I've always thought that Manoeri was cute, don't get me wrong...I just never thought she was incredible. Maybe it's the fact that I had never really paid attention to her aside from the Berikyuu openings and the occasional picture, or that I've never watched that Ongaku Gatas concert, or that I still, somehow, have yet to see the Narihajimeta Koi no Bell PV, or...wait, what the hell? It's obvious why I hadn't yet joined the leagues of Manoeri wota. XD Foolish, foolish me...
Anyway, I recently saw this set of videos:
Part 1 (Dohhh UP!)
Part 2 (Dohhh UP!)
And, suddenly, I think she's adorable. The way she acts here is so unbelievably cute...I'd even go as far as to say it's sickening, but not in a bad way (if that's even possible...). It's still surprising to me that she's 17 years old...but let's backtrack a bit to get the whole story here.
As I said, I've always thought that Manoeri was cute. And I thought Manopiano was okay...not fantastic, but I could forgive since it was an indie single. Not too long ago, a video of her performing Manopiano was posted on dohhhup, and I loved it. Something about her performing the song live completely changed my opinion about it...and, much in the same way, the above-linked videos have revamped my opinion of Mano Erina as an idol as well.
I have to say that I'm excited for her next indie single, and I hope her solo career gets moving quickly so I can see more of her. I think she's still got quite a bit of work to do in the vocal department, but she's well on her way when it comes to charm and personality. I look forward to seeing her progress as an idol.