It has been announced which of the S/mileage sub-members have become real, actual S/mileage members.
I SO called it.
Part of me really wanted him to troll all of them with a Lucky 7 audition-style smackdown of “You all suck, nobody is getting in!”. Alas, he trolled opposite of that, exactly as I expected, and has accepted all 4 sub-members as official members of S/mileage now.
I wanted a more interesting outcome. Pass Akari, maybe Meimi, and send Droopy Eye and Osaka back to the eggs. Or pass none of them and give them their own group to grow in. I just hope they can teach Meimi to lower her pitch a bit, teach Kana to sing, and teach Rina to wear a mask.
Alas. You can real the official announcement of the new not-sub members at S/mileage’s official page here. The official members are Takeuchi Akari, Tamura Meimi, Katsuta Rina, and Nakanishi Kana, in addition to the already-real members Wada Ayaka, Maeda Yuuka, and Fukuda Kanon.
In slightly more interesting news, the title of their next single has been announced. It is, and I kid you not, 「プリーズ ミニスカ ポストウーマン」. That would be, “Please Mini-skirt Post Woman”.
Maybe Tsunku still has a thing for the unexpected after all.