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AKB48 Janken Tournament Wrapup: Milky wins, 38th single announced

18 Sep

AKB48 group’s annual event “5th Janken Tournament” was held at the Nippon Budoukan in Tokyo today. A record number of 112 members participated in a bid to win a solo debut for themselves. In the end, it was NMB48 Watanabe Miyuki who won against AKB48 Kojima Haruna in a nerve wrecking round, making her the 9th member in the 48 group to be set for a solo debut.

As for the rest of the Top 16 winners, they would be singing the coupling track for the sololist’s single, as well as filming an MV. The center for the coupling song is 2nd placed AKB48 Kojima Haruna.

Top 16 members are: Kawamoto Saya, Owada Nana, Miyazaki Miho, Nagao Mariya,Yuki Azuma, Saho Iwatate,Arai Yuki,Sato Kiarai, Kotani Riho, Kashiwagi Yuki, Tomonaga Mio, Fukada Nana, Nakanishi Chiyori, Uchida Mayumi, Kojima Haruna(Center of Coupling), Watanabe Miyuki(Solo).


Highlights from the Janken Tournament

-Kojima Haruna creates a subunit for herself called “Kojizaka46”

Dressed in Nogizaka-style costumes, Kojima Haruna made a grand entrance with 4 members of Nogizaka46 and danced to a snippet of Nogizaka46’s “Girls Rule”, before introducing her group as Kojizaka46. The reason for this? Her janken opponent was Nogizaka46’s Ikoma Rina so this was a most clever ploy to make things fun for fans of the 2 rival groups.

Before their match Kojiharu said “If i win, please join Kojizaka46!”
In response, Ikoma Rina said “If i win, please let me touch your chest!”
Ikoma’s wish did not come true as Kojiharu won and she was drafted into Kojizaka46. You can see her standing alongside the Kojizaka46 members throughout the tournament.

Kojiharu’s IG: The first match was against Ikoma, so i thought of setting up Kojizaka46 and using Nogizaka-style costume. Thanks to the members of Nogizaka who came for this.

AkiP’s 755 reply to fan who requested for a Kojizaka song: I’ll make it. (YES)

Kojima Haruna on All Night Nippon: In case NGZK46 members couldn’t make it, I’ll still stick w/ KOJIZAKA46 but call various famous ppl w/ Kojima surnames to come~ (Credit TKMN World)

-Shimazaki Haruka’s salty reaction when she won

In the matchup between Shimazaki Haruka and Muto Tomu, Shimazaki Haruka(Paruru) had a clear look of disdain on her face after winning.The reason – she didn’t want to win at all.

When she lost to another member in a later match, Paruru said “I’m happy and relieved”. When asked which member she was rooting for to win, she replied “Anyone is fine.” Commentators then followed up with “well she’s probably happy as long as it’s not herself”.

– Best costume: Takamina vs Sayanee?
Awhile back, Shinobu(AKB chief costume designer) had mentioned that these 2 members were the ones to look out for when it comes to costumes. Indeed, the 2 were attention grabbing especially since they were matched up to each other.

This was not only a competition between the captain of NMB48 and AKB48, but also a competition between the representatives of Osaka and Tokyo. Takamina was dressed up as a sparkly Tokyo Tower and Yamamoto Sayaka was dressed up Tsutenkaku, a famous tower in Osaka.

-The final match between Milky and Kojiharu
Both are regular senbatsu members. Watanabe Miyuki had lost a placement in this year’s senbatsu sousenkyo due to her scandal. Kojima Haruna is a 1st generation member who is ready to graduate but yet to receive a solo debut. Both are looking for that breakthrough in their careers. Before the match, Kojiharu talked about showing her true powers and desire to win after 9 years in AKB. Milky talked about making this the best present since her birthday is just a few days ahead.

Milky’s winning speech: I hope i have repaid those who supported me. I’ll work hard.
Kojiharu: If i had won this, i would have announced my graduation. I’ll work hard for a little while more.


-Members’ reactions on social media
Maeda Atsuko and Shinoda Mariko apparently were sitting in the audience watching the tournament unfold.

Shinoda’s IG: Congratulations on being 2nd

Acchan’s Twitter: We came to support NyanNyan! This is the moment when NyanNyan lost. *Laugh*

Kojiharu’s IG: I lost!Thanks for the support!

Takamina on 755: I thought Kojiharu’s 2nd position was rigged.

Yuko’s Twitter: Milky Congratulations! #NyanNyan

-AKB48 38th single announced 

The anticipated single will be released on 26th November 2014.

With an expanded senbatsu to 32 members and double center system, fans were certainly surprised in many ways. Many younger generations were included in senbatsu for the first time. Members who had been making leaps in the sousenkyo this year, such as Muto Tomu, Oshima Ryoka, Tano Yuka, Takahashi Juri, Kato Rena etc were also included.

Check out the members’ reactions below

Credit : TKMN World

If you are looking for the full janken replay, check out this youtube user’s videos.

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17 Sep

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Industry insiders discuss who they want to win for the AKB48 5th Janken Tournament

17 Sep

The 5th AKB48 Janken Tournament will take place on the 17th September in Nippon Budoukan. Departing from traditions, the winner this year will get a solo debut instead of fronting the group’s next single. Industry professionals discuss the members they are looking out for to win this tournament.

NMB48 Yamamoto Sayaka

“She had experience as the vocal and guitarist for a girl’s band. If she makes a debut, there will be high expectations for her sales.Recently, she also made solo appearances in song festivals like “Ongaku no Hi” and “FNS Music Festival”, collaborating with veteran artistes. Her performance even earned praises from outside the fandom. People didn’t think there would be a girl like her.” – AKB personnel

AKB48 Kojima Haruna

Rumours of her graduating before the year is up has been flying around forever. Therefore industry professionals wish to see her win this tournament and make her solo debut.

“She has character and natural vocal abilities. Expectations for her sales will be there. However, she doesn’t seem to want it at all, because she said she’d rather sing Karaoke instead.” – Music-related personnel

Even though Kojima has received the all-clear sign from her agency and AKB48’s management to graduate anytime, she still seems undecided about her future goals.

“If she wins this tournament and gets a solo debut, perhaps she’ll want to become a solo singer.” – AKB personnel

Other members
SKE48 Furuhata Nao(17), NMB48 Yamauchi Tsubasa(14), and ex-singer/songwriter Sato Mieko from SKE48 were all mentioned by industry professionals, but unfortunately they have already been ousted during the preliminary rounds.

Which member indeed will win the chance of a lifetime?

I laughed when i read the part about Haruna preferring to sing Karaoke instead. Kojiharu has such a good voice it’s such a waste if she decides not to pursue a singing career. And if you are aware of this mobile app 755 which Akimoto sensei and the members are using nowadays to interact with their fans, you might have come across this talk about No3b’s future activities. As Miichan(or was it AkiP?) said, No3b’s comeback depends on Kojiharu’s mood. Guess we can’t expect too much.

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16 Sep

Edit: Sorry i messed up the timing and thought it’d start right now. Then i looked at my computer’s clock and it says 16th September!  >_<
Actually the event is tomorrow – 17th September! Sorry if you came here only to be disappointed. We’ll see each other tomorrow =(

In about 24hrs time, AKB48 will be holding its 5th Janken Tournament, where members of the 48 group come together and battle it out in a game of “scissors paper stone”. Traditionally the top 16 members would get to front the group for its next single release. However, conditions have changed this year. The winner of this year’s tournament will get a solo debut, whilst those ranked 2nd to 16th will sing a coupling song for the winner’s solo single, plus film an MV. This makes winning much more worthwhile than before. But for those ranked 2nd to 16th, i honestly don’t see any benefits.

Whilst the Janken Tournament is a much smaller event compared to the annual general elections, fans still look forward to this event for various reasons.

1. The Costumes 
Usually the members choose the costume that best represents their personalities and wear it onstage. A lookback at the Top16 from the past year.

2. The Winner
Speculations about the tournament being rigged has been rife for years, ever since the winner transited from unknown member Uchida Mayumi to media-friendly faces like Shinoda Mariko, Shimazaki Haruka and Matsui Jurina. Is this simply a game of luck or the management’s clever ploy to push their favourite members? The winner this year will give us a clue or two.

3. The NEW Single
Over the past few years, the autumn single(some like to call it the dark cool song) has been performed for the first time in this event. After seeing disappointing reception to the post-election single “Kokoro no Placard”, no doubt everyone is ready to move on to the next one. What genre will be it? Who will be the center? Will the senbatsu be finally made up of AKB48-only members?

Do join me later as i bring you the live stream of the 5th Janken Tournament!
It starts at 5.15pm Japan Time on 17th September 2014, so do your calculations and lets watch it together!

Disclaimer: I got the live stream source from the AKB48 Taiwan Fan Club so not sure if it’s 100% working. But i’ll embed the video here when the event is about to start.