In September of 2012, at the time a second year middle school student, she joined as an 11th gen member.
As the only one to pass the audition titled「Suppin Utahime」,
Tsunku♂Producer praised her, alongside Matsuura Aya and Takahashi Ai,
as the top 3 girls with singing power in all the generations of Hello！Project, and speaking of singing───
Working Hard on that Set List is Beautiful
──The tour has started, but how is the challenge？
I think it’s pretty good. The group itself has become new, so it’s not usual for everyone to be all fired up like this. So you can’t help but have fun. When we were ’14（one four）I also felt this, but I am really happy to be able to be in this group.
──Since becoming ’15（one five）, what is the number one thing that has changed？
I really feel a sense of loss for ‘14, but now I have to fill that, and since everyone is doing there best, I have the feeling a great synergy is being born. If we assume ’14 was「family」, then I think ’15 has a relationship like「good work friends」or「rivals」.
──It seems like the set list for this tour is also pretty hard.
The flow from the medley is really tough, it’s terrible. But since sensei said「Working hard on that set list is beautiful」, while I’m thinking「This is really tough！」I think it’s cooler to just completely do it.
──From your expression on stage, it seemed like you still have room to grow.
I’m desperately putting on airs. No…but, that is probably true. I think that I can do more. Of course I have mastered painful and fun feelings, but since I think I can still do more I have to do my best.
Instantly You Peeled About 5 Layers
──In terms of singing, your performance is stable.
Thank you so much. But, the stability only started with this tour. I think that for myself, I really changed my way of singing during rehearsal for this tour.
──What is one definite way that it has changed？
I changed the position I vocalize from, it’s become easy to use the mic. There have been times that during rehearsal my throat stopped working because I caught a cold, but at those times I would try to sing in a way that wouldn’t burden my throat, that seemed like the correct thing to do. My voice came to resonate from the back of my nose, and since then that is where I sing from.
──Has it become easier to sing than ever before?？
Yes. it surprised me, that I no longer sang out of tune, and the volume of my voice even became uniform. The acoustic staff even said to me「Instantly you peeled about 5 layers」, which surprised me. I was completely not conscious of the fact I changed anything, I was only being impatient.
──When you say impatient, what do you mean？
From the time 12th gen joined, I became a senpai and wondered what kind of transformation I could make, that kind of impatience.
──Since you had that impatience, your singing became stable.
Yes. If I couldn’t do it myself I couldn’t advise my kouhai about it, so during rehearsal I did my best for that reason, so I could tell them. My goal was for 12th gen to see me in the form of a proper senpai. Only that.
──It is often said「If you get a kouhai you grow」isn’t it.
Yeah, I think it is this. When I joined a lot of people said that 10th gen-san changed.
About Your First Time Having Kouhai
──Since you have your precious first kouhai, let us hear your impressions of 12th gen one by one. We’ll start with Haga（Akane）-san.
Haga-san has told me「I like Oda-san」from the time she was a kenshuusei. Since she has joined our relationship hasn’t really changed, but it has become extremely positive. In the position of the youngest she is very friendly but, unexpectedly she also has some adult like points, which I think is interesting.
──How is Ogata（Haruna）-san？
Haーchin（Hauna）is older than me by the months we were born in. In 12th gen she is the oldest and adult-like, but she also has a little sister feeling. I think she is bad at dancing due to inexperience, but since she has done figure skating, for the most part the atmosphere of her signature pose is extremely pretty. I think she has the ability to learn when I see her.
──Well the, how is Nonaka（Miki）-san？
That girl can do anything. Song and dance too. And because she can do anything, she never wants to stop partway through.
──She’s very skillful isn’t she?
That’s right. I don’t want her to overuse her skill. And, if that kind of girl really does her best, I think it becomes a situation where the senpai and myself have to do our best. If that happens, since I believe the degree of perfection of the group will become high, I want Chel（Nonaka）to do her best for us.
──And, Makino（Maria）-san, who was in the same audition as you（Morning Musume。11th Gen Member「Suppin Utahime」Audition）but now you have a senpai kouhai relationship.
Even though we did our best together, when it comes to honorifics we switched places. Maria says「Now I absolutely can’t say it, but at the time of auditions I called her Oda-chan」to the other senpai, ah, that’s right〜I think,and when Maria became a kenshuusei it was a complex feeling. Absurdly cute Maria did her best singing and dancing as a kenshuusei, and she had become good, so it made me wonder the meaning of me joining as 11th gen. There is that kind of pressure, but even so I think that I want to cheer for Maria.
I Don’t Want to Lose To Sayashi-san
──Oda-san is alone in the 11th generation, but if you had your own generation-mates how do you think it would have gone？
Maybe, I think I wouldn’t be able to do as much singing and dancing as I do now. If I entered as a kenshuusei, and another girl entered from the general public, I think there would be a misunderstanding of what I can do. Among 9th gen-san and 10th gen-san, if someone had entered alone, don’t you think they would have had to desperately do their best?
──On stage, your senpai from 9th gen, Sayashi（Riho）-san and yourself have come to have a lot of twin vocals.
I often have to pay attention to rhythm, and since Sayashi-san really have a great feel for rhythm, when the two of us since in unison, I think we are stable. Since Sayashi-san’s existence pulls the group, I absolutely don’t want to lose.。When Sayashi-san says「You’re really good at singing」it makes me extremely happy, but since I think Sayashi-san is better, the feeling becomes complex. So, when I am told「You’re good」, I want to be at the level where I can gently say「thank you very much」within myself.
──You don’t think you are side by side yet？
Right. I want to catch up to her quickly.
──On Sayashi-san’s blog, she said she wants to have a leisurely conversation with Oda-san.
I read that. It made me happy.
──Oda-san certainly has no complaints.
Surely, since I have no generation mates, there are times when I have no one to talk to, I think to myself, what can I do.
Pride as the「Suppin Utahime」
──After this do you personally have any challenges？
Of course singing. Even more than dancing, I think that singing is difficult. Since the phrase「Suppin Utahime」was attached to the audition that I entered as an 11th gen member from, I have to take responsibility for it, and since I have pride in myself, I think I want to continue that feeling.
──So it isn’t just「I like to sing.」
If it was just that I like to sing, then it would be a story about how going to karaoke is good enough. I have to be able to move people more, and I I want people to think they want to support me. And, I want to have confidence in my own singing. So, at karaoke, I never sing the songs we sing at concerts, and events. HaroPuro songs are extremely special to me, so I think I want to be able to convey them preciously.
──Lastly, how should ’15 be, ideally？
I was extremely happy in ’14, and even now I have a lot of things I yearn for from ’14, but in 12th gen everyone is charming, cute, and really doing their best. ’15 has become a completely new Morning Musume。, but I want to treat the history that has been handed down to us preciously. If there was a book about Morning Musume。’s history, I think I would be happy to see my name left there.