My Pure·NMB Top 5 Ranking

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Ever since Ebi48 closed down, I hadn’t done a new NMB ranking. Until I stumbled upon akbsort on Tumblr and used the ranker to rank all of the NMB members. And here’s my Top 5 NMB members.

My NMB Top 5 Ranking
5. Kawakami Chihiro (Chihhii)
4. Takano Yui (Yuipon)
3. Yamada Nana (Nana)
2. Yoshida Akari (Akarin)
1. Jo Eriko (Jo)

Chihhii has really jumped up my rankings and seeing her ice skate was a nice treat. Since Team M was originally formed, Yuipon has slowly but gradually found her way up my NMB ranking. And her hard work has paid off with more exposure and three straight singles making senbatsu. Nana, my original NMB oshi, is now captain of Team M and a concurrent member of SKE48 Team KII. And she’s still as amazing a performer as when I first start getting interested in NMB. I don’t even how it’s possible, but it seems Akarin gets prettier and prettier every time I see her. She definitely has quite the model aura about her.

And Jo… I absolutely love her.

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·Viewing of NMB48 no Teens Hakusho Episode 46

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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.

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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.

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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…

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Awesome episode and Rika-nyan was definitely the MVP of the episode. Mad props for her snowboarding skills.

My Pure·Hopes and Wishes for NMB in 2013

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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·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·Delight – Akarin to Return on the 23rd

Announced on NMB48’s official blog, Team N member Yoshida Akari (Akarin) will return to her performing duties at the February 23rd show. She will also start up and begin updating on Google Plus. Can’t wait to see what Akarin interacts with her fans and how I wish NMB48 had LODs of their theater shows, so I could see Akarin’s long-awaited return to the stage. Just one more week away until Akarin returns.

My Pure·Delight – Fan Voting Approves Akarin’s NMB Return

The official fan voting results to determine whether or not suspended NMB48 Team N member Yoshida Akari (Akarin) would possibly return to the group were announced at today’s Team N Stage performance. According to NMB48’s official website, Akarin received 6,821 approval votes to 873 disapproval votes (~88.7%), more than the necessary 50% to return to the group.

With that, all three suspended NMB48 members have received the fans’ blessings to return to NMB48. Akarin is back and I couldn’t be happier. It felt really weird during Oh My God!’s promotion not seeing her at all. I don’t know how early Akarin will return to Team N stage performances or if she will be a part of NMB’s 4th single (senbatsu or not), but just the fact she will be back is good enough for me. It’s also nice to see that it looks like she will not be graduating any time soon. Yay, Akarin!

My Pure·Thoughts – Fan Voting on Akarin’s NMB48 Return

Following the approved returns from fan voting for Matsuda Shiori (Shiokichi) and Shimada Rena (ShimaRena), it looks like management is finally going to start the fan voting for the possible return of suspended NMB48 Team N member Yoshida Akari (Akarin). The fans once again will get the chance to vote whether they approve or disapprove of Akarin’s return to NMB48 activities. The voting for Akarin will take place from January 15 to January 21 and an announcement will be made on January 24th at Team N’s 2nd Stage performance.

As I’ve said before, I have really missed seeing Akarin and I really want her to return. Based on how Shiokichi’s and ShimaRena’s fan voting went, I fully expect to see her return to group and hopefully the effects of this whole “scandal” can be laid to rest.

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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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.