Everything you need to know about the AKB48 Janken Tournament22 September, 2011 by Chad
Last year’s Janken Tournament was one of the most interesting events in recent AKB48 history. It wasn’t a surprise (though most had expected them to mix up the game) that they’d repeat the success of last year’s event, this time with the the 2011 Janken Takai. Kobusha have released an accompanying guide book again this year with detailed statistics of all the participating members.
Copies of the Janken Taikai Official Guide Book were provided last year to some attendees at Budokan. It flows like a play book of the matches but also has enough details to make for an interesting read. Others will enjoy the large full color profiles of the members.
Last year’s mook featured some of the best photographs of the girls among all other books. This year’s edition maintains the standard, though some of the team costumes leave much to be desired.
As usual, each mook comes with a collection of stickers and a poster related to the event. If it’s inside, then there has got to be a market for such things somewhere.
Inside, you’ll find information about this year’s Janken Tournament as well as the events leading up to it. Coverage of the preliminary rounds to determine the participants from SKE48, NMB48 and the Research Students are also included.
But the individual member profiles make up the brunt of the book’s content, sorted by their respective first round matches. Once again, predictions and statistics of the members are provided. But the write up and photographs make up the main attraction.
Other contents include interviews with producer Akimoto Yasushi, words from last year’s winner Uchida Mayumi and predictions by notable charisma fortune tellers. There’s also a short making off section with candid photographs taken during the production of the book.
This preview was initially intended to be uploaded earlier. The Jaken Taikai is now over and pretty much everyone ought to know that Shinoda Mariko won this year. But the Janken Taikai Official Guide Book 2011 still makes for a nice photo book and collectible to commemorate this event in AKB48 history.
You can probably expect the equivalent of last year’s AKB48 Janken Senbatsu Report Book soon. Which will be a companion and report of the actual tournament that took place on the 20th of September this year.
If you haven’t already gotten your copy, you can find it available online for 1000 yen or at your local Kinokuniya outlet. The AKB48 Singapore Shop should be selling copies too, together with a free bonus photograph for SGD$22.90. The bonus photograph is not available from the Kinokuniya bookstore.