Election videos are out.
To those unfamiliar with the election, everyone has their own one minute appeal video. This year’s set of videos seems relatively tame compared to last year. Usually it’s the lower ranks who do sillier and more hilarious things because they gotta do something to boost their appeal, but this year, it seems fairly cut and dry and, dare I say it, political.
I’ll go over some that have caught my eye. Obviously, I’m biased so don’t feel bad if I ignored your favorite members.
It’s actually pretty well done when I think about it. She brings up things she says about herself and then is pretty candid about it, she speaks at Mach 5, and you learn something about her along the way. Also she makes silly faces in between it. At first she talks about how she’s not as cute as “Rikanyan” is out to be, makes fun of her catchphrase as “Rika” (science) is not particularly her specialty, and that she’s left-handed when writing and eating but right-handed when playing sports.
It’s no secret that I like to pull for Rika a lot. She’s talented at singing and good MC skills.
2: Kinoshita Haruna
When I watch this video I feel like she doesn’t give a damn about the election, lol. She attempts to put together a jigsaw puzzle in 30 seconds. Obviously failing. Then at the end she trails off with what she likes. This is based off last year when she tried to do a jigsaw puzzle and failed and says “There’s no way anyone can do this!” Also she looks badass in her end roll outfit.
I also pull for her a lot. I think it’s the suberi-character + great talk skills for a 13-year-old + dancing skills + she looks like an adult which for some reason makes me laugh.
3: Fukumoto Aina
Just a billion Ainyan Hadouhous. Funny stuff. She starts saying gibberish which is part of the charm. Also she’s wearing her own Hadouhou T-shirt.
4: Yamaguchi Yuuki
I don’t really know what’s she saying (ugh! I need my Japanese subtitles! Why is my listening a billion times worse than my reading?) but I think she gets mad because her cat says she’s more popular than her and she gets pissed and knocks him down. Yeah! Take that!
5: Yamada Nana
My vote for the 2012 election. Yeah, I decided to buy a CD. I hope the B-side is good.
Anyway it looks like she’s stripping which is kinda bonus points. But her kanji means “shedding skin” or according to World of the 48, he uses “molting”. I like to think of snakes losing their skin.
Anyway, I don’t really know what the point of the video is, but it’s kinda hot. So vote for Nana!
Perhaps the funniest video on NMB’s side. She comes in mega-hyper, wearing a sailor outfit (“Everybody loves sailor outfits!” I can’t make out why she wears it though) and she starts gushing about Watanabe Mayu and how great she is.
Damn. Nosebleeds. She wants to do her own solo gravure shoots.
You know I never understood gravure DVDs. It’s like porn but it’s not porn, so it makes you feel bad because you feel like you’re watching porn and it comes with all the associated guilt, but it also makes you feel bad because it’s not really porn and they don’t really do anything.
But she said she just wants to do photos, which is really just Maxim-quality stuff. No mention of DVDs.
-Ripopo draws a funny picture of Aki-P.
-Maachun’s ant speech is pretty serious in content but silly in context. Last year’s was great though.
-Yamamoto Sayaka doesn’t have the castle monomane anymore. But she looks really pretty in her video. But it’s also really serious.
-Comparing Milky and Yamamoto is hilarious. Yamamoto is serious and more “I want NMB to be in the top 16 to show how far we’ve come” and it’s pretty deep. Milky is like super cute and “I want to be in because I didn’t make it last year and I let all the fans down! Please cheer for me! Yay!” And then it’s amazing that they’re both the team N aces because they’re so different from each other.
-Jou does kendo. That’s kinda badass.
-Keila is going to be big in like 2 years. Not figuratively, literally. I feel like she’s changed in just a year.
-As for the AKB side, Takamina’s is hilarious. Sasshi’s is serious but it’s great. I stopped caring for Sasshi after she got big and blew up but she made the Nogizaka rivalry worth watching and I feel like she went back to what I liked about her. I also like how she talks about her home prefecture Oita all the time. It’s like a shoutout to her roots.