01 March 2011
New subgroup [DiVA]
Seriously this is too much.... How many frickin units are there already. Look at what happened to Day 4 of the Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2011. Half the songs which ranked were from the subgroups. And more units would mean that the girls would have less time for AKB, which is one of the major problems the group is facing. Just look at the AKB Theater schedule. Everything now is mostly Kenkyuusei or SDN. Anyways rant over, let's get to business.
Following Akimoto Sayaka's successful run at the Tokyo Marathon, with her finish broadcasted on nationwide TV, her agency Office48 decided to use this hype and created a new unit called [DiVA]. DiVA is not to be confused with DIVA, the fictional group in the B-sides of AKB48's previous Singles Beginner and Sakura no Ki ni Narou. To differentiate this, the second letter "i" is small. DiVA is made up of Akimoto Sayaka, Miyazawa Sae, Umeda Ayaka and Masuda Yuka, all of them under the Office48 agency. The group will release their debut Single this spring, 27 April 2011, under AVEX .
Official website: http://avexnet.or.jp/diva/
DiVA's debut Single, currently still untitled, will have a total of 7 versions; TYPE A, B and C limited, TYPE A, B and C regular, and a final Theater version. The contents are unknown except for the 2nd track in the TYPE C, which is DiVA's version of Blue Rose from AKB48 Team K 2nd Stage [Seishun Girls].
The release date for the Single, 27 April 2011, is the same as Itano Tomomi's 2nd solo Single, also currently still untitled. WTF are you thinking AVEX!? Tomochin is totally gonna trash this Single. The 1st week sales of her debut solo Single Dear J was 162,871 and the total sales already passed 200,000.
DiVA has been called a "Dance &Vocal Unit from AKB48". Not to say that the other subgroups don't sing and dance, but I think this group will have more hardcore dances. The only other example of a "Dance & Vocal" group I can think of is the popular pop dance group (that's what Wikipedia says) EXILE. Arashi could fit in there for some of their songs too I guess.
Although this is an Office48 subgroup, the 5th and last member under Office48, Kobayashi Kana (Oku Manami does not count since she will be graduating), will not be included in. There has been some speculation of why she wasn't included but most likely it is because she doesn't fit the DiVA image. Speaking from experience, her singing and dancing is below average, compared to the other four who are known in AKB48 for their singing and dancing skills. If DiVA really is going to be a EXILE like subgroup, Kana would be out of place.