I think it’s pretty safe to say, leave it to the internet and time and eventually all discoveries will be unearthed. There are just too man sets of eyes and the sheer amount of available resources will eventually uncover all discoveries.
So just who is this almost member?
Well surprisingly it’s Kubota Misa! Current Armor Girl and member of Kamen Joshi!
In 2010 while SKE48 was just making their 3rd single release, the NMB auditions were well underway and the group was rounding out to become one of the most dynamic lineups in 48 history.
During one of the of SKE shows, a b-roll video ran with over 100 auditioning members. You can easily recognize many of the eventual members.
Lost in that list of Who’s who NMB members, is Girl #80 who bears a striking resemblance to Kubota Misa.
The showed aired 2010.09.11 and lists her as 16.
Kubota Misa’s listed birthday is March 25, 1994 which would have put her at sixteen at the time and her hometown is Kyoto, which would also put her in the Kansai area.
She only speaks for just a second, but if you can believe one of the world’s foremost experts on Kubota Misa, me, I think it’s pretty conclusive.
So I guess it begs the question how close WAS she to being in NMB48?!?!?!
Here’s the video if you want to check for yourself.