In celebration of Team 8’s (and consequently AKB’s) win at Tokyo Dome’s 48G Sports Meet, and also because two or more
heads lolis are most definitely better than one, I have decided to put together pics of my 8 favourites where they are with someone else. Just imagine the likes of Yuriyan, Yoko-chan, Hitomi-chan and Ikumin in the same frame! Who wouldn’t want some of that madness?
I wanted to post another ranking because yes, that list changes almost every time I watch Team 8 Stages but I figured I might do things a bit differently this time around. It is too soon anyway to be posting another ranking.
It seems not many are into Team 8 but those that are, they fall and fall very hard for them, like ours truly. I have known them for a year now but even to this day I am still discovering favourites! At first my list had only two on it (Ikumi and Yuri) then there were five, then eight, then 12 and now the list is over 20! Not even the whole sister groups have a list that ling!
Team 8 is really scary.
I have also watched all five of their Final First Stage ‘Party ga Hajimaru’ performances! That’s right, they had five final performances! Of course my favourite was the final one which had the bitter and sweet Ikumin and Yuriyan loving! Poor Yuri, she is always being teased. Like this final performance alone she got Own’d twice. Despite having had the same hair style as Yuri in almost all of the stages they were in together, this time around, the final time, Yuna chose Haruna over Yuri! She had Haruna’s hair-style. Those three are always in some kind of triangle with Yuna being the playboy not settling for either one.
Meanwhile this being the final performance of their 1st stage, Yuriyan went out of her way to give Ikumin some attention but she was rejected! Okay, sure Ikumin wasn’t expecting it since usually it’s a peace sign they do at that moment in the song so I understand being surprised when Yurian suddenly embraced her but still. The members made fan of Ikumin saying she was just tsun-dere and Yuriyan went along with them thinking that Ikumin actually liked her. Ikumin laughed at that which made Yuri give us a nice reaction face.
These two…I feel like one of them see a rivalry between them but the other doesn’t see it that way. I love them together (even though individually I love Yuriyan much more than Ikumin and that distance has increased over time).
Oh well, even if Ikumin doesn’t want her, I found another ship for Yuriyan this final performance of Party in one Miu! Miu is growing on me and she is at the age of the Top 10 border knocking pretty hard to be let in! I have a feeling that when the next Stage starts she is going to be climbing higher and higher the more I see of her.
Yeah, my list of favourites from Team 8 just keeps growing and growing. At present I know 35 of all the members well with 22 of those being the ones that I really love! Yuriyan of course is at the top of that list! She is just amazing, they are all amazing! In no time I will know all the girls and my list will increase even more!
You know, I don’t really understand it. I might let Nogizaka slide but why are all aspects of the 48G so different when it comes to quality of their services? How can a sister group be better than the other? How is it that Team 8, a group filled with the youngest of members, and the newest (not for long – NGT is here) have much better quality in their works than the rest?! Why does AKS allow this gap between quality? I just don’t get it.
It is one big organisation; even if the successes are credited to the individual Managers, there should be collaboration between them to improve the overall image of the whole 48G and not focus on just particular areas. Really, as a business I am surprised this brand has lasted this long, let alone be as successful as it is (2nd best selling music artists in the history of Japan).
Then again I guess I should be glad because if they were balancing out things, then maybe Team 8 wouldn’t be as awesome as it is. Still, it would be awesome to see all groups be able to do smooth like AKB, or strong like SKE, or Cool like NMB or Cute like HKT or surprising like Team 8. Can you like just imagine it if all groups co-ordinated and had the same principles which they rotated around? One round of release AKB does the strong/dance single, NMB does the cute single, SKE does the drama single, HKT does the sexy single. The next release they rotate things around. But in every release, the quality is constant (preferably top quality). How about hiring different directors and get them to battle it out? Different Directors, different concepts for each group. This could even be an event (and I know you like doing those AKS).
And while they are it they should get rid of the Kennin thing and instead release three singles that see the groups come together. The first being the Senbatsu single. The second being the Janken single. These two singles would see members that come together because of the fans and because of the members’ luck. The third single with the sisters together should be Spring/Graduation single. These members can be Management’s bias and the only one!
Outside of these singles each group would then release three singles every year with two of those singles following protocol and by that I mean the members’ rankings. The third single could be another nod to the Management to do with the main 16 as they like! But then the couplings would have to be back to power rankings. With this no matter what each group would be successful even without the need to borrow power from their sisters.
Dear Yasusu, are you hiring? I think I got this!
On forward for the pics…
All pics in gallery…