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AKB Senbatsu Results: The Bitch Is Back! (Bitches!)

AKB48’s 3rd General Election Results – yonasu.com
Maeda Atsuko reclaims #1 in AKB48′s 3rd Senbatsu Election – Tokyograph
Results for akb in English – Twitter

Kojiharu won! Kojiharu won! … Wait, what? No really? … Goddammit!

Anyways, yes, Acchan has won the senbatsu, reclaiming her throne, with Oshima putting up a good fight at second place. It looks like Tomomi dropped a few slots, which surprises me, though Kashiwagi’s leap up to third place isn’t nearly as surprising. Sashihara’s blogging feats have earned her a big jump up, as well – which may mean we’ll see other AKB girls trying to recreate that success. (Though perhaps showing a nipple once in a while would be more effective…)

Dean at yonasu.com places this win in a truly political light, comparing it to the Prime Minister elections from a couple years back. Tut tut all you like, but the same happens in America with our own American Idol.

And of course, now is a good time to look at the Twitter stream to see all the cheering and wailing and meta-cheering and meta-wailing. The most popular retweet is the following, I think:

What that says about the state of AKB, I don’t wanna hazard a guess just yet. But that should only make next year’s senbatsu even more promising! Start counting down the days!