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  1. Cristafari

    Cristafari Stage48 Moderator Staff Member Stage48 Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2008
    Location:
    Itabashi-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    Oshimen:
    Iwasa Misaki
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    Cristafari
    SKE48 Ikinari Punch Line Individual Handshake Event at Makuhari Messe (2018/10/06)

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    Jurina? Is that you???

    It was nice that there was a six-week separation between SKE's Tokyo handshake dates, as opposed to being back to back like last single. This was originally going to be the only event I would attend, since I wasn't sure if I would be in town for the August event. I ultimately ended up getting a few August tickets for Tani, Kaotan, and Yuzuki. For this event I had tickets for a few more members, although I was kinda disappointed that I didn't have any tickets for Sato Kaho, but that's what happens when you have to apply so far in advance.

    I arrived at Makuhari around noon, since I had strategically planned all my tickets from 12:15 to 4:45 pm. Since I had plenty of time I went to check out some of the special features of this event. The goods booth had a few new items for the 10th Anniversary. There was also a special area with drawings of 'monster versions' of the members, I think made by themselves. I'm not sure what that was about. They had the usual random member costumes on display, plus costumes girls could try on. Today the featured costumes were Koko de Ippatsu, which obviously made me happy. Finally, they had their badminton court set up, although I never saw it being used as long as I was there. Anyway, let's get into the action...

    Pre-lunch Slots (B2/B3)

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    Tani Marika (Lane 16) This would be my first of two interactions with Tani, and I was looking forward to talking with her about all the excitement going on in her life right now. Her booth was a bit quiet. In fact, the crowd was kinda sparse throughout the venue. Anyway, I congratulated her, and she responded by thanking me and saying that she would do her best. I told her I had been slightly worried about her. She asked why, but I got pushed out before I could properly respond.

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    Obata Yuna (Lane 18) Obata is one of those girls who I really like, but don't spend much time talking to. So I am always a bit nervous about what to say to her. I finally decided to tell her that when I saw Team KII in Nagoya that I loved the way she smiled on stage, and that she makes for a really good center. It was so cute, her smile got increasingly wider as I was making my little speech, and she thanked me at the end.

    I took a break around this time and had lunch. Ya know, this "Jekyll and Hyde" weather can be annoying. It was quite warm today, and I was dressed as if it was not so warm. I wish I had worn shorts and a light T-shirt. When I returned I noticed a huge crowd on the left side of the venue. It turned out Suda Akari came out to promote her photobook, and was joking with the fans. It was odd though, they weren't selling it at the venue. To me this was really a blown opportunity, especially if they wanted to boost the sales. However, I think she had to leave the venue early since she only had two slots originally scheduled (As did Jurina before she went on handshake hiatus)

    Lunch Slot

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    23rd Single Outfit, plus Koko de Ippatsu

    Matsumura Kaori (Lane 10) Since Kaotan will be graduating soon, I relish every opportunity to see her. I mentioned that I had seen the Koko de Ippatsu outfits, and admitted that my favorite outfit is Matsumurabu, which I had photographed when it was on display in Akihabara. She seemed surprised by this; "Really, you have a photograph of it?" Yes! My last ticket of the day would be for Kaotan, so I would see her in a little bit.

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    Yamauchi Suzuran (Lane 6) This would be my second meeting with Ranran since I saw her perform at Horipro Matsuri. She has long been known as a "fisher," and I got my first up-close example of her tactics. The moment I walked into the booth she grabbed on to my Kaotan ticket holder. She seemed really happy that I was a Kaotan fan. (Ya know, I have some really cool favorite members, as I also get a similar reaction whenever a member finds out I am a Wasamin fan) Anyway, we mainly talked about the beret she was wearing. I have noticed a lot of idols (including Wasamin) have been wearing berets lately, so I told her it was really cute, and noted their popularity among idols. I cute thing was a) the way she pulled me close to her during her interaction, and b) the soft and demure way she was responding to me. I really got how fans would consider her a top member to visit at events.

    I had been looking for @Tuhis all afternoon, and finally ran into him just before the next slots started. He and I have passed each other at events multiple times, but had never stopped and talked with one another ever before today. It was good to spend a few minutes talking about our event experiences, and of course our experiences in Japan. However, he had a lot of tickets since he was also doing make-ups for the cancelled event from last weekend, and I had a potentially long line to deal with, so we parted ways...

    Slots A3/B4

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    Hidaka Yuzuki (Lane 12) With Kaotan graduating, it is quite possible that I will upgrade the amount of tickets I get for Yuzuki going forward. But I screwed this visit up royally. Struggling with what to say, I decided to mention that her drawing was the easiest to spot, even from a distance since she used the Chunichi Dragons uniform. She was like "Yeah, I guess that would be easy." Except at some point I must've called her "Mizuki" since she got this dissappointed look and her face and said "But I'm Yuzuki!" Oh shoot, I called her by the wrong name! I think I did that before at least once with another member, but she was the first one to ever call me out on it. Later on some friends tried to make me feel better by saying that they have called members by the wrong name in the past, and have been corrected. But I was bummed out that I had made a slightly bad impression. I need to make it up to her at some point.

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    Tani Marika (Lane 16) My second visit with Tani, I told her that I was excited because I originally became her fan by watching her on television. Odekake, AKBingo, Ebishow, and a few others. She said she was going to do her best. I responded in English with "Never Give Up!" It's a phrase I know she is familiar with, and she enthusiastically repeated it back to me.

    Slots A4/B5

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    Hirata Shiina (Lane 19) This is one of these tickets I sort of bought on a whim, and when the time came to use it I was like "Why the hell do I have this ticket?" I originally met Shiina at Yokohama Arena when she debuted at the Zenkoku event. She was my favorite of the SKE draftees. But that was around nine months ago. I hadn't had any interaction with her since, and I have no idea what she has been up to. She had a relatively long line, as did a couple of the other draftees. So she must be doing something since she has cultivated a bit of a following. Anyway, when my turn came I reminded her that I met her at Yokohama Arena, and that I was impressed by her. I also told her I liked her drawing, but I got caught between saying cute (kawaii) and cool (kakkoi) so it came out all wrong. She kinda laughed, and said she hoped I come back to see her again, which was very nice. Maybe I will after all.

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    Matsumura Kaori (Lane 10) One last visit with Kaotan before I called it a day. I decided to tell her about my trip to Sadogashima last weekend, which was cut short due to the Typhoon. Ever the detective, Kaotan had a ton of questions about my trip. Why did I go? (to see Wasamin) Who did I go with? (members of the fan club) When I told her that Wasamin performed on the ferry boat, she seemed totally shocked. "She sang on the boat? Honto???" Yes, and it was a lot of fun. I told her I would see her soon, and hightailed it out of the venue and back to the train station.

    I'm not sure how I am going to deal with SKE events going forward with Kaotan leaving. I mainly go to these events to see her and Tani. I mean there obviously are a few other SKE48 members I enjoy visiting, but losing Kaotan means losing my #1 motivation for the SKE exclusive events. When they post the schedule for the next single, I will decide what I want to do, but it will probably result in fewer tickets purchased, and I already purchase a small amount.
     
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  2. Tuhis

    Tuhis Kenkyuusei

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2008
    Oshimen:
    Furuhata Nao
    Back home so might as well write my report for the last week.

    9/29: Seishun Girls @ SKE Theatre

    I was lucky enough to get my first outright win, with SKE Mobile. It was not all clear anyway, since it was matinee performance and my plane landed that morning which meant any delays would be critical. Fortunately even with the typhoon coming Finnair got me there on time. Got through immigration swiftly, got my baggage quickly and took the μ-SKY to Nagoya. Dropped off my luggage at my hotel in Sakae and was at the theater with an hour to spare.

    Important things first, as I had a late birthday present for Nao-chan to deliver at the theater. Found someone who understood enough english and my broken japanese to sort out the process for handing in the present and then I got in the line to get my ticket. Once that was sorted out and I had my ticket in hand, I could finally accept as a fact I finally got to see SKE Theatre with my own eyes. (It wasn't KII but I'll take what Ticket Center gives me and be happy about it.) Behind me on line was a dude from Shanghai who seemed curious of a westerner in the theatre. Had a nice chat and then, off to see the show. Got in relatively early, got a seat from about 5th row.

    The member who shined the most was Sugiyama Aika. It seemed to me she was a head above others in performance charisma.

    The stage was great, omiokuri was fun as members didn't expect to see a westerner but took it in stride.

    Then I was off to freshen up at my hotel and up to next thing on my menu:

    9/29: メ〜テレ秋まつり2018 BOMBER-E秋まつりスペシャルLIVE

    This did not go well for me. Typhoon 24 was coming so there was plenty of rain coming down and no, I did not have rain gear except an umbrella which wasn't sufficient. Also, the tickets for the actual performance area had been distributed the same morning about the same time my plane landed so no entry for the actual area at Hisaya Odori park. I did hear them and saw a glimpse of the screen with Nao on it, unfortunately only place I could see even the screen was on an area where you could not stand so I decided I was good. (And needed to go buy at least some rain gear.) Night on an airplane wasn't super restful either.

    9/30: Ikinari Punchline HS at Port Messe

    FU TYPHOON FOR GETTING THIS CANCELLED (It turned out OK in the end anyway.)

    10/4 SKE 10th Anniversary celebration @ SKE Theatre

    I did not win any tickets to the performances, or to the viewing outside. However I wanted to be there and at least buy some of them goods. The goods line also had a display and speakers set up so we could watch the performance while in the slow-ass line. Before I got to the line I suddenly heard a commotion: A WILD JURINA APPEARED. Suddenly cameramen and Jurina go past me at about 1,5 meter distance and yes, she was looking good. After this it was time to go wait in the line and buy stuff.

    10/6 Ikinari Punchline HS at Makuhari Messe

    Now, this was my last Japan trip this year (unless something exciting happens) so I had bought plenty of tickets. I had also to sort out the problem of the tickets to the cancelled event since I wasn't looking forward to sorting out the refund process.

    I had decided to get nicely dressed again and had a fresh suit and tie and accessories too. Only problem was that I showed up at Makuhari the night before at about 21:00, and noticed I had suit, tie, accessories but in the rush I had earlier the day forgotten to pack a dress shirt. GODDAMMIT and a lot of Finnish equivalents for four letter words later I realize it's either back to Nagoya (not an interesting idea) or go check out the Lawson downstairs. Aaaand Lawson is now my favourite konbini for having a shirt of exactly right size in stock, for 2000 yen.

    Then it was the matter of the tickets for 9/30 event. Management had announced those tickets would be usable at 11/4 HS event but that was useless for me, so needed to figure out something. So I went to the information booth and found a very helpful person who unfortunately did not understand english. I was however able to explain in my broken japanese that I am leaving the following morning and not back in Japan in several months. After a bunch of words I did not understand and "please wait a moment" where the staff went away with my tickets, I was given instructions which I understood was "sort it out with a japanese friend who has a japanese bank account." Which was wrong because what it apparently meant was "use what you can today and refund what you cant with a japanese friends". Next thing I know my tickets have dates changed and stamped. THANKS MY FAVOURITE STAFFU-SAN.

    I now had 51 tickets for slots A1-A4 to chat with Nao-chan so I was off.

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    I can't/won't go in detail of all the things we chatted about (which range from RH results to it being cold in Finland) but maybe the most important piece of news was that her mini-album comes out in the winter. I very much recommend people to go chat with Nao-chan, she sure knows how to make sure fans leave happy. I know I did. Only unfortunate part is that I noiw expect my HS costs to go up now that I am able to sort out 50 tickets worth of discussion for one day.

    Also, did some photo trading and it was nice meeting @Cristafari after being in the same event for probably the fifth time. :D

    After having burned all my tickets, it was time for me to get back to Nagoya with my feet killing me and get ready for my morning flight back home.

    Note: It is amusing how much faster one can burn through tickets in the earlier slots. I burned 19 tickets during A1 in probably about the same time it took me to burn 5 at A3/A4.
     
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  3. Chrissel

    Chrissel Kenkyuusei Stage48 Donor

    Joined:
    May 23, 2013
    Location:
    Nagoya
    Oshimen:
    Sugiyama Aika
    Twitter:
    kurisuuu48
    Glad to see you liked Aiai's performance ^^
    I wish more people would recognize it tho...
     
  4. jaylitt

    jaylitt Kenkyuusei

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2015
    Location:
    Aichi
    Oshimen:
    Sugawara Maya
    Twitter:
    nickjaylitt
    These illustrations were made by Yokonyan. She frequently makes these kinds of pictures for members on 2janai. They had an exhibition of them in Sunshine Sakae and they took them down on Friday night and moved them to the event the next day.

    10/07 Sentimental Train HS @ Intex Osaka


    I never buy AKB singles apart from Sousenkyo but I found myself going to this event because of the cancelled tickets I had left over from 9/1. Rather than refund them I decided to go to Osaka and congratulate Maya for her inclusion in the AKB single.

    We originally planned to congratulate Maya on 9/30 but it got cancelled due to the typhoon. I wasn't very happy about that but I was sick so on a personal note it wasn't bad. We had less than a week to prepare for the sendoff on 9/30 since the AKB senbatsu was announced on 9/24. The others designed little flags to assemble during the event. The Nagoya events usually have almost all the regulars from Kansai/Tokai present and the high rollers from Tokyo so they're the best time. One of the main community organizers couldn't make the event, so she gave me the supplies to make the flags.

    I met with the other main community organizer and gave him the stuff. He didn't have any tickets so we set up a sweatshop outside the event where we had people make flags during their breaks. I think we had 250 pieces of paper but about 200 sticks, so we made ~200 throughout the day. He went to talk to the staff at the event to confirm if we could have a sendoff for Maya. They said it was okay but that it's ultimately on the member to decide if she wants to step out the lane.

    I had 24 tickets left from the 50+ I had from the first two cancelled slots. My friends asked me if I regretted oshimashi-ing the rest on 9/1 but I didn't feel like I really needed any more, and I enjoyed talking with Yumana last time.

    Slot 1 (9-10:30)

    Since I didn't have tickets for the event that day, I didn't expect to be able to use my tickets for oshimashi or for the lottery bonuses. I wasn't going to oshimashi anyway, but I ended up being able to do the lottery for my first slot where I had 17 tickets. Everyone I lined up with lost their bonuses (40 tickets in total) while I won 6 of my 17.

    I've never been to these AKB events with the bonuses nor have I ever been to a 2shot event, so I was nervous. I decided to take 3 videos and 3 pictures. My friend told me how to fill out the forms they give you but I was still nervous since I hadn't prepared anything and I hadn't seen Maya yet that day. (I usually go with 3 tickets to set up the day and say hi)

    I think the pictures and videos turned out nicely. I got a few remarks/jealous complaints about how comfortable she looks with me during handshakes. I think it's because of how friendly Maya is, she's so warm and approachable.
    Photos:
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    Video 1: See the description in my tweet.
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    She asked me if I had any request for the other videos but I told her to do as she pleased since I was really unsure how this worked. She just did the stuff I circled on the forms.
    Video 2: Fashion show, matching clothes with Kumachan.
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    Video 3: I wanted her to say this for a little motivation to not go to other lanes and for a little laugh.
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    Afterwards we had a nice talk. She thanked me for coming to Osaka, I told her it was my first time taking photos and videos, and she told me to print out the photos and frame them. I said yeah, I'll put them next to the pictures of my cats. She doesn't like cats so she made a little face. I told her that incidentally I have a cat named Maya, but there's no relation since I had that cat before I knew about her. She told me it must be destiny and I told her no way, my cat is my cat. She made some fake angry expressions because I wasn't playing along. She then asked me why I named the cat Maya and I just said I like the name and some people are named Maya too in English. She asked me what Maya means in English. I told her that we don't always think about the meanings of names when giving them, and that I don't know what meaning Maya has in English, but that I just like the name. She remarked that Japanese names always have a meaning thanks to the kanji so it was a bit of a foreign concept for her. She was going to ask me if my name has any special meaning but we got cut off.

    Slot 2 (10:30-12:00)

    For the second slot I only had seven tickets. The bonus was a namashashin (photo card) signing, and I only brought one. The lane reception staff changed and the new girl didn't let me do the lottery, saying my redo tickets were only good for handshakes. I was super lucky the previous slot, in that case. I feel like staff are always a mixed bag and you pray to get some who can bend the rules and aren't rigid.

    I went with 3/3/1. The first time I told her that one of my friends from Thailand went the day before in Tokyo. She had a bit of trouble remembering so I said she was a girl and she lit up and said "oh yeah, the one with the short hair, I remember her." She remarked that I'm friends with many of the foreigners she meets and said I'm good at being friends with everyone.

    Next up I told her I'm thinking of involving foreign fans in next year's seitansai project, so I asked her if she had anything she'd like in particular. She just jumped around and acted cute and thanked me and said anything at all is fine.

    For the last ticket I said it was the last one, thanked her for the day, she thanked me back and asked me if I was leaving. I told her I'll stick around for the farewell and told her to look forward to it. She told me thanks for sticking around and said she was really happy to talk with me today.

    Slot 3 (12:00-1:30)

    I chilled with the other fans and we made the flags. They're really easy to make. We had double sided tape that we stuck to the rectangular pieces of paper and then stuck a stick on the tape and rolled it. Here's a close up view of the flag:
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    Slot 4 (1:30-3:00)

    We kept making stuff until around 1:50. Me and a few others didn't have any tickets left so I was given a ticket to get past security. Security actually didn't care about tickets today, instead they were strict on you bringing in only one bag into the venue. I was bringing in some of the flags in my bag so I was afraid they'd get squished when I put my other bag inside of it but it was ok.

    We waited until 2:30 to distribute the flags. I had a good bunch in my bag and I distributed them all. I went around asking if people wanted to participate in the sendoff and if they said yes I'd give them a flag. There was a rush near the end of the slot as people from other lanes came and it was honestly quite nice seeing support from other members' fans.

    Maya's lane dragged on so we got moved to the front of the handicapped lane, which was quite spacious. While I was handing flags out staff and security came out to talk to the main community guy I mentioned. They asked us to keep a distance and they called a bunch of security from the venue. When Maya came out they cordoned off the space next the lanes around her by creating a human wall so no one could walk near her, although there was no security in between her and us.

    She was really happy to see our support and asked for a flag. One of the other guys gave her one. (Maybe it was one of the ones I made!) She talked a bit and laughed a bunch with us. But she had a "complaint": this was really nice, so why didn't she get a similar big sendoff after sousenkyo! We all shouted that we didn't have any money left. (Actually organizing this isn't that expensive) She meant it as a joke but of course some people felt some regret at not doing such a sendoff back then. There'll always be next year.

    The staff took a picture and she took a video of us all. She's only posted the picture... really unfortunate it caught my face just as I was about to sneeze.
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    I was really happy about how things went that day, especially given my luck with the lottery. I've always wanted a picture together so I'm happy. I'm getting tickets for the next AKB single (only the Osaka date) since Maya's in it and I've already been asked to get a video of her "trying" to speak English.
     
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  5. jaylitt

    jaylitt Kenkyuusei

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2015
    Location:
    Aichi
    Oshimen:
    Sugawara Maya
    Twitter:
    nickjaylitt
    18/10/20 - Ai Fes

    The 7D2 members minus Renahyuu performed for an hour.
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    I often look at idol events as a time where I can enjoy myself to the fullest and not worry about anything. After a long week I was looking forward to seeing a performance. Unfortunately this was probably the worst experience I've had as an idol fan. I'm writing this mostly to vent my anger. There won't be much about the members so I'm sorry.

    To begin with I'll start by criticizing the management for their organization of the event. There was a seated area with benches right in front of the stage, however you needed a special ticket to get in. You needed to win this ticket from a raffle, which I believe you could only get by going to the BBQ hosted that day. I guess this was fair but the instructions online were confusing. I didn't want a seat anyway since I came after the BBQ. What I thought was poor though was the placement of tents right in back of the seated zone. There was an area where you could stand in between the seated area and the tents but there was only place for three people back to back. The people sitting on benches in the tents couldn't see anything because of the people standing in front of them. This led to people being cramped in that very small area. I think a lot of problems could have been solved by moving the tents back.

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    The organizers wished for people to refrain from reserving places before the live, but this was predictably not respected. A lot of fans got there in the morning and waited countless hours before the live, so they gave up and let people reserve spots. The people I know had reserved an area so we put our stuff there and waited for the live. Right before SKE appeared there was a stampede of people and due to the limited space people just jumped over fans who were sitting down and started to take over space. I was looking over some spots for my friends when they left for the washrooms and some people stepped in and forced their way in front of us. I expected someone to say something but no one around did, so I tried to inform them that we had been waiting for a long time and they were currently stepping over the bags of people who had gone to the washroom.

    In Japan leaving your bags and stuff to reserve a place is very common and I see people respect this all the time, so I expected them to move. They refused to budge and claimed they were they before. They said they'd move when my friends returned, but predictably they didn't. I decided to argue with them some more but it was really pointless, they wouldn't budge and wouldn't apologize or try to compromise. I could still see but that exchange just left me in a bad mood. I went from being in the second row to the fourth.

    I was prepared to forget it all happened and focus on the live. The members wore very cute outfits and I couldn't take my eyes off Maya. Unfortunately my new friends would prove to be very annoying. I really appreciate people who add to the atmosphere with their voices and wave their penlights, however these people were hitting everyone around them. I got some elbows throughout the live and I saw them hit heads in front of them with their penlights. The worst part, however, was their constant shouting at certain members, calling them names and mean things. I heard them call Aiai and Airi fat multiple times during MCs when everyone was quiet, and others told me they overheard them shouting things about other members too. I would have loved to tell a staff or security but none were around and it's hard to leave and talk to one mid-concert.

    Anyway, enough of the rant. I have little to say about the members unfortunately. I thought Kano's performance was great and Yunana's stage presence was amazing. You can really feel a center aura from her now. I mostly looked at Maya and she was really trying hard today. She was trying very hard to appeal to everyone possible during the breaks. Just seeing her try her hardest made me happy. It was my first time seeing Maya be the center for Mae Nomeri, so that was really good too. I think everyone in 7D2 did well, and it didn't feel like much time was wasted.

    On a positive note, I brought a friend who hadn't ever gone to a 48g event but has followed the groups for 10 or so years. He really enjoyed it since he had someone next to him talk to him and it turned out they both oshi'd the same person years ago. He's always been nervous about going to events but he wants to go to more now, and he hit it off with some other fans, so it's reassuring to know that good things happened. He praised Maya a lot during the performance, and he liked Airi's MC.

    So I guess this is a remember that awful people exist everywhere. I just wish I could have ignored them better and gotten over it, because I honestly felt empty for most of the live and it felt wasted.
     
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  6. hermionepj1

    hermionepj1 Kenkyuusei

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2016
    Oshimen:
    Sashihara Rino
    aren't there only 5 second draft members?
     
  7. jaylitt

    jaylitt Kenkyuusei

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2015
    Location:
    Aichi
    Oshimen:
    Sugawara Maya
    Twitter:
    nickjaylitt
    Yup. 7D2 is the term used to refer to the 7th gen + the second draft members (D2). They debuted more or less at the same time so they feel like they are part of the same gen.
     
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