AKB48 Watanabe Mayu(21) appeared at the Tower Records Shibuya shop to promote her 5th single “Deai no Tsuzuki” and was given a surprise by Sanrio’s cartoon character Pompompurin.
As Pompompurin appeared on stage, Mayu couldn’t help squealing in happiness as she went to hug him. “Kya~~~!Is this a dream?This is not the time to be holding an event! I feel so happy to be born in Japan.” After hugging him several times, she calmed down and said “Surprisingly his fur is quite deep..”
Pompompurin was ranked 3rd in the preliminary rankings of the 30th Sanrio Character Award. Watanabe helped lobby for Pompompurin and said “If he gets first, he will become the official toy for Macdonald’s Happy Meal! Please vote for him.” After that she sang the coupling song from her 5th single “Onnanoko nara” with Pompompurin by her side. “Aren’t you busy since its the midst of Sousenkyo? Is your schedule alright?” she continued asking, showing care for Pompompurin.
During the event, Mayu also sent a message to soon-to-graduate SKE48 member Matsui Rena.
“I was shocked. Rena chan is my junior but she is also seriously aiming to be an actress. Since her dream is unveiled, this is a positive graduation and i’d like to give her a push from the back. I look forward to her activities after graduation,” said Mayu.
She also talked about her own graduation. “I can’t be in AKB forever. Someday i will have to graduate. I don’t know when it’ll happen but i’m thinking about it.”