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)

Credits to AKB48 Taiwan Fan Club

Advertisements

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]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!)

How to vote for Watanabe Mayu in AKB48 General Elections 2017

  1. Access this link. It goes direct to Mayu’s page.
    http://akb48-sousenkyo.jp/vote.php?membercode=1307&parent=team&parentkey=103
  2. Get the serial number which you received in the 49th single and enter it in the 2 boxes below.
  3. Press the button at the bottom of the page to vote. You won’t be able to use the same code again. If you try to enter the code again, it will show a timestamp indicating your vote is used.

Some common questions:

  • Do i need to log into VPN?
    The chinese fans believe that this is more secure as it is not sure if overseas votes were counted in the past. However, the FAQ from the official voting site indicates that overseas fans can vote as long as they “access the voting site from smartphone”.
  • Can i use PC to vote?
    FAQ says as long as you get a timestamp after voting, that means the vote went through. It is a vague answer but it should be fine. However you will be seeing a blown up version of the mobile site.

Why overseas votes matter for Mayuyu’s last Sousenkyo

 

I doubt many know about the story behind Mayu and Sashihara’s large gap in Sousenkyo last year. Since this is Mayu’s last Sousenkyo, i will cautiously re-tell what i’d seen and read in the days after Sousenkyo 2016 so you know why Mayu is in a precarious situation this year.

The Sashihara fansite admin posted a blog about his campaigning efforts after Sousenkyo 2016. I had translated it and shared it in private with 2 Mayu fans on a forum. He, or perhaps some other leader, had a very detailed estimate of how much votes Mayu was could potentially receive last year.

His estimate breakdown:

  • 100,000 votes from domestic fans (i recall him describing it as a routinely “weak”)
  • 80,000 votes from overseas fans (he mentions this as the strength of Mayu’s votes)
  • 40,000 votes (“Deai no Tsuzuki” single sales in 2015 which would have converted into votes if the release date did not clash with Sousenkyo 2015)

The Sashihara camp set their target at 250,000 votes to secure a win. That, explains why Sashihara managed to get 240,000 plus votes last year.

If i had to commend him, it’d be for getting such confidential info(Mayu’s overseas votes etc) and thereby creating a target which gave Sashihara a good chance to win.

So what happened to Mayu’s supposed 220,000 votes? 

  • Domestic fans dwindling in numbers

A post from the Mayu fansite admin after Sousenkyo 2016 says it all.

“This year, as you can put in 10 votes via mobile, i also thought that the overall votes would increase, but actually it decreased.

Indeed, perhaps the number of people who voted have decreased.
Thinking back, as great numbers of fans leave AKB48, there are remaining Mayu wotas who went beyond their means to vote X times or 10 times more.

I, too, when Mayu decided to participate, thought “so you decided to take part this year too..”
If possible, i don’t want to use my money. That was what i thought.
I already gave all my love to the management.
48G has lost its charm.

I think fans of members with a serious attitude- especially Mayuyu Oshis, many of them have perhaps left.
Sasshi’s 240,000 votes are the result of her fans’ hard work, but perhaps the reason for this huge gap is because we have lost many comrades who used to fight along us.
Originally, Mayu’s camp had the potential to exceed 200,000 votes.

I watched Mayu’s speech over and over again.

On 15th during ANN radio show, the hesitation before she said “I won’t announce graduation” made me realise she actually wanted to graduate. I felt sad about it. But in her speech, she said that she didn’t want AKB to be over like that.

Her words left a deep impression on me.

Pls do something,even abit is fine, to revive 48G before graduating.With this thought, i would be happy to see you work just a while more in AKB.

There are 2 sides to the topic of graduating, but I like the shining idol Mayuyu in AKB. I love her as a solo, but the best is still idol Mayuyu.

To all Mayu fans, Mayu is saying she doesn’t want it all to end this way.

Will you support the AKB led by Mayuyu?”

I would not have imagined this happening but the signs were definite especially during NHK Kouhaku Utagassen last year. According to the chinese crowdfunding committee over at Tieba, they’ve chosen to keep their votes a secret these years because they wanted to hide the fact that Mayu’s Japanese fanbase is weakening.

  • Overseas fans’ funds being allegedly siphoned away

The allegations have been continuing since 2015, when someone (i think originally within the crowdfunding committee) stepped out and accused the leader of pocketing money. It died down and in 2016, they started raising funds again in what i’d say is the most aggressive campaigning effort in history. It was very easy to get into the mood of giving because the Chinese fans were working towards a target everyday, unlike Mayu’s Japanese fans who are very passive( no announcement of targets, voting at their own pace). With all that hard work, I suppose the Chinese fans did not expect the gap between Sashihara and Mayu to be that big, so the allegations blew up after Sousenkyo again. While there is no definite conclusion about what happened to the money, TRUST is gone. They’ve decided to stop crowdfunding this year, and it’s only during recent weeks that something was restarted again. At this rate, this means potentially 50,000 votes from crowdfunding lost this year.

If fellow Mayu fans see it, Mayu is in a precarious position this year. It would have been best if she pulled out of the elections, but she has AKB48 to shoulder and has to face it head on.

If you have a vote to spare, think about how Mayu has behaved in the span of all these elections.

  • She’s never dangled a carrot in front of you promising a bikini concert if she wins. Even when asked to propose a treat for the fans, she declined.
  • She’s only approached these elections with the purest of hearts and sportsmanship.
  • Unlike many of the top girls who bawl yearly just because they lost a preliminary or couldn’t get a good rank, Mayu always faces her fans with thankful dignity.

If you believe in Mayu’s “idololgy” and thinks this should be the 48Group spirit, pls spare her a vote and give her a send-off she deserves!

(This post has been sitting in my mind for almost a year so pls pardon me if i can’t link more sources.)


Purchase the AKB48 49th single to get a voting ticket:


VOTING TICKET

Watanabe Mayu News Roundup

Image result for 渡辺麻友「一生の宝物ができた」

AKB48 Watanabe Mayu attended an event for anime “Maho Girls Precure!” on 12th October 2016 and expressed her happiness at making a guest appearance in the anime series.

On the 23rd October 2016 episode of “Maho Tsukai Precure!”, she will appearing as herself, idol Mayu, in the “Nashi Mahou-kai” (The World without Witchcraft).

“This is a dream. I saw the video. They made me all pretty and cute. It’ll be a treasure my whole life. I will record it and keep it forever and pass it to my next generation.”

During the event, she also sang the theme song for the film version of the anime, titled “Tadashii Mahou no Tsukai Kata”.

“I was always watching Precure in my childhood. I can’t believe the day would come when i get to sing the theme song. I didn’t even dream that it would happen so i’m really happy. It’s something i can brag about to people in my life.”

Source


MaYuki reveals details about their personalities and off days

On the 13th October 2016 episode of Nihon TV’s variety show “Himitsu no Kenmin SHOW x DowntownDX Gattai 3 Hr Special”, Watanabe Mayu talked about being particular about cleanliness.

Firstly, she made it clear that men who don’t wash their hands before a meal wouldn’t be considered as boyfriend material. “I can’t imagine it. Aren’t you eating germs at the same time? I always bring a hand sanitizer around and if i don’t apply it i’d feel uneasy.”

The show also followed her and Kashiwagi Yuki as they headed to a restaurant in Harajuku on their off day. The 2 discussed topics like their graduations, future and idol life. Kashiwagi reveals that she sleeps in on her off days and stays indoors while Mayu likes to go on movie/butai marathons.

Source


Mayu becomes 2nd AKB48 member to rank in Best Jeanist Awards 

Image result for mayuyu jeans

The ranking is based on votes from nationwide. This is the 33rd year for Best Jeanist Awards, with graduated member Itano Tomomi previously ranking 9th in 2010.

Female Ranking 2016:
1. Nanao 25,831票
2. Kitagawa Keiko 6,986票
3. Hikari Mori 3,956票
4. Nishiuchi Mariya 3,283票
5. Namie Amuro 3,081票
6. Kiritani Mirei 2,660票
7. Araki Yuko 2,315票
8. Nakamura Anne 2,198票
9. Kuroki Meisa 2,163票
10. Watanabe Mayu 1,979票

Most of these artistes are models/actresses. Mayu is the only idol!

Source

Watanabe Mayu interview in AKB48 10th year anniversary official book

This interview along with other pics is published in “Namida wa Kutoten AKB48 Koshiki 10 Nenshi”, a book capturing AKB48’s 10 years of history.


Q: Mayu san is the only one in Sousenkyo history who ranked within Kami7.
This is my only pride in AKB48. Thanks to my fans i have my position now.

Q: Do you still remember the first Sousenkyo?
At that time i only thought of it as the common popularity contest. The stage was small, it was just like an internal event.

Q: But actually from the first Sousenkyo, members started becoming serious. Mayu san also cried.
I didn’t think i would rank in 4th. I was shocked, uncomfortable and sorry. There were alot of seniors around too so i didn’t think i could get into Top 5.

Q: But you mentioned wanting to aim higher. It was a ambitious and passionate speech.
Sousenkyo is a place where you can be frank. I was nervous and stressed before my name was called. The relief from being called allowed me to spell out my thoughts naturally.

Q: In the 3rd Sousenkyo, you continued to rank at 5th. You mentioned that ranking is just a figure and you won’t be bothered by it.
The feeling of not moving up despite putting in effort was revealed in my speech. But because my mood changes quickly, i immediately thought of working harder next time so the speech was said with positivity. When you feel relieved, even your pronounciation becomes clearer (laughs).

Q: In the 4th Sousenkyo, your rank rose to 2nd, and you mentioned wanting to be No.1.
All along, i’ve only ever thought of aiming higher. Those words were said thinking that I can only aim for No.1 next time. Before me, Mariko sama also said “Please come prepared to crush me”. The speech i’d prepared just flew to nowhere. I was touched by her words and said “From now, the younger generation is going to pave the way.” I still remember the audience reacting to these words. Not only me, i believe others were affected by Mariko sama’s words.

Q: From 4th to 5th Sousenkyo, you were center of “So Long”.
I was just transferred to Team A. It was time of Maeda san’s graduation. Being to transferred to the most representative team of AKB48 is like being tasked with the future of AKB48. As the center, i was more conscious of the responsibilities of carrying the group. My perspectives widened and i was able to think from the perspective of the group. This can be said to be my turning point. It was also at this time when i started talking to Mariko sama and Takamina san!

Q: It was the first time you were separated from Kashiwagi Yuki of the same generation.
Objectively speaking, Team B’s Yukirin is really great. Her performances are eye catching so the fans would certainly be fished. Seeing these, i’d want to work harder in Team A so i can present a new side when i return to Team B. Me and her have this kinda encouraging relationship.

Q: In the 5th Sousenkyo, your rank went down to 3rd but in the 6th Sousenkyo, you placed first. Did you have a premonition for that?
When i woke up in the morning, somehow i thought it’s impossible. But as i left the house, it started to rain. I’m known as the rain girl. Whether’s a solo activity or filming for an MV, as the most important moment it’d always rain. At that time i started to become confident.

Q: Was it the first time that this happened?
Actually there was another time, during AKB48’s 3rd generation auditions. Probably because i failed the 2nd generation auditions, so with a previous experience, it was a day when i felt most confident. Same as that Sousenkyo day.

Q: That’s amazing!
When they were announcing the rankings,i also thought “i can do it”. Thinking back, i think its also because that was a very enriching day.

Q: You beat Sashihara with this result and started being coined the “Orthodox Idol”.
Looking at myself, i also thought that being the perfect student and orthodox idol may make me seem boring. But finally, what i’d done with all my heart has been recognised. Thinking hard, what other appeals, personality or skills do I have? I think what others lack is the traits of an orthodox idol.

Q: What is the Sousenkyo to you?
I think it’s a place which brings you to reality. You have to face yourself and analyze objectively. It’s a place where you can grow continuously.

Q: It’s now 10 years since the group is formed
I didn’t think we could grow to become what we are today. When AKB48 was first formed, i looked upon it as a fan, dreamt of wearing the same costumes and performing on the same stage.

Q: What was the charm of AKB, when you were a fan?
It was a place where young girls performed their best, and showed their hardworking selves. The effort they put into dancing and singing makes one feel touched. And being near to them makes it all the more charming. Personally, i think that idols typically show their glittery sides, but AKB48 defies tradition. If only everyone can see it too.

Q:When did you feel the break?
“IIwake Maybe” – it was the single which made it to No.1 on Oricon. We started off as underground idols, it was unbelievable that we could place first on Oricon someday.

Q:Nowadays, you and Kashiwagi are always in the Top3 of AKB48 Group.
That’s great! Takamina’s graduation is a huge thing for me and the group. Now that she’s not around, i’m worried. But it’s also a starting point for AKB48 to become entirely different. I have to work hard and lead the juniors too.

Q: What do you think of the juniors?
Nowadays there’s lesser members who are ambitious. It’s okay to be more ambitious.

Q: What advice do you have for them?
I should say something, but i’m worried they’ll only become confused so i won’t say. I act on my problems after considering it carefully, so i hope they’ll discover their problems naturally.

Q: What do you want to do for AKB48?
It’s because i was from that period where we fought hard, so i inherited what was important. Nowadays, girls join AKB48 because it’s famous. Although i think it’s difficult to pass on certain things to them, as long as everyone remembers their roots, having a little ambitiousness is fine.

Q: Finally, when do you think you’ll have that premonition again? (the morning during 6th Sousenkyo/3rd generation auditions)
When will it be? Those feelings only come suddenly in the morning. I’m also looking forward to it (smile).

Other contents in the book:

  • Akimoto Yasushi’s long interview
  • Takamina x Maeda Atsuko x Oshima Yuko talk
  • Scholars, CM planners, politicians, economy experts analysis of AKB48
  • All about the costumes
  • Talk from veteran fans
  • Photos!

 

Purchase the book here:

CDJAPAN LINK