A few articles about Kojiharu came out today…
Kojiharu: “My fans will be happy because i get more screen time now”
AKB48’s 33rd single “Heart Electric” was revealed on Music Station on the 27th September. During the interview, Kojiharu talked about her fans’ reactions to her newfound center position. “Because i have no wish of being center, my fans have no expectations as well. But they might be happier now that i’ve more screen time,” she laughed and said.
AKB48 Music Director Yuasa Junji: “Kojiharu is a solid vocalist. It’s a surprise she hasn’t been the center yet!”
Yuasa Juni admitted that he didn’t know that Kojiharu would be center for AKB48’s 33rd single. He said Kojiharu gave the song a very fresh vibe, and that he thought she was a very natural center as he watched the filming for their music video.
When it comes to solo singing parts in the song, the center traditionally gets limited lines, but Kojiharu’s solo stands out in “Heart Electric”. Not only is Kojiharu a fashion model, she is also blessed with good looks and solid singing skills.
“She’s amongst the top 3 when it comes to vocal ability in AKB48. Her voice is good and her perception is good. In this sense, it’s even more of a surprise that she hasn’t been appointed center,” said Yuasa Junji.
Kojiharu on being center: “I hated it. I just wanted to graduate peacefully.”
Q: What’s your feelings on being center for the first time?
I was always on the 2nd row or 3rd row. It’s so spacious infront i feel so awkward!
Q:When did you realise you were going to be the center?
Akimoto sensei texted me 1 or 2 weeks before the PV shooting.
Q:How did you reply?
I was like “!!” and sent him a flustered emoticon.
Q:How did you feel?
I hated it. I have no aspirations to be in a attention seeking position, and thought it’d be good to graduate peacefully. After Mariko and Tomochin graduated in summer, there was a period of time when i thought about what i should do and who will be the next center…but i didn’t think it’d be me.
Q:Have you asked Akimoto san why you were chosen?
I didn’t ask, but i want to know.
Q:But how would you explain it from your point of view?
I have no idea…it’s abit surprising.
Q: Do you think this song suits you?
I’m actually better at “idol” songs or “feminine” songs…so i thought songs of those styles will come. But i was shocked to find out that it was actually Group Sounds. ( a form of Japanese rock music)
Q: So what happened during recording?
I was asked to sing like Shuri( i think from some band).I don’t know much about Group Sounds so i practised. *smiled bitterly*
Q: As expected, being the center is tough?
I think Mayuyu or Yuko are really great. When i was shooting for the covers, i had difficulties posing in the center. In the past, because of my height i’ve never stood in the center.
Q: How are the reactions of Yuko and Takamina who stand next to you?
They are very easy on me when i make mistakes with the choreography. They laugh and get mad at me.
Q: Is the mood different as compared to other centers?
For me, the mood is different. If the younger ones saw it and think that it’s fun and they wanna do it as well,i’ll be happy.
Q: What’s your message to fans?
Pls watch my performances kindly! (laughs)