[SUBBED] - Matsui Rena’s Election Appeal Comment (AKB48 37th Single Senbatsu General Election)
Notes: I preferred to keep it simple in the video, so I shall explain here. The expression used by Rena is “Tenka Fubu” which was a personal seal Oda Nobunaga used, meaning to conquer and govern the nation through the 7 virtues of the art of war. The 7 virtues are: Forbid cruelty, stop wars, mantain political power, regolate the services, content the citizen, keep the masses calm, increase the fortunes. So the link to the expression is both in the number 7 and in Rena’s aim to become n°1. Not to mention how Nobunaga was from Nagoya :)
KINOSHITA YUKIKO The Miracle of Ajinomoto Stadium who rose from being unranked in the preliminary results.
I WILL NOT LET SKE48 TO COME TO AN END
At the time of the announcement
Kinoshita : I did it!! I ranked at 40th! Kyaahh!!
── Congratulations! (LOL) Before the voting period of the elections ended, I had interviewed you and published that interview on our website in two parts, right?
Kinoshita : Yes. And right after that, I appeared in “Ichi kome da”, and Kaotan went on asking questions, and even I answered all the questions with my true feelings as usual. On Bubka magazine’s interview also, and on Kaotan’s Ichi kome da also, I talked about all my, you can say, frustrated thoughts!
── Was there any impact?
Kinoshita :The impact was huge. Even in the interview, since I was told that “Lets do everything that we should”, I was really happy. That’s why I had no regrets, but on the day of the sousenkyo, when they were announcing the Future Girls (Ranks 49 to 64), and when my name wasn’t called out in that category, I thought “It was no good this year as well…..”. And right when I thought that, I suddenly started freezing so I pulled up the blanket and thought “Now I wonder how many people will come and ask me my comments about this…….” and my heart broke.
── Because the names of the SKE48 members who had ranked in the preliminary results were being called out one after the other, right?
Kinoshita :When Non (Kimoto Kanon) was called out, I suddenly noticed that she had received “16000 votes”. And after that when the Next Girls (Ranks 33 to 48) were being called out, I was thinking of what to write on my blog. That I would be writing “This year also it was no good” on my blog later. I was feeling really regretful that even though so many people had cared about me, I couldn’t make it.
── The time you thought that this is when you might be called out was at ranks 56 to 54 when three people from Team KII were called out right? At Rank 56 was Oba (Mina)-san, 55 was Furuhata (Nao)-san and 54 was (Yamada) Mizuho-san.
Kinoshita : That’s right! That part when they were calling out all the Team KII members’ names, I was just so nervous, and then “Uwaa~~ I didn’t get called”. And after some time they again called out Team KII, and I was looking around who it might be. And then they said “Kinoshita” and I went “Hyaaa~~” and because of that I tripped (LOL)
── You totally panicked, right? (LOL)
Kinoshita :I was so happy that my mind went completely blank actually. But since I could hear the cheering so loudly, my tears weren’t stopping. I couldn’t even comprehend what my ranking was also!
── Did you head towards the stage without even knowing what place you ranked at?
Kinoshita :I didn’t know it until I received the trophy (LOL). And when they handed me the trophy, there was Rank 40 written on it, and then I went “40th! Hyaaa~~~”. And I was almost flying while giving my acceptance speech.
── Had you thought up of a speech, just in case/
Kinoshita :I wanted to make it funny and thought I should leave an impression. Something like “Even though Matsumura Kaori ranks 9th in the preliminary report, I always thought it was strange that I still don’t rank at all”.
── That would just become more publicity of Matsumura-san, so it’s better that you didn’t say it (LOL)
Kinoshita :Ah!! You’re right! (LOL) So I said “Everyone are wearing raincoats, so I am very happy”. Which is something even I couldn’t understand even as I was saying it.
── You’re right about the speech though, but wasn’t it because you showed yourself trembling also without hiding it, is why you could convey yourself?
Kinoshita : That’s right! Exactly! The biggest thing that I learnt in this year’s sousenkyo, is how important it is to convey my feelings.
Her duty, which she realised
── Until now, Kinoshita-san was “bad at showing your true feelings”, as we discussed in the interview which I took the other day as well, no?
Kinoshita :That’s right! But this time, really without changing, without trying to hide or conceal anything, I properly said all my feelings, and because of that I was able to change something drastically. And that is not just the result which I got in this sousenkyo, I was able to change something very important to me as well. That was, right after the event ended, I confided in Ishida Anna. Because I have similarities with Anna, like even if she’s selected for the SKE48 senbatsu, she doesn’t rank in the sousenkyo. That is something really frustrating and really painful, you know.
── There is this side that because she is expected to show results is why she’s in senbatsu, right?
Kinoshita :I told her directly without beating round the bush, you know. “In that cold, what did you think when you saw the members ranking in and rising up? You couldn’t stand not being ranked right?”
── ……. That was intense.
Kinoshita :And Anna said “I want to rank as well, but it can’t be helped.” And that’s why, “Anna is a person who definitely has to rank. You have to rank in and prove yourself, you know! That’s why if there’s a sousenkyo next year as well, just break out of your shell and say out the things you want to say. Because this time I understood how important that is.” is what I told her. And that is the same for the members like Miyamae Ami and Kitagawa Ryoha as well, who had ranked in the preliminary results. That’s something that I know more than anyone else, because I really understand that.
── Idols have the presence of fans who support them, right? I think that it is the first thing which you have to establish. And that’s why, you have to bring out the things what you’re happy about, what you’re frustrated about, and share the feelings with the fans. And a person who is able to do that will be loved as an idol is what I think.
Kinoshita : I really think that’s true. That’s true about the members as well, and I’m really very happy that after it had ended they all said “Congratulations!!” to me and shared my feelings with me. And Akarin also had read my entire web interview the other day, and because that was there too, she felt really happy for me.
── Suda-san stood up in happiness when you were called, right? And Kizaki-san also was crying when you were giving your acceptance speech. These scenes were broadcasted on TV, you know.
Kinoshita :We three were able to stand on the same stage! And Yakata Miki too! I’m really so happy that all the 3rd gen members who had registered to participate for the elections, everyone had their names called out. That’s why next year I definitely want Goto Risako to rank in as well! She was also saying that she will absolutely participate next year also, and this year’s one also acted like a trigger for her, and I’m really glad about that. That’s why definitely, I will make sure that she will stand on that stage next year, along with us. The girls who feel frustrated about this, I want them to focus their frustration on something. I want to change that girl’s feelings. And if I am able to do that, SKE48 will absolutely never come to an end! Because I think it is my duty to do that.
What she has regained now
── I feel like you have changed a lot since the time I interviewed you last week, haven’t you? At that time, you had completely lost your confidence and were really worried about it though (LOL)
Kinoshita :But now I’m really happy, you know~~!! Since these 5 years after joining SKE48, I have been slowly losing confidence, and now I feel that all that confidence has come back in me. Without boasting about this, I intend to make this a fresh starting line, and I really want to do my best. Now of course, there are “Next generation” members and all right? I’m not that young now anyway. But at the time when we 3rd gen members were called the “Next generation”, the amount of experience that we have piled up within us, and because of that, we are one step further than the current “Next generation” members, is what I believe.
── Because you are all still alive right?
Kinoshita :That’s right! Who are being called as the “Next generation” right now, we don’t know how things will turn out for them after this, right? There might be members who would decide to graduate as well. And that’s why, me along with the others from 3rd gen want to appeal to the fans so that they also can say “The 3rd gen is awesome! SKE48 is awesome!” And the Next gen members should see that and think that “We should also do our best!”, I think that this is the best example that we can give them. Because with that, it will be our real victory!
── That “we’re not yet handing over this position to our juniors!”, right?
Kinoshita :Of course, we’re not! Because in this year’s sousenkyo, the people who weren’t my fans also voted with a feeling that “We can’t leave Yukko alone!” and “Think about SKE48 as well!”. And even though if we think about handing over our position to our juniors, it will be a matter of disrespecting them.
── Now I feel that we have got the original Kinoshita Yukiko back, right?
Kinoshita :In this year’s sousenkyo, being able to rank-in has really become an asset for me. It’s still a long way away for me, but when the time comes for me to move on to my next step, I will surely be able to gather the courage to work more harder when I think back of that day. It has become something that important to me. Ah~!! I feel like I’ll start crying again now~~!
── Your faucet is really leaky, isn’t it??
Kinoshita :My tear glands are broken since a long time now, I guess. They are completely destroyed already I guess (LOL). That’s why, in my own way, I want to become a Kinoshita Yukiko at who people would say that “I’m glad that I voted for Yukko”, both for my own sake as well, and for SKE48’s sake as well.
── At first what do you think you’ll try your best at?
Kinoshita : I guess it’s about appealing myself at first. My own feelings, and how I present myself. Because that was what I was always kept being worried about. Since all the uncertainties have cleared up now. Right now I feel really refreshed.
── Because I think that from now on is your real showdown, I shall keep my expectations on you. And did you go to report this to that “Girl with a small face”? (LOL)
Kinoshita : I got a message on LINE from Ogiso, you know!! She said “Congratulations! Thanks for your hard work!”. I’ll go over to meet her shortly! All the people who have kept supporting me, thank you so much! I love you!
(Interviewed in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area on 9th June)