Minegishi Minami appears on TV for the first time since shaving her head

2 Mar

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In the latest episode of AKB48’s midnight show Kousagi Dojo, Minegishi Minami showed up with a new wig on her head, looking somewhat sheepish as she opened the show with her co-host. The new wig, i must say, is 99% similar to her old hairstyle, much better than the one she wore during her first stage as a research student.

Miichan then revealed that she has been allowed to return to the show, and even though she feels apologetic to fellow research students, she hopes to be as useful to the show as possible.

[Updated]Comments from netizens:

“Pls forgive her already. She’s also one reason why AKB48 has gotten popular so far. It’s true that she has done wrong and deserves some blame. But she has supported us in the past and it’s our turn to support her now.”

“She looks cheerful so that’s good.”

“I’m no longer her fan but i hope she works hard for the existing fans.”

“Pls quit the group if you can’t stick to the rules! You’re only sticking to AKB because you’ll be jobless without them right?”

“If you appear on TV with a wig, then there’s no meaning in shaving your head.”

“People make mistakes. It’s just a matter of whether she’s reflecting on it. Ganbare Gachapin!”

Some fans who read my post have said that i’m biased against Miichan. Sorry guys, i’m not a fan of Miichan but not an anti either. If you’ve read my earlier post, you’d realise that i actually find her a talent and staying in AKB is a waste of her time. Anyways, the netizen comments i’ve translated may have made this post very dreary, but these were from the YouTube video, and i’ve not missed out any which attempted to put Miichan in a better light. Of cos, these comments do not reflect the general sentiments of everyone, so u gotta voice it out if you want to support your idol!

3 Responses to “Minegishi Minami appears on TV for the first time since shaving her head”

  1. jade March 11, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    it has been a while since the last time I went to this website
    I’m the one who post a link to your article
    actually, the reason why I did that not because of your opinions
    I wanted to show Miichan’s fans know about Japanese’s comment in Youtube
    Thanks to your translation, I knew we have to try our best this year
    so I’m really sorry if I caused you into trouble

    • allthingsjpop March 11, 2013 at 4:23 am #

      Hello Jade!
      Don’t worry about it. In fact, thanks for linking my article in stage48. I’m just glad that more people are coming to read up on Miichan and i’ll try my best to provide updates on a regular basis.

      With regards to public opinion of Miichan, i’ve done some research by looking at popular forums like 2ch and Mixi. On 2ch, there are 200+ threads asking people to support Miichan, but they are littered with nasty comments. A petition was started a few days ago to make her leave the grp. The situation may look bad at this point but 2ch is where everyone can post anonymously so people can be quite nasty.

      On Mixi however, the number of fans in her community are about the same as before, so this may indicate that her popularity didn’t drop? They started their own support thread for Miichan and let’s just say that fans are more sincere there. There was some talk going on though, about how other research students have less chances of performing on stage now because of Miichan joining them, so those fans felt somewhat unfair for the KKS.

      What others have said – Miichan might have a hard time getting into Senbatsu this year because of Milky and Paruru. But since the 2 Tomomis are graduating, maybe it wouldn’t be a problem?


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