Amazing how the year flashed by so quickly!..and we’ve yet again arrived at one of idol’s most momentous occasions with AKB’s annual General Election right upon us!
So with the simple purchase(es) of their latest single offering “Labrador Retriever” you’ll receive one uniquely serial coded ticket per purchase therewith you can visit their official voting site and cast to your heart’s content, or at least as much as your wallet/purse will allow you to :D. The official voting opened last month on the 20th and actually concludes today (6/6 Japan time) so if you haven’t yet made your heartfelt choice(es) time is of much urgency.
As is my now annual routine as you can see above I did opt for one copy of each single edition of their latest single release, therefore receiving four votes as well as their much much detailed and stat filled wonder which is their (“Sousenkyo”) official General Election Guide Book which also includes in addition to write-ups for each and every girl participating, a look at every member’s personal election poster which is created anew at this time. Now while these aren’t of the political side of things they’re always very creative and eye catching!!
Here Sakipon’s poster utilizes the universally effective
theme of LOVE~♥…..
..while Akicha’s features an idol’s best-furry-friend♥!
And yet each year you just never know
who’ll be channeling….
…Yep, one Dr. Evil =P!
So anyway, this year’s format aside from the number of girls vying for your votes stands very much the same as each tier collectively equals sixteen. However that pyramid to the top of the Senbatsu now has grown an additional level of prestige as what used to the THE 64 top vote getters will now be your TOP 80 as 65 through 80 will join the celebration as the “Up Coming Girls.” Wohh that is going to be one giant mizugi surprise celebratory mook as I’m assuming the Top 80 will now be featured with all appearing in this year’s annual pictorial treat still to come =O!!
This year’s General Election Guide also fittingly includes a final interview tribute to Oshima♥Yuko which I’ve scanned just below:
~Rockin’ the vote♥ 2014 ー(*￣Ｏ￣)ノ！~
Now had I an arsenal of plentiful vote tickets this feat of choosing wouldn’t be anywhere near as difficult, albeit there are many many girls on my favorites♥ list! And one could just as easily place every vote of theirs upon their Oshi exclusively for sure. And yet I felt the wanting of spreading albeit just four votes of mine just a tad bit around so to speak this year.
But first for a moment let’s consider the displacement factor very much present in this year’s election…..
…okay so it’s not water displacement (although the word displacement somehow always manages to make me think of WD-40 instantly :P!) but rather the Yuko♥ vote displacement factor or YVDF-48 :D!
Surely while there’ll no doubt be Yuko fans whom may not come out in force voting for another favorite member, just as well there’s sure to be a ton of displaced votes going to other girls and as Yuko’s vote total was only second to Sasshi’s awesome total let’s just say that that is a whole lotta displaced votes searching for other girls to support!
Now getting back to that whole arsenal of votes thought I was speaking of earlier, Mmm…here’s just the short list of girls I’d vote for if I had such a plentiful vote total to send out:
(all scans are from this year’s Election Guide Book)
However now back to reality
and so with my four votes,
One vote for Yuria :D!
One vote for Ricchan!
And I am so heartbroken by something so unspeakably horrible which occurred last month at a handshaking event in Iwate where both Iriyama Anna and Kawaei Rina as well as a staff member were all horrifyingly injured by some lunatic whom somehow brought a saw of some sort into the event and apparently lost his mind =(. Coincidentally the French Open is being played now and this so brings back frightening moments which occurred right on court all those years ago where then top ranked Monica Seles was savagely attacked by an idiotic fan whom during between games during a rest period reached over the fan wall and stabbed her in the back with a knife. It was mind boggling then as it is now how such a thing could possibly occur at such a high profile event with staff, security and fans everywhere. Likewise it places a great concern on how security and screening measures are handled at AKB or any idol or otherwise events in Japan.
And while I’m certain the steps will be taken in order to be sure that nothing horrible and mindless like this ever takes place again, more concerning is the state of these girl’s minds after such a horrific ordeal. I mean simply these are emotional scars which will never truly heal and I just hope that they receive all of the care for their wellbeing going far beyond the physical side of recovery. Monica Seles left tennis for years after her attack and even when she did finally return to the tour she was never the same. My heartfelt prayers for both Anna and Ricchan and their brave staff member whom came to their rescue in such a terrible moment of one’s senseless awful act. I hope one day they both can feel a sense of freedom and security without fear as both continue to blossom as beautiful and sweet idols~.
And without doubt,
..two votes for Mayuyu as after all she is