(all scans are from AKB48’s “Kaigai Ryoko Nikki 3 – Hawaii wa Hawaii” Hawaiian photo memoir which was released on March 29th with the exception of the Oshi card images….it’s an amazing book! You too should really get one as it’s totally worth it.)
Truth be told I knew that none of this was going to be easy or prepared for and while even having a decent head start on it all, your Oshi is your one and only and even though that readily and ever daunting approach of an idol’s graduation is ever ticking as the days pass, that day’s arrival somehow never quite seems a reality~.
So while Yuko’s♡ official graduation has already come and gone she still has a final upcoming stage performance in early June as well as what I can only imagine will be a beautiful tribute song/MV which will be released with AKB48’s (36th) upcoming single which is set to hit shelves on May 21st included as the single’s coupling-with song (“今日までのメロディー” (大島優子卒業楽曲) ). And yet with Yuko officially graduated I’ve been postponing in choosing an Oshi-successor and consider it part reluctance on my part with a side order of indecision but in any case today’s the day I’ve decided.
Now with so many 48 girls to choose from (゜ロ゜ノ)ノ、the choice looks to be rather an estrogen powered avalanche of a single most important decision (;゜□゜)！！！
I’ve long been keeping a somewhat updated favorites list for the 48 family so what it really comes down to is my top three or four from which my Oshi-successor will arise．．．．． Σ(￣◇￣*)！
..for the one and only Oshi I’ve ever had in AKB I’ve scanned a few pages from her appearances in AKB’s “Kaigai Ryoko Nikki 3 – Hawaii wa Hawaii” photo book journal from their New Year’s visit here.
If feels fitting too with these images as Yuko♡ at the time was just a few miles away from me (sigh….) =).
So in the end it really came down to an internal battle between Sasshi♡ and Mayuyu♡ whom are/were my favorites three and two respectfully and after much inner debate, today I’ve finally chosen my Oshi-successor to Yuko♡. At first you may find it perhaps odd that she’s not very much like Yuko♡ in personality, humor, style or even vocal type (・c_・;)？And that they’re rather sort of polar opposites as far as idols♡ go. Yuko♡ being much more of an unguarded free soul who stood quite outside of the idol formulaic box while my Oshi-successor could be considered that of the prototypical idol by her very personality, style and maybe even her vocal type. However if you know me well through the history of this blog you’ll readily know that I originally grew-up adoring and loving the idols and music of the classic generation. Groups such as CoCo, Ribbon, Qlair and Sakurakko Club to name just a few off the top of my head now which instantly come to mind are my idol roots so to speak. A powerful reason as to how falling in love with AKB was readily easy for me exists in AkiP’s strong ties to the golden J-pop era of idols & music and how this genre in both appearance and sound makes up for so much of what AKB is in both style and musical essence throughout the 48 family, therefore theirs is a brand of idols in which I readily identified with and in hearing those songs in particular where AkiP sought to rekindle and raise to the forefront that said golden era of J-pop, it was truly seeing how the past can become anew altogether again if only in the right hands of production whose heart is equally yearning for its resurgence thereby giving today’s generation of fans a true taste of J-pop’s deep roots…..a sound which many fans may have not otherwise become fond towards. So it really made perfect sense in choosing my Oshi-successor today as she personifies really that of the perfect ~* idol in every way. You see a lot of what instantly attracted me towards Yuko♡ was how she helped me embrace and see outside of the original idol sentiment, and so without further delay….
…is Mayuyu♡ ヽ(。´▽`。)ノ。。！！
Okay so for me it’s nothing cosmo shattering or eye-
opening and yet I really wanted to share my thought/emotional process in choosing her as
my Oshi-successor to Yuko♡.
Note though that I won’t be attempting to remove the Oshi sticker seal from Yuko’s♡
official Oshi-card to be able to place it upon Mayuyu’s ↑↑. Although I do wish I did have
another one to use =/.
Anyway remember where these Oshi cards came from as they were included with AKB48’s “Oshi!” book I posted here awhile back? Well it included just a single Oshi sticker and thus that dilemma. But really it’s okay as Yuko♡ will forever be my very first Oshi so it’s only right that there only be a single sticker. And make no question that I’ll be adding Mayuyu’s♡ Oshi card soon to my “sticky” top page here ^^.
~AKB48’s “Oshi” book w/ Oshi-cards~
Today’s like the changing of the guard so to speak and above one last photo of Yuko♡ & Mayuyu♡ spent here in Hawaii as members of AKB48♡.
And now a bit more of Mayuyu♡ scans from AKB48’s “Kaigai Ryoko Nikki 3 – Hawaii wa Hawaii”…isn’t she lover-ly?
Yup you too can learn to properly handle a powerful shaft while here in Hawaii \(^o^)/!!
~Mayuyu♡ in Hawaii!!~
Now if you’ll excuse me as I make-out connect emotionally with my Oshi-successor….
.. (*´∀｀) ー♥♥♥！
(note: And while a couple of images here ↑↑ may give an impression that AKB48’s “Kaigai Ryoko Nikki 3 – Hawaii wa Hawaii” photo journal could be a girl x girl make-out visual diary, I’m sad to say that it really isn’t =P although…. Hawaii truly may have a natural knack for bringing out the romance in all of us~…(^q^)!)