AKB48’s 49th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo: Rino Sashihara retains title, Mayu announces graduation & more!

HKT48 & STU48 concurrent member, Rino Sashihara, created history in the AKB48 Group after retaining the #1 spot for AKB48’s Senbatsu Sousenkyo for the third consecutive time (4 titles in total) in the announcement event that happened yesterday with 246,376 votes.

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3-time consecutive winner, Rino Sashihara takes her throne once again

However, not all fans were not talking about Rino Sashihara yesterday.

From a cancelled concert, to  no-live viewing for fans due to bad weather conditions, it was just the beginning of one of the most controversial Elections in AKB48’s history. The final announcement was made inside a community center, with fans who have previously bought the tickets having to watch a live broadcast from a sheltered tentage.

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Mayu Watanabe (left) felt disappointed after placeing #2 in her final elections

One of AKB48’s top idols, Mayu Watanabe, announced her graduation from the group after being ranked #2 last night with 149,132 votes. With an impressive record in the Elections, including a victory over Sashihara Rino in the 6th General Elections and claiming the title, she has undoubtedly given her all in AKB48, and will be joining in the ranks of legends such as Atsuko Maeda and Yuko Ooshima.

However, the most shocking announcement was made by NMB48′s member, Ririka Sutou, who achieved 20th position with 31,779 votes, earning a place in the Undergirls. She had announced that she will be graduating from the group and getting engaged. When the announcement was made, all the members reacted as if that this is a joke, showing different reactions as what you would normally see in a variety show. However, as Sutou’s face turned serious, the place turned eerie with silence. The NMB48 members then congratulated her in unison on her marriage.

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Sutou Ririka (right) announced her marriage after being place #20 in the elections

“I’m always saying things that I shouldn’t. The (NMB48) staff had always been there to help me and I’ve enjoyed growing up with the other NMB48 members. These were the best days of my youth. Those days, I am surrounded by people who I love, and now I can say that I am in love with someone. I, NMB48’s Sutou Ririka, am announcing my marriage.” said Sutou.

Hands down, this is one of the most unusual and unexpected graduation announcements in history of AKB48, and in addition the first-ever marriage announcement in an AKB48 event!

AKB48 member, Juri Takahashi who ranked #11 and made it to the Senbatsu, expressed her feelings towards Sutou‘s sudden engagement announcement. “While there are some who are shedding tears of regret, there is a member who said “she’ll get engaged” even though her fans voted many times to get her all the way into Under Girls. My heart really hurts when I think about the feeling and tears of everyone who have worked their best but couldn’t rank into any categories.”

Here are the full results of the Senbatsu Sousenkyo yesterday:

  1. Sashihara Rino (HKT48 – Team H, 246,376) (-) (Senbatsu Center)
  2. Watanabe Mayu (AKB48 – Team B, 149,132) (-)
  3. Matsui Jurina (SKE48 – Team S, 113,615) (-)
  4. Miyawaki Sakura (HKT48 – Team KIV, 82,803) (↑2)
  5. Ogino Yuka (NGT48 – Team NIII, 73,368) (↑90)
  6. Suda Akari (SKE48 – Team E, 63,124) (↑1)
  7. Yokoyama Yui (AKB48 – Team A, 58,314) (↑4)
  8. Souda Sarina (SKE48 – Team KII, 52,475) (↑22)
  9. Okada Nana (AKB48 – Team 4, 48,143) (↑5)
  10. Kitahara Rie (NGT48 – Team NIII, 45,684) (↑2)
  11. Takahashi Juri (AKB48 – Team 4, 42,663) (↑4)
  12. Shiroma Miru (NMB48 – Team M, 41,491) (↑12)
  13. Homma Hinata (NGT48 – Team NIII, 41,230) (NEW)
  14. Furuhata Nao (SKE48 – Team KII, 40,202) (↑15)
  15. Takayanagi Akane (SKE48 – Team KII, 38,576) (↑5)
  16. Yoshida Akari (NMB48 – Team M, 35,540) (↑61)
  17. Mukaichi Mion (AKB48 – Team K, 35,201) (↓4) (Undergirls Center)
  18. Matsumura Kaori (SKE48 – Team KII, 34,977) (REENTER)
  19. Minegishi Minami (AKB48 – Team K, 34,688) (↓2)
  20. Sutou Ririka (NMB48 – Team N, 31,779) (↑24)
  21. Kato Rena (AKB48 – Team B, 30,282) (↑5)
  22. Oya Masana (SKE48 – Team S, 30,236) (REENTER)
  23. Nakai Rika (NGT48 – Team NIII, 29,903) (↑73)
  24. Kojima Mako (AKB48 – Team 4, 29,699) (↓5)
  25. Takakura Moeka (NGT48 – Team NIII, 28,623) (NEW)
  26. Oba Mina (SKE48 – Team KII, 28,554) (↓4)
  27. Ota Yuuri (NMB48 – Team BII, 28,452) (↑25)
  28. Tanaka Miku (HKT48 – Team H, 28,355) (↑17)
  29. Kawamoto Saya (AKB48 – Team 4, 28,118) (↓2)
  30. Kuranoo Narumi (AKB48 – Team 8, 28,037) (↑4)
  31. Moriyasu Madoka (HKT48 – Team KIV, 27,384) (↑19)
  32. Fukuoka Seina (AKB48 – Team B, 26,444) (↑65)
  33. Kato Yuuka (NMB48 – Team M, 25,988) (↑51) (Next Girls Center)
  34. Fuchigami Mai (HKT48 – Team KIV, 25,900)
  35. (↑6)Tomonaga Mio (HKT48 – Team KIV, 25,733) (↓12)
  36. Ego Yuna (SKE48 – Team KII, 25,731) (↓1)
  37. Yabuki Nako (HKT48 – Team H, 25,364) (↓9)
  38. Tomiyoshi Asuka (HKT48 – Team KIV, 24,996) (↑4)
  39. Murase Sae (NMB48 – Team BII, 24,585) (↑49)
  40. Tashima Meru (HKT48 – Team H, 24,458) (↑3)
  41. Nishigata Marina (NGT48 – Team NIII, 24,401) (NEW)
  42. Iwatate Saho (AKB48 – Team 4, 24,303) (↑9)
  43. Sasaki Yukari (AKB48 – Team A, 24,276) (↓5)
  44. Kamata Natsuki (SKE48 – Team E, 24,108) (↑30)
  45. Taniguchi Megu (AKB48 – Team A, 23,304)
  46. (↑24)Goto Rara (SKE48 – Team E, 23,225) (NEW)
  47. Kubo Satone (AKB48 – Team K Draft Kenkyuusei, 22,895) (NEW)
  48. Okita Ayaka (NMB48 – Team BII, 22,264) (↓23)
  49. Sakaguchi Riko (HKT48 – Team H, 21,643) (↑10) (Future Girls Center)
  50. Tanaka Natsumi (HKT48 – Team H, 21,472) (↑39)
  51. Oguri Yui (AKB48 – Team 8, 21,296) (NEW)
  52. Komiyama Haruka (AKB48 – Team 4, 20,910) (↓31)
  53. Yamaguchi Maho (NGT48 – Team NIII, 20,818) (NEW)
  54. Ueki Nao (HKT48 – Team KIV, 20,640) (↑4)
  55. Muto Orin (AKB48 – AKB48 Kenkyuusei, 20,356) (NEW)
  56. Takeuchi Saki (SKE48 – Team KII, 19,919) (↓25)
  57. Tanigawa Airi (NMB48 – Team N, 19,752) (REENTER)
  58. Arai Yuki (SKE48 – Team KII, 19,467) (↑28)
  59. Matsuoka Natsumi (HKT48 – Team H, 19,372) (↓13)
  60. Shibuya Nagisa (NMB48 – Team M, 19,263) (↓4)
  61. Ichikawa Miori (NMB48 – Team N, 18,814) (↑20)
  62. Motomura Aoi (HKT48 – Team KIV, 18,363) (↓26)
  63. Kumazaki Haruka (SKE48 – Team E, 18,299) (↑4)
  64. Kitagawa Ryoha (SKE48 – Team S, 18,052) (-)
  65. Ota Nao (AKB48 – Team 8, 17,757) (NEW) (Upcoming Girls Center)
  66. Tani Marika (SKE48 – Team E, 17,744) (↓11)
  67. Nagano Serika (AKB48 – Team 8, 17,662) (NEW)
  68. Sato Sumire (SKE48 – Team E, 17,320) (↑7)
  69. Sakaguchi Nagisa (AKB48 – Team 8, 17,303) (↑1)
  70. Miyajima Aya (NGT48 – NGT48 Kenkyuusei, 16,930) (NEW)
  71. Kato Minami (NGT48 – Team NIII, 16,641) (↑5)
  72. Obata Yuna (SKE48 – Team KII, 16,511) (NEW)
  73. Hiwatashi Yui (AKB48 – Team A, 16,492) (NEW)
  74. Mogi Shinobu (AKB48 – Team K, 16,393) (↓27)
  75. Omori Miyuu (AKB48 – Team 4, 16,162) (↓2)
  76. Goto Moe (AKB48 – Team B, 16,097) (NEW)
  77. Kado Yuria (NGT48 – NGT48 Kenkyuusei, 15,990) (NEW)
  78. Takahata Yuki (SKE48 – Team E, 15,804) (NEW)
  79. Toyonaga Aki (HKT48 – HKT48 Kenkyuusei, 15,598) (NEW)
  80. Matsuoka Hana (HKT48 – Team TII, 15,396) (NEW)

 

Result source: AKB48 Official website @ http://www.akb48.co.jp/sousenkyo49th/

Picture source: Oricon @ http://www.oricon.co.jp/photo/2312/

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