And The Team 4 Captain is…

AKB48’s Team 4 just about confused everybody when it was revealed. Why ‘Team 4’? Is it an official 4th team, equal to team A, K, and B? Is there going to be a ‘Team 8′? Doesn’t this destroy the ’48’ girls idea it was founded from?

Well, given this new announcement, it’s looking more and more like a full-fledged team than something temporary, as the position of ‘team captain’ was given out at the Seibu Dome concert. It has turned out to be no other than Oba Mina; a choice that seemed strange to me at first, but found it pretty easy to accept. She’s got quite the fanbase, and being the oldest member of Team 4, she also seems very responsible.

Team 4 is also getting more fleshed out, as Abe Maria and Iriyama Anna have been promoted from research students to full Team 4 members. I mistook Abe Maria as a Team 4 member for a while because of how often she appeared, so as far as I’m concerned, she’s already part of the family. I know less about Iriyama, but I look forward to any new members. Once Team 4 gets to capacity and becomes cemented as a team more than a floaty idea, I think there could be an exciting future for these girls.


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  1. While adding another team does seem a little odd I guess the main thing is that these girls are getting more exposure instead of just waiting for Team A/K/B members to graduate. I’m totally fine with there being more than 48 girls if Team 4 or even Team 8 becomes a long term thing.

  2. Well as David says “the more the merrier” I’m fine with another team, AKB have shown that they have a certain ability to adapt to the situation and rather than let talent rot they have created a chance for themselves to use said talent, thier are plenty of girls in this new Team 4 (who kinda give off an old Team B vibe a bit to me) who are ready to be ‘full’ members so I am glad they are being used, even if it does mean that the ’48’ idea is left…

    As for Oba Mina, well I though she was going to be the ‘Ace’ rater than the Captain (I was thinking MiyuMiyu) but I’m fine with her as Captain too, she might end up being similar to how the situation is in NMB with Sayaka……

  3. The problem with Team 4 is that they’re basically just KKS 2.0. You saw in the concert there were many songs that were performed by “Team 4 + KKS”. I hope this changes when they get an original stage (whenever that happens…), but anyways I guess Oba Mina becoming captain rules out us seeing a team shuffle anytime soon.

    ^I also would have put Oba Mina as the ace, and either Shimada Haruka or Nakamura Mariko as captain.

    I think it’s interesting to see management moving away from promoting a bunch of KKS and firing the rest, to this recent trend of cherry-picking members when it’s convenient, because now you have a lot of 10th and 11th gen members wondering if they have a chance of getting promoted or if they’re just waiting to being fired.

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