Newly graduated from AKB48, Takahashi Minami (24) was appointed the new MC of the DAM CHANNEL.
When asked who she thinks will win this year’s AKB48 General Election, Takahashi said she expects Sashihara Rino.
It was time for the 2015 7th AKB48 Sosenkyou (General Election) and many wondered if the tradition of #1 and #2 interchanging centers would happen once again or would Watanabe Mayu win for the second straight year.
And once again, last years #2 takes #1 as Sashihara Rino took top honors with 194,049 votes this year.
The Top 16 votes are as follows:
16. Muto Tomomi – 44,637 Votes (AKB48 Team K)
15. Shibata Ami – 49, 199 Votes (SKE48 Team E)
14. Takayanagi Akane – 52,609 Votes (SKE48 Team KII)
13. Matsumura Kaori – 53,667 Votes (SKE48 Team KII)
12. Watanabe Miyuki – 55,715 Votes (NMB48 Team BII)
11. Kitahara Rie – 61,566 Votes (NGT48)
10. Yokoyama Yui – 63,414 Votes (AKB48 Team A)
9. Shimazaki Haruka – 73,803 Votes (AKB48 Team A)
8. Miyazawa Sae – 75,495 (SNH48 Team SII, SKE48 Team S)
7. Miyawaki Sakura – 81,422 Votes (HKT48 Team KIV, AKB48 Team A)
6. Yamamoto Sayaka – 97,866 Votes (NMB48 Team N, AKB48 Team K)
5. Matsui Jurina – 105,289 Votes (SKE48 Team S, AKB48 Team K)
4. Takahashi Minami – 137,252 Votes (AKB48 Team A)
3. Watanabe Mayu – 165,789 Votes (AKB48 Team B)
2. Kashiwagi Yuki – 167,183 Votes (AKB48 Team B/NGT48)
1. Sashihara Rino – 194,049 Votes (HKT48 Team H)
Once again, Sashihara Rino has topped the AKB48 General Election preliminaries for the third straight year. But that doesn’t mean she will win. The first year, Sashihara won by a great margin over Oshima Yuko, but the second year, despite being ahead in preliminary votes, she came second behind Watanabe Mayu.
For 2015, Sashihara Rino is at #1, Kashiwagi Yuki at #2 and Watanabe Mayu at #3. But these are only preliminaries and it will surely change by the final general election two weeks from now.
第16位 高柳 明音 11,382票 SKE48 Team KII (Takayanagi Akane)
第15位 渕上 舞 11,637票 HKT48 Team KIV (Fuchigami Mai)
第14位 松村 香織 11,746票 SKE48 Team KII (Matsumura Kaori)
第13位 宮澤 佐江 12,225票 SNH48チームSII / SKE48チームS兼任 (Miyazawa Sae)
第12位 宮脇 咲良 13,169票 HKT48チームKIV / AKB48 チームA兼任 (Miyawaki Sakura)
第11位 谷 真理佳 14,324票 SKE48 Team E (Tani Marika)
第10位 北原 里英 14,476票 NGT48 (Kitahara Rie)
第9位 柴田 阿弥 15,667票 SKE48 Team E (Shibata Ami)
第8位 兒玉 遥 15,722票 HKT48チームH / AKB48 チームK兼任 (Kodama Haruka)
第7位 島崎 遥香 17,921票 AKB48 Team A (Shimazaki Haruka)
第6位 高橋 みなみ 21,900票 AKB48 Team A (Takahashi Minami)
第5位 山本 彩 22,532票 NMB48チームN / AKB48チームK兼任 (Yamamoto Sayaka)
第4位 松井 珠理奈 26,901票 SKE48チームS/ AKB48チームK 兼任 (Matsui Jurina)
第3位 渡辺 麻友 29,924票 AKB48 Team B (Watanabe Mayu)
第2位 柏木 由紀 33,426票 AKB48チームB / NGT48兼任 (Kashiwagi Yuki)
第1位 指原 莉乃 38,151票 HKT48 Team H (Sashihara Rino)
With the graduation of Oshima Yuko from AKB48, it would also become the end of the AKB48 sub-unit Not Yet which featured members Oshima, Sashihara Rino, Kitahara Rie and Yokoyama Yui. With the final concert and album released earlier this spring, the first and only live concert performance by Not Yet will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 15th. The Blu-ray will included a making of featurette plus audio commentary.
Preliminary voting for the AKB48 General Election has Sashihara Rino at #1 once again and Watanabe Mayu at #2. As the voting will definitely change on June 7th, especially now that fans know where their oshi stands in the Senbatsu Sosenkyo, it will be interesting to see if any of original AKB48 members (AKB48 captain – Takahashi Minami, Kojima Haruka) will rocket back to the top 16.
1. Sashihara Rino 37,582 votes
2. Watanabe Mayu 25,823
3. Matsui Jurina 23,012
4. Kashiwagi Yuki 17,266
5. Shimazaki Haruka 15,514
6. Matsui Rina 14,897
7. Yamamoto Sayaka 14,798
8. Shibata Ami 12,340
9. Matsumura Kaori 12,190
10. Kodama Haruka 9,879
11. Moriyasu Madoka 9,562
12. Yokoyama Yui 9,505
13. Takahashi Minami 9,005
14. Futamura Haruka 8,755
15. Kitahara Rie 8,584
16. Miyazawa Sae 8,273
It’s that time again! With the closing of those who want to take part in the Senbatsu Sosenkyou (General Elections) on who will become the center of AKB48’s 37th CD single, fans usually become creative in their campaign posters for their oshimen (idol they are a big fan of).
And as usual, Sashihara Rino fans are going full force in their hopes that she will become the first center to take #1 in two consecutive years.
Also, Tano Yuka fans have begun their campaigning as well!