So after what seems like a long break from AllThingsJpop, partly cause i was immensed in Winter Olympics and partly cause there’s not much jpop news these days, i returned to my favourite news sites and *BOOM* the entertainment headlines were shrieking nonsensical things one after another.
This is all due to the major shuffle going on with the 48 groups, which is an annual affair but never as mind-boggling as this time’s. Without further ado, let me recap the major member changes.
Matsui Rena becomes part of Nogizaka46, Rina Ikoma crosses into AKB48
The 2 frontgirls of SKE48 and NGK46 have been shuffled into their rival groups, which is ironic considering how NGK46 have been marketed as rivals of the 48 groups. Now the whole concept is breaking down, perhaps due to the fact that fans never saw them as rivals in the first place? However, despite all this mess, i feel that the girls are getting a good deal as the fanbase in their new teams are large and different.
Rina Ikoma, who seemed perplexed with this news, said “Is this even possible? It must be a shock for the AKB48 members, what should i do?”. Watanabe Mayu, who has been transferred to Team B, welcomed her into the team.
The stubborn member of SNH48 who vowed not to come back to Japan unless she achieves some results with SNH48, is ONCE AGAIN called back to Japan to be not only a concurrent member of SKE48, but also captain of Team S. I am shocked and even double checked other articles to make sure what i read was correct. First of all, is Team S that lacking for a leader? I can straightaway think of 2 members who would fill the position sufficiently, but maybe this signals another mass graduation next. Secondly, i believe Sae has made it clear that she does not want a concurrent position. This time round, the management is either forcing the position down her throat(sweetening it with a leadership deal) or trying her out a second time. Whatever the case, i wonder what decision Sae will make this time.
Miyazawa Sae could not hide her surprise as she reacted over a phone conference: “This is a joke right? Really?…Yoroshiku!”.
Oshima Yuko who is close friends with Sae, said “She couldn’t take part in alot of activities in Shanghai, so i think she will come back to Japan in this concurrency position. I hope she can show the juniors her good example.”
The former captain of Team A takes back the same role in addition to continuing as the Group’s General Manager. However, even Takamina was shaken by the extent of this shakeup.
“I really underestimated this. I didn’t expect the members to be dispersed everywhere. I’m shocked. But in some ways, the team will become interesting. All of us have dreams that we are working hard to achieve. We’re not transferring or holding concurrent positions just because we’re told to. We’ll learn all the things there is to learn, and work hard enough so that 1 year later we can say that the shuffle was a great success,” Takamina said with tears.
The former member of AKB48 Team B will take on a concurrent position in NMB48’s Team N. I have no idea why this is happening but looking at the new lineup of Team N, Kawashiwagi Yuki might just be there to boost the team’s star power.
Members transferred permanently to another group
Umeda Ayaka(AKB48 to NMB48)
Ichikawa Miori (AKB48 to NMB48)
(AKB48 to NMB48) (Declined Transfer)
Fujie Reina (AKB48 to NMB48)
(AKB48 to SKE48) (Declined Transfer)
Yamaguchi Suzuran (AKB48 to SKE48)
Sato Sumire (AKB48 to SKE48)
Oba Mina (AKB48 to SKE48)
(AKB48 to SKE48) (Declined Transfer)
Ogasawara Mayu (NMB48 to AKB48)
Kizaki Yuria (SKE48 to AKB48)
Nakanishi Chiyori (HKT48 to AKB48)
Tani Marika (HKT48 to SKE48)
Chikano Rino (AKB48 to JKT48)
(NMB M to NMB BII) (Declined Transfer)
(NMB Research Student to NMB M) (Declined Transfer)
(AKB Team B to AKB Team K) (Declined Transfer)
*Members who declined will go back to their original positions.
Members gaining new concurrencies
Yamada Nana(NMB48 and SKE48)
Takayanagi Akane(SKE48 and NMB48)
Miyawaki Sakura (HKT48 and AKB48)
Matsui Rena (SKE48 and NGK46)
Shimada Haruka (AKB48 and HKT48)
Yamamoto Sayaka (NMB48 and AKB48)
Watanabe Miyuki( NMB48 and SKE48)
Kashiwagi Yuki (AKB48 and NMB48)
Tomonaga Mio (HKT48 and AKB48)
Murashige Anna(HKT48 and NMB48)
Kimoto Kanon(SKE48 and HKT48)
Ikoma Rina(NGK46 and AKB48)
Members with concurrencies cancelled
Takajo Aki (no longer in JKT48)
Rena Nozawa (no longer in JKT48)
In addition, too many members within each group transferring teams. You can take a look at the new captains/team lineups here: Please Click
The members have until 26 Feb 6pm to send in their concerns to a special committee if they have doubts about their new appointments.
What do you think of this grand shuffle? @_@