In yesterday’s live broadcast of AKB48’s epic concert at the National Olympic Stadium, the new song of the group’s 36th single was unveiled by graduating member Oshima Yuko.
Titled “Labrador Retriever” (weird i know, but fresh and promising concept), some would call this AKB48’s single of the year, as it is the one fans would have to buy in order to vote in the general elections. The tune is french pop (i read somewhere it’s actually french music which got popular in Japan around 60s-70s) and the lyrics describe the love between a young couple, seen through the eyes of a pet dog.The choreography is also very refreshing, as they start off mimicking a dog, complete with tail wags and paw waves.
The senbatsu for this single is also the biggest in history, comprising 36 members across the 4 groups. Rumors were rife that Shimazaki Haruka would take on the center for this single, but the 70,000-strong audience were broke into cheers when Watanabe Mayu took center position seconds before the performance. This marks Mayuyu’s 2nd time as a solo center since the group’s 30th single “So Long!”.
AKB48: Iriyama Anna、Kawaei Rina、Takahashi Juri、Takahashi Minami、Yokoyama Yui、Watanabe Mayu、Kitahara Rie、Ichikawa Miori、Oba Mina、Kashiwagi Yuki、Kato Rena, Kojima Haruna, Shimazaki Haruka、Okada Nana, Kojima Mako、Nishino Miki、Minegishi Minami、Owada Nana、
SKE48: Kizaki Yuria, Matsui Jurina, Matsui Rena, Suda Akari, Kimoto Kanon, Furuhata Nao, Kitagawa Ryouha,
NMB48: Yamamoto Sayaka, Watanabe Miyuki, Yagura Fuuko, Yabushita Shu, Shibuya Nagisa
HKT48: Oota Aika, Kodama Haruka, Sashihara Rino, Miyawaki Sakura, Tashima Meru, Tomonaga Mio
Purchase their pre-elections single here: