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AKB48 Watanabe Mayu solo performance of “365nichi no Kami Hikouki”

10 Apr

On the 22nd March 2016, NHK Symphony Orchestra held a concert celebrating their 90th anniversary. The setlist consisted pop and classical music, and AKB48 Watanabe Mayu appeared for a special collaboration, singing “365nichi no Kamihikouki”.

Watanabe Mayu tweeted afterwards “I couldn’t sing at all…want to disappear. I really wanted to vanish. Goodbye.”

However, the conductor of NHK Symphony Orchestra Mogi Daisuke complimented “Eh? But it was great!? The difficult notes and lyrics were delivered well. You were great singing this infront of so many guests.”

Seems like her unhappiness was only a result of the high standards Watanabe placed on herself. On the Internet, fans commented “She’s really the type to aim high/Mayuyu is being strict on herself as usual/Without Takamina now, only Mayu can support the headquarters.”

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In another article, a idol magazine writer revealed some background story about the concert.

“The entrance tickets for this concert was based on balloting, and the ballot deadline was 3rd March. At that point in time, Watanabe’s name was not included in the performer’s list. There were quite a few people who came to know about her appearance after arriving. They were fans of Ringo Sheena and Hatsune Miku who were originally in the performer’s list. Both their fans were not possibly a fan of Watanabe, and it’s also said that virtual and real-life idols don’t mix. Her appearance was not welcomed initially.”

“When her crystal clear voice filled the hall, the atmosphere changed.  Those who came to watch Ringo Sheena and Hatsune Miku almost cried, and talked about having heard something valuable. The orchestra members also praised her dignified presence and smiles, noting the reasons why she is loved by many.”

“She tweeted about her unsatisfactory performance, but it was great that she remained dignified in a sea of fans who were not her own. Ringo Sheena and Hatsune Miku’s fans have talked about voting for her in the upcoming elections. That can be said to be the highest form of compliment.

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This was a flawless performance. 

 

March “anan” issue features the legends of AKB48

25 Feb

Some of the interviews in this feature.

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Maeda Atsuko on Sakura Miyawaki 

前田敦子「これが美少女の代表なんだな」と思った相手とは?
What are her charms when you saw her for the first time?
Maeda: She was really small and i was so touched thinking “she is the icon of pretty girls”. She grew day by day and I always said “you’ve grown taller again~!” when i met her(laugh). She grew by 20cm and is now taller than me.
When you see her activities elsewhere, what other charms did you discover?
Maeda: I like the Sakura in “Majisuka Gakuen”. Anyways, she’s cute! When i told her straight to the face, she got embarrassed and didn’t like it. But from this reaction, you can tell she takes acting seriously, and i remember thinking to myself that she’ll become a great actress.

What charms can she improve on?
Maeda: Like…dyeing her hair as she ages. I was like that too during a period when i wanted to look more mature. But i also want her to continue the orthodox style of being cute with black hair. Also, i hope she can become a solid center, as i feel like the “center” of AKB48 has not been decided yet. So i hope she can aim for “immovable center” with a positive mindset instead of questioning herself. If it’s Sakura, she can do it!


Sakura Miyawaki on Maeda Atsuko

Your thoughts on Maeda?
Sakura: Initially i was more of a fan than a member. After that, i remember tearing up when i listened to Maeda san singing “Yume no Kawa” on stage. At that time, even though we didn’t have much interaction, something welled up in my chest.

When you see her activities elsewhere, what other charms did you discover?
Sakura: Last year, i went to see her butai “Aoi Hitomi” alone. It was a play with very difficult and thought-inducing plot. To be able to appear in something like that is something only real actresses can do. Not only me, but all the members also want to become like her.

What else do you wish to see in her?
Sakura:I want to see her acting as an OL in dramas or movies(laugh). For the MV of “Kimi wa Melody” this time, both Maeda san and Oshima Yuko san supported me and made it more enjoyable that i could imagine. Even if they’ve graduated, i hope to work with them like this in future too!

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Watanabe Mayu x Itano Tomomi on Shinoda Mariko

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What are her charms when you first met her?
Itano:Mariko came slightly after the first generation members. Up till then, we were taking dance and singing lessons and worried over how many songs we could remember. But i remember that you were able to memorize all of them.

When you see her activities elsewhere, what other charms did you discover?
Mayu:It was really lonely after she graduated, but i always watch her on “PON!”. Indeed, her talking skills is really good.
Mariko: Eh, really?
Mayu: Yes! I can’t really talk, so your program helps me to learn.

What else do you wish to see in her?
Mayu: During AKB48, Mariko sama was always called the “Mariko from above”, but i always thought that she had the cute charm too. I want to see the mischievous Mariko sama from now too!
Mariko: Now that i think about it, Mayuyu used to do the Kancho(*Japanese prank)on me.
Mayu: That’s right. I did that to the Mariko sama i admire…i was really happy(laugh).


Shinoda Mariko x Itano Tomomi on Watanabe Mayu
What are her charms when you first met her?
Shinoda: It was an event to unveil Team B i think. There was a rumor about this girl who exudes an aura when she dances – that was Mayuyu.

Mayu: Ehh!

Shinoda: She was like the Acchan during her debut – simple at first glance, but somehow her presence draws attention. I remember thinking that she’s cute.

When you see her activities elsewhere, what other charms did you discover?
Itano: To me, Mayuyu of yester years and now is still the “orthodox idol”. She’s cute like a doll so i hope she remains like that.

Shinoda: But she’s surprisingly mature infront of her peers and juniors.

Itano: Yes. I also think it’s very fresh and charming when she pokes fun at her peers with a smile.

What are the charms that she can improve on?
Shinoda: On the contrary, i want to see a blank Mayuyu.
Itano: Blank Mayuyu!?
Shinoda: Yes. When people learn about her human side, maybe they’ll feel that they have more in common with her. I thought about this too when i first met her, but she seems to harbour alot of power.
Itano: Mmm….it may be good to break that shell.


Shinoda Mariko x Watanabe Mayu on Itano Tomomi

What are her charms when you first met her?
Shinoda: When was the first time you both talked?
Itano: We were always standing next to each other during filming.
Mayu: I was nervous and she said “Are you alright?”
Itano: Mayuyu was very quiet(laugh).
Mayu: Tomochin san had a very cool image but actually she took good care of the juniors. I think this gap in her image is very charming!

When you see her activities elsewhere, what other charms did you discover?
Mayu: I think it’s really cool now that she’s a solo artiste.
Shinoda: Indeed, it’s different from when we do group performances. It’s great.
Mayu: Yes. Her professionalism is different from when she was in AKB48. I feel the strength in her!

What else do you wish to see in her?
Mayu: Of cos her cool beauty, and personally, i also wish to see her “my pace” side and more of her real personality.
Shinoda: Something like “Mojimoji kun?” (*i have no idea who is mojimoji kun)
Itano: no~!!
Shinoda: Fufu, just joking(laugh)

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Watanabe Mayu to have a love affair with Sawajiri Erika in period drama “Ooku”

27 Dec

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AKB48 Watanabe Mayu(21) will be challenging love scenes for the first time in Fuji TV period drama “Ooku”(airs 22nd and 29th Jan 2016) with Sawajiri Erika, who plays the female lead.

Watanabe acts as a servant in the residence of the Shogun(General). The Shogun has multiple wives,who compete with each other for his attention. However, Watanabe turns a cold eye on the events around her. In the trailer, she says “I have no interest in men.” Sawajiri Erika, one of the Shogun’s wives, becomes attracted to her and they start a love affair.

 

Watanabe says “I was shocked when i was given the offer. I’ve been watching the series with my family from young. I can’t believe i can appear in it and feel worried, but i’m really happy.”

On collaborating with Sawajiri Erika, she said “When we first met, i was nervous and couldn’t initiate a conversation. However, Sawajiri san asked ‘Mayuyu how old are you?’ so my nerves went away.”

Sawajiri said “Watanabe san is cute and the person for this role. It was enjoyable working with her.”

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[Updated]AKB48 Watanabe Mayu receives a love confession on UTAGE!

1 Sep

In this week’s UTAGE!, Pokota appeared as a surprise guest much to the shock of AKB48 Watanabe Mayu. Pokota has guested on UTAGE! in the past and his serenation of Mayuyu(and her aversion to him) is a running gag in the show.


At first, they were doing the opening talk. Pokota was hiding in the tent behind Mayu.


Pokota creeps up to Mayuyu without her knowledge.


Shocked at seeing Pokota next to her,Mayu ran away.


Pokota continues to torment her with his GACKT style serenades.

Pokota then tries to forge a bond with Mayu. “I was born in Saitama(Urawa) too,” he said.


Mayu was from Saitama Omiya and shudders to know that they actually lived close to each other.(On google map,it’s actually only 4 stations apart.)


Pokota: If it’s Saitama, then the distance between us makes us closer?


Mayu: It’s THE WORST!


Pokota attacks her with his serenades again and Mayu loses her shoe while running away.


After the trauma, she cleans her soiled feet. “I hate it. My life’s just been shortened by 5 years.”

During dinner, Sasshi reveals that Mayu actually seems excited whenever Pokota appears.
Sasshi: She’s been like that for a long time. Actually after meeting him for the 1st time, she’d send me videos of Pokota. When he’s scheduled to appear, she’d say ‘Sasshi, Pokota san is coming!’ like she’s very happy.

Mayu of course furiously denies.


Pokota is grinning from ear to ear and moves over to Mayu’s side.


He serenades Mayuyu again and gets his standard whack from Nakai.


After settling down again, Mayu comments “Definitely impossible, THAT”


Nakai: Can you guys (for the sake of UTAGE) get papp-ed for once?
Mayu: It’ll be easier for me to die.


Pokota: Actually i asked my agency if i could go directly to her handshake event.
Nakai: You already bought the CD?
Pokota:  Yes,  but they stopped me and said i’m already old enough so i shouldn’t make things difficult for her. On this occasion, let me express my thoughts.(He stands up and everyone goes into a state of disbelief.)


Mayu: This is my first time getting confessed to. I don’t want it to be him!

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Pokota: It was partially an act at first, but when i realised it, i’d started entering “Watanabe Mayu” into my TV record settings…..I LIKE YOU!

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Sasshi and Sayanee are either growing embarrassed or turning jelly.


Nakai: You love her?
Pokota: Well i’d have to know her better first.. (Everyone comments ‘he’s serious!’)


Mayu couldn’t believe what she’d heard.
Kisumai Senga: He’s probably serious.
Nakai to Mayu: If he’s not lying, are you happy?
Mayu: Ye….Ye…..s. Of cos to receive feelings like that, i’m happy.

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Nakai to Pokota: You’ll be happy just to hear that she’s happy?
Pokota: Ye……ye….s.(He seems to be at a loss for words.)


Nakai to Sashihara: What is Watanabe thinking?
Sashihara: I think she doesn’t really care about it.

AKB48 Watanabe Mayu quotes from documentary show Jounetsu Tairiku

16 Jun


This program follows AKB48 Watanabe Mayu for 40 days as she goes through the busiest period of her life, filming for a drama, preparing for her 5th solo single whilst attending regular AKB48 events. Below are excerpts of the documentary which gives us an insight into her thoughts and personality.


On not crying in Sousenkyo: I’m not so weak. On the contrary if i’d gotten No.1 i’d have cried.


Taking a walk: I always thought that there’s nothing to film, if you were to document AKB48’s Mayuyu. In order not to let that happen, i’m always trying to show my true skills.


Recollection of her theater debut: It was so fun but it was over in a second.I couldn’t believe such a fun job exists. The theater is where i’m closest to the fans and their reactions come immediately.


The meaning of being an idol:I want to be an idol in my own way-Orthodox style.It’s not just about showing beautiful things like hopes and dreams. That is not what an idol is all about.As long as there are people who become energized by looking at idols, i want to continue this job. Idols can shine because they are needed.


Her favourite food: I love meat. I don’t eat vegetables although i’m told to. *Grabs another piece of meat after the handshake event.*


Rushing for work after vocal training: It’s as if i don’t need sleeping time. I wish i had a body that is ok without sleep.


Receiving a compliment from Yukirin before a solo stage:Thank you! I’m energized now!


Getting an IV drip: This is the busiest period of my life and i have to work the hardest. I have to manage my health properly. I can’t just abandon my work. There is no replacement for me.


Mayuyu in her audition days: She was someone who couldn’t look at the judges in the eye. She aimed to be perfect and fans came to call her the “idol cyborg”.


30mins shopping time in Omotesando: I love shopping but i feel sorry to ask someone to accompany me so usually i’m alone.


On animals and their healing power: Recently i’m looking for healing stuff, you must be thinking that i’m really tired.


Trying out different colors: Khaki doesn’t fit me! I’ll buy this.


On the chains of an idol: I can’t be in AKB forever. Someday i’ll graduate and enter the world alone. I want to shed the image of an idol but it’s difficult to do so quickly.


On her stoic style: Being serious and working hard is not right in the world of AKB48. It is also a place that destroys the serious girls. But i always believed that my hard work would be rewarded.


On being an idol in the next life: I won’t want to. I’m satisfied as it is. I want to live another life, like a cat. Free and relaxed.

 

 

AKB48 Watanabe Mayu talks about Matsui Rena,Graduation and Pompompurin

12 Jun

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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.”

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AKB48 Watanabe Mayu guests as special lecturer for Skyrocket Company

11 Jun

*Skyrocket Company is a radio broadcasting company. I am not very sure what they do as a business but i’m guessing their objective is to promote enthusiasm for work.

Q: You’ve worked hard for Sousenkyo. What is your feelings achieving No.3?
This year i was aiming for a straight win. It feels regretful not being able to do that, but i stopped after accepting reality. *Laughs*

Q:Your comment was also very digified.
It was unbelievable but i felt refreshed.

Q:That’s maturity. Did the members work extra hard during this period?
We work hard everyday and the fans vote to decide, so we have no choice but to work hard.

Q: The teaser for Jounetsu Tairiku shows you falling asleep while setting your hair. How long do you get to sleep?
I was working on a drama recently, there were times when i didn’t sleep at all. It seems enough just to have 1 or 2hours of sleep.My body gets used to it. *Laughs*

Q: Do you feel moody not being able to sleep that much?
I feel thankful just to be able to get work. So i work with the feeling that work will stop coming in. You won’t know when this will really happen.

Q: Do you feel like the stress has been lifted from your shoulders now that the Sousenkyo and drama is over?
Yes(laughs). I was very worried until the Sousenkyo. Now i’m relaxed now that everything’s over.

Q: Singing solo must be very different?
Yes. You don’t see anyone else, so the responsibility lies on myself.

Q: People with a sense of responsibility must feel rewarded in return?
Yes. There are seniors in AKB so i rely on them sometimes. For solo promotions, i have to do it all myself so there’s more responsibility at stake. I also enjoy it more.

Q: In other words, you are the fighter type.
People have told me that i’m stoic. I’m the type to be more enthusiastic if there’s a bigger obstacle.

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