S/mileage introduce 5 new members
Back in May fans as well as the members of S/mileage were shocked to hear Tsunku had planned on adding a new member to the group, just one year after the girls debut. Little did we know on August 14th 2011, Tsunku would add 5 new members to the group.
During the Hello! Project 2011 SUMMER ~Nippon no mirai wa WOW WOW & YEAH YEAH Live~ stop at Tokyo’s Nakano Sun Plaza. Tsunku took to the stage with the 5 new members Katsuta Rina, Kosuga Fuyuka, Nakanishi Kana, Tamura Meimi, and Takeuchi Akari. Although they were met with a positive reaction Although some fans are upset Miyamoto Karin didn’t make the cut.
Over the past 3 months 2,000 girls took part in the additions in which only 12 made it through to the finals.Tsunku introduced these girls to fill a void in which he considers is lacking from the group. Tsunku has said that these members will first start off as sub-members and based on their endeavours will become full fledged members.
Although I’m a S/mileage fan I didn’t follow these auditions very closely. I first saw them at Mano’s Hello Kitty stage play in 2009 and again in 2010 during their first concert tour. It was quite frankly one of the best idol concerts I’ve been to. S/mileage show a lot of personality and are a lot of fun. They also sell fairly well for a new unit in the overwhelming number of new new idol groups out there lately.
I don’t see this ‘void’ in which needs to be filled according to Tsunku. I’m looking forward to getting to know the new girls personalities. At the moment I don’t have a favourite. It’ll be interesting to see what’s in store for us next from S/mileage.
Even though it’s a bit crowded in S/mileage they still have my support.