The Official AKB48 Thread
AKB48 (derived from Akihabara 48) is a female Japanese idol group produced by Akimoto Yasushi. They have their own theater in Akihabara (a district in Tokyo) where they perform regularly. The concept of the group is "idols you can meet". AKB48 is named after Akihabara (Akiba for short), the area in Tokyo where the group's theater is located. The idea of AKB48's producer Yasushi Akimoto was to create a girl group that, unlike a regular pop group, which gives occasional concerts and that is mostly seen on TV, would have its own theater and perform there on a daily basis; the fans would always be able to go and see the girls live. AKB48 still performs at the theater daily, with tickets distributed by lottery.Akimoto has also expanded the AKB48 concept to several sister groups throughout Asia.
The group consists of four "teams" (subgroups): Team A, Team K, and Team B, and Team 4. Having several teams not only allows the group to reduce the load on its members, since a daily concert at the theater is given by only one team, but also gives AKB48 opportunity to perform in several places and even countries simultaneously. Each of the teams also has a unique image.According to member Misaki Iwasa, Team A represents freedom, Team B is very idol-like with cutesy costumes, while Team K has a strong and powerful image. In 2010, Team 4 was formed, however, disbanded after 2 years. A new Team 4 was revived in 2013 with different members.
According to an early press release, the group intended to have 16 members on each team to make a total member count of 48but had varied the member count over time,and had as many as 92. A number of aspiring members (so-called trainees or kenkyūsei(研究生?)) learn the group's songs and are appointed as understudies for the main members, so that a replacement is always available.
In addition to singing performances, members are heavily promoted throughout the Japanese mass media. The group regularly holds "handshake events", where fans get a chance to shake hands with the group's members.
Currently, they hold the record of having the highest overall single sales (of a female group) on the Oricon charts.
It is an even that take place once a year in the summer where fans of AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48 votes for their favorite members. Originally mandatory, in 2013, members were given choices to sign up for the election or bow out in the newly established candidacy system.
1st to 16th places will take place in main single promotion on TV music shows and varieties.
17th - 32th are Undergirls
33th to 48th are Next girls
49th to 60th are Future Girls
Results of 2014 election
Janken or rock paper scissor competition is held once every year to determine the senbatsu members that will take place in the winter single at the end of the year. Unlike election, Janken is by luck which give unpopular girls a chance to make senbatsu.
2010 Janken Queen - AKB48 Uchida Mayumi
2011 Janken Queen - AKB48 Shinoda Mariko
2012 Janken Queen - AKB48 Shimazaki Haruka
2013 Janken Queen - SKE48 Matsui Jurina
2014 Janken Queen - NMB48 Watanabe Miyuki
Where to find AKB48 videos/subbed videos
SHOW48 - subbed 48G videos stream site
AKB48 Official Youtube Channel
Watarirouka Hashiritai (渡り廊下走り隊)
French Kiss (フレンチ・キス)
TEAM SURPRISE (チームサプライズ)
- [2006.02.01] Sakura no Hanabiratachi (桜の花びらたち; Cherry Blossom Petals)
- [2006.06.07] Skirt, Hirari (スカート、ひらり; Skirt, Flutters)
- [2006.10.25] Aitakatta (会いたかった; I Wanted to Meet You)
- [2007.01.31] Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru (制服が邪魔をする; My School Uniform Gets in the Way)
- [2007.04.18] Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou (軽蔑していた愛情; Scorned Love)
- [2007.07.18] BINGO!
- [2007.08.08] Boku no Taiyou (僕の太陽; My Sun)
- [2007.10.31] Yuuhi wo Miteiru ka? (夕陽を見ているか?; Do You See the Sunset?)
- [2008.01.23] Romance, Irane (ロマンス、イラネ; No Need for Romance)
- [2008.02.27] Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008 (桜の花びらたち2008; Cherry Blossom Petals 2008)
- [2008.10.22] Oogoe Diamond (大声ダイヤモンド; Diamond Shout)
- [2009.03.04] 10nen Zakura (10年桜; 10-Year Cherry Blossoms)
- [2009.06.24] Namida Surprise! (涙サプライズ!; Tearful Surprise!)
- [2009.08.26] Iiwake Maybe (言い訳Maybe; Maybe It's an Excuse)
- [2009.10.21] RIVER
- [2010.02.17] Sakura no Shiori (桜の栞; Cherry Blossom Bookmark)
- [2010.05.26] Ponytail to Chouchou (ポニーテールとシュシュ; Ponytail and Scrunchie)
- [2010.08.18] Heavy Rotation (ヘビーローテーション)
- [2010.10.27] Beginner
- [2010.12.08] Chance no Junban (チャンスの順番; My Turn by Chance)
- [2011.02.16] Sakura no Ki ni Narou (桜の木になろう; Let's Become a Cherry Tree)
- [2011.05.25] Everyday, Katyusha (Everyday、カチューシャ; Everyday, Headband)
- [2011.08.24] Flying Get (フライングゲット)
- [2011.10.26] Kaze wa Fuiteiru (風は吹いている; The Wind is Blowing)
- [2011.12.07] Ue kara Mariko (上からマリコ; Mariko from the Top)
- [2012.02.15] GIVE ME FIVE!
- [2012.05.23] Manatsu no Sounds good! (真夏のSounds good!; Midsummer Sounds good!)
- [2012.08.29] Gingham Check (ギンガムチェック)
- [2012.10.31] UZA
- [2012.12.05] Eien Pressure (永遠プレッシャー; Eternal Pressure)
- [2013.02.20] So long!
- [2013.05.22] Sayonara Crawl (さよならクロール; Goodbye Crawl)
- [2013.08.21] Koisuru Fortune Cookie (恋するフォーチュンクッキー; In Love With Fortune Cookie)
- [2013.10.30] Heart Ereki (ハート・エレキ; Heart Electric)
- [2013.12.11] Suzukake no Ki no Michi de "Kimi no Hohoemi wo Yume ni Miru" to Itteshimattara Bokutachi no Kankei wa Dou Kawatteshimau no ka, Bokunari ni Nannichi ka Kangaeta Ue de no Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no You na Mono (鈴懸の木の道で「君の微笑みを夢に見る」と言ってしまったら僕たちの関係はどう変わってしまうのか、僕なりに何日か考えた上でのやや気恥ずかしい結論のようなもの; Little embarrassing conclusion kind of thing I came up with after several days of consideration how our relationship would change if I tell you ‘I see your smile in my dream’ on the road of Platanus)
- [2014.02.26] Mae Shika Mukanee (前しか向かねえ; I Only Look Forward)
- [2014.05.21] Labrador Retriever (ラブラドール・レトリバー)
- [2014.08.27] Kokoro no Placard (心のプラカード; Placard of the Heart)
- [2014.11.26] Kibouteki Refrain (希望的リフレイン; Hopeful Refrain)
- [2015.03.04] Green Flash
- [2015.05.20] Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai (僕たちは戦わない; We Won't Fight)
- [2009.08.29] Arigatou -2010 Natsu Ver.- (アリガトウ -2010夏 ver.-)
- [2008.06.13] Baby! Baby! Baby!
- [2011.04.01] Dareka no Tame ni -What can I do for someone?- <Haishin Gentei Charity Song> (誰かのために -What can I do for someone?- ＜配信限定チャリティソング＞)
- [2013.03.08] Tenohira ga Kataru Koto (掌が語ること)
- [2011.06.08] Koko ni Ita Koto (ここにいたこと)
- [2012.08.15] 1830m
- [2014.01.22] Tsugi no Ashiato (次の足跡)
- [2015.01.21] Koko ga Rhodes da, Koko de Tobe! (ここがロドスだ、ここで跳べ！)
- [2008.01.01] SET LIST ~Greatest Songs 2006-2007~ (SET LIST～グレイテストソングス 2006-2007～)
- [2010.04.07] Kamikyokutachi (神曲たち; Godly Songs)
- [2010.07.14] SET LIST ~Greatest Songs Kanzenban~ (SET LIST～グレイテストソングス～完全盤; SET LIST ~Greatest Songs~ Complete Edition)