19th Single Janken Senbatsu Tournament
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.
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).
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!).
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)
- Confirmed Changes
- either Minegishi Minami (1st gen member, only wasn't senbatsu in Skirt, Hirari) or Kashiwagi Yuki (this year's senbatsu election 8#, always senbatsu since Baby!Baby!Baby!) won't be part of senbatsu.
- either Umeda Ayaka (Senbatsu in Aitakatta only), Suzuki Mariya (never in Senbatsu before, recently promoted kenkyusei) or Tanabe Miku (never in Senbatsu before) will be part of senbatsu.
- either Takahashi Minami ("the voice of AKB48") or Oshima Yuko (this year's Senbatsu Election 1#) won't be part of senbatsu.
- either Maeda Atsuko ("the face of AKB48") or Watanabe Mayu (Team B's ace. this year's Senbatsu Election 5#) won't be part of senbatsu.
- either Maeda Ami (never in Senbatsu berore, recently promoted kenkyusei), Oya Shizuka (never in Senbatsu berore, recently promoted kenkyusei) or Nito Moeno (Senbatsu for Namida Surprise! only) will be part of senbatsu.
- either Kobayashi Kana (Last Senbatsu was Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou 4 years ago), Kobayashi Marina (never in Senbatsu before, Kenkyusei) or Nagao Mariya (never in Senbatsu before, Kenkyusei) will be part of senbatsu.
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)
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.
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#)
*this article is up to confirmation and songs and tracklist may vary*
VTR (SDN48 no Kiseki)
05. Heavy Rotation
VTR (Using Footage from the event. Anata ga Ite Kureta Kara as BGM)
Final Outcome Review
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.