AKB48 2015 Senbatsu Sousenkyo ~Unpredictable Rankings, The Tumultuous Night~: Final Results

6 Jun

The AKB48 2015 Senbatsu Sousenkyo was held on 6th June 2015 and the final results are below. I have translated speeches from the upper-ranked girls. If you are looking for the full sousenkyo streaming links, you may wish to check out this channel.



1.HKT48 Sashihara Rino (194,049 votes): I did not think that i’d be able to see this scene again. I am a special presence in AKB Group. I thought that i was a average cute girl when i was a schoolgirl in Oita. However in AKB, i couldn’t become a center and thought about how to become one like Maeda Atsuko and Oshima Yuko.I couldn’t make it. I decided to be Sashihara Rino. I’m ugly and flat chested, nothing is good about me. I got No.1 for helming HKT after being in a scandal. Instead i wanted to be recognised as Sashihara Rino.

There are lots of cute girls in AKB Group. But i was able to win No.1 as a girl without confidence. Everyone in Japan who is like me, whether you are bullied, withdrawn, or caused your parents to worry, when your day doesn’t seem to be working out, please be reminded that a girl like me got No.1 again. It is not a miracle, it is the reward for working hard for the past year.

I am the outcast. I was not the chosen one. Those like me, please be inspired by my ranking and turn it into your confidence. I also want to become the power for everyone.

2. AKB48 Kashiwagi Yuki (167,183 votes): This year is my first time aiming for No.1. Unfortunately, i was unable to see this come true. But from now on i will not shy away from things. Takamina’s graduation is coming soon and her absence will be felt. I will support every member in AKB48 Group and grow this group. I will be doing my concurrency with NGT this autumn. I will make it a success.Please support me!

3. AKB48 Watanabe Mayu (165,789 votes): Last year, i had almost 160k votes. This time round i surpassed 160k. I’m already very honoured and thankful. Compared to Takamina san and Maeda san’s touching scene, my appearance may seem very boring.*laughs from commentators*

Last year i got No.1 and received a warm Mayuyu call. Even up till now, i can’t forget that scene. It is my lifelong treasure. I was first last year so looking at the situation i was aiming for a higher position this time – straight win, but since no one has achieved that in the history of AKB, once again i feel the difficulties of realising it. Even though i feel regretful, i am also thankful to the people who have supported me. Even though i wanted a straight win, i had a feeling that it’d be difficult, so i can’t do anything about it. *laughs from commentators*

I’m 3rd, but i won’t be satisfied with things are. As i hate losing, i will work hard and aim higher. So..there’s no more time left? *looks to the MC* Thank you very much!

4. AKB48 Takahashi Minami(137,252 votes): This is my last Sousenkyo. I’ve sent off many members being a first generation myself.During the first year as a member of this group, i realised something. I’m most ill-fitted for this group. There was Maeda Atsuko and Oshima Yuko. They were so popular and charismatic. I wanted to be a singer at first, took alot of auditions but the first group to accept me was AKB. I turned into an idol. I didn’t know how to be cute and gain popularity,but i grew to love this group and wanted to work hard. Gradually I became the General Manager. Then came Sousenkyo. I thought that i shouldn’t aim for No.1. as I was looking out for the future of AKB, thinking about who should be the next center. My aspirations took a backseat, but every member here should be thinking the same thing– to be No.1 . This year’s the first time i wanted to aim for No.1. Even though i didn’t realise this dream, i am very happy from the bottom of my heart.

I thought about what words i should leave in my last Sousenkyo. If you don’t work hard, there is no future. The fans are definitely watching, don’t give up. Hard work will definitely be rewarded, i will prove it to you in future.

-Maeda Atsuko to present her with a bouquet of flowers-

5. SKE48 Matsui Jurina (105,289 votes): Indeed i am still not good enough? *sobs* I wanted to protect this group after Maeda Atsuko, Oshima Yuko, Sashihara Rino and Watanabe Mayu. I entered SKE at the age of 11 and met alot of seniors. Now that I have gotten alot of juniors, so i wanted to stand out and show them there’s someone who they can depend on. I feel really regretful.

6. NMB48 Yamamoto Sayaka (97,866 votes): I got about 60k votes last year, my rank is the same but my votes have increased alot. I feel that the love from fans have deepened, thank you very much.My jobscope increased alot after last year. More people in the streets have recognized me. However, they call me AKB48’s Yamamoto, or NBA’s …i feel like NMB’s existence is not felt yet. That is very regretful. *Goes on to promote NMB*

7. HKT48 Miyawaki Sakura(81,422 votes): Last year i got 11th and was able to enter senbatsu. Thanks to that my dreams have increased. However the speed of my climb is so fast. Even though i caught up, seeing my seniors who are shining brightly all the time, i started to feel my own uselessness.I am troubled, but i don’t know what i’m worrying about. My trips to Tokyo have increased and i’m always by myself. But seeing the fans in this Sousenkyo, once again i feel that you are also with me. HKT48 has been walking on the path that AKB48 opened. It was very fun so far, but we have to stop relying on them.We would like to walk on the path that we create for ourselves.Next year, i want to sit on the throne, i want to show everyone a new AKB.It may be rude of me to say this, but i want to crush AKB! To start things afresh you have to demolish it first, from now i’ll think of my deficiencies and move forward slowly.

8. SNH48/SKE48 Miyazawa Sae (75,495 votes): For this year, i wished for a ranking that can surpass my previous results. This has come true today! I decided to go to Shanghai about 3 years ago. One of the reasons was because i couldn’t surpass the wall that i’d come to face in Sousenkyo. I’m very happy to have overcome it today. 2 years ago, i proudly said that i’d never lose to my juniors in performance. Recently, listening to my juniors, i feel their power. I will never say something like that again.I’m able to perform on stage and in Shanghai because of SKE. Thank you to everyone there.

9. AKB48 Shimazaki Haruka (73,803 votes): *cries* Everyone says i have bad attitude, but i feel thankful for the votes, even though i am not the sort meant to be an idol. I want to pay back everyone.I can’t continue like this, so i will lend the power of my seniors and work together with Yui to bring about the 2nd chapter of AKB. My ranking has dropped so saying this is somewhat…but everyone pls lend some power to members of my generation. I’ve talked way longer than last year, so i will end my speech now.

10. AKB48 Yokoyama Yui (63,414 votes): I was ranked 20th during the prelims. As the next General Manager of the group, i felt really useless. But again, i feel everyone’s support during Sousenkyo. *spends long time at a loss of words* I will work hard with everyone to continue AKB48’s legacy into the next 5,10, or even 100 years. *grows longwinded and Takamina shouts for her to stop*

11. NGT48 Kitahara Rie (61,566 votes): I returned after 2 years! This is my highest ranking in the history of Sousenkyo.I think i can hold my head high now and head towards Niigata. I hope my fans will follow me and i hope the people of Niigata will wait for me. I will not embarrass you with my future activities. Finally, please don’t cover my speech with CMs!

12. NMB48 Watanabe Miyuki (55,750 votes): Seeing my rival Sayanee moving on all the time, i wondered if i can no longer keep up. But my fans are always here for me. Last year, I won Janken and was able to move forward bit by bit. There are lots more NMB members worth watching. To all the fans, i will shoulder NMB and fight. In a change of topic, my grandmother and mother are here watching today. Today i will treat my family to dinner. Thanks to my family and fans for always supporting me.

13. SKE48 Matsumura Kaori(53,667 votes): I’ve finally entered senbatsu! I’ve been balding all these time! I went through treatment and now i’ve recovered. I have a cap on so you can’t see it. Thank you very much! (*commentators are like @#$@%!) As Takamina said, hard work will be rewarded.Even though she’s always teased for it, i believe in this phrase. As the oldest member in SKE, i want to work harder.

14. SKE48 Takayanagi Akane(52,609 votes): I’ve been in SKE48’s senbatsu for a long time, but my position in formation is dropping all the time. I understand i have to support the younger generations, but i’ve always felt regretful. Fans are worried i will graduate, but i can say with a smile now that i’ve entered senbatsu? My mum was always worried about my camera time on music shows. This time can i’m glad that i’ve offered some sort of filial piety?

15. SKE48 Shibata Aya(49,199 votes): The SKE48 i’m in is the best idol group. As long as i’m around, i will work hard to help you discover SKE members.This year, i will work hard to reduce my stare when the camera points at me.

16. AKB48 Muto Tomu(44,637 votes): I’m very happy. People thought i’d quit first among my generation. But i climbed my way slowly into Senbatsu. The Sousenkyo is a chance for my name to be remembered once a year.This position is very special to me. I still feel uncomfortable in this position, but i feel relieved knowing fans will follow me.

[Under Girls]

17. HKT48 Kodama Haruka(43,985 votes):I wanted to rank in senbatsu and sing alongside Sakura and Sasshi. But my rank has gone up from last year, so i am very thankful. When i first entered HKT, i was chosen as the center. By the time it came to our debut single, another member was chosen as center. I thought i didn’t have it in me to support the group. I worked with the name of ex-center in my heart. Last year i was chosen as center for the 4th single. I was so happy, and wanted to lead the group next with my head held high. I love my hometown Fukuoka, so my love for Hakata will never lose to others. I want to aim higher so i can enter senbatsu next time.

18. SKE48 Suda Akari(43,665 votes): I looked forward to this day.I couldn’t protect my position this year. For sure, I thought, fans would put me in senbatsu, would continue to look at me wherever i go, but apparently I didn’t put in enough hard work. I had always worked my hardest, though there has been times when i had reached my limits. I wanted to see your smiles and i didn’t want to disappoint. But in the midst of it i must have forgotten how to enjoy myself. I knew that is most important for an idol, but because i didn’t do it, my rank dropped. From now on, as long as there are fans who follow me, i will change everything into smiles.Thank you very much.

19. AKB48 Minegishi Minami (35,506 votes):I have entered AKB for the 10th year now and received many chances. I have missed many chances as well and my fault resulted in me dropping out of Senbatsu. The cost – my fans’ happiness and lesser chances to work with Takamina who is graduating this year and Kojiharu whose graduation decision is unclear. Actually, i wanted to work in the frontline of AKB for even 1 second longer. This time i couldn’t reach my goal of Senbatsu, but i will work harder.

20. SKE48 Oya Masana 30,021 votes

21. HKT48 Tomonaga Mio 28,197 votes

22. AKB48 Kizaki Yuria 26,994 votes

23. SKE48 Tani Marika 26,051 votes

24. SKE48 Furuhata Nao 25,650 votes

25.AKB48 Takahashi Juri 25,421 votes

26. AKB48 Kojima Mako 25,110 votes

27. SKE48 Oba Mina 24,708 votes

28. AKB48 Kato Rena 24,569 votes

29. AKB48 Okada Nana 23,237 votes

30. AKB48 Takajo Aki  22,502 votes

31. HKT48 Fuchigami Mai 22,487 votes

32. HKT48 Tashima Meru 22,191  votes

[Next Girls] 

33. HKT48 Anai Chihiro

34. NMB48 Shiroma Miru

35. NMB48 Fujie Reina

36. NMB48 Jonishi Kei

37. HKT48 Sakaguchi Riko

38. SKE48 Futamura Haruka

39. AKB48 Uchiyama Natsuki

40. NMB48 Yagura Fuuko

41. HKT48 Ota Aika

42. HKT48 Okada Kanna

43. HKT48 Moriyasu Madoka

44. AKB48 Mukaichi Mion

45. SKE48 Miyamae Ami

46. HKT48 Kojina Yui

47. AKB48 Tano Yuuka

48. SKE48 Kimoto Kanon

[Future Girls] 

49. SKE48 Sato Sumire: I hope my ranking will give the mid generation members some hope. I may be transferred again, but no matter where go, i’ll work hard!

50. AKB48 Sasaki Yukari

51. HKT48 Matsuoka Natsumi

52. SKE48 Goto Risako

53. SKE48 Isohara Kyoka

54. NMB48 Kotani Riho

55. SKE48 Souda Sarina

56. NMB48 Umeda Ayaka

57. AKB48 Mogi Shinobu

58. NMB48 Shibuya Nagisa

59. NMB48 Kato Yuuka

60. NMB48 Yabushita Shu

61. SKE48 Azuma Rion

62. SKE48 Kato Rumi

63. SKE48 Yamaguchi Suzuran

64. NMB48 Yoshida Akari

[Upcoming Girls]

65. SKE48 Saito Makiko

66. SKE48 Kitagawa Ryoha

67. AKB48 Omori Miyu

68. SKE48 Umemoto Madoka

69. AKB48 Nagao Mariya

70. SKE48 Kamata Natsuki

71. AKB48 Ishida Haruka

72. HKT48 Ueki Nao

73. SKE48 Kumazaki Haruka

74. NMB48 Tanigawa Airi

75. AKB48 Owada Nana

76. SKE48 Takeuchi Mai

77. SKE48 Ishida Anna

78. AKB48 Shinozaki Ayana

79. NMB48 Ichikawa Miori

80. HKT48 Motomura Aoi


13 Responses to “AKB48 2015 Senbatsu Sousenkyo ~Unpredictable Rankings, The Tumultuous Night~: Final Results”

  1. Denny Sinnoh June 6, 2015 at 4:17 am #

    I can’t say I’m sitting on needles-and-pins. I know that my oshi (Iwasa Misaki) will not rank very high. Prelim results did not look good.

    There are a lot of new faces moving up. However, I was very surprised that Mako Kojima did not even rank in the top 60 prelim results.

    Otherwise, I am rooting for Yukirin. I would also be very happy if Takamina gets the spot she deserves, or if Mayuyu repeats. I’m happy with any of those three.

    I am also rooting for Haruka Kodama to be a sleeper, and surprise a lot of people.

    … but what do I know : )

    FYI: I plan on re-blogging the results you post! Bless you Yuna!

    • allthingsjpop June 6, 2015 at 4:26 am #

      Thank you. AKB really needs to rank higher this time.I have a feeling my oshi is searching for her successor but she has no options. I have a feeling that Kodama will enter senbatsu! Maybe i should post my predictions.. Let me know if you are watching it live?

      • Denny Sinnoh June 6, 2015 at 4:43 am #

        I will try to check in sometime tonight. My son will be playing Minecraft with his online friends but I will try to see some of the links you shared.
        Have a fun night : )

  2. Regan Konz ( ´_ゝ`) (@raygunkonz) June 6, 2015 at 8:50 am #

    Hi! I was wondering… there is usually a concert before the actual election and stuff. Do you have any idea WHEN between 3-10pm they will start announcing the rankings? I can’t recall when it was last year..

    • allthingsjpop June 6, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

      I have no idea too but i’d say come in 1 to 2 hours late.

  3. rena June 6, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

    I guess Kashiwagi Yuki won’t win as #1 (though I want her to) as next year, I’m pretty certain Watanabe Mayu’s fans would try their best to push her to the throne again (so she gets the throne again after losing a year, just like what Maeda Atsuko, Oshima Yuko and Sashihara Rino got), Matsui Jurina’s would also push her in a frenzy (I guess not to make her cry again and probably for her 19th birthday) and Miyawaki Sakura’s too (she announced that she wanted #1, and her fans would probably do so for her birthday or something else?). Although I hope that Watanabe Mayu can win #1 again (I kinda like the pattern), at the 9th SS, if Yuki is still there, I hope that she can have a landslide victory. But of course, if she wins next year, it would be totally awesome.
    btw, thanks for your blog! It really is wonderful and I am especially thankful to you as you posted the streaming links to watch the SS live! Thanks and I hope you can update more often! 🙂

  4. anonymous June 7, 2015 at 12:24 am #

    Thank for the translation, so fast!!!! Tomu and Kitarie rankings were a surprise for me, didn’t know Tomu has a big fan base, and for Kitarie I guess going to the new group help her a lot. As well, didn’t expected Pararu be out of Kami7, I saw a pic comparing Pararu in this election and Tomochin ( when she as well got out Kami7 in 2011) and I wonder like Tomochin if Pararu’s pick reached her limit, and she is not gonna be able to keep up with other members.

    The worst speech for me was the Sakura’s one, what was she trying to say the currently AKB is not good, but she is good enough to make it better? very disrespectful to the old members who are being working hard all this years, and very self center of her thinking she is above them.

    • allthingsjpop June 7, 2015 at 1:19 am #

      Well the translations are just what i caught while watching the live stream so unfortunately it may not be full.Paruru…i think her salty personality is reaching its limits. All i see in japanese news are her salty comments and honestly she was very salty during promotions for Bokutachi too. I really like her individuality but like u said she won’t be able to keep up with that character alone. However, i see a lot of sincerity in her and i think we’re going to see some change in her.

      Sakura is like …Jurina and Sayanee. All of them have been embraced warmly by their fans and have climbed the ladders without falling. I was very much against them trying for the throne because I don’t know what they have done for AKB. Also, they already have first class tickets to the center positions of their own teams. But thinking about it, it will be very hard for them to surpass the walls of Mayuki.

  5. katarafan June 7, 2015 at 1:39 am #

    Sashihara rino won. time to celebrate and no one can say her win in 2013 was a fluke or because of her scandal. She’s THAT popular. Holy crap, 194k votes?! Hats off to her.
    She did an outstanding job with koichun and HKT. In 2013, i was uneasy with her 2013 win but she proved herself to be a more than competent center.
    i supported yukirin this year but i’m not bitter. She ranked her highest at second place which shows that she’s not losing steam.
    about Mayu, what can i say? i was against her winning consecutively because her reign was very underwhelming for all the hype surrounding her. she did make history, though not in the way she wanted, by being the first akb winner to rank lower than second place.Perhaps she can talk to melody.
    Takahashi minami, happy with her rank. she will go out with a bang unlike tomochin.
    Jurina, she really broke down. i feel for her but hey sometimes things just don’t go the way they want.
    I’m sad paruru dropped out of kami7. I came to like her since centering bwt. 😦

  6. Bo P June 7, 2015 at 3:33 am #

    No looking forward to the next single, first Sashihara is the center ( no hating on her but I don’t like her performance as an idol, another thing is her varieties skills ) Matsumara is in the line up, I really do not like this girl, props to her fans for being so supportive. In addition, Kojiharu and Rena are not in this single T-T …….. I am just curious if this single will be so popular among general public like KFC.

    • allthingsjpop June 9, 2015 at 4:40 am #

      I gotta agree somewhat. Not seeing Kojiharu n Rena is quite a bummer , but I look forward to new faces like Akane.


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