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27 January 2012

The Next Big Push: Mitsumune Kaoru?

Last night, Shinoda Mariko posted the above image on her Google+ and blog. It's a behind-the-scenes shot from one of AKB48's new CMs. In the picture are (right to left) Itano Tomomi, Maeda Atsuko, Shinoda Mariko, Kojima Haruna and 13th generation Kenkyuusei member Mitsumune Kaoru.

Blog Link: http://blog.mariko-shinoda.net/article/248706869.html

The details of the CM are still secret, but it will feature those above 5 members. Also in line from her is a solo gravure shoot and will even be on the cover of the magazine!

Is Mitsumune Kaoru the next Komori Mika or Yokoyama Yui? The wotasphere has been alive since last night regarding this, and the response is mostly positive. I honestly think she already is!

Here's some more information about her:

Mitsumune Kaoru made her debut stage performance at AKB48's Kouhaku Taikou Uta Gassen concert last year, singing Heart Gata Virus together with Team 4's Shimazaki Haruka and Yamauchi Suzuran. Yet she didn't show any signs of nervousness and even knew how to excite the crowd.

Her mixi ranking is 1,811 (as of January 23, credit to YKT), which is already more than half of the girls in AKB48. Already she ranks higher than members like Katayama Haruka, who have been in AKB for more than 5 years.

She also took part in the Kobe Collection in Shanghai last year, after winning the first place in a modeling competition, and has modeled alongside some of Japan's top models like Hasegawa Jun. See video below for more.

So what do you think about her?

I think she has a nice cool beauty character and after seeing her stunning performance in Kouhaku, I am already expecting much from her. She already has a lot of experience in the entertainment industry, so she knows how to handle herself. I have no doubt that she will go far in AKB.

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