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Graduated Team BII - Okita Ayaka (Aapon)

Discussion in 'NMB48 Graduated Members' started by Naomi, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. Kyouka

    Kyouka Kenkyuusei

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    Okita Ayaka
    Let me try to explain.

    It's not like she suddenly became super popular out of nowhere. She was 44th in the prelims last year, even though she dropped out later. She has always been well-liked, I've never heard of someone who'd dislike her - NMB fans either like her, or are neutral. People sympathize with her because she's very talented, hardworking and humble, on top of being a very caring person and great leader.

    She has an amazing work ethic - she knows at least 7 positions in RESET, the stage Team M is actually performing, and several positions in stages of other teams, she's always willing to fill in for someone in a stage on a short notice (once she learned a new position from scratch in 3 hours, just so the stage could be performed with a full 16 member lineup, because she feels like performing with an incomplete lineup is "lonely" and wants to put out the best performance possible), she's also extremely dilligent with SNS, updating twitter few times every single day with multiple photos and writing an ameblo post of decent lenght every day. What's more, her posts are really well written. She doesn't use many big words and doesn't get pretentious, but her huge love for members, theater and fans still shines through her writing. She's just very genuine. You feel it in every word she says or writes.

    She's also extremely positive, in a non-annoying way. She never complains in ameblo or twitter, and in the extremely rare cases, it's in a such a veiled way you wouldn't notice if you're not her fan. She could find something positive even about a day when her schedule suddenly got cancelled and she was stuck all alone in a Tokyo hotel room, unable to think of anything to do, while her fellow members were performing a stage and having fun. And it's infectious, too - I feel like since I became her fan, I've gained a more positive outlook on life.

    I haven't been to a handshake event yet (going in a month) so I can't report on her HS personally, but even her "virtual handshake" video was somewhat amazing - even though what she said wasn't very original, the level of attention and involvement she gave to the imaginary customer was amazing.

    I'm finally getting to the actual popularity. Aapon's Japanese fans are extremely dedicated. I've been observing them this Sousenkyou - they've campaigned on social media non stop, posting fanmade posters and appealing to vote, hashtagging, making videos. There is an election comittee twitter for her which is very active every year. But that's not just something they do for the SSK. They constantly campaign on SNS to promote her handshakes, they're very friendly to new fans, even overseas fans who don't know Japanese that well - I've exprienced it firsthand. A big part of her fanbase has been with her for years, there are handshake regulars she knows and remembers well. Recently, there was this incident in a M stage, where during MC, the girls were asking quesitions to the crowd. Takei Sara pointed and asked "the man in a yellow t-shirt" to speak, and Aapon casually cut in "oh, that's Shouta-kun".

    The coverage in NMB documentary was pretty much the first thing Aapon has been given by management, her first chance. From what I've seen, even with the huge focus on her, there was pretty much no backslash, like it often happens - everyone in the NMB fandom knew how hard she worked up until now and respected her. She wasn't showcased much in Amagami Hime, being pretty much invisible in the dance sequences, dancing at the very back in the corner, but senbatsu brought her first gravure jobs since 2014, and many articles on internet news sites. I don't know what's been going on in the minds of the Japanese Aapon oshi exactly, but this small nudge from the management, beginning only this year (which usually would be too late to make an effect) was enough to make her rank in senbatsu in prelims and undergirls in the final results. She definitely gained fans, but her fans also gained new hope. Watching her blossom under the slightest bit of spotlight management finally shone on her has been amazing, and I'm incredibly glad that I was able to witness it. Anyone who pays her a bit of attention can tell how much she loves being an idol and how much she treasures her members and fans, and how those feelings didn't change even after years of going unnoticed by management, how she stays positive no matter what. That she finally got a chance - after 5 years in the group, at 20 years old, which many people consider too old for an idol - was a small miracle, and I feel like it made us, her fans, believe in miracles too. We worked hard, but above all else, she worked hard, and together we brought about another miracle.

    Whoops, that got long, sorry, I still can't settle down after seeing her rank. I got inspired. She's such a wonderful person and idol, and I hope many more people will start to notice it now.
     
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  2. Doodleboy

    Doodleboy Kenkyuusei

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    Well it was enjoyable to read. Still a surprise to see her rank higher than Fuuchan.
     
  3. Kyouka

    Kyouka Kenkyuusei

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    Okita Ayaka
    Thanks. And it was a surprise for me too, believe me! I was expecting Future or Next Girls for her. Certainly didn't expect her to be the third highest ranked NMB member in the final result. It was a very good day :D But like I said, Japanese Aapon oshi are extremely dedicated, and I'd say more dedicated when it comes to SSK than a typical NMB fan. With some inspiration, it showed in the results. That's really all I can say.
     
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  4. EinhanderX

    EinhanderX Stage48 Moderator Staff Member Stage48 Moderator

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    As a Fuuchan Oshi in team M, I don't mind if the one overlapping her rank this year is none other than Aapon. In fact, I'm happy for her.

    About time we enlighten those still asking "Who's Okita Ayaka?" in the net. :D
     
  5. Ghada Regaieg

    Ghada Regaieg Kenkyuusei

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    hi!! i'm new to this thread!!:) just noticed Aapon recently!!:cute: hope to know more about her here!!:) her rank in this years SSK was amazing!! i'm happy about it!!! :banana:
     
  6. Ghada Regaieg

    Ghada Regaieg Kenkyuusei

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    :ome:Happy Birthday Aapon :ome:
     
  7. EinhanderX

    EinhanderX Stage48 Moderator Staff Member Stage48 Moderator

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    A bit late but:ome::ome:
     
  8. ForrestFuller

    ForrestFuller Future Girls

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    Aapon's 2017 SSK Appeal Video
     
  9. CutePanda

    CutePanda Upcoming Girls

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    5-31-2017 showroom

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    congrats to Aapon ranked 15th place in prelim with 11,373 votes!!! #HappyTears

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  10. KamonegiX

    KamonegiX Kenkyuusei

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    Its nice to see Aapon having an Ayachan cinderella story. They both just kinda suddenly popped up on sousenkyo and caught people's attention. I hope this ssk she goes even further. I wonder if she could outrank Miru...
     
  11. Ghada Regaieg

    Ghada Regaieg Kenkyuusei

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    :ome:Happy Birthday Aapon :ome:
     
  12. x_lambs

    x_lambs Kenkyuusei Stage48 Donor

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    Saw a-pon on the mahjong battle to replace riripon. She was on crutches. They didn't mention the reason in her into. Maybe it will come up during the intro

    Sent from my ONEPLUS A5000 using Tapatalk
     
  13. ForrestFuller

    ForrestFuller Future Girls

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    Announced her graduation today.
     
  14. EinhanderX

    EinhanderX Stage48 Moderator Staff Member Stage48 Moderator

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    Otsukare. Both to her and those SSK hardvoter of her. Will be missed.
     
  15. Yuuri28

    Yuuri28 Kenkyuusei

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    Sad to hear this now.
     
  16. Konno A.

    Konno A. Kenkyuusei

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    it's unfortunate, but I think she did well for herself in NMB. Great member overall tho.
     
  17. JoltFiend

    JoltFiend Kenkyuusei Stage48 Donor

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    I was wondering what Yamarina was tweeting about when she mentioned Aapon and all the help she had gotten from her. I guess this was it.

    Sad to see her leaving, gonna miss that smile of hers.
     
  18. lionel90

    lionel90 Kenkyuusei

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  19. zeroshiki

    zeroshiki Kenkyuusei

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    Aapon's last handshake was on Saturday in Nagoya. Her last activity will be this Thursday for her graduation show.
    I saw firsthand how crazy dedicated her fans were to her from the Hiroshima concert to the Nagoya handshake and I can only say that if she has fans that dedicated then she must have done something right. Good luck to her.
     
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  20. Ghada Regaieg

    Ghada Regaieg Kenkyuusei

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    :ome:Happy Birthday Aapon :ome:
     

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