Updated with live performance from their concert..
AKB48’s 40th single has been performed during today’s concert in Saitama Super Arena and it seems to be the dance number that all fans have been waiting for since “UZA”.
Titled “Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai” (“We won’t fight”), it will be released on the 20th May 2015.
The all-important center position goes to AKB48’s Shimazaki Haruka(20). Shimazaki was once the center for 29th single in 2012, after winning that year’s Janken tournament(an event where the senbatsu members are chosen based on the game of scissors-paper-stone). This will be her 2nd time fronting the group.
Commenting on her role in what seems like the toughest dance song in AKB’s history, Shimazaki said “It was hard..to the extent that my shoes were almost torn off my feet. Maybe it was fate that i should be chosen for dance senbatsus.”
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“I might be the dance representative?” says Paruru
The upcoming song “Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai” is said to have the most difficult dance in the history of AKB releases. But the center went to Shimazaki Haruka, who together with Kojima Haruna ditched the dance songs during last year’s Tokyo Dome concert for the less demanding float rides. She seemed to sigh a relief when the performance of this song was over.
Takahashi Minami commented “It’s so tough i’m going to die…Paruru is the center of a dance number. You’ve practised hard right?”
Fellow member Yokoyama Yui added “I know that Paruru can’t dance, when i see her trying her hardest..” She couldn’t finish as Shimazaki Haruka cut her off with a “Thank You” ,sensing a long-winded talk ahead.
Shimazaki displayed her usual unique brand of humor, saying “Actually I might be the dance representative of this group!”
Takahashi Minami suggested that she do a backturn in that case, and Shimazaki declared “I can do it!”
I cannot wait for this performance! A Paruru who can dance?!