With Team M’s ace Jo Eriko’s (Jo) graduation last week and Team M members Fujita Runa (Ruutan) and Ota Riona’s (Riona) graduation announcement this week, it has me really scared about the new Team M that will be formed on October 9th. There is definitely a lot of speculation I have on what this New Team M will be like and I’m concerned.
The first concern I have about the New Team M is whether there will be a mini NMB shuffle. The fact that the term “New Team M” was used rather than “member promotions” has caused some to believe that the current Team M members and KKS will be shuffled. From that group of NMB members would form New Team M and the newly formed Team BII, which will be unveiled on October 10th. Add to that Team N 3rd Stage, scheduled for October 8th, was delayed (again) and perhaps maybe management would include Team N members in any kind of NMB shuffle. Even more confusing is where AKB transfer Yokoyama Yui (Yuihan) fits in NMB and if maybe she will be placed in New Team M. It’s all speculation of course and we won’t know until the 9th, but suffice it to say, I have no idea what New Team M will look like.
And my second concern is a problem that has existed since Team M was created: how Team M is promoted. How ever this New Team M is configured in a couple of days (unless Team N is shuffled as well), it still faces the tough task of dealing with management’s continued shafting of M. The senbatsu for NMB’s 6th single, Kitakawa Kenji, has 11 current N members compared to only 2 M members. For now, there really is not a NMB TV show that M members can really promote themselves a lot since Naniwa Nadeshiko and Geinin! ended, Docking48 is usually for senbatsu members only, and few people watch Teens Hakusho or Aruaru YY. And with Team BII being formed on the 10th, I wouldn’t be too surprised if management started to promote them, especially if they include a lot of the fresh, current 3rd Gen KKS such as ace in the making Yabushita Shu (Shuu).
So yeah, I’m concerned. I’m hoping that whatever happens that current Team M captain Shimada Rena (Shimarena) remains captain and that this New Team M is given ever chance to succeed. I love Team M now and I hope I love this New Team M just as much, if not more.