News Roundup #13: long weekend edition

This is a shorter roundup than expected! But there always seems to be so much happening these days. Anyway, please enjoy a short AKB news summary!

Hiwatashi Yui promoted to Team A

Hiwatashi Yui was a 2nd gen draft member for Team A, and she was recently promoted to a full fledged team member during a theater performance on February 10th, 2016.


The announcement was instigated by Kayano Shinobu, in a melodramatic fashion, as she hands a letter to Yokoyama Yui who reads the letter about HIwatashi Yui’s promotion.




SKE48’s Koishi Kumiko announces graduation

The mass exodus of SKE48 members continues. From her 755 feed, it seems that she will not be continuing in show business, and that she plans to return to being a just a normal female!

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What’s the matter with Paruru?

The press appeared for Team A’s new theater lineup (M.T. ni sasagu). The contents are pretty standard faire, however, many notice that Shimazaki Haruka is staring at the ground for much of the time:

You can see her looking downward from about 6:14 or so (video courtesy of JIJIPress):

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It wouldn’t the first time that Paruru has made a slightly strange appearance in public. Here’s a screen from a performance in 2014, where she appears a little “funny”:


It reminds me of Jurina at one point.

Another Nogizaka46 collaboration with SoftBank

Nogizaka is not stranger to some interesting collaborations. This time they team with Softbank. The campaign is called, “Giga tariteru” (“Do you have enough gigabytes?” It is probably related to cell phone data plans?). Here is the promo photos:


Some 2ch users have already found the posters in the wild:



So this is the cover to Scandal Addict!

Like many details of Sasshi’s new photo book, this came courtesy of Akimoto Yasushi’s 755 feed:


Kimi wa Melody PV and CD covers are out

It looks like the news first appeared in the newspaper, and then later online.  From the newspaper article:


The official CD covers and some screens came out a little later. Here they are, courtesy of Oricon news:

They are… very colorful!

Yamashita Yukari learns how to drive.

This comes courtesy of Aichi Prefecture public relations Facebook page:


Would you trust this super cute girl to drive you around?!

Ishida Haruka, Sato Sumire, and Iwata Karen to appear on Danganropa The Stage 2016

There is going to be a new version of the stage play Danganropa, based on the super popular video game series of the same name.  Yamada Nana played in an earlier version which showed late last year.

Ishida Haruka shows off some of her costume:

Iwata Karen also shows herself with co-start Sato Sumire (courtesy of Karen’s G+ post):


T.M. Revolution is Takamina’s boyfriend?

There have been rumors floating around about Takahashi Minami’s relationship with TM Revolution (whose real name is Takanori Nishikawa). You might remember him from the most recent Janken Tournament:


One article claims that Nishikawa only thinks of Takamina as a little-sister type of figure (though I’m not sure how legitimate this source is).

And the rumors only get deeper! On a recent episode of BiSH, hosted by former AKB48 member Masuda Yuka, Yuka questions Nishikawa about his relationship with Takamina.

Here are some of the details:

  • Masuda Yuka and Takamina still keep in touch regularly
  • Some people thought that NIshikawa was gay, since he recently went to Hawaii with six other guys; while partying poolside, he was heard yelling, “Guys are the best!” and, “I don’t need women!”
  • Masuda says that the “girly” side of Takamina comes out very rarely amongst a group of females, but says that girly-Takamina comes out frequently around Nishikawa!
  • Once he hears that, Nishikawa says, “Is it just me who’s is clueless?”

Nishikawa is pretty very wishy washy; and he abruptly changes the topic to Masuda Yuka’s boobs.  What a way to avoid a topic!

Kawaei Rina in new Toyota commercial

This seems kind of funny, only because I figured Team 8 was the sole tie-up with Toyota! Nevertheless, here is the commercial:


Author: reika

I’m writing about useless and stupid things a lot, and I like to laugh. My policy is 一期一会。It means treasure your meeting with everyone!

  • Derek Vasconi

    Suu chan looks so grown up and not like how I remembered her! And Ishida Haruka really can cosplay! I’m impressed! I also love what Mika has done with Kimi Wa Melody. It reminds me of a sequel to her Heavy Rotation MV. I’m sure that is what they were probably going for as well. Too bad though I can’t watch the video because I’m in the US. Awesome news roundup!! Hope Paruru is okay! What did you mean though that this reminds you of Jurina?

    • Payuyu Fortyeight

      it’s about jurina not feeling well, that her performance seems off and she doesn’t participate much in the conversation, reika placed a link above 🙂

      • Derek Vasconi

        I overlooked the link. Thanks for pointing that out!

  • Jack

    The new single PV is indeed very colorful. Looking forward to seeing the whole thing!

  • Bakamidget48

    Is the performance where Paru is looking strange new? It looks like they are performing Mae Shika Mukanee with Yuko?

    • Payuyu Fortyeight

      i think the old mae shika mukanee screenshot was just a screenshot of paruru looking happy and funny? just for reference i guess :O

    • reika

      Oh sorry; it’s an image from I think 2014. It’s just to show that it isn’t the first time that Paruru has looked “off” in a public performance.

  • Payuyu Fortyeight

    Oooh the nishikawa x takamina dating rumour sure is interesting, they seem like they get along together tbh i dont mind if they date at all :))

    oh and about paruru, i’ve noticed that she was looking down for quite sometime during the interview too. I think it’s because she doesn’t really have nothing to say so that gesture was just nothing really but i guess that made some fans worry or curious. Also she seems tired, at the recent 2shot she looked rather tired and paler? her sched’s pretty tight so i guess she’s just tired and also her foot hasn’t completely healed :s

    i just wrote an essay omg orz

    • reika

      I agree. I think they would be a good couple :))

      I wonder about Paruru sometimes that she might have too much work, and it results in some health issues. From 2ch thread, I saw issue about her foot. Perhaps it still bothers her for long periods.

      Oh but who knows, I just wish that she’s okay!

      • Payuyu Fortyeight

        Same here i wish that she’ll be okay, if only there was a drug that could heal any illness ;___;

  • yuki

    It may just be my intuition, but TMR/Nishikawa does not seem like a bad guy. I would be all for that. I would also be super jealous that he landed a girl as cute as Takamina.

    And yes, I would totally let Yukari drive me anywhere! Wee!