AKB48 Graduate Nakanishi Rina to star in AV, nude PB
June 25, 2010

First off, I’d like to wish a very happy birthday to the feature of this post, Nakanishi Rina.

Nakanishi Rina.

Joined AKB48 Team A in October, 2005.

A lead singer in early songs like ‘Classmate’ and ‘Dear My Teacher.’

A member of the first set of senbatsu, Sukahira Seven, for the group’s second single, ‘Skirt, Hirari.’

Participated in widely popular units like ‘Nageki no Figure’ and ‘Glass no I LOVE YOU.’

Leading units like ‘Shinkirou’ and ‘Kikyou.’  And shuffling into ‘Kinjirareta Futari.

Starring in the first semi-successful sub-group of AKB48, Chocolove from AKB48.

Coming out with her first AV at the end of August.

Last week, an article published in a tabloid centered around an ex-AKB48 member doing AV work in the future.  Immediate thoughts were dismissal of the subject and discussion concerning which member would be featured.  While the article pointed to Nakanishi Rina, most believed that former members or Research Students who left or were fired rather than graduated would be in place of the aforementioned girl.  After all, something like this was bound to happen: some former members tend to release gravure after their stints with the group are over, and quite a few girls coming into AKB have had a not-so idol-friendly image before joining.  And of course, this combined with the fact that there have been a variety of AVs released in the past that include girls that are marketed to look as though they are current AKB members, even wearing authentic-looking costumes.

Rina will be performing under the name Yamaguchi Riko for her AV debut, and is shown wearing a school uniform with a crest that says ’48.’  Along with her name-change, her apparent measurements have changed, and more importantly her age: instead of her previously-public age of 21, she’ll be 19 for this release.

Another tabloid, Friday, released preview pictures for her PB, today.  This is the same magazine which starts many rumors about idols and focuses quite a bit on their scandals.  On the other hand, AKB48 has a great relationship with the company, as AKB members have been featured quite often as of late in its pages and on its cover, as well as SDN48 gettting some sort of article in this issue specifically.

Yamaguchi Riko will be releasing a nude photobook, ‘Departure’ on July 13th, and will be releasing her first video on August 27th.

My personal thoughts on this…

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Similar to Natsuki, Nakanishi Rina is Awesome.
September 8, 2009

I made a compilation of a few ‘highlights’ from her first DVD.  I giggled throughout my viewing.  I don’t think I’m its intended audience.  But yes, Rina is better than you AND is  awesome enough to grace a blog that isn’t made for her.

Please Welcome Natsuki’s Substitute: Oya Shizuka
February 15, 2009

On the off chance that Natsuki isn’t performing, her substitute for the Team K songs is Kenkyuusei Oya Shizuka.  I have only seen Shiichan perform in one song for Natsuki (because for one show, Natsuki left after her duet lines with Sayaka in Coolgirl, not to return until the encore), and that song was Ai ni Ikou.  Anyway, Shizuka also subbed for Yonezawa Rumi in B3, and Nakanishi Rina in A4-R.  Here she is in Kagami no Naka no Jean de Arc!

AKB48 NHK Hall Shuffle Concert Review! (OR: RSL’s First Novel)
January 13, 2009

Sorry for not posting an interesting post in… forever. It’s just that there hasn’t been too much news on the Natsuki front. That being said. I’m doing my first proper super-long review! Prepared to be amazed/terrified/bored. I’m going all out on this one. Be warned: oodles and oodles of spoilers are ahead.

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RSL’s AKB48 Complete Ranking (as of December 2, 2008)
December 5, 2008

Since ‘Where’s Natsuki?’ is more than just a Sato Natsuki worship blog (or, that’s the idea), I’m going for a more AKB48-centric style for the next set of posts.

I’m doing an AKB48 ranking.  I know, it’s hard.  I’ll be listing them in sets of eight, from my least favorite to… Natsuki… sorry to give away the surprise.  Also, I’m giving brief discriptions/reasons for my ranking of the girl at that number.  I’m actually going to attempt to not be as politically correct as I usually am… just because I think it’s more interesting to read.  I’ll try to not censor myself as much.

As a special note, I’ll be including Kohara Haruka and Ishida Haruka in the ranking.  Currently, AKB48 is down to 46 members, and there are two open positions on Team A.  While I love Oya Shizuka to pieces (she subbed for both Sato Natsuki and former second favorite AKB48 member Nakanishi Rina), both these girls are more probable to be on Team A than Oya.