Since I’m bored and I need more content, I think it’s time to start a new series in which I’ll highlight a random member that I’m into, and talk about some of their interesting points.
What’s funny is that I can probably say with 99.9% certainty that the fans for some of these girls are non-existent overseas. We can look at B2 and think that they’re not selling and how it’s hard for them to make inroads on an already saturated market in Japan, well, good luck having fans in other countries.
I also noticed my traffic decreasing. I’m almost certain that I can subtitle or translate stuff from SayaMilky and get the hits but come on, I wouldn’t want to sell my soul to the devil like that. Right?
So let’s start with Kusaka Konomi, who I’ve taken a liking to recently.
Kusaka Konomi (Konomin, Enoki)
Starting with her intro:
“Between Okonomiyaki and Konomin, which one do you like? (Konomin!) I want to be a Konomin that you can all like!”
The quick explanation of the humor behind in her introudction is that her name is a pun for “like/liked”. I think you can figure out the rest. She also gets a nickname of enoki for her resemblance to enoki mushrooms, even changing her G+ banner picture to enoki.
For whatever reason, I find her introductions hilarious. Maybe it’s just the look in her eyes. She’s often said to be sleepy, so even though she could be really excited she doesn’t look like it at all. In fact, it was her first introduction during the BII 2nd Stage when I took note of her.
Her personality can best be described by the Japanese expression “My Pace.” Usually when you think of My Pace people you think of people like Kojiharu or Komorin who are not only spacey but also give an impression that they are, to put it lightly, a little less intelligent. Konomin is a little different in that she just seems spacey without giving off the impression that she’s slow. Thankfully, she’s also not spacey to the point where she’s completely weird either (so no Alien Invasions, Ayabaa), so she strikes a moderate balance between weird and hilarious.
How does she stack up performance wise?
Well, her singing is nothing to write home about and she said it was her weak point in the NMB book. (I’m surprised you can actually get away with saying that you suck at singing in a group that is all about singing and dancing.)
However, since her future dream is to open up her own dance studio, she’s absolutely aces at dancing and continues to take lessons at a local studio to stay fresh and build up stamina. You can watch her messing around with Uuka or performing UZA.
She does possess a really unique character in MCs, like the time Uuka was talking about how she was interested in English lately.
So why do I like her? For me it’s her carefree personality. I don’t think she’ll ever be something like center of NMB, but at the same time she occupies a nice spot where she just does work, she seems pretty happy, she’s steadily improving, she has a clear goal in mind, and just overall has fun with what she does. And to me, that’s awesome to watch.