Traditionally Rena fans vote in mass for Kareha, since it’s her only solo. But looks like she is subtly (lol, no!) trying to pass the message that she might prefer another song to be pushed this year. Can you guess which?
2014 July 31st 00:56
Rena speaking (・ω・)
Votes for Request Hour are now open.
I wonder what sort of song everyone like.
There are many songs I like, so I hesitate regarding which I should vote for. (laugh)
But what I think every year is that no matter who I sing with it’s always a very enjoyable and pleasant moment.
This past year our environment changed dramatically, that’s why some songs are especially meaningful.
And so this year I shall vote for the song I want to sing.
But at the end of the day I know I’ll have fun no matter what song I perform!
May it be being reunited with old comrades, singing our old songs,
not knowing what to expect is what there is best in Request Hour after all! (laugh)
Let’s look forward to it♪
With 3 posts in less than 24h, I think it’s pretty clear lol
I have mix feelings about it because Kareha represents a lot for fans and with reasonable chances for Rena to graduate this year (she is 23 after all), boosting her solo seemed like the right thing to do.
But if she prefers Higurashi, then so be it! :)
Even if it didn’t even last a year, Rena was deeply attached to the previous Team E and took her role of Leader seriously. Voting for Higurashi would be a nice tribute to this short, but precious, time.
Matsui Rena interview in Weekly Playboy 2014 No.11 (out 2014/07/28)
Will Bukiyou Taiyou be SKE turning point?
Will the group ever get a proper tour?
Will the juniors ever dare challenge front members?
Will Rena become producer someday? (/me says odds are rather good ( °w°))
Will she get a role in a big name drama before graduating?
Should I book a ticket for Barcelona?! (((o°^°o)))=3
You tell me!
Q - What was your initial reaction when you listened to 「Bukiyou Taiyou」?
Rena - I was surprised 「Eh? A ballad?」 . It’s the sort of song we never had for an A face before so it felt refreshing too. As for what it evoked, I personally would say the end of summer, with some passages feeling somewhat cooler…
Q - It’s true that until now passionate dances and fiery performances have been SKE48 trademark.
Rena - Hmm. And I don’t think it will change, but in order to touch a broader range of people I for one think this kind of “curve ball” is necessary. This song might well become a turning point for SKE48.
Q - Turning point?
Rena - I’m currently in concurrent position with Nogizaka46 so I’ll take an example I’m familiar with if you allow (laugh), but I wonder if this release won’t be similar to what has been 「Kimi no Na wa Kibou」for Nogizaka. With 「Kimi no Na wa…」 Nogizaka opted for a completely different approach from the typical idol songs they had released until then, making it a turning point in the sense that they made themselves known to a much wider range of people. Thus I hope「Bukiyou Taiyou」will reach those who didn’t listen to SKE48 before.
Q - I see.
Rena - And I also expect this song to present us as stars!(laugh) Some time ago one of our concert director told me 「After performing several cheerful and energetic songs, singing a more quiet song brings out a star aura」. If that’s so, we will definitely bring upon us that star aura if we were to sing 「Bukiyou Taiyou」 last during a live, don’t you think?!
Q - Certainly, I can perfectly picture the scene, with member dancing in a sea of penlights. On a side note, during the elections last June you proclaimed 「I want SKE48 to perform a nation tour」, exact?
Rena - I did. (laugh)
Q - Having inquired Imamura-san (SKE48 theater manager) afterward it his reaction was something like「She got us」. (laugh)
Rena - I impulsively said what came to mind when I got up on stage.(laugh) I guess it’s actually a question of timing to implement it, but to make up for all the time fans have been waiting, SKE48 won’t lose to any other group and should be able to present them the greatest of all show!
Q - Even if you can say 「nation tour」in a breath, concretely there are thousands of ways to conduct one. How do you picture it?
Rena - Starting last fall, SKE48 had a solo tour in 3 cities, Kobe, Yokohama and Nagoya, which lasted until February. But as far as I’m concerned, 3 cities is far from being enough to call it a tour. What we need right now is to hold as many lives as possible, to convey to the charm of our group to as many people as we can around the country. That’s why even if it’s not in big venues, or rather medium ones would even be best, I want spectators to closely feel the burning ardor of members. This way the audience could get fired up together with members, and isn’t there the most basic way to enjoy idols? That’s at least what I think as an idol wota myself.(laugh)
Q - I’m sure that thanks to the time you’ve spend with Nogizaka or by mean of your solo career, you’ve gained an objective view of SKE48. So allow me to ask, what opinion do you have of SKE as of late?
Rena - I think that when it comes to dance or theater performances, our individual skills are on the rise. But in the other hand instead of challenging new things I have the feeling we give a strong image of being passive and cautious not to perturb the pre-established order. It’s not something new, it has been so for the past two year, hence I think it’s normal if seen from outside people think 「there are no change (in the group)」.
Q - What do you think you need most right now?
Rena - For me what’s the most important for an idol is “to show we’re giving everything we have”. I’m not saying that because I’m still a poor dancer after all this time (laugh), but it’s not about being able to dance or not, singing right or being tin-eared, what really matters is to show we’re giving it our uttermost. Looking at plenty of idols I’ve reached the conclusion that it was the most important.
Q - As expected from an idols enthusiast like Rena-san.
Rena - And then I’d be good for members to venture to self-appeal more. Much like Akarin (Suda Akari) and Umechan (Umemoto Madoka), showing off their personalities and characteristics without holding back. In public, no matter the circumstances, everyone is turning into a “good girl”, but when you’re standing in front of an audience there is nothing more boring than good girl. The idol industry in a “niche” (laugh), the spotlight will only turn toward those who have something other don’t. That’s why I want them to think harder about how to attract the attention to them and step forward with more force.
Q - Now, in 「gift」the movie actually showing in theater, you play the role of a cabaret girl who has been proposed 100 hours of her time against 1 million yens, a character differing markedly from the image of the idol we’re used to.
Rena - True. The character I play, Saori, has given up any hope she had in the society. She has a repelling mindset toward everything, convinced that 「this world is rotten」. But hasn’t everyone experienced this rebellious phase around the time of middle school? (laugh) I perfectly get this feeling too. My co-actor Endou Kenichi-san told me 「you can’t lie when acting」, so not only did I immerse myself in the atmosphere of the location and felt the words of my partner, but I spoke my lines like they were my own words.
Q - Your next goal?
Rena - I want to play in a serial drama showing nationwide! I also want to appear in more movies and get a role in a play. I yearn to act, in all possible ways. I also want to travel abroad, see this world I don’t know for myself. I’ve a special interest in walls (laugh), so I’d really like to visit Spain where there seem to be so many funny buildings!(laugh)
ENTAME September Issue (7/30) - Matsui Rena (cover)
She will be the ruin of me (*°w°)
Girl DOWN! Rena wasn’t expecting it xD
*A wild Mei appears*
*Lv 23 Rena laun— forfeit*
Mei 1 - Rena 0
So many members have written messages to celebrate Rena’s birthday that I seriously don’t know where to start ( ”°^°). I picked Mei’s one because it might have been (with Aya-chan’s) the one I expected the least. Deredere Mei IS cute, no doubt~
Good evening (^^)
for today’s stages!
Celebrating Rena-san birthday on stage
I couldn’t help but grin to. (laugh)
When Rena-san tells me
"You’re truly cute"
I always return her
"Rena-shan, Rena-shan…" *blushing*
even if that’s embarrassing,
we’ve started to embrace each other,
on occasions we talk a lot together
should I dare say
we’ve getting a lot closer than before?!
It could be no more than my wishful thinking
sorry for that (´?_?`)*shun*
When I watch her, may it be as an actress
or when she works within the group
from the bottom of my heart I think
"It’s Rena-san, the pride of our Team E!!".
Right, now it’s really embarrassing (°_°)
But that’ how much I like her!
From now on too,
I’ll keep running frantically after that
Jurina-san also rushed to the theater
to read the birthday letter
I was moved by the bond
between Jurina-san and Rena-san.
They are wonderful sempais.
One more time,
I love you!!!
Thank you so very much for today!
I’ll write later regarding
the stage itself.
Even if I can’t do more than persevere in my own way, I hope you’ll be there watching over me.
I know we tend to joke a lot in the fandom (me first w) about Rena being slightly creepy by showing so much affection for her juniors (which is imho an ingenious way to introduce them to fans & promote them), but putting aside the fact that she undeniably does enjoy the presence of cute girls around, here is a reminder that the ex E Leader is first and foremost a sempai who cares about her juniors and tries to help, advise them, when she has the occasion.
Miyamae Ami official blog 2014/07/22 21:57
I really enjoyed today a lot
I’m itching to let you know soon what it was about*～
I talked with Rena-san today
Our schadules made it that we could finally meet after a long time
I was able to tell her how much fun I had today but it also made me aware of the fact that there was still a lot I needed to improve
That I had been too soft with myself.
After our conversation I thought I should definitely put more energy and will in a lot of things starting tomorrow.
Really, Rena-san is beyond amazing. I sincerely respect her.
Thank you for today.
*tln : Miyamae probably subbed for Nana in UTAGE and Music Fair .
Matsui Rena - Nogizaka46 2014 June III
I-I’d like to try that overall. I’d probably look more like any random plumber than Rena in that pic but still… I really like that cut and color (o*°^°)=3
Good evening everybody (・∀・)
Reading from left or from right,
Imade Mai reporting. (tln : 「いまでまい」in Japanese, so no matter which sense you read it from, it still gives you “Imade Mai”)
Yesterday, you know, after the late night radio program Gochamaze ended I directly headed to Maihama!
That’s exactly what you think!
I had plans with that person
Everyone’s beloved Matsui Rena-saaaan(*ﾟ▽ﾟ)ﾉ
It had been almost a year since we had an entire day together to have fun!
To be exact, Rena-san is the only member whom I went out with since I graduated! (laugh)
I bet you’re all curious to know about yesterday so I’ll write a report about our day, ok? (laugh)
First we met at the gate of the park.
We took our fast passes for the park and Tower of Terror, so can you guess which attraction we rode? (laugh)
Then we went to see a very plashing show!
Before it started, while I had been gone to fetch us some drinks, Rena-san went to buy a towel not only for herself but for me too (ﾟДﾟ) Such a gentle girl!!
We used our towels to hide from the blazing sun when people around us were gearing up for what was coming, making all necessary preparations to be perfectly waterproof.
Having vastly underestimated the quantity of water we would receive during the show we found ourselves defenseless with only one towel each. And so we ended sopping wet from head to toes (´ｰ｀)“ (laugh)
And then Tower of Terror.
That one attraction where you go crazy high and suddenly fall vertically!
Rena-san was scared before we even get in, already muttering some *Hiii Hiii*. (laugh)
Once in, Rena-san kept her eyes and head down the whole time. (laugh)
When it was over she was unsteady on her feet and of a very thin voice she murmured 「I thought I was a goner…」♥
We got in lot of rides!!
While we were waiting we talked about nothing and everything, playing some simple games…♪♪
Ah, one fun moment was when we went to Turtle Talk, that one attraction in which you can talk to Crash, the character from Namo. Rena-san was very inspired there, always vigorously raising her hand up. (laugh)
At that time there were only 20 people or so and Rena got selected to ask a question(･ω･)
I was wondering what exactly she would enquire and…-
「I often come here and I wanted to know how comes Crash never fails with any of his jokes?」
- that’s what she asked. (laugh)
When the attraction ended, Clash turned toward us
「All the best for you, Rena!!」
I burst out laughing (*ﾟ▽ﾟ)ﾉ
We said goodbye when the rain and thunder storm got too bad, but it had been a very fulfilling day (♥_♥)
By the way…
Inside the park we walked holding hands or arm in arm the whole time. I apologize to all the fans. But I regret nothing.
When it started pouring hard Rena-san bought an umbrella that we shared, after a moment she said「It’s the first time I pass my arm around someone’s shoulder when holding an umbrella」.
Again, sorry. (laugh)
Ahhhhhhhhhh——-! It was really a great day!!!
I didn’t have so much fun playing outside in a long time!!
If I remember any other interesting moment I’ll share them, ok? ♥ (laugh)
Thank you Rena-san!
And thank you to all of you who bear with my enamoured tone.
May we be able to go out together again soon.
「初めて人の肩抱きながら傘さしてるわ」/ 「It’s the first time I pass my arm around someone’s shoulder when holding an umbrella」
Rena you player! Imade you lucky girl! (((o°^°o)))=3
Ahhh, but ain’t she cute? (*°w°) She well deserved some fun after Gift promo (stage greeting, ameba, interviews etc) and the pressure of being active in 3 groups. So, who will she bring for her next date? *fufufu*