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?