So it’s election time again!!!! I’m back!


Hi there everyone! Or more like, is anyone still reading this blog? In case the answer is yes, I love you and thank you for being understanding. I just began my residency this week, so the preparation for that has been pretty stressful and when it wasn’t, well, I was on vacation. Since I’m such a good blogger who wants to stay on tops of things nonetheless, let me say a couple things about the latest AKB releases, single-wise:

1. Watanabe Mayu – Synchro Tokimeki: 5/5 Mayu is a perfect idol in my eyes, her cute squeaky voice and beautiful smile were great and the wind up doll costume she used to promote was also really cool. Fantastic PV, a cute song that manages to include her favorite word “oshiri” and B-sides with that amazing showa flair I love so much.

2. Sashihara Rino – Soredemo Suki da yo: 3/5 I don’t like the title song. Sasshi is a fantastic girl and she’s being pigeonholed so much that it’s truly frustrating for me as a semi-fan. I’m also not a fan of her strained cutesy voice, she does much better in a lower register, like Enjou Rosen. The B-sides were pretty forgettable for me too, so this was overall a very meh release. The PV does get points for being cute, and the 00s idol aesthetic is interesting and well played.

3. Nogizaka46 – Oide Shampoo: 4/5 If I was still in school I would totally get into Nogizaka! They are all so pretty, talented and their retro aesthetic and sound makes my heart melt completely! The title track sounds like something straight out of Onynako’s discography, with a really sweet hook. The cute costumes and stupid choreography is awesome ;A; also, controversy from the prudes lol “a petticoat! How scandalous!” lame. The B-sides are cute enough, if not generic and barely memorable.

4. Not yet – Suika BABY: 5/5 THIS SINGLE IS GODLY. Ahem. Other than the really really stupid idea of releasing it in May 30, only announcing it 3 weeks prior and with just one TV performance (!!!) everything about this single is fantastic. Honestly I was a little let down by Pera Pera Perao because it wasn’t really catchy, although it had a great PV; really sucky B-sides in it too *sigh* but Suika BABY is nothing like that! With a super peppy beat and a catchy guitar riff, this song also gives each girl solo lines, which is something rare in their A-sides, but they sound really good! A fantastic PV, and amazing B-sides round it up, and even more so, Kitarie makes a debut as the lyricist of “Guilty Love” a fantastic song reminisent of dark stage numbers. Aaaaand the cherry on top is Yui’s fantastic solo song, May! My baby was obviously fantastic at it and I was super thrilled because her dream is to be a singer ;A; Anyway, go buy this already, honestly.

5. AKB48 – Manatsu no Sounds Good: 4.5/5 A summer song not about hair ornaments! Yay! It’s a good catchy number, also with a bit of retro sprinkled on it, and very funky. Great B-sides and a very intriguing PV with lots of symbols about the passing of the torch from old to new gen.

6. SKE48 – Aishiteraburu: 4/5 The title song is amazing, and reminds me of one of my all time faves, Banzai Venus. B-sides for all tastes ranging from ballad to 80s sexy music. The PV was a bit lackluster and lazy, but cute and effective nonetheless.

7. NMB48 – Nagiichi: 3.5/5 NMB is pretty hit or miss with me, and while I love the title track, which sounds like a chirpier and faster PonyShu, I don’t really care for the B-sides, which drags down the ranking. Real pretty PV though!

8. Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 – Shounen wo Uso wo Tsuke!: 5/5 another really great single! One of the cutest PVs in the history of 48 groups, and a super catchy A-side already make it a winner, but the B-sides are pretty goo too! Also, the Lovetan solo is so cute ;A;

Ok, if I forgot something, tell me in the comments 😀 I know you want to know my ~*enlightened opinion*~

So, let’s do this election thing! Unlike last year when I was all RAGE BUTTHURT MADNESS BITTERNESS, this year I was over the moon all day after watching the event! Everything about it was pretty much amazing for me, and I had a great time, so I’m going to try and comment on all the girls here! Since this is already a super long post (what else did you expect from me though lol) I’ll only do Future Girls here, then Next and Under girls and finally a post dedicated only to senbatsu because I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS K?

FUTURE GIRLS (stupid name, I know, I know)

64. AKB48 Team B – Komori Mika 5398 votes (-32 positions -722 votes) “I was worried I didn’t appear in the preliminaries, but the fact that I ranked makes me happy, thank you very much!”

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Yikes, that drop is disheartening 🙁 I was also sad that she didn’t make it in the preliminaries, so this was quite a relief. She seemed genuinely relieved to have made it even though she had the last position, but then again, Komorin has never been quite “there” if you know what I mean. I love her anyway, so I’m really glad she managed to at least snatch a spot even though her fall is alarming.

63. SKE48 Team S – Nakanishi Yuka 5592 votes (new) “Standing on this stage really feels like a dream”

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Nishishi had never ranked, and as an old member of the group (she was a 5th gen member, if I’m not mistaken, too lazy to look it up lol) and one who really loves everything about SKE and brings something unique and special to the table with her spunky personality, so I was really happy she made it ;A; especially because many staple senbatsu members of SKE didn’t and it’s just so great! Also, Jurina choking up and crying during Nishi’s speech and both of them crying so much was cute beyond words! Also super cute: Kitarie crying tears of happiness for her province buddy! Aww!

62. SKE48 Team KII – Yakata Miki 5606 votes (new) “From today on I want to smile enough to bring smiles to the faces to all of Japan and the world”

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MIKITTY!!!! I’m trying my best not to do keyboard smash and a bunch of crying emoticons because MIKITTY RANKED OMG! In case you didn’t know she’s my SKE oshi 😀 Well, I don’t know yet, because I honestly don’t know much about her either, but just look at her! (not in this pic though, this one is extremely unfortunate lol) her smile is like, the most amazing thing ever, and she has the most beautiful sparkly eyes I’ve seen since Yuko’s ;A; I first noticed Mikitty performing in the KII3 shonichi during her unit, Finland Miracle, and I thought “This girl is the prettiest member of any 48 group, and she is SO happy to be there!” so yeah, basically, I really love her to bits. I’m a bit of a MD when it comes to SKE, but after seeing Mikitty she stole my heart <3 I think I’ve found a new oshi, and she’s amazing! Also, how cute was the part where they focused on Sasshi and she was nodding proudly for her fellow Oita ken group mate. Awesomeness.

61. AKB48 Team B – Sato Sumire 5706 votes (-27 positions +268) “The fact that I dropped so many ranks must mean that there are still a lot of bad points about me, so I’m going to work hard and do my best”

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Poor Suuchan ;_; I’ve always felt like she was some sort of lost potential in AKB, she’s so charismatic and cute and talented but she never seemed to really catch on in the small pushes the management gave her, and now she’s losng popularity with the advent of the new generation. Still, the fact that the number of votes for her raised, it’s a good thing, I think. Maybe if the categories weren’t expanded so much all the way to 64, people would have mass voteed using strategies, like what HKT fans did, instead of trying their best to make their oshi rank. In any case, her part in AKB0048 and subsequently in NO NAME is a great thing because it will give her more exposure. She took everything like a champ, go Suuchan!

60. NMB48 Team N – Ogasawara Mayu 5919 votes (new) “I am standing with all of you in this stage I had only dreamed of”

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Good for Maachun! Her speech was really pretty too, talking about how she’s going to take everyone’s love and everyone and take us all to the world of dreams. Well, it sounded better when she said it lol. I’m happy for her, she’s a great girl 🙂

59. AKB48 Team A – Oya Shizuka 5933 votes (-30 positions -1331 votes) “From now on I want to go on varieties, Thank you very much!”

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Holy huge drop batman! I wondered why was she so sad because I swear I forgot she ranked last year OTL well, I hated everything last year so I guess I just repressed it. Her speech was a bit all over the place, so it was hard to pick a part to translate and I just went with the worst one 😀 She was talking about how she had set a goal for herself but that didn’t come true, but she was smiling and laughing all through it and being random I guess so she wouldn’t really break down 🙁 She’s a total pro, because of the way she handled it, but right after she put down the mic you could see how sad she was. Heartbreaking 🙁 Natsumi was beaming in such a cute way in the audience too…

58. AKB48 Team 4 – Ichikawa Miori 5963 votes (-19 positions +1035 votes) “I was worried that you guys hated Fresh Lemon […] even though my rank fell, I will continue with a smile for everyone who has supported me”

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lol Miorin. I don’t know how to feel about her, sometimes I feel like her trick is getting old, but sometimes I think the ridiculousness of the trick and the fact that she’s beating on a dead horse are very humorous and she’s a great sport and can take a few jokes like a champ. Very entertaining! Seeing her crying and visibly shaken up was quite weird, but I’m glad she’s kept a positive attitude. She dropped a lot of ranks but she gained a lot of votes, so maybe it evens out? I don’t know math at all, but I suspect that if the regular 40 places had been used this time as well she might have gotten a better position. Who knows though?

57. AKB48 Team 4 – Oba Mina 5969 votes (-22 positions +555 votes) “I’m thankful to be standing on this stage, from now on I’ll walk forward and aim for my dreams”

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Just a 3 vote difference between her and Lemon 😮 Minarun dropped a lot too, but honestly, after everything that’s happened to her in this past year it isn’t surprising, and the fact that the fans have given her a second chance is maybe the reason why she was very humble and wrapped up everything quickly.

56. SKE48 Team E – Kimoto Kanon 5982 votes (new) “I’m very thankful to be standing here, but my aspiration was to be in senbatsu so in order to get closer to that goal I’ll work harder”

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I was honestly expecting Non to rank higher as the sole Team E representative, but I guess ranking at all when they are such huge underdogs is a big feat. She seemed to be quite frustrated but kept it classy nonetheless. It was cute seeing the other E girls beaming proudly regardless, I guess they thought it would be hard even for their ace to be there so they must’ve been relieved.

55. AKB48 Team K – Nito Moeno 6025 votes (-24 positions -263 votes) “I thought after the preliminary that I wouldn’t rank this year, and just now I realized I’m 55”

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Poor Moeno seemed a bit confused, and I totally understand her because I’ve been in situations of great stress and pressure and it makes my head a bit fuzzy too (this is why I’ll never work in ERs or ICUs btw). It’s sad that she dropped so much because I really love her, she’s fantastic but she didn’t get much of any chances to shine this year. The conspiracist in me wants to say that it’s because in the Minarungate there were some blog posts by her (or Mori Anna, I don’t remember) that talked about how a girl named Moeno in AKB had a boyfriend (I might be remembering all of this wrong, so all of you victorian idol fans, take it with a grain of salt the size of Mitsumune Kaoru’s confidence) and maaaaaaaybe the management was silently punishing her by keeping her out of the spotlight. Or maybe the invasion of “fresh idols” (that word is so weird. Makes me think of veggies) completely set her back. In any case, I hope she has a comeback, because her badass yankii character is refreshing in a sea of fake princesses.

54. AKB48 Team 4 – Yamauchi Suzuran 6027 votes (new -previously ranked in 2010-) “I’m really thankful, from now on I’ll try to become a fantastic idol, so please support me”

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Only 2 votes separated Ranran from Moeno. Wow. Talk about the poor Nito fans that must be kicking themselves! Poor things. Anyway, yaaaaay Ranran comeback! She’s a great idol and a very flirty and cute young lady so I’m super happy for her. Since I’m a shallow bitch I oshihen’d to Shiorin after she cut her hair, but I still think she’s amazing and I’m really happy for her because last year I raged about her lack of proper ranking. Yup.

53. AKB48 Team K – Matsui Sakiko 6058 votes (-15 positions +1038 votes) “I wasn’t in the preliminaries so I was very worried, but I still really wanted to stand on this stage”

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Sakiko got a lot more votes than last year, so I’m happy about that 🙂 I don’t know if I’ve been out of the loop (understatement of the year) but I don’t remember a release date being announced for her piano album? I want it and I need it in my life!

52. AKB48 Team A – Ota Aika 6140 votes (-27 positions -3770 votes) “I feel really sorry for everyone who bought more than the one CD they needed for my sake […] I was given a coupling solo song in Warota’s last single, and it was because of your support”

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Lovetan DDDDDDD: I really wasn’t expecting her to drop this much, this is insane and I honestly do not understand it at all. I’d always taken for granted that Lovetan was the most popular Warota member after Mayu and seeing her drop this much is awful! Especially because the difference in votes from last year to now is appalling D: I’ll just lie to myself and think that her fans all ran out to buy the new Warota single because of her solo song and thus skipped the voting for her part 😀 In any case, I’m glad she kept it classy instead of throwing a hissy fit like she did 2 years ago when she was center of UnderGirls, at least she has grown up!

51. AKB48 Team K – Kikuchi Ayaka 6185 votes (new) “I had never ranked in any elections before, I’m very happy. But I will work harder to slowly keep climbing higher and higher, please support me”

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Ayarinrinrin! I’m super happy for her! I was really gutted when she didn’t rank last year despite being included in the senbatsu of EbiKachu and being one of the girls who did best at handshake events 🙁 I also really like her determination, even in the face of adversity. That’s what makes her so amazing, she never gives up no matter what and I love her for it.

50. AKB48 Team B – Ishida Haruka 6333 votes (new -ranked in 2010-) “I didn’t rank last year, so I’m very happy to be standing on this stage. I have a lot of memories of Budoukan so next year and the year after that I want to come back here and have a revenge”

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Harukyan weirded me out tbh. She was so stone faced during the whole thing! Maybe she was trying really hard to hold back the tears or something, but I thought she would be smilier considering that she didn’t rank last year. In any case, 2011 wasn’t too kind on her what with everyone becoming her anti because of those janken videos and stuff. But this year with her Niconico show and being G+ center she got great opportunities, and I’m glad they worked for her.

51. AKB48 Kenkyuusei – Mutou Tomu 6428 votes (new) “So that this wonderful chance that the fans gave me doesn’t go to waste I’ll work harder and harder from now on”

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I know nothing about her other than she’s really really pretty. Maybe one of the most conventionally pretty girls in AKB as of now. Well, I’m happy for her, but I also feel really weirded out because she’s just a kks lol But let’s hope she does well with this job and she can get the spotlight and go places 🙂 Maybe the reason why Harukyan looked so serious is because she was beaten to the center position by a trainee? Who knows. Tomu has a huge responsability in her hands now, and I’m really looking forward to see what she’s capable of.

Alright folks, it’s almost 1 am, so I’m going to wrap this up! See you tomorrow for the Next Girls and Under Girls!

4 Comments

  1. Comment by Shaun on June 8, 2012 11:33 am

    I would’ve never been patient enough to write something this long and compile photos while I’m at it. Looking forward to your next part coverage of the event. And more importantly, welcome back!

  2. Comment by Cat on June 8, 2012 12:14 pm

    Thanks! 😀 I really really loved the elctions this year, so I’m having a lot of fun hunting for pics, writing stuff and watching all the speeches again 😀

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  4. Comment by Ben on June 9, 2012 9:47 am

    Whoa.. The fact that there was 64 spots cause a lot of their ranks to drop..
    I’m excited on what your next commentary on the election.
    Thanks for taking the time to write these. =)

    Oh, can you give your ‘~*enlightened opinion*~’ of Wasamin’s solo single? ^_^

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