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an information and news blog dedicated to covering the latest news for: AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48, JKT48


AKB48 Is Looking for a Part-Time Member
Following OtonaAKB, AKB48 came up with a new form of temporary membership: part-time idol. Find out more about this new project here.
AKB48 Team 8 Makes Theater Debut
AKB48 Team 8 performed its first theater show on August 5. Get more information about the shonichi performance here!
SKE48 Announces 7th Generation Auditions
SKE48 is looking for new members and this time the fans will be part of the decision about who joins the group!
AKB48 37th Single Senbatsu Election - Final Results
AKB48 held its election for the 6th time and for the 1st time Watanabe Mayu won it. Check out the full results here!
Details on the AKB48 Group Pennant Race
The AKB48 Group teams will compete against each other in a new event, the AKB48 Group Pennant Race. Points will be awarded based on theater ticket applications, theater version handshake ticket sales and sousenkyo votes.
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22 October 2013

"JKT48 Horas" Concert Report

Previously JKT48 held concerts in 5 big cities in Indonesia. A week ago, they started to do concert again. Last week's was in Batam. JKT48 held the concert on 19 October 2013 in Medan, North Sumatera, and I got the chance to watch, also to report it here.


M01 - Aitakatta
M02 - Kimi no Koto ga Suki Dakara ~Karena Kusuka Dirimu~
M03 - Kiss Shite Son Shichatta ~Rugi Sudah Dicium~
M04 - Baby! Baby! Baby!
M05 - Gomen nee, Summer! ~Maafkan, Summer!~
M06 - Tenshi no Shippo ~Ekor Malaikat~
M07 - Tsundere!
M08 - Kuroi Tenshi ~Malaikat Hitam~
M09 - Junjou Shugi ~Prinsip Kesucian Hati~
M10 - Manatsu no Christmas Rose ~Mawar Natal Musim Panas~
M12 - Oogoe Diamond ~Teriakan Berlian~
M13 - Ponytail to Shushu
M14 - Yuuhi wo Miteiru ka? ~Apakah kau melihat mentari senja?~
EN1 - Koisuru Fortune Cookie ~Fortune Cookie Yang Mencinta~
EN2 - First Rabbit
EN3 - Heavy Rotation
EN4 - Hikoukigumo ~Jejak Awan Pesawat~

I can't definitely say the members performing the songs, because I can't clearly see since I didn't get the VIP seat and also the camera didn't do any good.

There are some critiques that surface from Medan wotas. On the promotional banner, it is stated that the gate will be opened on 16.00 WIB (Medan Standard Time). Honestly, since I'm so excited that JKT48 will be coming to Medan, I came at exactly 16.00 WIB. To my surprise, the gate hasn't been opened yet. So, I and my little sister decided to wait for my friends to arrive. I thought that maybe the gate will open in 17.00. So I waited a bit. Because the gate hasn't been opened yet, and my legs are getting tired for standing for a good 2 hours, I sit on the floors of the plaza and of course the other wotas. And around 18.50 WIB they started to make a line to get in. I got the place at the middle. The good thing that happened here was that they asked that women & children should go at the front. So I joined the others at the front. And there I was waiting for a good 1.5 hours. My leg started to worn out. Well, around 19.00 WIB they started to check our belongings, and allowed us to get in.

I thought that after everybody got in, the concert will start in 5 minutes. But in fact, we wait again for 30 minutes - 45 minutes. Its so unprofessional that JKT48's music video are played again and again. After waiting, they played the video with information about the member that is performing. And again I thought that after that video the concert will directly start, but we wait again. After the video, the machine on the stage sprayed some smoke. and all people thought that the concert will start soon. But they did that 2 times or more and the concert didn't start too.

People (and me too) started to do the chanting. We called "JKT48!" again and again until they appeared. And so after 10 minutes chanting, finally Stella started the show. During the first song, Aitakatta, Nabilah and Shania didn't appear for a while. To my surprise, Nabilah and Shania appeared and is carried using a motorcycle. Its totally hilarious. Then the song continue until the MC.

During the first MC, everyone presented themselves, and they made some change, "All of them must say "Horas!" (Note : Horas is "Halo" in Bataknese, Bataknese is the main tribe in Medan) and let the wotas see which of them has the most attractive pose. They do various movements, Nadila did some dance, Kinal too. Haruka can't say the "Horas!" correctly. So after the members introduce themselves, the topic of the first MC was hilarious too. It is really the "Team J Legendary MCs".

Then during Tenshi no Shippo, its so cute, they're costume are great. Their costume are totally at my favor. Then, when they performed Tsundere!, they act so cool I can't help but chant along with other wotas. After Tsundere!, they did MC again, but I didn't really remember what they talked about that time. The only thing I remember is that Ghaida joined the MC, she stood out a lot.

After the MC, they performed Kuroi Tenshi, I was totally amazed. Melody performed perfectly. The only thing I want to criticize at this point is that how could the song stopped in the middle. The song suddenly stopped and they also stopped dancing. They said that maybe there are some technical mistakes there. But that was a total shame. I'm really disappointed at that time, but the music started again and I continue the chanting. After Kuroi Tenshi, it was Junjou Shugi, Haruka's costume was a very unique costume.

During the MC before RIVER, I didn't remember what are they saying, I didn't hear it clearly. The only thing I remembered is that they are talking about their past, asking is it the first time they came to Medan and so on. And then the other members appeared on the stage and they start performing RIVER. During RIVER, everybody was totally excited. The chanting are far more louder than before, and of course, since the song is making everybody hyped, the chantings are so loud, until I have to maximize my voice to be on par.

Oogoe Diamond is also fantastic. Then during Ponytail to Shushu, that's the only song where my chanting is not as confident as before. I don't remember some parts of this song. Then they did MC again. During the MC they mentioned about the song after the MC will be the last song. Everybody sighed heavily at the same time. That sure made me laugh. Then they performed Yuuhi wo Miteru ka?. Its a nice song brought by them. But they need to enhance they're tempo and teamwork so their dance works much better.

The wotas are not satisified, they chanted "ENCORE!" so loud. I joined too, and I didn't lose out to other wotas of course. The encore chant goes straight for around 4-5 minutes. Before the members got out, they showed a video about the dance cover of Koisuru Fortune Cookie, made by the members of Team KIII. The language uses Bataknese accent, it made me laugh so hard. And then, the members got to the stage using the official clothes for this concert, with word "JKT48 Horas!". Then everybody was asked to stand. They sang Koisuru Fortune Cookie, wotas also followed, but mainly only the VIP seats. We in the middle and the back seats didn't really follow lol.

The part during encore is the most exciting part, because everybody is so hyped up. During the last song, Hikoukigumo, the others are hyped up, but I didn't really know this song, so I just follow the chanting lol.

The only thing left to said is that JKT48 Operation Team should make a clear information about the time of the concert next time. Its really tiring for wotas to wait for 3-4 hours.

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20 October 2013

Team 4 to Start Performing the [Te wo Tsunaginagara] Stage

AKB48 Team 4 will start performing the [Te wo Tsunaginagara] stage starting from 3rd November 2013. The senshuuraku (final performance) of the current AKB48 kenkyuusei [Pajama Drive] stage will be held on 27th October 2013.

[Te wo Tsunaginagara] was originally SKE48 Team S 2nd stage, and more recently was HKT48 Team H's 1st stage, and was also performed by HKT48 before Team H was formed. Although [Pajama Drive] is now finishing for AKB48, it will be performed by HKT48 Himawari-gumi style from 2nd November 2013. See this post for more details on that.
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Team N's 3rd Stage Show [Koko ni datte Tenshi wa Iru] Postponed Yet Again

Team N's long awaited 3rd stage [Koko ni datte Tenshi wa Iru] has been postponed again. The show was scheduled to start on October 26th but the starting date was now pushed back two weeks. New Shonichi date is November 9th.

As is widely known, N3 has a long history of postponements already. The show was originally scheduled for May 12th, 2012, one and a half year ago. This current postponement is already the fourth.

I wonder if this show is ever going to happen. Five different starting days, one and a half year of postponements. Why do they even bother to announce starting dates if they can't make them?
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16 October 2013

Yokoyama Team A New Waiting Stage Setlist

On the 16th October 2013, there was a surprise at the Yokoyama Team A show. Instead of performing their standard Waiting Stage setlist, they performed a new setlist! This setlist is that of Team A's 4th Stage [Tadaima Renaichuu] apart from the unit songs are all different and not from that stage.

Check out the full setlist below:

M01. Tadaima Renaichuu
M02. Kuma no Nuigurumi
M03. Only Today
M04. Kioku no Dilemma (Takahashi Minami, Matsui Sakiko, Iwata Karen, Sasaki Yukari)
M05. Candy (Yagura Fuuko, Watanabe Mayu, Kodama Haruka)
M06. Zannen Shoujo (Takahashi Juri, Kawaei Rina, Morikawa Ayaka)
M07. Tsundere! (Kikuchi Ayaka, Yokoyama Yui, Oshima Ryoka)
M08. Dakishimeraretara (Sato Sumire, Iriyama Anna, Tano Yuuka)
M09. Darui Kanji
M10. Mr. Kissman
M11. Kimi ga Oshiete Kureta
M12. Bingo!
M13. Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou
EN1. Love Chase
EN2. Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru
---VTR--- (with Sakura no Hanabiratachi BGM)
EN3. Nante Suteki na Sekai ni Umareta no Darou

See Pancho's google+ post for pictures of every song: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/114007873084322574127/albums/5935368626921569425
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13 October 2013

Jo Eriko Returns to NMB48, Hayashi Momoka Promoted to Team N and Other Surprises Announced

NMB48 finished the second and final day of their 3rd Anniversary Live and this day brought several surprise announcements.

During the evening concert it was revealed that former Team M member Jo Eriko returns to NMB48 as a Kenkyuusei. Jo Eriko had first joined the group alongside the other 2nd Generation members in 2011 and immediately became the ace of the 2nd Generation and later the center of Team M. She graduated from NMB48 in September 2012. She was now allowed back after passing a special audition.

Another surprise of the evening concert was the promotion of Hayashi Momoka to Team N to fill the open spot of graduate Fukumoto Aina. Momoka is a 2nd Generation member and joined NMB48 already in mid-2011, after more than two years as a Kenkyuusei she now became a full member.

Two other announcements had already been made during the noon concert. First, NMB48 will release studio recordings of their stage shows on January 1, 2014. Second, Team M will have a solo concert tour around Osaka Prefecture.

Setlists from the anniversary concerts can be found here.
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12 October 2013

SKE48 [Request Hour Setlist Best 50 2013] Results

SKE48's 4th Request Hour Event SKE48 Request Hour Setlist Best 50 2013 ~Anata no Suki na Kyoku wo Kamikyoku to Yobu. Dakara, Request Hour wa Kamikyoku Matsuri.~ was held at Aichi Arts Center on October 10th and 11th. Voting tickets for this event were included in SKE48's latest single [Utsukushii Inazuma].

This year's winner is Anata to Christmas Eve, a song from Team S' 1st Stage [Party ga Hajimaru yo] performed by Sato Mieko and Deguchi Aki. During SKE48's first Request Hour in 2010 the song already ranked 3rd, but dropped to #36 in 2011 and ranked 20th in 2012 which makes this year's result very surprising. Last year's number one Hazumisaki dropped to #23.

The full results are listed below. Last year's results are indicated in brackets.

SKE48 Request Hour Setlist Best 50 2013
~Anata no Suki na Kyoku wo Kamikyoku to Yobu. Dakara, Request Hour wa Kamikyoku Matsuri.~

Day One
10 October 2013

50. (41) Hanabi wa Owaranai
49. (NEW) Hatsukoi no Fumikiri
48. (30) Kiss datte Hidarikiki
47. (31) Kamoku na Tsuki
46. (36) Okidoki
45. (18) Bazooka hou Hassha
44. (28) Pareo wa Emerald 
43. (NEW) Darkness
42. (14) Omatase Setlist
41. (13) Wimbledon e Tsuretteitte
40. (NEW) Choco no Dorei
39. (--) Nakama no Uta
38. (NEW) Seishun no Mizushibuki
37. (42) Ai no Iro
36. (15) Kataomoi Finally 
35. (NEW) Jyuri Jyuri Baby
34. (26) Glory Days
33. (22) Kizashi
32. (21) Gomen ne, Summer
31. (NEW) Atto Iu Ma no Shoujo
30. (34) Namida no Shounan
29. (NEW) Shalala na Calendar
28. (37) Halation
27. (NEW) Fuyu no Kamome
26. (NEW) Utsukushii Inazuma

EN01. Reset
EN02. Theater no Megami
EN03. Boku no Taiyou
EN04. Hanabi wa Owaranai (All)

Day Two
11 October 2012

25. (NEW) Through the Night
24. (NEW) Futari Dake no Parade
23. (1) Hazumisaki
22. (39) Choco no Yukue
21. (19) Koi wo kataru Shijin ni narenakute
20. (25) Dakishimeraretara
19. (10) To be continued
18. (NEW) Tsuyogari Tokei
17. (24) Wagamama na Nagareboshi
16. (NEW) Sore wo Seishun to Yobu Hi
15. (17) Usotsuki na Dachou
14. (--) Two Roses
13. (11) Manazashi Sayonara 
12. (NEW) Yuudachi no Mae
11. (5) Ookami to Pride
10. (9) Mushi no Ballad
9. (7) Aun no Kiss
8. (NEW) Mitsubachi Girl
7. (12) Cross
6. (4) Me ga Itai Kurai Hareta Sora
5. (8) Nice to meet you
4. (6) Finland Miracle
3. (2) Omoide Ijou
2. (3) Kareha no Station
1. (20) Anata to Christmas Eve

EN01. Banzai Venus
EN02. 1!2!3!4! Yoroshiku
---Matsumurabu PV Premiere---
EN03. SKE48 (All)
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NMB48 3rd Anniversary Special Live Setlist Day 1 and Day 2 [Updated]

On October 9th, NMB48 celebrated its 3rd anniversary. On that day three years ago, the 1st Generation Kenkyuusei were first presented to the public during AKB48's Tokyo Aki Matsuri.

To commemorate this anniversary a special two day anniversary concert had been announced and the first concert was performed on October 12th by all NMB48 members. Another two concerts followed on October 13th. All three setlists can be read below

NMB48 3rd Anniversary Special Live
Date: 12th and 13th October 2013
Osaka-jo Hall

Day 1
Date: 12th October

M01 - NMB48 (All)
M02 - Tsukimisou (1st Generation Members)
M03 - Party ga Hajimaru yo (2nd Generation Members)
M04 - Aitakatta  (3rd Generation Members)
M05 - Seishun Girls  (4th Generation Members)
M06 - Korogaru Ishi ni Nare (All)
M07 - Bird (Watanabe Miyuki, Yogi Keira, Kushiro Rina)
M08 - Nagekiss de Uchiotose! (Azuma Yuki, Ishizuka Akari, Kamieda Emika, Nakagawa Hiromi, Tanigawa Airi, Mita Mao)
M09 - Shinkirou (Muro Kanako, Yagura Fuuko)
M10 - Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru (Ishida Yuumi, Kono Saki, Kusaka Konomi, Takayama Riko, Nakano Reina, Nishizawa Rurina, Morita Ayaka, Yabushita Shu)
M11 - Blue Rose (Ichikawa Miori, Ota Yuuri, Shimada Rena, Yamagishi Natsumi)
M12 - Kinjirareta Futari (Akazawa Hono, Kinoshita Haruna)
M13 - Ame no Doubutsuen (Ueda Mirei, Uno Mizuki, Umehara Mako, Odan Mai, Kurokawa Hazuki, Takano Yui, Yamauchi Tsubasa, Yamao Rina)
M14 - Skirt, Hirari (Kawakami Chihiro, Kotani Riho, Koyanagi Arisa, Shibuya Nagisa, Miura Arisa)
M15 - Kuchiutsushi no Chocolate (Kadowaki Kanako, Kinoshita Momoka, Yoshida Akari)
M16 - Nageki no Figure (Ogasawara Mayu, Koga Narumi, Nishimura Aika, Murase Sae)
M17 - Itoshiki Natasha (Kato Yuuka, Kawakami Rena, Yamada Nana)
M18 - Namida no Shounan (Okita Ayaka, Kondo Rina, Jonishi Kei, Terui Honoka, Hayashi Momoka)
M19 - Senaka kara Dakishimete (Akashi Natsuko, Shibuya Nagisa, Shimazaki Momoka, Shiroma Miru, Matsuoka Chiho, Matsumura Megumi, Yamaguchi Yuuki)
M20 - Glass no I Love You (Ijiri Anna, Kishino Rika, Murakami Ayaka, Yamamoto Sayaka)
M21 - Tsuki no Katachi (Team N)
M22 - Virgin Love (Team N)
M23 - Sobakasu no Kiss (Team M)
M24 - Minasan mo go Issho ni (Team M)
M25 - Jesus (Team BII)
M26 - Mirai no Tobira (Team BII
M27 - Beach Sandal (Kenkyuusei)
M28 - Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo
M29 - Oh My God!
M30 - Junjou U-19
M31 - Nagiichi
M32 - Virginity
M33 - Kitagawa Kenji
M34 - Bokura no Eureka

EN1 - Kamonegikkusu
Announcement: NMB48 will appear at Music Station on October 18
EN2 - Ha!
EN3 - Teppen Tottande
Announcement: Kotani Riho will hold her 2nd solo event in November
EN4 - Seishun no Laptime
*Center: bold

Day 2, Noon Concert
Date: 13th October

M01 - Kamonegikkusu
M02 - Virginity
M03 - HA!
M04 - Oh my God! 
M05 - Uso no Tenbin  (Ogasawara Mayu, Kato Yuuka, Kurokawa Hazuki, Kotani Riho, Kondo Rina, Shiroma Miru, Yagura Fuuko)
M06 - Jungle Gym (Watanabe Miyuki)
M07 - Migi e Magare! 
M08 - Doryoku no Shizuku
M09 - Renai no Speed (Uno Mizuki, Kadowaki Kanako, Kawakami Chihiro, Kinoshita Haruna, Kotani Riho, Nishizawa Rurina, Yamaguchi Yuuki)
M10 - Saigo no Catharsis 
M11 - Boku ga Mou Sukoshi Daitan Nara
M12 - Sunahama de Pistol (Ishida Yuumi, Ishizuka Akari, Kawakami Chihiro, Shimazaki Momoka, Murase Sae, Matsuoka Chiho, Yabushita Shu, Yogi Keira)
M13 - Hoshizora no Caravan (Center: Jonishi Kei)
M14 - Renai Higai Todoke (Center: Yoshida Akari)
M15 - Warukii  (Yamamoto Sayaka)
M16 - Fuyushougun no Regret (Akashi Natsuko, Kamieda Emika, Kushiro Rina, Shimada Rena, Nakagawa Hiromi, Matsumura Megumi, Yabushita Shu, Yogi Keira)
M17 - Hinadan de wa Boku no Miryoku wa Ikinainda (Ueda Mirei, Umehara Mako, Ogasawara Mayu, Ota Yuuri, Shibuya Nagisa, Tanigawa Airi, Nishimura Aika, Mita Mao)
M18 - Namekuji Heart (Ichikawa Miori, Kinoshita Momoka, Koga Narumi, Kondo Rina, Hayashi Momoka, Yagura Fuuko,Yamagishi Natsumi, Yamada Nana, Yoshida Akari)
M19 - Nandeyanen, Idol (Main: Yamamoto Sayaka, Watanabe Miyuki)
M20 - Uza
M21 - Suitei Marmelade
M22 - Kondo Koso Ecstacy
M23 - Aozora Cafe
M24 - Ai no Imi wo Kangaete Mita
M25 - Ue kara Emika
M26 - Manatsu no Sounds Good
M27 - Everyday, Kachuusha
M28 - Sayonara Crawl
M29 - Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo
M30 - Junjou U-19
M31 - Kitagawa Kenji
M32 - Bokura no Eureka
M33 - Teppen Tottande

EN1 - Mikazuki no Senaka (1st Generation)
EN2 - Todokanasou de Todoku Mono (2nd, 3rd and 4th Generation)
EN3 - Nagiichi
Announcements: 1) Studio Recordings of NMB48's Stage Shows will be released on January 1st
2) Team M will have a concert tour in Osaka Prefecture
EN4 - Seishun no Laptime

Day 2, Evening Concert
Date: 13th October

M01 - Kamonegikkusu
M02 - Virginity
M03 - HA!
M04 - Oh my God! 
M05 - Dazai Osamu wo Yonda ka?  (Yamada Nana, Yamamoto Sayaka)
M06 - Hoshokushatachi yo (Akagumi)
M07 - Yaban na Soft Cream (Akagumi)
M08 - Kesshou (Shirogumi)
M09 - Okuba (Shirogumi)
M10 - Warukii (Watanabe Miyuki)
M11 - Nandeyanen, Idol (Main: Kadowaki Kanako, Kinoshita Haruna)
M12 - Baatari Go!
M13 - Sayanee (Kenkyuusei)
M14 - Namekuji Heart (Cho-Idol Senbatsu)
M15 - Jungle Gym  (Yamamoto Sayaka)
M16 - Jikan wa Katarihajimeru
M17 - Omowase Kousen (Akagumi)
M18 - Doushaburi no Seishun no Naka de (Shirogumi)
M19 - Mou Hadashi ni wa Narenai (Namba Teppoutai Sono Yon)
M20 - Almond Croissant Keikaku (Team BII)
M21 - Mousou Girlfriend (Team BII)
M22 - Lily (Team N)
M23 - Rifujin Ball (Team N)
M24 - With my soul (Team M)
M25 - In Goal (Team M)
M26 - Sunglasses to Uchiakebanashi (Kenkyuusei)
M27 - Todokanasou de Todoku Mono (Kenkyuusei)
M28 - Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo
M29 - Junjou U-19
M30 - Kitagawa Kenji
M31 - Bokura no Eureka
M32 - Teppen Tottande

EN1 - 12/31 (Piano Accompaniment: Murakami Ayaka)
EN2 - Nagiichi
EN3 - Seishun no Laptime
Announcements: 1) Jo Eriko returns as a Kenkyuusei
2) Hayashi Momoka promoted to Team N
EN4 - NMB48
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11 October 2013

NMB48 Kenkyuusei Ogawa Noa Leaves Due to Injury

On October 10, NMB48 4th Generation Kenkyuusei Ogawa Noa has announced that she will leave the group. She injured her leg in April this year and the injury still affects her so much that she decided to quit. Her leave is affective immediately.

Ogawa Noa joined NMB48 as a 4th Generation Kenkyuusei in fall last year and made her debut in December. She is the fourth member out of the 4th Generation who left following Sugino Risa, Hirose Sena and Ishihara Masako.

Noa explained her decision via G+. You can read a translation of her message below.

Ogawa Noa's Comment
Original Message
I, Ogawa Noa, will withdraw from NMB48.
I am really sorry for making an announcement through the blog which I actually should have told you in person.
My leg which I injured in April never healed. I consulted with staff members and adjusted the number of theater shows etc but the physician in charge said that as long as I continued to dance I would not recover completely and a surgery might become necessary, so I decided to resign.
I am full of thankful feelings towards those who have always supported me. To my kind senpai who have taught me a lot of things until today, to the staff members who until now guided me and always supported me, to all 4th Generation members with whom I have done my best together, I am really sorry for only causing you troubles, thank you for everything. I am full of gratitude.
The words you adressed to me have always given me a lot of courage and this is how I came so far. That I could get back on my feet even at hard times and frustrating times is thanks to you all. Thank you very much.
With gratitude towards you in my heart, I will focus on my recovery and I will do my best to strive towards my dream once again.
I am really glad that I was able to make several precious experiences during the days I spent as NMB48 member.
I love you all and NMB48.
Thank you so so much.
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10 October 2013

Senshuuraku for Team N 1st [Dareka no Tame ni] Revival Announced

It was announced that NMB48's Team N will have the Senshuuraku (final performance) for their current stage [Dareka no Tame ni] on October 15. This does not come as a surprise since the Shonichi for Team N's new and first original stage [Koko ni datte Tenshi wa Iru] is set for October 26.

[Dareka no Tame ni], originally Team A's 3rd Stage, was the first stage for NMB48 at all. It was performed first on January 1, 2011 as a Kenkyuusei stage and later became Team N's 1st Stage. Team N then performed their second stage [Seishun Girls] from May 2011 until September 2012. Despite having already been announced N3 was not ready in time so Team N began to perform a revival of their first stage [Dareka no Tame ni] in October last year which will now find its end this month.


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09 October 2013

NMB48 8th Single [Kamonegikkusu] First Week Sales

NMB48's 8th single [Kamonegikkusu], released on October 2, finished its first week selling 374,644 copies. The single ranked first in the Oricon Weekly Charts and so became NMB48's 7th single to top this ranking.

As usual, first day sales were the highest with 270,447 copies. Apparently due to an additional shipment of theater editions Day 4 showed a boost in sales with 66,762 copies sold.

Compared to previous singles, [Kamonegikkusu] had the third best first week sales only about a thousand copies short of [Nagiichi]'s 375,785 but more than 100,000 copies lower than NMB48's best selling single [Bokura no Eureka] (481,843 in first week).

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06 October 2013

AKB48 33rd Single [Heart Ereki] Tracklist + Covers

AKB48 will release their 33rd single [Heart Ereki] on 30th October 2013. For the first time, Kojima Haruna will stand in the centre position. Each member also has a Western nickname which will likely relate to the long story version of the music video. The list of senbatsu members and their nicknames are below:

Kojima Haruna (Michelle)
Iriyama Anna (Veronica)
Kawaei Rina (Kawae-)
Takahashi Minami (Linda)
Yokoyama Yui (Mary)
Watanabe Mayu (Elizabeth)
Oshima Yuko (Lucy)
Kashiwagi Yuki (Catherine)
Shimazaki Haruka (Angelina)
Minegishi Minami (Barbara)
Matsui Jurina (Caroline)
Matsui Rena (Sandy)
Yamamoto Sayaka (Rosanna)
Watanabe Miyuki (Josephine)
Ota Aika (Margaret)
Sashihara Rino (Rola)

The single will be released in a total of 9 types. Types A,K,B,4 are CD+DVD types and will be released in both limited and regular editions. Each of these types features a song by the Team given in the title. The limited editions contain a sticker and a nationwide handshake event ticket. The regular editions contain a sticker and a photograph. The CD only Theatre Edition is exclusive to chara-ani and is sold either with an individual member handshake ticket plus photograph or two photographs. This edition will feature a song by the 15th generation kenkyuusei members.

Track 2 on all types will be by the undergirls except for Type B, which features the song [Kimi Dake ni Chu! Chu! Chu!] by a sub-unit called Tentoumu Chu!, more details of which were posted previously here. A documentary about Akimoto Sayaka's graduation will be included in Type K.

AKB48 32nd Single
Heart Ereki
30 October 2013

Type A
01. Heart Ereki
02. Kaisoku to Doutaishiryoku (Undergirls)
03. Kiss Made Countdown (Team A)
04. Heart Ereki (off vocal)
05. Kaisoku to Doutaishiryoku  off vocal)
06. Kiss Made Countdown (off vocal)
01. Heart Ereki (MV)
02. Heart Ereki (MV Dance Version)
03. Kaisoku to Doutaishiryoku (MV)
04. Kiss Made Countdown (MV)
Type K
01. Heart Ereki
02. Kaisoku to Doutaishiryoku (Undergirls)
03. Sasameyuki Regret (Team K)
04. Heart Ereki (off vocal)
05. Kaisoku to Doutaishiryoku (off vocal)
06. Sasameyuki Regret (off vocal)
01. Heart Ereki (MV)
02. Heart Ereki (MV Dance Version)
03. Kaisoku to Doutaishiryoku (MV)
04. Sasameyuki Regret (MV)
05. Akimoto Sayaka Graduation Documentary 
Type B
01. Heart Ereki
02. Kimi Dake ni Chu! Chu! Chu! (Tentoumu Chu!)
03. Tiny T-shirt (Team B)
04. Heart Ereki (off vocal)
05. Kimi Dake ni Chu! Chu! Chu! (off vocal)
06. Tiny T-shirt (off vocal)
01. Heart Ereki (MV)
02. Heart Ereki (MV Dance Version)
03. Kimi Dake ni Chu! Chu! Chu! (MV)
04. Tiny T-shirt (MV)
Type 4
01. Heart Ereki
02. Kaisoku to Doutaishiryoku (Undergirls)
03. Seijun Philosophy (Team 4)
04. Heart Ereki (off vocal)
05. Kaisoku to Doutaishiryoku (off vocal)
06. Seijun Philosophy (off vocal)
01. Heart Ereki (MV)
02. Heart Ereki (MV Dance Version)
03. Kaisoku to Doutaishiryoku (MV)
04. Seijun Philosophy (MV)
05. Team 4 Kenkyuusei Audition
Theatre Edition

01. Heart Ereki
02. Kaisoku to Doutaishiryoku (Undergirls)
03. Kimi no Hitomi wa Planetarium (15th gen kenkyuusei)
04. Heart Ereki (off vocal)
05. Kaisoku to Doutaishiryoku (off vocal)
06. Kimi no Hitomi wa Planetarium (off vocal)

Note: some sites report the cover we've listed as Type K for Type B and vice-versa. King Records and the product numbers match the order we've posted, even though the colour schemes for Teams K and B appears to be reversed.
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HKT48 Mezamashi Live Island Concert in Sendai Setlist and Pictures

HKT48 performed a concert in Sendai on the 5th October 2013 as part of the [Mezamashi Live Island Tour 2013]. Here is the setlist:

1. Aitakatta
2. Dear My Teacher
3. Kimi no Koto ga Sukiyaken
4. Hatsukoi Butterfly
5. Suki! Suki! Skip!
6. Oogoe Diamond
7. Flying Get
8. Tadaima Renaichu
9. Ponytail to Shushu
10. Only Today
11. Dareka no Tame ni
12. Seventeen
13. Kimi no Senaka
14. Melon Juice

05 1 05 1 (1) 05 1 (2) 05 1 (3) 05 1 (4) 05 1 (5) 05 2 05 2 (1) 05 2 (2) 05 2 (3) 05 2 (4) 05 3 05 3 (1) 05 3 (2) 05 3 (3) 05 3 (5)
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02 October 2013

NMB48 8th Single [Kamonegikkusu] First Day Sales

On October 2nd NMB48 released their 8th single [Kamonegikkusu] which managed to sell 270,447 copies on its first day. With these sales NMB48 once again ranked first in the Oricon Daily Charts followed by E-girls with 32,246 copies sold.

Compared to the previous single [Bokura no Eureka] which sold 420,906 on day one, sales went done significantly by approximately 150,000 copies. First day sales are also slightly behind [Junjou U-19]'s 280,367, so overall [Kamonegikkusu]'s first day sales are NMB48's third best.

Quite some drop compared to Bokura no Eureka but that single had unusually high first day sales for NMB48, so Kamonegikkusu sales seem like a return to normality. Sales are still good and the week still long.
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01 October 2013

HKT48 Kenkyuusei to Start Performing [Nounai Paradise] Stage

HKT48 kenkyuusei will start performing the [Nounai Paradise] stage starting from 17th November 2013. This stage was original Team K's 3rd Stage. The senshuuraku (final performance) of their current [Party ga Hajimaru yo] stage will be the 5th November 2013. This was announced at the one year anniversary of that stage, and so far they have performed it 201 times.

Remember that Team H and kenkyuusei will also be performing the [Pajama Drive] stage Himawari-gumi style from 2nd November 2013 and that Team H's first original stage is scheduled to start on the 22nd December 2013.
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