Posted by: sauder | March 22, 2008

Las Panditas

So I came to a semi-sudden realization today that I have MoMusu mood swings as far as liking members go. One day I’ll love Aichan and think Reina’s a complete bitch or the next day I’ll think Reina is the most amazing thing in the world and Aichan is still just “that Fukui kid from down the block”. I have no idea myself where these mood swings come from, but I’ve found two members that seem to always be exempt from my little lineup switches. Las Panditas. Personally–I never really paid much attention to the Pandas, they always seemed to be “there” and occasionally do something funny but nothing particularly memorable. Looking back on this thought of mine–something didn’t feel right, so I decided to really think about the Pandas and what I love about them.

Obviously, JunJun and LinLin are the two most boss Chinese girls put into a Japanese pop group ever. They left their family and friends, flew overseas, faced some racism, learned Japanese, and made the Chinese to Japanese culture adjustment. Seriously, most days I don’t even want to get up and walk to school, where as they’ve gotta get up everyday and learn how to deliver that warm fluffy goodness that we call being an idol. There’s no calling in sick when you have a stomachache–no skipping dance practice when you stayed up too late thinking up cute new photo shoot poses. You’ve gotta put in work to get work in the first place and the Pandas haven’t been slacking in that sense.

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JunJun has definitely revolutionized the definition of the banana. Before I used to think of a banana as just another fruit in the basket, but now the more times I eat bananas, the more times JunJun’s classic “banana steal” pops into my head. It’s crazy how dangerous I feel sitting at home and eating something as normal as a yellow banana these days. I’ve never fangirled over her but, her ping pong skills and random bouts of tension have just made her completely loveable to me. As far as being a singer goes though–I think JunJun’s voice is alright. It doesn’t especially blow me away but I think there are so many things about her that makes the whole music experience better. Her looks are always intense and meaningful, not to mention you can always tell she’s trying her best and her hair is amazing. At first she wasn’t even close to being my favorite–but I can really feel her starting to grow on me.

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On the other hand I can’t really feel LinLin growing on me as much and I’m not sure why. She has all the basic good qualities (singing not so much) but there was nothing that ever stood out to me other than her dramatism in Harmoni@ segments and the way she looks in PV’s. Other than those two things– I just haven’t found that thing that really makes me love her yet…I’m confident one day it’ll just come out and hit me in the face when I least expect it–but until then JunJun and I will be waiting for her with a banana and some scissors for a much needed new haircut.

Together Las Panditas make a beautiful addition to Morning Musume and will hopefully never leave. It’d be pretty hard to replace someone that literally makes you feel scared to be an inanimate fruit for the sole concept of basically having your body be swallowed whole. But management has just gotta give them enough to work with so that they remember why they left China in the first place.

But yes, them Pandas be alright.


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  1. […] The Bigaku!Palace wrote an interesting post today on Las PanditasHere’s a quick excerptThere’s no calling in sick when you have a stomachache–no skipping dance practice when you stayed up too late thinking up cute new photo shoot poses. … It doesn’t especially blow me away but I think there are so many things about her that makes the whole music experience better…. […]


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