Well, sadly, Ash was one rank short of kami 7 I can't blame anyone though, her fans really put a lot of effort in the campaign. Besides, technically she ranked up from her last year's 9th rank. No one could have predicted a 2nd gen who didn't even rank in the prelims would make it to the kami 7 in the last minute. Oh well. If management would now include Ash in management chosen senbatsu, considering she is now free of academic obligations, I believe Ash' popularity can still go up.