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I’m just counting Sakuratan.

The AKB48 election is ongoing, and the votes are being counted. I would not even attempt to PREDICT the results …  however I want to make my top picks of who I think SHOULD be ranked.

Several of my favorites have recently graduated, or have announced graduation. My oshi – Iwasa Misaki – left AKB for a solo career. Former-Favorite Members such as Miyuki Watanabe or Haruka Nakagawa have not officially graduated yet (as of this writing), but they are not in the running, so I will not consider them for my top-ten.  Members I love like like Aika Ota have also announced that they will not run this year, in order to support her teammates. Also, I have been a little out-of-the-loop in my fandom. The AKB legal department has blocked my usual sources of music videos and  information. There are some members I still like, but I’m not sure about their status. Please excuse my ignorance, if I missed something obvious.

Coming up with ten digits should be as easy as counting toes. Here goes …


Ichi. Yuki Kashiwagi. Yukirin has always done everything right. Perhaps this will be her year to reach #1. She certainly deserves it. I think that after her next big solo concert tour this year, she will announce her graduation. I would like to see her go out on top.


Ni. Mayu Watanabe. I was very happy when she was elected #1 a couple of years ago. I have always liked her solo songs, and she was so great in the WH7, and well … IS so great at everything.


San. Sayaka Yamamoto. She’s beautiful – she’s sexy. The dark-haired beauty is so much more than a pretty face. She is a good singer, and it is enjoyable seeing her develop as a musician. Sayanee is an adept guitarist in everything from punk to folk. Could she play any Todd Rundgren?


Yon. Sakura Miyawaki. I might rank the young goddess higher – but for the problem of where to put her. She will, of course, take the #1 position someday. Sakuratan is adorable in all dimensions of the multi-verse. Although SHE is flawless, I am disappointed that the AKB/HKT48 have not let her perform more solo songs. The recent B-side duet with Haruppi was a good step in the right direction.


Go. Haruka Kodama. OK, you have got me. The young lady is strikingly beautiful and she makes me wish I had majored in podiatry. I try to keep my lust for her in check … but her modeling work is very, very good. I feel guilty about ranking a member so highly based more on looks rather than singing.  I can’t really judge Haruppi on singing-talents alone, because when I see her sing, it is usually part of a group effort. She was amazing in “Sayonara Surfer” last year however. More please.

The next few might be the “Are you still here” category. ? Ha Ha. No …

These are still my old favorites, but are interchangeable to some extent. I love all of them, but I don’t think that these would crack my top-five.


Roku. Yui Yokoyama. I always jump to attention when commanded to by Yuihan. If there were more bosses like her I would not mind so much being “called on the carpet”.


Nana. Haruna Kojima. Or is it “Nyan Nyan Kamen”? I’m still not sure about this marketing scheme. Why does the world’s most beautiful woman need a secret identity? Kojiharu – I would still recognize you, even if you were in your underwear!!!


Hachi. Minami Minegishi. I think that Miichan said that this is her last election. She has been one of my favorites, ever since I discovered and started following AKB48 way back in in 2011. She looked like a baby then. She still looks like a baby, but this baby can still deliver the goods.


Kyuu. Haruka Shimizaki.  Paruru will rise to meet any challenge. If the haters get to you, I’m here for you sweetie.


Ju. Rino Sashihara. I do not rank her as high as many fans will, but I still love this Irishwoman. I may disagree with her, but she still has the legs to win any debate. I concede to you Sasshi.

Well, those are my 100 reasons. Certainly, all ten of these are deserving of being the #1 in AKB48. Argue with me in the comments.

Starlilight: Hmmmm … It looks like I will need more digits in order to get Jurina Matsui and Mako Kojima on my list …


Comments on: "Denny’s top ten digits: Favorite members of the AKB48 family (pre-Senbatsu election)." (3)

  1. Liking your top 10 Sousenkyo predictions~*! In particular I’d have Mayuyu & Sakuratan interchangeable @ #1/#2 =D and I had no idea that Yukirin was heading towards graduation so soon? In that case I agree that she should surely rank highly if not at the top this year. U~n Yui and oh yes Paruru!! Paruru, just play that wonderful Taylor Swift song whenever the haters xD come around! Also adore Haruppi and Miichan… how amazing has she been in coming way way back =D! Ohhhh however I’d have to say that I’d rank Sasshi at the top if not very near to it, you know just behind Mayuyu & Sakuratan that is ^^. Just a few days until the BIG DAY!!!!!! I did all my votes for Sakutan this year, I hope she does extremely well!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • I have heard nothing official about Yukirin, it is just an ESP feeling I got when her solo tour was announced. My thinking is that the end of the last show might be the time she announces.

      Sakura vs Mayyu: Look at how much record history Mayu has — solo, subgroups, the main group, etc. Sakuratan will be there someday I hope.
      : )

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      • Oh okay I was bit in a panic there! =P You may indeed be right though with your thinking and the timing of it all. U~n I’ve loved every bit of Watarirouka Hashiritai (7) and solo Mayuyu over the years and religiously posted them all =)! Solo~Sakuratan is waaaaay overdue. XD It took her long enough to get her own solo shashinshuu so that worries me =(.

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