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AKB48 15th Anniversary Highlights

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So, yesterday was the 15h Anniversary of AKB48 and while usually we would get a LIVE performance with all 301 girls, sadly we are living in a pandemic world (not a twilight world, sorry Nolan)

And as such the event, that was streamed everywhere ( I watched it from YouTube) was held over Zoom calls with only five girls actually in the AKB48 theatre, each one representing the five teams (A, K, B, 4 and Team 8).

I always look forward to this anniversary stage because we get some much needed member interactions that we rarely get. But alas, nothing can be done about the state of things but that did not mean that the event was one to be missed!

Here are some highlights I loved about the event…

 

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=LOVE – Shukipi [MV]

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So, the word MOE still exists, right? Because I need it to express exactly how the Shukipi MV from =LOVE made me feel for starters!

Like, have you ever gotten a Music Video that feels as if it was made specifically for you? That’s how I feel about SHUKIPI from =LOVE!

Like, how long have I cried out for some Maika love!! Nit only do I finally get it but is it is far better than I would have ever imagined!

Firs of all, this MV was directed by none other than our very own Miichan…That’s right, I am talking about Minegishi Minami! Sashiko (The Producer of =LOVE, in case you did not know) asked Miichan to help with the MV because she figured Miichan was the perfect choice for the concept she was looking for and my God, did Miichan deliver!!!

Sashiko said it best, this is like Mika Ninagawa levels of production right there and she was totally right! This MV is just on a whole different level! And the fact that it wasn’t the likes of cutesy members like the Saitous or Mirei but Maika, the girl I consider the coolest of the group no matter what everyone says, that subversion worked wonders for this MV! It worked so well that when all the members had twin-tails for hair-do it was frikkin perfect instead of being all around weird!

I had actually planned on making this MV post part of my Hitomaika series but since the internet let me down by not giving us the camping extras from the Type B accompanying DVD, I decided to post this now and buy the DVD myself but it won’t be here for a few days and I just can’t wait! I want to put this post out before the MV hits 1m views, which it is already close to for a video that has only been released just over a week!

And so you can surmise that me wanting to put it in that series means that there is some Hitomaika content and indeed there is some, indeed, there is much more than just Hitomaika as this MV went all in for the ships as well, even if it was missing AnRisa! But theirs is a weird ship, as in it is one where I feel the friendship more than anything else! It doesn’t have that vibe that Hitomaika or Iorino have, you know!

But in this one case, for some reason the yuri took a back seat because I have apparently underestimated my love for Maika! I love this MV so much first and foremost because Maika is the center and the amount of screentime…Jesus! There really is balance in this world!

And that balance also covers the newly released MV today which is about Hitomi and Nagisa, just the two of them! Yeah, I haven’t watched it yet and it will probably take me a while to because I just don’t get that pairing. Maybe because Nagisa is like the 2nd centre? The favourite girl while Hitomi is the Ace? I don’t know, I don’t get it!

But to tell the truth I felt a bit cheated seeing that because then I started to feel what others were saying about Shukipi being more of a Nagisa or Kiara single instead of Maika because then I think that if those two got Shukipi then chances are we could have gotten a Hitomaika solo MV instead of Hiinagi?

But again, Shukipi balanced everything out because of how so good it is and Maika being the centre of it! Was it a cheap cheat? I don’t care, I got a Maika centre, a kick ass Maika centre that is probably the best MV from the group (outside of Caution of course).

I frikkin love this MV!

Hitomaika having a second hand kiss with the milk tea! Iorino almost kissing! Some MaiKiara! Some Saitouchu! A good amount of Risa (She is still my second favourite after Maika and speaking of Risa, apparently Maika is having a Risa boom currently so I expect some content from then too in that Camping Vid)!

And them twin-tails Jesus Christ!!! This MV is just all around deadly! And to all normal girls out there, Iori is of course on fire with her coolaid but I was kind of disappoint with her scene with Sana in the shower! Come on Miichan, you can do better than that! They are in the shower for crying out loud!! Oh well, I guess Nonno wouldn’t have had none of it!

And don’t get me started of the visuals! You all know me and beauty! I will let the caps speak for them selves…

Ja

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[AKB48] The Kashiwagi Children Wars

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Better late than never AKB, better late than never!

I don’t even remember which year, it’s been that long, but I have wanted an official battle for Yukirin between the Kashiwagi Children and once again, 2020 delivered!

To those who are not familiar, you know how the Legends have fans within the groups? Well, Yukirin’s fan-club within is known as the Kashiwagi Children! The battle in these last final two episodes of this Nemousu’s season were about the battle for Yukirin where we find out who is the No.1 child!

To the surprise of no legendary fan Yuiri won, though I guess to the new ones they probably thought that Maho would win and I can see it, I too was rooting for her a bit but really, Yuiri is on a whole different level! That girl’s love for Yukirin is so strong she still can’t call her Yukirin-san like everyone else!

I’m very happy as you can imagine but I still feel that ‘late, late said the white rabbit’ nagging at me because this took place when some heavy hitting Children that would have given Yuiri a run for her money already graduated!

Like, can you imagine if Riorin (That’s Okawa Rio – ex Team 4 to you newbies) was in this and her and Yuiri going head to head!?! If there was a true No.1 before the official call, it was her!

And in addition, this took place at a bad time because there are Kashiwagi Children everywhere! NGT48 obviously, NMB48 and HKT48. I am not sure about SKE48 though. Then again, since Minarun is in SKE48, I guess we can count it too! So really, if the members could have gotten together, this would have been majorly interesting!

More interesting if it had happened earlier while some Children had not graduated, like the mentioned Riorin, Takahashi Kira, Sayaya (Kawamoto Saya) and many more!

And where was Hinana! Yeah sure, she started out as a Yuko fangirl (and probably still is) but damn, remember all those photos of her I posted back then? She is definitely higher up on the list than some of these members selected today!

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[AKB48] Sayaya’s Graduation

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When I thought that MAYUKI separation had killed my heart…Oh how naïve I was thinking that!!!!

FFS this is a girl that I have written a fic about with Yukirin!!! This is the girl that managed to get Yukirin to not only visit her home in Kagoshima but also to take her out on a date!!! Like, how stupid could I ever have been thinking that I wouldn’t feel anything for her leaving!?!!

I was stupid!

And just like her, Yukirin’s appearance took me by complete surprise! The poor girl, just like me, was in complete tears! Yukirin totally made her day…again! The way we were all like…oh, it’s just going to be a recorded message, huh…And out of nowhere BAM!! Yukirin shows up with some bouquet like she was about to propose!!!

And really, from Sayaya’s reaction (and mine) she might as well have done that!!!The poor girl was a mess! Her tears reminded me way back when the two first met and she got drafted into Team B, the team she wanted despite being the most popular girl that every team wanted!

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Oh how she’s grown, from that little thing! God, I am still shivering for some reason! I mean, I am not surprised by graduations especially this year but still, this hits differently, you know!

And Yukirin, I have never heard her talk about anyone like she does Sayaya! She really was taken by her! Poor Sayaya, I really don’t think that she expected Yukirin to be there!

Man, where is Shuukan AKB or AKBINGO when you need it! We would be having a special with these two around graduation damn it all! I also didn’t see if there was one of those END comments after Stages! Does Sayaya have one? Is it with Yukirin? I want more of them damn it!

And the way they split on the show, a promise for more back stage! I want that story! I’ll do it myself if I have to damn it!

I am sad that she left before I finished her fic but hey, since we got another Saya, from Kagoshima too BTW, there is light at the end of the tunnel, a very long tunnel though!

God, this really hit me hard! They way Sayaya looked at Yukirin and those delicious tears!

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Now excuse me while I go and re-watch that a few times! In the meantime, you can check out these Saya-centric posts:

AKBtoXX MENTION OF THE DATE
FIC 1
FIC 2 Ch01 | Ch02
1ST AKB DRAFT
TEAM B TOUR CONCERT IN HOKKAIDO
AKB48 SSK 2014
VALENTINE DAY WARS

Ja

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I’m Not Ready…

Like, at all!

And has it been forever since we’ve worshipped or is it just me! That just won’t do! We only have to wait for the other shoot to drop and then off to our knees we go!

I know I’ve said it already a few times but I am so happy and so grateful for having fallen for Yukirin! To think that she’s still here after all this time and everything and still making our lives that much sweeter…so very grateful!

And not just her, my favourite idol group TGS is still going strong, having recently celebrated their 10th anniversary! Like, I can’t believe it’s been that long! I was literally there when they first got together and chose Miyu (Yamabe Ayu’s anee) as the leader then. Hitomi was like 10 and Miyu 12! Now they are all over 20, one member less and that Mei is the Leader!

Oh, I drew the winning balots! If only T-ara was in the same position! I mean, they can come back still but the more time passes, the more that possibility dwindles! I was so into them that I haven’t managed to integrate into any other K group! Lovelyz is trying but I only know two members to date, same goes for Gfriend! Oh well, can’t keep hitting homeruns, am I right…

Anyway, soon…

ja