12 July 2012
AKB48 [Team Surprise] formed for Pachinko tie-in, with 12 new songs
On 12th July at Yokohama Arena, Team Surprise was announced as a tie-in for Pachinko company Kyoraku.
The Team Surprise members are:
Team A: Maeda Atsuko, Takahashi Minami, Takajo Aki, Shinoda Mariko, Kojima Haruna
Team K: Oshima Yuko, Itano Tomomi, Yokoyama Yui, Miyazawa Sae, Minegishi Minami
Team B: Watanabe Mayu, Kashiwagi Yuki, Kitahara Rie
Team 4: Shimazaki Haruka
SKE48 Team S: Matsui Rena
HKT48 Team H: Sashihara Rino
As this is a tie-in for a pachinko machine, all members selected are 18 or over. At the event, Team Surprise, minus the absent Sashihara Rino, performed [Manatsu no Sounds Good!], [Heavy Rotation], [Flying Get], and a new song [Juuryoku Sympathy].
[Juuryoku Sympathy] will be the first of 12 new songs, with one unveiled each week. A CD release of these 12 songs is planned for the future. The songs will be arranged like a typical AKB48 stage, with unit songs. The composition of the unit songs are as yet unknown, apart from one consisting of Maeda Atsuko, Oshima Yuko, and Kashiwagi Yuki.
You can hear a clip of [Juuryoku Sympathy] below:
It is interesting that so many new songs will be released for this, particularly with the new album just around the corner. I wonder whether they will ever perform this live as a stage. We can also see Paruru appearing amongst standard senbatsu members again, and I am pleased for her. This is also a big leap from last years pachinko tie-in unit [Sukeban Girls] which only consisted of three members and two new songs.