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The official count and ranking reveal for the AKB48 32nd Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo (the single to be released sometime August) has just ended! For those of you who were not able to catch it on YouTube or google+, here are the results!

AKB48 32nd Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo – Final Results
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(name – team – vote number)

-Senbatsu-

1. Rino Sashihara (HKT48 Team H / HKT48 Stage Manager) – 150,570
2. Yuko Oshima (AKB48 Team K) – 136,503
3. Mayu Watanabe (AKB48 Team A) – 101,210
4. Yuki Kashiwagi  (AKB48 Team B) – 96,905
5. Mariko Shinoda  (AKB48 Team A) – 92,599
6. Jurina Matsui  (SKE48 Team S / AKB48 Team K) – 77,170
7. Rena Matsui  -(KE48 Team E) – 73,173
8. Minami Takahashi  (AKB48 Team A / General Manager) – 68,681
9. Haruna Kojima  (AKB48 Team B) – 67,424
10. Sae Miyazawa (SNH48 / AKB48 Team K) – 65,867
11. Tomomi Itano (AKB48 Team K) – 63,547
12. Haruka Shimazaki (AKB48 Team B) – 57,275
13. Yui Yokoyama (AKB48 Team A) – 53,903
14. Sayaka Yamamoto (NMB48 Team N) – 51,793
15. Miyuki Watanabe (NMB48 Team N/AKB48 Team B) – 44,116
16. Akari Suda (SKE48 Team KII) – 43,252

-Under Girls-

17. Aya Shibata (SKE48 Team KII) – 39,739
18. Minami Minegishi  (AKB48 Research Student) – 38,985
19. Ayaka Umeda (AKB48 Team B) – 36,282
20. Aki Takajo (JKT48 Team J / AKB48 Team B) – 33,129
21. Rie Kitahara (AKB48 Team K) – 33,121
22. Yuria Kizaki (SKE48 Team S) – 30,307
23. Akane Takayanagi (SKE48 Team KII) – 29,199
24. Kaori Matsumura (SKE48 Lifetime Honorary Research Student) – 27,566
25. Rina Kawaei (AKB48 Team A) – 26,764
26. Sakura Miyawaki (HKT48 Team H) – 25,760
27. Airi Furukawa (SKE48 Team KII) – 24,990
28. Nana Yamada (NMB48 Team M) – 23,950
29. Masana Oya (SKE48 Team S) – 23,588
30. Anna Iriyama (AKB48 Team A) – 22,869
31. Kanon Kimoto (SKE48 Team E) – 21,385
32. Reina Fujie (AKB48 Team B) – 21,324

-Next Girls-

33. Amina Sato (AKB48 Team K) – 19,569
34. Haruka Katayama (AKB48 Team B) – 19,158
35. Mariya Nagao (AKB48 Team K) – 18,978
36. Asuka Kuramochi (AKB48 Team K) – 18,978
37. Haruka Kodama (HKT48 Team H / AKB48 Team A) – 18,145
38. Yuka Tano (AKB48 Team A) – 18,125
39. Madoka Umemoto (SKE48 Team E) – 17,819
40. Kei Jonishi (NMB48 Team N) – 17,381
41. Rina Matsumoto (SKE48 Team KII) – 16,715
42. Makiko Saito (SKE48 Team E) – 16,508
43. Aika Ota (HKT48 Team H) – 16,401
44. Fuuko Yagura (NMB48 Team N / AKB48 Team A) – 16,281
45. Tomu Muto (AKB48 Team K) – 16,221
46. Haruka Ishida (AKB48 Team B) – 16,072
47. Ami Kobayashi (SKE48 Team E) – 15,533
48. Mina Oba – (AKB48 Team B / SKE48 Team KII) – 15,064

-Future Girls-

49. Shu Yabushita (NMB48 Team BII) – 14,745
50. Akari Yoshida (NMB48 Team N) – 14,684
51. Ayaka Kikuchi (AKB48 Team A) – 13,944
52. Sumire Sato (AKB48 Team A) – 13,613
53. Ami Maeda (AKB48 Team K) – 13,613
54. Mayu Ogasawara (NMB48 Team N) – 13,460
55. Meru Tashima (HKT48 Research Student) – 13,246
56. Misaki Iwasa (AKB48 Team B) – 15,638
57. Miori Ichikawa (AKB48 Team B / NMB48 Team N) – 12,616
58. Kyoka Isohara (SKE48 Team S) – 12,319
59. Mio Tomonaga (HKT48 Research Student) – 12,128
60. Sakiko Matsui (AKB48 Team A)  – 11,961
61. Suzuran Yamauchi (AKB48 Team B) – 11,808
62. Natsumi Hirajima (Former AKB48) – 11,806
63. Shiori Kaneko (SKE48 Team E) – 11,620
64. Yuka Nakanishi (SKE48 Team S) – 11,602

Yes, you read that right. Keeping the first day election flash report rank, Sashihara, our favorite hetare (meaning weak, unskilled) from Oita jumped over the giant wall that is Oshima and has unbelievably snatched the top spot with 150,507 votes – the greatest in AKB48 election history and a bit far from Oshima’s 136,503.

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“I was always concerned on whether or not I’ll be accepted. I felt so isolated and alone during this span of one year. But now that I am standing here… (to the host) 150,000, right? With an amazing 150,000 votes for me, I was able to realize that I am not alone after all. To everyone who voted, thank you very much. I am truly happy. This is all so sudden so I don’t know how I can express my happiness; I have always been told AKB will collapse if I become center but I will NOT let that happen!” says a dazed Sashihara.

She continues, “When I saw the first day report, I thought, ‘this isn’t happening, it’s impossible’ (the host asks, “Did you expect this?”) I thought that I my rank would definitely be lower. Even when Yuko-chan was called, I thought that I wouldn’t be called and just be skipped over. I’m suspicious of stuff to that extent. (she turns to Oshima) What should I do~ I feel that I’ll turn it into a weird song… Yuko-chan, Yuko-chan, help me!”

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Oshima, who accepted rank 2 with a smile and called this ‘the first election that made her laugh so much’, answers, “Even if it’s weird, Sasshi is center so it’s gonna be fine. Mayuyu and I are going to be beside you so it’s gonna be fine. Everyone’s gonna watch you so it’s gonna be fine. Just kidding, we’re here to support you.” This gentle exchange between the veteran center and the new hetare one made the stadium roar in laughter and affirms the worried Sashihara. The heavy tension from a previous announcement is melted by this funny development.

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This previous announcement is none other than a graduation-related one. Mariko Shinoda, who has kept her rank and Kami-7 spot secure again this year, announced her graduation during her acceptance speech. “Seeing all my juniors work hard like this…I made a big decision for myself too. I, Shinoda Mariko, will graduate from AKB48. Not because I am defeated, but seeing my juniors with such passion and vigor made me really glad; I’m leaving AKB48 without any regrets. I would like to graduate in my hometown so I will be graduating in next month’s Fukuoka Dome live.” She also adds to a very lonely Minami Takahashi, “The general manager is a necessary presence for the AKB so I would like her to do her best for thirty, no, a hundred years more.”

It is truly a shift of generations with these results. Kami-7 regulars Takahashi and Haruna Kojima fall to ranks 8 and 9 respectively with SKE48’s W-Matsui (Jurina, Rena) replacing them in 6th and 7th. Four new faces appear in the senbatsu too: Haruka Shimazaki (AKB48, rank 12), Sayaka Yamamoto (NMB48, rank 13), Miyuki Watanabe (NMB48, rank 12), and Akari Suda (SKE48, rank 16). Yuki Kashiwagi falls a rank to 4th. Mayu Watanabe, who declared her serious intentions of aiming for 1st, falls to 3rd. Tomomi Itano, who is also graduating, falls outside to 11th in the last elections of her AKB career. Minami Minegishi, infamous for her scandal, falls outside the senbatsu for the first time and on to 18th.

Watching the elections, I guess it is safe to say that next year’s elections, if there will be, will be the perfect time for the young ones to shine. The sister groups, including the young HKT48, took over most of the spots outside the senbatsu. Also, most importantly, this new center. Sashihara may be called hetare but she is by no means unskilled. There are very many talented new members too so I’m sure the great seniors can graduate in peace.

Personally, I’m looking forward to the 32nd single and is happy that my favorites ranked.

How about you? How do you feel about this year’s elections?

source: Oricon (1) (2), YouTube, natalie

 

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