AKB48 Group Draft Kaigi 2015
The AKB48 Group Draft Kaigi 2015 (AKB48グループ ドラフト会議 2015) was held on May 10th 2015 at the Ariake Colosseum.
Like the previous edition, the meeting was a public audition where a number of pre-selected candidates had the chance to be drafted into a team by a group of the team's representatives.
The final event was organized into rounds, and each round the representatives selected a candidate they wanted for their team. The rounds went on until all teams decided to stop. In case of an overlapping choice, the team's captains decided the winner by a lottery. Members that remained after all teams stopped drafting were to be sent home.
Once a member was selected, they became a Draft Member for that team.
Before the event, the following was announced: Starting from this year, these members will start out as Kenkyuusei, who are already bound to their destination team, as opposed to starting out as full members like in the previous edition.
The process leading up to the event, including candidate videos, was documented on the Official AKB48 Youtube channel.
Member Draft Pool
A total of 49 finalists between 11 and 21 years were selected for the AKB48 Group Draft Kaigi 2015, 11 of these finalists were former Baito AKB members. The announcement was made on March 1st, 2015.
- Hazama Miharu, Hiwatashi Yui, Hori Shion, Hongou Yuzuha, Matsui Rina, Matsuoka Hana, Mizuno Airi, Michieda Saki, Miyamoto Haruka, Mukouyama Aira, Murakawa Vivian, Muranaka Yuki, Mega Yako, Yasuda Momone, Yamane Suzuha, Yamabe Ayu
- Shimazaki Hikari, Shirai Kotono, Shirano Miyu, Sugawara Maya, Seiji Reina, Someya Marin, Takahashi Kira, Tanino Arisa, Chiba Erii, Nagayama Rin, Nishikawa Rei, Nishigata Marina, Nishinaka Nanami, Nishimura Nanako, Nomura Nao, Nomura Miyo
- Akasaka Misaki, Ando Erina, Izumi Reina, Isshiki Rena, Inoue Ruka, Imamura Maria, Iwata Hina, Kamimura Ayuka, Ogino Yuka, Kageyama Yuuka, Kasai Kana, Kawaguchi Mami, Kawano Nanaho, Kusakabe Aina, Kubo Satone, Shibata Yui, Shibaya Hikaru
Each team will be represented by a number of people:
- Team Captain/Leader
- Team Co-captain/co-leader
- Team Scout(s): These members are elected from the team to follow and scout out the candidates before the final event
The Theater Manager will also be involved for the group in general.
- Team A: Yokoyama Yui, Nakamura Mariko, Owada Nana & Maeda Ami (Scouts)
- Team K: Minegishi Minami, Shimada Haruka, Matsui Sakiko & Mukaichi Mion (Scouts)
- Team B: Kizaki Yuria, Oshima Ryoka, Kobayashi Marina & Umeta Ayano (Scouts)
- Team 4: Takahashi Juri, Okada Nana, Izuta Rina & Kojima Mako & Okawa Rio (Scouts)
- Team S: Miyazawa Sae, Yakata Miki (Selected as a scout before being promoted to co-leader), Takeuchi Mai (Scout)
- Team KII: Oba Mina, Uchiyama Mikoto, Souda Sarina (Scout)
- Team E: Suda Akari, Umemoto Madoka, Saito Makiko (Scout)
- Team N: Yamamoto Sayaka, Jonishi Kei, Suto Ririka (Scout)
- Team M: Fujie Reina, Okita Ayaka, Murase Sae (Scout)
- Team BII: Kamieda Emika, Umeda Ayaka, Kadowaki Kanako (Scout)
- Team H: Anai Chihiro, Matsuoka Natsumi, Sakaguchi Riko (Scout)
- Team KIV: Ota Aika, Miyawaki Sakura, Motomura Aoi (Scout)
- NGT48: Kitahara Rie, Kashiwagi Yuki + Imamura Etsuro
Draft Event Results
- Team A (1): Hiwatashi Yui
- Team K (2): Nomura Nao, Kubo Satone
- Team B (3): Takahashi Kira, Nishikawa Rei, Yamabe Ayu
- Team 4 (1): Chiba Erii
- Team S (2): Kamimura Ayuka, Isshiki Rena
- Team KII (2): Mizuno Airi, Shirai Kotono
- Team E (1): Sugawara Maya
- Team N (2): Hongou Yuzuha, Nishinaka Nanami
- Team M (2): Shibata Yui, Hori Shion
- Team BII (3): Muranaka Yuki, Yasuda Momone, Ando Erina
- Team H (2): Matsuoka Hana, Murakawa Vivian
- Team KIV (1): Imamura Maria
- NGT48 (2): Nishigata Marina, Ogino Yuka
- Unpicked members (23): Hazama Miharu, Matsui Rina, Michieda Saki, Mukouyama Aira, Mega Yako, Yamane Suzuha, Shimazaki Hikari, Seiji Reina, Someya Marin, Tanino Arisa, Nagayama Rin, Nishimura Nanako, Nomura Miyo, Akasaka Misaki, Izumi Reina, Inoue Ruka, Iwata Hina, Kageyama Yuuka, Kasai Kana, Kawaguchi Mami, Kawano Nanaho, Kusakabe Aina, Shibaya Hikaru
- Withdrew (2): Miyamoto Haruka, Shirano Miyu
- Team A: Hiwatashi Yui
- Team K:
Mizuno Airi> Nomura Nao
- Team B: Takahashi Kira
- Team 4: Chiba Erii
- Team S: Kamimura Ayuka
- Team KII: Mizuno Airi
- Team E:
Mizuno Airi> Sugawara Maya
- Team N:
Hiwatashi Yui> Hongou Yuzuha
- Team M: Shibata Yui
- Team BII:
Hiwatashi Yui> Nomura Nao> Muranaka Yuki
- Team H: Matsuoka Hana
- Team KIV: Imamura Maria
- NGT48: Nishigata Marina
- Team K:
Nishinaka Nanami> Kubo Satone
- Team B:
Isshiki Rena> Nishikawa Rei
- Team S: Isshiki Rena
- Team KII: Shirai Kotono
- Team N: Nishinaka Nanami
- Team M: Hori Shion
- Team BII: Yasuda Momone
- Team H: Murakawa Vivian
- Team KIV:
- NGT48: Ogino Yuka
- Team B: Yamabe Ayu
- Team BII: Ando Erina
- Application starts: 23rd January
- Application ends: 12th February
- Contacting candidates: 13-17th February
- Interview examination: 21st February
- Dance and Vocal examination: 1st March
- Final Event: 10th May
- Nishimura Nanako, Seiji Reina and Kusakabe Aina returned as NGT48's 1st generation members.
- Kageyama Yuuka returned as a Keyakizaka46 2nd generation member.
- Inoue Ruka and Nomura Miyo returned as SKE48's 8th generation members.
- Michieda Saki and Yamane Suzuha returned as AKB48's 16th generation members.
- Iwata Hina returned as a STU48 1st generation member.
- Kawano Nanaho returned as a NMB48 Draft 3rd Generation member.
- Shibata Yui was the first picked draftee to graduate.