October 9, 2010
AKB48, SKE48, and SDN48 have a new ’48 group’ joining them: NMB48. It was all surreal and full of uncertainty when it was announced, but it’s become all the more concrete with television coverage of NMB48 auditions and the announcements of names who made the cut.
The NMB48 site has put up a members page with everyone, so you know the drill; time to pick your potential favorites and memorizing their names and nicknames! The image below provides the members with their info, with the members I have hopes for circled in red:
May 26, 2010
there was a live broadcast earlier today where AKB’s ishida haruka, SDN’s ohori megumi, and SKE’s hiramatsu kanako and furukawa airi played the first segment of alan wake. i wasn’t too interested when i saw this announcement since i didn’t know who the SKE members were, but i’m glad i didn’t blow it off. it ended up being a lot more entertaining than i initially thought.
all four girls were sitting next to each other, passing the controller around for all of alan wake episode one, and part of episode 2. they had an hour time limit, so they were cut off at the beginning of episode 2. as one can expect, there was laughing and freaking out throughout, while occasionally checking the chat comments and responding.
ishida and ohori were the weaker players, rarely utilizing the camera control and getting stuck in the strangest places. the two SKE members however, were surprisingly good, especially furukawa airin, whom ohori said was the best at playing videogames in the introductions.
the set up was a lot better than i thought it would be. i didn’t expect them to have picture-in-picture, which switched between gameplay footage and the members playing. after watching the hour of broadcasting, i can confidently add two people to my short list of SKE members i can recognize and got to know ishida a little better. and although i was never a huge fan, it was damn good to see meetan again. i miss the humor she brought when she was with AKB.
i went onto ustream with lukewarm expectations, and ended with me yearning for more. this was done by advertisers for alan wake, so this is probably a one-time thing, but if they ever do anything like this again i’ll be there 110%.
- around 850 viewers
- died 3 times during playthrough
- kanako’s father is a fan of ohori megumi
- biggest reaction was the romantic flashback between alice and alan in episode 2
May 25, 2010
sound totally bizarre? it does to me too, but it’s happening. former AKB member and current SDN member ohori megumi will be playing the xbox360 game Alan Wake on Ustream, as well as SKE members hiramatsu kanako and furukawa airi, and the newly promoted AKB member Ishida Haruka of team B.
they’re scheduled to play today, May 26 at 8:00pm in japan. that makes it 4am pacific time, 6am central, and 7am eastern time.
there’s no details of how this will be conducted, if it will be PiP(picture in picture), just the game, or just on the person playing. guess you’ll have to see to find out!