Has MAMI downplayed her appearance?
Posted on Tue Dec 26, 2017 5:12 pm

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I think this song is call Huku no Inazuma, it has a real 60's-70's feel to it. I searched the covers threads on SH and didn't see any thing about this song.
 This thread is not really about this song, but Mami's appearance. She looks like an angel sent from heaven, almost unnaturally perfect around this time. I'm not sure why, maybe not to show up the other girls, she seems to have made a concerted effort to play down her looks after this period, with the overalls and weirder hair colors and cuts. This is just a  theory of mine and I have nothing to back it up, but my observations and HOURS and HOURS of watching the girls.
 

It seems like Mami has cultivated a more unique and quirky look ever since then, as opposed to this anime-like perfection she has on point around this time period. Did she change her appearance to deflect attention away from herself and to the other members, or because she just wants a different look?

I think Mami didn't want to stand out from the other girls because she's such a wonderful friend and band mate, so she downplayed the anime elf princess look to a little more edgy casual style.



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Re: Has MAMI downplayed her appearance?
Posted on Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:21 pm

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The song is actually called "Fuyu no Inazuma" (Winter Lightning) from 1977 and was performed by SCANDAL on Shin Domoto Kyoudai back in 2013. You probably haven't seen anything about it on here since you still have a few posts to go before you can access the media section.

I'm kind of confused about the actual point of your topic, though. You put title as being that MAMI's a "living doll," but you talk about how you think she looks like an angel in this video, and then you say how you believe she's been "downplaying" her looks since then...





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Re: Has MAMI downplayed her appearance?
Posted on Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:30 pm

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If you look at the close ups, she looks so perfect, it almost looks computer generated. All the clips I've seen from around 2012-13, (GF 13, Wonderful Tonight, Genke dene vid, and now this, she looks stunning. I'm not saying she's not as beautiful now, it just seems like Mami's has cultivated a more unique and quirky look, as opposed to this anime-like perfection she has on point around this time period.

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Re: Has MAMI downplayed her appearance?
Posted on Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:01 am

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In order to make a good discussion topic, you need to have something clear and defined that people can respond to.

So......basically, what you're trying to say is that you think that MAMI has looked different ever since 2012-2013? I guess people can contest/agree with this observation if they wish to lol





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Re: Has MAMI downplayed her appearance?
Posted on Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:53 am

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i will say this more clearly. I'm saying Mami made a decision to go from a more glamorous, sexy look to a more avant guard persona. I guess the discussion part is whether she did this to deflect attention away from herself and to the other members, or because she just wants a different look... always. I think Mami didn't want to stand out from the other girls because she's such a wonderful friend and band mate, so she downplayed the anime elf princess look to a little more edgy casual style.

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Re: Has MAMI downplayed her appearance?
Posted on Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:20 am

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I think its just Mami's style/personality, we all know she the most boyish of the group, so she just chose to wear what made her comfortable and what suits her. I don't really think its to, down play her appearance, I think it just so happen that her style is the least glamorous looking, for a lack of better term. 
And Mami is an odd (in a good way) person, she likes wearing anything wacky, poofy, baggy etc. Which is why I love Mami so much, her fashion is different. But each of the girls have their own unique stlye that stands out differently from each other. Love
But thats not to say Mami doesn't ever look glamorous, some magazines and photoshoots make her look girly but very fashionable.

As for the hair thing, i dont think changing your hair to vibrant colors every time is a way to "down play your appearance" lol. You'll get more attention doing that. I think she just wants to stand out in her own Mami way.

But Mami's stlyec can range from geeky ,to tomboyish ,to rockish ,to girly ,to casual etc.  I personally like her tomboyish look more, but she's cute in her other styles especially like this.

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Re: Has MAMI downplayed her appearance?
Posted on Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:24 am

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Well I would say all the girls have changed a lot since SCANDAL started which is hardly surprising being they were pretty young then.
School's have school uniform so all children can look equal and remember that is what SCANDAL used to wear but once they gave up the uniform they had their own characters to find.

I think all the girls  can get away with almost any style but I guess Mami does tend to get labelled the 'weird' one, only those people lucky enough to really know her would be able to tell you if she really is weird or not Happy



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Re: Has MAMI downplayed her appearance?
Posted on Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:03 am

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Each of the girls developed their own style, you can actually see an evolution in all of them when if you start seeing older videos. Rina also has a very distinct look and change it a lot.

Tomo and Haruna don't seem to care so much about fashion but I remember reading an interview where they all say they don't want to match outfits again like they used to do in the past.

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Re: Has MAMI downplayed her appearance?
Posted on Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:10 am

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I have often thought Mami downplays her beauty by wearing baggy, boyish clothes for one of two reasons: she wants to be identified as a rocker/rock guitarist and not a pop idol; or she is more self-conscious about her body than the other three.  Whatever the reason her look has always fit her personality.

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Re: Has MAMI downplayed her appearance?
Posted on Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:37 am

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I think I've read ( or watched/ or heard) Mami stating that she likes wearing baggy clothes and colorful hairstyles. Not for any particular reason ( or if there's a reason, I don't think it's because of what you guys have said before)

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Re: Has MAMI downplayed her appearance?
Posted on Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:42 pm

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hmm, the way i see it is that she really does like wearing baggy/ boyish clothes, not because she's more concerned with her body or anything. i mean, sometimes she wears dress and other girly clothes too (in SCANDAL sos med), just not as often the other members. And i also see it as in my case. I like how my body is as a girl, but just prefer baggy and boyish clothes. i'm okay with wearing a dress or a costume that really shape my body, it's just not my preference.

other thing to consider is, in photoshoots and concerts/ live performance, they have stylists for branding the band SCANDAL right? They can't just be a group of generic girls with a bland similar personality. You can see that in most photoshoots that there are bound to be different 'feels' between the girls. And i think, MAMI's the only one that can properly portrayed as the "rocky" or "boyish" type, since she's the only one that can wear baggy & tomboy clothes and still looks super cute Happy
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so guys, you gotta appreciate cute tomboyish/ sporty girls more.. like me LOL. jk





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Re: Has MAMI downplayed her appearance?
Posted on Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:54 pm

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jona DJ wrote:since she's the only one that can wear baggy & tomboy clothes and still looks super cute Happy

I respectfully disagree

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Posted on Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:56 pm

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Well, recently, Haruna's been wearing baggy clothes too. Though unlike Mami, it usually just the upper part of her body. Cause she's wearing short shorts that sometimes make me think like " Is Haruna only wearing an extra large shirt cause I can't see her short anymore. Lol.

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Posted on Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:05 pm

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Mami may be the tomboy, but Haruna is the most badass of the 4:

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Re: Has MAMI downplayed her appearance?
Posted on Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:18 pm

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Tuba wrote:
jona DJ wrote:since she's the only one that can wear baggy & tomboy clothes and still looks super cute Happy

I respectfully disagree


haha, i mean in the context of branding the band.
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Posted on Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:11 am

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Mami's been doing this for a long time. She was the first to regularly wear pants, for example - when the other girls would be wearing shorts or skirts, she'd be wearing pants. I remember seeing them on the Standard tour and that might have been the last tour with matching outfits, though they designed them, and only Mami designed hers to have pants. I've seen them live four times and the last three times, she was fully covered up while two or more of the other girls weren't.

That sort of progressed into really baggy stuff and casual hair and makeup. I think it's probably mostly just the fact that they've been doing this for a long time and they're just styling themselves how they want now. I don't think she's "downplaying" her appearance in order to not take away from the other girls, if that was the original question, but I think she probably is more comfortable wearing more modest clothes (when given the choice, anyway), and it's probably just easier to do her hair and makeup the way she has been recently.

I don't know that any of the girls are really significantly more popular than the others so I don't think she'd have to intentionally downplay herself anyway. Everybody has their favorites, obviously, but those favorites seem more or less evenly spread between them.

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Posted on Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:24 am

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Yup. Scandal fans surely know all for of them. If they don't then they're not scandal fan just a fangirl or fanboy of a member of the group. I don't even think that Mami needs to downplayed her appearance cause speaking as a man myself, the four of them have unique kind of beautiness in them. If you'll ask who's the prettiest of the four, I think it'll all comes down to preferences cause no one is much more beautiful than the other when it comes to Scandal. And I think that's one of the reason why they've been together for so long. Cause no one is outshining the other which for me (just my opinion) have been an issue with other bands. Won't you agree that usually, the Vocalist is the most popular member when it comes to a band, but clearly that isn't true for Scandal.

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Re: Has MAMI downplayed her appearance?
Posted on Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:00 pm

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Yes all the girls are beautiful in their own way.



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Posted on Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:02 pm

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Re: Has MAMI downplayed her appearance?
Posted on Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:27 pm

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During this year's framed photo sale at feedback, I was first in line, I was flipping through the catalogue and the first photo to caught my eye was a photo of Mami, she was very photogenic and cute in the photo, not how you normally see her so I just had to buy it ^_^ so no I would say they all look fine, she was very energetic at Countdown Japan tonight so don't you worry! (The only time I've seen Mami not looking so well is when she played live, just before Hawaii fan meeting 2016. At the time I noticed it did look odd, later we all found out she was playing whilst she was ill.)

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