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