senbatsu sosenkyo

From the June issue of Monthly AKB48 group news.

Headline: I’m grinning because I’m standing next to Kawaei Rina-san

The “safe and sound pervert” Furukawa Airi has shown stability by entering the Undergirls for the second year in a row. Standing next to AKB48’s 25th-ranked Kawaei Rina, why is it that she started becoming nervous. “Right now, being next to Kawaei Rina-san, I’m grinning…” Being able to hear laughter from 70,000 people, it showed that her pervert character has become even firmer compared to last year. This year, like last year, she also drew on her hand her original characters, “Gugutasu-tan” and “Chibi Airin”, and the “three of them” stood to make a joyful speech. Showing her palm to the audience, she said “it’s blurry because of the sweat-no, the tears”, and once again made everyone laugh.

For those intending to vote from overseas in the AKB election:  A fan from HK apparently asked Togasaki at handshakes today if votes with an overseas IP will be counted.. and he confirmed that the answer is no, even if the page says that you’ve voted.

If you’re buying CDs/codes and intending to vote, make sure you use a Japanese proxy or VPN when you do so, just in case.

Edit:  Debunked.

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宮澤佐江 (@oyasuminaSAE_m)
2016/06/02 19:47

テーブルと珠理奈と、
キャラメルポップコーンと佐江。

Jurina together with the table、
The caramel popcorn and Sae。

#SKE48
#松井珠理奈
#AKB48選抜総選挙
#速報 #三位 #おめでとう👏🏻
#翼はいらない👼🏼🙅🏼
#SKE48
#Matsui Jurina
#AKB48 Senbatsu Sosenkyo
#Early Results #3rd place #Congratulations👏🏻
#Tsubasa wa Iranai👼🏼🙅🏼

pic.twitter.com/hdwt7iKhly

Mukaida Manatsu not taking part in election

shock.

*edited to add: rather than saying manatsu is selfless and wants fans to buy SKE singles instead.. main speculation is that she is going to graduate this summer as well.

2013.04.07 08:03

はいっ*まなつ

Yes.*Manatsu

おはようございます*

Good morning.*

朝から突然ですが、私、今年の総選挙、立候補しません。

This morning I have a sudden announcement but I will not be a candidate in this year’s elections.

だから、そのイベントに出ない分。握手会という場で沢山の方とお会い出来たらいいなと思います*

As such, I won’t be appearing at that event.  I think it would be great if I could meet lots of people at an event such as handshake events.

私は口下手で人見知りでいつも応援してくださっている皆さんにでさえ思ってること伝えられないこと沢山あるけれど、私は皆さんと『些細な日頃の出来事』とかを話すのが、楽しくて好きなんです*

I’m bad at speaking and shy, and even though I’m unable to convey lots of things that I’m thinking to the people who are always kindly supporting me, speaking with everyone about “trivial things that happen on a daily basis” is fun and I really love it. *

私はやっぱり楽しいことが好きだから・・・

Because I definitely love fun things…

今、私がやって楽しめるのは握手会な気がします*

Now, I feel that I have fun doing handshake events.*

元々の声やしゃべり方で楽しんでる感じが伝わらないときがあるかもしれないけれど、ちゃんと楽しんでるんです私(笑)

Although from the start there may be times when I wasn’t able to convey through my voice and speech that I’m having fun, I’m definitely having fun. lol

時には言われて嬉しくないこと、答えにくいことを言われることもあるけれど、そんなのよりも楽しい、笑顔で話せる話題のが全然多いし、そんなお話しを持ってきてくれる皆さんには本当に感謝してます(^^)

Although sometimes I’m told unhappy things, and there are times when I’m told things that I find difficult answering, more than that, there’s tonnes of fun, happy topics that we can talk about with smiling faces.  I’m really grateful to everyone who kindly brings such conversation. 

それに、言いたい事があるなら直接私に言ってもらったほうがいいのでね*

Besides that, if there’s something that you want to say, it would be better if it’s said directly to me, isn’t it *

短い時間だから、伝わらなかったり、全然違うふうに捉えられたりとかあるけど、そういうこともあっての握手会かなって思います。

Because it’s a very short time, although there are things that can’t be conveyed and times when we completely misunderstand the meanings of each other, I think that these things make handshake events what it is.

・・・ん?ちょっと段々言ってることが自分でも分からなくなってきたけど(笑)

…mm?  slowly and gradually, I’ve started not knowing what I’m saying lol 

とりあえず!!

anyway!!

握手会、お待ちしてます*

I’ll be waiting at the handshake event *

楽しいお話し沢山しましょう♪

Let’s talk about lots of fun topics ♪

選挙一緒に頑張ろう。って言ってくださったファンの皆さんには、この決断は申し訳ないなって思いましたが、私はこの判断に後悔はしてません!

Although I feel apologetic to the fans who kindly said “let’s work hard together at the election”, I don’t regret this decision! 

では、今日もAKB握手会っ

and so, for tomorrow’s AKB handshake event

よろしくでーす(^^)

please take care of me (^^)

PS.昨日の握手会で沢山聞かれたので今、報告します。

PS Because lots of people asked me about it at yesterday’s handshake event, I’m reporting this now.

遅くなってしまってすみません。

Sorry that it’s come so late.

今日も楽しいお話待ってまーす♪

I’m waiting to have fun conversations today, too♪

茉夏

Manatsu

I didn’t think it was possible to love someone so much.

2013-06-09 10:12:32

古川(゜∀。*)27↑

Furukawa (゜∀。*)27↑

おはーん!

Good mornnnnnnnn!

昨日は

Yesterday

「AKB48スーパーフェスティバル~日産スタジアム、小(ち)っちぇ!小(ち)っちゃくないし!!|」

「AKB48 Super Festival~Nissan stadium.. Too small! It’s not small!!」

が行われました!

was what I went to!

あああああああああ

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

本当にフェスティバル!という感じですごく楽しかったです♪♪

It was really with the feeling of a festival! It was so fun ♪♪

オープニングから「AKBフェスティバル」で旗を振ってすっごく盛り上がって、

During the opening, from when the 「AKB festival」 flag got waved I got super excited,

ユニット曲では

and during the unit song

「天国野郎」でバックダンサー?やらせていただいたのですが、

“Tengoku Yarou” I got to be a back dancer,

こんなコスプレをさせていただきましたw

so I was able to do this kind of cosplay lol

さぁ、これは何のコスプレでしょうか?

now, what kind of cosplay is this?

はい!絵描きさん(漫画家さん?)です!

Yes! An illustrator (Manga author?)!

この丸眼鏡はみんなに笑われましたwww

I got laughed at by everyone because of the round glasses lololol

そして

also

「あいりんっぽいw」って

they said that it was “Airin-like lol”

っぽい!?!(゜Д゜ )

… like me!?! (゜Д゜ )

みんないろーんなコスプレで楽しかったですw

Everyone did various cosplays and it was fun lol

SKE48では

SKE48’s

「1!2!3!4!ヨロシク!」

1234 Yoroshiku

「バンザイVenus」

Banzai Venus

「パレオはエメラルド」

Pareo wa Emerald

を披露させていただきました♪♪

were presented ♪♪

いやあああああみーんなで思いっきりバンザイ!ってできたの嬉しかったー♪

yeaaaaaaaaaaah that everyone was able to do banzai! at full blast was really funnnnnnnnnnnnn ♪

楽しかったー♪

It was funnnnnnnnnn ♪

そしてそして

also also

SKE48

新曲「美しい稲妻」も初披露させていただきましたあああ!

new song “Utsukoshi Inazuma” was also presented for the first timeeeeeeeeee!

今回も古川愛李、シングル曲に参加させていただくことになりました!

This time too, Furukawa Airi was able to take part in the single song!

たくさんの方にSKE48の魅力を知っていただけるように

So that loads of people will be able to see the attraction of SKE48,

この曲もしっかり歌っていきたいと思います!!

I think that we’ll try to sing this song properly!!

7月17日発売です♪よろしくお願いします!

It goes on sale on the 17th of July ♪ Please take care of us!

そして

Also

選抜総選挙

in the Senbatsu elections

27位をいただくことができました!!!

I was able to rank in 27th place!!!

投票してくださったみなさん

To everyone who kindly voted

本当にありがとうございました!!!

Thank you very much!!!

すごくすごくうれしいです!

I’m super super happy!

27位で発表があった瞬間

The moment when 27th place got announced

メンバーがハイタッチしてくれて

members kindly high-fived me and

自然とガッツポーズをしてしまいましたw

I naturally ended up doing fist pumps lol

テンション上がりすぎたw

I got too excited lol

手に描いてたちびあいりんとぐぐたすたん

Chibi Airin and Gugutasu-tan whom I drew on my hand.

(まだそんなににじんでないほうかな?w)

(Maybe it’s not too smeared yet? lol)

今回もみんなで舞台に立つ事ができました♪

This time too, all 3 of us were able to stand together on stage ♪

スピーチは毎回上手く言えないのですが、、、汗

although every time I’m not able to make a good speech… *sweatdrop*

少しでもありがとうの気持ちが伝わっていたらいいな(>_<)

I hope that I was at least able to convey a bit of my feelings of thanks (>_<)

この一年

During this year

ファンのみなさんの応援でここまで成長することができました

thanks to the support of all of the fans, I was able to grow to where I am now.

ファンのみなさんがいるから

It is because of all of the fans that

今の古川がいる

the current Furukawa exists.

この事を総選挙ですごく感じられます

I was able to feel that strongly from the election.

今回の目標

The goal this time

上へ!

to improve!

30位から27位に上へ進む事ができました!

I was able to advance from 30th place to 27th place!

本当に嬉しいです!

I’m really happy!

でも上はまだあります!

But there’s room for improvement!

自分はもっと上へ行けると信じて

I believe that I can move further upwards so

これからも今以上に上へ!上へ!成長していきたいと思ってます

from now on too, I’m hoping to move upwards and improve more than before, and develop and grow.

いや、してみせます!

No, I’ll do it to show everyone!

うーん

yuuuuuup

やっぱり文書にするのは難しいね!(>_<)

As expected, it’s hard to write it out in words isn’t it! (>_<)

これも成長しなきゃ!!

I’ve got to carry on growing from now on too!!

今回もみなさん

This time, too, everyone

本当にありがとうございました!

Thank you very much!

そしてこれからも

and, from now on too

よろしくお願いします!!

please take care of me!!

(All 3 are saying: 27th place! Thank you very much!)

あいりん(゜∀。*)

Airin (゜∀。*)

OK, Sasshi just about confirmed 1st. Sasshi Baidu forum pooled all of their resources and money… and voted an amazing 9108 times for her. And that’s just one group of Chinese fans. There’s just no way to beat that.

Side note: Actually, I’m more surprised that so many people trusted some Chinese fan with their money… D: looks like the trust paid off though. 

Separate question if this is real/fake: I speak Chinese, went to check the actual threads - planning, progress and final report. It looks realer than anything else like this that I’ve seen. Up to even an upload of the text file containing all of the voting codes used. They mainly bought these codes off auctions. It’s actually quite amazing.

*Edit: some idea of the scale of 9000 votes. Sasshi, on the first day, already had 14,000 more votes than her nearest competitor, Mayuyu. Undoubtedly some of that difference is part of the 9000 votes. But for power-voters, most of the votes can’t possibly be obtained/cast on the first day. It’s likely that at most, a few hundred of these 9000 votes were cast on day 1.

The closest member to Sasshi, Mayuyu’s 1st day votes grew from 11329 last year to 14885 this year so if we calculate proportionally, Mayuyu’s final expected vote count would be around 95000. 9000 votes is 9.5% of that - hardly “insignificant” for a power voter! Even if Mayuyu exceeds expectations and gets the final vote count of last year’s winner, Yuuko (108,837), 9000 is still approximately 8.3% of that!

Yuuko is practically the only contending member whose individual vote count on the first day fell from last year (by 1000 votes). Sure, in the final count 1000 votes is insignificant, but don’t forget that last year she was leading by 2500 votes on the first day! Traditional wisdom states that she has no need to be center anymore, she’s treating this like a celebration/festival (she said so in her own promo vid) and she’s just staying to train the next gen.

QED I say Sasshi is a shoo-in. Mathematically.

Watch on anshinanzen.tumblr.com

Mr Sunday’s AKB Sosenkyo - changes are coming (part 1 history, focus on Airi wota), part 2 on Paru, Yuuko, Sasshi.

Airi is featured as “the one who was unranked for 3 years in a row before being ranked 30th”.

As an Airi fan, I must say that… Airi wotas and Airi herself makes me feel incredibly proud.

Her comments at the end: More than saying “please try your best”, everyone kindly tells me “let’s work hard together”, I think that they’re a presence that allows new attractive sides of Furukawa to be shown and allows me to grow.

Airi watched this and she said on g+: 

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Moko was commenting in real time on g+ as well

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Just got another report in.  My all-powerful TList got someone else also present at the handshake right now to go confirm/deny the previous report with Togasaki, turns out that said HK fan misunderstood.  What Togasaki said was that there’s no voting site apart from the Japanese voting site, but that it’s perfectly fine to vote from overseas.

(That said, a lot of my TList are gonna use VPN/Proxies just in case.)

wwwwwww Yeah.. mathematically, the top 3 and the whole senbatsu was correct (positions not correct after top 3 though) except swop Akarin for Kaotan. Math is quite awesome.

According to my calculations… yeah sasshi was always going to win.

Things that made me REALLY happy:

1)  Airi got 27th. That was a big surprise, I was actually thinking she might not keep her undergirls spot. I was overjoyed. and so was Airi… she was SO AIRI-like during her speech that it only made me fall further in love. “I’m actually smirking here standing next to Kawaei-chan” (95% Airi-oshi TList: stop smirking omg you hentai idiot but SHE LOOKS SO HAPPY Me: wwwwww AIRI ;A; I LOVE YOUR HENTAI TOO) 

2)  Churi made undergirls and Nishishi also ranked.

3) 17 SKE girls ranking in total. 3 made senbatsu for the first time in history.

4) Bocchi actually being undergirls center.

5) Non 31st.. after she was so worried about not ranking.

6) Matsurina… and Umechan. And old Team KII and old Team E's lulzomg faces at their speeches.

7) JR Kami7

Things that made me lulz:

1) Everyone’s expression when Yuuko got called for 2nd. (Though as I said, I would’ve been more surprised if Sasshi HADN’T won)

2) Everyone’s air of anticipation and amusement when Yuihan got called.

3) Takamina being bullied by everyone, including Maachun.

4) That stupid float they recycled from Tokyo Dome for Sasshi’s trip around the Nissan.

5) Kojipa: Unexpectedly, I actually cared about the ranking. Next time, please try to vote before the early vote count.

Things that made me DAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW:

1) Mio-chan crying. That is… just… against the rules.

2) Hentai’s brilliant smile when Churi got called.

3) Churi, Neesan and Hentai smiling and sitting forward when MatsuRina got called.

4) JR seriously crying when Akarin got called as the first senbatsu member

5) Akarin: I was worried that because I’m already 21, I can’t be part of the new wave, but if that is the case, it’s fine if I pull the newer generation along with me.

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Other thoughts:

In the end, I wasn’t surprised by Mariko-sama’s graduation… more by the timing of the announcement. I was surprised by Sae-chan’s announcement. It’s very cool of her to say that she only wants the SNH position, but with the visa issues I’m wondering if it is a smart career choice after all. As Yuuko said, having Sasshi ranked first is really interesting. I’m not much of a Sasshi fan, but I’ve never denied that she’s been anything but supportive and great for the other girls. I’m wondering what that will mean for someone like that to be made center.

Overjoyed for SKE, so proud to be an SKE fan.

yay nishishi

OK, remember this g+ post?  Nishinaka-san has made her decision.

2013.04.07 00:00

立候補

Candidacy

こんばんは、中西です!

Good evening, it’s Nakanishi!

本日は握手会!

Today was a handshake event!

実は今日の私服はゆっこがお誕生日プレゼントしてくれた服なのです( ・∇・)

Actually, the clothes that I wore today was a birthday present from Yukko, you know. ( ・∇・)

アクセサリーも中西が持ってきた中からゆっちゃんが「これいいんじゃない?」って選んでくれました(*´∀`)

The accessories too, were chosen from among those that Nakanishi had by Yucchan who said, “isn’t this good?”  (*´∀`)

画像がその私服ですー♪

The photograph is of that outfit. ♪

さてさて。

next, next.

今日、総選挙立候補してきました。

Today, I submitted my candidacy for the elections.

立候補するかどうかずっとぐるぐると悩んでいて、今朝の時点ではどうしようかとまだ決めることが出来ていませんでした。

I was obsessively worrying about whether or not to stand as a candidate, and up till this morning, I was still unable to make a decision about what to do. 

でもね、今日の握手会で皆さんの顔を見て話してたら、自分でもびっくりするほどすんなり心が決まったんです。

but you know, after seeing everyone’s faces today during the handshake event and talking, I had decided so firmly that even I was surprised.

なんというか、もっとシンプルに考えていいんじゃないかって思えたんですよね。

Or rather, I was able to think, “isn’t it okay to think more simply” you know.

立候補制が決まってから初めての握手会ではないのに、不思議!

Although it isn’t even the first handshake event since the candidacy system was announced.  How strange!

ぐぐたすで相談した後だったから、かな?

Maybe it’s because it’s after I discussed it on google+?

皆さんの意見を聞いたあとだったからこそそうやって思えた気がしています!

I noticed that I was only able to think like this after hearing everyone’s views!

今日の握手会でも、たくさんの方に背中を押していただきましたし。

After all, at today’s handshake event too, I was supported by lots of people. 

私に言葉をかけて下さった皆さんありがとうございました!

Thank you to everyone who left words for me!

今はファンの皆さんと一緒に総選挙を楽しめたらいいな、という気持ちです!

Now, I have the feeling of “it’ll be great if I’ll be able to look forward to the election with everyone!”.

ガイシコンサート、武道館コンサート、そして9人の卒業も迫ってますが、その全てにちゃんと真っ正面から向き合っていくことが出来たらいいな。

Although the Gaishi concert, the Budoukan concert and the graduation of those 9 members are pressing closer, it would be great if I could properly face all of it while looking forwards.

それでは、良い夢を♪

and so, sweet dreams. ♪

Captain. <3 ;A; It’s not the peak for SKE yet, don’t worry.

2013.06.09 00:02

11,602

こんばんは、中西です!

Good evening, it’s Nakanishi!

第5回総選挙 64位

64th place at the 5th senbatsu elections

11,602票

11,602 votes

本当にありがとうございました!!!!!!!

Thank you very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

まさか自分が一万を超える票数をいただける日が来るなんて、と感動いたしました!!!

I was so touched because I didn’t ever think that the day when I would surpass 10,000 votes would come!!!

第一回の総選挙の時はそうなるなんて想像もしていなかったことです。

It’s something that I didn’t even imagine would happen during the first round of senbatsu elections.

今回64位ということで、もしかしたらあと一票でも足りていなかったらランクイン出来ていなかったかもしれません。

Because I ranked 64th this time, it’s possible that if I had even 1 vote less, I might not have ranked.

そう思うと、一票の重さをより感じて。

Thinking about that, I felt the weight of a single vote.

その一票はきっと色んな想いが込められた一票なんだと思います。

I think that each vote must be a vote with various feelings in it.

そんな大切な想いを私にくれてありがとう。

Thanks for kindly giving those precious feelings to me.

一票一票に、ありがとう。

For every single vote, thanks.

そして!

Also!

今回みなるんを入れて18人という多くのSKEメンバーがランクインしました!!

This time, including Minarun, as many as 18 SKE members ranked!! 

最近卒業生が多く出て、SKEはパワーダウンしたと感じられていないだろうかと、不安に思っていました。

I got really uneasy because recently there have been lots of graduations happening, and I wondered if it felt like SKE had powered down.

でも、今回の総選挙を通して、SKEはまだまだ上に行けると、改めて感じることができたのです!!!

But, through this election, I was able to feel again that SKE can still move on upwards!!!

そのためには、皆さんの支えが必要です。

For that, we need everyone’s support.

どうか、これからも一緒にSKE48を支えていただけたら嬉しいです!

Or rather, I would be really happy if from now on too, us in SKE could receive your support!

よろしくお願いします!!

Please take care of us!!

それでは、良い夢を♪

and so, sweet dreams♪

For today’s AKB election… one of my old students “Furukawa Airi” ranked 27th, and I felt comforted again that she’s working hard. To everyone whom she received support from, thank you very much. In the future too, please continue to take care of Furukawa. It’s a night where I feel somehow relieved. and so, good night… - Takemoto Takayuki

(T/N: He’s an Actor/Musician, debuted in 1981 lol)