My Pure·Hopes and Wishes for NMB in 2013


Happy New Year everyone!

2012 was definitely a very successful yet emotional year for NMB48 and their fans. We saw 15 NMB members graduate along with the introduction of the new 3rd and 4th generation members. We saw the numbers of teams triple with the creation of Team M and Team BII. We saw five NMB members rank in the AKB’s 27th single election. We saw AKB48 Team A member Yokoyama Yui (Yuihan) transferred into the group and placed in Team N.We saw NMB dominate G+ with their antics and mayhem. We saw NMB release 4 great singles. We saw how awesomely funny NMB could be in Geinin!. And we finally, finally got NMB LODs for us fans to enjoy NMB in all their stage-worthy glory. And I probably missed something amazing that happened to NMB in 2012.

I’m hoping that 2013 is an even bigger year for the group. NMB already announced their releasing their 1st album scheduled for release on February 27th and that NMB will be getting their own Request Hour sometime in 2013. Of course, I have my own personal hopes and wishes for the group for 2013. My completely biased short wish list for 2013 after the jump.

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My Pure·Delight – Team M Formed

At long last, Team M has finally been formed!

The members making up Team M
1st Gen: Ota Riona, Kawakami Rena, Kinoshita Momoka, Hikawa Ayame, Yamagishi Natsumi
2nd Gen: Kodakari Yuuka, Shimada Rena, Jo Eriko, Takano Yui, Tanigawa Airi, Fujita Runa, Mita Mao, Murakami Ayaka, Murase Sae, Yagura Fuuko, Yogi Keira

The captain of Team M is Shimada Rena (ShimaRena).

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My Pure·Intrigue – Team M to be Formed

A few important announcements were made at NMB’s last New Year’s show. First, a DVD of NMB48’s 1st anniversary concert will be released on March 27th. But in even bigger news, it was announced that Team M will be formed on January 26th and 2nd Gen KKS Shimada Rena (Shimarena) has been named captain of the 2nd Gen KKS. From the wording of the announcement, it’s uncertain if Shimarena will also be captain Team M, but if I had to guess, I think she will be.

I’m extremely happy that Team M is being formed at long last. No matter who the captain is, as I’ve said before, I expect Jo Eriko (Jou) to be the ace of Team M. It seems like a given that a few other members such as Yagura Fuuko (Fuuchan) and Yogi Keira (Keira) should be locks to make the team. Can’t wait to see who makes the team on the 26th.

I’m a bit surprised that Shimarena was named captain of the 2nd Gen KKS given the scandal she was involved in, but I’m willing to give her chance. I myself expected Murakami Ayaka (Ayachan) to be named captain (of Team M). It seems like a lot of people are calling Team M dead on arrival because of Shimarena, but I’m optimistic that things will work out. It just seems all these girls that will make up Team M are way too talented for Team M not to be a success.

My Pure·Delight – Fan Voting Approves NMB Member Returns

On the official NMB website, the results of the fan voting for suspended members Matsuda Shiori’s (Shiokichi) and Shimada Rena’s (ShimaRena) possible return to the group have been posted. Both girls received over the necessary 50% fan vote to start their return to NMB48. Shiokichi received 8,377 Approve votes to 1,406 Disapprove votes (~85.6%). ShimaRena received 7,622 Approve votes to 2,161 Disapprove votes (~77.9%).

No additional news has been made on the future of suspended member Yoshida Akari (Akarin). I am hopeful that all three members would return to the group (more so though with Akarin and Shiokichi than ShimaRena). 2/3 of the way. So yeah, I want Akarin back. Please.

My Pure·Thoughts – Fan Voting on NMB48 Member Returns

On NMB48’s official website, it looks like management is asking fans to vote on whether or not they believe the suspended NMB members Matsuda Shiori (Shiokichi) and Shimada Rena (ShimaRena) should return to the group and resume group activities. It looks like they will have an announcement on Yoshida Akari (Akarin) on a later day. The voting will take place from November 27th to December 3rd and an announcement will be made on December 7th at Team N’s 2nd Stage performance.

I might be completely biased as an NMB fan, but I really want to see Akarin and Shiokichi return to the group (not as certain for ShimaRena). It certainly felt weird not seeing them in the Oh My God! PV or recent episodes of Docking!48 or Naniwa Nadeshiko. I’m also a little apprehensive about the whole voting thing. I’m not sure if the whole voting thing will just become a spectacle instead of a true gauge on how fans feel about wanting them to return. As I said, I hope the girls return to the group and we move on from there.