AKB/SKE News – December 27, 2010

I’m back! Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas/Holiday! Still got a bit more time off before the new semester starts in January, so its time to get back to blogging!

In AKB48 news, there are quite a few things to report on:

– First things first, I would like to make a correction on something I previously posted on. I posted that Iwasa Misaki and Komori Mika were being added to the subunit Watarirouka Hashiritai, however that does not seem to be the case. They will only be partaking in the upcoming 7th single, and will not be added to the group permanently.

– AKB48 has also opened up its own MySpace page. Yeah, MySpace. Apparently Japan hasn’t gotten the memo that MySpace has been dead for the last few years. Its all Facebook and Twitter now. However, this is a good first step into connecting with western fans.

– Team A member Sashihara Rina will be getting her own 30-minute TV show called “Sashiko no Kuse ni”, which will be airing every Tuesdays starting next year. This is a big thing for her as she will be the first AKB member to get their own solo show.

– Both SKE48 and AKB48 will be releasing new singles near the beginning of the new year. SKE’s 5th single is set to be released 2011/2/9 while AKB’s 20th single will be released on 2011/02/16. Both singles are still untitled as of yet.

SKE48 will also be airing its own short drama. The drama is called Mousou Deka, and will air only in Nagoya on Wednesdays during 24:40PM to 24:55PM. The air date is set for January 12th. The drama looks to be a sort of murder-mystery show with Jurina as the lead character. The members participating in this new show will be:
Team S: Matsui Rena, Yagami Kumi, Rikako Hirata, Oya Masana, Kizaki Yuria, Kuwabara Mizuki, Nakanishi Yuka, Haruna Ono, Yukiko Kinoshita, Hiramatsu Kanako, Takada Shiori, Suda Akari, Deguchi Aki, Kato Rumi
Team KII: Ishida Anna, Takayanagi Akane, Mukaida Manatsu

– Team K member Itano Tomomi will be releasing her first solo single, titled [Dear J], on January 26th, 2011. It will be released in 3 regular versions and a theater version.

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SKE48 Team E announced, Team KII Changes

Some Big news today.

First, its finally been announced that SKE’s Team E will be forming soon. The members of this new team are:
2nd gen – Isohara Kyoka (13)
3rd gen – Ueno Kasumi (13)
4th gen – Umemoto Madoka (18)
4th gen – Kaneko Shiori (15)
4th gen – Kimoto Kanon (13)
4th gen – Kobayashi Ami (17)
4th gen – Sakai Mei (13)
4th gen – Shibata Aya (17)
4th gen – Takagi Yumana (17)
4th gen – Takeuchi Mai (17)
4th gen – Tsuzuki Rika (14)
4th gen – Nakamura Yuka (13)
4th gen – Hara Minami (14)
2nd gen – Mano Haruka (13)
4th gen – Yamashita Yukari (14)
3rd gen – Yamada Erika (14)

A fairly young Team it seems. Hopefully we won’t have to wait long for their first original stage (and here’s hoping they mix things up and don’t make them do a stage like A1, K1, A2 or whatever, those stages are so dull and overdone already, maybe B3 as a first stage..that would be awesome šŸ™‚ )

We also have a bit of a shake-up in Team KII. Four members have been demoted with 4 Research Students taking their place:
Demoted:
Iguchi Shiori
Uchiyama Mikoto
Kito Momona
Saito Makiko

Promoted:
2nd gen – Abiru Riho (13)
3rd gen – Goto Risako (13)
3rd gen – Hata Sawako (22)
3rd gen – Yakata Miki (18)

This shake-up is quite controversial, at least to some, as its causing a bit of a ruckus over at Stage48 (actually, its more like an excessive amount of butthurt). I however, am quite excited. See, I haven’t paid KII nearly as much attention as S, primarily because they have yet to have their own stage. However, there are a few members I can count in my top ranks (Airi, Akane, Shiori). So to be honest, these demotions don’t really affect me much, as I never really paid attention to those 4 girls. The promotions, however, are especially exciting for me. The one I’m particularly happy about is Hata Sawako’s promotion. She’s been my fav RS for awhile, so I was anticipating the day in which she would finally be promoted, so her going to KII gives me more than enough reason to pay more attention to them, and with their first original stage coming soon, I can’t wait to see KII in action.

SKE48’s new single – 1,2,3,4 Yoroshiku

SKE48’s latest single has been announced:

1,2,3,4 Yoroshiku
Release Date – 2010/11/17

Type A.
(CD)
1. 1,2,3,4 Yoroshiku
2. TWO ROSES (Microsoft Kinect XBox360 tie-up song)
3. Cosmos no Kioku
4. 1,2,3,4 Yoroshiku(off vocal)
5. TWO ROSES (off vocal)
6. Cosmos no Kioku (off vocal)
(DVD)
PV – All 3
First Press only.
* National event ticket
* Original Trading Card (16 Senbatsu only) – Random (1 each)

Type B.
(CD)
1. 1,2,3,4 Yoroshiku
2. TWO ROSES (Microsoft Kinect XBox360 tie-up song)
3. Seishun wa Hazukashii
4. 1,2,3,4 Yoroshiku (off vocal)
5. TWO ROSES (off vocal)
6. Seishun wa Hazukashii (off vocal)
(DVD)
PV – All 3
First Press only.
* National event ticket
* Original Trading Card (16 Senbatsu only) – Random (1 each)

Senbatsu (16) – 1,2,3,4 Yoroshiku
Team S : Matsui Jurina, Matsui Rena, Yagami Kumi, Kinoshita Yukiko, Hiramatsu Kanako, Kuwabara Mizuki, Nakanishi Yuka, Oya Masana, Suda Akari, Kizaki Yuria
Team K-II : Takayanagi Akane, Ishida Anna, Mukaida Manatsu, Furukawa Airi
Research Student : Yamada Erika, Kimoto Kanon (4th Gen)

Coupling Song (2) – TWO ROSES (Microsoft Kinect XBox360 tie-up song)

– Matsui Jurina, Matsui Rena –

Cosmos no Kioku – White-Team (28)
Team S : Oya Masana, Ono Haruka, Kuwabara Mizuki, Hirata Rikako, Hiramatsu Kanako, Matsui Jurina
Team K-II : Ishida Anna, Ogiso Shiori, Takayanagi Akane, Matsumoto Rina, Saito Makiko, Akaeda Ririna态Uchiyama Mikoto态Kato Tomoko, Yamada Reika
Research Student : Yamada Erika, Abiru Riho态Isohara Kyoka态Goto Risako态Matsumura Kaori + 7 more 4th gen

Seishun wa Hazukashii – Red-Team (28)

Team S : Kato Rumi, Kinoshita Yukiko, Kizaki Yuria, Suda Akari, Deguchi Aki, Yagami Kumi, Matsui Rena
Team K-II : Iguchi Shiori, Kito Momona, Furukawa Airi, Mukaida Manatsu, Sato Mieko, Sato Seira态Wakabayashi Tomoka
Research Student : Imade Mai, Hata Sawako, Ueno Kasumi态Kimoto Kanon态Mano Haruka态Yakata Miki + 8 more 4th gen

Soba ni Isasete(57)
– All except Matsushita Yui

I’m defenitly liking the fact that we have a true senbatsu group this time around, and I’m even more pleased by the fact that pretty much all of my favorite SKE48 girls (aside from Yui of course, but thats to be expected considering she’s still out with an injury) are in senbatsu this time around! How could I not be pleased with that?

It also seems like a couple of the new Research Students are included in this single, and I actually don’t mind it, though I would have personally preferred seeing my fav SKE48 research student Hata Sawako in Senbatsu instead, but oh well (though, she is in the line-up for Seishun wa Hazukashii, so I suppose thats cool too).

My AKB48/SKE48 Collection

I don’t think I’ve ever gone into great lengths about the AKB/SKE merchandise I personally own myself, so I thought it would be cool if I shared my current collection with you:

Singles/Albums:

DVD’s:

Photobooks:

Photo’s/Other extras:

So there it is. Its a pretty modest collection by most standards. I still wish though that I had bought the Team B and Research Student visual books (of the first set of Visual books released) so I could have a more complete collection when it comes to the books. Ah well…

2010 AKB48 Senbatsu Election – Results, and some commentaries

So as most of you know, the latest AKB single Ponytail to Shushu allowed those who purchased it to vote in the latest Senbatsu election, which will decide the members who take part in the next single. Well, the voting is finally over, and the results are in:

01. Oshima Yuko (31448)
02. Maeda Atsuko (30851)
03. Shinoda Mariko (23139)
04. Itano Tomomi (20513)
05. Watanabe Mayu (20088)

06. Takahashi Minami (17787)
07. Kojima Haruna (16231)
08. Kashiwagi Yuki (15466)
09. Miyazawa Sae (12560)
10. Matsui Jurina (12168)
11. Matsui Rena (12082)
12. Kasai Tomomi (11080)
13. Takajo Aki (11062)
14. Minegishi Minami (9692)
15. Ono Erena (9468)
16. Kitahara Rie (8836)
17. Akimoto Sayaka (8049)
18. Sato Amina (6921)
19. Sashihara Rino (6704)
20. Nakagawa Haruka (6567)
21. Miyazaki Miho (6371)

Undergirls

22. Ota Aika (6145)
23. Kuramochi Asuka (5355)
24. Oya Masana (4634)
25. Masuda Yuka (4137)
26. Hirajima Natsumi (4106)
27. Ishida Haruka (3235)
28. Shimazaki Haruka (3076)
29. Nito Moeno (2693)
30. Komori Mika (2613)
31. Sato Sumire (2591)
32. Umeda Ayaka (2499)
33. Fujie Reina (2460)
34. Yonezawa Rumi (2171)
35. Takayanagi Akane (2030)
36. Yamauchi Suzuran (1945)
37. Katayama Haruka (1935)
38. Yagami Kumi (1909)
39. Matsubara Natsumi (1854)
40. Ishiguro Atsuki (1604)

Of course, the one thing that everyone can’t stop talking about is the fact that Acchan has finally been dethroned from her top spot by Yuko. I for one see this as a breath of fresh air. Some fans, however, are taking it too far, saying that because of this, the next single won’t sell as well and that AKB is going to lose its popularity. Well, those fans are frakking stupid. I’m pretty sure Acchan is not the sole reason AKB is enjoying immense popularity these days. Besides, its not like she was knocked out the ranking all together, she went down ONE spot. I think regardless of her ranking, she’ll still hog all of the spotlight.

Now, there are a couple of other ranking’s I’d like to briefly comment on:
08. Kashiwagi Yuki (15466) – How could I not comment on my Oshimen? Yukirin’s getting more popular by the day! I think last election she was 11th (or maybe 10th, I forget), but to move up to 8th is just awesome. Its nice to see Yukirin finally getting the recognition she deserves.

11. Matsui Rena (12082)
– I’m glad this time around Rena was elected into Senbatsu. Not that she wasn’t great with the Undergirls, but she deserves a higher position. I also find it amusing that she’s ranked right next to Jurina.

24. Oya Masana (4634) – Masana in Undergirls? Awesome! I was so surprised to see her rank at all in the election, and I’m sure she’ll be fantastic in the Undergirls group. Here’s hoping she gets at least some screen-time in their PV.

40. Ishiguro Atsuki (1604) – I think this is one of the research students, but why did she rank at all? I think the management has forgotten what being a research student actually means. The whole point of them is that their trainees, who have to work to get into a team and thus be considered for singles. Now, their treated as full-fledged idols pretty much from the get-go. Its a real slap in the face to full-team members who didn’t rank at all when a research student is ranked at all.

I really do hope this is the last election, but I’m not going to get my hopes up. I’m just not a big fan of popularity contests I suppose.