You must remember this, (a kiss is still a kiss), when the 2008 Kouhaku lineup was announced and everyone started pissing their pants because OMIGAWD MORNING MUSUME GOT KICKED OUT OF KOUHAKU. And who the hell is Nozomi Ohashi? Well the thing is, Ohashi was there to sing a selection from a freakin’ Miyazaki movie (as well as set the record for youngest performer on the show), and if there is one thing to know about Japan, it is that you get the hell out of the way when anything Ghibli or Miyazaki-related comes to town. Like, you know how the entire country of the Philippines comes to a stop when Manny Pacquiao has a boxing match? That’s Japan whenever a new Miyazaki movie comes out.
So maybe, you figure, this was just a one-year aberration. They’re doing this whole epic Miyazaki tribute, so they just didn’t have room to schedule Momusu this time. After all, 2007′s big-ass medley was the “idol special” with AKB48 and Shokotan and Leah Dizon, and you didn’t see any of them in 2008, amirite?
Morning Musume’s just taking a year off, right?