SKE48 to release a bikini single in July

Titled “Igai ni Mango!” (“Unexpectedly Mango”), the MV was filmed in water paradise Penghu, off mainland Taiwan. Center is fresh rookie Obata Yuna. Only jacket covers have been released so far.

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The covers are very tacky for a beautiful place like Penghu. Maybe they used an intern to design it. However, this seems to be a long awaited summer single that 48 fans would get excited about.

Covers for the regular edition look better.

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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

Credits to AKB48 Taiwan Fan Club

 

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

Highlights of AKB48 General Elections 2017 in Akimoto Yasushi’s own words

 

Excerpt from an article that was published on 28th May 2017.


I was asked about the highlights of this year, but wouldn’t the fans know better?I asked a few fans, indeed the biggest attention will be whether HKT48’s Sashihara would win again this year. Besides the exposure on TV, the declaration of it being her last Sousenkyo makes us question if this would be a beautiful ending. Another question is, how would Yamamoto Sayaka’s withdrawal from the event affect the results? It is said that only Yamamoto can topple Sashihara, but her withdrawal shocked the fans. But we can’t simply deduce that Sashihara’s win is definite. It’s said that a new AKB48 won’t be born if Sashihara isn’t toppled, so the conservative fans are banding together despite being in different camps. It seems like they are amassing votes for orthodox idol Watanabe Mayu who also happens to have announced this being her last Sousenkyo. In other words, starting from votes from Yamamoto Sayaka and Kashiwagi Yuki, this time too, those fans who are wishing for the return of the years when AKB48 were orthodox idols, are raising “anti-Sashihara” votes.

Also, the united SKE48 fans might also concentrate fully on Matsui Jurina and bring her the win. Miyawaki Sakura’s growth is also something to look forward to.

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Akimoto san, you don’t need the votes to tell you how much we miss the original AKB48. The number of fans who have left already says it all.

That said, the new AKB48 single will be released tomorrow and if you sincerely believe that voting will change AKB48 for the better, pls vote for Watanabe Mayu becos she = AKB48.


Purchase CD(with Voting Ticket) here

 

 

Performances from The Music Day 2016

The Music Day is an annual music festival by Nihon TV. This year it featured some 71 acts spanning 11 hours.
Highlights include: Johnny’s shuffle medley, NEWS and Arashi’s new song.

The show was simultaneously aired on cable channel GEM throughout Asia. Hopefully those with the channel watched it!


 

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4jfccd_%EF%BD%8E%EF%BD%85%EF%BD%97%EF%BD%93-%E6%81%8B%E3%82%92%E7%9F%A5%E3%82%89%E3%81%AA%E3%81%84%E5%90%9B%E3%81%B8-the-music-day_webcam

NEWS – Koi wo Shiranai Kimi e [NEW SONG!!!!]

Hey!Say!JUMP – Weekender/Maji Sunshine

Sexy Zone – Sexy Zone

Kanjani 8 – Medley

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4jf6yl_160702-kinki-kids-%E3%83%95%E3%83%A9%E3%83%AF%E3%83%BC-%E8%96%94%E8%96%87%E3%81%A8%E5%A4%AA%E9%99%BD_tv
Kinki Kids – Flower/Bara to Taiyo

Arashi – One Love/Happiness

Arashi – Power of the Paradise [NEW SONG!!!!]

Johnny’s Shuffle Medley

NMB48 – Boku wa Inai

 

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4jfcno_160702-ske48-pareo-wa-emerald-the-music-day_music

SKE48 – Pareo wa Emerald

AKB48 – Love Trip

Nogizaka46/Keyakizaka46 – Dream Collaboration

 

Kobukuro – Mirai

 

AKB48 45th single Senbatsu Sousenkyo ~Who shall we follow?

Event is now over~!

My Live Chat: https://tlk.io/allthingsjpop
R
esults here: http://sousenkyo.akb48.co.jp/result.php


My passion for 48Group is running dry, so i think i will leave it to other sites to do their translations.
If you’re interested in what happened in the Sousenkyo, can checkout some brief translation notes in my Live Chat.

I really appreciate those who follow my site every year during this time. (Although the number is decreasing drastically.) It’s still always nice when some pop by to say they were here last year. Thanks and maybe we’ll see each other again.


 

AKB48 General Elections 2016: A look at China fans’ crowdfunding campaigns

Do not copy and paste/screencap/extract any part of this post in forums/blogs/SNS/other sites. Especially for those on Tumblr, Stage48, Onehallyu, Twitter. Thanks for cooperating.

このページの内容は、他 の Webサ イト(特にまとめサイト)や印刷媒体、その他の記録媒体等において、複製、改変、翻案など をする ことは 禁止 し ま す。ご協力ありがとうございます。


Just a teaser before results are announced later tonight.

I’ve only looked at votes for the Kami7 level members and have ranked them according to how much their fans have raised so far. Note that these funds is not all-inclusive since there may be campaigns which run independently elsewhere, and there will be fans who choose to vote/donate in private.

Please do not read if you think it’s going to be spoilers.


7.Nyan Nyan Kamen

Final Votes: 2362
Last year: None
Kojiharu c-fans are quite enthusiastic, however they have difficulty getting bulk amounts of cheap votes. Otherwise i believe she’d be getting much more support than this.

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6.Yamamoto Sayaka

Final Votes: 8386
Last year: 4647
Some increase from last year!

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5.Miyawaki Sakura

Final Votes: 12,602
Last year: 12,591
Despite the huge push she’s received the past year, her chinese votes hasn’t increased at all.

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4.Shimazaki Haruka


Final Votes: 14,303
Last year: 12,675
With Paruru’s absence in AKB activities the past year, her fans are eager to prove that they are still around and rooting her on. Their fundraising activities are the most transparent of all fanbases, with reporting done to the last $0.01. Not surprising that her votes increased as this is also apparently her “last” sousenkyo.

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3.Kashiwagi Yuki

Final Votes: 16,064
Last year: 38,000
The boost of enthusiasm from last year(when Yukirin announced her ambitions for No.1) is now gone, for reasons we can imagine. Yukirin will probably be fighting with Jurina for the No.3 spot.

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2.Sashihara Rino

Final Votes:18,100
Last year: 14,046
Her Japanese Fanclub admin actually predicted that there will be a huge gap in votes in China. However, he/she has also very confidently announced that at least 220,000 votes has been secured domestically.

Update: Only 800 people participated in China’s crowdfunding, but on average each person put in 22 votes. Like the rumors suggest, her fans are rich – and putting it in their own words, “aggressive” and “maniacs”.

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1.Watanabe Mayu

Final Votes:51,716
Last year: ~34,000
Above amount is contributed from 4,000 fans, and on average each person contributed 13 votes. There’s probably at least 1,600 votes from another independent seller and more from other fanclubs in Taiwan, Hong Kong, SE Asia. If we consider global popularity, Mayu is easily the Queen of Group48.

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0.Matsui Jurina
Final Votes: 27,000???
Last year: 15,200 (interim figure with no final report)
Somehow they did not put out an official report, and 27,000 is just a reported figure i saw somewhere. So pls do not take it seriously.


Figures from 2015 in a previous post here:

https://allthingsjpop.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/3-weeks-to-akb48-general-elections-2015-a-look-at-china-fans-campaigns/