The release for NMB48′s 7th single is less than a month away and finally we have a glimpse into the single. The title track for the 7th single is entitled Bokura no Eureka and the preview PV for the song has been uploaded on NMB48′s official YouTube channel.
First off, the senbatsu for the single:
Team N: Ogasawara Mayu, Kotani Riho, Jonishi Kei, Shiroma Miru, Yamamoto Sayaka, Yoshida Akari, Watanabe Miyuki, Ichikawa Miori
Team M: Shimada Rena, Takano Yui, Tanigawa Airi, Yagura Fuuko, Yogi Keira, Yamada Nana
Team BII: Kato Yuuka, Yabushita Shu
This marks the 1st senbatsu appearances for AKB concurrent member Ichikawa Miori (Miorin), Team M member Takano Yui (Yuipon) and Team M captain (and my NMB oshi!) Shimada Rena (Shimarena). Also, this marks the return of Yogi Keira (Keira) to senbatsu for the 1st time since Junjou U-19. From the previous single Kitagawa Kenji, these four members replace the NMB-departing Yokoyama Yui (Yuihan), the soon to be graduate Fukumoto Aina (Ainyan), and Team N members Kadowaki Kanako (Kanakichi) and Kishino Rika (Rikanyan). I love Kanakichi and Rikanyan, but I’m thrilled that the balance of N members in senbatsu got leveled off finally.
As for the Bokura no Eureka PV itself, the setting has the girls stranded on a deserted island. We see Yamamoto Sayaka (Sayanee) walking around the wilderness with a wooden crossbow in tow and Miroin and Yagura Fuuko (Fuuchan) collecting fruits. We see the girls trying to band together like a tribe to survive and send out SOS signals to attempt to find a way off the island. Storyline-wise, this is probably the most intrigued I’ve been of a NMB A-side PV yet. For the song, I really enjoy the beat and sweet flow of Bokura no Eureka. I’m interested to see how the song is performed on stage, because the song doesn’t seem suited for dancing, but if there was an A-side NMB track meant for a cappella performance, I feel that Bokura no Eureka would fit well the most. I know it’s just my pure, crazy wish, but when I first heard Bokura no Eureka, I was imagining hearing it sung a cappella by NMB. I feel that it’s a quite a pleasant song to listen to.
So yes, I’m extremely excited for the next single. NMB48′s 7th single Bokura no Eureka releases on June 19th.
I’ve been trying to get my current thoughts on the 48 family into words, but I really have had a difficult time expressing myself lately. So rather than write one long, coherent post, this post will be mostly small, nonsensical ramblings on AKB.
- My 48 experience has definitely changed since I first joined the 48 fandom over two years ago. Now I have a job and I just don’t have the time to follow the 48 family like I used to when I was a NEET.
- I feel AKB48 has just become stagnant and uninteresting lately. The group seems to be lacking that mystique that lured me into the fandom in the first place. Among the future centers in waiting, I’m hoping that Shimazaki Haruka (Paruru) becomes the center of AKB48 in the future.
- My kami oshi has been, is, and will always be Minegishi Minami (Miichan). I’m sure it’s been incredibly difficult for her the last few months and as a Miichan oshi, I will continue to support her. Vote for her in the next AKB election please!
- I’m actually liking how the next AKB single Sayonara Crawl sounds and looks. It’s been awhile since I’ve felt that way about an AKB single. It really has.
- Of course, my NMB fandom is still strong. I can’t wait for the 7th single to come out and I’m hoping that my NMB oshi Shimada Rena (Shimarena) makes senbatsu for the 1st time.
I probably have more thoughts, but I can’t think of them at the moment. Until next time, I guess.
NMB48 Request Hour Best Setlist Top 30 has took place today, April 18th, 2013.
The biggest announcements of NMB’s Request Hour came after the Top 30 was revealed. We got two promotions as both 2nd Gen KKS Koga Narumi (Naru) and 4th Gen KKS Nishimura Aika (Aika) were promoted to Team N. Since there was only 1 open spot in N at the moment (Ainyan hasn’t officially graduated yet), we also got a team member transfer as Yamada Nana (Nana) was transferred from Team N to Team M, which had an open spot available.
Really thrilled for Naru, as her promotion was a long time coming. I can’t say I know much about Aika, but congratulations to her promotion and having the distinction for being the 1st 4th Gen member to make a team. As for Nana being transferred to Team M, I’m still completely confused on how I feel about it. It’s like it hasn’t even sunk in yet that my two favorite NMB members are both in M now. I hope Nana fits in well in M, but it sucks that she got transferred before Team N got an original stage. Hey Aki-P, get NMB some original stages already, please. Stop playing around.
As for the actual Request Hour, I’m generally pleased with all the results (except Boku ga Mou Sukoshi Daitan Nara not ranking). Although Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo didn’t rank #1 like I wanted, Kesshou is a great NMB song and totally deserving of the top spot. I wished that I wish the event would have been streamed through G+, but I expected it wouldn’t. Hoping this gets a DVD release (or even better, a Blu-ray release).
Setlist results after the jump.
In just under two months from now, on August 8th, 2013, AKB48′s 32th Single Senbatsu Election will be taking place. The election will determine the Senbatsu (Rank #1-16), Undergirls (Rank #17-32), Next Girls (Rank #33-48), and Future Girls (Rank #49-64) for the 32th AKB48 single. It will be the 5th General AKB election overall, my 3rd election since I’ve joined the 48 fandom. And for the most part, I’m feeling a little apathetic towards the whole election. I don’t know if I can bring myself to care as much for this year’s election as I have for the previous two years. That said, when the election comes around, I’ll probably be my same anxious self awaiting the results, hopeful for favorable results.
Of course, as a Minegishi Minami (Miichan) oshi, I hope she does well in the election. I don’t expect her to keep her senbatsu position, but I don’t see her falling any lower than Undergirls. No matter where she ranks, I’ll be proud of her and I hope we’ll be able to see her smile when she gives her acceptance speech. And yes, she will be getting some votes from me.
Also, as a NMB fan, I’ll be rooting for them to rank up and rank often in this election. Among the NMB members, Team N member Kishino Rika (Rika-nyan) and Team M members Koyanagi Arisa (Arii) and Yamamoto Hitomi (Hitomin) will not participate in the election, along with Team N graduates in the near-future Fukumoto Aina (Ai-nyan) and Shinohara Kanna (Kanchiru).
It seems pretty secure for me that the five NMB members (I’m including Yuihan here and excluding Ai-nyan here) who ranked last year will do so again. I see Yokoyama Yui (Yuihan) holding down her position in senbatsu. I expect both Watanabe Miyuki (Milky) and Yamamoto Sayaka (Sayanee) to challnege for senbatsu and ultimately I think Sayanee will make join Yuihan in senbatsu. I think Yamada Nana (Nana) will jump from Next Girls up to a Undergirls position and Ogasawara Mayu (Maachun) will take her Next Girls spot, moving up form her Future Girls ranking last year.
As for new NMB entries in the election this year, I see Yoshida Akari (Akarin) and Yagura Fuuko (Fuuchan) as the most likely members to be added in. When Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo cames out, Akarin was originally a Top 5 NMB member, so I’m hoping to see her rank. And after Jo Eriko (Jo) and the rest of Team M didn’t rank last year, I can see the finally pushed once again Fuuchan grabbing a Future Girls spot. I’m also hopeful that maybe concurrent AKB and NMB member Kotani Riho (Ripopo) and Team BII ace Yabushita Shu (Shuu) can jump into the rankings. And lastly, I’m rooting for my NMB oshi, Shimada Rena (Shimarena). Like Miichan, Shimarena will be getting my votes as well.
Time to purchase some voting tickets (comes with a AKB single), I guess.
Pics of the participating NMB members after the jump.
Spring is the air and what better way would there be to celebrate than to go cherry blossom watching with the NMB girls. Enjoy the newest video from NMB48′s official YouTube channel.
And finally, I have decent internet connection again. So much has happened in the world of NMB48 since my internet went down. Shinohara Kanna’s (Kanchiru) graduation announcement. The end of Docking48! and Teens Hakusho. A new NMB TV show called Black Million. Everything involving Geinin! 2 and the Geinin! movie. And probably a bunch of other things I can’t think of right now. I definitely believe that it’s never been more fun to a NMB fan than right now.
And three weeks from now, the group will be holding their own Request Hour Best Setlist 2013 Best 30, counting the top 30 NMB songs (and stage songs, which are technically AKB songs because Aki-P keeps delaying N3) as voted by the fans. The voting tickets for NMB’s Request Hour were placed in the Type-B edition of NMB’s 1st album, Teppen Totande!. And I still have my unused voting ticket from my Type-B copy, trying for weeks to solve this dilemma (the kind of dilemma I actually enjoy) I’ve been dealt with. What NMB song do I vote for?
I decided to limit my choices to NMB songs, so no AKB stage songs for me. And I feel that all of A-side single tracks will rank, so I wanted to avoid voting for those songs as well. Ultimately, I think I have three final songs in which I will choose from to give my 1 vote.
Those three songs after the jump.
I hadn’t even realized until today that Ono Erena’s 4th single was released this week. I hadn’t been too fond of either of Erena’s previous 2 singles Erenyan or Say!! Ippai, but I decided to look up the PV for the title track Kimi ga Ano Hi Waratte Ita Imi wo. It seems like few people are really talking about Erena’s newest single PV. Which is a shame, because now it’s my favorite Ono Erena single and PV since her debut solo single Erepyon.
In the Kimi ga Ano Hi Waratte Ita Imi wo PV, we get to see a geeky side of Erena and she’s just adorable with her nerdy glasses and her blue jumpsuit while playing video games. And by the end of the PV, she morphs into the cool, rocker girl Erena that we all know now and love. The song has a nice, gentle rocker feel that seems to suit Erena perfectly and even without much of a story, the PV is so simple and cute that it works very well. I said it when Erepyon was released, but it’s just amazing how beautiful and mature of a woman Erena has come since graduating from AKB. And just like the Erepyon PV, I think the Kimi ga Ano Hi Waratte Ita Imi wo PV is a wonderful representation of that evolution and metamorphosis.
Here’s hoping we get more great Erena singles like this one. Ono Erena’s 4th single Kimi ga Ano Hi Waratte Ita Imi wo was released on March 6th, 2013.
It’s been a week since NMB48′s 1st album Teppen Tottande! was released and the album has taken off to impressive sales. In the 1st week of sales for Teppen Tottande!, the album has sold 328,436 copies, ranking #1 in Oricon’s weekly album chart.
I got my copies last week and I’m really enjoying everything about the album types. The songs, the concert footage, the full HA! PV. So much NMB goodness. So happy and proud of NMB and hopefully this album is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of success for the group. Congratulations, NMB48!
Finally, the day has arrived. February 27th. The release of NMB48′s 1st album Teppen Tottande!
And it looks like the album is going to be another great seller for NMB. Oricon shows the 1st day sales of album have totaled 247,047 copies, ranking it 1st on the Oricon daily album chart. When I first heard that NMB was getting their 1st album, I couldn’t even think of a ballpark estimate figure that the album would sell. But seeing 247,047 copies of the album sold on its 1st day alone is pretty amazing to me. It certainly makes me feel very proud of NMB and extremely happy for their success. Can the group reach 300,000 copies sold for the week? Or maybe even more? We will find out as the week goes by. Congratulations, NMB48!
Another week, another superb episode of Teens Hakusho. This week’s episode features Team N members Yamada Nana (Nana), Kishino Rika (Rika-nyan), and Yoshida Akari (Akarin). And this week, we see the girls hit the slopes for some snowboarding and other winter fun.
From my own experience at the slopes, I know how difficult it can be to snowboard. In my case, it’s seemingly impossible. So this episode would be amiss if we didn’t have at least one NMB member with some snowboarding skills and that member of the three is Rika-nyan. Rika-nyan glides down the slope in style, making it easy to see that this isn’t her first time on a board. Let’s just say Akarin and Nana don’t have the same skills as Rika-nyan, but damn do they look cute looking scared trying to learn to ski and snowboard, respectively. But all the girls are able to successfully glide down from the top of the slopes and in one piece.
Afterwards, we get to see the girls ride snowmobiles through the snow trails. (Though how fun would it have been to see the girls drive the snowmobiles themselves? That would have been awesome.) Also, we get to see to girls have a snowball fight, using the latest technology in snowball fighting warfare. A little too overpriced for my taste though. Nothing beats a handmade snowball in a snowball fight to me.
And the main event of the episode is to see if Rika-nyan can successfully land a jump from a ramp on her snowboard. It’s not as easy as SSX and Cool Boarders makes it look and Rika-nyan struggles to land that ollie off the ramp. She lands short a few times and is unable to keep balance after the jump. But finally, after a few more tries, success…
Awesome episode and Rika-nyan was definitely the MVP of the episode. Mad props for her snowboarding skills.