Miyuki or "Milky" as she is affectionately called by fans, is a first generation member of the group NMB48 based in Osaka, Japan. She is the original center of the group, and co-centered many singles with Yamamoto Sayaka. Together they were SayaMilky, NMB's 2top representatives and the first (and so far only) members of NMB to rank in the top 16 in the 48Group election. Milky didn't originally stand out to me. To be quite honest, I didn't care much for NMB when they were first formed. I enjoyed their songs, but I couldn't find a reason to like them. When NMB's top began to participate in AKB singles and tv shows, I began to learn more about them. I remember my first impression of Milky was that she was far too flirtatious. However, as I got to know her more, I realized that I LOVED this side of her.
Milky is one of those girls that can be easily dismissed as vain; she smiles A LOT and is completely comfortable showing off her body in her photobooks. She "fishes" fans during handshakes by holding both of their hands, giving them a final squeeze before they leave and making flirtatious comments. But Milky has never exclusively fished male fans, she also does the same for female fans (ok, maybe not the flirtatious comments, but she definitely smiles at them a lot and give them that final squeeze - at least from the footage I've seen. I have never, and will never it seems, had the fortune to attend a handshake event with her). So as I saw and learned more about her, I finally realized it, THIS GIRL IS A GENIUS!
But it was this fall from senbatsu that would affect the rest of her career in the 48Groups. Her fall to the 18th spot meant that she was no longer chosen for AKB senbatsu making Sayaka the sole representative. In the later half of 2014, she won the Janken tournament and released her solo single, which I reviewed here, Yasashiku Suru Yori Kiss o Shite. However, she was given less exposure as a whole and even her comeback did little to change her situation. The majority of Milky fans believe that for these reasons, she chose to graduate. And I can't say I blame her - if your career seemed to be taking off again but management doesn't give you the backing you need, wouldn't you leave as well? But her graduation will leave a gaping hole in NMB. Idol groups change and evolve of course, and I expect that Shiroma Miru will move on to being the second most popular member in NMB. And while I still have another member I care for in the group - Yagura Fuuko, I can't see myself caring for the group anymore at all. I will likely only follow Fuuko and hold out on seeing Milky return to the entertainment business as a talent or a model! :o
|2014 Janken Winner|
Sayonara idol Milky and I wish you the best in whatever you choose to do from here. Thank you.