I realize I’ve missed the previous issue and actually have scanned it already but just missed on posting (will post soon though) but I really wanted to get this issue up all the while the next one’s already on the horizon and did you notice whom got the UTB cover all to her cute self?? It’s none other than 48’s Ricchan (Kawaei Rina!!) and I must say that didn’t take very long at all did it! And while that upcoming issue is set to hit the stands on February 22nd (can’t wait!!) the current issue is no slouch as firstly it features Manoeri as covergirl and while she’s long since graduated from H!P it’s really wonderful to see her continue on with her modeling and what publication could resist seriously??
I ended up scanning quite a bit of this issue and you may notice a dominant theme or rather a idol franchise domination here and while it’s no surprise as the 48 family does indeed rule over the idol-universe as of now (and likely for a very very long time to come….) the presence of AKB48-SKE48-NMB-48-HKT48-and YES Nogizaka46 as well, it’s really come to the point in particular issues of UTB where it’s very reminiscent of the years in which Hello! Project ruled UTB with an iron heart all those years ago =D. Still H!P does indeed hold the all time record for consecutive UTB covers which lives on as an amazing accomplishment and statement for that matter. (see H!P’s amazing reign of consecutive UTB covers as posted here awhile back and I actually managed to spread them into a giant circle of sorts but indeed needed to zoom out quite a bit in order to capture every one of those covers into a single shot)
Manoeri gets thing started with a very extensive 13 page pictorial and whether you fancy a Manored or Manowhite she opens the issue with a sexy~bang but for me personally I favor Mano in sultry black and in particular the pic of her laying on the beach speaks a thousand or so words…..SKE48’s Furukawa Airi also receives the solo gravure treatment and yet I still have reservations addressing her as ‘Airin’ as Airin = Suzuki Airi for me and it brings to mind that non story~story where I think it was a figure skater or someone else of celebrity/sports stature whom ‘claimed’ the ‘Mikitty’ name for herself (or rather her fans did) but in any case likewise for me there can only be one Mikitty and she’s currently being mommy post her H!P career and that after dominating years of idol-games all the while remaining one of my most favorite H!P vocals =D…..NMB48’s Shiroma Miru get the ‘pureness’ title here and then abruptly ‘tries’ to break that image and in particular it’s that second photo where she’s standing all in white doing that clichéd idol double hand move where it’s saying something like here here up here there’s cleavage while down there* her hand is saying oh no no you weren’t supposed to be focusing on that* area as gestured by a nuance of a downward tug upon her outer wardrobe (You see this is what happens when things get overanalyzed, remember Y2K? well I just went all Y2K on Mirurun’s pictorial =P)……..HKT48’sMatsuoka Natsumi appears as soft as a kitten here and have you ever really stared into those eyes?? Well, you’ve been warned! Go fall in love and whatever…..and I bet you were wondering where’s AKB48 in all of this 48 love? Not to worry I didn’t misadvertise (not a real word or I’ve just misspelled here xD) as Miichan, Mogichan & Ayanan are gorgeously photographed here!….Nogizaka46’s Nakamoto Himeka represents here their latest single release albeit she ‘forgot’ to bring the rest of the group along as she soaks in the spotlight all to herself here, seriously though what a cutie!! and when she does that trademark ‘here’s my butt’ pose you then realize why she came alone…(^q^)!………oh and you may recall my New Year’s idol/seiyuu post which featured the oh so hotly scorching and adorable Maenon!! (Maeda Nozomi) and here we get off~shots from her shashinshuu (not to be mixed up with a photo book =D) and YES that one glorious inevitable butt shot which is so profoundly presented in said shashinshuu is now available via off shots as the exact same photo here with Maenon now teasing the camera (YOU) as she’s shhhhh making eye contact as if to say..”a picture may say a thousand words but(t) mines simply won’t shut up ↑↑↑ ………(゜∀゜)………。！！！click~* here to visit her shashinshuu……oh and if you’ve been following Sasshi’s ongoing member by member introductions of her fellow HKT48 girls then you’ll be fully expecting this now 16th volume of said series and I must say..Sasshi♥ YUM!…..Hoshina Mizuki, gravure queen and YES there may be a bit of boob~envy there to say the least (。ーωー。)笑…..Momusu’s Gen.10 girls Iikubo Haruna, Ishida Ayumi, Sato Masaki & Kudo Haruka go from slumber party~~>mizugi~~>seifuku….and lastly but certainly not least(ly) are C-ute in an all angelic white daydream which soon moves towards bathing suits and water games, oh and here C-ute are promoting their “Queen of J-Pop~tadoritsuita onna senshi~” which released on December 27th of last year~.
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The most amazing issue! (I’m so happy my recent page-loading problems have been cured.) There’s just too much idol-beauty here to take in in one go. Really love the photos of Nakamoto Himeka, and Sasshi, but the Mano Erina sequence is gorgeous.Thank you for scanning and posting.
U~n agreed! Manoeri really captured the covergirl essence in this issue! It’s amazing how much AKB has taken over UTB and with all of their groups it’s probably not very difficult to do in that sense =D. Still they’d be hard pressed to ever get close to the cover-girl dominance in which Hello! Project once had a stranglehold on! Also nice to see Miichan return to idol magazine prominence!!
I began subscribing back during my early teens so I was able to collect Momusu’s/ Hello! Project’s cover appearances in real time back then and here atop this post is a photo of H!P’s cover run as it was amazing how many covers they appeared on in succession!! They absolutely ‘owned’ UTB for that time period which went on for a loooong time and at one point I was even feeling quite bad for the rest of the idols in the world as they couldn’t get onto the cover of an issue of UTB for that time period:
If you click on the top photo it enlarges quite a bit too and I actually had been posting an issue by issue UTB series where H!P girls were covergirls back then, this one is one of Konkon’s solo covers.