Late to the party but I'm loving the tea spilled here so here are my unpopular opinions: 1. Nanase is not that pretty. By no means is she is ugly, but I find her quite average in Nogi. For example, there are some moments when I pause the video and feel "wow nanasemaru looks pretty here!" but most times she just looks average to me. It still surprises me she's as popular as she is because other than her protect me persona and cute vibes she doesn't stand out much. I think she shined the most as center during her graduation single. I made her one of my top oshi because I felt she broke a lot of 'conventional center' standards for which I have respect. Like she's not extremely pale and has a very girl-next-door appearance. 2. Ikoma is a better center than Nanase. Even though Nanase is a better dancer - Ikoma seems more powerful and impactful as a center for all the singles she centered as compared to Nanase. Because of Nanase's shy, passive personality and lack of stage presence she sometimes blends into the rest of the 1st row and it's hard to tell who the center is if you're new or don't know Nanase. But even if you don't know Ikoma or Nogi and watch Seifuko no Mannequin you'd immediately recognise who the center is because of her impact and presence. 3. Synchronicity > Influencer 4. I see a lot of lost potential in graduated first gen members, like Wakatsuki. I feel she had a lot of potential to have been 1st or even fukujin. 5. Speaking of Wakatsuki, I think had she stayed - she could have been a better successor as Captain than Manatsu. Her or Kazumi. 6. Manatsu looks like Asari-chan (the anime). 7. I don't like Yoda, at all. Something just seems off - like she's pretending to be all innocent and naive. 6. This might not be unpopular but I think a large part of the narrative of how Nanase rose to fame is the Manatsu incident. People talk about how other members pushed Nanase on variety and other moments they got and then she got massively popular because of that but I disagree. I think Nanase was not a contender for center until 4th single when Manatsu replaced her and Nanase got attention for being that girl "who got the shorter end of the stick". If you check her HS sales in the 3rd single and then the 4th, Nanase gained momentum and a massive fanbase then - climbing all the way to the top 3 member's HS sales. This is no coincidence. Manatsu returning was a big attention-grab and people kept asking "Manatsu's back? And she's in senbatsu? Who's place did she take!?" and that's when attention got moved to Nanase. So she just became an underdog which wotas then spent money on to come see, and basically console. This was around the same time she never went back to row 3.