So today (or yesterday, I guess) was Shibuya Nagisa’s 18th birthday. I’ve moved past my Nagisa-phase already. That killer smile and her looks reminded me of the feeling you get when you had a crush in high school, and just like high school, I grew out of my crush.
I think she’s still cool though. Just not face-on-pavement when I see her cool.
But, I have to say, the development of Nagisa has been quite interesting to watch. Let’s ignore Tentoumuchu and focus on how she’s grown in NMB, specifically in regards to how instrumental B2 was to developing her skill.
Team B2 was the most mysterious team coming out of the shuffle. They shuffled most of their members out, they added a lot of wild cards (Lemon, Umechan from AKB, 4th gens like Chihhi, the 2 sisters of the Baka Shimai, the ace Milky) and they looked like they were the team that had the least amount of thought put into their chemistry.
And we were wrong.
In my opinion, they are the overall strongest team of NMB. I’d take Team N’s performances and Team M’s MCs, but for the complete pacakage it’s hard to mess with B2.
However, one thing that was very instrumental to Nagisa’s growth was B2.
First of all, she was given Mushi no Ballad. And let’s be honest, when she came out, it was terrible on the ears, nothing but a screaming mess of a song when it was known for such powerful singers like Akimoto Sayaka and performed by other strong vocalists of AKB like Takahashi Minami.Of course, we all heard it. I was arguing with a lot of Nagisa fans about how bad it sounded but they were deafened by their love of Nagisa. (This is why you don’t argue with fans with the intent of winning.)
Doubt rippled across our minds. Maybe she only got it because she was favored, gori-oshi, massive push, etc.
But, if you listen to her now, she’s decent! She’s nowhere near as good as Akimoto Sayaka, but she gives a spirited performance with a live voice. And that’s incredible, that out there one of the girls who is no doubt going to be an ace of NMB in the future, has grown this much and accepted this challenge and conquered it. In my opinion, she deserves her senbatsu spot after this stunning turnaround.
The other part of B2 that helped her out was being surrounded by great talkers. During her time with the KKS, she relied way too much on “Nagisa-mae ni machiawase ya de!” to bail her out of any situations in MCs, and it was a bit annoying and grating and one-note.
During the MC she is helped out a lot by Kinoshita Haruna, who is one of the best talkers in NMB and manages to bring out the best in other people. (She is also key to the growth of Chihhi in B2.) Not to mention, Milky and Shuu practically mocking her Nagisa-mae saying and getting a little boost by her more popular senpai.
Speaking of which, she has managed to forge a friend with Shuu and thus her Kusogaki/trolly side is starting to come out and it’s really improved the way she’s talking. She’s developed a lot of charisma on stage because of that influence, and she’s been able to challenge her senpai when they talk.
If you watch her birthday stage, she’s in tears when she talks about how she loves B2 and how they’ve supported her and helped her become who she is. It’s really hard to deny that she was put in a really good environment to grow in, and now she’s gearing up to be a future ace and may someday break the stranglehold of SayaMilky.
(Now, if only Aika could catch up, then we could have the second coming of the rivalry/love-story of SayaMilky…)