November 24th, 2010


in defense of Moriyama Eiji

Somehow, since coming to Japan, I've gotten a bad rep for hating Moriyama Eiji. And so I'd like to come out and say this:

I don't hate Moriyama Eiji!

Yes, that's right. I think he's a little bit of a creep, but really, when he's not pretending to be the "cool" one or acting "hipper" than the rest of *pnish*, I think he's really all right. Yeah, I make fun of him for being old, but I also make fun of Tuti for being bald, and I love Mizuki all the more for having an ego huge enough to envelope all of Japan and most of the Korean peninsula if it had the chance. I tend to make fun of people I like if I think their egos can take it (in other words, so many people put Wasshi down and he's so sweet that I could never do it), and just because he's not the "sexy" he was ten years ago doesn't mean I don't like him for it.

And there are times-- I was reminded by listening to Makenaide earlier, when he's calling out the lines to the audience-- that he's totally dorky and in sync with the rest of *pnish*, and I love it. There are times when he's a total weirdo, or when he sucks up to Daiki, or does something really ridiculously sweet for him, and I think it's adorable. I think he's a great singer, and his performances in Tenimyu and Burimyu were both admirable. And despite being 34, I think he did an admirable job with Ronnie in Western Mode.

So yeah. You're not going to hear me walking around saying how much I love Eiji, and, more often than not, you'll hear me calling him old or bald or ugly. But when it comes down to it, I'll still be lining up at the next opportunity to have him speak bad English at me and stare at my cleavage.

...unless he asks me "how much." :P Then all bets are off.