At NSK, one of our favorites is AKB Team B member Miyazaki Miho. Although for slightly different reasons, the three of us have been have been quite fond of her for some time and it was pretty evident during the 2011 Draft. We’re all disappointed in her recent slide in popularity and I wanted to take some time to look into possible explanations why.
I can’t say for sure why Miyazaki got the initial push that she did. Obviously she was a fresh new face and being on the always spotlighted Team A must have helped at least a little. I always liked Miho for her youth. Not because she was young but because she did things out of character for a new member. The youthful rebellion carried into playfully calling out senior members and make quite a few memorable moments for me.
I personally think that is why she was eye catching initially. But then as we got to know her, we found more traces of girlishness in her. She led on that she was more timid and we saw Miyazaki talk a big game but often time fail at backing it up.
People like winners and confidence. We’re drawn to those qualities because we want to associate with feelings of success. Who doesn’t want to be successful? But where problems arise is when there’s too much confidence. Generally we don’t like people who are full or themselves or narcissistic. Some individuals are able to walk that fine line. We give them a pass and refer to them as cocky. Because for all their loud, brash, and obnoxious behavior, they find a way win.
I think ultimately Miho’s slide began when fans started seeing her as a sheep in wolves’ clothing. She was great on the mic but that was about it. While personally, I find her girlish personality endearing, I could see how it would wear on other’s. Maybe those fans saw it as a deception. Couple with the constant addition of new fresh faced members, it’s a lot to overcome.
In the end Miyazaki is at a loss. Maybe it’s her fault for biting off more than she could chew, but I still find the way she presents herself a quality that’s lacking in a lot of people these days. She’s an entertainer so I’d like to see more people, girls especially, with those colorful personalities.
I’ve been drawn to characters like Kushieda Minori from Toradora and Hirayawa Yui from K-On! so I see Miyazaki more as a human personification of those characters. Loud and over the top, but really just a sweet person inside.