Ok, let’s move along with our challenge! Today’s question is:
Day 13: Favorite AKB48 member
I assume you guys don’t care for another Yuko dissertation, right? xD And I’ve already discussed my second favorite member in the “Who would be your girlfriend” day too (that would be Yokoyama Yui), so now it’s time for my third favorite member to make an appearance here!
When I first became an AKB fan, Team B was just being formed, and they debuted with a rehash of K2, which was one of my favorite stages at the time (still is, but I digress) I really didn’t think much of them, to be honest, and I only knew the scrawny little girl in BINGO! (that would me Mayuyu btw) and Yukirin, who I knew from the MM 8th generation auditions. I was obviously inclined to favor Yukirin, because I wanted her to win those auditions and I loved her voice, so she was the main reason why I watched B1.
And then I found myself falling in love with another girl who wasn’t Kashiwagi at all xD I first noticed Haachan because I thought there was something about her performance style that set her apart from the others. Now, don’t get me wrong, when Team B debuted they were already leagues better than K or A at that time, but even then, Haachan had a particular sense of confidence in everything she did, from her dancing, to her smoldering expressions to her amazing vocals in Ame no Doubutsuen. Yes, that is the only time that song has had amazing vocals lol.
So right after I finished that DVD I had to find out who she was, and I started hunting videos and anything that could teach me more about her personality. This is how I found out that she was a big sister character for Team B and that she was completely head over heels for the Showa era (so am I!!!) and well, I just found her incredibly gorgeous and mature for her age.
And then Team B got its first original stage, B3, and I was completely blown away. My baby had gotten a unit all for herself! She was the center of Junjou Shugi, and as soon as I heard the first stage audio that leaked (back then we didn’t have LODs xD We’d just make do with a crappy quality recording of the stage’s audio and wait eagerly for the video previews that were shown in the home page) I fell in love with the song completely. It was techno oriented, sassy sounding and omg Haachan’s voice is just an eargasm. Needless to say, when I watched her in that sparkly red dress with a garter belt I died. And then I died again the next time I watched it and well, you get the point xD
Obviously Itoshiki Natassha, her B4 unit was another pleasant surprise for me. Even though Haachan never became really popular she got a great position, and she got more lines than Sasshi, even though she wasn’t the lead. It makes me happy to see that at some point in AKB talent was somewhat important (hence the Yuka domination in original Team K stages <3) but yeah, I won’t turn this into a rant of why I hate AKB’s popularity sometimes xD
Suffice to say, I was crushed when she was moved to Team A because pretty much a million frontgirls were there and I knew she wouldn’t stand out. She got stuck in the leftover unit, but even then she rocked it. And she ended up subbing for Takamina’s solo, which is amazing, because she’s simply a fantastic performer.
Lately she’s been developing a hilarious character who gets to be the butt of all jokes with her old fashioned personality and tastes, which is great because it’s given her more screentime in general, and I hope her popularity keeps rising. No matter what, what I admire the most about her is her capacity to be super confident in all cases, that’s what makes her so sexy and such a fantastic performer.
The latest Haachan moment of note for me was when after the elections (she didn’t rank for the first time ) the girls had to perform in Coming Soon, and Nakai-kun asked her why was she included in the line up for the performance if she hadn’t ranked (along with Natsumi and someone else I can’t recall) to which everyone laughed, and then he asked if they knew their positions even though they hadn’t ranked, and the answer was no, but Haachan still replied “Oh, it’s ok, I’m sure we’re number 41, 42 and 43 anyway” with a huge smile on her face. That’s what makes her my girl <3