Idols You Should Meet 003

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
Born: Aichi
Team: SKE48 Team KII
Nickname: Airin
Personality: Positive
Strengths: Optimistic
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.

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  1. Furukawa Airi! This girl is pure awesomeness! The manga artist of the 48 family, in my opinion hehe. She is the one to look out for this upcoming election! I’m always checking out her blog almost daily, an SKE favorite hehe
    Even though I know about her as much I know about Maeda Ami, I’m sure a lot of ppl aren’t that familiar with Airi-chan at all. Good work, guys.

    I hope next week u guys dig even more deeper into the 48 roster. I’m looking forward to a Idols You Should Meet article that features a girl that I didn’t even knew about at all ^^

  2. Hey really glad you guys did one of these for Airin, like you Anthony I was pretty annoyed that she did not get in the G+ senbatsu elections (even more so with her posts in and around the senbatsu G+ announcements)

    Well you guys summed up what I liked about her really, especially Garry when he mentioned she is comfortable with who she is, it’s actually her most likeable feature, not the otakuness or Rena-love, for me she is comfortable, so I am too!

  3. Thanks you for writing this entry!
    Not only drawing but she’s also good at dancing and singing.
    I have watched her singing in Anisong contest before enter SKE48 and got hooked by her.She is one of the best singers in SKE48 for sure. :)

  4. Good pick this time. This girl definitely needs more love. How could you resist her great smile and her blank stares?? Looking forward to seeing how she fares in the upcoming election.

  5. You guys should also add that she is into cosplaying and actually makes every outfit she wears such as making a cosplay of “Mami” (her favorite character from the series Madoka Magica). She is also into doing gunpla and does quite of a bit of it (building gundam mobile suits). Her interest into anime/manga is why I was mad that she wasnt picked for “AKB0048”. She wants to do something within the anime/manga industry after her idol life is done and with the amount of love she has for it compare to other people who was chosen to be in the anime, that is why I feel bad she wasnt picked.

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