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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Nao Kanzaki: 'Top Twenty Faves for 2019'- the FINAL preliminary edition part one, positions twenty to eleven

 As the title says this is the final preliminary post leading up to to this year's 'Top Twenty Faves' list. Will take a brief time out as I forgot to compile today's list from twenty to one!

 Am back and it didn't take me too long. Actually almost every position changed save for spots two and eleven though the changes weren't too big. The rules are simple to be eligible for the list, if you've forgotten them here they are again.

1) You can't be in Nao's 'Hall of Fame', that affected two who would have made the list and they would have been Erika T. and Nanase.

2) You have to be 21 in age to be eligible, that affected two faves. The rule is now you have to be 21 to be introduced but grandfathered in a few gals who had many posts.

3) Final one is you needed six posts since December 1st to be considered for the list. That's only a post every other month and figured if you couldn't manage to do that then it's a no go for a fave regardless of how much I like them. Sadly that's the case for Mina who is above, she has four posts and there's no way she'll have two more in the next few weeks. She is one of my all time fave Idols but decided there's going to be no exceptions to the three rules which weren't difficult.

 That's Miyu above who didn't make the age requirement. That's okay as she'll definitely be on future lists and to me in another two years or so she'll become my #1 hottest gal of all time and she may already have that honor. Have had a few comments that so and so should be higher but just want to point out it's a yearly list and not an all time one for faves. I agree with a few comments but one key factor is being busy and not just appearing in mag spreads.
 That probably hurts Idols more than any others as for now there's just four on the list, way too many of my bigger faves have graduated the past few years. Keya and Nogi members do stay busy but can't say the same for '48' members as only one will make the list, there's many I like so much but have to admit they do so little these days save for mag spreads but I can get bored just posting those. Really do like SKE members more than any other J-Pop group but as hard as it may be to believe Mina is the only one to have more than one solo post this year.

 For this final preliminary listing am just going to have nineteen faves, will leave the last spot blank for now though there are six who could fill those positions. The reason for that is that there's four faves who just need one post to qualify and I really want to see them becoming eligible and that'll mean some truly though competition for the final spot(s). Above is Akane who I really like immensely but she needs one more post, could see her finishing around sixteenth.
 The other person is Yui I. who this past year has become such a fave of mine, especially since she left Keya. She also needs one post which should happen as she was just at an event over the weekend but not sure where she'll finish if she makes the list. There's two others who need one more post and the posts for everyone need to be done by November 20th when I plan on starting this year's list. After these two sultry pics have the list starting from position nineteen. Actually there's four sultry pics as two are for Nashiko who I hope to have a post for this week which would make her eligible.

#19.... Rena Takeda, new to the list

 Never have included Rena on any list I've ever done. Do like her quite a bit and very few have had as many posts as she has the past two years and if anything I probably take her for granted. Maybe not any more as she did announce she would no longer be doing gravure spreads which I'll believe in a year from now but will still always do posts for her. She does have one final gravure pictorial from WPB-Net that came out today and will be posting it over the weekend

 #18.... Miru Shiroma, 18th on the previous list

 No change as she's been right around this position from the beginning. Miru is a perfect example of what I was talking about above as she's done very little this year save for mag spreads but least her sets are truly second to none. Just can't understand why we don't see '48' members do more activities such as events or CM's, could devote a whole post to those thoughts.

 #17.... Minami Wachi, new to the list

 New as I didn't realize Minami now has seven posts this year though two were for 2018 pictorials. She very well could be my number gravure model and she's more than just a jaw-dropping woman as she also has a degree from Meiji University, also may have the prettiest face of any gravure model.

 #16.... Miona Hori, no change from the last list

 Funny how there's so many faves of mine whose name begins with the letter M, there's four in a row from 18 to 15. Miona's second photobook is coming out early next year which is such a shame as had it come out next month she just may have made the top ten. She may have been that high some months ago but has had just one solo post since July though she could still move up a spot or two.

 #15.... Park Min-Young, 15th on the previous list

 Just three Korean actresses will make the list and there's at least twenty of them I'm really into. But 2019 has been such a quiet year for almost all of them, not just from appearing at events or in magazines but also being in dramas and films. Min-Young is always somewhat busy, she hasn't had a post since early September though am working on one now but may save it for the actual list. We should be seeing more of her as she has a drama beginning early next year.

 #14.... Jin Ki-Joo, eighth on the last list

 Without a doubt my biggest disappointment on the list. At one time Ki-Joo was fourth but has dropped like a rock as she's done virtually nothing for the past three months while those that passed her have been very busy. To me she could be the best Korean actress plus the most underrated beauty on the list, I am dying so badly to see more new pics of her. Bottom two pics are from the "Secret Life of my Secretary" drama which may be my #1 series of the year.

#13.... Riho Yoshioka, tenth on the previous list

 Can't think of a good enough reason why she dropped as Riho has been busy and still looks so darn good. But do admit I've been kind of missing her gravure spreads as she's one of my all time models doing those kinds of pics but she still has plenty of time to move back to the top ten.

 #12.... Ayaka Miyoshi, no change from the last list

 She just had a post two weeks ago but that didn't affect her ranking. Don't think Ayaka will be moving from this spot though she is one of the hottest gals in the world. My one complaint is her not appearing in enough dramas, just two the past four years. But she does have a film coming out in February which means we should be seeing so much more of her.

#11.... Mio Imada, no change from any list

 Yes, no change from any list as she's been eleventh for all four of them. That's good and bad as she hasn't dropped but at least four faves have passed Mio who I like tremendously and is someone I've been able to post about often. Can't give a great reason why she hasn't moved but the top ten this year is the strongest one to date. Have to say she is Hot with that capital H, whew!!!!

Nao Kanzaki: 'Top Twenty Faves for 2019'- the FINAL preliminary edition part two, positions ten to one

 Kazusa is someone else who dropped off the list but she's a person who could easily re-enter it. She's had some truly magnificent spreads this year but have kind of got bored with them, really wish she would do a few other activities and at one time she was everywhere. This is the final post for this monthly series leading up to this year's top twenty faves list and it should start in three or so weeks.
 To me the top fourteen faves are easy to do as for the most part they're set and it's just a matter of where they're positioned. But the last six spots are much more difficult as there's about twelve or so who are eligible for those positions and possibly there may be four more. But that's okay as this year's top twenty may be the best to date quality wise though it's a shame a few more of my other huge faves didn't qualify. Erika just may top that list but she's had only three posts all year and one was for her breathtaking photobook.
 Just wanted to add in quickly you may not see as many posts for the top twenty gals. Like to save their new pics for their position posts, these top ten gals I can continue to post about for another month but that won't be the case for those from eleven to twenty.

 #10.... Hinako Sakurai, 14th on the previous list

 Bet this selection may surprise a few viewers but remember this isn't the final list. Hinako this year has become such a huge fave of mine and to me is the most kawaii girl on the planet. Do have a small new mag spread for her and she also has a new film coming out in a few weeks in which she has the lead role in so she may have a pair of posts coming up.

#9.... Mai Shiraishi, seventh on the last list

 This has to be Mai's quietest year ever. Have been wanting to do many a post for her but there's been virtually nothing the past two months save for one event. But of any fave here she has the most potential to move up a few spots but then again it means those above her would move down.

EDIT: Wrote this up two days ago and nothing has changed for anyone. Except for what I said above for there is a new solo post for her which is right below this one.

 #8.... Haruka Fukuhara, ninth on the previous list

 Another person where I can't give a good reason on why their position changed. Haven't done a post for Haruka in about a month but seems I like her more these days than ever. Her current drama "Cheat" has still only had one episode subbed and I'm dying to view it. She looks terrific in the show and she just may have the most attractive face of anyone on the list. Her 'Kakegurui" movie is now out and subbed so will be doing a review of it soon.

 #7.... Tsubasa Honda, fourth on the last list

 Here's such a mega fave who has dropped and like the above person is starring in the 'Cheat" drama. But I've only done one post for Tsubasa in the past 2 1/2 months and it's extremely rare for her to disappear like that. She hasn't entirely disappeared as of course she's starring in that show and has had a few other modeling pics but that's been it though do expect her to come back strongly.

 #6.... Bae Suzy, drop of one spot

 Dropped one spot but it wasn't her fault as two faves have really zoomed up. Suzy still has an excellent chance to move back up to fifth as the next two months seem to be busier ones for Korean actresses with all of their award shows. Beginning of the year had her pegged for the third spot which won't happen but never thought number's one and four would have been on the list.

 #5.... Rika Izumi, moved up one spot from last time

 Not much more I can add in about Rika who isn't far from being my #1 of all time and without a doubt is the hottest woman to ever grace the face of this planet. Have done about three posts for her in the past month and she's one of four faves on the list who are thirty years or older.

 #4.... Misato Ugaki, 13th(!) on the last list

 Massive jump of nine positions and it was well deserved. Have mentioned a few times I should have begun posting about Misato earlier but she was a full time announcer for TBS until April so she wasn't nearly as busy with modeling or attending events back then as she is now. It's possible she could move up one more spot and for now would say she's the favorite to be next year's #1.

#3.... Marie Iitoyo, first on the previous two lists

 Drop of two spots and I could almost see it coming. While Marie will end up with more posts this year than any other fave have to guiltily admit I've kind of become bored with her pics. She'll be turning 22 very soon but has been dressing like someone who is in their fifties, really wish she would either vamp it up a bit or dress very elegantly. It's not a knock on her as she just still may be my number one fave on the list but while she has been very busy all year her activities aren't as interesting as they once were.

 #2.... Risa Watanabe, same position three lists in a row

 Haven't done a post for her in a while though there could be a pair of them coming up. The odds are a bit slim but to me Risa still has a shot at taking the top spot, there's no way she'll finish lower than second. Been a bit of a slow stretch for her but then again that's been the case for most Keya members as there's been so few group activities for quite a long period which does affect an Idol. Beginning of the year did pick her to finish in her current position, only one I may be correct about.

 #1.... Minami Tanaka, third on the last list

 Like someone else on the list there's really nothing new to add in as she's had so many posts since the beginning of September. Just can't wait for Minami's photobook which is coming out in December and with that it'll make #2's job so much more difficult to move up. Whoever in the top five finishes first will set a record for being the oldest or youngest, seems there's more younger gals than ever on the list but then again there's more 27 or older on this list than any other year.