It’s been six months since my last SNH48 Weekly Recap, with the last one being on June 11. There is no way that I’m going to be able to go over the last six months of SNH48, so let’s confine it to what’s happened in the month of January.
SNH48 4th Generation
I think the biggest news of this month is going to be the incoming fourth generation of SNH48. The new members will be officially introduced on January 31 at the SNH48 Request Hour concert. Back in November, there were photos of the 19 girls who were chosen to be the fourth generation of SNH48. Two weekends ago, there was an unconfirmed fan report that identified fourteen of these members.
With that said, we do (temporarily?) have profile pages for the potential members over at Shanghai48s.com. The Japanese site snh48.info has information too. Without knowing too much about any of the members, Song Xinran stood out to me first. There’s a lot of potential doppelgangers in this group of girls too: Wang Shu to Hao Wanqing, Wang Xiaojia to Li Yitong, and Yang Bingyi to Wang Lu. Wang Xiaojia and Wang Shu are apparently League of Legends players. All I can say to that is: at least it’s not DotA.
SNH48 Best 30 Request Time Concert
While it will be too late for anyone coming into this post through Google, SNH48’s request concert will be streamed via qq.com. I’ll be waking up early Saturday morning to watch it. I’m hoping to be able to recognize ever song, but I’m not sure. Even though I’ve sold my soul for a donut and 48G music, I still haven’t heard or learned lots of their songs.
As for rankings of any particular songs, I don’t really care. I just hope it’s a fun show.
GIVE ME FIVE and UZA Released
SNH48 released two EPs since my last SNH48 Weekly: “UZA” and “GIVE ME FIVE.” I’ll save full reactions to both for later. So, quick summary, I’ll just say that I liked “GIVE ME FIVE” more than “UZA.” I made gifs for both:
GIVE ME FIVE
In my absence, nine members left the group.
- 2014/08/22: 3rd Gen member Li Yiwen
- 2014/10/12: Team HII member Kang Xin
- 2014/11: Team NII Zhou Shuyan
- 2014/11: Team HII Zhou Qiujun
- 2014/11: Team HII Zhang Xiyin
- 2014/11: Team SII Zeng Linyu
- 2014/12/17: Team HII Han Meng
- 2014/12/17: Team HII Liang Huiwen
- 2014/01/08: Team NII captain Xu Yanyu
As you can see, all but one of those graduations have been third generation members. This is just the normal cycle of SNH48. Every generation, a good amount of members leave the group pretty quickly. I expect the same thing to happen with the fourth generation. Xu Yanyu leaving the group is the most notable of the bunch. Well, technically, she’s on an indefinite hiatus, but she’s out of the group.
Ju Jingyi in Weekly Playboy
Ju Jingyi becomes the first Chinese SNH48 to get a solo photoshoot in Japan. She looks great in all of the photos but Jingyi is so photogenic that it’s cheating. My favorite of the set are the blue dress photos, but specifically the one with her looking to the side.
(The issue also featured a solo photoshoot of one of my new favorite AKB48 members, Mukaichi Mion.)
Wu Zhehan in Mina magazine
Queen Awkward of SNH48 was featured in a recent issue of mina magazine. It’s been months but it’s still amazing to me that she won the first general election. She looks great in this photoshoot.
I love this cosplay of Kinomoto Sakura from Team HII’s Li Qingyang. It was just the thing that I needed to notice her more.
Team HII’s Yang Huiting did a cosplay of Love Live! that got more attention. But Love Live is from this decade so I don’t know anything about it.
Other bits of news. There’s not much.
- Qiu Xinyi in a Chinese drama adaption of “Kodoku no Gourmet.”
- SNH48 and Ju Jingyi has their first original song – the theme song for a smartphone game.
- Along with Wu Zhehan, Ju Jingyi, Qiu Xinyi, and Zhang Yuge were featured in Mina magazine.
- SNH48’s Theater is getting upgraded.
- Miyazawa Sae has a photobook.
Weibo of the
In a month’s time, there must be thousands of weibo posts/updates from just the SNH48 members alone. I do my best to keep up with all of them and post the photos to Shanghai48s, but sometimes it’s just too much.
I’m starting to think the relationship between Chen Wenyan and Zhang Yuxin resembles that of Spike and Chester’s from Looney Tunes.Yuxin comes off as super cute, hyper, and energetic. Wenyan is the type that’d burn a building to the ground and would get annoyed at Yuxin’s energy.. That’s how I choose to believe it.
So that’s it and we’ll see where we go from here. At least Joonyoung won’t be at the top of the blog anymore.