~The AKB48 General Election~
Still one of the most exciting, suspenseful and unique aspects in all of the idol world, the AKB48 General Election! It gives fans whom truly support AKB48 by purchasing their music, a direct voice into whom will be featured and just how prominently with each year’s resulting rankings standing for the next 12 months. Not just the idols you can meet but also the idols whom you can vote for.
It’s been a year since my very first participation in the 48 family’s General Election and I must say after again much much pondering and back and forth and then back again and then forth again indecisiveness in whom to vote for this year I came to the realization that I’m still that totally predictable ‘sort of like a nympho* set free in a sex shop with just a few dollars to spend (me with just 3 votes)’ little girl on the inside..(sigh*) some things you just can’t remove from a person it seems no matter how hard you try to (。ーωー。)笑！
So in the end my inner Yuko♥Mayuyu nympho ended up voting for the following:
~Oshima Yuko 2013 General Election appeal video~
~Watanabe Mayu 2013 General Election appeal video~
Of course though I had three votes this year so you’ll just have to use your imagination on whom my third vote went to I’m afraid based upon the accompaning song titles below (*´艸`)。
So let the scanning begin! And happily my mook survived even though this turned out as being one of the more extensive scanning adventures I’ve been on to date!
So as the voting deadline looms at just two days away now with the final results upcoming very soon too, I thought we’d take a look into AKB48’s 2013 Official General Election Guide. This year’s guide just like last year’s is chock full of vital information on every girl in the 48 family including AKB48, JKT48, SNH48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48, all Kenkyuusei (research students) from every group as well as graduated members. Furthermore each grouping includes a full recap of their members who ranked last year and in which spot they won, the breakdown of the number of members in each separate team, group history, an interview with each teams’ general manager, every girl’s 2013 election poster with their individual ranking from the inaugural General Election up till last year’s results. Every girl’s catch phrase~♥ is also included as well as their birthdate, height, birth place and individual team history. The senbatsu girls from last year’s election also have an added special interview and profiles included along with additional pictorial which are all very lovely~!
So how did we get here?
Here are the previous years of election results beginning with the inaugural voting which accompanied AKB48’s 13th single “Iiwake Maybe.” (2012 results are covered in a separate section of the mook)
The ever growing 48 family as more prefectures and countries for that matter are becoming new homes for the idol movement now includes 248 total members whom are eligible for this year’s General Election. 248? It’s astonishing!
And here’s the breakdown of how the top 64 vote getters will be ranked according to the four levels of becoming a featured member as they include 1~16 Senbatsu (ranking #1 overall/center), 17~32 UnderGirls, 33~48 Next Girls and 49~64 Future Girls. Voting opened this year on May 21st and continues until and will close on June 7th, just a couple of days away!
And here are some highlights from this year’s election guide mook including a few featured pictorials as well as the complete 48 family of this year’s participating girls for the General
Election…yes all 248 of them! In addition to the election pre/past~coverage this guide is also a great and all inclusive way for anyone whether familiar with the 48 idol family phenomenon or not, to get to meet and know everyone in one comprehensive walk through~. And you thought your family get togethers were gigantic affairs (・д・`*)！！！
~Make it with you~
~Baby Come to Me~
~Take My Breath Away~
~Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)~
~I Kissed a Girl~
~When I think about you I touch Myself~
~The Next Time I Fall~
~Future’s so Bright~
~The look of love~
~The way we were~
~The most beautiful girl in the world~
~I’m Too Sexy~
~Every Little Thing She Does is Magic~
~Simply the Best~
~I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)~
~Time after Time~
~That’s What Friends are for~
~Kiss on my List~
~Baby, I Love your Way~
~It’s Still Rock and Roll to me~
~Crazy for You~
~You’re still the One~
~Sweet Child O’ Mine~
And now it’s time to,
…Meet the whole 48 family♥~.
All 248 members
Members ranking in the Previous General Election
Complete election posters
Complete member profiles
Previous General Election rankings (all members, all years eligible)
Whew! that was a lot of scanning…(^q^)!
( I think my scanner just glared at me！ (・o・) ）