First performance of AKB48 33rd Single “Heart Electric!”

19 Sep

The next new song of AKB48 “Heart Electric” was revealed at their 4th Janken Tournament yesterday. The audience awaited with bated breath as the senbatsu lineup was announced and members walked out on stage one after another. The audience grew increasingly excited as the former centers – Watanabe Mayu, Oshima Yuko and Shimazaki Haruka etc. were all called up first, meaning the center whose supposed to come out last was someone “new”. Kojima Haruna came out last, marking the first (and what may be the last) time she’s gracing center position since joining AKB48 in 2005.

Kojiharu commented on her new status “I don’t know why it has come to this, but i’ll work hard!”

This song is the 2nd song they’ve gotten from RoopSounds(the first being their 2nd single “Skirt Hirari”). It’s not a dance song like last year’s UZA, but nevertheless portrays a tough feel judging from their expressions and military uniforms. Kojiharu gets what seems like the most amount of solo lines in the history of AKB48 centers. I totally applaud this move cos Kojiharu’s voice deserves more limelight!

The only weird part of this song is the member introductions in the middle. According to sources,the concept for this song is that the girls are part of a band, and according to band protocols, the vocalist is supposed to introduce the members sometime during their performance.

So Kojiharu shouts out her band members’ stage names in the middle of the song (alas the stage names are all in english!)…..it may be a move to speak to the international audience but i guess only Japanese are going to understand what’s happening.

Full list of senbatsu members and stage names:

Kojima Haruna – Michelle
Iriyama Anna – Veronica
Takahashi Minami – Linda
Oshima Yuko – Lucy
Kashiwagi Yuki – Catherine
Sashihara Rino – Rola (She’s naming herself after popular model Rola)
Watanabe Mayu – Elizabeth
Matsui Jurina – Caroline
Shimazaki Haruka – Angelina
Matsui Rena – Sandy
Yokoyama Yui -Mary
Yamamoto Sayaka – Rosanna
Watanabe Miyuki – Josephine
Minegishi Minami – Barbara
Oota Aika – Margaret
Kawaei Rina – Kawaei

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5 Responses to “First performance of AKB48 33rd Single “Heart Electric!””

  1. veruca September 19, 2013 at 7:32 am #

    I am so happy with Kojiharu being center T-T ……. she really has a lot of lines some parts looks like Kojiharu solo song jajaja

  2. melisa September 19, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    Can I ask you who is RoopSounds ??? I tough the only person who made songs is Aki-p ……. also CONGRATULATION NyanNyan but at the same time I am sad that this can be the last single for her …

    • allthingsjpop September 20, 2013 at 1:13 am #

      Hi,

      Roopsounds seems to be an agency that composes music. AkiP does write the lyrics but he leaves the music composition to someone else.Like No3b’s Kirigirisu Jin…music was composed by Golden Bomber’s vocalist Kiryuin Sho.

      Yuna

  3. Genevieve September 25, 2013 at 4:24 am #

    Nyannyan centering was completely unexpected but that’s a pleasant surprise. Very happy that it wasn’t Mayuyu or Paruru who are both dreadful wooden centers.
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    • Anonymous September 27, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

      I guess getting Kojiharu/takamina to center means getting almost zero hate since these girls are the founders of AKB. Ppl are always criticizing Mayuyu but she’s been a regular senbatsu and striving for center for so long that i think its time to accept her. She worked as hard as Kojiharu/Takamina all these years and deserves the center position.

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