upon this stage it revealed some surprising dynamics and personality differences which caught my interest.
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?