Idols You Should Meet 015


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.

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Name: Shimada Haruka
Born: December 16th, 1992 in Shizuoka Prefecture
Team: AKB48, Team 4
Nickname: Haruu
Personality: Strong sense of justice, hates to lose, strong-willed, perfectionist.
Strengths: Energetic, hates to lose, sociable, bright.
Weakness: Irritable, stubborn, fear of heights.
Hobbies: Watching movies, collecting aroma goods, sports, shoujo manga.
Talent: Sports, memorization.


Got her nickname(Haruu) from Miyazawa Sae, Ono Erena, and Chikano Rina.
Good friends with Oba Mina.
Looks up to Miyazawa Sae. Was a Kojima Haruna oshi but oshihened to Miyazawa.
Matsui Rena asked Shimada Haruka if she was Shimazaki Haruka because Matsui had heard that Shimazaki liked melon pan and made the mistake of asking Shimada.
Known to be just as strong-willed as Uchida Mayumi.
Shows a little bit of interest in idols. Likes Yajima Maimi of C-ute and Takahashi Ai of Morning Musume.
Does not believe in fortune telling.
Has run marathons.
Likes to read.
Claims to have the sixth sense.
Favorite movies are “Titanic” and “Harry Potter”.
Favorite animals are dogs, lions, and giraffes.
Her parents run a Japanese-style inn.
Has an older brother.
Takes 2 hour baths.
Has a legs fetish. Her personal rank of favorite legs in AKB: 1. Kojima Haruna 2. Sashihara Rino 3. Fujie Reina 4. Oya Shizuka 5. Abe Maria. Used to like Nakamura Mariko’s legs but she lost interest after her legs gained muscle.


Anthony says: Shimada Haruka is not your prototypical idol. She’s tom boyish and loud. She is one of the biggest personalities in AKB48. She’s quick to react and does not back down from any challege. Even if it’s an elder member of the group! Whenever she is on a variety program, she leaves an impression because of her command of the situation. The other quality of her that I really enjoy is the fact that she might come off as a loud tomboy but she’s actually kinda girly. She enjoys reading shoujo manga, went a to a girls’ school, took tea ceremony, flower arrangement, Japanese dance classes and fans have noted that her sneezes are really cute and girly. This is what anime fans refer to as “gap moe“. I really find her two contradictory characteristics interesting and makes her that much more attractive. She always performs at a 100% which I appreciate a lot considering some of the performing in AKB has left me disappointed with the lack of energy recently. The fact that she did not rank in the elections this year is a travesty and I hope more people realize how awesome Shimada Haruka is!

Dae says: It’s been great seeing Shimada Haruka grow from the kenkyuusei days, going from a wide-eyed girl to someone with a strong presence. She just has an air of level-headedness and a grounded personality that allows her to be serious and goofy, a trait many group leaders have. She can command a room with her voice, yet she can also bro out with her fellow members. She was my personal candidate for Team 4 captain because of her very apparent tenacity and comradre with her teammates, a natural transition considering she was captain of her tennis team.

She’s also my personal candidate for the biggest image change post-haircut in AKB. It’s radical how different her aura became with her boyish hair. It’s a shame that she didn’t even rank in this year’s senbatsu election but Team 4 is a group that has yet to be fully accepted, so I can definitely see her rising in upcoming years. In an interview, theater manager Togasaki noted that Shimada instantly gave him the same feeling as Akimoto Sayaka and Miyazawa Sae, and I can see why. There’s no doubt when it comes to her hard work and dedication to AKB and her team, and I can’t see her bold personality being ignored for long.

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  1. YES, FUCKING YES… best Idols you should meet, evar. I concur.

    I share the same opinion for the most part. One of my favorite Idols atm. And imo the true leader of Team 4.. I raged her on NSK’s comments when Oba got her rank back.. that shit belonged to Shimada.

    Rather than rewrite something I’ve already wrote, I’ll copy paste something I wrote on my site about Shimada…

    Shimada’s a member I really, really like. She’s the first Team 4 member I became a fan of and my Team 4 oshimen. Whenever I see Shimada on variety shows I get super excited, in my eyes she’s the queen of variety. I love her boyish laid back attitude coupled with her tomboy look. She’s super cute but never portrays herself as such, at the same time hardly puts emphasis on her boyish qualities (unlike Sae). It makes her seem much more real and not like she’s playing a role. Shimada is Shimada, take her or leave her. (This was written in regards to her Senbatsu Appeal video where I was deciding whether or not to vote for her) Her appeal video started off fairly boring, I was just about to write her off. When she opens her shirt, I still felt “whatever“. But then, “This isn’t my underwear, nobody get excited, although I know nobody will” – this is what I love about Shimada Haruka.

    I love how casual the joke was and the that she said it in passing, without disrupting the flow of the message she was trying to deliver her fans. I like that she dismisses herself with “although I know nobody will” — this slight self deprecating crack, shows humility and insecurity at the same time. However, strangely enough it does more to display her confidence.

    I like Shimada Haruka as a performer, I like Shimada Haruka as a person. I respect how she puts herself out there. Her attitude’s simply wonderful. She isn’t the most confident and seems very aware of her shortcomings, yet always seems to take them head on. That’s something most members simply wont do. This is something I call “Shimada Style”!!!!


    I then chose note to vote for her and give my votes to ms.scandal Rino instead. My reasoning being: “Writing that segment about Shimada Haruka, I feel I can drop her from my list. She seems like she could take a disapointing rank this year, she’s young and strong willed. Her time should come, maybe not this year or the next, but she’ll have her moment.”

    And I truly believe this. I think that Shimada Haruka is an ace that’s going to become more and more relevant as time goes. She’s a sleeper right now, but her future looks bright. I was incredibly frustrated seeing her not place at all in the elections, I couldn’t believe it since she has had so much screen time on shows lately.. but hey, next year I’m sure she’ll get her rank. And next year, I’ll definitely vote for her (unless I want to help Mayu get 1st, fix lovetan’s rank, help re-install Takajo into senbatsu or assist Rino in her next scandal.).

  2. You can say a lot about Shimada Haruka, her never say die attitude, the fact she will give anything a go, how she manages to stand out in a lot of TV shows, her leadership skills and her popularity withing the group and they are all boxes that can be ticked for this girl….

    The thing for me though as to be the way she held, and still holds Team 4 together, though the troubles with Oba Mina getting suspended starting off Team 4’s trip along the rocky road they are still on, Haruu really stepped up and kept the team running and, well, led them when they needed it, even now, with Oba’s return I get a sense that it is still Haruu that many of the girls look to for leadership……

  3. For Me Haruu is the true leader and captain in team 4. She does the mc’s, she helps the other members, she is awesome. I remember AKB x SKE in Akbingo… she really worked hard from AKB cause she have so much pride in AKB… In other shows she really steal the show… I Hope her rank rise a tons and i voted for her this year too (For me she and Sasshi have the best mc in all AKB)

  4. Its really strange for me to read so many people who share these opinions of Shimada… I’ve never encountered discussion of her before and when I’ve brought up my liking of her people just go “ah, yeah”. Its really nice to see she’s left this impression on so many others as well.

    Now I feel more confident that she is as great as I see her lmao..

  5. With exception of the crazy-mad awesome of Lemon-chan, Shimada is the Team 4 girl to watch. Team 4 is really quite charming to me, and she is a solid leader.

  6. I love her. She’s quite a fiery person if you watch her on AKBingo. It’s quite funny, and she’s one of my favorite members!

  7. Okay, I love Haruu. Like, if anything, she’s my favorite idol EVER. She’s terrific at variety, great at sports, an excellent captain, and an overall wonderful-personality-ed girl.
    If you want to know more about her, you guys should watch the recent “AKB48 the Non-fiction” which was some pretty sad stuff about Haruka and Nakamura Mariko. ;(
    One thing that struck me about her is that even when she’s scared, she REFUSED to give up. When descending a tall cliff during a Nemousu TV episode, as stated above, the height (she doesn’t like heights, as stated above) was freaking her out. But when the hike guide asked her if “you want to give up?” She answered with an adamant “no”. Not many girls in AKB48 are like that.
    She’s also an excellent cook as demonstrated on the same show.
    There’s a lot to love about this girl!

  8. I love you. :)

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