STU48 2017-18 Season Reflection Post Hmm It's almost the 1 year anniversary of STU48's debut. (May 3rd is the day I would consider their official debut) Spoiler: Timeline History October 10th, 2016 - Group Announcement in the 6th AKB Group Janken Tournament January 16th, 2017 - Application Period start February 22nd, 2017 - Okada Nana announces on her own Showroom co-cocurrency with STU48 and appointed as captain. Same day, Sashihara Rino announces on ANN co-currency with STU48 and appointed as STU48 Theater Manager. March 19th, 2017 - Final Audition results (44 candidates passed) March 21st, 2017 - Yamamoto Manabu announced as STU48 Theater Manager. (along with Sashihara Rino) March 31st, 2017 - Profiles revealed (31 members + 2 kennins) Hiroshima Flower Festival (STU48 media debut) @ May 3rd, 2017 Okayama Mirai Hall (STU debut performance) @ June 3rd, 2017 http://48videodouga.net/video/4481 After making those dates clear, allow me to take some time to look back and evaluate some stuff. So far we have 3 graduates Kuroiwa Yui (Ehime), Ozaki Mami (Ehime) and Cho Orie (Okayama) and Sasshi (Oita) resigned. But at the same time we have 5 D3 addition: Nakamura Mai (Ehime), Oki Yuka (Okayama), Mizoguchi Aiko (Okayama), Yura Akari (Hiroshima) and Shinano Soraha (Hyogo) to fill in their spots... Hate to say it but maybe the choice at the draft to pick 5 girls is a very good one after all. And manpower wise we are still keeping around 32 and each prefecture representation is quite balanced which is still valid for 2 team establishment. Another new year to start another new voyage. People come and go, it's tough to say goodbye with the old companions (wish they could stay longer for the glory days to come) but then also excited for the future with the new nakamas once they break out into full activation. The management is doing quite good in damage control by distributing the work load to all the girls lately. Well organized and planned ahead with a lot of innovative experiments, especially for HS, stages and concerts. Not to mention I have to praise them for the ridiculous amount of multimedia outputs they are utilizing to their advantage to put STU girls out there. So I can't really criticize them for too much as they are doing a LOT things in the right direction so far...except of course the boat, well its pretty easy to heckle them with this as people has been doing it all year long already. After all I doubt this year we will get the boat either. Next year though...but I don't how many old faces we gunna have to part ways by then. The girls themselves of course have improved a lot and I mean every single one of them. Daring to take up new challenges and sticking up for each other through many harsh conditions. Bonds have been strengthen and relationships within the group has only gotten better and closer with one another which they are as tight as one big family. They are making history through their own blood, sweat and tears. Like many new idol groups they have been mocked, looked down and disregarded in conversations. But they are not easily broken by those negative things and proven can be tough as nails which helps them grow stronger in characters and unity. Under the emerging leadership of Yumirin and the best captain of all time Naachan, they band along with the strong reliable senbatsu members and pave the path for the many young potential members who are still in their secret arsenal developing strong. STU in it's 2nd year is definitely becoming a force is reckon with and many years to come for sure. Right now the next big event I think for STU fans to be concerned about is if they can send more than Yumirin to make a splash in SSK this year. Naachan will surely be in Kami 7 as the environment is ripe for her now. But the million dollar question is which other STU members that are possible candidates to maybe, just maybe rank in? imho Hinachan, Chiho, Fuuchan and Kanon. It would still be okay if none of them manage get in however, as many of them are still young and the future is practically theirs to grab eventually as long as their home fan base keeps getting momentum to grow in the Setouchi region, then it would still be a huge win for STU strategically speaking in public image. Speaking of public image, the local and even national government institutions seems to be keen on co-operating with STU and also the many sponsorship from private sector companies as well thanks to Setouchi DMO and especially with AEON and Lawson. The local news and TV stations are also very happy and proud enough to accept them as public relation ambassadors (close to local sports team) for their respective prefecture which is quite a rare scene for idol groups nowadays. Song wise I am really satisfied with all of them in 2017-18 season. I love them all and I don't have much to complain about. The MV's are all staggeringly beautiful and gorgeous. The only slight disappointment is their choice of formation which they still don't have the ONE song as a group other than "STU48" song. (I'm hoping we get something like w-keyakizaka no uta which that would be fricking lit) New costumes and uniforms are pumping out almost each month which is quite mind blowing for me as they throw in so much resources into this department. At this rate they can publish their own fashion catalog by the end of 2018 lol And sales wise in all areas have been very much satisfactory. Nothing much to criticize or praise except of course Yumirin who is currently a beast at HS sales in both STU and AKB. Management has picked a very good center for us. Without a doubt she is my pick of the MVP member of the year for STU. As for the Takamina Trophy (The most improvement and hard working member of the year), I would be proud and honored to give this award to Kai Kokoa the wonder kid. She can do great things if she keeps developing well as an idol (not an orthodox one of course). Much potential I have seen so far in the 48G. Overall, I rate this debut year of 2017-18 season for STU as a whole B+. It was a really fun and emotional roller coaster ride for me, thank you for the great year STU! Looking forward to and excited for 2018-19. What are your thoughts and reflection about the group? Please share them here in this thread!