some

If you’ve been watching the blog since earlier this year and noticed the title and opening lines of this post, you know what this means.

To paraphrase Bray Wyatt,

“They’re here.”

*blows out lantern*

Yes. After months of waiting and anticipation (I know I’ve been waiting―I was checking the various idol blogs relentlessly on my phone yesterday morning in a fit of sleeplessness), the results of the Golden Audition are here.

That’s right, the Golden Audition’s come and gone and it has actually bore fruit!

This is the right amount: two total newbs and two Eggs Kenshuusei. I’m sure some folks would want more Kenshuusei or a smaller “generation” (given the density the group has now), but this provides a nice balance right now. We have some unknowns to bring completely new blood into the Project (because what’s a public audition without it?) Meanwhile, promoting from within via the Kenshuusei prevents external turnout, especially given the myriads upon myriads of groups in the J-idol scene (indies and major). With that in mind, why let these ladies slip through our fingers.

(On another note, I know at least one person is upset at the lack of audition footage. I don’t mind―we’ll probably see the “losers” down the line anyway. Heck, Morning Musume itself is proof of that!)
On that note…

Let’s Meet the Golden Girls!

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Haruna Ogata

  • Date of Birth: 15th February 1999 (15 years old)
  • Origin: Osaka Prefecture
  • Blood type: A
  • Height: 157cm
  • Hobbies: Editing movies
  • Skills: Figure skating
  • Nicknames: Daisaku (official), O-haru (2ch)

Having been a figure skater since she was 5, she’s competed in skating competitions before joining the Mothership with her special skill being a double axel with two and a half rotations.

Figure skater huh? I concur with Solarblade when I say the following: Can you say “dancing queen”? Seriously, with that background, she’d be a killer dancer.

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Miki Nonaka

  • Date of Birth: 7th October 1999 (14 years old)
  • Origin: Shizuoka Prefecture
  • Blood type: A
  • Height: 157cm
  • Hobbies: Collecting cute things
  • Skills: English conversation, ear training
  • Nickname: Mikitty Mikiti (official), Nakamii (2ch)

She’s a high scorer in her school (having tied for 1st place in her class on the TOEIC exam at her Shizuoka school with a score of 174 in 2013) and has been abroad due to her father’s work in the US. Due to this, Miki has an amazingly high command of the English language (so much that she sounds like a native).

Forgive me for the following caps, but this must be said: FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS HOLY, DO NOT SKIMP OUT ON THE OPPORTUNITIES WITH OVERSEAS PERFORMANCES OMG! THE BRIDGE-CROSSING “IDOL DIPLOMACY” POTENTIAL HERE IS STAGGERING WITH THIS GOLDEN GIRL! STEP IT UP, UFA!

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Maria Makino

  • Date of Birth: 2nd February 2001 (13 years old)
  • Origin: Aichi Prefecture
  • Blood type: A
  • Height: 159cm
  • Hobbies: Watching Professional Baseball games
  • Skills: Ballet, piano, penmanship, duckface, drawing
  • Nicknames: Makkii (official), Maria-sama (2ch), Maria, Makki (Kenshuusei)
  • Note: 17th Generation H!P Kenshuusei (joined 1st November 2012, alongside Ju=Ju’s Kanazawa Tomoko and current KSS Kaga Kaede, Wada Sakurako, Ichioka Reina and Kishimoto Yumeno)

Maria came into the public consciousness when she auditioned for the 11th Generation. She was a finalist and lost in the end, later joining the Kenshuusei as an 17th Gen member.

On a side note, I always did like her name (the way it was written/constructed, I mean – I’m a sucker for names involving the word “愛”).

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Akane Haga

  • Date of Birth: 7th March 2002 (12 years old)
  • Origin: Aichi Prefecture
  • Blood type: O
  • Height: 153cm
  • Hobbies: Singing, looking at videos on YouTube
  • Skills: Calligraphy (7dan)
  • Nickname: Akanechin (Kenshuusei), Haga (official), Akane-chin (2ch)
  • Note: 20th Generation H!P Kenshuusei (joined 22nd September 2013, alongside former KSS Oura Hirona and current KSS Yamaki Risa, Yokogawa Yumei, Niinuma Kisora, Danbara Ruru and Funaki Musubu)

Talk about determination. Akane auditioned in the Suppin Utahime and “Mirai Shoujo” Auditions, reaching the finals of the latter. Now, she’s finally in. (Besides fellow “Junikkie” Maria, she joins the ranks of Tanaka Reina as a Musume who’s auditioned multiple times. Feel free to tell me if there are any others.)

Golden Girls, while your time on the Mothership truly begins next year, on behalf of the MM14 fans worldwide…

― Magi-Kat

♥☮♪


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