There’s been talks about a new four-member subunit with Nakaya Sayaka, Nakata Chisato, Uchida Mayumi, and Tanabe Miku. While I’m in love with the prospect of Nakaya Sayaka being in a subgroup, I’m a little worried. Don’t get me wrong, I think these girls are long overdue for some attention but I feel it’s lacking the extra punch it needs to get everyone talking and generate excitement.
When ‘Watarirouka Hashiritai’ was formed, Watanabe Mayu was the superstar and a big draw point for the group—Ohta Aika, Hirajima Natsumi and Nakagawa Haruka weren’t top members but grew in popularity significantly this year, and I think ‘Watarirouka’ played a large part in getting them noticed. Other successful AKB subgroups has their top-billing star as well: No3b with Kojima Haruna and French Kiss with Kashiwagi Yuki. Not saying that these members single-handedly brought success to their group, but it gives the extra boost and interest for the hardcore and casual fans alike.
While I’m a fan of these girls, I’m not seeing that extra draw point. Maybe they’re betting on Uchida Mayumi to lead the group since she was the center of the latest AKB single ‘Chance no Junban’, but I’m still worried that this subgroup would just pull out a single or two before being shelved.
Maybe they won’t need any help from a popular member because AKB is now big enough to carry them. Or maybe this subgroup is just a rumor and I’m worrying about nothing. Who knows?