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





Some Thoughts About The Election

6 06 2012

Wow, what an emotionally draining event that was but I enjoyed every single second of it. First of all many congratulations to Yuko on her victory – was the result of her winning in any doubt? Nah, she won quite comfortably in the end. It was so nice of Acchan to appear and give some flowers to her. To hear her say that she was happy seeing Yuko winning the election was so touching. I nearly cried watching that!!!

A big big congratulations to my beautiful oshi Umechan. I’m incredibly proud of you for getting into the senbatsu for the next single. A climb of 6 places for her. I was so happy for you that I started to cry!!!

My jaw dropped when I heard Yukirin was staying at no.3 like last year – I think the crowd at the Budokan gasped as well. I never thought that Mayuyu would beat Yukirin so well done to her. Who knows what will happen next year – can she become no.1?

I’m sorry for swearing but f**k you to all the Sasshi haters out there. She’s Top 4 and deserves it so get over it because she’s there to stay. Very happy with Sasshi’s placing.

Another shocker for me was Jurina beating Rena. I’ve always thought that Rena was more popular than Jurina but fair play to her fans. They pulled through for her.

Very surprised to see Akicha placed so low and you could see how disappointed she was. For the remainder of the election she looked so sad and downhearted. Anybody know why she’s gone down this year? I did feel sorry for her. The center of the Undergirls is something to be proud of I suppose.

Tomochin seemed happier this year compared to last year’s election. I don’t think she expected to climb that much so she was comfortable with what she achieved. Other disappointments for me was not seeing Miichan in the Top 10 and Takamina not in the Top 5. When will fans realise that Takamina is the heart and soul of the group and she deserves to be in the Top 5.

I did think that we were going to get a repeat of last year when Yui started to hyperventilate and it was nice of her colleagues to cheer her on as she struggled with her speech.

For those members in the lower rankings – very very shocked at Lovetan’s big drop in popularity but thankfully she took the result with dignity and didn’t throw a hissy fit. Fresh Lemon was funny as always and it was great to see Kana Kobayashi, Chisato Nakata and Sayaka Nakaya appear for the first time. They looked extremely happy to have been acknowledged at last by the fans. Good to see Wasamin so high in the election as well. I look forward to seeing her as the center of Next Girls.

What happened with Haruu? Isn’t she a popular member with Team 4 or are Japanese fans not too keen on her loud personality? Considering that the fans thought she’d make a better captain than Minarun I was stunned by her omission from the Top 64.

Very nice speech by Mariko basically with a challenge for the younger members to step it up if they want to overtake their sempais.

Let’s hear how you felt about the election. Were you happy with how things turned out or are you disappointed?





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.

 





AKB48 – Record Breakers Again/1st Day Prelim Results

23 05 2012

It’s been quite an exciting day for me especially with the prelim results concerning my oshi but we’ll get to that later. Let’s concentrate on the phenomenal sales for Manatsu no Sounds Good first. I think the majority of us knew that they would crack the million barrier today but by how much? With 2 million copies of the single having been shipped out, fans were thinking perhaps 1.5m would be sold but the actual figure was 1,170,554 – the best ever first day sales yet and breaking another record for them. It easily beats last year’s election single which sold 942,475 on it’s first day. Who knows how much they will sell by this time next week?

So then, onto the Senbatsu Election voting which started yesterday. I got the biggest surprise today seeing Umechan’s name in the senbatsu. I’m deliriously happy for her and hope she’ll maintain this position. For everybody that’s voted for her you have my thanks. I am sure we’ll hear Umechan’s thoughts on this in her blog/Google+ account. There’s nothing that surprising about the Top 10 at all but I do like the tussle that’s going on between W Matsui. Please remember that what you see below represents 10%, yes ONLY 10% of the votes. There’s a lot of people yet to vote. So where does your oshi stand in the list below:

FUTURE GIRLS
64. Miku Tanabe (616 votes)
63. Yuka Nakanishi (618 votes)
62. Sayaka Eto (641 votes)
61. Ayaka Kikuchi (653 votes)
60. Misato Nonaka (701 votes)
59. Miori Ichikawa (702 votes)
57. Yukiko Kinoshita (750 votes)
57. Natsumi Matsubara (750 votes)
56. Mina Oba (786 votes)
55. Ami Maeda (810 votes)
54. Aina Fukumoto (816 votes)
53. Mariya Nagao (818 votes)
52. Aika Ota (912 votes)
51. Haruka Katayama (955 votes)
50. Shizuka Oya (964 votes)
49. Miho Miyazaki (970 votes)

NEXT GIRLS
48. Haruka Ishida (985 votes)
47. Suzuran Yamauchi (988 votes)
46. Kanako Hiramatsu (998 votes)
45. Misaki Iwasa (1023 votes)
44. Kanon Kimoto (1039 votes)
43. Kana Kobayashi (1110 votes)
42. Nana Yamada (1136 votes)
41. Reina Fujie (1166 votes)
40. Chisata Nakata (1188 votes)
39. Kaori Matsumura (1194 votes)
38. Haruka Nakagawa (1244 votes)
37. Miki Yakata (1345 votes)
36. Sayaka Nakaya (1348 votes)
35. Yuria Kizaki (1624 votes)
34. Asuka Kuramochi (1653 votes)
33. Kumi Yagami (1671 votes)

UNDERGIRLS
32. Sayaka Akimoto (1743 votes)
31. Mayu Ogasawara (1746 votes)
30. Tomu Muto (1757 votes)
29. Shiori Ogiso (1788 votes)
28. Masana Oya (1919 votes)
27. Manatsu Mukaida (1948 votes)
26. Akari Suda (2149 votes)
25. Yuka Masuda (2182 votes)
24. Sawako Hata (2312 votes)
22. Airi Furukawa (2340 votes)
22. Haruka Shimazaki (2340 votes)
21. Amina Sato (2392 votes)
20. Akane Takayanagi (2471 votes)
19. Miyuki Watanabe (2976 votes)
18. Sayaka Yamamoto (3218 votes)
17. Tomomi Kasai (3227 votes)

SENBATSU
16. Rie Kitahara (3302 votes)
15. Minami Minegishi (3396 votes)
14. AYAKA UMEDA (3484 votes)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
13. Aki Takajo (3661 votes)
12. Yui Yokoyama (4301 votes)
11. Kojima Haruna (5334 votes)
10. Sae Miyazawa (6280 votes)
09. Tomomi Itano (6595 votes)
08. Jurina Matsui (7795 votes)
07. Rena Matsui (8460 votes)
06. Mariko Shinoda (8619 votes)
05. Minami Takahashi (8955 votes)
04. Rino Sashihara (9377 votes)
03. Mayu Watanabe (11329 votes)
02. Yuki Kashiwagi (12654 votes)
01. Yuko Oshima (15093 votes)

PS – Umechan found out about her position from her mother!! She called to tell her the result. Umechan was too scared to look at the results! She’s very surprised about how well she’s doing and even cried on the phone. I’m hoping for more tears on the 6th June – tears of joy!!





What’s Going On With SKE48?

16 05 2012

I checked the ORICON STYLE website at lunchtime to have a look to see the 1st day sales for SKE48’s new single Aishiteraburu! and was astounded by the very low sales they achieved. I did have to look twice if my eyes were deceiving me. They only sold 98,952 which is very odd as usually you expect something over 250k. Even Nogizaka 46′ last single did better on the first day! So what the hell has happened? Is the single not good enough or are fans saving up their money to buy multiple copies of AKB48’s single next week in order to cast many votes in the senbatsu election? It’s possible that the Theater Editions hasn’t been shipped out yet or that’s what many fans are saying but if sales don’t improve in the next couple of days this would be embarassing for SKE48 who have seen their sales steadily building up with their past couple of releases.

Another problem is the stupid amount of releases that are being churned out weekly by not only the main 000 groups but sub-units/solo artistsĀ  as well. Management need to look at the dates with single releases and try and space them out better in the calendar year. It’s just been one release after another recently and this isn’t the first time for this to happen. Don’t they realise that the majority of fans aren’t rich and we can’t afford to buy every single that comes out especially with multiple versions. Money doesn’t hang off trees that we can just pluck off like leaves and happily trudge off to the shops to buy the CD’s. I have to choose carefully what I buy and the releases that I do miss out I usually buy when I visit Japan.

Anyway I did go off on a rant there but I really hope that SKE48’s sales will pick up before the weekend.





AKB48 4th Senbatsu Election Predictions

14 05 2012

Next week will see AKB48 release their newest single and with it comes the all important voting slips for you to pick the member you want to see as being the center for the 27th single which will be released in August.

With Acchan out of the election, it is obvious that Yuko will take Acchan’s crown as no.1 but as for the rest, there is no doubt there will be many members jockeying for positions and where they will end up in the Top 10 isn’t that easy to predict. I don’t think anybody will stay in the same position they were last year and I’m sure there will be a surprise or two come the election results on June 6th. As much as I would love to see my beloved oshi Umechan in the senbatsu I don’t think it’s going to happen but I’m staying loyal to her and will cast my 2 votes to her. I think she will improve on the no.22 position she achieved last year, possibly up to no.16.

So here’s who I think will be in the Top 10:

1. Yuko Oshima
2. Rino Sashihara
3. Mayu Watanabe
4. Yuki Kashiwagi
5. Mariko Shinoda
6. Minami Takahashi
7. Rena Matsui
8. Kojima Haruna
9. Minami Minegishi
10. Tomomi Itano

Sasshi has had a phenomenal 12 months and I think this will show and she will make a major move up from no.9 last year to possibly no.2 but it’s going to be a close run thing with Mayuyu. I know that Mariko usually does well in the elections but I can see her dropping a place or two this year. Another surprise which I’m predicting is finally Miichan hitting the Top 10. I can’t see Jurina or even Sayanee/Milky denting the Top 10 but I’m guessing they will make the Top 16.

Who do you see in your Top 10 for the election?