That Ainyan article that Veni wanted is taking a lot longer than I thought. I think I finished the first two pages so far. It’s actually kinda cool, and it makes me wish I read more articles because you really get to see some things about their personalities that aren’t normally shared.
One of the funny things is that I’ve actually been keeping up more than ever with NMB, but I haven’t finished watching any shows. I’ve been watching half of each show.
For example, I saw the documentary, which was kinda cool. I completely disagree with how they come down on the girls, if only because it seems like preening for the camera and not legitimately criticizing them. (Oh my God! The horror of these poor girls being berated!)
When I joined the AKB48 fandom, I really liked Takamina. She was clumsy, boyish, not really good looking, yet she was highly revered as one of the integral parts and the heart and soul of AKB. Unfortunately, I really feel that her progress has stalled, and while I initially supported her, her singing voice has not really improved from the start and that worries me.
With that said, if Takamina is the heart and soul of AKB, then seriously, Nana has to be the heart and soul of NMB.
I also still really like Maachun. Maybe because she’s hilarious. And that’s all she needs to be.
I also watched the final day of the Eastern Japan Tour concert, and it was spectacular like usual. Even had a surprise appearance by Yuihan. It really is a shame that they cancelled her concurrent position. Of any of the concurrent positions, that was probably the most impactful, as it helped both AKB and NMB. I can’t really the same about any of the others.
Sayaka also appeared on some quiz show, hosted by Hamada of Downtown.
I’m still waiting for Sayaka’s claws to come out on variety shows. On NMB shows, she’s always been a huge presence, but on other shows, she only shows a fraction of that. I think she’s getting there though, with her Thriller dance when she centered Heavy Rotation for winning musical chairs. Just a little more…
Lately, I’ve surprised myself by being interested in a 4th-gen. Usually I don’t care about KKS, mostly because they don’t get enough exposure besides stage shows which I don’t really watch, so I could care less. But this girl…
There’s something about Shibuya Nagisa. She just has that something that makes you want to pay attention to her. I’m not even sure what it is. The funny thing is, yeah, she’s getting pushed, but she’s totally deserving of the push. It’s not like Jou, where’s she’s thrusted into the front before her fanbase had time to develop, but Nagisa is in the front because her fans are putting her there.
Poor Uuka. She didn’t rank in. She did say she was happy for Shu because she repped BII, which is cool. I’m really liking the closeness of the teams now. I think a reshuffle would be odd, but I would support things like Nana transferring. BII is definitely gaining ground in my book. Something about Uuka is making me pay more attention to her, Shu has a magnetic smile, Anchu gets me hype. And right now, that Ijiri Anna girl is piquing my interest…
Anyway, that’ll do it for now. Maybe next time I should completely finish a show.