Tag Archives: 2015 General Elections

50 fans experience getting married with Kojima Haruna

20 May

AKB48 Kojima Haruna(27) marked sales of 150,000 for her photobook “Dousuru?” with a special event for fans on the 18th May 2015. This event is titled “Kojima Haruna and 50 Bridegrooms”.

As suggested, 50 lucky fans who bought Kojima’s photobook were chosen to attend a reception where they would experience getting married to Kojima Haruna. Kojima turned up in complete wedding dress and took a photo with all 50 bridegrooms. Pictures of her growing up were played on a screen and she even cut the wedding cake to make the whole experience more realistic. “I’m happy to be surrounded by men dressed in such a beautiful dress,” she said.

Having just turned 27 on the 19th April, Kojima confessed to feeling worried since it is said that wearing a wedding dress before getting married would jinx her chances in future. “I feel the crisis. Once i graduate, when i think about meeting people, there’s not much time.”

Kojima also expressed excitement when talking about blind meetings. “I want to do them! My ideal type is someone kind, funny, and calm.Someone who doesn’t expect anything of me.”

When Tokyo Sports offered to help her source for the ideal partner, she said “Your choices can’t be reliable. No way!” When asked if she found the ideal partner in any of the 50 fans who attended her event today, she also denied.

On this day figure skater Asada Mao announced her return to competitive skating. When asked if she had decided to graduate yet, Kojima said “Hmm….For me, it’s also half half!” (She’s actually mimicking Asada Mao who once said her chances of continuing skating is 50-50.

On the upcoming Sousenkyo which will take place on 6th June at Fukuoka’s Yafuoku Dome, Kojima said that she’d probably not be able to see anything from outside. “I will go to the event location but I’m not sure,” she laughed.

Kojima also said that she hopes fellow first generation member Takahashi Minami(24) would place first, and also showed her support for Minegishi Minami.

Official cover of AKB48 Sousenkyo Guide Book 2015

1 May

This year’s Sousenkyo Guide Book features General Manager Takahashi Minami(24) as the center.

The positioning of members on this cover reflects predictions from the editiorial team and Watanabe Mayu(21) is expected to rank 2nd, followed by Sashihara Rino(22) in 3rd. The editiorial staff talked about how they came to this conclusion.

“She is challenging No.1 for the first time and her graduation this December has fans voicing their regret and support. This will be the most beautiful ending for her.”



Well if you’re planning to purchase the 2015 Sousenkyo Guide Book then remember to act fast, because i remember this was sold out everywhere last year!

CDJapan: AKB48 Sousenkyo Official Guide Book 2015


[Updated]AKB48 40th single music video is an action packed blockbuster

28 Apr

[Updated with Full Music Video!!!]

[PV] AKB48 40th Single – Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai [M-ON! HD] [Full Ver.]

The director behind this MV is none other than Ohtomo Keishi, the same director behind the “Rurouni Kenshin” live action movies. To create this MV, he had gathered 100 over staff from the “Rurouni Kenshin” production team. It was the first time for AKB to unveil their MV at a cinema,and member Shimazaki Haruka expressed her happiness at being appointed center for this song.

To welcome the 10th anniversary and 40th single, it was revealed that a budget comparable to a movie was set aside for this 12-minute long masterpiece. The members start off by strutting on a runway in glamorous fashion, but the director wants everyone to lookout for the actions scenes, which show the members getting up despite receiving multiple blows. To prepare the members for these scenes, he had them undergo days of intensive training.

“Idols change as you film,it is their unique quality, so i got interested in seeing what will happen if I assembled a team to attack them for real. As i wanted to see their most desperate expressions, i went for it without crossing the limits,” said Director Ohtomo.

As the members were kicked or punched at, the hurt on their faces were filmed. Kashiwagi Yuki said “I didn’t notice it, but was the girl in the screaming scene me? I’m happy that the unseen side of me was shown.”

Shimazaki Haruka added “Even though the dance choreography was difficult to remember, the action and killing scenes this time was tough.I practiced during my free time. I thought i was going to watch an MV, but it turned out to be a movie. I was dumbfounded. When i realised it, tears had started flowing.”

Talking about the changes from previous years, where the pre-elections single always stuck to the themes of sea/beach/swimwear, Director Ohtomo said “I want to show something different, like the girls’ seriousness. Their appeal is not only in swimsuits.”

SOLIDEMO members pledge their support for Mayuyu in upcoming Sousenkyo

24 Apr

8-member male group SOLIDEMO promised to support AKB48 Watanabe Mayu in her bid for the 2nd win in AKB48 7th General Elections, during their anniversary live on the 18th April.

On this day, the group sang “Girlfriend“, the song used in Watanabe Mayu’s first leading drama “Tatakau!Shoten Girl”. The members revealed they have all watched the drama, and Sasaki Kazuya(24) shared “To me her image is AKB’s Watanabe san, but as an actress her skills are so good that i was surprised.” Shunei Watanabe(28) added “Watanabe san’s acting energizes me. It seems like she goes to stage plays often. She must be studying acting too.”

When Shunei heard that Watanabe would be bidding for the 2nd win in the upcoming AKB48 General Elections, he said “We will line up and vote for her!”


I don’t know SOLIDEMO at all but hey your song and your pledge has just earned some points from me!

Kojima Haruna talks about Sousenkyo, Proposals, Marriage

24 Apr

Idol group AKB48’s Kojima Haruna(27) was at the opening ceremony for a Tiffany store in Yokohama on the 23rd April and talked about sousenkyo and marriage, amongst other stuff. With regards to her withdrawal from this year’s Senbatsu Sousenkyo, she confessed that it was a tough decision and she’d work harder with a heightened level of responsibility.

“It’s good that fans always want me to participate, but I want to be a person whom fans can say ‘you won’t participate right?’ to,” said Kojima, indirectly expressing her wish to concentrate on solo activities.

With this decision, it may seem likely that she’d graduate soon, but Kojima explained that she’s still not decided on the timing yet. “However, I have gotten advice from a fortune teller. I can’t tell you though,” she laughed.

Takahashi Minami, who is exiting AKB48 this year, has declared her wish of getting No.1 in this year’s elections. When Kojima heard this,she said “I wanted to get into the senbatsu which Takamina is center for, so it was like ‘what?’. I regretted making this decision,”she laughed bitterly.

In the video, Kojima also said she wants Takamina to win No.1. Her ideal form of proposal seems to be having the guy propose while they are watching TV. She also revealed that the fortune teller expects her to be married by age 28 or 29!

Applications for AKB48’s 7th General Elections open, who’s in and who’s out?

29 Mar

The applications for AKB48’s 7th General Elections aka Senbatsu Sousenkyo have opened as of today. For the next few days, we’ll see members from each of the 48-groups signing up in the hope of winning 1 of 80 spots for the group’s 41st single(to be released August 2015).

As per previous year, the top 16 elected members will form the Media Senbatsu to perform the A-side song. The subsequent groups of 16 will form Under Girls, Next Girls, Future Girls and Upcoming Girls, to perform the coupling tracks.

Members will have until 29th March 2015, 10pm to sign up.

Meanwhile, it was also announced that this year’s Sousenkyo will take place in the hometown of HKT48 – Fukuoka(Yafuoku! Dome). This decision was made after considering issues like weather, noise levels and stadium capacity.

Website to check members’ application status

Matsui Rena bows out 

From her SKE48 blog:

This is Rena.

I will not be participating in this year’s elections. As for the reason, let me say what i am can.

1 year ago, as i was waiting for the election results, at around the 10th position, I was excited and smiling more than anyone, unlike previous years where i was nervous to the point of breaking down(although during the preliminary results i was very uncomfortable). I’m probably the only one who was smiling at that time. When i stood before the mike, “this might be the last” was what I felt.

Of course i was happy and honoured to receive my rank. Everyone around me said “it’s great” and i was full of gratitude. I especially felt the praise from my fans.

The feelings i had from last year won’t surface again. Worrying about whether my thoughts are correct, i came to this conclusion. Have I made everyone happy with my activities as a member “within the group”? Honestly, i can’t say so.

In the past, i said i wanted to be No.1.
It’s not like i changed my mind, but my vision has widened. That is because i met alot of people and had the chance to work in lots of places. What i learnt is that i have to look at myself objectively. When I appeared in shows or magazines everyone was happy for me. When i appeared in dramas and movies, people also told me i’m moving closer to my dreams. I was so happy to hear these words.

What i am striving for, and what i should do now, is something very important. 

-Skip a part which talks about going above and beyond meeting expectations and how it doesn’t have rankings-

I want to move forward seriously with everyone, so i chose not to participate in the elections. There is no ranking in the road moving forward. It is a battle with myself. I think i will keep thinking about this decision from here on, but i wish for everyone’s blessing. You can always congratulate or thank me in future, so please don’t worry, as this is what I hope for above everything else.”

Takahashi Minami signs up

From her 755:

“This year i’ll participate without hesitating! I’ll enjoy it with everyone till the end!”

JKT48 Nakagawa Haruka opts out

From Google+:

“I’d like to work hard in my Jakarta home, till the end with no regrets!”

AKB48 Kuramochi Asuka opts out

From her ameblo:

“Hi everyone, the applications for the sousenkyo are ending soon. I troubled over it until today.I will pull out from the elections this time. I will watch over the elections this year while thinking about what i want to do.
This is a really big event and even though the ones who participate are the ones who get noticed, surely those who’re not participating will also be missed.
As for these applications, it is another chance to question myself.
To those supporting me, i feel very sorry. But this experience will certainly my chance to grow. I will work hard from now.Please support me!”

AKB48 Kojima Haruna opts out

From her twitter:

“I’m leaving for overseas for work! It’d be great if i can take it slowly. Passport and mileage card..did i forget anything?”

“Ah..i forgot about the sousenkyo deadlines!”

“So as u may know I won’t be participating this year! Actually i’ve been thinking about Sousenkyo seriously these days. This is the result. From now on I won’t have much chances to appear for AKB. I will do things my way! Going off!”


Will update this space if more notable members signup/opt out!

Meanwhile, for those who intend to vote, pre-order the 40th single(and voting tickets) below:

Regular Type A
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Regular Type C
Regular Type D

Limited Type A
Limited Type B
Limited Type C
Limited Type D