Welcome to MELOS no Michi
an information and news blog dedicated to covering the latest news for: AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48, JKT48


Otona AKB48 Member Revealed
AKB48 held an audition for a temporary member aged 30 or above. The winner is 37 year old housewife and mother Tsukamoto Mariko.
AKB48 37th Single Senbatsu Election Candidates
A total of 296 members will participate in this year's senbatsu election. This is the highest number ever. 14 members decided not to participate, check out who they are here.
AKB48 Request Hour Setlist Best 200 Final Day
Ranks 100~1 were performed on April 6. Number 1 is Seijun Philosophy. See the full Top 100 list here.
AKB48 Team 8 Members Revealed
AKB48 created Team 8 with one member for each prefecture. Find out more about this new team here!
AKB48 36th Single [Labrador Retriever] Senbatsu
AKB48's new single features 36 senbatsu members. Find out who they are!
AKB48 Group Spring Concerts Setlist
AKB48 and their sister groups are holding several spring concerts at two different venues. Check out the setlists!
AKB48 Group 37th Single Senbatsu Election To Be Held in June
This year again AKB48 and its sister groups will hold an election to decide senbatsu members. The 37th Single Senbatsu Election will take place on June 7th in Ajinomoto Stadium. Voting tickets will be included in the 36th single which will be relased on May 21st.
AKB48 Group Dai Sokaku Matsuri Setlist + All Group Shuffle
Check out the new shuffled team system!
AKB48 Group Shuffle Final Results
A few members declined their new team positions. Here are the revised shuffle results.
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06 August 2011

New Writers Welcome!

A while ago I wrote about me going to get conscripted into the army and thus had to start hiring new writers in order to keep the blog alive. Response has been great and 1 month later and I am happy to introduce you all to the 4 new writers of the blog!

By the way, _chinpingpong will be heading to the army at the end of this month. I myself will be heading there in October.

Not to withhold you any longer, here are the new writers. Please treat the well!


Gender: Female
Age: 23
Occupation: Student
Favorite Artist: AKB48, SDN48, Pink
Start of Fandom: June 2008
AKB48: Masuyama Kayano (graduated), Akimoto Sayaka (current)
SKE48: Nakanishi Yuka
SDN48: Urano Kazumi

Hello blog-readers! I'm Eimi or sorceress628 from the stage48 forums.

I got into AKB48 during high school when we were assigned to cover songs in Japanese class. I found Hone Hone Waltz and followed the links on youtube to discover AKB48. I'm a pretty old school AKB fan as things go and love seeing graduated members at AX100.

I did a guest post on MELOS no Michi a long time ago on my oshimen, Masuyama Kayano. Unfortunately she's taking a break from the entertainment world right now, most likely to focus on her upcoming college entrance exams and remainder of high school, but I hope she shows up at AX100 again.



Gender: Female
Country: USA
Occupation: Student
Favourite Artists: AKB48, No Sleeves, Watarirouka Hashiritai
Start of Fandom: September 2006 (between Skirt, Hirari and Aitakatta)
AKB48: Minegishi Minami

Hihi! I'm Kyttyee, and I'm excited to be on board as a writer for MELOS no Michi ^_^ I'm from Chicago, IL and I'm currently a student at Northwestern University, studying linguistics.

I'm a fan of many musical groups from Japan, but AKB48 was the first one I discovered, so they're kind of like my special little baby. I've been a fan for about five years now, so I've seen them through a lot of changes XD Some of my current other musical obsessions include Arashi, Attack All Around (AAA), and Makino Yui.

My oshimen in AKB48 is Minegishi Minami, although Itano Tomomi comes in a close second. My favorite subgroup is No Sleeves. I have a hard time pinpointing a favorite song because it constantly changes, depending on what I've been listening to recently and what kind of mood I'm in ^_^;; I do love their graduation songs though, especially the lovely harmonies in Sakura no Shiori.

Anyways, I like all sorts of things about Japanese culture, both traditional and pop, and I'm working hard to learn the language on my own, so if you want to help me practice, feel free to try to chat with me in Japanese :-D

Twitter: http://twitter.com/kyttyee/


Name: Samridhi
Age: 19 (October 8th, 1991)
Country: Nepal
Occupation: Student (Business Administration)
Start of Fandom: August 2010 (river and 10nen Zakura)

Hello! My name is Sammy and I'm a 19 year old Undergraduate from Nepal. I'm a total Otaku. You'll usually find me reading mangas or playing games. Japanese music has been a part of my life for a long time now and I am a fan of Mika Nakashima, Namie Amuro, Utada Hikaru, YUI, GIRL NEXT DOOR and many more.

I've been a fan of AKB48 for a year now. I started first listening to them through their Kamikyoku Tachi album. My favorite song would of course be Beginner, not only the song I fell in love with but also with the choreography.

I don't particularly have an oshimen from AKB48 because I happen to adore almost all of the girls but I guess if I had to pick one it'd be Takahashi Minami. Matsui Jurina is my oshi from SKE48 though (her cuteness totally grabbed me.) As for NMB48 and SDN48 - undecided since I still haven't fully explored these groups as of yet.

Someday I hope to get married, have cute daughters, get a job in Japan and settle down there with my family. :3

As a new writer and contributor not only will I be expanding my own knowledge but I will do my best to give quality news about 48 groups! :)


Gender: Female
Name: Ying
Age: 18 (November 23, 1992)
Country: United States of America
Occupation: Student
Favorite Artists: AKB48, SKE48, Buono!, aiko, Norah Jones
Start of Fandom: Chance no Junban (2010)
AKB48: Akimoto Sayaka
SKE48: Kimoto Kanon
SDN48: Ohori Megumi
NMB48: Yoshida Akari

Hello all! I am Ying, currently 18 years of age and attending university as an undergraduate student majoring in domestic economics. I make my home in California where foreigners believe the sun never stops shining. But how untrue their perceptions are! I've experienced freezing weather even in mid-July.

Though I've listened to AKB48's music since 2008 when Sakura no Hanabiratachi was re-recorded, my fandom had only kicked into full-gear late last year with the release of Chance no Junban. What caught my attention was the unusual line-up featured in the song's PV. I am a big fan of idols and since I was beginning to tire of Korean pop stars and Hello!Project, I shifted my attention to the 48 family.

My favorite AKB48 member is team K captain, Akimoto Sayaka. I absolutely worship her beauty, singing talent, and personality. Even though side-activities keep her busy, she is not getting the push she deserves in singles nowadays. I just hope that she receives more PV screentime with the release of Flying Get. I am also a big fan of SKE48 and my oshimen is the group's youngest, Kimoto Kanon.

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