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My AKB48 Group Top 30 Songs Ranking (Mid 2016) [Singles/Album]

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恋をすると怪我をするよ
一途すぎちゃ損をするよ
何歳(いくつ)になっても
男は学習できない

Half way through 2016. Many AKB groups released singles / album at the same time as well.

2 x AKB48 Single [Kimi wa melody, Tsubasa wa iranai]

1 x SKE48 Single [Chicken Line]

1 x NMB48 Single [Amagami Hime]

1 x HKT48 Single [74 Okubun no 1 no Kimi e]

1 x Nogizaka46 Single [Harujion ga Sakukoro], 1 x Album [Sorezore no Isu]

1 x Keyakizaka46 Single [Silent Majority]

Lets start…

== Singles/Album/Indies ==

Rank 30 (HKT48 Team KIV – Yumemiru Team KIV) [Ex Rank 23]
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Rank 29 (NGT48 – Kimi wa Doko ni Iru?) [NEW]
Theatre

Rank 28 (AKB48 Team 8 – Yume e no Route) [NEW]
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Rank 27 (AKB48 – 365 Nichi no Kamihikouki) [Ex Rank 08]
Type A

Rank 26 (Watanabe Miyuki – Waruki) [Ex Rank 27]
Theatre

Rank 25 (Miyazawa Sae and Friends – Tabi no Tochuu) [NEW]
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Rank 24 (Miyawaki Sakura + Kodama Haruka – Taboo no Iro) [NEW]
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Rank 23 (NyaKB with Tsuchinokopanda – Idol wa Unyanya no Ken) [Remain]
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Rank 22 (NGT48 – Max Toki 315-go) [NEW]
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Rank 21 (AKB48 – Heavy Rotation) [Ex Rank 16]
Limited A

Rank 20 (AKB48 Team Surprise – Tokimeki Antique) [Unranked]
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Rank 19 (Love Cresendo – Koppu no Naka no Komorebi) [Ex Rank 06]
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Rank 18 (No3b – Answer) [Rank 05]
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Rank 17 (Minegishi Minami – Watashi wa Watashi) [Ex Rank 10]
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Rank 16 (Nogizaka46 – Inochi wa Utsukushii) [Ex Rank 09]
Type A

Rank 15 (Yamamoto Sayaka + Yamada Nana – Tomodachi) [Ex Rank 14]
Type N

Rank 14 (Nogizaka46 – Harujion ga Sakukuro) [NEW]
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Rank 13 (Shimazaki Haruka + Yokoyama Yui – Tomodachi de Irarerunara) [Unranked]
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Rank 12 (Kojima Haruna + Yokoyama Yui – Anogoro, Sukidatta Hito) [Unranked]
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Rank 11 (HKT48 – Make Noise) [NEW]
Type C R

Rank 10 (NMB48 – Shigamitsuita Seishun) [NEW]
Type B R

Rank 09 (HKT48 – 74 Okubun no 1 no Kimi e) [NEW]
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Rank 08 (AKB48 – Tsubasa wa Iranai) [NEW]
Type A LE

Rank 07 (SKE48 – Boku wa shiteiru) [Unranked]
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Rank 06 (AKB48 – Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby) [Ex Rank 01]
Type A

Rank 05 (AKB48 – Kimi wa Melody) [NEW]
Type A R

Rank 04  (AKB48 – Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai) [Ex Rank 02]
Type A

Rank 03 (AKB48 – Madonna no Sentaku) [Remain]
Type B

Rank 02 (NogizakaAKB – Mazariau Mono) [NEW]
Type E R

Rank 01 (Keyakizaka46 – Silent Majority) [NEW]
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Out

  1. Nogizaka46 – Taiyou Knock (Rank 04)
  2. AKB48 – Halloween Night (Rank 07)
  3. Maeda Atsuko – Migikata (Rank 11)
  4. Kojima Haruna – 7-kai no “Les Mis” (Rank 12)
  5. Kashiwagi Yuki – Kazanbai (Rank 13)
  6. AKB48 – Ai no Sonzai (Rank 15)
  7. AKB48 – Flying Get (Rank 17)
  8. NMB48 – Takane no Ringo (Rank 18)
  9. AKB48 – Iiwake Maybe (Rank 19)
  10. Nogizaka46 – Nandome no Aozora ka (Rank 20)
  11. Watanabe Mayu – Deai no Tsuzuki (Rank 21)
  12. NMB48 Team N – Inochi no Heso (Rank 24)
  13. AKB48 – Anata ga ite kure dakara (Rank 25)
  14. AKB48 Undergirls – Kimi no Senaka (Rank 26)
  15. NMB48 Team BII – Kokoro no Myoji wo Kake! (Rank 28)
  16. AKB48 – Heart Ereki (Rank 29)
  17. NMB48 – Dorian Shonen (Rank 30)

AKB48 45th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo

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The time has come for the annual akb event. If you are a fan of AKB, you will definitely know about this event. An annual event that you vote for your favourite member in AKB48 Group (AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48 and NGT48) to be elected in the next Single release. Top 80 members with the most votes will participate in the upcoming Single in August 2016. The voting ticket for this event come from varies methods such as purchasing the CD, be the fan club member or AKB on Demand subscription member.

This year i shall predict the top 16 members and the reason why is that so…

I will start with 16th and end with 1st.

16. Okada Nana (AKB48 Team 4)

The super popular member in Handshake for being too MAJIME. She takes all activities seriously and provide a good fan service in both 2shot and handshake event as well. She was well received by the fans and welcome as the new upcoming member in AKB.

15. Iriyama Anna (AKB48 Team A)

Anyone still remember her? Annin from AKB48 Team A. The highest Rank she received was Rank 20 in the year 2014. Many mentioned that she got Rank 20 due to vote of sympathy however i do not feel it that way. She is strong enough to strike into Top 16. She carries on her AKB activities despite her injury so please do support her.

14. Minegishi Minami (AKB48 Team K)

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Being in the group for more than 10 years is really a tough thing. She was not able to secure a top 16 position for the past two years. She is one of the two 1st Generation members left in AKB and she declared that this will be her last SSK. SO….. It may turn out well?

13. Takayanagi Akane (SKE48 Team KII)

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She received her highest ranking last year, Rank 14. Despite having not much exposure for the past 1 year, i believe her fans will not allow her to drop out of Top 16 either. The Ace of SKE48 2nd Generation. GO FOR IT!

12. Kitahara Rie (NGT48 Team NIII)

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Transferred to NGT48 as Captain, participate in both NGT48 original song. I don’t foresee her dropping out of Top 16? Rank 14 maybe a good position for her as well due to the new competition coming into Top 16.

11. Kodama Haruka (HKT48 Team H / AKB48 Team K)

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The Ace of HKT48. She is the original ACE of HKT48 till Tashima Meru stepped as Center position. However, she was well received by the fans and management, she got her 1st center position in HKT48 4th Single “Hikaeme I love you!”. Her popularity started to rise and she got a really good position of Rank 17 in 41st Single as the Center of Undergirls.

10. Suda Akari (SKE48 Team E)

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SKE48 required a 2nd prominent member to be in the Senbatsu. She was dropped out of Top 16 last year and she made a very long speech on the stage. The speech may have affected her fans and decided to power vote her in this time round. Don’t estimate the power of SKE48 Oshi. Oh well, just wondering will the Hako Oshi power vote her or Jurina instead?

09. Yokoyama Yui (AKB48 Team A)

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Being the 2nd Generation of AKB48, she is well respected by the members and the fans. As one of the prominent AKB48 senbatsu member, i believe Rank 09 will be the right position for her 😀

08. Miyawaki Sakura (HKT48 Team KIV / AKB48 Team A)

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Sakura Sake! Sakura tan, unfortunately, i believe that her rank will drop from 7 to 8. Why is that so? many will question why? Her popularity is increasing by alot. Yes i know. But at the same time, she is getting more and more antis. After her center position for Kimi wa melody was announced, negative comments were almost everywhere on why is she receiving so much exposure? This is just my opinion. Anyway, she still do her best to live up to management and fans expectation. I hope this will beneficial for her 😀

07. Shimazaki Haruka (AKB48 Team A)

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Salt? Paruru? Yutori? Shimazaki Haruka desu….. I feel that Rank 7 will just be the rank for her as the competition is really tense. The votes may increase as well. She was absent from most of AKB48 activity due to her health and injury issue. I believe she does not want that to happen as well. Recently, she was back to promoting the new single Tsubasa wa iranai in heels. It has been a while since she wore that, at the same time she begin some light dancing in music programs as well. She mentioned this will be her last election as well so… All the best to her. *I voted for her as well… being my 2nd oshi…*

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06. Nyan Nyan Kamen aka Kojima Haruna (AKB48 ?? / AKB48 Team A)

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Nyan Nyan Kamen.. Someone from the future? or Kojima Haruna in Disguise? Hahaha… few of the nyan nyan oshi feel that this may be a way for her being a troll and at the same time she is trying to convey a message over to the fans. She mentioned before that she will announce something when everyone is happy.. Maybe that’s true? we dont know… but all i know is… Is time to power vote her in… “I voted her as well”

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05. Kashiwagi Yuki (AKB48 Team B / NGT48 Team NIII)

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Yukirin. She got 2nd last year and it was a fruitful year for her as well. Getting a 3rd live concert as a solo member, is really fantastic. However, i can’t foresee her getting the same rank as last year. This year will be a battle of the Group Ace… Unfortunately, she was not part of the group ace..

04. Yamamoto Sayaka (NMB48 Team N)

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Sayanee, her last SSK as well.. The most prominent member in NMB and the only representative from NMB since milky withdraw her application for SSK. I guess 4th will be the best Rank for her in her AKB48 group history. There might be a chance for her to beat Jurina in Ranking, however, we are not sure about it.

03. Matsui Jurina (SKE48 Team S)

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Matsui Jurina, the eternal Ace or soul of SKE48. Since Matsui Rena left, the whole SKE burden lies on her. She is the only SKE48 representative in AKB right now. Her election speech was very stressful and sad. Her fans out there, hope they have heard her and decided to vote her up to top 3.

02. Watanabe Mayu (AKB48 Team B)

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Mayuyu, congrats on getting 1st in preliminary round. However, i am unable to expect or foresee her overtaking Sasshi in getting the Top this year. Based on last year votes count, the difference between Sasshi and her was 28,260 votes. I am not saying that, miracle will not happen but i just unable to foresee her getting 1st. However, miracles do happen… Mayuyu, all the best.

01. Sashihara Rino (HKT48 Team H)

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1st is Koi Suru Fortune Cookie and 2nd turned out to be Halloween Night. Rank 1st in 2013 and 2015 election. Will she be able to grab the Rank 1 again this year? Will she break the curse of “not getting 1st consecutively”? We shall see. Sasshi’s fans are really strong and i am sure they wont disappoint her either. Oh well, we shall see the result later on BS SKY and Fuji Tv live stream.

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All the best girls.

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Review: AKB48 43rd Single “君はメロディー”

This review is late for about 2 months but……… The long waited AKB48 43rd Single Titled Kimi wa Melody had released!!! WASSHOI!! What make it even better is that, the legend members of AKB48 returned for this single only. Anyway, it is the 10th Anniversary single, so it does make sense right?

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The senbatsu members were announced in December 2015 and these caused a lot of comments about bringing back the graduated members and not focusing on the current members. Oh Well… I love this single though.

Type A LEType A R

1. 君はメロディー (Senbatsu)君はメロディー

Team A: Kojima Haruna, Takahashi Minami, Shimazaki Haruka, Yokoyama Yui, Iriyama Anna
Team K: Minegishi Minami, Mukaichi Mion
Team B: Kashiwagi Yuki, Watanabe Mayu, Kato Rena
Team S: Matsui Jurina
Team N: Yamamoto Sayaka
Team H: Sashihara Rino
Team KIV: Miyawaki Sakura
Team SII: Miyazawa Sae
Team NIII: Kitahara Rie
Graduated Members: Maeda Atsuko, Oshima Yuko, Shinoda Mariko, Itano Tomomi

When this was 1st performed in RH2016, the response was not good as it was expected to be. Sakura is selected to be the Center of the song and the responses received were “Why Sakura?, she is not even a full fledged AKB member” etc. Personally i got no issue with her being the center. A very catchy song with the Kimi wa melody kimi wa melody as the chorus. Simple choreography without much dance step. Most probably it was catered to the graduates as they may not have time to practice another dance song due to their tight schedule. The PV is awesome and beautiful. The PV is directed by Mika Ninagawa and she is famous for all the colourful and flower theme. Somehow it goes well with this song :D. Love it!!

02. LALALAメッセージLALALAメッセージ

Team A: Owada Nana, Taniguchi Megu, Iriyama Anna
Team K: Mukaichi Mion, Tano Yuka, Mutou Tomu
Team B: Kato Rena, Oshima Ryoka, Goto Moe, Kizaki Yuria
Team 4: Kojima Mako, Kawamoto Saya, Okada Nana, Komiyama Haruka, Murayama Yuiri, Takahashi Juri

I was expecting some dance song since Mion is the center of the song. However, it turned out to be the usual Undergirls song. It wasn’t that bad after all but it definitely not up to my liking. Mion the next rising star / Heavy rotation successor chosen by Oshima Yuko. Looking forward to 44th Single as she will be the center of the song again. LA LA LA MESSAGE DE…..

03. Gonna Jump (SKE48)Gonna Jump

Team S: Rion Azuma, Masana Oya, Ryoha Kitagawa, Jurina Matsui
Team KII: Yuna Ego, Mina Oba, Sarina Sōda, Akane, Takayanagi, Nao Furuhata
Team E: Kanon Kimoto, Haruka Kumazaki, Rara Goto, Aya Shibata, Maya Sugawara, Akari Suda, Marika Tani

Another boring PV. Another version of Melon Juice and kibouteki refrain. Is it me but is too fresh for me? I guess i am expecting something better from SKE since SKE never failed to surprise me with their songs in AKB. 1st is Escape and Sekai naiteru nara. Goto Rara chan center for the 1st time and shall give credit to it..

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04. しがみついた青春 (NMB48)CbvWJvfUkAASCmh

Team N: Yuri Ota, Yuka Kato, Kei Jonishi, Ririka Suto, Sayaka Yamamoto, Akari Yoshida
Team M: Azusa Uemura, Miru Shiroma, Airi Tanigawa, Reina Fujie, Sae Murase, Fuuko Yagura
Team BII: Konomi Kusaka, Nagisa Shibuya, Shu Yabushita, Miyuki Watanabe

Wao wao wao… what we got here… Another awesome NMB song. This song give me the feeling of Seishun no laptime part 2 without Yamada Nana Baba. The lyrics are well written too. This song fit NMB really well. Thumbs up! Atsu no tame ni!! Well… Yea!!! Been repeating this song for months….. Weeeee…

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05. Make Noise (HKT48)Make Noise

Team H: Chihiro Anai, Mashiro Ui, Yui Kojina, Haruka Kodama, Riko Sakaguchi, Rino Sashihara, Meru Tashima, Miku Tanaka, Natsumi Matsuoka, Nako Yabuki
Team KIV: Aika Ota, Serina Kumazawa, Mio Tomonaga, Sakura Miyawaki, Aoi Motomura, Madoka Moriyasu

Finally, Sasshi centered a song in HKT48 and is not a flash mob song. A FAST BEAT AND POP SONG FOR HKT!! Been waiting for this… Finally HKT48 moved out of the kawaii type of song. At least for once i am happy with that. Love the beat and it has been my ringtone since then… sweet….

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06. Maxとき315号 (NGT48)Maxとき315号

Team NIII: Ogino Yuka, Oguma Tsugumi, Kato Minami, Kitahara Rie, Sato Anju, Sugahara Riko, Takakura Moeka, Tano Ayaka, Nakai Rika, Nishigata Marina, Hasegawa Rena, Honma Hinata, Murakumo Fuka, Yamaguchi Maho, Yamada Noe
NGT48 Kenkyuusei: Otaki Yuria, Kado Yuria, Kusakabe Aina, Seiji Reina, Takahashi Mau, Nakamura Ayuka, Nara Miharu, Nishimura Nanako, Mizusawa Ayaka, Miyajima Aya

An awesome start for NGT. The song title is a name for one of the shinkansen linked to Niigata. Nice thought by Aki-P. A fluffy fluffy and cute type of song. Worth listening to it.

Type E LEType E R

07. 混ざり合うもの (乃木坂AKB)混ざり合うもの

Team A: Iriyama Anna, Owada Nana, Kojima Haruna, Shimazaki Haruka, Yokoyama Yui
Team B: Kashiwagi Yuki, Kato Rena
Team S: Matsui Jurina
Team H: Sashihara Rino
Team KIV: Miyawaki Sakura
Nogizaka46: Ikuta Erika, Sakurai Reika, Shiraishi Mai, Nishino Nanase, Fukagawa Mai, Matsumura Sayuri

A very mature and serious song to begin with. This is really a Nogi style of song which defers away from the usual AKB style. I am glad that Nyan nyan got selected as the center of this song. I wonder when will this song be ever performed live. The lyrics i love the most will be どんなにキレイな色と色も
一緒に混ざってしまえば汚くなる. No matter how beautiful the colours are, they are stained when mixed together. It can actually represent lots of meaning… Love it.

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08. M.T.に捧ぐ (AKB48 横山チームA)

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Obviously, this song is to remember M.T. M.T refer to none other than the AKB best leader Minami Takahashi. She left AKB on 8th of April 2016. Yokoyama Yui took over the ballot and carry on leading AKB. The lyrics means everything abt Takamina. How much she effort and time she gave into AKB. Thank you TKMN. You will be remembered as the 1st General Manager of AKB48.

Overall Rating of this single: 4/5.
Song Ranking:

  1. 君はメロディー
  2. 混ざり合うもの
  3. Make Noise / しがみついた青春
  4. Maxとき315号
  5. M.T.に捧ぐ
  6. LALALAメッセージ
  7. Gonna Jump

Congrats to AKB48 grabbing the 1st Spot in Oricon chart for the 1st week.

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My AKB48 Group Top 30 Songs Ranking 2015 [Singles/Album]

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Is 2016!! Happy new year!! Before i resume my blog posting… i shall start the 1st post with my AKB48 Group song Ranking. This time round i realised that there are too many songs for me to squeeze into Top 30. Therefore, i decided to split into two categories which are Singles/Album/Indies and Theatre.

Lets start…

== Singles/Album/Indes ==

Rank 30 (NMB48 – Dorian Shonen) [NEW]
Type A

Rank 29 (AKB48 – Heart Ereki) [NEW]
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Rank 28 (NMB48 Team BII – Kokoro no Myoji wo Kake!) [NEW]
Type C

Rank 27 (Watanabe Miyuki – Waruki) [NEW]
Theatre

Rank 26 (AKB48 Undergirls – Kimi no Senaka) [NEW]
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Rank 25 (AKB48 – Anata ga ite kure dakara) [Remain]
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Rank 24 (NMB48 Team N – Inochi no Heso) [NEW]
Type A

Rank 23 (HKT48 Team KIV – Yumemiru Team KIV) [NEW]
Type B

Rank 22 (NyaKB with Tsuchinokopanda – Idol wa Unyanya no Ken) [NEW]
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Rank 21 (Watanabe Mayu – Deai no Tsuzuki) [Ex Rank 7]
Type A

Rank 20 (Nogizaka46 – Nandome no Aozora ka) [Ex Rank 9]
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Rank 19 (AKB48 – Iiwake Maybe) [NEW]
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Rank 18 (NMB48 – Takane no Ringo) [Ex Rank 5]
Type A

Rank 17 (AKB48 – Flying Get) [Ex Rank 20]
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Rank 16 (AKB48 – Heavy Rotation) [Ex Rank 24]
Limited A

Rank 15 (AKB48 – Ai no Sonzai) [NEW]
Theatre

Rank 14 (Yamamoto Sayaka + Yamada Nana – Tomodachi) [Ex Rank 4]
Type N

Rank 13 (Kashiwagi Yuki – Kazanbai) [NEW]
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Rank 12 (Kojima Haruna – 7-kai no “Les Mis”) [NEW]
Type A

Rank 11 (Maeda Atsuko – Migikata) [Ex Rank 10]
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Rank 10 (Minegishi Minami – Watashi wa Watashi) [Ex Rank 1]
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Rank 09 (Nogizaka46 – Inochi wa Utsukushii) [Ex Rank 3]
Type A

Rank 08 (AKB48 – 365 Nichi no Kamihikouki) [NEW]
Type A

Rank 07 (AKB48 – Halloween Night) [NEW]
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Rank 06 (Love Cresendo – Koppu no Naka no Komorebi) [NEW]
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Rank 05 (No3b – Answer) [Rank 8]
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Rank 04 (Nogizaka46 – Taiyou Knock) [NEW]
Type A

Rank 03 (AKB48 – Madonna no Sentaku) [NEW]
Type B

Rank 02 (AKB48 – Bokutachi wa tatakawanai) [Remain]
Type A

Rank 01 (AKB48 – Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby) [New]
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Out

  1. Not Yet – Hiri no Hana (Rank 30)
  2. Ikuta Erika – Anata no Tame Ni Hikitai (Rank 29)
  3. Nogizaka46 – Girl’s Rules (Rank 28)
  4. AKB48 Undergirls – Kinou Yori Motto Suki (Rank 26)
  5. NMB48 – Zetsumetsu kurokami shoujo (Rank 23)
  6. AKB48 Selection 16 – Haru no Hikari Chikadzuita Natsu (Rank 22)
  7. DiVa – Discovery (Rank 19)
  8. NMB48 – Kimi to Deatte Boku wa Kawatta (Rank 16)
  9. French Kiss – Kakkowarui I Love You (Rank 17)
  10. AKB48 Team Surprise – Dare ga Futari wo Deawaseta no ka? (Rank 14)
  11. SKE48 – Gomena Summer (Rank 15)
  12. AKB48 – Kibouteki Refrain (Rank 11)
  13. SKE48 – Escape (Rank 6)

Transferred

  1. AKB48 Himwawarigumi – Idol Nante Yobanaide (Rank 27)
  2. NMB48 Team N – Koko ni datte tenshi wa iru (Rank 13)
  3. AKB48 Team B – Temo demo no namida) (Rank 18)
  4. AKB48 Team A – Pioneer (Rank 21)
  5. AKB48 Team A / No3b – Junai no Crescendo (Rank 12)

 

Review: HKT48 6th Single [Shekarashika!]

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Is kinda late since i am doing a review which the release was like a month ago? Oh well, let me do a quick review on this Single. HKT48 finally released another single in 2015 and this single A side was damn special. Especially with the collaboration with Kinshidan.

Type A

01. しぇからしか! (Senbatsu)
I was addicted to the Sheka sheka sheka and the suki da suki da… This song was used as the theme song of Majisuka Gakuen Zero. This song really different from usual HKT style which is the Kawaii and fresh style. Good Job !

02.黄昏のタンデム (Senbatsu)
Mature? Another side of HKT too. I was actually expecting a PV for this, but there wasn’t. Sometime is really feel different when HKT tried a new genre rather then sticking to the kawaii style. Maybe is due to having an onnesan in HKT? (Hinting: Sasshi) Hahaha. No offense on this!

03. Buddy (Team H)
Interesting. Good Bye Buddy!!! Kojina as center. I keep trying to find the song that sound similar but till now i still cant find the exact song. Oh well, it sound like those oldies?

Type B

04. 夢見るチームKⅣ (Team KIV)
Muahaha.. I love this song very much. Another Team B Oshi or B Garden. It has been awhile since the akb fandom had such song. Cute and it had been in my playlist for quite awhile. Woohoo. Team KIV for the win!!

Type C

05.いじわるチュー (Yabuki Nako)
Are there any Nako chan fans / Oshi? If not i will skip this. I will say it tried to imitate Milky solo song やさしくするよりキスをして. The oldies type of song and PV. Why…..

06. 恋の指先
I have Yet listen to this song yet. Will update again when i listen to it.

Overall Rating of this single: 3/5.
Song Ranking:

  1. 夢見るチームKⅣ
  2. しぇからしか!
  3. 黄昏のタンデム
  4. Buddy
  5. いじわるチュー

Congrats to HKT48 grabbing the 1st spot in Oricon on the 1st week of release 😀

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Review: AKB48 42nd Single “唇にBe My Baby”

AKB48 42nd Single Titled Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby had released!!! YEA!! What make it even better is that, the release date falls on my birthday. Ok lets skip to the main topic.
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This time round, i was quite surprised about the announcement of the 16 senbatsu members. Before the single was announced at the handshake event, i was expecting the senbatsu line up to include Watanabe Miyuki or Kodama Haruka instead of Kitahara Rie. Apparently, Kitahara Rie was shifted out of senbatsu since So Long! Reason for expecting Watanabe Miyuki as she is the current 2nd top in NMB and Kodama Haruka is the dark horse of HKT. Oh well, seems like NGT need one representative which is Kitahara Rie? I can’t say this as it seems unfair to her. Ok moving on to the tracks review.

Type A

1. 唇にBe My Baby (Senbatsu)
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Team A: Kojima Haruna, Takahashi Minami, Shimazaki Haruka, Yokoyama Yui, Iriyama Anna
Team K: Minegishi Minami
Team B: Kashiwagi Yuki, Watanabe Mayu, Kato Rena
Team S: Matsui Jurina
Team N: Yamamoto Sayaka
Team H: Sashihara Rino
Team KIV: Miyawaki Sakura
Team SII: Miyazawa Sae
Team NIII: Kitahara Rie

A very catchy song. This song caught my attention like how Bokutachi wa tatakawanai (BwT) when i 1st heard it. At first, i though it was like the 2nd Kibouteki Refrain (KR) with the WOW WOW WOW. However they make it sound even cuter compared to KR. This song sound more like a Mayuyu Center or younger generation member center type of Song. In my opinion, a much mature song suits Takahashi Minami more. According to TKMN that this is a very traditional idol song and yes it is very catchy!!! If you even watched the performance, the dance step shows T K M N Bye bye choreography. Even in the PV, it was a farewell TKMN PV. In all the live performances, up till now, Mukaichi Mion stand in for Shimazaki Haruka position as Shimazaki Haruka is still in recovery mode and i am very happy that Paruru did appear in the PV.

2. 365日の紙飛行機 (Asa ga Kita Senbatsu)
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Team A: Iriyama Anna, Kojima Haruna, Shimazaki Haruka, Takahashi Minami, Yokoyama Yui
Team B: Kashiwagi Yuki, Kato Rena, Kizaki Yuria, Watanabe Mayu
Team S: Matsui Jurina
Team N: Yamamoto Sayaka
Team BII: Watanabe Miyuki
Team H: Kodama Haruka, Sashihara Rino
Team KIV: Miyawaki Sakura
Team NIII: Kitahara Rie

The 2nd main song of this Single. This song was used for an ASAHI drama as theme song. Yamamoto Sayaka centered the song and it turned out very nice and soothing. Definitely one of the song that fans will like. This song also allow Sayanee to prove her vocal worthy :D. Sweet! When i read the comments online that this song was supposed to be an NMB48 Single A track instead of AKB48 Single B track. Oh well, the management still pushing this song together with KnBmB during live performance.

3. 君を君を君を… (Next Generation Senbatsu)
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Team A: Owada Nana, Taniguchi Megu
Team K: Tano Yuka, Mukaichi Mion, Muto Tomu
Team B: Oshima Ryoka
Team 4: Okada Nana, Kawamoto Saya, Kojima Mako, Komiyama Haruka, Takahashi Juri, Nishino Miki, Murayama Yuiri
Team 8: Sakaguchi Nagisa
Team BII: Watanabe Miyuki
Team H: Kodama Haruka

I am sorry but other than the members selection and Haruppi center, what’s the special thing about this song? Only the chorus which is the kimi wo kimi wo kimi wo. Ok i gonna give credit to the BGM which is the beat. Other than that. Nothing much. While for members selection, I am surprised that they select Komiyama Haruka instead of Nakano Ikumi from Team 8. And how is Watanabe Miyuki the next generation member? I guess the management should rename this unit title back to Undergirls instead of Next Generation Senbatsu. Because of this Next Generation Senbatsu naming, i read negative comments when any of these members are not selected for any performance.

4. やさしい place (Team A) [Center: Miyawaki Sakura]
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Is it me or that Team A song is always full of surprises? This time round the management selected Sakura as the center instead of Paruru. I guess is due to Paruru recovery that’s why they choose Sakura instead. In terms of ranking, yes Sakura got in Top 7 while Paruru out of Top 7. When i watched the PV, so messy. Honestly, i didn’t see Yamada Nanami from Team 8 in the PV! Oh well, the main focus of this song was Sakura and Paruru.

Type B

5. マドンナの選択 (Renacchi Sousenkyou Senbatsu)
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Team A: Iriyama Anna, Shimazaki Haruka, Maeda Ami
Team K: Tano Yuka, Mukaichi Mion, Mogi Shinobu
Team B: Oshima Ryoka, Kato Rena
Team 8: Sato Nanami
Team E: Sato Sumire
Team N: Yamamoto Sayaka
Team M: Shiroma Miru
Team H: Kojina Yui, Tanaka Natsumi, Matsuoka Natsumi
Team KIV: Murashige Anna

I Love this song very much!!! The intro sound like 君は気まぐれ by Team A in Labrador Retriever Single. Is It from the same producer? Oh well, this senbatsu was done via 755 (Nana Go Go) application platform. I was surprised that my HKT oshi Tanaka Natsumi got in and selected as a center of the song. They really need to focus on this tall princess :D. This song sound very carefree and i kept it repeating in my music playlist for days! I got so hooked up by this song! Seriously!!! The PV was awesome too, with all the Natsumikan solo screen time! love it. And the paruru kawaii screentime! Damn it.. The pv sequence is by the ranking of the members in this renacchi senbatsu. The PV concept is like Flimming for many Commercial. Like it.

6. お姉さんの独り言 (Team K) [Center: Mukaichi Mion]
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Yes arh. Finally Team K Center shifted back to a AKB48 members instead of kennin members since Oshima Yuko left. However, i am not sure why this song was selected for Team K? Is it to suit Mion center? or is really a Team K Style? To me it sound more like a song for Team 4. The young and fresh type of song is definitely not for Team K.

Type C

7. 金の羽根を持つ人よ (Team B) [WCenter: Kizaki Yuria, Kato Rena]
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Yukirin and Mayuyu out but Yuria and Renacchi in. Not surprising that those two got selected for Wcenter. Again, seriously i dont really like the arrangement of the songs for each and different Team except for Team A. Doesn’t this song more suitable for Team K style instead of Team B? The vocal and impact type of song is for Team K. Team B is kawaii and idolish type of Song. We all know that.

8. あまのじゃくバッタ (Team 8) [Center: Nakano Ikumi]
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Ermm…. Can i dont comment about this song? The PV looks fun but the song? Vocaloid? Perfume style? Definitely not one of the nice Team 8 song that i will say.

Type D

9. なんか、ちょっと、急に… (Team 4) [Center: Kojima Mako]
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KojiMako grabbed her center back. Congrats. However, the song don’t suit Team 4. Once again, i gonna rant about the Team style again. This song suit Team B compared to Team 4. Although i like the PV concept and the intro. The intro sound soothing 😀

10. 背中言葉 (Takahashi Minami Graduation Song Senbatsu)
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Team A: Iriyama Anna, Owada Nana, Kojima Haruna, Shimazaki Haruka, Takahashi Minami, Yokoyama Yui
Team K: Minegishi Minami, Mukaichi Mion
Team B: Kashiwagi Yuki, Kato Rena, Kizaki Yuria, Watanabe Mayu
Team 4: Komiyama Haruka, Takahashi Juri
Team S: Matsui Jurina
Team N: Yamamoto Sayaka
Team H: Sashihara Rino
Team KIV: Miyawaki Sakura
NGT48: Kitahara Rie
Team SII: Miyazawa Sae

One of the best song in this single. Not every graduation song sound sad and touching. Up till now, yume no kawa (Maeda Atsuko), Namida no sei janai (Shinoda Mariko), Tsuyosa to Yowasa no Aida de (Akimoto Sayaka) and Kimi no dai ni shou (Kawaei Rina) are the best for now. With the additional of this song, this will definetly rank up for the graduation songs in AKB. The PV show how much Takamina had made herself such an important figure in AKB history. Honestly, i wonder how will AKB turn out with Takamina guidance. I know that this responsibility had handed over to Yokoyama Yui but the feel is just so different. Last but not least, why is Komiyama Haruka chosen? and not Kojima Mako? since almost all the next generation ace like Owada Nana, Mukaichi Mion is in?

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11. さっきまではアイスティー (New Unit: 虫かご)
Team B: Goto Moe, Fukuoka Seina
Team 4: Komiyama Haruka
Team 8: Sakaguchi Nagisa
SKE48 Kenkyuusei: Obata Yuna, Goto Rara
Team M: Uemura Azusa
Team BII: Yabushita Shu
HKT48 Kenkyuusei: Aramaki Misaki, Imamura Maria
NGT48 Kenkyuusei: Oguma Tsugumi, Takakura Moeka
Didn’t had a chance to listen to this song yet. Will update when i get to listen to it. Usually, it will be weeks after the released. Oh well, moving on….

Overall Rating of this single: 3.5/5.
Song Ranking:

  1. マドンナの選択
  2. 唇にBe My Baby
  3. 365日の紙飛行機
  4. 背中言葉
  5. やさしい place
  6. お姉さんの独り言
  7. 金の羽根を持つ人よ
  8. なんか、ちょっと、急に…
  9. 君を君を君を…
  10. あまのじゃくバッタ

Congrats to AKB48 grabbing the 1st Spot in Oricon chart for the 1st week. This is the 1st single since Sakura no ki ni narou that did not obtain 1 million sales in 1st week. I guess is due to the recent issues about the change in the theme for interview event that is balloted for Year 2016.

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*Warning Spoilers ahead* [Highlight below to see the content.]
This was announced as Takahashi Minami Last Single! However, AKB48 43rd Single Senbatsu member lists was announced on the 15th December 2015 and Takahashi Minami was part of it. Technically, AKB48 42nd Single is her last 2nd single. And there was a lot of comments about the 43rd Single Senbatsu members list. I saw negative comments more than positive comments. I was not surprised that many fans had moved on to the new generation members especially for Team 8. Fans are expecting Team 8 and the Next Generation Senbatsu members to raise! But it doesn’t seem to work that way except for Mukaichi Mion. Apparently, since BwT, Mion is receiving alot of exposure compared to Owada Nana and Kojima Mako which were the supposed next generation Ace. To be honest, 43rd Single Senbatsu members list is my ideal AKB48 Senbatsu! I got no complains and i am Definitely looking forward to it. The list is as follows:

AKB48 43rd Single Senbatsu Members (21 Members):
Team A: Kojima Haruna, Takahashi Minami, Shimazaki Haruka, Yokoyama Yui, Iriyama Anna
Team K: Minegishi Minami, Mukaichi Mion
Team B: Kashiwagi Yuki, Watanabe Mayu, Kato Rena
Team S: Matsui Jurina
Team N: Yamamoto Sayaka
Team H: Sashihara Rino
Team KIV: Miyawaki Sakura
Team SII: Miyazawa Sae
Team NIII: Kitahara Rie
Graduated Members: Maeda Atsuko, Oshima Yuko, Shinoda Mariko, Itano Tomomi

This will most probably be the last single participation for Miyazawa Sae as she had announced graduation on 16 December 2015. The exact date of her graduation is still to be confirmed. As for Takahashi Minami, this will be her last single as her graduation date is confirmed to be on the 28 March 2016. Shall look forward to this new single 😀 Cheers

Mini AKB48 Handshake/2Shot Guide for Overseas Fans

Hello Readers!! I actually received a request from one of the reader just very recently on one of my blog post. I decided to give it a try. The request is how to apply the AKB48 2shot or handshakes events tickets for overseas fans.

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I am not sure is this alright to share my knowledge on this but i am sure that there are other guides out there too, maybe is just not as updated i guess? Here i go!! There are some screenshots that may seem small to you, you can click onto the picture to enlarge it for your reference.

Please credit me if you wish to re use or post it somewhere. I spend quite some timing doing screenshot and typing the content out. Thanks 😀

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Disclaimer: I am not responsible for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided in this mini guide.

Step 1: Register a free account at Tenso English Website. If you understand english, it is pretty straightforward though. After successful registration, an exclusive Tenso Address for your account can be found under the My Page Tab.12
*Kindly do a verification of your account with Tenso upon successful registration. Scan your identification document that is tally with the name you provide for Tenso account to ensure fast processing of parcel in future.

Step 2: Go to AKB48 Chara Ani Website at this link : https://akb48.chara-ani.com/ and register an account with Chara Ani. See the block box below is the new member registration tab if you are not familiar with japanese characters.
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Step 3: You will see a list of terms and conditions before registration. You can seek a friend who understand japanese to translate for you. At the bottom of the T&C will be the agree or disagree. The red highlighted box below will be the agreed option.
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Step 4: This is the part where you will need to input all the details you received from Tenso into the fields in this page! I will do a sample for the readers. Please put your name printed on the passport at this “お名前 (Name)” field. The name that will be printed on the event ticket is important for verification during the event. I will do the sample after the picture.
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This is ONLY a SAMPLE, please do it with your own details during registration. DO NOT blindly copy and paste!

  1. ログインID / Login ID : Your choice
  2. パスワード/ Password: Your choice
    *[password requirement: english characters and numbers and symbols (- or . or _ or @) in your own sequence]
  3. パスワード(確認用)/ Password re confirmation: Retype your choice of password combination
  4. お名前 / Name :
    *Key the name in Full width in CAPS, this name field is very important, it must be the same as the one printed on your passport and tenso account for verification purpose.

    • (姓/ Surname) LEE
    • (名/ Given Name) KEVIN
  5. フリガナ / Katakana:
    *You can try this http://www.sljfaq.org/cgi/e2k.cgi if you need help in translating your name to Katakana.

    • (姓/ Surname)  リー
    • (名/ Given Name) ケビン
  6. メールアドレス / Email Address
  7. メールアドレス(確認用)/ Email Address Re confirmation
  8. ご住所 / Address:
    *Get the address information under my page in tenso website. All characters are to be in Full Width format except for postal code [〒]. (After successful registration as every account got different address) I shall emphasize again, this is only a Sample so do not copy and paste blindly. Sample is as follows:

    • 〒 120-0023
    • 都道府県: 東京都
    • 市区町村 足立区千住曙町
    • 番地42-4
    • マンション名TS00000転送コム
  9. 電話番号 / Contact Number
    *Get the number from your account in Tenso too.
  10. FAX番号 / Fax Number
    *You can just leave it blank.
  11. 生年月日 / Date of Birth:
    • 年/Year
    • 月/Month
    • 日/Day
  12. 性別 / Gender:
    • 男性/Male
    • 女性/Female
  13. 保護者のお名前 / Guardian’s Name
    *You can leave this blank if you are over the age of 13 years old
  14. メールマガジン / Newsletter subscription

For further clarification, you can use the tenso guide for more in dept information at https://www.tenso.com/en/guide/buy/address.html.

Step 5: Check the details of the Ballot session and the event schedule. The ballot session is at the left box and the event schedule is at the right box. You can check the king records website at http://www.kingrecords.co.jp/cs/artist/artist.aspx?artist=34767 regarding the event details for more information.
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*In this case when i did the screenshot, the ballot session is already over. I will briefly describe the ballot session. In the usual cases, there will be around 6 rounds of ballots session. The duration of each ballot session and the number tickets allowed to ballot for each members varies. So look at the Ballot session section for more information.

Step 6: Once you confirm that you gonna ballot for the event ticket and the cd, there will be a button for you to press at the top of the page as shown below. Make sure you ballot for the correct Single / Album.
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After you click on it, as usual, T&C will appear again and you had to read it before continuing. Once you are done, Tick on to the agree box and proceed by clicking on to the big pink box below it.
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Just a gentle Reminder before you proceed with the balloting, 1 theatre single/album come with 1 event ticket. So if you ballot and won 10 event tickets, it also means that you will get 10 same theatre cd too.

Step 7: Selecting the Event dates and number of tickets to ballot.

As you can see from the screenshot below, the left box show a list of dates and Team. Select the event date that you will be attending and which team the members below to.

For Example: I will like to go for Owada Nana Event Slot 5 on the 21st Feb 2015. I will select 21st Feb Team A at the left box and click onto the small pink box beside it to refresh the member list. I select Owada Nana Slot 5 with 1 ticket. You can multiple select other members too. The maximum numbers of selection allows will be shown in the ballot session at the front page. Once i confirm, click on to the pink box at the bottom of the page to proceed on to the confirmation page.
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Side track abit, i realised that i did not mentioned about the Event Slot for member. Usually in AKB48 handshake or 2shot event will have the same timing for the event slot. Different members will be allocated to different slots. Usually for senbatsu / popular members will get more slots. Slots in each events are below the Event schedule in the front page. It will look something like this:

  1. 第1部9:00~10:30(10:00受付終了)
  2. 第2部10:30~12:00(11:30受付終了)
  3. 第3部12:00~13:30(13:00受付終了)
  4. 第4部13:30~15:00(14:30受付終了)
  5. 第5部15:00~16:30(16:00受付終了)
  6. 第6部16:30~18:00(17:30受付終了)
  7. 第7部18:30~20:00(19:30受付終了)
  8. 第8部20:00~21:30(21:00受付終了)

Each queue for each slot will stop 30 minutes before the end time. So plan your journey carefully :D.

Step 8: Confirmation page with your personal details and the number of selection. Double check before you press the confirm button.
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Step 9: Once you confirmed the ballot session, you will see this successful ballot page. However this does not mean that you are guaranteed a ticket for those you have selected. The system will do a random ballot after the balloting session end. You will received an email telling you whether have you won your selections. So just wait for good news then 😀
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Step 10: After the ballot session end, you will receive an email notifying you the result of your selection or you can check the result at the 1st tab at the top page (1 hour or more after the ballot session end).

(Amended as of 7 October 2016) As you can see from the below screenshot:

  • 落選 / Won Lost
  • 当選 / Lost Won

So once you won the ticket, it means your selection are guaranteed and you can either wait for payment or continue to ballot for more tickets.09

Step 11: Payment mode usually is after all the ballot session ended. An email will be send to you to request payment from you within a certain period. Kindly make the payment at AKB48 chara ani website under the 2nd tab (購入履歴) at the top page. Delivery charge is standard 500yen no matter how much you had balloted. Once payment is done, just wait for the AKB Singles / Albums and the ticket to ship to the Tenso address on the released date.

Take Kuchibiru ni be my baby as an example: The release date for this single is on the 9th December 2015. So just wait for it!
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IMPORTANT REMINDER: DO NOT SELECT CASH PAYMENT! TENSO DO NOT ACCEPT CASH PAYMENT. STRICTLY CREDIT CARD PAYMENT ONLY.

Step 12: Once Tenso received your parcel at the given address, Tenso will drop you an email to arrange overseas delivery to your home. The best delivery option they offered is EMS. so ya. Dont complain!! haha.

Step 13: On the event day, bring along your passport and all the event tickets that you had balloted to the information account in the event hall to get verification stamp. This is the safe method for foreigners. Please be safe :P.
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Step 14: After which, bring your ticket and passport to the member lane that you had balloted. There will be another round of verification, so just do the same by showing the balloted ticket and your passport.
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and tadah!! That’s all i have to write about this. OH WAIT!!

Additional information:

At the 1st tab, you can see the number of ballot for the current event. Like i mentioned about, by submitting your selection does not mean you are guaranteed a ticket. Therefore, you are still able to cancel your selection before the particular ballot session end! By clicking on to the black box as shown in below screenshot you will proceed to the temporary invoice page.
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At This temporary invoice page, you will see this green box that i highlighted in red. That is the cancellation button. So you still can do cancellation before the ballot session end.
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Once u had clicked onto the cancel button, you will see this screenshot below with all the cancel slot for your account.
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Ok That’s all for my guide. I hope this really help those overseas fans out there 😀 Cheers.

At the same time, you can take a look at my 2shot / handshake experience post too:

  1. AKB48 Kibouteki Refrain Handshake Event [Dec 2014]
  2. AKB48 Koko ga Rhodes da Koko de Tobe 2shot Event [May 2015]

Disclaimer: I am not responsible for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided in this mini guide