Where’s Natsuki? Certainly not in ‘French Kiss.’
June 28, 2010

Watanabe Entertainment is now coming out with their first AKB48 sub-group!  They’re calling it ‘French Kiss‘ (フレ ンチ・キス), and their first single will come out this fall and is titled ‘Zutto Mae Kara.’  Included in the sub-group are members Kuramochi Asuka, Kashiwagi Yuki, and Takajo Aki.  Seeing as it was announced by Kashiwagi, and of course noting her popularity, it’s fair to assume she’ll be leading the unit.

Their first single will be the ending theme of the baseball anime ‘Major‘ and its TV version will be premiered on July 3rd, this Saturday.

On the topic of Natsuki, I’m really unhappy with this unit.  Since the only two girls left (besides Nacchu) are Natsuki and Shizuka, I highly doubt they’ll be getting into units any time soon.  One of my big reasons for being excited for Natsuki getting into such a highly-prized agency was that she might get into some sort of unit.  With ‘French Kiss’ in the way,  I don’t think that is going to happen.

This all sounds selfish, I know, but I hope this unit ends after their ending theme, so the girls are back into Watanabe’s pool of AKB girls and another unit can spring up.  Natsuki would be perfect next to Mocchi in a Kashiwagi-led unit, and she’d be equally great aside Shiichan in a Takajo-centered one.  If only this could happen.

Well, you know, I’m totally still hoping for a solo career from Natsuki.

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!