There’s a ton of great news lately. Geinin 2, Geinin the Movie, Black Million… and I could’ve sworn there was something about a replacement for Docking48. Maybe my memory escapes me.
But for today, we get random thoughts!
1: AKB48. They always do this to me.
When I first heard NMB’s acapella Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo I was impressed. Moved. Also, it was hilarious because of Riho.
But this? This absolutely blows it out of the water.
And that is also why I’m a bit sad right now.
The acapella lineup is stacked with talent. You have 3/4ths of DiVA (Yuttan, Okaro, Umechan), the singing talents of Mocchi and Komariko, the high notes of Tomo~mi and Amina, and the beatboxing of Shizuka Ooya. They stood on stage and just absolutely crushed any expectations I had.
Why am I sad?
Because this is the kind of stuff I want to see them do regularly, doing stuff they absolutely excel in, getting better, and giving great performances like these. But they don’t. Instead I have to sift through concert footage, hoping that I get a good song or a good performance, instead getting 18-man group-sing lip-synched stuff.
On top of that, look at how stacked the talent is. Now Yuttan and Kasai are gone and the other members, who have always been respected for their singing (except maybe Umechan, but she’s improved a ton since DiVA debut), still do not really have a place to exhibit their skills. It’s very sad. I don’t want to be a fan that has to beg to get a bone. I want all the bones. No wonder it’s so hard to be an AKB fan.
I bought the Blu-Ray based on this performance alone. Looking forward to watching it now.
2: So, these NMB girls, eh…
For some reason, I’m finding Milky and Sayaka to be going in two completely different directions.
For one, I’ve somehow found myself thinking that Milky is ultra hot. A good part of it is because of Dat Ass™ but overall I just think she’s been looking more and more spectacular. And since she’s only what, 19? 20? she’s going to get even hotter, lol.
The irony of that is that I’m not a big fan of her personality. The flirting is cute and all, but in terms of her performances in acting/singing, it’s pretty lackluster. She sometimes has it in terms of variety shows, but she falls back on her flirting character a little too much for my taste; if you watch her Naniwa Nadeshiko days she had a little more variety in her variety programs.
On the other hand, I view Sayaka as the complete opposite. I’m not really attracted to her because she looks too much like a kid. I think her rack’s reputation is a little overrated as well. On the other hand, her performances are absolutely stellar. Leading ZKMS acapella, acoustic Jungle Gym, plus her performances on variety shows are always a treat. She’s got humor and charisma and unrivaled performing ability, and her serious side is also admirable.
I wonder if it was intended for them to be so contrasting… it definitely seems more pronounced now than it was before.
Also on that magazine cover is Fuuchan. She’s too young for me, but look at those abs! You could probably punch her in the stomach and it would break your hand. I have yet to watch the HA! movie, but I heard she’s great in it.
3: AKB ELECTIONS OMG
So the elections have a twist this year, in that graduated members with 4 years of experience can apply. Also, everyone who is interested MUST submit an application, which means that it’s possible that some big names may drop out, and maybe some small names may drop out.
It’s funny that some people are speculating that Acchan would come back. No, that’s not gonna happen. I’m sure the 4 year thing is only for loved members who were forced to graduate, aka SDN48. I guess an alternative theory is that AKB is doing poorly and they want some of the more talented ex-members to bolster their sales, but I don’t think that’s correct at all.
After my experiences last year, I kinda… don’t want to see this again. Too many feels. You’re happy when people make it, but sad when they’re not that high. But you want everyone to rank high, even though that’s technically impossible. You feel bad that someone dropped from position 4 to position 7, yet somebody didn’t even rank in the damn election. And seeing it live there are way too many tears for me to handle. I think the image of Kaoru crying is forever burned in my head, and it’s like a real life image, not a TV image. I dunno how to feel about that.
Oh well. I guess there’s nothing to do but hope NMB does well.