Whether you thought it to be pure genius, pure lunacy or somewhere in between, AKB48’s 19th single pre~production was quite the shocker I imagine for just about every fan and it’s true that very much like Tsunku, AkiP has a flair for the dramatic when it comes to sudden announcements although he chose to send his in via text message versus a giant VTR screen right at the conclusion of a concert which is customary and as you can imagine the girls’ reactions were while being expressed in each of their own unique ways all in the vein of initial shock and part disbelief (・o・)．．．
When you consider that up until the release of “Heavy Rotation” that only four girls had appeared on all 19 singles as senbatsu up until that point (Itano Tomomi, Kojima Haruna, Takahashi Minami & Maeda Atsuko…including indies releases) while a great number of girls had yet to experience being featured on an a~side as senbatsu while even rarer was the chance to be the center of attention as the “it” girl of a release~. “Junban” can be understood as a turn, order or place all of which symbolically came into play on September 21st with the venue of Nippon Budoukan being the “place”, the janken tournament setting the “order” of senbatsu while the unprecedented event itself represented the chance or “turn” for so many girls yet to experience being named senbatsu, an opportunity propelled by self~destiny.
The event itself played out very much like a sporting event with the girls being interviewed before and after each janken~bout done most candidly with a few interesting and juicy* tidbits of thoughts and emotions of both their chances and the meaning of senbatsu and becoming the center to each personally as well as their upcoming opponent alike and through the three approximately 10 minute clips, one each included with each version of “Chance no junban” you can watch in digest~documentary fashion the girls reactions to wins and losses at center stage through each round as each group block faced off during the evening’s event leading up to the final two for the crown of champion~. Most of the girls were most gracious in both wins and losses and so much emotion was conjured up as Yuko faced~off against Sasshi who was seeking her opportunity as a first time senbatsu and what it would mean to beat the current #1 in a game of pure luck. So much humility was shown by Tomochin, Mayuyu and Yuko in particular and just seeing how Yuko really was pulling for Sasshi to win it all after losing to her was a wonderfully emotional~moment……and then of course hearing Yuko scream in disappointment as Sasshi would fall in the next round (/∇＼*)！！
Kyaaaaaa!! I was so sad after I had uploaded the three clips here only to realize that oddly my video converter program had mysteriously decided to have some kind of intermittent audio lapse which occurs in each video as well as for some reason it had cut off the ending of each clip….really odd as the total time converted appeared to be complete =/. But it these took up so much memory space here that I’m hesitant to try re~uploading them so be warned that those two issues are present in all three clips below (*>ω<)．．．！All of the music video clips though play okay =).
~AKB48 19th single senbatsu janken taikai documentary part 1~
~AKB48 19th single senbatsu janken taikai documentary part 2~
~AKB48 19th single senbatsu janken taikai documentary part 3~
~Jacket and booklet scans~
What I love most about the format used for “Chance no junban” is that rather than have a type “a, b, c…..” this single includes all 48 girls senbatsu and Undergirls alike as each single’s type letter represents the Team featured on that single =). Each Team also has their very own song and if you’re just starting to get familiar or don’t know which girls are in which Team there’s a cute collage of all 16 girls on each CD’s backing (scanned above) with red representing Team A, green representing Team K and blue representing Team B. The 16 solo photos in the booklets above are in order of their senbatsu ranking for this single as a result of the janken~tournament~.
We now interrupt this screen~capping madness (゜Д゜;)！．．to bring you a special episode of Mayuyu♥ inklings….aka what idols are really thinking about…….we think (。ーωー。)笑。
With AKB48’s Teams representing their very own songs in this single I thought it a perfect~* time to ask the maybe difficult question of which is your most favorite Team?
I could go back and forth on this before making a decision as surely every Team has so many adored girls in them so do I go with the Team which is home to a majority of my personal favorite♥ girls? or perhaps I’d be swayed into choosing the Team which has the most highest ranking of my favorites♥? but still there’s the Team with my most most most favorite Yuko♥…..doushiyou?
Hmm…so which Team would you choose as being your most favorite? If it’s not too difficult to decide please vote for your favorite♥ AKB48 Team below thank you~♥!
Here’s the culmination of the surprise senbatsu janken~tournament and while many AKB pvs♥ in the past have been storyboard productions sometimes all you really need are cute~cute idols, a genki~happy song and a most beautiful set brushed in angelic~white =). lol it looks like to the winner goes the spoils of a um…….horsey and I’ve always wanted to own a unicorn~* I mean a “real” one (*´∀｀)♥。So many new faces here (most happy about Natsuki!!) and while a lot of my favorite members are deeply rooted in senbatsu it’s refreshing to see first~time girls and yes~ a first time senbatsu~center girl!! Congratulations Ucchii~* ＼(^o^)／☆！！！I also really love how some of the dramatic moments are intertwined into this pv reaching the climaaaaaax of yes!!……….the horsey =). AkiP always manages happy~inspiring melodies and themes within this style of AKB’s songs and along with “Love Jump” these are most in tune with his masterful rebirth of 80’s J~Pop ＾ ＾♥。
~AKB48 “Chance no junban” pv~
I don’t care if this was all done with the magic of blue~screens and gosh* if only I had received this single in time for Christmas♥!! Everything about this pv is sooooooo pretty!!! And what could be better than Yuko♥ coming down your chimney leading to the mimosa running wild??! (checks ID…..xD) Senbatsu girls are sexy* as Santa’s and this song may actually be my favorite on this single and especially when I consider that I do tend to listen to Christmas songs year~long and for no particular reason and despite the occasional odd look it’s most okay ＾ ＾。
~AKB48 “Yoyakushita Christmas” pv~
And here’s where the Team songs begin starting with Team A’s “Kurumi to dialogue”and there’s an interesting underlying meaning happening here and just beginning with the song’s title itself…..’Walnut?’ it’s played out not unlike a riddle. Team A has the most sensual choreography and really the only sensual* choreography in this single and you gotta love the editing between their two wardrobes….awesomely timed!! Mmm I never imagined Takamina as a simple or ordinary girl….always so beautiful っo(*´∀｀)o．．Ｗａｌｎｕｔ．．Ｗａｌｎｕｔ．．．Ｗａｌｎｕｔ．．．．
~AKB48 Team A “Kurumi to dialogue” pv~
I’m getting the feeling that Team K may be the wild~bunch!…and it’s not just from watching “ALIVE” and really I guess they all could be wild in an alternate~universe somewhere just as they were all cast in “Majisuka Gakuen” so perhaps it’s just an inkling…….but not a Mayuyu~♥ one :P. Despite including the fewest of my overall favorite members Team K is magnetic to me…..could have something* to do with Yuko though (。ーωー。)♪．．．．and this pv is well a jailbreak and a most intense one at that!! It’s always sort of surreal seeing Yuko, Tomochin and Miichan this way….you know really rugged and tough and Yuko in a near violent rage!!!! But then I can’t help but visualize Yuko being the fun~wacky girl that I adore who’ll say and do* just about anything o(*´∀｀)o゛♥！～！
~AKB48 Team K “ALIVE” pv~
There’s simply no questioning that Team B is the most cute~cuddly of the groups and they’re close to being tied with Team A when it comes to the number of favorite♥ girls that are in this Team =). Kasai has the most pleasant♥ expressions and a genuine softness inside plus there’s Kitarie, Mayuyu, Yukirin, Myao and Natsuki…..♥! And somehow I just can’t picture Kasai, Myao and Mayuyu dressed up in pinstripes trying to break out of jail lol but then with darker make~up and a inspired director I guess anything’s possible :P. Team B’s “Love Jump” as aforementioned is most in tune with the title track’s styling and it’s so giddily~cute how can one not love (*´∀｀*) ♪！
~AKB48 Team B “Love Jump” pv~