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Shinoda Mariko’s graduation footage: “I’ll still choose AKB48 in my next life”

23 Jul

Shinoda’s message from Fukuoka Yafuoku Dome:

“Graduation is something I decided, but i felt like staying on after enjoying the past month with everyone. I want to graduate in my own style. I will work hard to become someone whom my juniors can look up. AKB48 is still the best group out there and it has more to show. My time here has been very happy. To my parents, family, friends, members, staff and fans who have supported me the past years, thank you very much. I’ll still choose AKB48 in my next life.”

Sharing pictures and messages from the members’ SNS accounts:

Pic of the remaining 1st generation members (from Mariko’s Twitter)

2 Shot of Maeda Atsuko and Shinoda Mariko (From Mariko’s Twitter)

Acchan’s message: “You’ve worked hard Mari chan! Your graduation is firmly burned in my mind, cheers!” (From Acchan’s Twitter)

Another first generation pic (From Itano Tomomi’s twitter)

Itano Tomomi’s message: “Your graduation is so depressing..” (from Itano Tomomi’s twitter)


Jurina’s message: “I don’t want you to go! I can’t do anything without you.I want you to stop worrying about me, but i can’t bring myself to say it.”  (From Jurina’s blog)

Mariko at her last theater performance in Akihabara today.

Kojima Haruna’s message: “I went to the graduation performance of the Mari chan! It was a performance filled with smiles, just like Mari chan! Congratulations on your graduation ♪ love!”

Taking down her portrait from the AKB48 Theater.

Empty spot on the wall.

Saying her goodbyes to the fans outside Akihabara’s theater for the last time.

Watanabe Mayu’s message: “This is from Mariko sama’s graduation stage. Somehow, i can’t feel the reality it. I don’t want to believe that you aren’t here anymore. I’ll take what Mariko sama has left behind in AKB and use it to grow the group. Thank you for everything so far.”

Message from Miyazawa Sae: “Congrats on your graduation! Thanks for your love and smiles! I might never be as professional as you, but you’ve given me much push so i’ll work hard. Lets be good friends forever!”

Message from Kashiwagi Yuki: “Mariko sama, i really respect you and like you! Maybe this was not expressed to you clearly, but thanks for taking care of me! (From Yukirin’s Google+)

Sato Sumire’s message : “I’ll still follow you even though you’ve graduated!” (from Sato Sumire’s Twitter)

Party shot of members who turned up at Akihabara Theater today. (From Shinoda Mariko’s Twitter)

If you’re interested in the last theater performance of Shinoda Mariko in Akihabara, pls click here.

[Updated]Shinoda Mariko graduates, appoints Yokoyama Yui as new captain of Team A

22 Jul


Translating a flurry of articles on Mariko sama’s graduation..

Shinoda Mariko & Aki P come to a decision on Team A’s new captain

AKB48’s Shinoda Mariko(27) announced the official successor to Team A’s captain position in her graduation concert at Yafuoku Dome today. This person is none other than Yokoyama Yui(20), a member of the 9th generation who hails from Kyoto.

“She’ll be able to carry on my will. If it’s Yui, she can do it.” explained Shinoda.

In response, Yokoyama Yui said “I’ve never been a captain in my life. No one has nominated me before. I may not be fashionable, but pls look out for Yokoyama Team A from now on.”


Fans ditch Japan’s Parliamentary Elections to send off Mariko sama

Fans gathered early outside Yafuoku Dome to prepare for AKB48’s concert. Even though today was the polling day for Japan’s parliamentary elections, alot weren’t interested and chose to give up their votes instead.

A man who voted for Shinoda Mariko in this year’s general elections came to the concert with his friend without casting his vote for the parliamentary elections. “I wanted to send off Mariko sama no matter what,” he said.

A nurse from Northern Kyushu also ditched the political elections and said “As Mariko chan’s fan, it’s more important to send her off.”

A housewife from Kumamoto who voted for Takajo Aki(21) in this year’s elections came to the dome concert with her husband. “As fans, we’re already too busy thinking about the AKB members, much less the parliament elections.”


Tomonobu Togasaki talks about his first impressions of Mariko “She loved Hamtaro…”

AKB48’s theater manager Tomonobu Togasaki, who has been around ever since the founding of AKB48, talked about Mariko of 8 years ago.

“She was an ordinary girl who came to Tokyo from Fukuoka bearing her dreams. She loved Hamtaro…and always carried a Hamtaro bag to the theater.”

Although she failed the 1st generation auditions, Mariko didn’t give up on her dreams and continued to work as a waitress in the AKB48 cafe next to the theater. During popularity polls, her name was nomiated even though she wasn’t yet a member.

The T&C for her debut in Jan ’06 was to learn the choreography for 12 songs in a matter of 4 days. “It was only 4 days,but I saw how professional she was because she memorised it all. She was already good in dancing, and hated to lose. She’s a hard worker, but she doesn’t show it to people around her,” he reflected.

AKB48’s music director Yuasa Junji also commented “She takes care of everyone like a good sister. When SKE48’s Matsui Jurina joined AKB for “Oogoe Diamond”, she was the first person to talk to Jurina and get close with her. Having been a 1.5th generation herself, she must have felt something for Jurina.”

With regards to Shinoda’s possibility of a music career, he said “Actually she can sing both high and low notes. I’d be happy if she can continue to sing after graduation.”


Shinoda Mariko on possibility of a lightning marriage …

Q: What do you intend to do after graduation?
I want to live my own life. I’m actually bad at working in groups, but i’ve managed to survive so far. I’m almost 30 now, so i wish to change things around. I had dreams to start a fashion brand 10 years ago, and i’m beginning to realise it now, so it’s a starting point for me.

Q: So you’ll be increasing your fashion related activities?
Yes, because i like being a model.

Q: Have you thought about becoming a solo singer?
No way! I’m bad at singing,so never thought about it.

Q:What about getting married quickly?
Never thought about it…but actually,that’s not a bad thought. If i’m asked why i’m graduating, i’d be great if i can say i’m getting married, but i don’t have a partner yet. (Laughs)

Q: How about a last message to fans?
In these last 2 days, pls take a good look at my achievements these 8 years and keep them in your memory. I’ll also take a look at each and everyone of you and remember your faces in my heart.


[NEW]”I’ll get married by 32″, says Shinoda Mariko

After her last performance at the Akihabara Theater, Shinoda Mariko returned to where it all started – the cafe where she worked as a waitress 8 years ago, to greet her fans.

The cafe, which is now closed, was specially opened for 1 day so Shinoda could give her fans a high five. “I told Akimoto sensei that i wanted to hold a high five event at the cafe after the performance, and he said i had good sense. After so many years,i finally understood the feelings of Akimoto sensei.”

About the fights that she had with Oshima Yuko, Itano Tomomi, and Takahashi Minami, she said “Even if there are disagreements amongst us, we don’t hate each other. This is what you call a bond. We are a group whose bond deepens with every fight. To me, this bond is a treasure.”

With regards to the lifting of love-ban rule after her graduation, she said “I have no interest in getting into relationships now, so i’ll take it slowly. When I wear a wedding dress, i’ll feel like getting married. I want to get married by 32, to someone who has a who is able to control and lead me.I have quite a strong personality myself, so i want to be able to lean on someone.”

She later clasped her hands infront of the wall where all the members’ portraits are hanged and said “Thank you for the 7.5 years,” before taking down her own picture.


[NEW] Chances of getting tickets to Shinoda Mariko’s final theater performance is 200 : 1

-Skipping most of the repeated parts-

Basically the article is saying that the number of people who balloted for tickets in Shinoda Mariko’s last theater performance was over 200 times the available amount of seats. (Available seats is 250 only.)

As per Acchan’s graduation last year, fans who couldn’t get a seat gathered outside the theater to send her off.


You may also be interested in these articles:

Shinoda Mariko’s graduation footage: “I’ll still choose AKB48 in my next life”
Shinoda Mariko’s tearful farewell on Kayou Kyoku
Shinoda talks about marriage and upcoming elections
Shinoda Mariko’s final stage on Music Station

Shinoda Mariko’s tearful farewell on Kayou Kyoku

20 Jul


Shinoda Mariko appeared on Kayou Kyoku for a last time this week and a special segment was aired to “celebrate” her graduation. In this segment,  Shinoda Mariko was asked about her relationship with fellow members Takahashi Minami, Kojima Haruna and Itano Tomomi, all of whom are first generation members who has been with her the past 8 years.

On Takamina:
“We fought recently.It’s the only time we fought these 8 years. As leaders of AKB, Takamina tends to reprimand the juniors in a roundabout way, but i prefer to be direct about it. Because of our differences, there was a week when we didn’t talk, except for greeting each other in the morning.”

On best friend Kojiharu:
“We always argue. Haruna is kinda cold. I always pester her and when she replies me with ‘You’re noisy’, i’m shocked and feel like giving up on her.”

On Tomochin:
“I think my prior departure is unforgivable, given that she had intended to graduate first. I always feel sorry to her. Later, i received a mail from her, saying she wanted to enjoy the remaining time we had together. Even though she had wanted me to send her off, she said that she’ll send me off instead. Tomo is very mature in this way.”

Besides the relationship talk, Yokoyama Yui also wrote a letter and read it to Mariko. 

“Shinoda san, congratulations on your graduation. The first time i encountered Mariko was during the preparations for a new stage at the AKB theater. At that time, Shinoda san was too busy to attend the dance lessons. On behalf of Shinoda san, i learnt the choreography and prepared to teach Shinoda san. I was very worried about it, but when i taught Shinoda san for the first time, my worries disappeared. Shinoda san had already memorised the dance steps, all i had to do was to tell you your stage position. When i thought about how you memorised the choreography, and how you slept despite having no time, i became shocked by your professionalism. When i was promoted to Team K, you and Takamina san introduced me to the seniors in Team K. I am still thankful up till now. Because you were there, i am the me now. I will treasure AKB48 and work hard with what i learnt from Shinoda san. Thank you.”

Shinoda’s parting words and final performance:

“I was able to enter AKB48 because of the fans.Your presence has been my greatest support. If not for the fans, i wouldn’t be who I am now, I wouldn’t have met my fellow members, and i wouldn’t have the chance to appear on TV. I may be graduating, but pls continue to support AKB48.”

Namida no Sei Jyan Nai/ Ue Kara Mariko [Watch her farewell stage on Music Station]

Sniffing as i watch this…Mariko is like a Cinderella who was saved by thousands of fans. 8 years ago, she moved to Tokyo to try and make a living. At that time, she was just earning 40,000 Yen a month, of which 10,000 Yen had to be set aside for rental. She failed the 1st generation auditions for AKB48, but fans noticed her as she worked as a waitress at AKB48’s cafe in Akihabara. During a popularity poll amongst the fans, Akimoto Yasushi noticed her name being nominated even though she wasn’t a member. He offered her a chance to join as a member if she could memorise 10+ songs and its choreographies within a week. Mariko made it and her fans have never abandoned her since.

If i were asked which member i admire most in AKB, it’d be Mariko in a second. She’s actually my age, but she’s achieved so much more than me! Model, actress, host, fashion producer, CM Queen…she’s got so much in her life on top of AKB, but her presence is still deeply felt by the members. When Jurina was selected to be center of Oogoe Diamond, Mariko was the first to welcome her. When Yuko lost to Maeda in the 3rd General Elections, she offered Yuko her shoulder to cry on. When Paruru was promoting Eien Pressure alone and the senbatsu members suddenly showed up, Mariko was also the first to give Paruru a shoulder to cry on. There are just so many great scenes of Mariko that i’ve seen..scenes which show her love of AKB. Mariko could continue to sing after graduation, but shes knows better than to force her voice on the audience(unlike so many other idols), so she prepared a separate career in fashion prior to graduation. She probably didn’t sleep more than 5hrs everyday,yet we’ve never seen fatigue on her face during broadcasts. Mariko has sacrificed 8 years of her youth standing by the rules of an idol, standing by her fans even when others were calling her to quit. Till today, she still remembers the fans who turned her life around.  If i were one of those fans who nominated her into AKB 8 years ago, i would be proud and happy to send her off now.

Shinoda Mariko’s final stage on Music Station

13 Jul

Shinoda Mariko(27) appeared with the rest of AKB48 on Music Station to present her final stage today. It was a tearful farewell for the girl and fellow first generation members, who have been together for as long as 8 years. As a final gift, AkiP wrote a song called “Namida no Sei Jya Nai”, which Mariko sang as the center surrounded by her members. As Mariko will no longer pursue a singing career after her graduation, this is probably the last we’ll see of her on stage. Thank you Shinoda Mariko for all your hard work all these years!

Lyrics Translation:

What should i talk about?
The road I’ve taken hasn’t been short.
It wasn’t all filled with happy memories, there were also lots of sad memories.
But when i think about them, they were all shining memories.

The water in my eyes are not tears,
It’s just the sparkles from the times of the past.
I have no regrets in the route i’ve taken up till today, i can say that to the skies.

If you get lost someday, if you lost your love someday,
Call everyone’s name in a loud voice and we’ll come and find you wherever you are.

The water in my eyes are not tears,
It’s just the sparkles from the times of the past.
I will forgive things which are going to disappear. (?)
I can finally express myself frankly, and i’m gonna say “Thank You” now.

Maeda Atsuko to make a comeback with AKB48 in Sapporo Dome Concert

17 Jun

It has been announced in one of AKB48’s handshake sessions that Maeda Atsuko will be reuniting with the group for a one-night concert in Sapporo Dome on 31st July 2013. As she will be releasing her 3rd solo single in September, the new song will also be revealed in the concert. This is the first time Acchan will be performing with the group ever since her graduation, and the news was met with fans’ loud cheers.

Acchan has been concentrating on acting work so far but she has always shown concern for AKB48’s activities. Despite having just returned from overseas, she visited Nissan Stadium during the AKB48 5th General Elections this year to show support for the group. When asked about her upcoming performance with the group, she said “I’m looking forward to it.”.

In addition, graduation dates for Shinoda Mariko, Akimoto Sayaka and Itano Tomomi were officially announced. Shinoda Mariko will be graduating in Fukuoka Dome on 21st July, while Akimoto Sayaka and Itano Tomomi will be graduating in Tokyo Dome on the 22nd and 25th August respectively. This also means that the Sapporo Dome concert will be the last time Itano, Akimoto and Acchan will stand on stage together.



Netizen Reactions

“I can accept it if it’s Maeda. Just don’t call Kasai.”
“Its better for her not to get involved with AKB!”
“Maeda is so cute. Her fashion sense is good too!”
“She’s so glamorous! On the other hand, if you compare her to the one who got No.1 a few days back..”
“I want to go to Sapporo!”

AKB48 post election talk: Member reactions and Mariko/Tomochin graduation dates

12 Jun

MC Nakai: I was overseas when the elections were going on. But i heard the news just now..about Shinoda, and Sashihara…
Sashihara: What is that kind of troubled expression?!
MC Nakai: Did Sashihara really get No.1? What do you guys think?
MC Makiko: I thought Mayuyu or Oshima were going to win…but i was shocked at the results.
-Recap of scenes from this year’s elections-
-Flashback to Oshima Yuko’s talk after last year’s elections:If Sashihara gets No.1, there will be a new AKB48. BUT,NO WAY!-
MC Nakai: What do you think Sashihara?
Sashihara: After the elections,i thought someone was pulling a prank on me.
Oshima: Even though i said “No way” last year, we have no choice this time.
Shinoda: This is like a present from the fans, so there must be some appeal about Sashihara.
MC Nakai: Do you think you can graduate happily like that?
Shinoda: But this is my last single so..
MC Nakai: Do you have anything to say to Sashihara?
Shinoda: I’m abit worried about the next single, but i think she’ll work hard.
MC Nakai: What about you Takamina?
Takamina: I was shocked. When Mayuyu’s ranked was announced, i was like “It can’t be…”. I thought Mayuyu or Oshima will be the last contenders.
Mayuyu: I had worked hard for the past year aiming for 1st, but when my rank was announced, i also thought “It can’t be Sashihara..”. I was thinking “What is this?”.
Oshima: When Mayuyu was announced to be 3rd, i was thinking “What’s this?”. But Sashihara’s win will making things interesting for AKB.
MC Nakai: It’s interesting that fans are the ones who create a drama for AKB. Sashihara, have you taken center position before?
Sashihara: Nope, only in photoshoots so far.
-MC Nakai asks them to arrange themselves in formation with Sasshi as center, and dance to Gingham Check-
Sashihara: Stop please! I think this scene looks untrendy!

MC Nakai: Pls give some advice to Sashihara as the next center.
Oshima: It’s best to enjoy it.
Mayuyu: There’s alot of responsibility to live up to, but the best thing to do is just to enjoy it with everyone.
Paruru: Do it in a cute manner!
-Talk about Shinoda Mariko’s graduation-
MC Nakai: When did you decide?
Shinoda: On that day itself. I had discussed with Akimoto san since a year ago and he said i could do it anytime, but there’s a timing. He said it’s best to do it when everyone is around. Actually i think about graduating every year during the elections, but this time i think it’s the right time.
MC Makiko: So you didn’t inform the rest of the members?
Shinoda: Not everyone. I discussed with Takamina 1 year ago. Kojima is my good friend and i told her i could be graduating on that day.
MC Nakai: So everyone is surprised? When are you graduating?
Shinoda: Fukuoka concert on 21st July.
MC Nakai: So what are you going to do about the next single?
Shinoda: We’ll be shooting the PV this month, so i will take part in all the promotions prior to 21st July.
MC Nakai: So you won’t be appearing on TV after the 21st?
Shinoda: Not for singing related activities.
MC Nakai: What are you going to do in future?
Shinoda: I have been in AKB for 8 years, and my ambitions have changed along the way. Even thought i love AKB, i want to pursue my interests. I like fashion and have had opportunities to model. I’m still a newbie in that field, so it’d be good to go further in that area.
MC Nakai: So you’re not going to sing anymore?
Shinoda: Nope….laughs. Nakai san would probably tell me not to sing too.
MC Nakai: You really understand me. What about Itano? When are you going to graduate?
Itano: For me, around August.

For more details on Itano/Shinoda’s graduation dates, pls visit this link.

Shinoda Mariko talks about marriage and upcoming elections

9 Apr

AKB48’s Shinoda Mariko appeared at a press conference earlier today to unveil her self-designed wedding dresses, titled “Love Mary 3rd Collection”. The theme this time is “Airy & Lovely”, and she used ribbons and lace to deliver the European Princess look. Here are my favorites from her collection.


When asked about her marriage plans,  she said, “I can’t find a partner whilst in AKB48, so i’ll look for one in my 30s. I probably won’t be in AKB at that time.”

Although she hopes to wear her own designs first, she also wants to design something for Takamina to celebrate her recent solo debut.

When asked about Akimoto Sayaka’s graduation, she mentioned that Akimoto had talked about graduation with her several times, but she didn’t know when the announcement was going to be. However, the deadline to nomination of candidacy was approaching so it was probably the only time for Akimoto to do it. Considering Akimoto’s future plans, Mariko could understand her need to graduate.

“Like me, she was waiting for the next generation to crush us, so i wanted her to stay on. But there were things she wanted to do and was unable to, so i think about her graduation as a positive thing. She’s a strong-willed person and i’m not worried, so i’ll cheer for her as she strives to become an actress,”said Mariko.

On the topic of the 5th General Elections, she said Sashihara Rino was the most likely member to crush the seniors, as she saw on TV that Sashihara was aiming to be No.1 and seemed serious about it. Personally, she hopes to improve her rankings this year, but she’s also looking forward for a shakeup in the Senbatsu lineup.

“For example, Paruru or Mayuyu…if they are able to bring forth a revolutionary change, i’d be really happy,” said Mariko, revealing her expectations for the girls known as the next generation aces.

I just want to express my admiration for Mariko cos she’s not only a great leader of AKB, she’s also found time to launch her own fashion brand, appear on TV, model for magazines, design wedding dresses etc. How does she juggle all these activities at once?!!!  She’s definitely ready to graduate AKB, but she’d rather stay on to nurture the next generation, which makes her all the more respectable.

How many fans recognize this attribute in her?

Her wedding dress collection: http://www.kuraudia.co.jp/love_mary/collection.html
Her recently launched fashion brand: http://ricori.net/