AKB48 40th single revealed to be a dance number headed by Shimazaki Haruka

26 Mar

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.”

32 Senbatsu Members below:

Shimazaki Haruka(Center)
Kato Rena
Matsui Jurina
Miyawaki Sakura
Takahashi Minami
Yokoyama Yui
Watanabe Mayu
Sashihara Rino
Kojima Haruna
Kashiwagi Yuki
Matsui Rena
Yamamoto Sayaka
Kizaki Yuria
Owada Nana
Tano Yuka
Kawamoto Saya
Kawaei Rina
Ikoma Rina
Mukaichi Mion
Suda Akari
Miyazawa Sae
Minegishi Minami
Kojima Mako
Watanabe Miyuki
Muto Tomu
Kitagawa Ryoha
Takahashi Juri
Oshima Ryoka
Sakaguchi Nagisa
Kodama Haruka
Nakano Ikumi
Okada Nana


“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?!

8 Responses to “AKB48 40th single revealed to be a dance number headed by Shimazaki Haruka”

  1. AKB48 MG4 SALT (@FiatFreeros) March 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

    wait for so long Paruru will be solo center..first time lol..=) great for all Paruru fans..

    • allthingsjpop March 27, 2015 at 8:51 pm #

      I have waited quite a long time too. ParuMayu double center is next on my wishlist.

  2. anon March 29, 2015 at 7:37 am #

    I really really really like the intro and the first verse, but after that the song kind of get a little bland and does not have a hook or anything. Other thing I like is the choreography I watched some parts and the dance is SO GOOD.

    • allthingsjpop March 30, 2015 at 1:52 am #

      Yeah I think this song lacks the hook typical of summer singles. I was looking forward to another Labrador Retriever orthodox idol song but i guess fans will stop demanding for UZA for now!

  3. hyu March 30, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

    What does “dance number” means?

    • allthingsjpop March 30, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

      Dance song

      • Anonymous April 26, 2015 at 9:24 pm #

        So, this is the difference between when mayu center and paruru center ? is that just because the clip is cool so they just let them go like that ? but when mayuyu center and got cute PV, they call it boring !? Suck that !!! i want to know how people react when paruru got boring song ? ck..

      • allthingsjpop April 27, 2015 at 2:19 am #

        Well to be fair, Paruru received some flak for this dance song too.

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