URGENT NEWS: Natsuki continues to blow my mind.
January 15, 2009

December 12’s K4 show was a fun one to watch.  In short, some highlights include:

1. Noro Kayo uses a headset microphone the entire show while everyone else uses the normal handsets.

2. ‘Return Match’ was sung live again.

3. Oku Manami was gone, so her substitute were Uchida Mayumi in the Team songs and Sato Natsuki in ‘Hatsukoi Dorobou.’

4. Miyazawa Sae was also missing.  Tomita Mayu took her place in the Team songs while Akimoto Sayaka took it in ‘Gomen ne Jewel.’

5. Kuramochi Asuka wasn’t there.  She did not have a stand-in during the Team songs, but Umeda Ayaka was given her part in ‘Gomen ne Jewel’ and her solo line in ‘Shamu Neko.’

What is my favorite part of the above features of the show?  Nope, it wasn’t seeing Natsuki take the second position in ‘Hatsukoi Dorobou.’ almost allowing me to make a solo version of the song.It was Kuramochi Asuka’s absence.  Why?  Well, in the last song, ‘Sasae,’ all of the girls sing duet parts with another Team K member.  No fill-ins are used when girls are absent.  This allows some of the girls to get occasional solo lines… such as Natsuki.

Yes!

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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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