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Ameblo 17/09/29 - SKE48′s Yuria.

I got to participate in Kizaki Yuria’s final SKE48 Seifuku no Me theatre performance today!!! ♪

It’s all done! It was fun!

Seifuku no Me is a stage that I, too, love. In the past, when this stage started, I went to see the costume rehearsal and liked all the songs. 

Yuria left for AKB48 without ever being on the same team as me, so being able to perform together like this is really invaluable, I’m happy (*^_^*)

Here’s her Okami to Pride with her cousin, Asai Yuka-chan.

How excellent (つд⊂)


It was the second time I performed this. The first, as some of you may know, was during the Yokohama Arena concert for Hako de Ose, however it wasn’t put on the disk version.

When I learned that I’d be performing Kareha no Station this time, I didn’t believe my eyes… I honestly had no confidence.

I felt that doing a solo song during Yuria’s graduation performance would feel really odd to the fans who came to see her, so for the first time in a while I was filled with negativity.

So I went to ask Yuria if I was really okay. She told me that “Churi-tan is good! I want to listen to Churi-tan’s song, plus you’re close with Renahyon! Right!”  (´;ω;`)

I cried  (´;ω;`)

I was worried about who would benefit from my Kareha no Station, but I knew that Yuria decided on the unit members so I decided to sing for Yuria and tried my best.

It felt like taking a step back into SKE48’s history by performing one of SKE48′s only original stages.

Like I mentioned during today’s MC, I wasn’t originally included among the members performing. However I happened to have some work together with Yuria, and she told me, “I can do a performance at the SKE theatre! Isn’t that great? Seifuku no Me! Come see me!” 

After she told me that I really felt like going to see it. After that, she told me “I wanted Churi-tan to appear too… But it’s impossible…”

“Huh? How about if I memorize it? If it’s for Yuria then I’ll memorize it!”

So my first ever Seifuku no Me appearance was decided thus lol

The managers and such got really worried about me, saying things like “Aren’t’ you busy around this time? Can you make it? Isn’t this your first time? Will you be able to memorize it all?”

You know, I’d like it if you wouldn’t underestimate me so. I haven’t been an idol for nine years just for show ヽ(´▽`)/ lol

I’m really glad I got to take part in it!!!

There were also a lot of SKE48 members who I normally don’t get to perform alongside, so it felt refreshing and was fun.

It felt natural and reassuring that some KII members were also there. The many hours I spent practicing with Yumana and Nao, who also performed Seifuku no Me for the first time, were also a valuable experience. It was fun!

I felt Yuria’s personality and her kindness lots.

Her love towards SKE48 as well.

I harbored some sad feelings and wondered whether her heart had gone to AKB48 ever since she regretfully left for AKB48, and whether she had forgotten about SKE48…

Therefore I’m glad that we performed together at the end.

I really love Yuria’s expression of being at ease when around her fellow third generation members.

Good work. Thanks, Yuria!

I love you, Yuria-peace.

[Translation] 100% SKE48 vol.1 Shibata Aya

The last translation of 100%SKE48 vol.1 is Aya-chan!!

Yeah, she graduated longgggggggggg ago lol But still, it’s worth reading. 

I will definitely continue translating with vol.2 but I cant promise when I will post them. *just like this one*

PS. Aya-chan talking about her brother is cute. www

Sister is top idol, brother is batter no.4 of university baseball team.

This kind of siblings only exists in manga!

Due to many feelings that overwhelmed Shibata-san recently,

We changed the atmosphere by taking her to see a baseball match.

But, it became an in-depth talk.

Baseball field in a sunny day, sister’s cheering sound echoes in the sky.

Watching her brother’s match for the first time

(Aya’s younger brother: Shibata Yoshiki, Hosei university baseball club, no.4, first base)

Members of Shibata family

- Today, it’s the first time we interview while watching baseball match.

Aya: And the weather is nice today, this is good.

- That’s right. Anyways, how is your relationship with your brother?

Aya: It’s ordinary. When I come to Tokyo, we would go for a meal sometimes. The last time we met may be around new year. We both quite busy recently, so we don’t see each other much.

- I see. February is the time of training camp for university baseball team, so he doesn’t have time. Are there times you two quarrelling?

Aya: Though our study class is 2 years apart, but we are actually 1 year apart (Shibata Aya was born on 1 Apr.) So, it doesn’t feel another one is older. We weren’t quite close when we were teenagers, but we played Yu-Gi-Oh card game together when we were kids.  

- Now, your brother is no.4 of Hosei. Has he been good at sports since childhood?

Aya: He played football in kindergarten. He also started to play baseball around that time. In primary school, he was tall and ran very fast. He’s a regular in sport events. Shibata house is good at sports. My dad had played baseball until high school. And now he plays golf often. He said his best score is 81. He’s also good at skiing. For my mom, she’s also sportswoman. Looks like she also played some sports when she was in school.

- Sportsman blood passed on to daughter, too.

Aya: For muscle strength, maybe yes. *laugh*

- There must be many fans who like Shibata-san’s calves. *laugh*

Aya: Fufufu Recently, I started to play golf. I started to understand that only practice will make it better but I don’t like sports *laugh* I didn’t get good grades in P.E. Well, I don’t like sweating.

- But when you are in Koen, you sweat like hell *laugh*

Aya: That’s it. I truly sweat for the first time when I entered SKE48.

- Back to your brother a bit, there were times you kept quiet about your brother.

Aya: Yes. I just think that it’s not necessary to tell anyone. He’s ordinary person. I don’t want to cause him any trouble. Anyways, one day it’s revealed.

- Why was that?

Aya: It’s from people at my brother side. When sports reporters knew this, they asked him “SKE48’s Shibata Aya is your sister, isn’t she?” and my brother didn’t refuse. Then, he got on the news *laugh*

- But isn’t it something to be proud of? Sister is an idol who gets to Senbatsu in election, brother is batter no.4 of Hosei.

Aya: Yeah. When the news said about him, he didn’t seem to be bothered or anything.

- Have you ever come to cheer your brother at stadium?

Aya: Never, this is the first time in my life to watch him play.

- First time!?

Aya: When Yoshiki was crazy about baseball, I was busy with study that I almost never go out. I basically don’t like going out. Only when Yoshiki was competing for Koshien (national high school baseball tournament), I watched him on TV a bit.

- I did some research. When he was 3rd year high school at Toho, his team went to play-off round in Summer. But they were narrowly defeated by Aiko Daimeden 3:2, they even cried. However, going to play-off round of Aichi prefecture was great already!

Aya: I had practice on that day, so I only watched half way. Seemed like he cried real hard.

- Getting eliminated from play-off in summer of 3rd year high school, anyone would cry *laugh* What about sister being an idol, has he ever said anything about it?

Aya: At first, he kept it quiet. It’s a pity that it got revealed so fast *laugh* After that, it seemed that his friend told him “(Your sister) She’s on TV today” Come to talk about it, he also voted and had my election poster hanged in his room. It’s funny *laugh*  

- He’s a good brother.

Aya: But he always tells me “You can’t do anything at home, people must be shocked” because I can’t do housework. So, celebrities he likes are all the type that’s opposite to me.

- Maybe, you are a bad example *laugh* In Koen, you once said that “my brother’s oshi is Saito Makiko” right?

Aya: He said that her appearance is his favorite. He also said “that’s cutest! So beautiful!”

- One more question, how do you call each other?

Aya: “Aya” and “Yoshiki”. I never have the feeling of being older sister and he always behave like he’s older son. Anyways, he’s different from me. He’s friendly type.

- But sister conversely is isolated type.

Aya: Everyone in Shibata house is friendly, good at sports. Only me who is timid and always study *laugh*

- Has he ever gone to Koen or concert?

Aya: In concert “Minogashita Kimitachi e” (at TDC hall in 2011), I invited him. In fact, he also came to theater in Nagoya *laugh* it was “Saga Akari” stage (Team E period). I felt a bit guilty for leaving him watch in standing area.

- If there’s someone looks that similar, fans would notice.

Aya: Really?

- You both really look similar.

Aya: Do we? I’m more like my dad, Yoshiki’s more like my mom. But maybe, both our parents’ eyes are distinctive.

Drinking companion

(Now players are warming up)

Aya: Here they come!! Whoa, people look tiny from here. He was a catcher, so his shoulder is big.

- Since he got shoulder pain, he changed to play base instead, right?

Aya: That’s right. But this is not the first time I watch baseball. In the past, I went to watch Chunichi Dragons match with dad many times. Around the time of Gomez.

- The time of Gomez!

Aya: No.1 Lee, No.2 Fukutome, No.3 Kazuyoshi, No.4 Gomez, I was still in primary school. That time Hoshino (Senichi) was head coach. I also got his autograph! It’s still hanging in my house.

(5th inning, Hosei offense, Keio is 7 points lead)

- …Never thought it would come out like this.

Aya: Even though I came to watch…let’s get a drink!

- Then, I’ll order now! Excuse me, beer please!

Aya: *gulp* Ha! This is angel of victory!

- How much can you drink?

Aya: That’s not the point. I can drink but I restrain myself.

- What if you get drunk?

Aya: I would keep smiling.

- There must be people invite you to drink often.

Aya: Fufu However, I won’t go with men. *gulp* Ha!

(Now, batter hit the ball to the left)

Aya: Yossha!! They hit!! But I like drinking while listening to other people stories.

- What about drinking with members?

Aya: That’s right. Who should I go with…

(the next batter hit the ball but too light)

Aya: Whaaa!! Ah! It’s Gettsu!

(Gettsu is “double play” in baseball term means defense side eliminate 2 offense side in a row)

- Hearing “Gettsu” from Shibata-san feel weird *laugh*

Aya: Oh right! Going for a drink with Kato Rumi-san would be good. Her stories are very funny. I also would like to know how she thinks about me. And she might teach me about delicious fish. *laugh*

- True fisherwoman.

Aya: And Saito Makiko-san. She seems to endure burden too much as a captain. So, I want to tell her “wouldn’t it be better to enjoy with it more?” even though it may not work…

(Now, first base hit a foul ball. Her brother missed it.)

- Eh! This is bad!

Aya: Ah…it doesn’t look good today.

- When they did engine, he might have said “Today, my sister comes” so everyone’s spacing out.

Aya: I don’t think he said!

- When the team’s in tough situation like this, what would Shibata-san do?

Aya: I’m the type of person “I am me” *laugh* Although we helped each other during Team E, but I was changed for real only after moving to KII.

- Spirit “For the Team” of KII changed you?

Aya: That’s right! In the past, I only thought of my own result. But after that, I started to think of team’s victory.

- Comparing to a baseball game, right?

Aya: My result wasn’t really good. In KII, team’s atmosphere was great. When the team got more attention, people also started to pay more attention to me. So, that shuffle was a success for me.

- Was there anyone told you “you look changed”?

Aya: Many! Before that, I’ve never gone out with other team members. That was the first time that I, myself, would like to invite everyone to a dinner.

- Revolution!

Aya: The present Team E is also full of energy and very steady. Now, we are performing shuffle Koen with other team’s members. It’s fun to know the other side that I’ve never known, just like CE-PA league.

(CE-PA league is a cross-region league: central league and pacific league)

- It’s nice, comparing with baseball.

Aya: Feels like WBA, maybe?

- It’s WBC *laugh* (WBC = World Baseball Classic)

Aya: Ah it’s wrong! That’s basketball.

- Basketball is NBA! Maybe, you are drunk *laugh*

Aya: No, I’m not!

- Then, let’s have one more.

Aya: …alright *smile* Excuse me, beer please. *gulp* Ha!

- It’s great to have a drink like this. Now, let’s talk about the group. Are there young members that look interesting?

Aya: Yes! The ones who perform Koen together recently and I think they’re interesting are Hidaka Yuzuki and Asai Yuka-chan. Yuzuki can show facial expression like a grown-up, very impressive. As for Asai-chan, I feel that she has potential. Saying like this may seem overpraising though *laugh* In cheerful songs, she can do better than expected, just as good as regular members.

(T/N: Yukatan was still a Kenkyuusei at the time of this interview)

- Saying like this, Shibata-san’s votes may go to Asai Yuka-san. (T/N: Aya didn’t run for election in 2016)

Aya: That’s okay. My votes can go to any members as long as they’re SKE48. But of course, I want them to vote NonMei (Kimoto Kanon and Sakai Mei) the most. I want 4th gen to get higher. There are lots of children in SKE48, of all these high schoolers, I want both of them to be outstanding. They are children who will carry on SKE48 hereafter.

- For example, Ego-chan?

Aya: That’s right! Just a little bit more for Ego-chan, she really has potential.

- Shibata-san doesn’t run for election this year…

Aya: That’s because I had already decided.

“propriety” and “talent”

- Next is the same question that we ask other members in this issue. There are times when the atmosphere in the group doesn’t look good, now it seems to be better, what do you think?

Aya: After Mae no Meri, the atmosphere wasn’t quite good. Both fans and members all got “Rena Loss” effect. However, another important event just has passed, it’s (Miyazawa) Sae-san’s graduation concert. There was also “Sae-san Loss” before and after the concert.

- This is interesting.

Aya: Because of Sae-san’s word, everyone becomes united. Everyone’s so ready to fight. We keep the memories in that day and continue to do our best.

- Sae-san was the center of everyone. Seems like she gave solidarity as graduation present.

Aya: It might be. It was a huge thing that Sae-san joined us…um…

(Now, another double play happens)

Aya: Wahh!! Gettsu again, how many times now!?

- 3rd time today.

Aya: Eh, where we left off?

- Sae-san *laugh*

Aya: Ah, that’s right *laugh*

- Come to talk about it, in graduation concert, after Sae-san left the stage, there was announcement about new system, right? There was captain and vice-leader appointment which let us see the next chapter of SKE48. That was great.

Aya: Yeah!

- Anyways, there was nothing like this when Rena-san graduated. That’s why, there’s sadness left inside.

Aya: That’s true. Now, atmosphere in the group is much relieved.

- One more thing we would like to ask. For SKE, the period of WMatsui is the longest period. But not only those 2, there was also the period that Shibata Aya, Takayanagi Akane, Suda Akari competing for “A”

(T/N: “A” is their initial, these 3 have the same. After JR, they compete for A. However, I think most people comprehend that A belongs to Akane.)

Aya: Including me? Thank you. *laugh*

- I think you are all can reach to WMatsui level. To be like that, what do you think is needed?

Aya: What is it…I am the rebel type, kind of like “there’s no way she gets into Senbatsu” That time, I was only competing with myself because I wanted to get into Senbatsu. I tried with all my might both in Koen and handshake event. But, you can’t just focus on handshake event. It’s completely different from being a survivor in entertainment industry.

- That’s right.

Aya: It’s very important to have many fans. But to be better, you need to have your own talent. In this past year, I didn’t care much whether my handshake ticket sold out or not. But of course, as long as I’m here in the group, I dedicate myself into it more than anything. However, I also need to think about the future, both “propriety” and “talent”. I also have to learn to broaden my perspective.

- Talking about “talent”, are there any members who seem interesting?

Aya: It’s (Goto) Rara! She’s good at English and golf. And she’s trying her best earnestly. She’s very talented. (Furuhata) Nao-chan’s also good at singing and acting. (Azuma) Rion’s also like that, she has so many charm points. I’m so jealous of them.  

- So right now, there are many juniors that could make seniors jealous.

Aya: That’s right! But we also need to have someone, whom fans infatuate with, like Yunana. There are children who are different from Jurina-san and Rena-san competing. Isn’t it what we would like to see?

(match ended, Hosei lost 1-11)

Aya: Ah!! They’re lost!

- You missed an opportunity to be “Angel of Victory”…

Aya: Um…we should have a rematch. I will come again in Fall season! I promise!