I just dipped into the Hiragana broadcasts from last August, shortly before their first handshake event. Great stuff on all sides. Personally, I like Memi (Kakizaki Memi) and Katoshi (Katou Shiho), since they are very relaxed and make it seem as if they are confident and straight and not trying too hard. Very natural. And Katoshi was hilarious, as well as sexy. Memi was transparent: you see every little emotion flickering across her face. And she had the confidence to be a bit arch toward commenters. But you may prefer the hard-triers like Mirei (Sasaki Mirei), who seemed very nice and talked a lot and quickly. So did Sarina (Ushio Sarina), who has such a beautiful liquid voice. Kyonko (Saitou Kyouko) was well prepared and very responsive to people sending messages. Mao-chan (Iguchi Mao) was strong and active and funny and seemed willing to say anything. Takemoto (Takamoto Ayaka) was somewhere in between: a real talker, but also direct and natural. Kumi (Sasaki Kumi) was funny and very personable, someone you couldn't help but feel friendly towards. Meimei (Higashimura Mei) was impossibly cute, even moe. Kage-chan (Kageyama Yuuka) was smart and active, but quite nervous (at that time). But for me it comes back to Memi and Katoshi, who were the only ones who didn't seem frightened of the audience or to be begging. They had some special inner confidence, it seems to me. Or perhaps in Katoshi's case, it was self-abandonment and being prepared to accept any result. The sense I get so far is that the Kanjis are nervous, even though some (e.g., Mii-chan) are very eager. Mii-chan says she has wanted to do Showroom since last summer, and her performance on radio makes you think she will be great at it. Fuu-chan seems to be trying to gather a group to do a broadcast together (Oda, Neru, Mona?). The Hiraganas seem confident and eager. No word yet on when. I agree that over the weekend or even next week seems likely. They have to set up a schedule so they don't conflict with each other, if possible. I wouldn't be surprised to see Kyonko go first. She was really the most capable and organized presenter last year. But on the Kanji side, I agree that Akanen probably wants to be first. But Mii-chan seems the most eager. By the way, one recent rumour is that most of the members who are 18 or more have moved out of the dorm and into their own apartments. I have no idea if this is true or not. It is also said that the "dorm" they moved into last fall doesn't actually provide meals, but has a kitchen in each unit. Once again, pure rumour. But I do notice various members talking about cooking: not just Naako, but also Neru and Memi and others.