So I’ve been reading, or have read, a lot of the criticism towards the election and how you should use your money or why you should vote or why you shouldn’t vote, #truefan and all the other fun stuff that exists on the internet.
To be honest, I don’t really care whether you vote or not. I don’t really care if that makes you a better fan or a worse fan or what your position is on the pyramid of ideal idol fan. I don’t care if you can’t vote because you need the $10 to buy lunch for the next day, or if you want to vote with your $10 and eat cup ramen for the next few months. It’s all up to you.
(Granted, from person to person, I’d respect you if you take care of your own stuff first before taking care of other people. But I digress, and it’s not like you should care too much of what I think of you. I probably don’t even know you anyway!)
I think it’s really critical to judge people how they enjoy their hobbies, for better or for worse. Do your own thing and stop worrying about others unless they really impact how YOU enjoy the hobby.
Now, I decided to participate in voting for the election this year, and that is for 2 major reasons.
1: I get to sponsor a friend’s handshake tickets!
Some people online were selling votes for like $7 or so, and some of them were also people I know. And I think they’re cool. So in a way, we both benefit; I get a vote, they get a handshake. It’s all good. I get to spend money on friends.
Without delving too deeply, lately I’ve been thinking about how people who are generous and friendly to others have their brains literally changed to feel happier. So it’s nice to think about how I’m doing good things for a friend. They also get to meet the idol which makes the idol happier, makes the friend happier, and makes me happier for having all that happen.
2: The chance to make the idol happy, if only for a few moments
I’ve declared myself as part of #TeamUuka this year. And you know, it’s nice to be able to make someone feel happy, especially someone who you think is deserved it. Again, I don’t want to get too much into ethics (I tackled Peter Singer’s essay on poverty for University ethics class, which is a good read and still affects me somewhat) and whether the money spent is better spent on actual charitable causes. Still, I think it’s nice to be able to make an impact on somebody’s life like that, just to make them happy for a while.
With that said, this year I’m placing 5 votes lot for Uuka! (and 1 for Aika. *cough*)
Uuka made a blog post about how she never ranked in and how she was traumatized that I translated on the Takoyaki Party Tumblr, and that kinda got to me. She’s been one of the best performers in NMB (top 4, at least) and always getting accolades for it.
But unfortunately, 48G world is a world where performing really well isn’t always rewarded.
She’s gotten some spotlight, most notably, being Top 3 next to Sayaka and Milky in the Kamonegics 2015 remix performance for the Arena Tours this year. Her Faint was #10 or so at Request Hour last year and a lot of people have said that the old B2 Faint Unit has been one of the best units, that it changed the way they looked at the song, that Faint IS Uuka. She also gets a lot of compliments for her spin in Saigo no Catharsis that she also gets to demonstrate in Team N’s Doga to Ballerina.
I might just be dreaming, but I really would like her to rank in if only to show that good performance is worthwhile in the 48G, that some fans do appreciate it. And because I’ve always liked her, even though she’s struggled a lot on variety, anyone who charms me with performance first definitely gets a lot of credit from me.
I will put in a vote for Aika, for that Oshi bias. But I think she has a bright future ahead and doesn’t have the same urgency as Uuka this year. And the 2-Oshi in Jo gets no votes. As much as I like Jo I think needs to do a little more before she earns votes from me.
So, those are my thoughts on the election this year. I always #TeamUuka but the reality is that I expect no fans to vote for her based on my influence anyway, haha.