Don't know the numbers but bet for every Idol who graduates from their group and finds success there has to be fifty or so whose careers flop miserably. The market these last few years is so oversaturated with Idols who honestly have little chance for an entertainment career. Seems even some popular Idols like Sayumi and Miyuki have gone unnoticed since leaving their group, even Mariko to me has had a disappointing career after her graduation. Those three were all very popular and the list and there's many more them with the list growing bigger daily.
I'll finish those thoughts in a future post or two, don't know why so many leave the security of their groups just to end up in the unemployment line. Mariya isn't one of those as her solo career seems to have really picked up this year as she's appeared in two dramas along with a film. Also two mags have signed her up to be an exclusive model and she'a appeared at a few promo events so you would have to say 2017 has been a good year for her.
Just a few October happenings for Mariya but there are thirty brand new pics. Don't know what others think of Mariya's looks but she'd be in my top ten all time for AKB members, that may be a good idea for a post but also a very difficult one. One mag spread for today and there may be a few more upcoming ones, set here is from the November 7th edition of Flash and it's promoting Mariya's new photobook.
Yes, Mariya's second photobbok came out four days ago and the pics I've seen from it may make it the number one book of the year. Mariya's first PB was released in March 2016 which was one week after her graduation from AKB. These are some promo pics from the new book, better get the cold water in the shower started....
Title of Mariya's second PB is "Mabui Mariya" and think it's going to be a solid seller. There was an event today at the Fukuya bookstore in Shinjuku, was at the store's site and they said there was an incredible amount of requests for tickets. Usually these signing sessions will draw four hundred or so fans, many more if you're popular.
This event drew over 1,200 fans, it was 2,700 yen to buy a book and meet Mariya. In dollars that is $23.70 which actually seems quite reasonable, most things in Japan are way too expensive but photobooks and magazines seem cheaper than in America. Plenty of fine looking pics from the event, Mariya said her clothes were special from the photo shoot but to me they could come straight from 'Majisuka Gakuen'.
Mariya's character's name in season two was Mariyagi, in season three it got shortened to Yagi. Have to guiltily admit I've enjoyed those dramas, season three was so-so but the others were all quite good, shame there's been no news about a seventh season.