Wasamin gives her appeal speech here. She says it all.
When you buy your multiple copies of the 41st single, please save one vote for the great Iwasa Misaki. Yeah, I know, I know.
Do I think that she will win? No.
Do I think that she will finish in the top 10? No.
Is it all just a popularity contest? Well, yes indeed it is. However it is not a SINGING contest. A lot of factors come together to make an Idol a favorite. Sometimes it is a combination of cuteness, sexiness, roles they play, etc.
Are YOU going to vote based on singing talent? Hmmm?
My gut feeling is if she finishes very low this year she will announce her graduation.
Now the young lady is NOT washed up at age 20! She should have a pretty good singing career after AKB. I am hoping that she will finish high enough that she will continue with the group, however — and I also hope that the group will give her a larger singing role within the group.
My other gut feeling (and I have a lot of gut I have been told), is that her Enka-singles have actually hurt her rank in AKB. Since she releases solo material on a regular basis, she is not often a focus for the AKB singles. Perhaps some fans do not see her as part of a team.
If she could win the Janken-tournament, then she would get another shot at a larger, but non-Enka singing role.
If she graduates I hope that she continues to pursue an Enka-singing career.
Want is my fantasy? Come ‘er… (Denny whispers in your ear:) I would like to see a collaboration between Iwasa Misaki and Hanako Oku. Wait, it is not all that far-fetched. Wasamin has said in interviews that she is a fan of Hanako Oku. They are both from Chiba, Japan. True, Oku-san is nearly twice Wasamin’s age, but I think they would be a good team. Oku could write the songs and Wasamin could sing them. Think Simon and Garfunkel (only with songs you might actually want to listen to). Sometimes Hanako Oku is criticized for her singing strength. I do not agree, but no doubt the young Misaki has a stronger voice, and would probably be a pretty good interpreter of Oku songs.
I know what you are going to ask: Denny aren’t you just imagining your top two fantasy women together?
Well no … and I would not do that.
Starlight: AKB48 41st single selection General Election preliminary results will be announced at Takahashi Team A LIVE performance on AKB48 theatre at 20 May 2015.
PS: We have to have some music. I found an English traslation of “Abayo” here.