03 January 2012
Shimada Rena Named NMB 2nd Gen Captain + Team M to be Formed
During its New Years Show on January 3rd, NMB48 surprised its fans with two important announcement. First of all, Shimada Rena was named captain of NMB48's 2nd Generation Kenkyuuseis. Additionally, it was announced that Team M will finally be formed on January 26th.
It was about time for Team M to be formed. It has been almost a year since Team N was formed, and more than half a year since the 2nd Generation Kenkyuusei members made their first appearance, so I can only welcome this announcement.
In contrast, making Shimada Rena captain is a difficult case. She just returned to the group after being on suspension because of a big purikura scandal. I have nothing against her personally or her return to the group, but making a scandal girl captain might affect the group's image and cause criticism by a lot of fans. Letting that aside, there is another thing that bothers me: since when do generations have captains? They usually only announce captains for teams, so this is strange.