Paruru Wins 29th Single Janken Tournament And Then The Match Fixing Rumours Begin!

18 09 2012

Many congratulations go to Haruka Shimazaki for winning the 29th single Janken Tournament that took place earlier on today at the Nippon Budokan. In the final she squared off against Nito Moeno. It’s been an incredible year for Paruru – she’s got the lead on Majisuka Gakuen 3 and has now won this tournament as well to become the center for the December single. I really thought that Ucchi was going to perhaps win for a 2nd time but she bowed out in the semi finals. Also well done for Mariko who also progressed very far in the tournament. I’m delighted that Umechan managed to get into the senbatsu. I was willing her on so much to win the tournament but she can be proud for knocking out Kojima Haruna who will miss out on being in the senbatsu for the first time in her AKB48 career.

Some fans are already unhappy with the results and have come out with some stupid comments that the tournament was fixed for Paruru. Come on guys, I’m not happy that Umechan didn’t win but this tournament is just a game of luck and today Lady Luck was with Paruru so I’m not going to start sulking about it and come up about a conspiracy about the tournament being fixed. Let’s just accept the result and move on.

Here’s the complete result of the tournament with each winner highlighted in BOLD. Credits to Everyday48 for this list:

Block A
Iwasa Misaki vs. Minegishi Minami
Nonaka Misato vs. Takahashi Juri
Uchida Mayumi vs. Iwasa Misaki
Shimada Haruka vs. Nonaka Misato

Uchida Mayumi vs. Shimada Haruka

Block B
Itano Tomomi vs. Komori Mika
Itano Tomomi vs. Kobayashi Kana

Itano Tomomi vs. Watanabe Mayu

Block C
Takano Yui vs. Kobayashi Ami
Kimoto Kanon vs. Ishida Haruka
Takano Yui vs. Takagi Yumana
Kimoto Kanon vs. Kawakami Rena

Takagi Yumana vs. Kimoto Kanon

Block D
Chikano Rina vs. Kitahara Rie
Chikano Rina vs. Watanabe Miyuki
Takeuchi Miyu vs. Kobayashi Marina

Chikano Rina vs. Takeuchi Miyu

Block E
Oba Mina vs. Ota Aika
Saeed-Yokota Erena vs. Takajo Aki
Oba Mina vs. Nakagawa Haruka
Takajo Aki vs. Nito Moeno

Nakagawa Haruka vs. Nito Moeno

Block F
Yamauchi Suzuran vs. Kojima Haruna
Kojima Haruna vs. Kotani Riho
Umeda Ayaka vs. Shimono Yuki

Kojima Haruna vs. Umeda Ayaka

Block G
Tano Yuka vs. Kato Rena
Tano Yuka vs. Nakanishi Yuka
Oya Shizuka vs. Shinoda Mariko

Tano Yuka vs. Shinoda Mariko

Block H
Kuramochi Asuka vs. Kawaei Rina
Kuramochi Asuka vs. Oshima Yuko
Maeda Ami vs. Morikawa Ayaka

Oshima Yuko vs. Maeda Ami

Block I
Sato Natsuki vs. Sato Sumire
Nakaya Sayaka vs. Yokoyama Yui
Sato Natsuki vs. Nakatsuka Tomomi
Yokoyama Yui vs. Sato Amina

Nakatsuka Tomomi vs. Yokoyama Yui

Block J
Nakata Chisato vs. Sato Seira
Nakata Chisato vs. Iwata Karen
Natori Wakana vs. Ichikawa Miori

Nakata Chisato vs. Ichikawa Miori

Block K
Moriyasu Madoka vs. Sato Mieko
Akimoto Sayaka vs. Ueno Kasumi
Moriyasu Madoka vs. Shinohara Kanna
Ueno Kasumi vs. Kikuchi Ayaka

Ueno Kasumi vs. Moriyasu Madoka

Block L
Suzuki Shihori vs. Nakamata Shiori
Suzuki Shihori vs. Hiramatsu Kanako
Iriyama Anna vs. Abe Maria

Suzuki Shihori vs. Abe Maria

Block M
Nakanishi Chiyori vs. Yamagishi Natsumi
Miyazaki Miho vs. Matsui Sakiko
Nakanishi Chiyori vs. Shimazaki Haruka
Matsui Sakiko vs. Nagao Mariya

Shimazaki Haruka vs. Nagao Mariya

Block N
Hikawa Ayame vs. Miyazawa Sae
Hikawa Ayame vs. Kashiwagi Yuki
Fujita Nana vs. Suzuki Mariya

Kashiwagi Yuki vs. Suzuki Mariya

Block O
Tanabe Miku vs. Izuta Rina
Tanabe Miku vs. Takahashi Minami
Matsui Jurina vs. Nakamura Mariko

Takahashi Minami vs. Nakamura Mariko

Block P
Kasai Tomomi vs. Matsubara Natsumi
Matsubara Natsumi vs. Katayama Haruka
Fujie Reina vs. Kojima Natsuki

Matsubara Natsumi vs. Fujie Reina

Round of 16
Uchida Mayumi vs. Itano Tomomi
Kimoto Kanon vs. Takeuchi Miyu
Nito Moeno vs. Umeda Ayaka
Shinoda Mariko vs. Maeda Ami
Yokoyama Yui vs. Nakata Chisato
Ueno Kasumi vs. Abe Maria
Shimazaki Haruka vs. Kashiwagi Yuki
Nakamura Mariko vs. Matsubara Natsumi

Quarter-Finals
Uchida Mayumi vs. Takeuchi Miyu
Nito Moeno vs. Shinoda Mariko
Yokoyama Yui vs. Abe Maria
Shimazaki Haruka vs. Nakamura Mariko

Semi-finals
Uchida Mayumi vs. Nito Moeno
Yokoyama Yui vs. Shimazaki Haruka

Final
Nito Moeno vs. Shimazaki Haruka

Center: Shimazaki Haruka

Senbatsu:
01. Shimazaki Haruka
02. Nito Moeno
03. Yokoyama Yui
04. Uchida Mayumi
05. Shinoda Mariko
06. Nakamura Mariko
07. Takeuchi Miyu
08. Abe Maria
– Itano Tomomi
– Kimoto Kanon (SKE48 Team E)
– Umeda Ayaka
– Maeda Ami
– Nakata Chisato
– Ueno Kasumi (SKE48 Team E)
– Kashiwagi Yuki
– Matsubara Natsumi





Sasshi Transferred To HKT48 With Immediate Effect

15 06 2012

It’s been quite a dramatic week for Sasshi which ended tonight with an immediate transfer to HKT48. What a turnaround from last week in which she celebrated being no.4 in the senbatsu election. Now it’s come to this – being exiled from AKB48 for being part of a scandal.

Let’s go back to the beginning and how this sad turn of events began. The scum tabloid magazine Shukan Bunshun ran a story by an alleged ex-boyfriend of Sasshi from the past who said they were intimate and that she had sent emails and nude pictures of herself to him. The magazine was even given Sasshi’s mobile number by this guy which they tried and Sasshi answered. An investigation was launched by AKS and tonight Aki-P addressed the situation on a radio show with other members of AKB48 about what he was going to do. Sasshi has denied certain things in the story but she also said that she did know the guy and he was her friend and nothing else.

For breaking the cardinal rule of having relations however innocent with a member of the opposite sex whilst being a part of AKB48, Sasshi has been transferred to HKT48 immediately and exiled for good from AKB48. Whilst many fans will be livid about this (myself included) it is far better for this to happen than to be suspended or even fired but then again will there be further revelations that could see Sasshi being fired for good? Other fans think that HKT48 is being punished and that their fans might dislike the presence of such a high profile member in their ranks. I actually think that HKT48 will become popular because of Sasshi. Aki-P thinks that Sasshi will be a good mentor to the HKT48 kids on what not to do and even Mariko chipped in saying that this is a good move for Sasshi.

I’m not angry with Sasshi for breaking the rules even though she has been careless, I’m more angry with the ex-boyfriend who would stoop so low as to spill the beans on her.  The magazine have really timed this story so well just after the election.  Sasshi has worked so hard to get where she’s at and now she’s starting at the bottom once more. Will this affect her placing in Not yet or is it only AKB48 that she’s been taken out?

This is Sasshi’s tearful apology announcement:





AKB48 27th Single Election Result

6 06 2012

I will post my thoughts about the whole event in my next post but first here are the results in full:

FUTURE GIRLS

64. Mika Komori
63. Yuka Nakanishi
62. Miki Yakata
61. Sumire Sato
60. Mayu Ogasawara
59. Shizuka Oya
58. Miori Ichikawa
57. Mina Oba
56. Kimoto Kanon
55. Nito Moeno
54. Suzuran Yamauchi
53. Sakiko Matsui
52. Aika Oota
51. Ayaka Kikuchi
50. Haruka Ishida
49. Tomu Mutou – CENTER

NEXT GIRLS

48. Haruka Katayama
47. Sakura Miyawaki
46. Nana Yamada
45. Yuka Tano
44. Haruka Nakagawa
43. Aina Fukumoto
42. Ami Maeda
41. Kana Kobayashi
40. Reina Fujie
39. Mariya Nagao
38. Miho Miyazaki
37. Chisato Nakata
36. Sayaka Nakaya
35. Manatsu Mukaida
34. Kaori Matsumura
33. Misaki Iwasa – CENTER

UNDERGIRLS

32. Shiori Ogiso
31. Kisaki Yuria
30. Airi Furukawa
29. Akari Suda
28. Kumi Yagami
27. Masana Oya
26. Yuka Masuda
25. Hata Sawako
24. Akane Takayanagi
23. Haruka Shimazaki
22. Asuka Kuramochi
21. Amina Sato
20. Sayaka Akimoto
19. Miyuki Watanabe
18. Sayaka Yamamoto
17. Aki Takajo – CENTER

SENBATSU

16. Ayaka Umeda – YES!!!!!!!!!
15. Yui Yokoyama
14. Minami Minegishi
13. Rie Kitahara
12. Tomomi Kasai
11. Sae Miyazawa
10. Rena Matsui
09. Jurina Matsui
08. Tomomi Itano
07. Kojima Haruna
06. Minami Takahashi
05. Mariko Shinoda
04. Rino Sashihara
03. Yuki Kashiwagi
02. Mayu Watanabe
01. Yuko Oshima – CENTER





The Wait Is Nearly Over….

5 06 2012

The time to vote is over and tomorrow is the big day for all of us AKB48 fans when we’ll discover who will be the senbatsu and center for the next single that’ll come out in August.

The senbatsu election will be broadcasted live on Google+ from 17:20pm (JST) so you won’t miss anything. The link to the page where you’ll be able to see the election has already been uploaded: http://www.akb48plus.com/senkyo/en/teaser.html

I hope everybody will enjoy the show and I’ll make a post straight after the end with my thoughts and feelings on it. All that’s left to say is I wish all of your oshimen the very best of luck.

 





SKE48 Member Injured At Today’s Performance

11 03 2012

So then guys, did any of you tune in to watch the live AKB48 concert today on Youtube to commemorate the 1st anniversary of the Tohoku disaster. Even though it was short, I thought it was great and to hear Nakaya and Karen’s tearful account of not being able to do nothing when they heard the terrible news as they both come from the 2 prefectures that was affected the most was touching to say the least. There was 5 simultaneous concerts going on at the same time with SKE48, NMB48, HKT48 and SDN48. Apart from SDN48 who were at Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba, the rest took place in their own theaters. There was a live link up with all 4 other concerts and in the climax they all sang Sakura No Hanabiratachi together.

Unfortunately at the SKE48 concert, Team S member Kanako Hiramatsu tripped and in the process managed to fracture her right foot. She’ll be out of action for at least 6 weeks and will recover at home.

Get well soon Kanako.





HKT48 Team H Unveiled

5 03 2012

HKT48’s Team H was introduced to the press at the HKT Theater yesterday.

The 16 members of the team are:

Chihiro Anai (Captain)
Haruka Wakatabe
Nao Ueki
Madoka Moriyasu
Serina Kumazawa
Aoi Motomura
Haruka Kodama
Anna Murashige
Yui Komori
Sakura Miyawaki
Yuki Shimono
Natsumi Matsuoka
Yuko Sugamoto
Chiyori Nakanishi
Natsumi Tanaka
Airi Taniguchi

Unfortunately, 5 members could not make it to the team and are to continue as kenkyuusei students.

Kyoka Abe
Mina Imada
Sayaka Eto
Ayaka Nakanishi
Maiko Fukagawa

Team H are currently performing SKE48 Team S 2nd Stage Te wo Tsunaginagara at their theater. It’s taken nearly 6 months for management to decide on who would be in the team since all 21 first generation members were introduced to the fans at an AKB48 handshake event last October.

Good luck to the newly formed team. I admit I haven’t taken that much notice of them so far. So now all we want to know is when will they release their debut single?





Under 18 Members Finally Get Their Own Google+ Profile Page

26 01 2012

Just announced, all 109 members of AKB48/SKE48/HKT48/NMB48 under 18 years old that had been lumped together on the ‘Heyakko’ page have now been given their own Google+ profile page just like the rest of their teammates so for all of you that have been waiting for a profile page solely for Mayuyu, Lovetan or Jurina for example you’ve finally got your wish so get going and add the members to your circles!