Uh, so like… unfortunately Geinin ended and now I’m not sure where I’m going to get my NMB fix. Especially because my interest in learning Japanese stalled after discovering League of Legends and now DotA 2, so now I don’t really want to watch Docking48, Teens Hakusho was not as cool as whatever they did before, and I miss the Chidori brothers over Monster Engine for the radio show. I might sub segments of Geinin but I don’t want to do work that’s already been done and I have no idea where the subtitles stopped.
I don’t know what to cover anymore, haha. I guess I’ll try to come up with some stuff, which will probably just be shamelessly grabbed from AKB48 Matome.
-Team N Original Stage Postponed… for the billionth time.
To no one’s surprise, the date of the new Team N stage is delayed. But like, it seems disappointing seeing comments from all the members on their G+ and blog. “Yeah we’re not surprised either because we haven’t started practicing.” Like, wtf is going on? Do they even have songs written or dances choreographed? What the hell is going on?
However, I know they stopped N2 so I don’t know what Team N is doing at the theatre, if anything. And if that’s so, I feel bad for a lot of the members who don’t have much work outside of the theatre. And I think they announced LODs too, so people like me can finally watch it and get to know some of these other people. But nope. We’re still in purgatory.
It’s kinda funny because I was also thinking about possibly taking a trip to watch it, but I’m also kinda tired of staying Japan. If only there was some way to warp there, watch N3, eat delicious food, then come back on the same day. Their food is so good, oh man. Shoot, I had this saltwater eel on hot rice at a place called Ueno near Miyajima Island and it was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten, but the chances of me going back to that area of Japan are remote. But I really want that eel. First world problems, perhaps…
Anyway, in response, they said they are beefing up the NMB 2nd Anniversary show for them or something, with Team N performing a special stage. I wonder what that means.
-Fujita Runa retires
On a G+ post by the theater manager, Fujita Runa announces that she has to quit because of lower back pain and the doctor told her that she can’t keep it up.
For some reason, it’s not on the main website. And I haven’t seen a graduation show either. And this is the girl that was caught up in the Kaito scandal. There is obviously some suspicion, and honestly, that black mark being kept around would keep bothering me as “How was the taste of Kaito’s Piiman” was permanently etched in my head whenever her name was mentioned.
At the same time, I can’t be awfully critical of a 15-year-old, and if it really is back pain, then that sucks. I remember when I wanted to get good at DDR, but all that arrow smashing led to my feet flattening out, and now it’s hard for me to run, play basketball, and do whatever. Remember how I said I went to Miyajima Island? After climbing the mountain there, my feet were so sore that I could not walk straight, I had to walk at an angle to avoid the pain in my arches.
So with that said, yeah, it sucks when you have to give up on your future because of a physical problem that you can’t help. For what it’s worth, she was pretty decent on Aruaru YY when I saw her on there. Maybe she just never had the chance to escape the pitfall that she fell in, unlike say, Milky.
-Can NMB push members not from Team N?
While I’m sure Mr. 48-family is ecstatic with Fuuchan’s ranking, I’m a bit… saddened by this development. Certainly, UZA is not an NMB single and it’s difficult for NMB to gain popular in a region that’s not Osaka (the event is in Kantou, but I dunno where), but yeah, it is a bit worrisome.
(Personally I’m not a big fan of Fuuchan. She’s cute, but she’s too young for me and her personality right now is pretty wooden. Even though Kinoshita Haruna is younger, and IMO less cute, she’s way more entertaining.)
Their plight is furthered by everyone except Jou being in the backline of singles. Not even the second line, the backline. It would be nice to reshuffle the teams to spread the talent and get some attention to the other teams, however, Team N Original Stage coming up AND the fact that Team N is still not that popular in the whole scheme of things will factor into it.
The weird thing is, when I see some of the more unknown members appear, I feel like they’re quite talented. Someone linked to this Aruaru episode on the matome site and it features Anchu, who appears extremely comfortable and polished. Also she has neat looking hair. I was pleasantly surprised by Kanchiru before that. And I was really hoping for Yuppi to appear on Geinin. So really, I’m not sure why they’re picking up so much talent when they clearly don’t have enough work to go around, and a lot of these girls are quite talented.