Expanding on an formula that AKB first capitalized on with Ponytail to Shu Shu, Everyday Katchusha releases this week with more girls, more Guam, and more Bikinis. When Ponytail was first released, I was a little put off by AKS parading around their girls in swimwear. I felt it would send the wrong message and well, attract the creepos. It’s difficult to make the girls look classy when they’re dancing around in two pieces, but I think it came across rather well, at least compared to some of the other Idoling groups.
I’m a fan of swimsuits, not just because I’m a guy and Idols are nice to look at. The design aspect of women’s clothing has always been somewhat foreign to me. I’m someone who values purpose over style and function over design. When Ponytail first released, I had this idea that I’d identify all the members by their outfits. The chance passed me by but with Kachuusha I’ve been given another chance to do some detective work.
So here’s my report. For all you Haters of Bikinis, this post is probably not for you.
I’ve studied the picture evidence to determine the best looking bikinis. Here’s what I found from the usual suspects.
Shinoda Mariko, Watanabe Mayu, & Kojima Haruna. Mariko can do no wrong. I think everything she does is great. Case in point [Click Here] I leave the opinions about Watanabe and Kojima to you guys.
Kashiwagi Yuki, Matsui Jurina, & Matsui Rena. I’ve made the observation about Matsui Jurina and how I think that because she’s now older, management is transitioning to a more mature look. I don’t know if this look is best suited for her but I guess it’s worth a try.
Yamamoto Sayaka, Takajyo Aki, Yokoyama Yui. New girl and NMB member Yamamoto get the award for most frilly. I think it’s still weird to see Yokoyama so prominently featured. It’s also weird to see her in a bikini…
Pretty recognizable right? The first sixteen members were pretty easy to get pictures of. It’s a familiar senbatsu number and the pictures above probably come as no surprise. But what about the other ten members that were also in the PV. Can you remember what they were wearing? Do you even remember who else was there? Komori Mika? Kitahara Rie? How about Kikuchi Ayaka? Here’s where it got difficult but the evidence is there, even if you don’t recall seeing it.
There’s Kuromochi Asuka (left) and Kasai Tomomi (middle). You can also make out Masuda Yuka in the yellow, right behind Kasai. I was surprised that I didn’t notice Kasai during the PV but a lot of that has to do with lack of screen time.
Ota Aika (left) wasn’t nearly as difficult to find as some of the other members, but maybe that’s because I was actively looking for her. As always, she’s one of the cutest members and her swim wear matches that sentiment.
Through a process of elimination, Watanabe Miyuki from NMB must be the girl in the white shorts. Not bad, but not very memorable from what was shown. There’s Kitahara…. more proof that she was actually there and as always being her gorgeous self. Can you guess who the last two girls in the row are?
Overall, I still think I like Ponytail to Shu Shu better. I think the bikini’s were more memorable even though I really like Sashihara and Ota Aika’s in Everday Kachuusha. Is it because they are some of my favorite members? Or was Ponytail’s actually better. Maybe it’s time to do some more research, but that’s it for the detective work on Kachuusha.