~Are you Team Acchan or Team Yukorin?~

AKB’s unique utilization of senbatsu is no doubt a very pressuring aspect and perhaps even severe means of calculating the top through bottom of their members and while this past senbatsu for me presented my very first opportunity to actually hear their speeches and reactions to the results while in front of both fans as well as their peers, the speeches themselves represented the much anticipated thank you’s~* and shocked reactions but also
upon this stage it revealed some surprising dynamics and personality differences which caught my interest. 

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1st generation member Acchan spoke at times in a somewhat subdued tone and while her demeanor remained even keel I was really moved by her words speaking in an almost regretful manner using words such as failed and her need to do better and grow for the betterment of the group. I do find it surprising though that Acchan who’s been the face of AKB for so long now @ it’s very top as voted by fans can feel any part of failure….I mean during this time the ever growing success of AKB has been nothing short of meteoric~* so Acchan has done nothing but succeed in my eyes. Japanese culture however does teach the need for humbleness so much of this I account to the very culture itself and what would be deemed respectful in light of such happenings. On the other side of emotions Acchan also expressed her will to reach the top once again going forward and that this #2 ranking isn’t something she’s willing to become accustomed to, so there you have that fiery spirit~* that one would expect of their MVP and Acchan possesses nothing less of this heart to be supported by fans but also to be able to earn it through her actions~.

Yukorin’s speech was in a sense the dynamic opposite of Acchan’s. Her disbelief of being voted the top and so much humility to speak of that she possesses. She even begins by saying how AkiP hinted at her reaching a sort of roof perhaps making the top unreachable for her but with so much support from fans she also takes quite a different path in moving forward from this point and from what I understood she asks for not more support for herself but to have fans “follow” her and it’s said in the context of helping her to push AKB48, SKE48 and SDN48 even further into success making them the number one idol group in the country. So once again there’s a real selflessness about her character which I think is most endearing. Yukorin also goes on to mention her recognition of watching all of the pressure placed upon Acchan all this time and how she’s always supported her from the side and to finish I really loved how she also states what makes AKB so unique in all of idol groups. How they perform for fans with live shows daily and how AKB strives to be a group in which fans can get close to and “meet”, aspects which truly make them so unique and special~. Something tells me that the next senbatsu will be an even more fiercely voted affair and I’m just happy for Yukorin in that she was able to reach this new plateau from fans as a nagging part of me thinks that Acchan won’t be denied the next time around so for now I’ll cherish♥ this time the most.

The wota appear to be most passionate and even calculating at times with their voting so with Acchan and Yukorin being ever so close in votes by the Japanese fan~base and with third being substantially behind still, it begs the question of how internationally fans would have voted. So let’s say the wota votes have ended in a tie with your vote now becoming the deciding factor between Acchan or Yukorin becoming the top, so who’s Team have you got?

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25 Responses to ~Are you Team Acchan or Team Yukorin?~

  1. HarimaKenji says:

    Acchan!There's no reasoning behind it, I just always liked Acchan more. Although in a real senbatsu I'd vote Takamina, and then do whatever would be necessary to do so I'd fool whoever it is I'd have to so I could vote again, and then I'd vote Miichan.

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  2. Hydeo says:

    for sure yuko ahehae :P~~

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  3. CK says:

    Given the presented choice, I think I would pick Atsuko. Although to be honest I enjoy the challenge of rooting for the lesser popular members. I DID have the opportunity to vote multiple times in this years' election, but unfortunately my AKB Oshi failed to make Top 40, so overall to me it was a disappointing election.
    But to answer your question, I have always preferred Acchan over Yuko. Yuko has an awesome personality, but the fact that quite a few fans dislaike Acchan for whatever reason makes me want to defend her. Every time I have met her, or seen her perform live I thought she was great! She radiates beauty and grace.

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  4. J-pyon says:

    Even though i voted for Atsuko i really wish there was a vote for all button lol. (T_T)V

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  5. Risuzu says:

    I like Yuko more, so I voted for her. (I don't dislike Maeda, it's just that I prefer Yuko.:)

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  6. Guldari says:

    二人皆大好きです.二人皆 1位の席に不足さがないです.次の総選挙が期待されます.必ず一人を選ぶことは大変な事ですね.私にはあっちゃんかな…偏愛ランキングで 2位があっちゃんで 3位がこりんです.もちろん 1位は… たかみな!

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  7. BTW! It's set! Both Acchan AND Yuko are going to be at AX this year~~~ *squee!*http://www.anime-expo.org/guests/akb48/#listing

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  8. Shar says:

    Voted for Yuko, simply because she was the first AKB girl who really caught my attention and got me interested in the group – but I do agree that Acchan gets a lot of unnecessary hate. Her getting the center position initially may have been a stroke of luck, but since then she has really worked her ass off in order to live up to that position. Losing it now in such a public manner must have been a huge blow to her confidence.

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  9. A~h both Takamina and Miichan♥!! Hmm…but I'm still a bit curious..Acchan over Korin? nande? I know you said there's really no reason but I'm still like ??? =). No need to answer I'm just being silly XD.

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  10. Mmm….Yuko o(*´∀`)o゛♥ Like the real senbatsu their votes are really really close!! I'm really thinking that Acchan will return to the top when the next senbatsu occurs but for now I'm most happy~* ^ ^。

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  11. I was wondering if Wasamin would be going to L.A. but now seeing the link Anise & Cloves has posted I'm wondering if some of the younger members won't be making the trip. Also love how they're being named in that Anime Expo link~*!! Ambassadors for a wonderful cause!..music! J~Pop! Idols♥~! Notably missing I thought though are Yukirin and Mayuyu in particular especially since they ranked so high with the most recent senbatsu but overall I think the girls chosen will be most wonderful for those able to attend. A few though I'm not at all familiar with but I guess with me it's still very much to be expected. A~h I guess I just haven't witnessed meaning read anything negatively aimed at Acchan and really it would be most upsetting to see any of that =(! There shouldn't be any hate or dislike and here everyone's under a single roof so to speak so it's most puzzling to me why anyone would be mean or say anything mean towards Acchan. From what I can tell she's been nothing but a wonderful member and friend to all of her fellow members and fans. A~h! CK likes the underdog but voted against Yukorin (´⌒`。)

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  12. lol oh no you must choose (^q^)! Ehhhhh? Acchan?? I'm just kidding they're both wonderful ^ ^♥

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  13. Hi Risuzu~*….ah a vote for Yukorin♥! And I totally agree as both Acchan and Yukorin are great!! and cute =).

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  14. そう~ね。。これ、難しいですようね(/∇\*)!ただ。。あたしちょっと違う(*´艸`)。あっ!Guldariくんはほかの誰よりたかみなが好きですね~*^ ^。

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  15. Just checked the link and so many AKB members are attending \(^o^)/☆。。。just wish~* I could be there =(. Somehow I was thinking that Yukirin and Mayuyu would be there and maybe even either of the Matsui's more Jurina though but I think they chose a great group of members to attend the event..will be most sad in Hawaii (´⌒`。)

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  16. well i am an Acchan fan.. so i voted for Acchan! 😛

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  17. Hydeo says:

    yah probably ahehaebut the other girls have more chances to get close of her now, i see lot of the girl with low popularity getting up now and get lot of attentionand in a vote on a forum i go in SKE thread rena get first place 😛

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  18. W~ah! only 2.8% between Acchan and Yukorin (・o・)!!。。I'm seeing that the international vote is much like Japan's and maybe more precisely the wota? Thank you~* for taking part…hmm….although you voted against my beloved Yukorin♥..a~h! I'm kidding :P!! I think they're both wonderful~* both so deserving and the senbatsu just happens to place such stress for the members I think and yet it creates such a unique dynamic and inspiration~* for idols♥ and AKB setting them apart!…..just so pressure filled for the girls ne~* (人∀`*)。I'm also thinking that as much as I adore Yukorin and as happy~* I truly am for her, Acchan will return to the top in the next senbatsu it's just as you say….and although I'm a newbie she's the face of AKB (*´∀`*) ♪♪。。。just happy that Yukorin could experience this feeling this moment this once =).

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  19. A~h Rena over Jurina?….would be difficult to choose between in a ranking although I see a lot more of Jurina =).

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  20. Guldari says:

    うん! 大好!MBさんも彼女が好きになったら良い!ここの映像を見てください!http://akblog.tistory.com/223本当に可愛い!

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  21. actually i wasn't able to eat my dinner after that happened.

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  22. あっ!ガールズのおしゃべり、ちょっと蜂の巣をつついたようね~* (*≧▽≦)♪このプログラムは。。ラジオですか?きゃぁーっっっ(/∇\*)ビデオがありませんですけど、本とに可愛い可愛い♥!

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  23. I think it's really sweet~♥, to have so much passion as a fan and I was reading so many supportive comments on her blog post right after the senbatsu announcements were made =)! Acchan's so strong willed!! I'm sure she appreciates and is most touched by everyone's thoughts and support♥.

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  24. Guldari says:

    それはオールナイトニッポンだと言うラジオプログラムです.いつもリーダーらしい姿を見せてくれるたかみなですが,お姉さんたちの前では赤んぼう!

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  25. Hydeo says:

    i see rena is getting jurina placei dont give much time before rena start to be the top one in skeand have other girls getting up a lot too in ske 😛

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