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Mariko: That thing, which I’m looking forward to doing with Sayaka, is coming closer and closer ( *`ω´)Sayaka:Perhaps, it’s my first time so I’m really nervous.Mariko:I’m soooo excited now *grins*


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That thing, which I’m looking forward to doing with Sayaka, is coming closer and closer ( *`ω´)

Perhaps, it’s my first time so I’m really nervous.

I’m soooo excited now *grins*

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(2010.10.28) Ikinari Ougon Densetsu 

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A few weeks ago I did a short write-up about what Chikariina (and Chikariina’s fans) should come to expect from her  joining Team KIII. It mostly focused on things in her immediate future; the color of her t-shirt, and as well as, what sign she would be holding up….

At the time of writing that, it hadn’t entered my mind that Team KIII would want to implement a change in their hand sign to the traditional (AKB48Group) K sign. 

The most obvious conclusion to reach would be it having to do with Chikariina’s arrival in Indonesia… 
but after considering some of the events leading up to now, it starts to feel like the transition started earlier a little earlier. Maybe around March.

The original KIII sign has been a part of the JKT48 fandom consciousness since the time of the members placing their picture frames on the walls of the theater.

I have no idea who ultimately came up with it, whether it was whipped up on the spot or, fixated on for weeks and then voted-on, or even a suggestion from management as a way of an interesting final pose.


However it came to be, it stayed and became a part of the visible representation of KIII. Mainly in an informal fashion, and it mostly appearing in the member’s own photos on Twitter and Instagram, and videos on Google+. 

(Team J does have a sign but it’s not as widely used… maybe because, a “J” can easily look like an “L”?)

I was more than happy the first time I saw the KIII sign… and it even suited me fine that it was different from their Japanese K counterparts. 
Mainly because, the KIII sign actually makes a functional kind of sense; as those fingers (thumb-index-middle) are naturally the ones you’d hold up to indicate you want three of something. So, it wasn’t just the case of: “Let’s do something different for the sake of being different.”

I was also happy that the sign was something easily recognized and replicated by fans.


The other KIII icon in use today is the patch created for the “1!2!3!4! Yoroshiku!” seifuku and windbreaker, which was recently adopted and widely distributed as a sign of support for Team KIII’s 1st Anniversary.


I hadn’t noticed the change in signs until it was brought to the forefront with Chikariina’s arrival. But, now that I do notice…

There’s a psychological syndrome called the “Baader-Meinhof phenomenon” that explains why once you’re made to notice something in particular, you sometimes start to see it everywhere.

"The first, selective attention, kicks in when you’re struck by a new word, thing, or idea; after that, you unconsciously keep an eye out for it, and as a result find it surprisingly often. The second process, confirmation bias, reassures you that each sighting is further proof of your impression that the thing has gained overnight omnipresence."

So, now that I do see the traditional K sign in use, it becomes impossible to not notice, which in turn, gets me thinking as to when the change took place…

As to the exact time line of the switch, a good bet would it occurring some time in March after Team KIII’s 2nd stage shonichi for "Seishun Girls".
And if that is the case, then possibly only the members and staff, or perhaps a very dedicated, eagle-eyed theater goer may know the answer to whether "Korogaru Ishi ni Nare" was always performed with a traditional K? Or was it performed with the original KIII sign first and then changed over time?

The Sousenkyo may also have played a role in the tightening of KIII’s bonds with AKB48 Team K, as well as renewing KIII’s bonds from within; allowing them to better work together, and with a united goal in mind.

The 1st JKT48 Senbatsu Sousenkyo and the amount of promotions leading up to it, as well as filming for VIVA JKT48, meant that “Flying Get” was performed in teams more than it was performed by the senbatsu.

Teams replacing senbatsu for singles isn’t completely unusual for JKT48, though there are notable exceptions to this, “River” for one, has never been performed by an all KIII lineup. 
And also, when KIII perform “Yuuhi wo miteiru ka?”, they do it as a complete team, as a call back to them having performed the ‘Boku no Taiyou’ stage… and instead of an 8-piece senbatsu like in the released single.

(Team J, have also notably never performed “1!2!3!4! Yoroshiku”.)

What the Sousenkyo changed was the amount of performances of the one track, and by who… and as a byproduct to that, made KIII appear more legitimate as equals to J.

In conjunction with performing together more often, the other activity Team KIII members especially participated in was “Team K3 Diaries”: Google+ videos made by all 16 members of KIII in lead up to the Sousenkyo.
The videos were a mixed bag; some scripted, some not… some are just “fly on the wall” filming, like Viny being filmed watching HKT48 on her phone.
And this concept has now taken on a life of its own, past that of Sousenkyo promotion to general Team KIII promotion, in the form of: “K3po-inOshi”, which aims to be a type of mini web series created and edited by the members (namely Lidya and Yona).

The aforementioned “Team K3 Diaries” features a final video with a group shot. I had seen it before when it was release, but I hadn’t played attention to what sign was in use.

If I had to guess, I would say traditional K…


But I was wrong, and it’s still the original KIII sign. The video was created in the days leading up to the Sousenkyo, and since I’ve only seen traditional K sign in use…

And while I don’t think the original KIII sign at the end there was a formal goodbye to it… personally and privately, I’m might start thinking of it as just that.

The last thing helped along by the Sousenkyo was Flying Get’s coupling songs being performed on television in lieu of the latest single, and again, in the form of teams.

This meant Team KIII were given opportunity to perform “Korogaru Ishi ni Nare”; a song remarkably different from the ones usually performed by them in public… 
which tend to be lively, high energy and bubblegum pop songs across the board. Most likely done as a way to market them, and showcase them as being different from Team J… as well as highlighting their youthful image.


"Korogaru Ishi ni Nare" allows KIII to show a different side of themselves to the general public. And allowing them to challenge preconceived notions of them, much like "River" was able to do for Team J… and also, for JKT48 as a whole. The game changer song.

The song also
brings one of the final pieces to the surface in this whole saga, in that it presents the traditional K sign officially to the public. 
And like with the original hand sign, the traditional K is being adopted by fans (again) as well.


The original KIII sign appears to very much be on the way out… but, what’s left intact and probably stronger than ever, is Team KIII’s bonds and belief in themselves.

The traditional K sign brings with it a wealth of history, and the idea that Team KIII are only started embracing it recently… makes me think that they had to go through a series of changes and experiences in order to get to where they are… and also, how fitting the nickname their former choreographer gave them really is… “butterflies”.


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Mutou Tomu G+ 2014/05/29

Good evening~☆

Today it was cold, wasn’t it~?
It’s already summer~(*´∀`)

Earlier I was watching my cell phone and I found some interesting photos ♪
From Oosaka’s handshake event maybe (^^)?

写真に一言ずつ言葉をつけていくとしたらどんなかんじになるー( ̄▽ ̄)??
If you had to add a few words for each photo, what would you add~ 
( ̄▽ ̄)??

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The different results when Team K’s Three Musketeers go on diet …

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MC Yuko always asking the important questions

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