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

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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]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!)

Shimazaki Haruka gets backlash for Ghibli ambitions then retracts her statement

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Shimazaki Haruka who announced her dreams of being a seiyuu for Ghibli Studios during her graduation announcement has provoked criticisms from anime fans and antis.

This was due to her talking about not having the abilities to become an actress yet, then following it up with her dreams of being a seiyuu for Ghibli. This made it seem she could easily become a seiyuu even if acting doesn’t work out.

“Paruru please don’t become a seiyuu for Ghibli.”
“Is she dumb? Looking down on the seiyuus?”
“I liked her but i hope she didn’t speak of it so casually…this isn’t what anyone can do.”

On the 4th October, Shimazaki tweeted “I don’t remember talking about wanting to become a seiyuu. Also, it isn’t easy to become one if i say i will.”

She later deleted these tweets.

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AKB48 Shimazaki Haruka announces graduation through CM

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Shimazaki Haruka announced her graduation from AKB48 through a new advertisement for “Baitoru”, a job seeking website.

“I will be ending my activities with AKB within the year,” she reported. Her last handshake will be Christmas Eve, and last stage performance will be 2 days after.

Regarding her future she said “I can’t say i’m going to be an actress with my abilities now, but there’s the meaning of being positive about it. It has always been my dream to become a seiyuu for Ghibli.”

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Even tho i could see it coming, i expected some news about Kojiharu to come around first. Anyway this tie-in with Baitoru is such a untrendy way of graduating.

Watanabe Miyuki talks about Sayanee and her hopes for a new NMB48

NMB48 Watanabe Miyuki talked about her wishes for a new NMB during a radio show on 21st June 2016.

Her new NMB48
“It’s difficult to imagine a new 2-top consisting Sayachan and someone. It’s better to create a new NMB,” she said. “On the contrary, it’s pitiful for Sayanee to continue as center. Sayachan is known for being the captain….it’d be better balanced if others were the double centers and Sayanee is in 2nd line center, like she’s supporting them.”

Her ideal formation
“If i think about all the members, Nagichan(Shibuya Nagisa) and Mirurun(Shiroma Miru) for double centers. Center for 2nd line would be Sayanee. On her side – Ririka(Sutou Ririka, Fuuchan(Yagura Fuuko). Riripon and Juri are good too.”

On Sayanee
On a previous occasion, Sayanee mentioned that they were formidable when standing next to each other, showing her utmost trust. In return, Watanabe said that Sayanee was the person she was destined to meet in her life.

On that, Milky said “That speech is true, but what i don’t want people to get confused about – SayaMiru are not dating(laugh), it wouldn’t be right if we are taken to be good friends. However, good or bad, we greatly influence each other in many ways. In that sense, i said we’re destined to meet.”

“I too think that i’m here because of Sayachan. If she weren’t around i would be living an entirely different life. It’s surreal.”

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In related news, Milky’s graduation concert will be held on 3rd & 4th July 2016 at Kobe World Memorial Hall. NicoNico will stream her concert from 6pm Japan Time on 3rd July 2016.

Also, checkout her last single “Boku wa Inai” in recent music festivals.


 

Preorder her last single below:

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Takahashi Minami Graduation Concert DVD

The concert features Takamina’s last performances in Yokohama Stadium, starting with Maeda Atsuko’s appearance for a duet of “Omoi de no Hotondo”. Fellow ex-AKB48 graduates Oshima Yuko, Itano Tomomi, Shinoda Mariko also make their appearances, making it the grandest send-off for Takamina. A total of 31 songs featuring Takamina as center were performed.

The DVD titled Shuku Takahashi Minami Sotsugyo “148.5cm no Mita Yume” in Yokohama Stadium will be released on 20th July 2016.

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Pre-order her graduation DVD below:

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