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.
|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.
|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!