Guess who’s back.
Tell a friend.
After weeks of risqué teaser photos all over the main Ebisu Muscats site, the Ebisu Muscats of 2015 lineup has finally been revealed. For those of you who were fans of the original Muscats, featuring Yoshizawa Akiho, Hatsune Minori, Kishi Aino, and Rukawa Rina, unfortunately they are no longer in the lineup. This new lineup does continue the trend of consisting mainly of AV idols and gravure idols.
I am real stoked to see the Muscats come back. What I like about this lineup is that some of the new members could have very well been Ebisu Muscats back in the early 2010s, while others are rather surprising additions. However, this article will focus on four members in particular. These four members caught my eye once I found out they made the Muscats ‘15 roster, and I am hyped to see what they’ll be able to do once the variety show starts airing. Basically, these are my personal choices for a top four. I’m writing about these four ladies because I believe they may do amazing things during their tenures as Muscats, and I may even compare these said four members with Muscats of the past.
Like my previous articles regarding the Ebisu Muscats, I am not responsible for anything you see if you search any of the members on Google Images. You may see some NSFW images if you are curious about any of the members, so make sure you have Safe Search on if you are curious. Basically, this article can potentially be NSFW. You have been warned.
Other than that, let’s begin, shall we? Here are my Top 4 Ebisu Muscats of 2015.
#4 Kana Yume
Oh boy…this lovely lady.
Let me just say that if the Muscats hadn’t broke up in 2013, Kana Yume would be a lock for the lineup. Since they brought the Muscats back, she’s a lock for the ‘15 lineup. There’s someone I am willing to compare Kana Yume to, and some people may not agree with it.
She is the Muscats ‘15 version of Yoshizawa Akiho.
I see a lot of traits that Acky had back in the late 2000s and early 2010s. First of all, she is just as drop dead gorgeous as Yoshizawa Akiho. Second, she is not afraid to show herself off, even if the way she does it is rather risqué. One can go on Kana Yume’s Instagram page just to find out what I am talking about. Third, she has the center vibe. I could see Kana Yume center an Ebisu Muscats ’15 single similar to how Acky did.
The amount of potential that Kana Yume has with the Muscats is high; let’s see if she can capitalize on it.
#3: Kojima Minami
This is one of the AV idols who I believe should have made the Ebisu Muscats roster a long, long time ago. Besides her high pitched voice, she fit the mold of the Muscats quite well I must say. I always thought Kojima Minami had that “girl next door” look that some idols do, such as Nishino Nanase of Nogizaka46 or Watanabe Miyuki of NMB48/AKB48. Maybe that’s just me.
She was born in 1992, which was the same year as Shinohara Saemi and Mizuki Uruha. Those were two Muscats who were on the lineup in 2012. When I found out that the Muscats were going to come back, I was already contemplating who would make the lineup. Needless to say, she was one of my choices.
I see Kojima Minami as a possible next-gen Kishi Aino. In my opinion, she looks like she can lead the new squad the same way Kishi Aino did for a couple of years. The new Ebisu Muscats will need a leader anyway, so why not have Kojimina step up? I believe she led a Sexy-J lineup, which was a J-Pop lineup similar to what the Muscats were doing. That definitely helps her case.
Is Kojimina going to be her new nickname? I’m down with that.
#2: Ayano Nana
The Muscats ’15 lineup has its fair share of surprises. Ayano Nana may be the biggest surprise of them all.
No, I did not expect someone like her to make it on the lineup. I have seen her videos on YouTube where she is interviewed for some of her AV-based stuff, and I will honestly say that she has no personality. Besides being cute, I was kind of bored with her. To see that she made this lineup caught me off guard. I have this weird vibe that she will be a member stuck in the third row of promotional images for singles and what now. That is a spot I really don’t want her to settle in, because I know what happens to Muscats who get stuck in the third row, especially when they have no personality.
The reason why Ayano Nana is so high on my Top 5 is because there’s one Muscat who I can compare her to. Basically, Ayano Nana is the Mizuki Uruha of the Muscats ’15. I’m guessing you’ve never really heard of Mizuki Uruha, but basically she was a Muscat who barely had enough screen time and didn’t exactly show off her personality. Yet, she was one of the cutest girls I’d ever seen. I was a fan of Uruha when she was around because of how much vast potential she has sitting in the third row. Unfortunately, she did not last very long, and was out of the lineup for less than 6 months.
The last thing I want for Ayano Nana is to have the same fate Mizuki Uruha did. Come on Nana. Show me what you got.
#1: Sakura Yura
You should have seen this coming a mile away.
Yes, my number one member of the Muscats ’15 is Sakura Yura. And yes, she now succeeds Rukawa Rina as my Ebisu Muscats oshimen.
What more can I say about Sakura Yura that hasn’t been mentioned already? First of all, she looks like she can fit right in with HKT48, since she has the cute vibe that is rather rare among the Ebisu Muscats. Secondly, she has also done some J-Pop work before. She had a duo unit called P*cherry alongside former Ebisu Muscat Sakuragi Rin, as well as some solo work with musical artist PARKGOLF. Lastly, she has an AV career. She has a resume meant for the Ebisu Muscats. Once the Muscats were going to come back, I already knew Sakura Yura was going to clinch a spot. There’s no way an AV idol that cute would miss a spot on the Muscats.
You already know that I am going to call her the Rukawa Rina of the Muscats ’15. Just think about how many similarities the two have: the super cute look, the fact that they both look really good in pigtails, and the fact that it’s rather surprising to see both Rukawa Rina and Sakura Yura as AV idols. I already imagine Sakura Yura as the lead for an Ebisu Muscats unit that resembles the Pretty Cure anime series, just like Rukawa Rina did a few years back.
I was excited to see Sakura Yura on this lineup. I am already excited to see what she will bring to the table once the Muscats ’15 come into full swing.
Also, this Sakura is better than the HKT48 one. Just sayin’.
That ends my Top 4 Members of the Muscats ’15. There were a few members I may have missed, such as Uehara Ai, Okita Anri, Tia, Hoshino Nami, and Amatsuka Moe. Even some of the former Margarines are members of the new Muscats! Remember them? They were idol group formed to pay massive debts.
The reason why I didn’t include them on this list is because I can’t say much about anybody else. I do not know much about anybody I missed on this countdown so I really can’t give an honest opinion on the others. I have known of the Top 4 I listed way before the roster reveal, especially Sakura Yura.
I just want to start watching the variety show now and see what these ladies have to offer. There are some big shoes to fill, since the Ebisu Muscats of 2008-2013 nearly exceeded all expectations.
Let us see if these Muscats, especially these four, can do just that.
◆ Rin Rigoni