Idols You Should Meet 016

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: Kondo Rina
Born: February 23rd, 1997 in Shiga Prefecture
Team: NMB48, Team N
Nickname: Rii-chan
Personality: Free spirit, hates to lose.
Strengths: Energetic.
Weakness: Clumsy.
Hobbies: Dancing, cell phone novels, reading shoujo manga and novels, massages, watching videos, golfing.
Talent: Barking like a dog, Yamada Nana, Jonishi Kei, Ogasawara Mayu impersonations.

 One of the best dancers in NMB48.
Very forgetful.
Sleeps with her eyes half open.
Likes to eat warm edamame.
Dislikes green peppers.
Listens to EXILE and Nishino Kana.
Favorite colors are pink and blue.
Her oshimen in AKB48 is Nakagawa Haruka, Kizaki Yuria and Kimoto Kanon in SKE48, Shiroma Miru in NMB48, Sugamoto Yuko in HKT48.
Looks up to Maeda Atsuko.
If she was in AKB48, she would want to be in Team A and Team S in SKE48.


Dae says: KOOONDO RIIINNA!!! She was marked for my favorite NMB member since I saw her on Naniwa Nadeshiko; her penchant for mischief and smart-ass antics may not skyrocket her popularity with Japanese fans but I’ve always found them extremely entertaining. She carries herself with confidence (maybe more than she should sometimes), but it immediately made her stand out when I was surveying Team N members.

Her un-idol-llke irreverence for authority and preference of black and grey colored clothes may paint her as an odd one, but she’s got the double-edged advantage of also being prodigiously adorable. With a sanguine shell and a devious mind, how can I pass on this winsome combination? It’s unfortunate that her spot in senbatsu is shaky, but her strong personality and photogenic smile demands attention whenever she appears.

Garry says: Kondo Rina, what’s not to like? The originator of the “air handshake” that has now become incredibly popular among her AKS peers; thus showing she really does value her fans and is much more thoughtful than she perhaps first appears. Most people’s first impression of Kondo is that she’s a bit of a troublemaker (not helped by her alleged scandal) with no regard for the consequences of her actions, and they wouldn’t be totally wrong. However if you look closer you’ll see a confident and fun loving girl who isn’t afraid to put herself out there. It’s a good thing too because otherwise she’d surely be eclipsed by the other strong personalities in NMB. She hasn’t really managed to cement her place in senbatsu but whenever she does show up you know the laughs are never far behind.

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  1. Andreo Says: Riichan! Kondo Rina!
    I like her. I like her alot! I (uppercase L) Like her.
    I find her adorable and entertaining for the most part, and wish to see her in more promotional touring or TV exposures.
    Of the few things I connect with Kondo, is the far-similiarities with Chloe Grace Moretz (500 Days of Summer, Kick-Ass, and most recently Dark Shadows). By far-similiarities, I infer the 40% facial features between both talents, sharing the same birth month and year (thus, therefore, ergo) same age.
    And like all 48 fans, I’d like to see more of her. See her come out of her shell. Become the joy that Idols bring to us fans.

  2. Kondo Rina is one of those girls that made her debut when she was only 12 or 13 I believe, and with that, brings a lot of mischievous behavior with her to the team. She’s very natural on screen and very hyped up and she doesn’t seem like the type that can sit still .. lolz. First noticed her in Naniwa variety show.

    She’s one of the NMB members that caught my attention along with others. I remember when they had the “basu game” on Naniwa, and Peace duo (MC) brought out worms (or something similar) and everyone was screaming away .. and she was like .”eh?? what’s going on ??” .. totally no reaction .. lolz

    I would like to see her continue to grow and mature in NMB.

  3. Kondo Rina is one of those girls whose confidence is something that (along with the scandal she was involved in) can be seen by a lot of people as not the best thing to be like as an idol…

    however she is wonderful to watch, both fun and adorable and perhaps one of the more ‘real’ idols out there and though she may do some un-idol like thinks, that smile of hers, well it makes you forgive everything…..

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