Have you noticed all the random news lately?
Where’s my regular TV shows?! Damnit. Man, I’d so love an NMBingo.
Anyway I really need to get off my butt and start subtitling/translating stuff. That’ll get all the viewers back to my blog! All you bums that don’t speak Japanese!
(Just kidding I suck at Japanese too.)
-Mitsumune Kaoru leaves AKB for health reasons
Super bummed about this. She got hella antis for being included in stuff like this HP commercial. She had a history of being a runway model and people thought she didn’t belong. But honestly, when she got work, she was good. Whether it was a bit part in the show ATARU or appearing on Ariyoshi, she was great. When she performed with AKB you can tell she needed work. And there’s a bunch of goodbye posts from her KKS friends on G+ that make me sad, because she did good work with them but I just don’t know much about them. I remember her looking sad as hell at the election while everyone else was chanting Yuko’s name. Really sucked for her when agency management put so much effort into seeing her do well.
I really wanted to see her do well in AKB and show those antis what’s up. I guess we won’t get that chance.
-Sasshi is a Ripopo Oshi, Oya Shizuka is a Kinoshita Haruna Oshi, and they along with Yukirin love Jou.
Was watching the commentary on the DVD where Sasshi, Oya, and Yukirin comment on the Request Hour. It was funny because I was wondering why Ripopo was selected to get a dual post with AKB, and in my mind I was like “Well, Sasshi left so they need another hetare character on the team.” I guess it is unsurprising to see Sasshi like her. Every time she appeared on the screen for like a fraction of a second, Sasshi would yell “Ripopo!” Other than that and Oya liking Kinoshita Haruna and them screaming like fangirls when Jou appeared, well, there was nothing but “Minna Kawaii” over and over again. Surprised that the AKB members knew some of the lyrics to the song though, as they’d sing along.
-Yamamoto Sayaka / Watanabe Miyuki / Eriko Jou perform Kuchi Utsushi no Chocolate
I’m really late to this party since this was also done at this year’s Request Hour but…
I am so disturbed by this. Why would they pick Jou, a 12 year old girl, to perform this song? A song about how exchanging chocolates is hotter than a regular kiss, and it’s better than doing it with your clothes off or something? Jou, the person who thought Virginity was a kind of tea? Wow. Just… I don’t know.
Yamamoto and Milky performed it admirably, especially Milky (and this was before she really maximized her flirtatious character). Jou’s vocals were actually decent and lent bass to the song. But still, only Milky really fit the image of this song. Maybe Milky / Nana / Aya-nyan (Hikawa Ayame) would’ve been perfect for it.
I’m still disturbed with Jou’s inclusion.
-Mirurun and Kanchiru celebrate their birthdays. Kanchiru almost decided to graduate. Yamamoto trolls Mirurun’s birthday pictures.
So, interestingly enough, when Kanchiru turned 15 she seriously considered graduation, up until the point where even had her graduation date set. That… worries me. I mean it’s understandable, given that some people get way more stuff as we’ve seen with all the other attrition in NMB. But… man. I think she can go somewhere in NMB, I really do. Honestly, it sucks that you’re overseas and you want to get into this niche fanbase stuff but it’s not even targeted towards you anyway. It’s like being a fan of a AA baseball team that’s not even your local team. I kinda liked the fact that LODs were getting released till I realized I can’t get them in the US. Well then. I remember jumping through hoops just to see NMB on Nicofarre. Meh, whatever. Good to see that NMB’s Genking is still gonna fight.
And while Mirurun celebrated her birthday, the story lies with all the silliness that Yamamoto Sayaka pulled off in all the photos. Just check the link so I don’t have to download all those pictures.
This is why I like Sayaka. Hilarious. And musically talented too. But mostly for the hilarity. Her brand of humor really aligns with mine.