Takayanagi Akane (Churi)

Discussion in 'Team KII' started by haruna_hamasaki, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. noTKMNnoLIFE

    noTKMNnoLIFE Kenkyuusei

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    This is one of the best things about Churi as an idol. It's not just talk either, you can tell she really cares about her fans and appreciates everything. Not being in Japan, I also notice how often she tries to broadcast parts of her fan meetings for those who can't be there.
    If anything, she might think about us too much. She sometimes worries too much about giving back to fans or disappointing us and everyone has to tell her, don't worry, just being yourself and doing your best is enough, that's why we're supporting you.

    As for HS, to be honest I don't care much for the concept and I haven't gone is years (last time was to meet Churi), so this isn't really coming from experience, but I think its more for fans who want to be fished and the idols who are good at delivering that delusion. Those are the wotas that really drive up the sales numbers. Churi isn't that type of idol and I don't think a lot of her fans even want that from her.

    Are you talking about Maya, or did someone new stop and look you in the eyes?
     
  2. jaylitt

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    Yeah, all the live streams she does at her events are great. And the sheer amount of tweets and images she posts are really just amazing. I feel like that constant bond and the funny/quotidian nature of her tweets are great at reinforcing that fan feeling of being a fan who is disconnected physically but still always connected.

    Also agreed on the nature of handshakes and fans. The fans I know just go to say hi and talk a bit, you obviously don't go expecting to be fished, although everyone agrees she is extremely cute : )

    Yes of course it's Maya.

    I beat myself up pretty hard for pushing another member harder than Churi now, but let me try and justify it for your amusement. For most of 2016-17 I watched a lot of KII stages and challenged myself to occasionally read the blogs of all KII members since Churi is not so subtly trying to push some members to the front. (Mizuno Airi)

    There will obviously be a change of guard sometime, so the members have been looking to groom new leaders. I think KII is the team best prepared for a succession. Sakipon, Yuzuki and Ruka have recently entered senbatsu and have all benefited from Churi/Minarun's coaching. I personally feel that the former is the one best suited to becoming the new leader given a bit more time, but if those three stay together I think they can do very well. I omitted Oshirin since she may graduate in the near future.

    Despite following the team for so long as well as meeting most of the members in person I was never shaken from Churi since I always hold her on a high pedestal. When I met Maya I felt like I did when I first discovered Churi, and I feel they both give me the same vibe and what I like in idols (being funny, friendly, dedicated, etc). I never felt that way with other idols, even if I enjoy and appreciate them.

    I think I was looking too hard at KII to find a "successor" to Churi when I should have simply appreciated the members for who they are and what they can bring to the team in their own way.
     
  3. noTKMNnoLIFE

    noTKMNnoLIFE Kenkyuusei

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    Yeah I know what you mean. Some people just grab you for whatever reason, but it's easier to find when you're not trying to force it. I follow SKE (mostly K2), Team 8, Keyakizaka and a little NMB. I love lots of members, but only Churi and Harada Aoi struck me at oshi level.

    Airi is also pretty close for me though. Maybe it's her age and rebellious phase that makes me feel like I still need to wait and see more, but she's definitely right up there. I've been watching her SR from the start and she's grown so much in a short time. I get the sense everyone around her also feels like she's someone special.

    It's funny you mention Sakipon, because I've also seen her as a good leader candidate for a while, but I figure most people would say Nao or someone more popular. Either way, the team is stacked for the future.
     
  4. jaylitt

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    This may as the well be the KII general but I think we'd be the only posters anyway.

    Yeah Airi is definitely special. I can't wrap my head around why she isn't talked about more since her talent and charm seem apparent to me at first glance. I also feel the same way about Kocchan - you look at her and just feel her determination and passion. Those two were the 7D2 members I identified as going places relatively early on and called my favourites from that gen - funny that things have turned out this way then!

    I think it's quite obvious that Nao isn't leadership material if you've seen the Zero Position debate or seen the chemistry of members in KII theatres. She's the best performer in the team imo but far from a leader. That's no knock on her. I didn't write a report about it but I went to a KII theatre in December. Churi wasn't there so I cheered for Yumana and Airi, but Nao really stole the show as I expected. It sort of feels that KII is built in such a way that lets her perform at her fullest, and it's great to watch.

    Damn, here you go name dropping these groups. I can't think of something more antithetical to being a Churi oshi than following other groups! (Teasing, I know you like variety and what not, but puritans like myself will stick to the blogs and theatres.)
     
  5. noTKMNnoLIFE

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    The only good reason I can think of for Airi is she grew and gained confidence so fast that people who don't follow K2 closely have only caught on recently (if at all), and management probably wasn't prepared for it either, with Yunana already being their chosen youngster. But that trio of Yunana, Airi and Kocchan is so strong already.

    Totally agree on Nao. Not much to add there.

    And nope! See, Churi loves SKE and wants to see everyone there succeed, while I love multiple idol groups and want to see even more members succeed. It's the same, I just have a larger love radius! (That's my excuse anyway, and I'm sticking to it. Please, no "large love radius" innuendo jokes, that's too easy.)

    Since we're talking about Airi and more people will probably see it here, I wanted to plug her twitter. It's one of the more fun and personal feeling accounts imo, as opposed to focusing on business/promoting.

    Here's some of that confidence and charm on display with senpai Sakipon.
    https://twitter.com/airiSKE48_0921/status/952561423636312069
    https://twitter.com/airiSKE48_0921/status/952902575870771200

    And these crack me up for some reason. I'll call it the GIVE ME YOUR FACE series.
    https://twitter.com/airiSKE48_0921/status/954992086029295616
    https://twitter.com/airiSKE48_0921/status/955004108649345024
    https://twitter.com/airiSKE48_0921/status/941570058408493056
     
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  6. noTKMNnoLIFE

    noTKMNnoLIFE Kenkyuusei

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    https://mdpr.jp/news/detail/1744358

    WIP matches. I was close on my guess, it's 3-on-3 but not all Nagoya: Yuki, Chikako, Machi VS Churi, Katomina, Tatsuya Makiho. I like my idea better though lol. It would be a fun storyline, getting all the SKE girls together for a brawl. They could haveChuri and Nao team up to defend their home turf from a new organization. Who doesn't like seeing enemies team up for a common goal?
     
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    Guess I'll be watching my first Pixar movie soon. In Japanese.
    Has anyone seen the movie and knows how big the role is? Even if it's a minor character, she's shown in the headlines, so I'm really happy for her.
     
  10. sscrla

    sscrla Kenkyuusei Stage48 Donor

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    I saw the movie the day it was released. The part is a small one, but not the smallest. She is a musician who encourages the young boy to follow his dreams. Unfortunately, I can't remember the character's name (and can't find it on any of the websites that list the top 20 characters or so, many of whom are dead family members).

    I am going by google translate:
    And Takayanagi speaks to [the voice of] a woman musician the Miguel encounters in the "living country."
     
  11. noTKMNnoLIFE

    noTKMNnoLIFE Kenkyuusei

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    So it sounds like she's not in many scenes but gets decent screen (voice) time when it does get to her part? That's about what I expected, considering she doesn't even push for big voice acting roles. With all the work she's been doing, just getting her name up there with Disney/Pixar too is icing on the cake.
     
  12. sscrla

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    Most of the movie scenes are in the land of the dead (so she won't be there), and in the land of the living a lot of the scenes involve his family or his hero (the famous singer).
     
  13. jaylitt

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    I'll go see the movie in theatres when it releases. I actually didn't know it was already out in other countries. It seems like it won some awards and I like Disney-esque movies so I'm looking forward to it, even if Churi's role is small.

    As an aside, the Mizuno Airi hype train is real. I'm not really sure what it is about Airi, but nearly every Churi fan I know, including the ones who initially denied going to other members' lanes, has gone to see her at handshakes and they all love her. I know that some Churi fans see Ego sometimes but a lot of fans (such as myself) aren't that sold on her despite being close to Churi. Maybe Airi is a catch due to her name : ) Churi is certainly good at promoting members.
     
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    Because Ego seems like a replacement for Mizupyon forced by the management.
     
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    EinhanderX Kenkyuusei

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    Can't say I disagree on that replacement part. Idk

    Glad Mizuno finally got a traction. I just wish it spread to international part of SKE fandom, idk..
    (Can't say myself a big fan when I just discovered her on Musubi.:^^;:)

    Pls keep me updated on her. Thank you very much.
     
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    Let me just qualify what I said regarding Ego because I like her and I don't want to cause a misunderstanding.

    I was just a baby SKE fan when Mizuho was still in the group so I won't comment on that. After Airin and Rena left the group Ego was the member that Churi got along with the most, since she was a fifth generation member and Churi kept a distance from the sixth gen+ members. (I believe this to be on purpose but I could be very wrong.) It therefore seems natural that she would get along with Ego, being senbatsu members in KII. For me, at least, it didn't seem that natural at the time and this has clouded my opinion of Ego, even if this might not really be the case. I just have this nagging feeling that it's more of a business relationship, like Churi jokes about with Minarun. I'm only talking for myself and some other fans I know, but those two after Airin/Rena felt a bit sudden and couldn't really fill the gap they left in the same way.

    So I think that's the problem - I was looking for a Rena/Airin continuation. But I really appreciate the Mina/Churi combination, and Ego/Churi when they picked up steam with the Yosaku comics. Yosaku goods are absolutely everywhere at events, hanging from bags in most lanes I'd wager.

    Maybe it's because there isn't this obsession with the past with Mizuno Airi which feels liberating and new for fans. We could say the same thing for Kocchan, really, but for whatever reason (maybe because Churi appeared with Airi at the Zepp Tokyo concert) there's this feeling that Airi is the padawan even if Churi doesn't seem to hang out with her that much. Maybe it's her rebellious attitude that people like?
     
  17. noTKMNnoLIFE

    noTKMNnoLIFE Kenkyuusei

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    I vaguely remember Churi commenting on why she feels close to Egochan (thought it was in a recent blog, but I couldn't find it and gave up - maybe it was somewhere else). To paraphrase, she remembers in the early years feeling like a little sister to older members who helped her and made a big impression on her, so now she gravitates to the type of kouhai who she feels she can help in the same way. Egochan was like the SKE imouto, so it makes sense that Churi would want to take her under her wing. (bird pun!)

    I can't speak for others about Airi, but liking her wasn't related to Churi for me. I don't even feel Churi does much to push her. She just stands out because she's got something special, imo.
    This is probably too obscure a comparison, but she reminds me a little of my favourite ex-Idoling member Yazawa Erika. That's not the reason I like her, but there are similar character traits I like: pleasant and cheerful on one hand, but also a little rough and defiant if provoked. Not totally unlike Churi, but Churi is a little more delicate compared to those two.

    Fans like idols for different reasons: visual idols, singers/performers, lolis lol, etc., so maybe the common thread that attracts Churi fans to Airi is personality. They're both fun, lovable and genuine. Of course they're also cute and talented in various ways, but speaking for myself, it's personality that interests me most. Maybe other Churi fans feel the same.
     
  18. sscrla

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