The Airstream Passes by Natsuki! (‘Hikouki Gumo’ PV Captures)
November 3, 2009

Saotome Miki… Natsuki’s #1 Fan now a Research Student / SEED/ Kenkyuusei?
January 27, 2009

I’m sure everyone has already heard about this…

Saotome Miki as a Research Student

This is way too confusing.

New AKB48 Kenkyuusei has Peculiar Past
December 20, 2008

Fired AKB48 Team B member Kikuchi Ayaka was reported to have been seen at AKB48 JCB Hall concert last night.  Kikuchi was fired from both AKB48 and her agency, AKS in August after she allegedly had a boyfriend.  This prompt firing caused an uproar from both sides of AKB48’s fans, even inspiring petitions.

Traditionally, idols are not allowed to have any sort of significant others to retain their virginal image.  Recently Hello! Project member was at the center of a similar scandal, but was ignored.  Previously, other Hello! Project members have quit due to similar accusations.

Kikuchi’s firing was the first in AKB48’s three-year history.  She has now been selected to be a seventh-generation Kenkyuusei, or trainee member, of AKB48 with another nineteen girls.  This is only after being an incredibly popular member of Team B, having been an AKB48  selected member for the Romansu, Irane! and Baby! Baby! Baby! PVs as well as being a selected white-wearing member for Kouhaku and the AKB48 Shibuya AX Top 100 Concert.