AKB48 Oshimen (Naachan) part 3
Among fans, Naachan is often predicted to be the next Soukantoku after Yuihan (YES!). This is mainly thanks to Request Hour Best 100 Setlist in 2015 where Takamina, Yuihan and Naachan performed ‘Bird’ together. When we look at it closely, the trio ARE leaders to certain generations. Takamina leads 1st gen to 7th gen, Yuihan leads 9th to 13th and finally Naachan leading 14th to current gen (15th). Coincidence at its best? Who knows but I love the formation for that performance (Takamina actually wanted it to be just her and Yui, but the management decided to put Naachan in).
Takamina, Yuihan, Naachan= leaders
The trio leaders in ‘Bird’
Another (assumed) coincidence is Naachan mentioned before that her aim in AKB is to lead Team 4 and become a contributing member. In the previous shuffles, Naachan was selected as Team 4’s Vice-captain (dejavu much). So to fans (especially myself) this is Naachan’s first sail to Soukantoku (yayyy!). Many fans actually see her as a potential leader and would become a Captain some time soon.
Naachan is the next Soukantoku?
What AKB means to Naachan and how much she wants to do something in return
“Even until the end of the world, I want to stand in AKB’s stage.”
I think I know the reason behind Naachan’s love for AKB and why she’s very determined to do her best in showbiz (thus creating her seriousness and strong sense of responsibility). In an interview, she said she was actually a loner at school, unable to fit in with her peers which caused her to pretend reading books while she was actually listening to her peers’ conversations (poor girl). Then after joining AKB she found valuable comrades, who are almost like her family (soooo much better than school peers, no?). For a person who used to be a loner, having such a big family, that is something to be grateful for, right? To protect this new family, she’d do anything to take care of them (which includes scolding them like a mother, lol). And that’s how we got the Naachan today. Good enough? I just rest my case (haha~).
Lonely, crybaby Naachan
Naachan who’s used to be a ‘watcher’ than a ‘joiner’
“Stop playing and put the sheets on!” -Mama Nana scolds
To be honest, I have mixed feelings about Naachan becoming a candidate for future Soukantoku after Yuihan. This is primarily because I don’t want her to force herself to have the mentality like “I have to be like Takamina-san. I have to be like Yokoyama-san” and I want her to stick to her own identity and personality. I don’t like the idea of “becoming the next Takamina, or Acchan, or Yuko” (something like the characters in AKB0048) which the management tries to sell for a long time. Another reason is I don’t want her to be overly stressed like Takamina. Also, being a Soukantoku means that she has to prioritize 48G over her own success. This is a very bad news for those who have high goals. Naachan’s dream is to become a singer AND an actress (in which I think she’s better at). And honestly, those pictures of Naachan’s constant sleeping shows how exhausted or stressed she is. Imagine if she becomes the Soukantoku. I can only imagine how skinny she will be. Maeda Ami (Aamin) once worriedly stated Naachan is so serious that her body might eventually break down (we have to remember that Naachan is quite physically weak [based on Miki-chan’s statement and when the 3 Musketeer runs Naachan is always the slowest]).
Look at those faces and tell me she’s not exhausted.
‘Is she okay?’
Personally though, I think she CAN be and IS a great leader. I’m lacking of references when Naachan shows her leadership. But, prior becoming an official member, Naachan made some rules for the Kenkyuusei which I don’t think many members would do. She also often corrects the members’ use of words to make them appropriate, help them accomplish things they can’t do (she does this by going to their houses). Really, who would do such a thing unless you want to make the best of your team? Also, in the 2nd Sports Festival, she is seen giving instructions to her teammates before the jumping rope contest with so much passion. Despite being serious and said to be hard to approach, Naachan is seen loved by many. For me, one of the touching moments that displayed members’ concern for her is after Naachan finishes the marathon, lots of her teammates gathered around her to look out for her.
Naachan giving instructions
“Good job!” Dear team members said.
One of Naachan’s lectures
Strict and serious but beloved