Oshimen Quest: Chapter 2

Oshimen Quest: Chapter 2

Welcome to the second chapter of Oshimen Quest. You may have heard me mention that I have narrowed down my oshimen candidates to three girls on EP78 of the podcast. I also mentioned that it was one member from AKB48, SKE48, NMB48. After thinking about it for a couple days, I felt the need to go back to my roots of my fandom. I went back to the girls that first stood out in photos, shows, and PVs. They happen to be two members of AKB48 and one members of SKE48. The current final candidates in no particular order are, Sashihara Rino, Nakagawa Haruka and Takayanagi Akane.

Sashihara Rino first stood out mainly because of her humor. Her fail character tugged at my heart strings as most idols do not take the fail approach while on TV. Her personable, regular person charm has always made a positive impression on me.

One of the first performances where I was blown away by Sashihara was watching her on the “Kimi No Koto Ga Sukidakara” PV. This song might be my favorite idol song to date. Sashihara, Nakagawa, Matsui Rena being in it certainly helps. When I was first starting to notice Sashihara, I didn’t pay attention to her performance but more so of her variety TV appearances. The “Kimi No Koto Ga Sukidakara” PV was the first time I was really impressed by her performance.

 

When I was first getting into AKB48, Nakagawa Haruka is the first girl to standout to me from looking at photos.

The PV that really made an impression was her on “Chance No Junban”, “Boku No Yell” and then solidified my thoughts of her with “Hetappi Wink”. Her immature, carefree personality really draws me to her. I just wish she was featured more on variety shows.

When I started looking at photo cards on eBay, I could not resist the urge to stock up on Nakagawa Haruka cards for around one dollar where as Sashihara Rino and Takayanagi Akane cards end up more than ten dollars. I’ve been wondering if this was a sign for my like for Nakagawa Haruka or it’s just because my value of photo cards just aren’t as high as most people.

 

Takayanagi Akane is someone I started liking after I watched episodes of “AKB to XX” last year. She lead her SKE48 team while battling against AKB48 and NMB48. Takayanagi’s leadership and passion really shows on “AKB to XX”.

Takayanagi is a fantastic performer and every time I see footage of SKE48 live, I can feel the energy coming out of my computer screen. For someone with a small stature, her performance commands attention and her smile while performing is just infectious.

Some may find her love of birds to be annoying or pointless but I really like people who can get into one hobby and have knowledge of the field.

I believe I am solid on my final candidates. Yamamoto Sayaka and Yagami Kumi are in my top 5 but could not break into my top 3. I don’t know if anyone can break my top 3 but we will see. The upcoming singles may change my thoughts. Unfortunately for Nakagawa Haruka, I won’t see her at all in the upcoming single, which may hurt her. Once my decision is made, I will hold a live press conference to announce my oshimen. Until then, stay tuned for another installment of Oshimen Quest.

-Anthony

P.S. You can read Chapter 1 of Oshimen Quest Here

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  1. Ahh a tricky choice to be sure, I must say my bais here would lead you to Churi as she is definatly my favorite out of the three here and is also the only one in my top 5.

    I think almost the right word for her is infectious, not only when she is performing where here enegy and charm radiates from the stage (no small feet in SKE) but also on shows, whether it be Magical Radio or AKB to XX she has the ability to draw you in by being, well who she is really!

    As for the others, well I’ll start with Harugon, I dunno I just never really got into her in any way, if you like your underdogs though(like you mentioned in the first post) she would be your choice on that front.

    And Sasshi, what to say about Sasshi. Now I like Sasshi, quite alot actually (in my top 10) I like the character and I enjoy watching her on shows and her antics on stage can be brilliant sometimes…..

    It’s just that, for me, well there’s just something… missing?!?

    maybe it because I miss her from the “Kimi No Koto Ga Sukidakara” days, that maybe the fail character just dosn’t really work as well now she’s super popular or maybe it’s just because she dosn’t have that little bit of extra ‘spark’ for me that Churi and my other top girls give me.

    I will say though that you can ask for advice and thinking on all this and yes you can narrow down who you like to a top 5 or whatever but I think at the end of the day when you look at the girls, you kinda know which one your Oshi really is…….

    • I agree with everything you said. My problem is that my top 5 or so fluctuates to this day. I’m hoping that I can get to a point where I have a solid top 3 and then make sure I pick the right one. Maybe I’ll just be DD forever but I’m giving this oshimen thing a shot. I won’t say that I didn’t try.

      • Yeah you can’t really force it , with Yukirin, my Oshi, I sort of just knew?!? Oddly perhpas that was early into my fandom but she has stuck it out (with some serious challenges mind) as my favorite.

        I will say though that apart from Yuki the rest of my list it pretty loose, it fluctuates a bit like yours does as more and more girls become known to me……

  2. thats a tough decision… Cause Churi is a very energetic girl and a nice leader too and Harugon is really beautifull and positive.
    (and i like kimi no kotoga a lot too, Sasshi, Akicha, Harugon… TENSE…)

    Sasshi is a interesting case

    My favorite girl on akb (not oshimem) used to be Acchan
    But after a few months i choose sasshi for my oshimen)

    Because?
    Sasshi is real, in the shows, in the programs, in her blog or in her G+
    She is really funny and she is turning more beautiful on every week

    Who dont want a girl like Sasshi??
    She is not an “pretty girl from next door” like Acchan
    But (for me) Sasshi is the best company that i desire.

    • Will: I completely understand what you mean. I’m going to stick to my gut when I make my final decision and won’t force it.

      Jeffsquall: That is exactly the appeal of Sashihara that makes her so appealing. It is going to be a tough decision for sure.

  3. pick harugon

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