Watanabe Mayu Graduation Concert Today!

Say Hi to Goodbye!

There was certainly not much time for fans to prepare for this big day.

Luckily, Mayu’s concert will be streamed live on TV in Japan and China(web) so for the rest of us, remember to catch the end of an era at 6.30pm Japan Time.

Streaming links:

FaceBook LIVE:https://www.facebook.com/groups/RC4437839/

FaceBook LIVE:https://www.facebook.com/ATC48/

 

OK直播台::https://www.ok.ru/live/362296843879
OK直播台:https://www.ok.ru/live/362296254055

 Other links

http://www.douyu.com/t/AKB48mayuyu (Flash needed)

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Watanabe Mayu’s last single “11gatsu no Anklet” is a final reminder of what AKB48 was all about

 

 

Honestly i was expecting AkiP to destroy Mayu’s graduation by giving her a meaningless commercial/drama-tied song. However, he must be feeling guilty for shoving Mayu behind the curtains all these years because the last single “11gatsu no Anklet” (“November’s Anklet”) is a nostalgic return to AKB48’s idol roots.

The composers of this song are Marutani Manabu and APAZZI. Marutani san is actually the same guy behind previous AKB48 songs like “Eien Pressure”, “Heart Eleki” and “Labrador Retriever”. Personally i liked most of them so i’m glad he delivered with “11gatsu no Anklet” too. Lyrics wise, i can finally see AkiP actually working hard because not only are they meaningful but also gives room for lotsa imagination.

Translation of Lyrics:

Wow wow wow wow
Wow wow wow yeah

With a semi-bob fringe and you smiling during the weekend
You suddenly asked to meet, what’s up?
An overcrowded beach house, a meeting way past its time.
The pancake we liked is still not coming.

Raising your left hand and showing me your ring finger
Did you want to say you’ve found a new boyfriend?
Ok! You Win!

November’s anklet, i still haven’t taken it off.
It’s the secret that you gave me(I’m sorry~)
Saying Hi to Bye
If you meet someone kinder than me, I can’t do anything about it
Will i be able to give up?

Wow wow wow wow
Wow wow wow yeah

It was supposed to be a happy news, but we’ve lapsed into silence
I want to stop you but it feels like i’d be chided for it
In the compact terrace cafe, on the other side of the windows
It seems like the colors of the sky and beach have faded
Miss you! He’s won! 

The Anklet from that summer, should i take it off now?
It’s swinging when i run on the beach
The memories of my ankle, under the blinding sun
Even the ripples from the waves are becoming sad as well

[Mayu’s solo] I planned to sort out my memories with you someday
I’ll just send them to his house.
Anklet anklet on my left ankle (Regret~)

November’s anklet, i still haven’t taken it off.
It’s the secret that you gave me(I’m sorry~)
Saying Hi to Bye
If you meet someone kinder than me, I can’t do anything about it
Will i be able to give up?

Wow wow wow wow
Wow wow wow yeah

Writing lyrics that paint a picture is actually what i love about 48Group songs, with my favorite piece of work being SKE48’s “Bukiyou Taiyou”. Even if the story is simple, it’s much more meaningful to listen to compared to the so-called hits “Koisuru Fortune Cookie” or “Heavy Rotation” which are basically empty in substance.

In “11gatsu no Anklet”, as usual, AkiP starts off writing from the perspective of a guy(shaded blue). The guy is a little nervous because he’s been called out to meet his ex-girlfriend. He realises she’s found a better someone and feels somewhat bitter because he’s still not over her. AkiP represents these feelings with a pretty catchy line “Ok! You Win!”

The guy ponders over his feelings for the girl while looking at his anklet, a couple item his ex gave. I particularly like how AkiP writes “Saying Hi to Goodbye” to represent the guy’s withdrawal from his ex.

Moving on the 2nd half of the song shaded red – this is where the lyrics get more ingenious. I’ve seen fans in China and Japan discussing what perspective the lyrics are being written from. Simply looking at it, it could still be the guy. But some think it was written from the ex-girlfriend’s perspective. And if that’s the case, the ex-girlfriend has remaining feels for the guy too which makes this an incredibly heart-tugging story.

Overall, the feelings of this guy is pretty much like how fans of Mayu would feel with her graduation. Sad, not so ready to give her up.

Live performance

When i saw the AKBingo version (2nd video), it felt quite simple but with the Halloween perf(1st video), i could see how much details there were to make this as orthodox idol as possible. The formation changes frequently without repetition. Fine details like the “ring on finger” and “pancake” and of cos “anklet on left leg” were enacted. I love the middle part where Mayu makes a red carpet entrance from the back flanked by members by her side. How the junior members at the back are dancing with all their effort despite not being filmed. The triangle line dance formation. And best of all, Mayu’s happy twirling during her solo lines!

I have to give a thumbs up to Shinobu’s costume team because those frilly dresses are done in Mayu’s favorite European nobility style.

—More to come—

 

[AKB48 Sousenkyo]HKT48 Sashihara feigns tears and begs fans not to ditch AKB48

“Because of these incidents(outdoor concert cancellation), the AKB now is losing trust and i’m really afraid of fans leaving. With my friend graduating, i’m really worried about the future. We will work hard so pls don’t ditch AKB!”

Warning: Ending part is a ‘lets give this a touching ending’ skit but in fact it will make your skin crawl

I’m disgusted with yet another superficial speech from Sashihara. The problem with AKB doesn’t begin with a concert cancellation or a gradation. Of cos, what would she know when she doesn’t even see the problems with herself?

[AKB48 Sousenkyo]Captains Takahashi Juri and Okada Nana slam members inspired by scandal makers Sashihara & Minegishi

Takahashi Juri’s speech: I was 15th in last year’s Sousenkyo. In the year end Kouhaku elections, i wasn’t ranked in senbatsu. So to stand here again is really unexpected. From the audience i was watching the crying members of Future Girls. Surely the fans are equally happy or sad. When i look at the members in Under Girls who say they want to marry or will marry, when i think about the complicated feelings of the fans and members(Future Girls) who cried, i’m really pained.

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Okada Nana’s speech: When i ranked in Senbatsu last year, i was able to be a fixed senbatsu for the rest of the year. Something in me changed. From now on, i am very conscious that our generation has to lead the Group. But now, i can tell that we can’t create a bright future. Now, i often see members who land themselves in scandals or cause trouble, then joke about it/create headlines and try to RISE from it. It’s all fine. If we’re all serious then it’s going to be boring. But i don’t think we should copy it. Instead, if we work seriously, I believe we can reach the top. I want to change the group as someone who can receive the rewards by working hard.

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For both of these 19 year old captains to be touching on the topic at the same time, i suppose the situation must be really bad. It makes me wonder what Yokoyama is doing as the overall leader. 

[AKB48 Sousenkyo]Watanabe Mayu to graduate, a Kami7 legend no one else will surpass

Updating~

This is my last time participating in Sousenkyo. From the first year, i was ranked 4th, 5th, 5th, 2nd, 3rd, 1st, 3rd and 2nd and was always in Kami7 thanks to the fans’ support. I can’t thank you all enough. As it’s the last time, i wanted to challenge myself once more and win No.1 again but unfortunately i was 2nd. It was really blissful thus far receiving your support and warm words on Twitter. It would be a lie if say i have no regrets. But I am happy. 

I’m sorry to say it this way, but I, Watanabe Mayu will graduate from AKB48. I entered AKB48 when I was 12. In July, it will be my 10th year here. I have experienced alot and learnt much. From now, i will step out into the world and start from zero. I want to leave AKB48 to the youngsters. There is not much time left for this year but i will realise my responsiblities as a member of AKB48.

(Responding to MC question) I’ve been thinking about this the past 2,3 years. In the end, i decided myself. I think i have nothing left to do in AKB.”


 

Coming up

  • Sutou Ririka announces marriage (NO JOKE!)
  • AKB48 Takahashi Juri, Okada Nana express anger at members who landed themselves in scandals/learning from Sashihara.
  • Sashihara begs fans not to ditch 48 Group (TOO LATE!)

AKB48 General Elections 2017 will be the coldest event in history

AKB48「第9回選抜総選挙」荒天の場合、無観客で開催へ…指原莉乃「怒りで複雑です」

In summary, due to likelihood of thunderstorms the concert is canceled.

Fans with a ticket will not even be allowed to watch off-stage as the voting results are revealed, because obviously the management could not scramble in time to find another venue to fit everyone. The members will hold their ranking ceremony in private and the results will be streamed live on TV/in 48 theaters.

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Apparently hotels in Okinawa are nearly full due to Sousenkyo! Poor folks!

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If you are planning to watch the worst Sousenkyo in history, here are some links:

4.15~9.24pm Japan Time

Facebook Live & Chatroom:https://www.facebook.com/groups/RC4437839/ (BS+Fuji HD Ver.)

Dailymotion:http://dai.ly/x5jgt84  (BS+Fuji HD Ver.0)

Dailymotion:http://dai.ly/x5jgt82 (BS+Fuji Ver.1)

Dailymotion:http://dai.ly/x5jguis (BS+Fuji Ver.2)

Dailymotion:http://dai.ly/x5jguir (Fuji Ver.3)

Dailymotion:http://dai.ly/x5jguiq (BS+Fuji Ver.4)

WIX直播台:http://vbn1599512005.wixsite.com/akb48-taiwan-clubs

WIX直播台:http://vbn1599512005.wixsite.com/akb48-taiwan-clubs2 

WIX直播台:http://vbn1599512005.wixsite.com/akb48-taiwan-clubs3 

WIX直播台:http://vbn1599512005.wixsite.com/akb48-taiwan-clubs4 

VTV直播台:https://vaughnlive.tv/ucure

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Watanabe Mayu is No.1 in AKB48 Thailand General Elections 2017

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Thailand has been holding unofficial elections prior to the real one since 2013, making this their 5th time. The voting period was from 3rd May to 4th June and 12,625 online votes were cast. The results are below:

  1. Watanabe Mayu (5th straight win) 1988 votes
  2. Kato Minami 1463 votes
  3. Miyawaki Sakura 946 votes
  4. Oguri Yui 504 votes
  5. Matsui Jurina 467 votes
  6. Kato Rena
  7. Yokoyama Yui (Team 8)
  8. Okada Nana
  9. Shitao Miu
  10. Chouku Rena
  11. Kashiwagi Yuki
  12. Omori Miyu
  13. Taniguchi Megu
  14. Tashima Meru
  15. Yokoyama Yui (Captain)
  16. Tanaka Natsuki

Izuta Rina who transferred to Bangkok48 was ranked 34th.

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Thailand Site