Once again we come to the End of a Year, ready to start anew, and honestly, this is one of those years that I am ready to walk out with my head held high, not because the year itself was bad, but because it was so good that I can’t help but go out on a high.

I’m just praying that 2016 itself is a good year, but hey, we will cross that bridge when we come to it!

Because I have already written out a Year End Review on my own blog, I’m going to keep what I say here more to the point, as well as babble a lot less. If you do want to have a look at everything I seem to have done this past year, however, please take a look at my Goodbye, 2015 post over on Okay! Musume Time.

With all that said, I will continue on with my post.

In Writing

There is no denying that, when it comes to blogging, my writing of the Idol world has taken a backseat. This is not necessarily a bad thing, per say, because it means that I am finding more to do in my own life as opposed to filling with Idols every which way. And yes, I have been busy in 2015. I have been working as hard as I can in University, I have taken up a part-time job as well, and overall, I have been trying to manage my own time better as well as found myself a better social life. So, that is why my blogging has fallen a little to the wayside, on both Okay! Musume Time and Selective Hearing, but I have not ignored it all together, either.

For personal writing, however, there has been a massive rise. Most of it is for my University and homework, however I have happily found more time to write pieces unrelated to Idols, which is extremely refreshing if you ask me. I want to continue with this rise in personal writing for next year in fact, whilst also balancing my blogging too, of course.

Of Idols

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Honestly, I feel like for 2015, it was a good year for Idols in terms of music. Yes, there were graduations that happened that fans did not want, such as Kawaei Rina’s, Fukuda Kanon’s and Sayashi Riho’s, and whilst all graduations are saddening, no matter group the member is from, it is a part of the Idol world to graduate; it creates room for new Idols to prosper, as well as for a group to be given a chance to change and grow in a positive way.

I find Graduations a positive thing in that sense. They hurt because you are losing a member you love, however for that member it is a step forward in moving towards a better life for themselves, whether that be mentally, physically or for the sake of their future careers, and though it can hurt the group (in this case, Morning Musume ’15, because they’re losing their Ace, Center and lead vocalist / dancer), it can also better them in the long run.

In terms of music however, Idols have been great. Houkago Princesses major debut mini-album and first major single were solid releases, Hello! Project upped their music game, and heck, I even discovered a new voice in this sea of talent. I’m heading into 2016 with a positive outlook when it comes to music actually, as well as a strong desire to follow a certain singer whose music I have enjoyed in 2015…

I won’t even start on this tirade of love I have for Ray right now, because I’ve already said enough in my own blog on that matter. Really though, I like this girl, and her voice is one that has entertained me greatly in 2015. I continuously loop her songs, and I enjoy all that she has provided me. I’m more than a little hooked, and I hope that this like for the Idol will continue into the next year.

Aside from Ray though, there has been a lot of great music from other artists that I have found great enjoyment in; Morning Musume ’15, Doll☆Elelements, ANGERME, MACO and Houkago Princess are just a few of the groups and soloists I have tuned into this past year, and truly, their content has amazed and entertained me a lot than I thought it would, especially Morning Musume ’15’s. Their start in the year was a weak one, with their songs being sub-par at best, however their next two releases proved to be a lot stronger and more worthwhile than that of their 58th single.

Even videos have been improved upon, in regards to Hello! Project, which was a bigger surprise than any for me as a viewer. Their cinematography has become undeniably beautiful, with Imasugu Tobikumu Yuuki containing some of their best shots in a long while. In general, Idol videos have been fun to watch this past year, with most containing something I enjoyed. I think the only one I happened to dislike this year at all happened to be Ageage☆Kurisumasu by P.IDL’S 7☆3, and that was mostly due to the fact that the video was so tacky and poorly executed. Aside from that, however, Hello! Project and Idols in general have had a good year when it comes to their music videos, not just their music.
It makes me as a fan of camerawork extremely happy, and I can only pray that we head into next year with the same value for videos in the Idol world that graced us this 2015.

Overall

2015 has been a good year in my mind. The Idol music game was strong, my personal life was a lot busier than I actually thought it would be, and my personal desire to write has risen greatly. I have experienced a lot this year, from working and studying together, to celebrating my blogs 5th birthday, to seeing one of my older sisters get married, and more. It’s been a strong year, and even if I am sad to see it go, I am equally just as happy to head into 2016 with a spring in my step.

I hope that everyone has had a wonderful 2015, and that you all think back on the happy memories you have all created throughout it. Now, let’s head on into 2016 with fresh eyes and positive views! Happy New Year everyone, I hope it’s a good one for ya.