Alright dear Readers, we need to talk about Team B!
Last year they broke record of team losing members and this year they are already set to break their own record!
4 months! four months into the year and we already have 6 members graduating! SIX MEMBERS!!!
Like, what even?!!
Remember when Team B was the the tightest team? I almost don’t! Seriously, how are MAYUKI supposed to relax, let alone graduate with ease of mind any time soon?!
At the end of 2016, Team B was already the smallest Team and now six members out of that smallest team, including BOTH our leaders BOTH OF THEM!!!! Both Ryoka and Yuria, are now leaving us!!!
Remember the things Yukirin said she could do instead of being a part of this year’s SSK members? Which you can take as reasons she decided not to enter? One of them was that she could appear more in Stage performances! Well, dearest Yukirin, you most certainly have no choice now!
Add in the fact that she is also a member of Team NIII and that image of B5 I used is most apt for this post! Theater no Megami? You are about to revisit that title dearest Yukirin!
Seriously, like, why girls, why?!
Oh yeah, these members are; Umetan, Aeri, Kira, Ryoka, Yuria, Miku! Ah crap Miku! With Aichan gone we now only have two 3rd gens left in Japan, like…
Okay, I think I need that MAYUKI song right about now! I so totally feel like listening to sad music right now!!
Oops sorry, I meant Team B!
Happy anniversary Team B! My favourite Team! Is, has been and will always be (as long as Yukirin is part of it) my favourite Team Yasusu team! Team N almost stole that title when Yukirin was a Kennin over there which meant that two of my Oshii (Yukirin and Maachun) were part of the same team, not to mention that Sayanee, who was my first NMB crush, is also part of Team N! And don’t get me started on that Tenshi ga iru stage! It is second only to B5 (Megami), in terms watch times! And in case someone is interested, the third position goes to Party, thanks to Team 8, NIII and SKE KKS!
Ten years that Mayuki has been together! Like how even?! From the very beginning they were put in a position where they were supposed to be rivals, destined even but these two totally beat fate in that they never followed the rules of the universe that any other pairing follows in that they are rivals first and friends later! Never once did there seem to be rivalry between Mayuki, not even once!
Despite Mayuyu always taking the Ace position, for the Team, Yukirin was almost like a double Ace but as always never being the first. Only next to Mayuyu, and sometimes even more than her, she got the most lines in songs and centre positions. She was also one that took over as MC whenever Cindy was not around in the early days, most notably in the team B show AKB48+10.
Speaking of, I am feeling nostalgia, after all these pics of the anniversary LIVE where almost all the original members came back to perform. 12 members in total showed up, all things considered that is not bad. Not bad at all! And so after this I am going to re-watch that AKB48+10 show, all stages from B1 to B5, the 2009 Request Hour and the early AKBINGO episodes, before it was even called AKBINGO!
Ten years, this also makes Yukirin the member who has been with any team out of all the Teams, the longest! Indeed, she is true Blood! Oh man, now I wish she entered SSK! I mean, can you imagine if she won, on Team B’s anniversary? There is no telling if after being so loyal maybe Team B and colour blue would have finally given her back some luck! I can just imagine the headlines ‘ Kashiwagi Yuki (25) – The true Team B member finally wins SSK on it’s 10 year anniversary!’
Seriously though, how have Mayuki managed to survive all these years?! And it’s not like Mayuyu is not competitive because she really is! Yukirin everyone knows would choose peace any day of the week but even then it doesn’t work like that! Only one person can’t make things work. otherwise there would be less violence in this world! So how?!
The only mystery of the universe I know of!
Anyway, some more pics of the 3rds….
Members we have lost within mere months! The new Teams haven’t even started and we have lost five!! already!! Damn it AKS!! This is all your fault! If you had just got it through your skulls to think before you talk (announce shuffles when everything is prepared – new stages etc…) we wouldn’t have this problem!
Now that I think about it, the only thing that saved the first Team Shuffles (bringing us Kashiwagi Team B) was because they got to start building relationships right away! That was the most volatile assemble ever but they stuck like glue through it all because they had a purpose! But now…
Being down with so many members, who is willing to bet that we are going to have the new stage (new? HA! HA!) postponed once again?! Well, we are still in the 16-nin safe-line but that is if all the Kennin are present! If they are not then we are down to mere 15 members! As if being the smallest Team currently wasn’t bad enough! Oh well, I guess the Draftees are to be promoted to full members all together. They will just have to work a bit harder to catch up but I know they can do it. But that then brings us back to the delay again.
And I was just about to post a New Team B appreciation post listing all the members in anticipation of the new Team Stage this month! Dear AKS Staff, come here. I have something for you all, starting with you Yasusu…
So any way, as it seems like the internet is against us, I might as well post some caps now of Yukirin during the Hometown Team B performance.
These are obviously caps from a vid but is it anywhere on this side of the internetz? Nope! And watching these caps made me more hungry for the Young Magazine photoshoot with Yukirin, Sakura-tan, Sayaya and Miion. That Magazine was released the same day this concert held. It’s already two days (in the case of japan) since then but are there caps available? NOPE!
Like, why?! This one time I actually I’m desperate for scans and they don’t happen right away! I mean this is Yukirin FFs! And not just her, she’s with Sakura-tan, Sayaya and Miion! Those three are also the thing right now! Like, why?!! Is everyone greedy with their mags and they don’t want to share?! What’s going on/!!
Any way, enough rumblings. I will of course be blogging about this LIVE when I get the chance to watch it because damn, Yukirin is always happy but she was more so in this stage, which is understandable but it is still a huge difference from what I see. Those smile, I haven’t seen before!
And other girls too. Like Maachun for example. I don’t remember seeing her sweat this much since coming to AKB! What happened over there in Kagoshima!?! I want to watch this so badly >.<
But before then, here are some caps I snatched from Twitter.
So, after giving up on waiting I went back to hunting and I finally, finally fell on a site hosting this on GDrive and so I sat down and watched it in one go! Isn’t it strange though that a 2 hour video takes over four hours to watch? I mean I pause every other minute or second depending on who is on screen or on what happened but come on, it can’t take more than 2x times to finish! But that’s the case since I began watching this video at around 3:30 am and it is now almost 8am! Okay, so maybe those 900+ caps are evidence in this testimony but still!
So anyway, I finally watched this LIVE that seems was streamed LIVE (I am waiting for you True HD version) and so it is available to watch and BY THE GODS! First of all that set list! Secondary, Saya was on FIRE! I mean this was her hometown but dear Lord! I can tell you with certainty that neither of you all has seen this Saya before! I am a caps wh&&^% as you know and even I was really struggling trying to get a good cap of this girl! Jesus Christ you would think she was possessed or something by the amount of energy this girl had! If there was any doubts about her in her home town, or around the country to all that watched this LIVE, all those doubts have been thrown to the fire! I will just say that her popularity at the Selection Event was not an illusion guys!
Mayuyu lovers will be terribly disappointed in case they did not know before hand but she was absent for this tour to Hokkaido because of sickness. Maachun though made sure that we did not miss her completely, you will see why in case you don’t know. Sub-Captain Oya-chan also wasn’t there for the first arc before the Introductions. She only came by when the sub-units started and when she did, of course she had to do it with a bang! There is this thing with the stage where a large curtain falls down to separate the stage into two and during the song, it was necessary because of a certain effect! When it fell, Oya wasn’t in the right position and the thing fell over her head! She was lucky it wasn’t the heavy one let me tell you that!
So, what was the setlist? Well, let’s get started…
WARNING: Caps dump ahead!
Um yeah, every member is like ‘get a room you two, geez’. And I was like – ‘Um sorry people but you’re standing in it! The Mayuki bedroom follows Mayuki every where!’. Seriously though, you could totally see the world of distance between Mayuki and the other members. They were like, what are we doing here? At one point I almost even forgot that the whole team was around during that MC. it didn’t help too that no one was saying a thing to interrupt the two. But really, who would want to be that villainous?! LOL
Oh Mayuki, how I totally missed you! I heard Mayuyu was transferred to team A to grow up? I heard she had changed? I see no difference at all to the days of B5. hahaha. Well, except her hair style matured but other than that…Heh! Darn, their love is like no other! It’s like they weren’t separated for almost two years! Then again, I guess you have to look somewhere different to see what changed! And that’s what I did. The surprise is that the change was on Yukirin’s side! Maybe it’s just a delusion but to me Yukirin seems to be more…feely towards Mayuyu for some reason! While before it seemed like emotions flowed from Mayuyu’s side to Yukirin more, this time it’s the reverse! Now it’s Yukirin who is voicing her emotions towards Mayuyu!
Well, I guess then that Mayuyu’s growing up project worked since it seems Yukirin sees her as an adult now and not a child anymore so she isn’t afraid of putting her feelings for Mayuyu out there.