Tonight’s the night (6/7/14).

Watanabe Mayu

Sashihara RinoKitahara Rie

Kizaki Yuria

Yamada NanaMatsui Jurina

Miyazawa Sae

Kawaei Rina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yokoyama Yui

Takajo Aki

Shimazaki HarukaNagao Mariya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yamamoto Sayaka

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We’ve arrived yet again at what promises to be a most emotional, intriguing and suspenseful evening as AKB48’s 2014 Sousenkyo will begin shortly!! As here in Hawaii we don’t observe daylight savings time JST remains 19 hours ahead and with a start time of 4:30 pm JST, here that means 9:30 pm which is a perfectly prime time to be up and about and yet “someone” didn’t bother to take a nap today as that same “someone” has been up since midnight so I’ll be fighting against achieving zombie-mode at my very best……… (_´Д`)ノ..!

As history has taught us one can’t read too much into the preliminary results (unless you’re the amazing ~* Sasshi♥!!) and 2014 yet again looks to perhaps be a year of major movements and change amongst the girls’ rankings and really what’s more exciting then a bit of a shake up even into the upper tier of Senbatsu. And speaking of last year’s Senbatsu, three very notable girls have since graduated from the idol-mother-ship, they being Yuko, Tomochin and Mariko so we’re guaranteed of some up and comers taking in those vacated rankings in some shape or form and you just know that there’ll be surprises ~*all along the way. Also it’ll be most interesting to see the vote turn out this year as last year’s totals were truly record breaking~!~! I do wish for Ricchan to climb even higher in this election and just maybe reach Senbatsu and it’s really the mental wounds which stay forever after having such an awful thing happen and I just know that fans will support her right? Surely they will. I’d also love to see Kitarie rise up tonight and really this could go on and on so I’ll just stop.

And while I know that Sasshi~♥ will be difficult to de-thrown from the top spot I just hope ~* that Mayuyu♥ fights her way and remains in the top 3 at the very least and maybe, just maybe has something more by night’s end~.

So let us take in live, all of those butterflies, tears and results.

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373 Responses to Tonight’s the night (6/7/14).

  1. So there appears to be a delay due to weather? In any case I can’t help but analogy this event to a sporting event as we have a pre-game show complete with analysis with a panel of three.

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  2. phr says:

    OK, so this is where we spam our comments on this year’s result =D
    I’ve been away from the world in the last weeks so I didn’t see the preliminary results, but looking at the list the hosts are showing…
    I love the top 3. Sasshi – Mayuyu – Jurina.

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  3. Doki~doki~….!

    You want to talk about marketing genius, this is it pure and simple.

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  4. Wooh I wonder if Jurina will make that leap tonight??

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  5. I’m most curious to see how the vote turn out will be this year….I hadn’t paid attention to their single sales so it’ll be a total surprise….last year was totally off the charts with the vote totals.

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  6. Kinda odd with this event tonight and yet Yuko’s final performance is yet to come. I thought that was really weird that she “officially” graduated and yet her final Stage performance was set for such a latter date….and the timing is really that much more odd =/,

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  7. It’s such a worldwide event….World Cup eat your hearts out =P!!

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  8. phr says:

    Acchan, 1st election, 4630 votes total. That wasn’t enough to be in the top 10 during the preliminaries for the second election. I think it would be 14th place or something like that.

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  9. The sheer vote numbers. Gosh

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  10. It’s so official with all of the pomp and circumstance of a ‘real’ election! I love their personal videos!

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  11. Just a few seconds to make one’s case for being your beloved idol♥.

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  12. Woh just seeing the audience the weather was definitely warranting this delay I’m thinking….a sea of rain gear of pink!

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  13. Mm….the top throne now on screen.

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  14. I wonder if the staff sent out pink weather gear to everyone???

    It’s uncanny….all pink it seems.

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  15. This is even more dramatic then the NFL draft lol =P!!!

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  16. Ohhh the butterflies…..can’t even begin to imagine what they’re feeling at this moment ~*.

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  17. Looks like the weather is going horizontal….ヽ`、ヽ`ヽ(* ̄o ̄*)>ヽ`、ヽ`

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  18. Amazing it’s now 80 up from the 64.

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  19. As the AKB family grows, so must this event.

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  20. The format of introduction is much better this year so far……they seem to be keeping up with them on stage =D.

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  21. phr says:

    Oota Aika =/ I hope she’ll get in, somewhere.

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  22. She’s so adorable~♥.

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  23. Derek says:

    amazing so far

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  24. The girls this year are waiting for their names to be called…..much better for fans, the girls and the announcers =D.

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  25. phr says:

    lol, “Matsumura Kaori” came in holding a camera!!! I SO want to see that recording

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  26. Yuria♥…my one vote for her =D

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  27. Maaaaayuyu♥!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  28. The pace has picked up….=O

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  29. Did I spy a Paruru smile ~*…..maybe not😄.

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    • phr says:

      I saw a post once with a “before” and “after” of Paruru two shots, apparently Paruru used to smile more often =P
      I think it was just someone trying to make her look fake though

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  30. Derek says:

    so excited for this!!! hallo mb and pedro

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  31. phr says:

    LOL, what’s going on now? Love the surprise reaction by Takamina

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  32. Boy is that guy intense!!!!!!!!!! I thinnk I could make out with him for no reason at all lol =P!

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  33. I mean.

    Whatever he says goes!!!!

    He’s says we make out now.

    We must make out lol =P

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  34. It’s amusing seeing the girl’s reactions here….some are like ohh yeah!! while some are much more reserved.

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  35. Derek says:

    mb this guy is really intense…u probably wouldnt just make out with him lol. he would want more i think

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  36. Okay he’s a “bit” over the top.

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  37. Paruru is not amused……

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  38. Derek says:

    wtf is he saying????

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    • phr says:

      Congratulating them on the courage to show up there. Talking about how he admired the cheer leading club in his high school years, got into it, but then quit weeks after under pressure from his seniors. Making Takamina cry (well, not like that’s difficult).

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  39. Okay so he’s puffing up the event, ironically the wota aren’t requiring any puffing up for tonight.

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  40. Mayuyu….want’s him to leave…..

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  41. Big Bird just tweeted….WTF?!

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  42. Derek says:

    ah sokka. mayuyus not the only one lol…

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  43. Setting the table of just how prestigious tonight will be…..but I must say way over the top.

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  44. Did Paruru just shed a tear…..oh no that wasn’t her….

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  45. I kid, I adore Paruru…but maybe for all of the wrong reasons.

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  46. Derek says:

    that was lemon sama

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  47. phr says:

    OK, that’s enough setting up already…

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  48. And they say that the Academy Awards are too long due to monologue =P.

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  49. I wonder whom chooses their wardrobes??

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  50. Was that brief case hand cuffed??…

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  51. phr says:

    See how they say the results are brought by a “bengoshi” (lawyer)? That’s another way you know it’s a serious event.

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  52. Sasshi knows she’s won.

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  53. BTW did you hear about that troll whom attacked Sasshi?!

    Happy she revealed his account and sent him on his way….just an awful person.

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    • phr says:

      Interesting, you’re a bit ahead of me. I read this at exactly the moment it was announced =P Thank God Myao is in, but still… it’d be kengai any other year

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  54. Derek says:

    miho is so low!!!!!!

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  55. And yet to be ranked….there you see the honest joy..

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  56. And likewise the polite omg….but maybe not so much…

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  57. I have a thing for eyebrows….♥ seriously

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  58. phr says:

    Yamauchi Suzuran, she deserved better

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  59. phr says:

    FINALLY Murashige, she was probably about to graduate

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  60. Wow I thought Yagishan would rank much higher.

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  61. Derek says:

    alot of big names ranking low. anna…hontoni?

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  62. phr says:

    LOL, that’s Myao. Oshima Team K, forever.

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  63. Myao looks radiant ~*

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  64. LOVE, a shout out at it’s best!!

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  65. phr says:

    Hum, Ogasawa Mayu is genuinely one of the funniest ones in NMB. Happy she’s in. I think she could have come up with a much better joke than the Ganbarimayuyu. Big lost opportunity there.

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  66. At the L.A. Anime Event a friend of mind made a definite eye conversation with A~amin lol….it’s true!

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  67. phr says:

    You know, I never really cared for Amin, so when she suddenly starts crying like that in the middle of the sentence, and it just seems forced for me, especially when she didn’t look that surprised or happy when her name was called, well, it just looks forced. But it probably wouldn’t if I liked her. So there’s that. Who knows.

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  68. phr says:

    See, now that’s perfectly convincing smile and tears. And I like Murashige. That’s bias.

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  69. Derek says:

    mentaiiiiiiko!!!!

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  70. phr says:

    I’m just now receiving e-mail notification of comments I’ve already even replied to. WordPress can’t keep up with us =P

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  71. phr says:

    LOL, they had to handwrite some names in the ranking. were they not expecting those members to rank in? =P

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  72. Genuine. You gotta love that.

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  73. phr says:

    Kotani Riho wasn’t even trying to be happy

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  74. Oba Mina has always had a sexy spell on me…

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  75. Derek says:

    ah… kuromochi shes so kirei!!!

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  76. phr says:

    I don’t know half the people announced until now

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  77. What the girls have to realize is that they’re promoting themselves albeit this is a results event, every nuance, emotion and gesture will be scrutinized by the press and fans even more than LeBron James I’m afraid.

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  78. Oba Mina…..well spoken.

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  79. This is a preview of Yui…..♥.

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  80. phr says:

    FRESH LEMON NI NARITAI NO!

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  81. HOw can you not love that!!! Lemon

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  82. phr says:

    Well, Mocchi says she’s going down the ranks one by one, but she should look at the bright side… Now that they have Upcoming Girls, she’ll at least have a place for next year too.

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  83. I just spied the Matsui’s……who wins this year?

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  84. phr says:

    THERE IT IS! Look, nishino miki is handwritten this time

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  85. She has the best hair♥.

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  86. phr says:

    Furukawa Airi, giving plenty of time for the photographers to capture her raised fist

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  87. phr says:

    Team K4… there’s really a lot of Ks

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  88. Sometimes their speeches feel like they’re being tortured….sometimes it’s elation….and then sometimes so calculated.

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  89. I’m eagerly awaiting Paruru…..after last year’s eventful speech…

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  90. gosh what kind of conditioner does she use??

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  91. He asked all of the wrong questions.

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  92. I Love how each member represents her team and likewise their support~♥!

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  93. phr says:

    Come on camera people, the girl is bowing, don’t cut to other random members in the middle of the speech…

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  94. phr says:

    LOL, this one is improvising, I like her. What’s her name?

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  95. phr says:

    They should say their name at the end of their speech, when I’ve already decided if I want to learn it or not.

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  96. phr says:

    Oh, the raised fist girl. Furukawa Airi. Yeah, already learned this one today.

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  97. Everyone says how they appreciate the chance and opportunity on this night and their undying allegiance to doing better from here on…..I’m waiting for that one speech which transcends idols in this sense….

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    • phr says:

      And almost nobody says that they actually want to win. There were three girls saying they want to be center of their teams someday, nobody saying they want to be number 1, until now.

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  98. Oh she’s beyond adoralble~!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  99. So much that I misspelled adorable =D.

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  100. We’ve reached the top tiers…

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  101. phr says:

    These first tiers move so fast…

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  102. phr says:

    Churi looks so much better with her hair down… why does she do that to her pretty hair…

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  103. I still miss French Kiss…=(

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  104. Did you see Haruppi at the zoo? So cute

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  105. phr says:

    Miichan… She should release another PB, I’m sure it would bring her right back up on senbatsu!
    Well, not really, I just want another PB.

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    • I’m feeling you on that….!

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      • phr says:

        I have her first PB to arrive sometime this week =D Funny that I never saw any of it, it was never scanned as far as I know. The DVD was one of the first things I saw of AKB though. I saw Miichan on No3b, then downloaded the DVD making, then Mendol (no3b dorama), then eventually got into other AKB stuff

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        • I bet you’re anticipating her book’s arrival very very much! A~h now I’m understanding your deep attachment and sentiments for Miichan, that I must say is a pretty awesome ways and means of getting into AKB =D.

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  106. Kitarie,….wish she was ranked higher.

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  107. Derek says:

    no!!!!! milky kaori and minami plus akicha???? they all should be higher!!!!

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  108. phr says:

    =/ I don’t now why, one comment went to moderation. Don’t bother looking it up now though, more things to do.

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  109. Sasshi and Kitarie are best friends♥….they should be reunited in AKB….just a random thought.

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  110. Miichan….perfect speech.

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  111. phr says:

    If Miichan had followed that strategic pause in her speech with a “sotsugyou shimasu”, I’d kill somebody.

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  112. How can one not adore Haruppi???

    She didn’t hold back….

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  113. phr says:

    Haruppi reminds me of Sae

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  114. KItarie is like the perfect girl……I mean okay I won’t get into that now =P!

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  115. Milky….ever one of the greatest nicks ever.

    She’s really connecting here and with a bit of a bang to close!

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  116. phr says:

    The camera girl! Matsumura Kaori, I like her now.

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  117. Capture the moment~*….smart girl…..check the video later and look for snickeing later lol…just kidding =P!

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  118. NOw this is unexpected…and I don’t even know her…XD

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  119. Now this is capturing the moment ~* literally…again smart girl!

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  120. phr says:

    Ok, we just had the best speech of the day. It’s going to be VERY hard to top. Really.

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  121. phr says:

    This old guy who just appeared with the other commenters is HUGE. He wrote a book long interview with AkiP that I’m currently reading. Very interesting.

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  122. Derek says:

    kaoris speech beats them all.

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  123. phr says:

    I can’t believe it’s already been 3 hours…

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  124. phr says:

    OK, now the big ones…

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  125. After what she’s been through…

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  126. How strong, mature, how Ricchan.

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  127. phr says:

    lol “suteki na watashi wo”

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  128. I’m so happy for her ranking….and don’t even say it’s sympathy votes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  129. phr says:

    She’s cute in pink. All the members should be in pink.

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  130. Okay I’m crying for the first time tonight.

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  131. I’m still preparing myself for Yui……no kidding

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  132. Derek says:

    yeah, seeing Kawaei was very awesome and inspiring in a tear jerking way. I’m blown away.

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  133. Okay that’s authentic!

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  134. Derek says:

    holy sheez that’s a huge surprise!

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  135. Somewhere is Hydeo smiling =D ??

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  136. And now I will lose my mind

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  137. She wrecked me last year

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  138. Derek says:

    awww gomen gomen… yui is soooooo low!!!!!!!!

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  139. I already have the sofftest spot for her and now she does this,

    annually?…

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  140. OMG it’s meltdown

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  141. Don’t tear my heartstrings♥.

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  142. Derek says:

    she needs to tap into her majisuka gakuen power!

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  143. Marry me Yui~♥ \(^O^)/!!!!

    Just ‘kidding!!!!’

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  144. phr says:

    lol, the looking sideways “Tokumichi-saaaan”… every year

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  145. Yui’s actually holding up on this evening so far…..

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  146. Do you sense a Paruru revolution?

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  147. Like she peaked far too soon last hear and yet,

    Paruru for president =P

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  148. Sae is awesome in every regard.

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  149. phr says:

    With almost double the final votes Acchan had in the first election…

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  150. If you guys were girls you’d appreciate here even more, but then if you guys were girls then you’d most likely get your butts kicked!! lol just kidding…=P

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  151. Derek says:

    everyone’s giving so much respect to sashi!!

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  152. The youth is our future.

    OMG she has that confidence!

    Her voice may be shaking an yet her words are very much indifferent.

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  153. And stand up for your Team.

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  154. Akarin beat Milky….

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  155. Woah…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  156. phr says:

    Lots of people beat Milky this year ^o^

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  157. Remember when Arnold beat the Predator?

    Yup that was something like that in a celebratory state!!

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  158. Very composed now…♥

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  159. Derek says:

    milky screwed herself when she had her scandal. I still think she deserved higher though.. she is one of the more visible members of the AKB family. Demo Akarin cho kawai ne?🙂

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  160. When they say reach for the stars and don’t look back……how can one not feel this way in its fruition

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  161. Derek says:

    how does Takahashi not rank higher ever? I mean, she improved from last year but this girl does EVERYTHING for AKB…she should be in the top 3 at least every year!

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  162. I’m so conflicted with her, she’s the voice, the stature, the ever steady hand and yet she’s never ranked in the top echelons….and yet Takamina is as she always should be…..in the top ever overseeing everyone in their lower perch.

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  163. And yet, she’s never reached that tier by numbers, but I beg to differ as Takamina doesn’t need numbers or a ranking for what she’s meant to 48 period.

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  164. Derek says:

    she’s graduating??? NOOOO!

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  165. Derek says:

    oh oh oh gotcha.

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  166. Be honest.

    This is a much evolved Paruru…

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  167. Derek says:

    paruru should’ve been at least 4 or 3. Damn!

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  168. She’s even remarked on how some had projected her to be number 1

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  169. The younger members have to leave now

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  170. Due to Japan’s laws of labor and age

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  171. Somehow I’ve yet to warm up to Rena but I do recognize her talents.

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  172. phr says:

    Top 6: 1 HKT, 2 AKBs, 2 SKEs, and 1 NMB. And they still call this the “AKB” election?

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  173. It’s definitely a means for conversation.

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  174. OMG 4th is next!!!!!!!!

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  175. Look at her vote total WOW!!

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  176. So who’s left to rank?

    Yukirin

    Mayuyu

    Sasshi

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  177. NOtice how the cameras haven’t spotlighted them at length just yet….

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  178. So it’s true
    The Matsui’s
    will eventually
    take
    over
    the
    world
    =D

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  179. I love how they show that growth graph….just like sports =D.

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  180. Derek says:

    ah, my oshimen can’t get the center… of course!

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  181. I just realized that I cried much more last year….

    most of that due to Yui~chan but really this year’s celebration has been much more emotional stable as a whole =D.

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  182. phr says:

    =D Come on, let’s go to the big announcement already

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  183. Mayuyu is facing Michael Jordan right now

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  184. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  185. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

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  186. phr says:

    LOL, so it’s Mayuyu this year

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  187. That’s a lot of votes

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  188. I never imagined it to be possible

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  189. phr says:

    LOL, I was looking at the preliminary results numbers they show as if they were the final votes. That explains a lot of confusion here.

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  190. Has there ever been a more graceful champion??!!!!!!

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  191. What will the prototypical idol mean as the center of AKB, the center of the idol universe?

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  192. In my dissolutional mind…..I’d like to believe that my mere two votes made a difference =P.

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  193. I’m shamed to say that I’m just as shocked as she is.

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  194. No sweeter~♥ heart for Senbatsu.

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  195. And her talents aplenty as documented, I hope Mayuyu♥ can be a successful and endearing ambassador for idols everywhere alike.

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  196. She’s a classic idol, and in the eyes of AkiP I have to believe that with his roots Mayuyu is everything he could have wished ~* for.

    She pays respects on this night….her words as humble as a idol~champion can be.

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  197. It’s past 2 am and I’ve now been up for over 26 hours straight XD….

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  198. Ohhh and it’s a good thing I’m up!!!!!!!!!!!1

    Yuko♥!!!!!

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  199. phr says:

    Well. summing up today’s highlights… Number one == Camera girl. Number two == Ricchan.

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  200. phr says:

    Unless Togasaki comes up on stage now at the very end and announces that half the group is moving to North Korea or something.

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  201. And what of the odd timing of Yuko’s final stage =O.

    Mayuyu

    Can you believe it?

    Senbatsu

    OMG multiple orgasms* just now….

    ヽ(。´▽`。)ノ。。!!

    As Mayuyu just expressed it’s agony and yet elation at the same time really!

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  202. OMG

    MAYUYU~♡!!!

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  203. Okay I’m going to need to change my underwear* now….just kidding sorry for that visual xD… o(*´∀`)o゛!!、but okay good-night!~!

    I’ve now been up for 26 1/2 hours straight so I’m a ‘bit’ more zany than normal =P.

    おやすみなさい~*

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  204. Derek says:

    oyasumi nasai! Mayuyu did it! I’m so happy for you! Your oshimen deserves the top spot! She’s insanely amazing wonderful and all kinds of beautiful and grace! I am sooooo happy right now! The night wasn’t going well for all my picks but this was the best, by far, moment of the night next to Kaori san’s speech! Sweeeeet!

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    • phr says:

      This whole morning was amazing and worth every moment🙂 I also welcome our new cyborg overlord.

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      • @phr….Thank you so much I owe this all to you as you made it all happen!! Last election I was in my own little world typing thoughts alone but it’s like a gazillion times more enjoyable with such wonderful friends♥ to share in the moments with. You are priceless you do know that? You really ARE o(*´∀`)o゛♡。

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    • @ Derek….Thanks for sharing your evening here! It was late and I was overtired and I for an instant I thought it was a dream ~* lol…so amazing for Mayuyu!! And for your Yukirin too =D \(^o^)/!! Thank you again, I had a lot of fun being able to converse with such wonderful friends on such a momentous evening~.

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