The Puzzle of Team KIII

As you should know by now, JKT48 Operations Team announced the formation of Team KIII (otherwise known as JKT48 Team K) at last night’s Matahari Milikku (Boku no Taiyou) theater show. The timing of this announcement came as a surprise because many had expected it to be made at next week’s Jakarta concerts. What should not be a surprise, however, is the announcement of which members were selected for promotion.

Those who own the regular version of the RIVER single will have watched the behind-the-scenes video for the “Buah Masa Depan” (“Mirai no Kajitsu”). Of the 28 Trainees, 16 were selected as the eventual Trainee senbatsu for the song. They are also listed as the 16 Trainee members who recorded their voices for the B-side track in the single. As fate would have it, all of them except one were promoted to Team KIII. The only Trainee left out was Annisa Athia, otherwise known as Nichan.

Instead of Nichan, three additional Trainees were promoted: Dwi Putri Bonita (Uty), Intar Putri Kariina (Kariin), and Nadila Cindi Wantari.

Upon learning of this fact, I decided to check Nichan’s theater attendance since the performance of “Buah Masa Depan” on 13 April in Idola Cilik. Following that public performance, Nichan performed in ten of 15 Pajama Drive shows, which is a respectable number of stage appearances. However, when it came to the new Matahari Milikku set list, Nichan’s last stage performance was on 23 May, which is now more than a month ago. Including yesterday’s show, there have been 26 shows of the new set list.

According to the attendance record published on the JKT48 official calendar, Nichan has only performed once in Matahari Milikku, on that 23 May date. (Note however, that attendance for the first five shows does not seem to be available.) This begs the question of why has she not appeared in the new set list in over a month? It should be obvious that her absence from stage appearances affected the prospect of her promotion into Team KIII, but fans should wonder why would someone who was originally selected as Trainee senbatsu be suddenly dropped by management?

Richardson H. Kilis is a U.S.-educated Indonesianist who studies the relationship of technology and cultural exchange.

10 Responses to “The Puzzle of Team KIII”

  1. hm, Reply

    She was sick

  2. T, Reply

    this also happened to Rachel, a frequent performer of Boku no Taiyou and IMO a better performer than Uty. She also didn’t make it to KIII.

  3. RedRanger48, Reply

    AFAIK , Nichan don’t make her debut yet in Matahari Milikku. At May 23rd, she was replaced by Acha, so she never actually made her debut . For the reason behind her not included in the new Team KIII, well.. I’m not quite sure. Her absence for quite a long time was never really explained. Nichan’s statement during Handshake Event was that she was being hospitalized due to some stomach disorder. There are some rumours though, but I will not say it here.

    My biggest disappointment though was that Rachel Natasya being left out from Team KIII. She was one of the trainee members who appear regularly in this setlist. She was in the shonichi of Matahari Milikku, performing Himawari along with Della, Hanna, and Inyi ❤. Some of my friends who became her fans said that it’s a disappointment since she has a good , soothing voice.

    Saktia Oktapyani also has huge fans, AFAIK. She got one and a half Handshake Event session, the same amount Rona Anggreani got. She was apparently got sick before.. but it was 2 months ago. Dellia also has good voice. She was Tata’s under for some performances in Higurashi no Koi, and she sing it really well.

    Hmm… still.. Selamat Inyi >.< ❤

  4. AnakDekan, Reply

    she’s has been hospitalized so thats why she didin’t perform again for a while (she told me personally in RIVER handshake event) and she has been starting to training again for maybe 2 or 3 weeks after the handshake event and started to perform at off air event and RKJ backdancers once.with double work (regain her stamina and memorized the routine), maybe management think the best way now is not to promote her to team K, maybe she’ll get a team when a team shuffle take place in the future

  5. benimaru, Reply

    Annisa will be promoted to team J…

    and there will be more AKB members that transfered again to team K3..

    JKT rUleZ!!

    • indr@, Reply

      Yeah, I hope this time they will transfer 3 or 4 AKB members to JKT team K :D

  6. Adam Haris, Reply

    i wonder who will be the captain…

  7. indr@, Reply

    With the announcement of team K, does it mean that the rest of the Trainee will serve as the under for both team?

    • aruppa, Reply

      Supposedly. They need to have more showtime, so instead of being under, they may perform in RKJ or Bnt more often since they don’t have their own trainee’s setlist. But there are no theater performance ’til September. So, anything will happen.

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