Covers for AKB48 summer single “Labrador Retriever” and PV Preview

23 Apr

AKB48’s 36th single “Labrador Retriever” MV cuts and covers have finally been unveiled. All 36 senbatsu members took to the sandy beach of Guam and danced to the single with Watanabe Mayu as their center.

This year’s summer single follows the tradition of “Ponytail to Shushu”, “Everyday, Kachuusha” and “Manatsu no Sounds Good!”, in which filming takes place in Guam. The girls incorporated dog-like poses in their choreography and showed off their innocent side whilst having fun on the beach.

This is the first single that Oshima Yuko, who announced her graduation back in Dec 2013, is absent for. Watanabe Mayu, who is taking the main center position for the 2nd time, described the MV as “summer like and cute”, asking fans to lookout for the “natural expressions of members playing with dogs”.

The single comes in 8 types, with the limited editions showing members in swimsuits and the regular editions showing members in summer fashion. Oshima Yuko’s graduation song “Ima Made no Melody” is included, as well as the voting tickets for this year’s elections.

Checkout the beautiful covers and purchase links below!

**Regular Type A CD+DVD**


 **Regular Type B CD+DVD**


 **Regular Type C CD+DVD**


**Regular Type D CD+DVD**



**Limited Type A DVD+Event Tic**


**Limited Type B DVD+Event Tic**


 **Limited Type C DVD+Event Tic**


 **Limited Type D DVD+Event Tic**

I love most of these covers, but Mayuyu’s solo shot is the best! It looks like a shot for the front cover of a photobook. Also quite surprised that Yuria got to be on Type A. Please let me know what you think of these covers!


7 Responses to “Covers for AKB48 summer single “Labrador Retriever” and PV Preview”

  1. anon April 23, 2014 at 6:26 am #

    it’s good to see Yuria there. though i’m not that really follow her, she looks like a hard-working person.
    the covers are beautiful but i’m still can’t get used to the song (mayu’s center songs are not that really good, imo)
    and woots takamina in bikini is shocking me lol

    • allthingsjpop April 23, 2014 at 8:39 am #

      I am also trying to figure out what’s the charm about Yuria. She is now the center of Team 4 but I have seen a rather expressionless face on her during the first perf of Labrador Retriever.

      I think Akimoto San said in an interview last month that fans usually like fast paced songs, but he likes 70s to 80s style oldies so maybe that’s why we can’t get used to it.

      What is shocking about Takamina? I saw ppl talking about it ion 2ch but don’t really get it?

      • anon April 24, 2014 at 4:33 am #

        Have you ever watched ske no ebi friday night? If you haven’t, I would like to recommend it! I’m not ske fans but I learn a lot about ske’s member personalities from there. About Yuria, I only know her baka character is popular. She didn’t stand out very much in the show tho.

        As far as I know Takamina never wore (full) bikini. It always a swim suit with skirt or short covered her bottom. Not a big deal tbh but I read on twitter that a lot of Takamina’s fans are disturbed by it because this is her first time wearing that^^;

  2. Anonymous April 23, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    the covers are okay neither incredible nor really bad. I am surprised any of these 3 girls from team 4 which have been push are in 16 senbatsu members, not even Kojima Mako. I don’t understand why management is pushing Suda Akari, I know she entered senbatsu last year, but they should push AKB members there are already 2 SKE girls …..

    • allthingsjpop April 24, 2014 at 12:51 am #

      I think it’s a good thing though. Suda worked hard to get her senbatsu position…and now she’s finally recognized. Koji Mako I’m sure management will push her regardless of her ranking.

  3. Anonymous April 24, 2014 at 2:55 am #

    Mayu is stunningly beautiful but, on the other hand, I think her personality is on the ugly side which is a pity 😦 all those girls are gorgeous, they’re in the entertainment industry for a reason

    • allthingsjpop April 24, 2014 at 3:32 am #

      Can you elaborate on her personality? I have never heard any negative remarks about her personality…

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