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NMB48 Yamada Nana announces graduation from the group

18 Oct

NMB48’s Yamada Nana(22) announced her graduation during the group’s 4th anniversary theater show a few days ago. It was quite a shock for the members and fans as they thought she was joking.

“It’s been 4 years since i entered NMB. There’s been alot of sad and happy happenings, but because everyone has been supporting me, it has been a good 4 years. After 4 years, i was able to discover goals that i wasn’t able to find before i entered the group. I am uncomfortable about graduating, but i thought i should go on a journey,” said Yamada Nana.

Her graduation stage will take place on her 23rd birthday, 3rd April 2015. Yamada Nana also announced that she will be starting her twitter account.


Foreigners vote on their favourite faces from AKB48 group

5 Sep

A writer from Rocketnews24 goes interviewing in Harajuku to find out which 48-group faces are well-liked by foreigners.

50 foreigners in Harajuku were shown official pictures of several 48group members and asked to pick 1 whom they liked. Amongst the choices are the top girls from this year’s general elections, namely Watanabe Mayu, Sashihara Rino, Kashiwagi Yuki, Matsui Jurina, Matsui Rena, Yamamoto Sayaka, Shimazaki Haruka, Kojima Haruna and the writer’s oshimen Yamada Nana.

What’s interesting here is, Kojima Haruna, often known the beauty in AKB48 ranked bottom, alongside Kashiwagi Yuki and Matsui Rena. Perhaps their colored hair was a put-off? When the foreigners were asked whether they think Kojima Haruna is cute, they replied with “somehow i don’t like her..”

First place went surprisingly went to Yamamoto Sayaka, who placed 6th in this year’s general elections. “Her black hair, compact nose, mesmerizing eyes, and pitiful look makes her look cute,” said one voter. Another person complimented her for her smile.

Sashihara Rino received her fair share of compliments and critiques. “She looks kind,” says one. However, another commented that she looked “unhappy about something”.

Ranking as follows:

1st:Yamamoto Sayaka(19 votes)
2nd:Watanabe Mayu(9 votes)
3rd:Yamada Nana(7 votes)
4th:Shimazaki Haruka(6 votes)
5th:Sashihara Rino(4 votes)
6th:Matsui Jurina(2 votes)
7th:Kashiwagi Yuki/Matsui Rena/Kojima Haruna(1 vote)