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Manatsu no Sounds good! sticker...

Those were the odds that my oshimen’s photo would be inside one of the two jewel cases!

In the past I’ve been a bit lucky with random photos but never this lucky~*!

AKB48 Manatsu no Sounds good! singles Type A & B with photo extras (release and Neowing)

The outer slip cases are most pretty too and they even have their lettering textured and by getting both types A & B you receive a boatload of music videos and a really cool extra feature especially included for the currently ongoing AKB48 senbatsu general election.

However overshadowing all of that at the moment of this single’s arrival was the randomly included photo extra you see above….(center/bottom~♥!). Again what are the odds?? I felt like I had just won the Yuko♥ lottery somehow (*´∀`) うれしー♥♥♥!And if I add in the Neowing first press extra photo (bottom/left) with Sasshi♥ it’s nearly the trifecta of AKB48 heaven…well in my mind that is =P.

AKB48’s “Manatsu no Sounds good!” can be ordered @ Cdjapan

AKB48’s “Manatsu no Sounds good!” can be ordered @ HMV Japan

Oshima Yuko♥ Manatsu no Sounds good! photo extra!!!!!!

And look fans are selling their photos already as this is just one listing out of several:

http://page8.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/h164576570

Neowing Manatsu no Sounds good! photo extra!!!

AKB48 serial numbered cards...

So now with two chances to vote by the June 5th deadline this general election got me thinking how it’s most unprecedented in its very nature.

The dynamics of everything changed the instant that Acchan graciously announced her bowing out of competition for the then upcoming election, you see she’s been the face of AKB48 for the majority of single purchasing fans who get a chance to vote and many times repeatedly to hearts content which is both unique for fans and genius for AkiP and management when you think big picture and longevity…yes even idols can have a democratic process. So with Acchan not on the ballot for this general election that creates a whirlwind effect and despite hearing that many think the results will remain largely unchanged I have to humbly disagree. You see I believe with so many votes now completely displaced in those which Acchan would have received, it creates the potential for huge surprises and the rising of an entirely new senbatsu queen this time around. Like with political office campaigns, when any substantial person on the ballot suddenly bows out that leaves an instant void and the politician bowing out usually endorses another for his supporters to give their votes too. With Acchan you’re talking astronomical voting numbers!!!! So, with such a dramatic displacement of votes now out there the question is whom will they now support? And let’s for a moment consider rivalries….are those who’ve been voting for Acchan actually rivals to Yuko’s fan base hypothetically thinking in this new election? It’s possible but impossible to predict how this all new dynamic will play out. But one thing is for certain. This senbatsu general election is literally wide open with the Acchan factor playing as strongly as it would have had she still be in the race for #1. Think about those potential numbers….they must go somewhere else now and with the incredible depth of AKB48 and family the results will no doubt I believe be unprecedented this time around~. I’m thinking that Takamina could win this election and with Yuko near to the top I’d be still most happy with those results =)!!

My votes?

I’m torn between Yuko♥ x 2 or Yuko + Natsuki♥.

Doushiyou~??

AKB48 27th single senbatsu sousenkyou shutsuba member profile eizou (1)

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As aforementioned there is a really cool extra on both release versions where you can view individually the “nominees” from the AKB family including the mother~ship AKB48, SKE48, NMB48 and HKT48 for the current general election. Each clip runs 30 seconds acting as a campaign promo for each girl including a mini bio and visual appeal….here I’ve just included both AKB48 versions from type A and type B singles’ DVDs.  So if you’re don’t know the girls or are curious to meet them these clips are a perfect way for a visual introduction to AKB48~.

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AKB48 27th single senbatsu sousenkyo shutsuba member profile eizou (clip type A)~

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AKB48 27th single senbatsu sousenkyo shutsuba member profile eizou (clip type B)~

AKB48 27th single senbatsu sousenkyou shutsuba member profile eizou (5)

Now how could one not vote for this girl ↑↑ ? lol Yuko’s soooooo much the cutest idol and so unguarded….funny♥!

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~Type A & B slipcase and booklets complete~

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AKB48 in Manatsu no Sounds good! (3)

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Now this is why AKB48’s so successful and as an overall analogy to that success are their productions which are so often cutting edge with eye~popping concepts with deep originality which are neither predictable or ever censored.

The opening scene and subsequent consequences are apocalyptic and I’m thinking you could draw a few ideas of symbolism too from “Manatsu no Sounds good!”’s pv and aside from the obvious visual draw to AKB48 as idols are meant to be cute and seXy so in combining such drastic parallels all at once with a beach bikinied scene too is like idol~love~checkmate♥, there’s that one ever present and ever withstanding idealism of AkiP’s which is in their musical style for the most of their lead off single productions as it’s most prominent….that golden 80’s musical appeal and writing which goes back to his deep roots into the genre and times with his direct connection to Onyanko Club. And it’s not just with the music he’s producing for AKB48 as the very moves and nuances of the dance choreography here and beyond and back he’s presenting is also 100% pure 80’s down to the core. If you’re further curious to see just how precise this aspect of the choreography is, just watch the live performances of 80’s greats of the Otomejuku period of idols in CoCo, Qlair and Ribbon as a starting point. So anyone who calls the compositions of their title tracks ‘generic’ are really placing a blindly put label upon an entire generation of J~Pop which goes back to Japan’s earlier roots of their modern style of pop, which is why it’s always important and in no matter what subject you’re speaking of to dig a bit deeper before you’ve spoken~. And if this is to be Acchan’s AKB~swan song….what a fitting production to match the pending and most momentous occasion which awaits.

~AKB48 Manatsu no Sounds good!” (pv)~

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AKB48 in Manatsu no Sounds good! (Dance Version) (25)

~AKB48 “Manatsu no Sounds good!” (Dance Version pv)~

Does anyone else notice an abundance of Mayuyu♥?…most warranted!

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AKB48 Special Girls Mittsu no namida (1)

~AKB48 Special Girls “Mittsu no namida” (pv)~

The three room collage works wonders here with the utilization of a circle tracked camera and such vividly contrasting wardrobe styles of each room and I do spy an abundance of Wasamin and A~min here too!

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AKB48 in Choudai, Darling! (5)

~AKB48 “Choudai Darling!” (pv)~

AKB48 in Choudai, Darling! (3)Next to the title track “Choudai Darling!” could have simply made this a double~A side!! It’s by far the most memorable and engaging production here (beside the title track) with a theme of idol mentoring ala classic 50’s style~. The music 50’s…every wardrobe 50’s….and it’s all done with the A~B~C’s of idoling♥ for cute educational purposes Yes =D! Very very catchy melody!!!

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~AKB48 “Gugutasu no sora” (pv)~

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17 Responses to 1/36th

  1. hydeo says:

    the beach pv dont make any sense ahehaea
    the other songs are really good :3~~

    i go watch the other pvs, principal the one where wasamin is center :3

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    • I think there may be some symbolism coming from those scenes and different ways to interpret the ending =). In any case it sure gets your attention in an instant…AKB has so many pvs like this in the sense of them not holding back on radical ideas which I find really cool and it makes them so different from other idol groups which is always a +!!

      Yay for Wasamin! CK must have loved that!! Aside from the title track I’m most in love with “Choudai, Darling!”….love that fifties look and sound there!…just everything about it and especially the ultra~catchy melody.

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      • hydeo says:

        yah i think u are right, but is really no sense hahaha

        haha i like wasamin a lot too ;3

        http://www.akb48plus.com/oshimen/en/rule.html
        you know about this ??

        i normaly like more the B-sides than A-sides from singles hehe

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        • Oh that’s a really awesome idea and contest!!! I so wouldn’t have any chance at all as I get a “like” here on WP only once in a while =( and seeing how this contest will be won by those who get the most thumbs up/like clicks~* a fan with many fans of their own will surely take the top prize =D!! I’m thinking someone who’s part of a large forum site will win for sure as they’ll have the most fellow fans to support them or umm maybe fight against them I wonder =P? Still amazing idea and so creative and interactive to have fans use social media that way for something so big!! AKB48’s the best!!!!

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          • hydeo says:

            i dont have chance too, but i posted a msg to chikarina, the one problem is my msg dont being show on the site where the ppl can make de +1 votes :\, so i dont know whats it, or if need wait a little to the msg appears there

            yah agree with u but, dont kill try 😛 and dream hehe…

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            • Hmm it should appear there, strange but maybe like you said if you check back later it may appear. You’re right…I’m being sort of glass half empty there on this and it never hurts to try =).

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              • hydeo says:

                yah now appears, i have +35 clicks hehe, but i never go get more than 500 (have ppl with 600 now @.@)

                hehe :3
                why u dont try send a msg to yuko too ?

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                • That’s great!! Really…I probably would get 0 + clicks (´⌒`。)、sugoi!!! so many!!!

                  Hmm….I don’t know. Like I think my message to Yuko♥ may need to be censored (*´艸`)...♥!Seriously though I’d rather send her a text =P.

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                  • hydeo says:

                    why u think u dont go get clicks ? my msg is not so good ^^, u have a g+ acc? so i can send u my link to read the msg

                    hahaha you go need take care about the msg, say in code the censored parts hahaha

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  3. Sasshii's Baby Clothes says:

    A perfect and complete review. Thank you.

    So there was an external CDJP bonus picture and one included inside each jewel case?

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    • You’re so wonderful to say, thank you~(*´∀`)♥!AKB48 never disappoints!!! You always know their productions are going to be fully immersive experiences too.

      Yes Cdjapan had their own Neowing labeled photos although I’m not sure if there were a variety of them available as I got duplicates…but it’s Sasshi so that matters none =)…and you receive one random photo with each single you purchase too from the record label.

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  4. Sasshii's Baby Clothes says:

    Fwoah!!!!! All this time and all these years of getting external bonus photos from cdjp and I never realized that they really were Neo Wing exclusive pictures! There it is on the bottom of the photo: Neo Wing. I thought the manufacturer just gave them to CDJP to pass out, but you could get the same photo if you buy from someone else. But usually there’s no photo included inside the jewel case, correct? It’s just this release that had one included, right? I know that there are some that you can get one external and one internal, like Tomochin’s previous single, but that’s not the norm, ne?

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