I’m kinda sad when I think about the AKB election. Mostly because that photo of Milky crying after not making it last year is burned in my head. Last year, NMB didn’t have their own single, but Milky and Yamamoto were leading the pack with their push so it was really crushing to see Milky saddled with the hopes of her fans and not make it.
Now I’ve fallen for Team N and a lot of Team M, much more than I thought I would. It’s safe to say that I prefer NMB much more than their sister groups, including AKB. And now that election season is coming up, I feel like I’m going to be geared up for a lot of disappointment once they hit 55th place. Even from the NMB top 5, I think it’d might be hard to get the rest of the Top 5 (Maachun, Ainyan, and Nana) to rank.
And then there’s the rest, characters I like in the context of NMB but within the whole group, they just aren’t that popular. Girls like Ripopo, who I think is really respectable and is growing up despite her hilarious overreactions. Or Mirurun, the universal imouto type. Kanakichi’s sheer goofiness, Keiichi’s mysteriousness. I feel like all their fates will already be decided after 60th place is called out.
I’m also really nervous for Jou. She’s been on the receiving end of a gigantic push, but I’m not sure if her fanbase really grew concurrently with the push. I think that’s pretty sad too, I think she could be great in the future but they are trying to pile on way too many responsibilities on the poor girl too early and it might be making her a little delusional too.
But, I guess this disappointment is only natural. I mean, it’s called the AKB election, and to vote you have to buy an AKB single, not an NMB single. I’m actually curious as to where the former AKB undergirls (Myao, Komorin, etc.) will end up and if they’ll be overtaken by the new gen Team 4 girls.
As for me, I’m still on the fence on whether I’ll even buy Manatsu no Sounds Good because I think it Sounds Not Good, but songs have grown on me before. If I do, Nana gets my vote. Let’s go, Sainenchou! (or as Jou would say, Chounenshou!)