AKS hot idol ranking 2014

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I was asked to come up with a list of who I think will grow in popularity in 2014. However I’m going to do this a bit differently than I think was intended when asked. I’m going to try to rank members by who I think will have the largest increase in popularity in 2014.

We’ll start with those who are already popular but should increase over the next year.
 

RankMemberComment
Watanabe Mayu / Kashiwagi Yuki (AKB48)

One of these two with be number one at this year's senbatsu election unless Kojima Haruna happens to push them out. With the ever increasing chance of graduation, if any of the three announce a graduation before the election, they will be your number 1.
Ota Aika (HKT48)

Our loveable Lovetan. Becoming captain of Team KIV and trying to get away from the tsundere character is going to do much for her popularity this year. Even though she's fallen in popularity over the last couple years, I feel the increased visibility that captaincy brings is going to push her up.
Miyawaki Sakura (HKT48)

Sakura was already widely popular last year, with the increased visibility of HKT this year, the chances of her jumping ranks is high.

So with those out of the way, let’s see who I think is going to have the massive popularity boosts.
 

RankMemberComment
Yabuki Nako (HKT48)

I'll let someone else explain this one because I don't fully understand it myself.
Tomonaga Mio (HKT48)

This is pretty obvious I think, with the push she is getting. More than that, while she was the cute, shy and embarrassed girl on TV she is starting to be more comfortable in front of the camera and showing off more of her personality. As long as she keeps going she'll keep capturing fans.
Akiyoshi Yuka (HKT48)

This girl has surprised me a few times. Right now there are probably three or four girls competing for that "Look at me I'm adorablely cute" role and Yuka is at the top though Nako is close behind her. One of the surprising things that I found was, while she acts like a dork, I don't think Yuka is at all an idiot. I think she is smart and has good senses and feelings for what she is doing. The most surprising thing is probably when I saw her do karaoke on Odekake and the voice that came out of her was just "WOW!", not what I was expecting. Akiyoshi will be another one that will be part of the backbone of any song even if she never gets super popular.
 
Who do you think will be popular in 2014? Leave a comment and let us know!

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3 comments

  1. I think that Miorin will get Friday-ed with pics of her eating a lime and the resulting scandal will propel her to #1. (Fingers crossed)

    I have given up on the hope that my dear Maeda Ami will see any end to her plateau. She usually makes the cut somewhere, so that’s something.

    My NMB oshii, Ogasawara Mayu, seems to be getting some sort of “Pull” instead of a push. She used to be one of the four horsemen when NMB sent emissaries to variety shows, but she’s been missing of late.

  2. Pretty much agree on the HKT Members especially lovetan… The whole group is gonna have a great year especially when the team rivalries finally start

    Tano Yuka and Takahashi Juri are going to blow up this year too…. Theyve have been flexing their muscle in variety shows and are soon gonna get included in AKB singles… It wont be long before they really break out and reach the level of success that Kawaei Rina has achieved

  3. It’d be really hard for MaYuki to trounce Sasshi though. I mean 3rd place Mayu couldn’t even beat Yuko and was behind in votes. In comparison against Sasshis votes she loses by 50 000. So its definitely not impossible but it’ll be tough, unless Sasshi’s fans take it easy and Mayus fans and others that don’t want a Sasshi center go hard.

    I’d like it if this was Mayu’s year though. It’d help her resume and give her more merit to center singles against the other possible centers (Jurina/Paruru/Kojimako/Owada). I like Jurina but she’s SKE (though that could change), Paru…is…lol, and Mako/Owada are faaar too green. Maybe in 2-3 years. Though I actually prefer the group not having a Atsuko-esk absolute center. We see more variety and it takes a lot of pressure off of one person. One of the reasons why I think Achans “I enjoy being an idol” gauge ran out quicker.

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