Exactly so. They are being moved toward independent performance, but no sign of a real single yet. Their status remains undefined. Through the whole period that Zumiko wasn't available, the Kanjis made a big point of leaving her spot empty. In my opinion, in addition to honoring Zumiko, they were doing that intentionally to keep the Hiraganas out. Their great success made it possible for them to do it, but I hated it, because despite my love for most of the Kanjis as people, I love the Hiraganas just as much. In any case, it looks as if the Kanjis, anyway, see this as two separate groups. Personally, I see no chance whatever that they will come up with a second/third Kanji generation. Hiragana as a whole fills the role of a second generation, bringing Keyaki up to near Nogi's numbers. @Lisa -- Interesting points. I can't see them expanding the way the 48 side has. I believe they brought in the Hiragana1's because they had their doubts about the Kanjis. Those doubts proved unfounded, so Hiragana is left in limbo, a bit. Now they have brought in the Hiragana2's (a) to have more members to sell handshake tickets for, and (b) to bring Hiragana up to Kanji strength so it has the possibility of being a similar full-scale group. Maybe it will take another year before they can decide what they really want to do with them. But the 2gens seem to have some possible stars. And there are still outstanding possibilities among the 1gens, too (Sarina, Katoshi, Memi, Kage, Ayaka, Kyouko....).