My Pure·Delight – NMB48 in the AKB48 32th Single Senbatsu Election

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About a week late, but the results for AKB48′s 32th Single Senbatsu Election were announced last Saturday. I’m happy that my kami oshi Minegishi Minami (Miichan) managed to increase her votes by about 13,000 and grab the 18th position. She might have dropped from Senbatsu to Undergirls, but considering evertyhing that’s happened, that’s a pretty happy result for me as a Miichan oshi. We have a new center in Sashihara Rino (Sasshi) and after years of fans speculating about Shinoda Mariko’s (Mariko) graduation from AKB, Mariko finally announced it.

But of course, this post is going to be about how NMB fared in the election. The preliminary results was less than desirable, but I think the final results should be one that should please NMB fans. Former NMB48 Team N member Yokoyama Yui (Yuihan) received 53,903 votes, ranking #13 and making senbatsu. As for current NMB members, the group managed to get 9 members to rank in the Top 64.

14. Yamamoto Sayaka (51,798 votes)
15. Watanabe Miyuki (44,116 votes)
28. Yamada Nana (23,950 votes)
40. Jonishi Kei (17,381 votes)
44. Yagura Fuuko (16,281 votes)
49. Yabushita Shu (14,745 votes)
50. Yoshida Akari (14,684 votes)
54. Ogasawara Mayu (13,460 votes)
57. Ichikawa Miori (12,616 votes)

Four NMB members ranked in the election for the first time. Team N’s Yoshida Akari (Akarin) and Team BII’s Yabushita Shu (Shuu) will accompany concurrent NMB member Ichikawa Miori (Miorin) and Team N member Ogasawara Mayu (Maachun) in Future Girls. And Team M ace Yagura Fuuko (Fuuchan) and Team N member Jonishi Kei (Keicchi) made their election debuts in Next Girls.

As for the five members who ranked last year (not including Fukumoto Aina), all the members managed to increase their votes and move up the rankings. Maachun jumped 6 spots from her ranking last year, after not ranking in the preliminary results. Miorin moved up a spot to the #57 position. Transferred Team M member Yamada Nana (Nana) nearly tripled the votes she received last year, leaping from Next Girls to Undergirls. And both Watanabe Miyuki (Milky) and Yamamoto Sayaka (Sayanee) moved from Undergirls to finally achieve Senbatsu status in the election.

Nice to see the NMB members ranking and moving up the election boards. Also, I’m quite pleased that Team M and BII were able to get some representation with Fuuchan and Shuu ranking. I’m hoping the following elections bring even more good results for NMB, like more members rankings and Milky and Sayanee jumping into higher (hopefully single-digit) senbatsu positions

Congratulations to all the Top 64 members in the AKB48 32th Single Senbatsu Election!

My Pure·First Impression – HA! PV Preview

The short preview PV for NMB48’s HA! has been uploaded on their official YouTube channel. The song is one of the c/w songs for AKB48’s 29th single Eien Pressure, releasing on December 5th.

The lineup for HA! includes

Team N: Ogasawara Mayu, Jonishi Kei, Kotani Riho, Kondo Rina, Shiroma Miru, Fukumoto Aina, Yamada Nana, Yamamoto Sayaka, Yoshida Akari, Watanabe Miyuki
Team M: Shimada Rena, Tanigawa Airi, Yagura Fuuko
Team BII: Kato Yuuka, Yabushita Shu
Other: Yokoyama Yui

When I first heard the title of the song HA!, I immediately thought it would be a funny, joking around song. But the song instead has a very smooth, cool vibe going for it. The story in the PV seems to be pretty basic. It involves Watanabe Miyuki (Milky) getting kidnapped and Yamamoto Sayaka (Sayanee) and the other NMB girls trying to save her. I don’t hate the storyline, but I did find that it distracted me from the song quite a bit. Still, I always enjoy seeing the girls acting, so I can’t complain too much.

My favorite parts of the PV would easily be the dance scenes on the boat. It seems like some people don’t really like the girls’ dresses that they wear on the boat, but I like them very much. The dresses are a nice mix of elegance and spunk that I think fits NMB perfectly. And obviously, the girls look gorgeous. As others have said, I wish there would be a dance version of the PV, so we could see more of the dance.

HA! will be featured in Type-B of Eien Pressure. AKB48’s 29th single releases on December 5th.

My Pure·Intrigue – NMB48 in the Janken Tournament

The drawing to determine the matchups for AKB48’s 29th Single Janken Tournament was held today. It was annonuced that Masuda Yuka (Yuttan) will not be able to participate in the tournament, due to her work with Miyamoto Amon’s upcoming Wizard of Oz musical. With her absence, the tournament includes 85 members vying for center of the 29th AKB48 single. And of course, my rooting interest revolves around my oshi, Minegishi Minami (Miichan), and my lovely NMB48 members. In Block 1, Miichan faces off with Team A member Iwasa Misaki (Wasamin) in the first round in the very first matchup of the whole tournament. (If Miichan loses, I’ll be crushed and there would be the rest of the tournament to go still.)

As for the 7 NMB48 members, they are involved in many interesting matchups. In Block 3, Team M member Takano Yui (Yuipon) meets with SKE48 Team E member Kobayashi Ami (Koami). A win would mean a second round match with another Team E member, Takagi Yumana (Yumana). In the same block, Yuipon’s teammate Kawakami Rena (Renapyon) is a seed, getting a bye to the second round. She will battle the winner of the matchup between SKE48 Team E member Kimoto Kanon (Non) and AKB48 Team B member Ishida Haruka (Harukyan). With Yuipon and Renapyon in the same block, it means only one of the two can possibly make senbatsu.

In Block 4, Watanabe Miyuki (Milky) is a seed and awaits the winner between Team B members Kitahara Rie (Kitarie) and Chikano Rina (Chikarina). Milky’s fellow Team N members Kotani Riho (Ripopo) and Shinohara Kanna (Kanchiru) are also seeds in Block 6 and Block 11, repsectively. Ripopo will go against the winner of the Yamauchi Suzuran (Ranran)/Kojima Haruna (Kojiharu) matchup. If Kojiharu defeats Ranran, it will be Ripopo’s chance at history: to end Kojiharu’s unparalleled senbatsu streak in singles. Kanchiru gets a sister group member in her second round match, either HKT48 Team H’s Moriyasu Madoka (Madoka) or SKE48 Team KII’s Sato Mieko (Neesan).

In Block 13, Team M’s Yamagishi Natsumi (Natsumin) will do battle with HKT48 Team H’s Nakanishi Chiyori (Chori) for the right to face Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou star Shimazaki Haruka (Paruru). And last but not least, in Block 14 is the lone NMB48 member to return from last year’s janken tournament: Hikawa Ayame (Ayanyan). In order to make janken senbatsu this year, she is going to have defeat at least two normal senbatsu members: Miyazawa Sae (Sae) in the 1st round and Kashiwagi Yuki (Yukirin) in the second round.

As I’ve said before, I’ll be rooting with all my heart for Miichan and NMB48 to do well in the janken tournament. Good luck, girls!

AKB48′s 29th Single Janken Tournament will take place on September 18th.

My Pure·Thoughts – Mousou Girlfriend PV

The full PV for NMB48’s 5th single coupling song Mousou Girlfriend was uploaded today on NMB48’s official YouTube channel. After seeing the Min-Min Daha CM, I’ve been anxiously awaiting the PV for this. Be warned: if you’re not a fan of fluff and cuteness, then this PV is not for you.

The PV starts with Watanabe Miyuki (Milky) walking around a empty town and finding a stray cat. The cat bites her pinky finger and Milky transforms into a neko girl. Then she runs and she runs and she runs some more until she finds the other NMB girls in a hilly grass field. She bites the pinky finger of Jo Eriko (Jo), who also transforms into a neko girl. Jo returns the favor to Shiroma Miru (Mirurun), who in turn does the same to Yamamoto Sayaka (Sayanee). Eventually all the girls are neko girls and they dance all adorably on the grassy hills. No real frills in this PV, but just cute NMB neko girls dancing. I can’t complain.

Mousou Girlfriend is so catchy that the song’s been stuck in my head for the last day or so. If this is just the coupling song, I can’t wait to hear what the A-side sounds like for the 5th single.

NMB48’s 5th single releases on August 8tth.

My Pure·Delight – NMB48 in the AKB48 27th Single Senbatsu Election

This morning (last night in Japan) the results for AKB48’s 27th Single Senbatsu Election were finally announced and like many others from my timezone (US EST), I woke up early to watch every single on the live YouTube stream. Compared to last year, I really enjoyed this year’s election. There were many interesting moments to note from this year’s 64 member field from SKE48 dominating Undergirls to Umeda Ayaka (Ume-chan) finally making Senbatsu to Sashihara Rino (Sasshi) crashing the Top 4. And of course, I was happy to see my own kami-oshi Minegishi Minami (Miichan) move up a spot to #14 and make Senbatsu once again. Two of my votes to here. And I was thrilled to see NMB48 get 5 members into the Top 64.

18. Yamamoto Sayaka (23,020 votes)
19. Watanabe Miyuki (19,159 votes)
43. Fukumoto Aina (6,912 votes)
46. Yamada Nana (6,683 votes)
60. Ogasawara Mayu (5,919 votes)

Yamamoto Sayaka (Sayanee) and Watanabe Miyuki (Milky) in Undergirls, Fukumoto Aina (Ai-nyan) and Yamada Nana (Nana) in Next Girls, and Ogasawara Mayu (Maachun) in Future Girls. I’m a bit sad Maachun dropped so much from her #30 preliminary results ranking, but making Top 64 is still absolutely great for her. Ai-nyan managed to climb from her #55 ranking to past both Maachun and Nana to be the 3rd highest ranked NMB member. Still happy to see my NMB oshi Nana make Next Girls with Ai-nyan. It’s a great honor for both of them. And I’m slightly disappointed that Sayanee and Milky couldn’t crack senbatsu or lead Undergirls, but they both have high Undergirls positions, so I’m happy to see the two most popular members of NMB doing well.

As I said before, I’m also slightly concerned with the lack of a Team M or NMB KKS presence, but I expect their time to come later in any possible future elections. I really want Team M members Jo Eriko (Jo) and Shimada Rena (Shimarena) to rank in the election in the future.

Congratulations to all the Top 64 members for the AKB48 27th Single Senbatsu Election.

NMB members’ speeches from AKB48’s official YouTube channel after the jump. (Might be up for a limited time apparently)

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My Pure·Intrigue – NMB48 in the 1st Day Preliminary Results

It’s been only a day since AKB48’s 26th single Manatsu no sounds good! was released and on its first day, the single has sold 1,170,554 copies. And with those copies come the voting tickets to determine the senbatsu for the 27th single. The preliminary results from the 1st day have been released. While some results, such as Oshima Yuko (Yuko) and Kashiwagi Yuki (Yukirin) being 1st and 2nd respectively, were pretty much expected, there were a few surprises. And among the preliminary Top 64 results, we have five NMB48 members making the list!

18. Yamamoto Sayaka (3,218 votes)
19. Watanabe Miyuki (2,976 votes)
31. Ogasawara Mayu (1,746 votes)
42. Yamada Nana (1,136 votes)
55. Fukumoto Aina (816 votes)

If this ranking were to hold (which it won’t because there are plenty of votes still out there), NMB48 would have three Undergirls (positions #17-32) in Yamamoto Sayaka (Sayanee), Watanabe Miyuki (Milky), and Ogasawara Mayu (Maachun). Yamada Nana (Nana) would be a Next Girl (#33-48) and Fukumoto Aina (Ai-nyan) would be a Future Girl (#49-64).

Sayanee and Milky seem certain to make the Top 64, but it’s nice to see five NMB members in position to hear their names announced during the election. I’m pleasantly surprised to Maachun up so high to #31 so early. If she can maintain her Undergirls position, I will be completely thrilled. The only disappointing thing about the results is that there are no Team M members or NMB KKS in the list so far. I expect Jo Eriko (Jo) to make a push towards making Future Girls.

It’s officially election time and I’m anxious but excited. I have yet to receive my singles, so I have not cast my votes in the election yet. Anyways, hoping for favorable results for NMB and all of my favorite girls. Have fun voting for your favorites, people!

My Pure·First Impression – Saigo no Catharsis/Boku ga Mou Sukoshi Daitan Nara PV Previews


The preview PVs for Shirogumi’s Saigo no Catharsis and Akagumi’s Boku ga Mou Sukoshi Daitan Nara have appeared on NMB48’s official Youtube channel. From what I’ve seen so far, I’m liking where the PVs seem to be going. Unlike a lot of people it seems, I think I prefer Nagiichi‘s Aka/Shiro PVs to Junjou U-19‘s.

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My Pure·Want – NMB48 4th Single Titled “Nagiichi″

Details on NMB48’s 4th single have been announced on NMB48’s official website. The title of the next NMB48 single is Nagiichi and it seems it will be a summer jam. Just like in Junjou U-19, there will a solo coupling song included in the single. This time the solo song goes to Team N member Watanabe Miyuki (Milky). The senbatsu members for Nagiichi include:

Team N: Ogasawara Mayu, Kadowaki Kanako, Kotani Riho, Kondo Rina, Jonishi Kei, Shiroma Miru, Fukumoto Aina, Yamada Nana, Yamamoto Sayaka, Yoshida Akari, Watanabe Miyuki
Team M: Kinoshita Momoka, Jo Eriko, Tanigawa Airi, Murakami Ayaka, Yagura Fuuko

I know it’s inevitable and necessary, but I’m always sad to see more Team N members removed from senbatsu. I’m ecstatic that Yoshida Akari (Akarin) is back in senbatsu. She appeared on NMB48 no Kagaijugyo recently and she performed with her fellow NMB48 members during AKB’s 3 day SSA concert. Looks like she’s getting back in the flow of things and I hope she’s in senbatsu to stay.

NMB48 4th single Nagiichi will be released on May 9th.

My Pure·WTF – Milky to Team B, Jurina to Team K

It was announced on the second day of Saitama Super Arena that NMB48 member Watanabe Miyuki (Milky) would get transferred to Team B and SKE48 member Matsui Jurina (Jurina) would get transferred to Team K.

When I first heard the news this morning, I absolutely hated the idea. I was left sitting, staring blankly into space, with no words to describe how I felt. And after hours of thinking, I still hate the idea and I’m still not sure what to say. I don’t care if the transfer is “limited-time” or “temporary,” I hate the idea of transferring NMB48 and SKE48 members into AKB48.

I hope this ends well, but I have my doubts.

My Pure·Love – A Look Back at Naniwa Nadeshiko Part 2

I decided to go back and watch the very first episode of Naniwa Nadeshiko (aired on July 12th, 2011). I thought back to then, almost a week before NMB48’s first single was released, when I watched it for the first time. Things have changed since then. I guess this post will be a look back at watching the 1st episode of what would become my favorite ***48 TV show.

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