AKB48 and fans prepare for the yearly election27 April, 2012 by Mus
As the year comes to the mid-point, many AKB48 fans save money to spend on the highlight of the year: the single senbatsu election. Of course, 2012 is no different. The members featured in AKB48’s 27th single will be determined by fan votes. However, the election this year is different from the ones before, with changes being made to the system that will no doubt change how some cast their votes.
On the third day of AKB48’s concert in Saitama Super Arena, it was announced that the election tickets will be distributed with the 26th AKB48 single, Manatsu no Sounds Good. Aside from that, members of the official fanclubs and other related sites will have a vote as well. Voting will start from Manatsu no Sounds Good’s release date of 23rd May and votes will be tallied on the 6th of June.
All the groups in the AKB48 family based in Japan (this means not JKT48) will be eligible for votes. Fans will also be glad to hear that the ranking has been extended to 64 places, with the girls being split into four 16-man groups. Media Senbatsu, what AKB terms as a selection of girls that will appear in media, has now been scrapped. What will be done in its place has not been made clear.
The election announcement was not the only news from Saitama Super Arena. In a move that shocked much of Japan, Maeda Atsuko made public her imminent graduation from AKB48. A few days after this announcement, she also appeared on a video published on the AKB48 official YouTube channel, announcing her decision to not participate in the coming elections, starting talk on the internet about who could possibly take her place at the top.
With so many things happening for the election this time, how will it affect the votes? Only time will tell.Click here to search CDJapan for official AKB48 goods.
Writer who also doubles as the photographer during event coverage. Mus' interests in Japan lie in the language, literature, popular culture and underground rock bands. Having an academic background in Japan, Mus is also particularly interested in the study of Nihonjinron.