Just a selection of what some of the AKB48 members said during their speeches:
Acchan: I think there are people who hate me. But please don’t hate AKB. I will work hard so I can be acknowledged. I’m truly happy. I’m so grateful for all the cheering and support I’ve received. Thank you very much.
Yuko: People outside this say various things, like how about 1 vote for 1 person. But for us your love is in votes. Thank you for all the love.
Yukirin: Third place… wow. Looking at the members around me doing their best, I feel like I need to be more ambitious. Last year it was sad to get no.8.
Mayuyu: This year I get 5 again, but rathen than stability, I feel relieved. But I’m not going to let numbers dictate me. I’ve been listening to the cheers of my fans, and now they’ve reached my heart.
Tomochin: Last year, I was really happy about being in fourth place. My rank went down to eighth this year, but… I want to do my best.
Sasshi: Really, thank you so much. Last year, I was 19th, and I didn’t think I would make it into the media senbatsu.
Rena Matsui: When I joined SKE, I never dreamt about something like this. Everyone, please cheer me on after this. Thank you.
Jurina Matsui: As senbatsu drew closer, I got really nervous, as I was hoping to get one rank higher than last year, but I feel incredibly happy due to the people supporting me. No matter what position, I’ll work hard with my style. Thank you very much for supporting me.
Miichan: I was only aiming to raise my rank by one, which didn’t happen. However, I’m so happy at the increased number of people supporting me.
Sayaka: I’ve really caused many trouble and worries last year… I’m sorry. Really, thank you so much
Kitarie: I’m happy about my rank, and I’m also happy that I received more votes than last year.