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Excerpts from 29th Feb episode of Momm!

2 Mar

In this week’s Momm!, the new generation of AKB48 makes a guest appearance to promote “Kimi wa Melody”. Below are interesting excepts from the show.


Paruru and her surprisingly warm attitude towards Nakai

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Translated this segment as Paruru used to shy away from her interviews with Nakai. I remember in last year’s UTAGE, she actually told Nakai to refrain from talking to her.

Paruru: Nakai san, how are you?
Nakai: Yes, how are you? Did you lose weight?
Paruru: Yes! You noticed!
Nakai: What did you do?
Paruru: It was stress. *very bright smile*
Nakai falls over and says: But everyone has stress!
Nakai then notices Mayu/Sasshi/Minegishi serving drinks.
Nakai: What..so the seniors are doing work while the juniors sit?
He points at Mayu and says: Just now you put on a scary face!
Mayu:No! It was just a good face.
Nakai to Paruru: This is stressful too? The stress from the higher ups being enthusiastic.
Paruru: No….but today i came because i was curious if Nakai is fine.
Nakai: You came because of that? Isn’t it because of the new single?


Payuyu relationship during New Generation Introduction corner

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*Skip Yuria,Kojimako,Juri*
Nakai to Sakura: I haven’t met you?
Sakura: Yes, i came here before. With HKT48…
Nakai: Oh i have a deep impression from that time.
Sakura: What do you remember?
Nakai: Um…i don’t know…(*everyone laughs) Sashihara, who are you closest with?
Sasshi: Sakura
Nakai to Mayu: What about you?
Mayu: Eh…..everyone! (*laughs sheepishly)
Sasshi: She’s really bad at this! (*referring to interacting with members)
Mayu: But we’re all friendly!
Nakai: Tell us the charm of the members.
Mayu: Eh……(*tries hard to say something)
Nakai: Do you know who is who? Have you girls talked to her before?
Minegishi: Do you have someone whom you promised to have a meal with?
Nakai: Ah…Shimazaki and you definitely don’t have a relationship?
Mayu: Not really. Our hometowns are the same, Saitama. We’re also the same age.
Nakai: But don’t you go out for meals?
Paruru: She’s my senior, so no.
Sasshi: Paruru entered AKB because she looked up to Mayuyu.
Paruru: Yes. I can’t call her ‘Mayuyu’. It’s ‘Mayuyu san’.
Nakai: But you’re the same age. You’re scary, Watanabe!
Mayu: It’s not because i’m scary.
Nakai to Paruru: Ah, you fell sick because of Watanabe!
Mayu: That’s not true right? Please let me off!
Nakai to Mayu: If you don’t get closer to them, you won’t have any friends!
Mayu: I do have friends!


Members and their cleanliness habits

Minegishi: I placed a bottle of vegetable juice on the side table. It expired after a short while and it was difficult to find a timing to throw it out. I thought i’d do it later, but one day when i was in the bedroom, there was a sound of something exploding. I was so scared thinking there was someone in the house that i creeped out only to see my sofa turning green. It was troublesome to clean it so i just draped a cloth over it.

Minegishi: There was a time when i wanted to cook nabe,so i took the pot out but it dropped. Then the leftovers from a previous nabe spilled out.

Nakai: No wonder, i always thought that you smell!
Minegishi: But i do clean myself properly.
Nakai: What about Sashihara’s house?
Minegishi: She has a room which she told me not to enter. When i opened the door to it, it was so dirty inside!
Sasshi: I put everything inside.
Nakai: Do you live alone? What about the rest?
Paruru: It’s a secret. (*Nakai is shocked.)
Nakai: Please ask me the same question! (*He mimics Paruru’s expression when she answered his question.)


Watanabe Mayu and her love for cosplay

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Minegishi: Mayuyu just said that she doesn’t play with the members, but i got attracted to danso cafes previously. It’s a place often seen in Akihabara where girls will dress as guys and serve customers.When i told her, for the first time Mayuyu said she wanted to come along.

Mayu: I love things about the neutral gender.
Minegishi: She also does it herself. I think she loves cosplay.
Nakai looks at a photo of Mayu cosplaying as Anna from movie “Frozen”
Mayu: During this Halloween event in Disneyland, customers can cosplay to enter, so that’s what i did in my private time. I stayed in a hotel close to Disneyland the night before, woke up early to do my makeup. That’s all my personal clothes.
Nakai: If your boyfriend knows about it, he’d be so shocked.


Paruru talks about getting recognized in the streets

Nakai: Shimazaki don’t you get recognised when you go shopping?
Paruru: At this time, i’d pretend not to hear anything. When they touch me and ask if I’m Paruru, i’d say no.
Nakai: But they’d insist you’re Paruru?
Paruru: When i say no, they’d just clear off.


Performance below

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AKB48 Minegishi Minami and Kashiwagi Yuki unveil their English skills in Yamapi’s TV show

14 Jul

“YamaP no Kiss Eigo” -a TV show which aims to improve Japanese people’s English in a fun manner, pranked AKB48 Minegishi Minami and Kashiwagi Yuki in last week’s episode, bringing their English skills to light. In the show, a foreigner speaking English would call up the girls, pretending to have found their manager’s/friend’s phone. See how each of them reacted below.

Minegishi and her love for the word “slave”

Minegishi Minami appears to be quite flustered at first but quickly understood that her manager had lost his/her phone. When the foreigner was asking about the owner of the phone however, Minegishi shocked everyone by saying it belongs to her “slave”. She triple confirmed this statement, drawing laughter from everyone. The conversation reached a roadblock when they were discussing to meet. Minegishi could not understand the question “What are you wearing?” and had to request for “Kids’ English”. When describing her job as an AKB48 member, Minegishi also described it as a “slave”.

Minegishi later confessed that she thought “slave” was a word meant for someone respectable, and that she had learnt it from Akimoto Yasushi’s lyrics.

Kashiwagi and her gross misinterpretation of the word “this”

Minegishi Minami was asked to nominate another member to prank. The MC requested specifically for Kashiwagi Yuki(due to her scandal), noting that it is a special moment since both Johnny’s and AKB48 members are in the same room when they are making the call to her.

Kashiwagi did not get the foreigner’s words initially and thought “this” was “busu”(japanese word for someone ugly).  Their conversation was so focused on the word “this” that Yukirin thought she had found 1 ugly person. She forgot about this word later and miraculously understood that Minegishi had lost her phone. Their conversation progressed well with Yukirin replying mostly in Japanese, prompting the MC to describe her as a obaasan(probably cos only youngsters would reply in English).

When the prank was explained to Kashiwagi, the MC asked her if she was feeling irritated since she kept mentioning “busu”. Perhaps this was a subtle hint at her scandal but Yukirin deflected it by saying she’ll continue shopping.

AKB48 Team 4 gets revived, Minegishi Minami to become captain

30 Aug

A big announcement was made on August 24th during ‘AKB48 2013 Manatsu no Dome Tour ~Mada Mada, Yaranakyaikenai Koto ga Aru~‘ at Tokyo Dome. The old Team 4, which was disbanded back in October 2012, will be revived to house 16 research members who have all been promoted to become regular members.

It was also announced that Minegishi Minami, who was demoted to research student status after her scandal in February this year, will become the new captain of Team 4. After hearing these announcements, Iwatate Saho expressed, “I didn’t think that we would all get promoted at once. I have work even harder than before.” Nishino Miki added, “I didn’t think I would get promoted. The Kenkyuusei all worked hard together, so we all wished to get promoted together. I am very happy that our dream came true.

New Team 4 Members:

Aigasa Moe / Iwatate Saho / Uchiyama Natsuki / Umeta Ayano / Okada Ayaka / Okada Nana / Kitazawa Saki / Kojima Mako / Shinozaki Ayana / Takashima Yurina / Nishino Miki / Hashimoto Hikari / Maeda Mitsuki / Mirayama Yuiri / Mogi Shinobu / Minegishi Minami (team captain)

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BKA48 reveals music video for “Haste to Waste”

6 Jun

Kawaei Rina

 

A PV full of fun and laughter from the members of BKA48! Even though this song is silly, the music video delivered a cute and sweet image of Kawaei Rina, who also happens to be the center. Touted as the next generation ace in AKB48, Kawaei Rina has been enjoying increased media attention in Japan ever since she was crowned the dumbest member in  Mecha Mecha Iketeru(a variety show). This prompted Akimoto Yasushi(producer of AKB groups) to form the unit BKA48 and have them release a song. Watch the video for yourself to see the rest of the members!

Translation of the lyrics:

You must be joking
You must be joking
How could i be the dumb one?
The dumbest amongst us, is definitely not me!

You must be joking
You must be joking
How could my feet smell?
I worked hard so there’s just too much sweat.

“America is made up of 99% electricity.”
Isn’t it weird grammatically?
Edison didn’t say so!

Kawaei, someone is calling you
Like he’s given up on you.
The bad marks on your test
Are being pointed out with his finger.

Kawaei, you saved everyone.
There’s no one with marks lower than yours.
Guarding the lowest borderline of intelligence
Oh you dumb center!

8×2=17?
8×4=27?
Isn’t it abit off?
If you had a cellphone, you’d have gotten it right.

8×6=46
8×8=62
8×9 should be 73?
Even if i memorize the 8x multiplication table, i wouldn’t be able to remember.

If i were to to translate “Haste makes Waste”,
That would mean “Haste and Waste became good friends”! (What is this?!”)

Kawaei, if i call you like this,
It means some level of respect.
Choosing you for this position,
Suits you more than anything.

Kawaei, you legendary girl,
Even if you can’t study, you still live happily.
Aaa, you dumb center!

The most important thing in life,
Is not how smart you are.
If you can give courage to people around you,
A dumb person can also help others.

Kawaei, someone is calling you
Like he’s given up on you.
The bad marks on your test
Are being pointed out with his finger.

Kawaei, you saved everyone.
There’s no one with marks lower than yours.
Guarding the lowest borderline of intelligence
Oh you dumb center!

Fallen girls of AKB48 comment on each other’s scandals

6 Jun

Hello guys, this is one post i’ve been intending to publish for a long time. As the sources are from several places, it took some time before i was able to extract, translate and rearrange it here. Basically, these are media interviews of the scandal-clad AKB48 girls. In the interviews, the girls  talk about their scandals, and also voice opinions about fellow fallen members who have either left the idol business or chosen other forms of punishments.

Miichan

What OG Hirajima Natsu thinks of Minegishi Minami’s punishment
Takamina: What kinda feelings did you have when you decided to participate in this year’s elections?
Hirajima: My mum told me she would be happy if i participated, but i was very scared. I could have avoided all the tensions of being a participant, but i went to Miichan(Minegishi Minami)’s house to discuss.
Miichan: Yes we talked about it all night long. Like the pros and cons of participating. In the end, we decided to go for it.
Hirajima: When Miichan submitted her papers, i worked up my courage and joined in.
Miichan: I always wanted to know what Hirajima thinks of my decision to stay on as a research student. Afterall, you chose a completely different route by quitting AKB48 and moving on.
Hirajima: I couldn’t choose the route you’re taking now. I think you’re very brave. You chose a tough road and painful road.I was moved by your decision.
Miichan tears up….

Source: Here

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hkt48

What HKT48 members think of Sashihara Rino’s transfer
???: She’s someone we can learn from and she’ll be a great addition to our group, but i feel like there will be a wall between us.
Murashige Anna: If she joins Team H, there might be someone who will have to be dropped out of Team H. I feel kinda scared.
-Interview with Sasshi in private-
Sashihara: I think everyone in HKT48 will dislike me, but since they are all innocent, i think we will become friends quickly.
Interviewer: Do you think the transfer is a good thing eventually?
Sashihara: It is. If not for the transfer, things wouldn’t have changed and i won’t have a goal to work towards like now.
Interviewer: What are your goals for this year’s elections?
Sashihara: If i rank higher, i can appear on TV. And if there’s any additional person who learns of HKT48, it’ll be better.

Source: Here
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Kikuchi Ayaka

What Kikuchi Ayaka thinks of Sashihara Rino’s punishment
Kikuchi: Frankly speaking, i think it’s too light a punishment, because i was fired for getting into a scandal last time. However, i can see that she’s working hard.
-Talk about Kikuchi re-auditioning to become a AKB48 member again-
Kikuchi: I was asked about my past unpleasant memories. I was quite shocked, but i hanged on and tried to show them i was working hard.

Source: Here

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Sasshi

What Minegishi Minami thinks of Sashihara Rino’s scandal
Minegishi Minami: I’ve been thinking about it for awhile, she should shave her head like me.
Sasshi: No way!

Source: Here

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Related post on the stories behind these girls’ scandals here.

BKA48 makes their debut with “Haste to Waste”, Minegishi Minami performs with a bald head!

30 May

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In today’s Ichiban Song show, BKA48, the unit made up of the dumbest members in AKB,  gave their first TV performance of their song “Haste to Waste”. “Haste to Waste” is a song about the silly answers given by Kawaei Rina during atest taken in Mecha Mecha Iketeru(a variety show). In the test, Kawaei Rina was asked to translate the english phrase “Haste makes Waste”. She thought that Haste and Waste were actually names and translated it as “Haste and Waste became good friends”, drawing laughter for her silly answer. The production team then made 2 dolls (nicknamed Haste and Waste) to accompany her as she serves the center position in BKA48.

Pls watch on for the other baka members:  Minegishi Minami, Kojima Haruna, Takahashi Minami, Kashiwagi Yuki, Sashihara Rino, Shimazaki Haruka.

Lyrics:
You must be joking
You must be joking
How could i be the dumb one?
The dumbest amongst us, is definitely not me!

You must be joking
You must be joking
How could my feet smell?
I worked hard so there’s just too much sweat.

“America is made up of 99% electricity.”
Isn’t it weird grammatically?
Edison didn’t say so!

Kawaei, someone is calling you
Like he’s given up on you.
The bad marks on your test
Are being pointed out with his finger.

Kawaei, you saved everyone.
There’s no one with marks lower than yours.
Guarding the lowest borderline of intelligence
Oh you dumb center!

Minegishi Minami makes her way back into mainstream media

22 Apr

AKB48’s Minegishi Minami will be on the cover of women’s magazine Fujinkoron, selling April 22nd.  This is her first appearance in a magazine since her sleepover scandal at GENERATIONS member Alan Shirahama’s house back in January. An interview titled “The truth to why I shaved my head” was included in the magazine.

In the interview, she expressed her ardent love and the passion for AKB and talked about how she felt at the time of hair-shaving.

“It was not because I was mentally out of control, but it was a result of thinking what I should do to convey my feeling of apology. And I thought I wanted to convey it in a visible form, then, what went through my mind was “Shaving my head””

Her act has been reported sensationally not only in Japanese media but worldwide, with most reactions being negative.

She said: “Looking back, I think what I did might be an immature and ignorant act.”

She also revealed the reaction of her fellow members, staffs and her family members at the time of incident.

“What broke my heart the most was the fact that I made my parents cry.”

Her parents, especially her mother was shocked as a woman and cried so hard. That was the hardest moment in the whole chain of events.

“I made my parents feel devastated. It’s my duty to practice filial piety and make them feel happy.”

On the reason why she dared to go as far as shaving head to stay in the showbiz, she explained: “There’re countless people who are trying to make a living in Showbiz. But only a handful will be recognized by many people. The reason why I could become one of those handful is because I’m a part of AKB48. The reason why I can join variety kinds of work is also because I’m here in AKB48.”

Regarding her future, she said: “I’ll keep participating in activities as a research student. I will try my best on the stage so that people sense something has changed in me. Also, I want people to see me without a wig. Someday I want to graduate AKB48, celebrated by lots of people…. that is my current goal. “

Credits to akbwrapup for the translations

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In addition, she also made an appearance as part of AKB48 in a special episode of “Mecha-Mecha Iketeru!”, a variety show where members have to take academic tests to determine the most stupid member. Although Miichan had been allowed to continue hosting AKB48’s own regular show “Kousagi Dojo” after her scandal, she had been left out of the member lineup for other TV shows ever since. Her appearance this time, plus that magazine coverage, is perhaps a sign that she has been forgiven by the management, and ready to make a comeback.

However, it comes at a price. The media only seems interested in the news value of her post-scandal, judging by the content they are publishing/airing about her. In “Mecha-Mecha Iketeru”, she appeared in a bald-head wig. On the walls of the classroom, a big signage says “Love Ban Law”, as if referencing her scandal. When she asked for permission to remove her bald-head wig, the MC said no, because her wig-less head is only fit for show on YouTube. Throughout the show, he also kept making a dig at her scandal by asking if she’s repenting.

Now, before the Miichan fans misunderstand, please realise that this is a variety show and it was probably filmed this way to make people laugh. Although it was probably very humiliating for Miichan, this is something she’ll need to get over if she wants to continue working in the industry.