So I finally do have material to talk about, which in this case is the release of AKB48’s latest. Kokoro no Placard.
On another note, a question for those who read this till the end: I am certain most followers of the 48 Groups definitely do support girls outside…
As usual you are always the first (and maybe only) one to reply. Agree with what you said, that if you ranked the first time, strategy would have been the last thing on your mind, as you thanked your fans for their votes! :D
Maybe I should also throw in this curveball thought that came to me when I was at work. What if the rank was more important, given that they got more than enough exposure in their “home group” songs. A good example was probably the NMB senbatsu, where they probably aimed for higher ranks than last year.
On the other hand, the SKE fans are old hands at sending underexposed faces to the forefront. The girls that are never seen on the A-sides for some reason get massive pushes by fan votes (shibata aya, futamura haruka), while they vote sparingly for “the management choices”. But then again that’s an anti-management sentiment exclusive to SKE.
The reason why I came up with that question though, was cause in the earlier days, the whole “screen time in correlation to your rank” was way bigger.
Back in 2012, when I first got into the group and made Umeda Ayaka my Kami Oshi, I thought it was annoying that despite her amazing story (and hard work) that took her to 16th, she was still given less time than when she was UG Center. And to think back then, her first belief was that being in Senbatsu meant greater exposure.
To that, my Sato Amina supporting friend said sagely (now that I think of it) “Being in Senbatsu means you get to go on the show, but it does not mean that the cameras would find you on the show.” They still choose who they wanna shoot.