Hiragana Keyaki: will 2nd-generation member Kosaka Nao
-- My feelings after seeing the TV ad featuring their new song
Hiragana Keyaki’s new song, Joyful Love, is being used in the new
Mechakari ad now on air. Mechakari is a fashion rental
app that Keyakizaka46 were image characters for. Now it is Hiragana
Keyaki in a “Mechakari x Hiragana Keyakizaka46” collaboration.
Hiragana 2nd-generation member Kosaka Nao 小坂菜緒 acts as the main
figure in the ad. Fans are asking: “Is Kosaka finally centre?” Her overwhelming
visuals have had people calling her the next centre right from her debut. So I
thought I would look into Kosaka’s appeal.
A Keyakizaka46 photobook has been announced as their first, to come out in November. However, there was another little group photobook way back in 2015, produced just after the group was formed.
It was produced so early in the group's history that it contained pictures of Harada Mayu, the member whose affair with a former teacher got her kicked out of the group before they had really done anything. That is probably why you don't see much about that book any more. That and the fact it came out before Neru joined the group. And although it's called a "book," it may just have been a feature in a magazine.
Here's the possible cover of the new book, along with a page from the old one, which was entitled "Welcome to Keyakizaka46."
That's Hirate Yurina in the new pic, and Hirate Yurina second from right in the pic from three years ago. Much has happened in the years between....