We’re back with another “Idols You Should Meet” here on New School Kaidan. Take a guess at who this idol is then hit the link below to find out if you’re right and to find out some more information about her.
Name: Furukawa Airi
Team: SKE48 Team KII
Weaknesses: Likes to be by herself
Hobbies: Watching anime, drawing
Abilities: Drawing, piano, flute, drawing members’ faces
Favorite food: Macaroons
Huge anime otaku.
Likes reptiles and mushrooms. Has reptile magnets in her locker.
Very good friends with Matsui Rena. They use each others’ voices as ringtones.
Went to designing school.
Good at baking cookies.
Her eyes are half open when she sleeps.
Has an older brother.
She draws members of SKE48 for their birthday.
She looks up to Nakagawa Shoko because she doesn’t look like an otaku, sings and draws very well.
Anthony says: Furukawa Airi was easily the biggest snub for the Google+ senbatsu. She has the talking ability, likeable personality, a very deep interest in the 2-D world, a talented artist, and a fun performer to watch! HOW DO YOU BEAT THAT!? She has her own mini-character for her blog and also created an entirely new character called Gugutasu-tan for Google+. Unfortunately for her, she does not stand out amongst the high energy group of SKE48. Furukawa is also known for having a very interesting “platonic” relationship with Matsui Rena. Her otaku style personality and interests makes her very relatable to fans. She has been in every senbatsu since “1! 2! 3! 4! Yoroshiku!” except for “Oki Doki” and is a solid, veteran presence for SKE48, who is doing their best to reach AKB48’s status.
Garry says: Where to even begin when it comes to Furukawa Airi. I could talk for days about her otakuness and perverted tendencies or how she’s vastly underrated by a lot of western idol fans because she struggles to shine among the galaxy of stars in SKE48. However I think the main thing that stood out to me with Airi is that she’s totally comfortable with who she is as a person. She doesn’t try to be someone she’s not and isn’t afraid to show her love for anime, manga, drawing, Love Plus and Matsui Rena. All of this makes it even more frustrating that she wasn’t selected for the Google+ senbatsu because she’s easily one of the most interesting and fun people posting there. I really hope that this will be the year that she breaks through in the senbatsu elections because she’s more than deserving of such an honor.