19th Single Janken Senbatsu Tournament

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Pictures: Grouping the Janken Tuornament
(Pic 1: Togasaki-san / Pic 2: Minegishi Minami / Pic 3: Tournament bracket / Pic 4: final bracket)

General Information

During the 3rd Concert of the 2-DAYS LIVE Show "Surprise wa Arimasen", it was announced by Togasaki-san that the Senbatsu Members for AKB48's 19th Single were going to be selected by a Janken Tournament (AKB48 19thシングル じゃんけん選抜大会, "AKB48 19th Single Janken Senbatsu Taikai" ) to be held at the Nippon Budoukan in September 21st.

Janken (じゃんけん) is the japanese name (and way, since like in most of the countries they have different rules) of the Rock, Scissors and Paper game.

all the 48 Members from AKB48 (minus Ono Erena who announced her graduation some minutes after this announcement) and 4 previously-selected Kenkyusei were randomly shuffled during the concert to decide the order of the matches.

the girl that wins the tournament will be center of the single. and then the top 2 will be the 2#, top 4# will be 3# and 4# and so on to decide the formation of the single (what means it'll be just like the Senbatsu Election). and finally, Senbatsu will consist of 16 Members (the Top 16).

Drastic Changes

this senbatsu was destined to show an AKB48 never-seen before. such as one where it was already certain that 6 girls that never made it to senbatsu before (Maeda Ami, Oya Shizuka, Suzuki Mariya, Tanabe Miku, Kobayashi Marina or Nagao Mariya) and those who made it only once, including girls haven't been part of senbatsu since the Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou times like Kobayashi Kana, Nito Moeno and Umeda Ayaka had a really big chance to take part of it again.

there was also a 3/4 chance that a Kenkyusei member (Kobayashi Marina or Nagao Mariya) would be part of senbatsu, marking it as the second time a Kenkyuusei members be featured in a-side (first time being Komori Mika in Namida Surprise!).

and in the case both lost their matches, the winner from their block would be Kobayashi Kana, a member that hasn't been part of senbatsu since 2006 in Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou

AKB48's ace Maeda Atsuko and Team B's ace Watanabe Mayu ended in the same group, meaning there was a really big possibility that they went against each other and already confirming that either one of them wouldn't be included in senbatsu for the first time since their debut. and that's not all, since there was also 50% chance that both wouldn't make it. (Winner of their group would be Masuda Yuka, who just like Kobayashi Kana has been selected since Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou)

and not only those two were affected. the same thing happens in the 32~36# Group, were either Takahashi Minami or Oshima Yuko won't be part of an a-side for the very first time as well.

Confirmed Changes

Tournament Bracket

as decided in the Surprise wa Arimasen Concert's Encore, the final outcome for the bracket was...


( illustration made by ossan@S48 )

color code: Top 1 / Top 2 / Top 4 / Top 8 / Top 16 (16 Members) (Senbatsu Line) | Top 34 (16 Members) | Top 52 (20 Members)

Janken Senbatsu Election Guide Book

AKB48 Janken Senbatsu Koushiki GuideBook (AKB48 じゃんけん選抜公式ガイドブック)
Label/Catalog Number/Price
Label: Koubunsha
NEOBK-809945 (Mook)/¥1,000

  • Interview with all the members about fortune!
  • Oshima vs Sashihara, etc - Detailed Reports of the Decisive Battles!
  • Previous Night's gravure
  • Predictions from the big-5 fortune tellers!
  • Akimoto Yasushi speaks about the JanKen Tournament!
  • Long Interivew with Ono Erena
  • Center Predictions from SDN Members

this book has different specialists studying all the members in different areas related with fortune-telling, giving their own predictions and analysis about a possible outcome of the event. profiles of all the participating members as well as special interviews with various Celebrities related with AKB48 are also be part of the contents.

the Mook will also include an sticker sheet and a bonus poster (1 out of 2 types)

Tournament Ceremony

The Tournament held in the Boudokan was a sold-out event, with a total attendance of 11,000 people. and like the most important AKB events, it was transmitted live through 29 Movie Theaters all over the country.

the tournament featured various celebrities as guest (including the most popular AKB celeb wota, Yama-chan who acted as referee of the competence).


for the costumes, the girls were permitted to use whatever they wanted. from any AKB48 outfits until their very own personal clothes.

most of the members used something that was treasured by them and hold a significant importance like Masuda Yuka who used MARIA's costume (MARIA is her only lead unit, and also a fan-favorite song) or Oshima Yuko wearing one of the Heavy Rotation costumes (the single were Yuko was elected 1# by the fans).

although this was not the case for everyone, since some members wore anything special at all. like Shinoda Mariko, who admitted in a PON! broadcast that since they told them about this the very same day, she just used what she was wearing that day.

( Complete Costume Listing for the Janken Tournament )


( 19th Single Janken Senbatsu Tournament Detailed Results )


Top 1 (Uchida Mayumi) | Top 2 (Ishida Haruka) | Top 3 (Kojima Haruna) | Top 4 (Nakawaga Haruka) | Top 5~8 (Maeda Ami · Sato Sumire · Sato Natsuki · Takajyo Aki)
Top 9~16 (Nakatsuka Tomomi · Kuramochi Asuka · Kobayashi Kana · Tanabe Miku · Kasai Tomomi · Matsui Sakiko · Maeda Atsuko · Chikano Rina)

Final Senbatsu Members Listing

( see Main Article: 19th Single (AKB48 )

Senbatsu (16 Members, bolded Members (12) are Media Senbatsu of this single)
Team A: Kojima Haruna (3#) · Kuramochi Asuka (10#) · Takajyo Aki (8#) · Nakagawa Haruka (4#) · Maeda Atsuko (15#) · Maeda Ami (5#)
Team K: Uchida Mayumi (1#) · Tanabe Miku (12#) · Nakatsuka Tomomi (9#) · Matsui Sakiko (15#)
Team B: Ishida Haruka (2#) · Kasai Tomomi (13#) · Kobayashi Kana (11#) Sato Sumire (6#) · Sato Natsuki (7#) · Chikano Rina (16#)

mini-Live Concert

After the main event, a mini-live took place. SDN48 and AKB48 sung a total of 5 songs and AKB48's 18th Single Beginner's Music Video and song were premiered for first time.

*this article is up to confirmation and songs and tracklist may vary*

( AKB48's 18th Single Beginner PV Showcasing )

VTR (SDN48 no Kiseki)

01. Kodoku na Runner / SDN48

02. overture
04. Ponytail to Shushu
-MC (Oshima Yuko · Takahashi Minami · Maeda Atsuko)

05. Heavy Rotation

VTR (Using Footage from the event. Anata ga Ite Kureta Kara as BGM)

Final Outcome Review

Picture: Senbatsu (minus Maeda Ami and Maeda Atsuko)

The Resulted Senbatsu features 8 members that where never senbatsu before. including the Center winner, Uchida Mayumi.

The only Senbatsu Regulars included were Maeda Atsuko, Kasai Tomomi, Kojima Haruna and the recently promoted Takajyo Aki.

with Maeda and Kasai not being part of media senbatsu, both will take part of the back-positions of the dance formation and with almost no focus time (if any) in the Music Clip and Song. In Media Senbatsu positions, Takajyo ended up at 8# while the highest Senbatsu Regular was Kojima, ranking at 3#.

Original Team K (2nd Gen.) and current Team B members, Sato Natsuki and Kobayashi Kana were featured in senbatsu for the first time since AKB48's 5th Single, Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou released 3 years ago.

Nakagawa Haruka's only senbatsu single was Heavy Rotation, in which she was elected by the fans through the 2nd Senbatsu Election and Kuramochi Asuka was only selected by the manager for 10nen Zakura, with her other senbatsu being also decided by the fans during the 1st Senbatsu Election.

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