Yup! Announced today at a Fanclub event, the group annouced 3 new members (all from the Kenshuusei…so let’s get to know them!
Probably the most familiar face of the trio, Saorin kind of took up Karin’s mantle when she started doing the Pinkss stuff and even then she surprised many for her Shindan Test performance opting for a recorder solo! To me she stands as a good face for the group next to Yumeno currently. It’ll be interesting to see what she’ll bring, but I have a feeling she’ll be a lead next to Yumeno and Kiki.
The next gal up is Mao Akiyama! Though I am sad to say that between her and the other girl that’s coming up, I don’t have too much of an opinion on them. With Akiyama though, she is known for her dancing abilities so that’ll come in handy for more upbeat songs. We’ll see how things go!
The last girl, Mizuho is really an enigmatic to the group as she kind of runs in the middle of the road leaving nothing that really sets her apart from her KSS sisters. She has gotten better singing since her induction to the KSS, but how it’ll stand amongst the other 8 will be interesting.
Overall, I feel like moving Tsubaki to a 9-nin group might be a little overkill, but I feel like the group really needed a spark as not many fans are won over quite yet. While I see Saori being a good choice, it’ll be worth seeing if Mao and Mizuho can add something else as well! Though announcing this not even a week after the 6-nin released “Hitorijime / Watashi ga Obasan ni Nattemo” is beyond weird