Archive for January, 2010

You haven’t forgotten how gorgeous Natsuki is, have you?
January 31, 2010

I’ve amassed a whole bunch of N for this post!  Featured:

  • Photocards
  • Q-Sama
  • Shibuya AX
  • Get-Togethers
  • Behind-the-Scenes
  • Stage Shows
  • Random Stuff

Oh, and a super-pretty picture of Natsuki and her hairdresser right after she got her hair cut and colored for Kouhaku Uta Gassen.  (I am a hardcore stalker.)

Shibuya AX 2010 Top 100 Day 4
January 24, 2010

The last day of Shibuya AX 2010 is over!

For fans of Natsuki, this isn’t a very exciting setlist.  She only performed in Aitakatta and Korogaru ishi ni Nare, as well Sakura no Shiori in the encore.  This brings her total to sixteen songs.

The winner of this year’s popularity contest is Iiwake Maybe, the single that allowed fans to decide which girl got which position.  Today’s encore was AKB48’s new single Sakura no Shiori and the B-Side that was performed last night, Majisuka Rock’n’Roll.  The only full group song from SDN48 to make the list was Kodoku no Runner, which in this performance not only featured the usual sixteen girls but brought out the extra two Stage members and the five unders to put all twenty one girls on stage.  No3b performed two songs, including 3 Seconds, a song that has been exclusively performed on the TV drama they were featured in, Men-dol.  Last year’s number one, Shounichi, dropped to eight place, and this year’s runner-up song was the Under Girls’s Kimi no Koto Suki Dakara.

Announcer – Maeda At

25 – Kuroi Tenshi (Fujie, Maeda At, Takajo)

24 – Kodoku no Runner (Akita, Ito, Imayoshi, Umeda H, Urano, Okochi, Ohori, Kato, Kochi, Kondo, Sato Y, Serina, Qu, Nishikunihara, Noro, Hatakeyama, Mitsui, Kaida, Kohara, Tezuka, Nacchu) (SDN48)

23 – Tenshi no Shippo (Nakatsuka, Oota, Nakaya)

22 – Kataomoi no Taikakusen (Komori, Nito, Yonezawa with Maeda Am, Oya S, Ishida H, Matsui S, Suzuki M, Iwasa dancing)

21 – Aitakatta (Itano, Kitahara, Sato A, Shinoda, Nakata, Maeda At, Miyazaki, Akimoto, Oku, Ono E, Kasai, Kuramochi, Kobayashi, Sato N, Chikano, Masuda, Miyazawa, Kashiwagi, Katayama, Sashihara, Tanabe, Hirajima, Watanabe M)

20 – End Roll (Matsubara, Oshima Y, Umeda, Noro)

18 – Relax! (Takahashi, Kojima, Minegishi) (No Sleeves)

MC – Umeda, Oshima Y, Matsubara, Noro

18 – Only Today (Team A + Iwasa, Suzuki M, Nonaka)

17 – Zannen Shoujo (Nakatsuka, Watanabe M, Uchida)

16 – Kuchiutsushi no Chocolate (Oota, Kashiwagi, Hirajima)

15 – Korogaru ishi ni Nare (Team K + Kikuchi)

14 – Tsundere! (Sato A, Itano, Kitahara)

MC – Akita, Qu, Kato, Umeda H, Serina

13 – Baby! Baby! Baby! (Itano, Kitahara, Kojima, Sato Y, Shinoda, Takahashi, Maeda At, Minegishi, Miyazawa, Akimoto, Umeda, Oshima Y, Ohori, Ono E, Kasai, Kuramochi, Chikano, Miyazawa, Nito, Watanabe M)

12 – Temodemo no Namida (Kashiwagi, Takajo)

MC – Fujie, Miyazaki, Matsui J, Matsui R, Chikano)

11 – Naki Nagara Hohoen de (Oshima Y)

10 – Bird (Shinoda, Takahashi, Miyazawa)

MC – Shinoda, Maeda At, Masuda, Akimoto

09 – 3 Seconds (Takahashi, Kojima, Miyazawa) (No Sleeves)

08 – Shounichi (Team B + Uchida, Komori)

07 – Heart Gata Virus (Kitahara, Kojima, Takajo)

MC – Nacchu

06 – Namida Surprise! (Itano, Kitahara, Kojima, Shinoda, Takahashi, Fujie, Maeda, Minegishi, Miyazawa, Oshima Y, Ono E, Kasai, Miyazaki, Kashiwagi, Sashihara, Nito, Watanabe M, Matsui J, Matsui R, Komori)

05 – RIVER (Itano, Kitahara, Kojima, Maeda At, Shinoda, Takahashi, Minegishi, Miyazaki, Akimoto, Oshima Y, Ono E, Kasai, Miyazaki, Kashiwagi, Watanabe M, Matsui J)

04 – Oogoe Diamond (Itano, Kitahara, Kojima, Sato Y, Maeda At, Shinoda, Takahashi, Minegishi, Miyazaki, Fujie, Akimoto, Oshima Y, Ono E, Kasai, Kuramochi, Miyazaki, Kashiwagi, Sashihara, Watanabe M, Matsui J)

MC – Takahashi

03 – 10nen Zakura (Itano, Kitahara, Kojima, Shinoda, Takahashi, Fujie, Maeda T, Minegishi, Miyazaki, Akimoto, Ono E, Kasai, Kuramochi, Miyazaki, Kashiwagi, Sashihara, Watanabe M, Matsui J, Matsui R)

MC – Sato Y, Urano

02 – Kimi no Koto Suki Dakara (Sato A, Takajo, Fujie, Oku, Kuramochi, Oota, Katayama, Sashihara, Nakagawa, Nito, Matsui R, Ishida H, Kikuchi, Komori, Sato S, Maeda Am) (Under Girls)

MC – Noro, Ohori

01 – Iiwake Maybe (Itano, Kitahara, Kojima, Sato A, Sato Y, Shinoda, Maeda At, Takahashi, Minegishi, Miyazaki, Akimoto, Oshima y, Ono E, Kasai, Kuramochi, Miyazawa, Urano, Oota, Kashiwagi, Watanabe M, Matsui J)

E1 – Sakura no Shiori (all 50 members)

MC – Takahashi, Maeda At, Noro, Urano, Ohori, Sato Y

E2 – Majisuka Rock’n’Roll (Itano, Kojima, Shinoda, Takahashi, Maeda At, Akimoto, Oshima Y, Ono E, Kashiwagi, Watanabe M, Matsui J, Matsui R)

Announcer – Takahashi

Team A – (Itano, Kitahara, Kojima, Sato A, Sato Y, Shinoda, Takahashi, Takajo, Nakata, Fujie, Maeda, Minegishi, Miyazaki)

Team K – (Akimoto, Umeda, Oshima, Ohori, Oku, Ono E, Kasai, Kuramochi, Kobayashi, Sato N, Chikano, Noro, Masuda, Matsubara, Miyazawa)

Team B – (Urano, Oota, Kashiwagi, Katayama, Kohara, Sashihara, Tanabe, Nakaya, Nakatsuka, Nakagawa, Nito, Hirajima, Yonezawa, Watanabe)

Team RS – (Iwasa, Suzuki M, Ishida H, Oya S, Uchida, Sato S, Nonaka, Matsui S, Kikuchi, Komori)

Team S – (Matsui J, Matsui R)

SDN48 – (Akita, Ito, Imayoshi, Umeda H, Urano, Okochi, Ohori, Kato, Kochi, Kondo, Sato Y, Serina, Qu, Nishikunihara, Noro, Hatakeyama, Mitsui, Kaida, Kohara, Tezuka, Nacchu)

Source: Memolist

Shibuya AX 2010 Top 100 Day 3
January 23, 2010

The third day’s selection included five songs with Natsuki: Sasae, Saka Agari, Sougen no Kiseki, Saishu Bell ga Naru, and Hikouki Gumo.  Also, she was featured in an MC with three other AKB48/SKE48 members that have the ‘Natsu’ kanji in their first names.

Today’s highlights include a performance by Chocolove with Kuramochi Asuka replacing the currently hospitalized Nakanishi Rina, an eleven girl version of Yuuhi wo Miteiru ka?, three graduates (Naruse Risa, Kawasaki Nozomi, and Tojima Hana)  perform, two more SKE48 songs, songs by Nattou Angels, Theater Girls, and No3b, and the first ever performance of Majisuka Rock’n’Roll.

Announcer – Takahashi

50 – Ashita wa Ashita no Kimi ga Umareru (Akimoto, Kuramochi, Miyazawa) (Chocolove)

Graduates – (Naruse, Kawasaki, Tojima)

48 – Yuuhi wo Miteiru ka? (Itano, Kojima, Takahashi, Maeda At, Minegishi, Oshima Y, Ono E, Kasai, Kashiwagi, Watanabe M

MC – Kashiwagi, Maeda At, Watanabe M, Itano

48 – Sasae (Team K + Naruse)

MC – Deguchi, Sato A, Naruse, Kuramochi

47 – MARIA (Umeda, Masuda, Kasai)

46 – Junjou Shugi (Nakaya, Katayama, Nito)

MC – Tanabe, Yonezawa, Nakaya, Katayama

45 – Kinjirareta Futari (Oshima Y, Kasai)

44 – AKB Sanjou! ( Kitahara, Kojima, Sato A, Sato Y, Shinoda, Takajo, Takahashi, Nakata, Fujie, Maeda At, Minegishi, Miyazaki, Chikano, Nonaka, Sato S, Matsui S)

43 – Faint (Kawasaki, Itano, Tojima)

MC – Kawasaki, Tojima

42 – Dear My Teacher (Team A + Urano, Kohara, Hirajima)

41 – Saka Agari (Team K + Ishida H)

MC – Miyazawa, Ono E, Oshima Y, Chikano

40 – Renai Kinshi Jourei (Minegishi, Takahashi, Miyazawa)

39 – BINGO! (Itano, Kitahara, Kojima, Sato A, Sato Y, Shinoda, Takajo, Nakata, Maeda At, Oota, Kashiwagi, Nakagawa, Nakaya, Nito, Watanabe M)

38 – Itoshiki Natassha (Tanabe, Sashihara, Katayama)

37 – Sougen no Kiseki (Team K + Kikuchi)

MC – Matsubara, Hirajima, Sato N, Mukaida

36 – Tonari no Banana (Kasai, Ono E)

35 – Junai no Crescendo (Minegishi, Kojima, Takahashi)

MC – Minegishi, Kojima, Takahashi

34 – Saisshu Bell ga Naru (Team K + Kikuchi)

33 – Pajama Drive (Watanabe M, Nakagawa, Hirajima)

32 – Sakura no Hanabiratachi (Kitahara, Kojima, Sato A, Sato Y, Shinoda, Takajo, Takahashi, Nakata, Fujie, Maeda At, Minegishi, Urano, Oota, Kashiwagi, Katayama, Kohara, Sashihara, Tanabe, Nakatsuka, Nakaya, Nito, Yonezawa)

31 – Ame no Pianist (Oya, Matsui R, Matsushita) (SKE48)

30 – Nattou Punch (Kasai, Miyazaki, Itano) (Nattou Angels)

29 – Hikouki Gumo (Nakata, Umeda, Kobayashi, Sato N, Chikano, Masuda, Matsubara, Tanabe, Nakatsuka, Nakaya, Hirajima, Yonezawa, Iwasa, Uchida, Oya, Suzuki M, Nonaka, Matsui S) (Theater Girls)

28 – Tane (Minegishi Kojima, Takahashi) (No Sleeves)

27 – Te wo Tsunaginagara (Oya, Ono H, Kuwabara, Takada S, Deguchi, Nakanishi Y, Matsui J, Matsui R, Matsushita, Mori, Yagami, Iguchi, Ishida A, Saito, Furukawa, Mukaida) (SKE48)

MC – Oya, Ono H, Kuwabara, Takada S, Deguchi, Nakanishi Y, Matsui J, Matsui R, Matsushita, Mori, Yagami, Iguchi, Ishida A, Saito, Furukawa, Mukaida

26 – FIRST LOVE (Ono E)

MC – Ono E, Akimoto

EC – Majisuka Rock’n’Roll (Itano, Kojima, Shinoda, Takahashi, Maeda At, Akimoto, Oshima Y, Ono E, Kashiwagi, Watanabe M, Matsui J, Matsui R

Announcer – Itano

Team A – (Itano, Kitahara, Kojima, Sato A, Sato Y, Shinoda, Takahashi, Takajo, Nakata, Fujie, Maeda, Minegishi, Miyazaki)

Team K – (Akimoto, Umeda, Oshima, Ohori, Oku, Ono E, Kasai, Kuramochi, Kobayashi, Sato N, Chikano, Noro, Masuda, Matsubara, Miyazawa)

Team B – (Urano, Oota, Kashiwagi, Katayama, Kohara, Sashihara, Tanabe, Nakaya, Nakatsuka, Nakagawa, Nito, Hirajima, Yonezawa, Watanabe)

Team RS – (Iwasa, Suzuki M, Ishida H, Oya S, Uchida, Sato S, Nonaka, Matsui S, Kikuchi)

Team S – (Deguchi, Nakanishi, Matsui J, Matsui R, Matsushita, Takada S, Oya M, Ono H, Kuwabara, Mori S, Yagami)

Team KII – (Iguchi, Ishida A, Saito, Furukawa, Mukaida)

Source: Memolist

Shibuya AX 2010 Top 100 Day 2
January 22, 2010

Day two of the Shibuya AX concert has now ended, and we’re halfway through the list!

Today only three songs included Natsuki: Kimi wa Pegasus, Dakishimeraretara, and Takeuchi Senpai.  This means that she has performed all three of her Team K Stage units, but no Himawari-gumi Stage units as of yet.

Also performed were three songs from Watarirouka Hashitirai, the Chuu Shiyouze! single (using AKB members instead of Idoling!!! members, the Men-dol single Christmas Present by No3b, two more SKE48 songs, the upcoming Team YJ B-Side, and the SDN48 title Stage unit.

Announcer – Oshima Y

75 – Kimi ni au Tabi Koi wo Suru (Team A + Nonaka, Sato S, Matsui S)

74 – Kimi wa Pegasus (Miyazawa, Akimoto, Sato N, Noro)

MC – Akimoto, Miyazawa, Tanabe, Nakaya

73 – Dareka no Tame ni ~What can I do for someone?~ (Team A+ Nonaka, Sato S, Matsui S)

72 – Kioku no Dilemma (Masuda, Kuramochi, Noro, Matsubara)

MC – Masuda, Kuramochi, Noro, Matsubara

71 – Nagai Hikari (Team A+ Nonaka, Sato S, Matsui S)

70 – Shiroi Tulip (Oota, Nakagawa, Hirajima, Watanabe) (Watarirouka Hashitirai)

69 – Tanpopo no Kesshin (Oya, Ishida, Iwasa, Kikuchi, Suzuki M, Maeda Am, Ueki, Sano, Ishiguro, Oba, Shimazaki, Shimada, Nakamura, Fujimoto, Mori A, Yamauchi)

67 – Tobenai Agehachou (Yonezawa, Ohori, Masuda, Sashihara, Hirajima, Matsubara, Matsui M, Katayama, Takajo) (Under Girls)

MC – Ono E, Nakata, Takahashi, Ohori

67 – Wasshoi B! (Team B + Uchida, Komori)

66 – Minnasan mo go Issho ni (Team B + Uchida, Komori)

MC – Kitahara, Takajo, Sashihara, Nito, Komori

65 – Hatsukoi Dash (Oota, Nakagawa, Hirajima, Watanabe) (Watarirouka Hashitirai)

64 – Yaruki Hanabi (Oota, Nakagawa, Hirajima, Watanabe) (Watarirouka Hashitirai)

63 – Chuu Shiyouze! (Itano, Kojima, Nakata, Fujie, Maeda At, Miyazaki, Umeda, Oshima, Ono E, Kasai, Chikano, Matsubara, Miyazawa, Kashiwagi, Nito, Matsui J)

MC – Hirajima, Oota, Watanabe, Nakagawa

62 – Oshibe to Meshibe to Yoru no Chouchou (Ohori, Kasai)

61 – Christmas Present (Minegishi, Kojima, Takahashi) (No Sleeves)

MC – Sato Y, Noro, Shinoda

60 – Bye Bye Bye (Minegishi, Kojima, Takahashi)

59 – Dakishimeraretara (Kuramochi, Kasai, Sato N)

58 – Wimbledon e Tsureteitte (Mori S, Matsui J, Yagami) (SKE48)

56 – Wagamama na Nagareboshi (Ono E, Kobayashi)

56 – Takeuchi Senpai (Itano, Kojima, Sato Y, Shinoda, Takahashi, Maeda At, Minegishi, Akimoto, Oshima Y, Oku, Kasai, Kuramochi, Sato N, Noro, Masuda, Miyazawa)

MC – Kuramochi, Kasai, Oshima Y, Kojima, Itano

54 – Mushi no BALLAD (Akimoto)

54 – Nagisa no CHERRY (Maeda At, Minegishi, Fujie, Hirajima)

53 – Yuuwaku no GARTER (Akita Kazue, Kato Mami, Sato Yukari) (SDN48)

52 – Blue Rose (Ohori, Akimoto, Masuda, Miyazawa)

51 – Tsuyokimono yo (Team S + Iguchi, Ishida A, Saito, Furukawa, Mukaida) (SKE48)

EC – Choose Me! (Kitahara, Minegishi, Kasai, Kuramochi, Sashihara, Nakagawa, Kikuchi) (Team YJ)

Announcer – Watanabe

Team A – (Itano, Kitahara, Kojima, Sato A, Sato Y, Shinoda, Takahashi, Takajo, Nakata, Fujie, Maeda, Minegishi, Miyazaki)

Team K – (Akimoto, Umeda, Oshima, Ohori, Oku, Ono E, Kasai, Kuramochi, Kobayashi, Sato N, Chikano, Noro, Masuda, Matsubara, Miyazawa)

Team B – (Urano, Oota, Kashiwagi, Katayama, Kohara, Sashihara, Tanabe, Nakaya, Nakatsuka, Nakagawa, Nito, Hirajima, Yonezawa, Watanabe)

Team RS – (Iwasa, Suzuki M, Maeda Am, Ishida H, Oya S, Uchida, Fujimoto, Sato S, Nonaka, Matsui S, Kikuchi, Komori, Takeuchi, Ishiguro, Shimazaki, Shimada, Ueki, Sano, Oba, Nakamura, Mori A, Yamauchi)

Team S – (Deguchi, Nakanishi, Matsui J, Matsui R, Matsushita, Takada S, Oya M, Ono H, Kuwabara, Mori S, Yagami)

Team KII – (Iguchi, Ishida A, Saito, Furukawa, Mukaida)

SDN48 – (Kato Mami, Akita Kazue)

Source: Memolist

Shibuya AX 2010 Top 100 Day 1
January 21, 2010

Last night was the first show for the third annual Top 100 at AX.

Natsuki performed in five songs: Kaiyuugyo no Capacity, Boku no Taiyou, Nounai Paradise, 16nin Shimai no Uta, and RUN RUN RUN.  The only other song she could have sang was Yume wo Shinaseru Wake ni Ikanai, but most likely due to the G-Rosso shows of H2R,  they decided to use a selection of girls from all three Teams instead of Himawari-gumi’s Team 1.  Also, she was featured in one MC that included all of the current AKB48 members with the last name of ‘Sato.’

Other highlights include nine graduates in attendance (seven from Team A and two from Team K), a performance of Tadaima Renaichuu with the RS from 2008’s A4R Kenkyuusei shows, a never-before-seen performance of No3b’s Girls’ Talk, four ninth generation Kenkyuusei perform Glass no I LOVE YOU, two SKE48 songs, and a performance of one of Sakura no Shiori’s B-Sides, Enkyori Poster by Team PB.

The setlist was as follows: (Please note the abundance of ties.)

(Announcer – Shinoda)

MC – Akimoto, Takahashi, Kashiwagi

100 – 7ji 12fun no Hatsukoi (Maeda At, Ohe, Komatani, Masuyama, Narita)

99 – Namida no Shounan (Orii, Shinoda, Oshima M, Watanabe S, Sato Y)

MC – Ohe, Komatani, Orii, Masuyama, Narita, Watanabe S, Oshima M

98 – Koike (Team A + Iwasa, Suzuki M, Maeda Am)

97 – Kaiyuugyo no Capacity (Team K + Ishida H)

MC – Kashiwagi, Shinoda, Umeda

96 – Tadaima Renaichuu (Kitahara, Sato A, Takajo, Nakata, Fujie, Miyazaki, Chikano, Kohara, Sashihara, Nakatsuka, Nito, Oya, Ishida H, Uchida, Fujimoto, Nakanishi Y)

94 – Boku no Taiyou (Itano, Kojima, Maeda At, Minegishi, Akimoto, Oshima, Ohori, Ono E, Kasai, Kuramochi, Sato N, Noro, Miyazawa, Oota, Katayama, Watanabe)

94 – Higurashi no Koi (Takahashi, Masuda)

93 – Manatsu no Christmas Rose (Shinoda, Sato Y, Nakata, Kohara)

92 – Glory Days (Matsui J, Kuwabara, Nakanishi Y) (SKE48)

MC – Matsui J, Kuwabara, Nakanishi Y

91 – JK Nemurihime (Team A + Nonaka, Sato S, Matsui S)

90 – Nounai Paradise (Team K + Kikuchi)

MC – Sato A, Sato Y, Sato N, Sato S

89 – Girls’ Talk (Minegishi, Kojima, Takahashi) (No Sleeves)

88 – Glass no I LOVE YOU (Takeuchi, Ishiguro, Shimazaki, Shimada) (9th Gen RS)

87 – Sobakasu no Kesshin (Team B + Uchida, Komori)

86 – Chime wa LOVE SONG (Team S + Iguchi, Ishida A, Saito, Furukawa, Mukaida) (SKE48)

MC – Team S + Iguchi, Ishida A, Saito, Furukawa, Mukaida

85 – Idol no Yoake (Team B + Uchida, Komori)

83 – Gomen ne Jewel (Kuramochi, Umeda, Miyazawa, Masuda)

83 – Confession (Ohori, Oshima, Nakata, Itano)

80 – Yume wo Shinaseru Wake ni Ikanai (Kojima, Sato A, Sato Y, Minegishi, Maeda At, Takahashi, Ono E, Kasai, Kashiwagi, Katayama, Kohara, Sashihara, Tanabe, Nakaya, Yonezawa, Oya)

80 – Himawari (Noro, Shinoda, Akimoto, Kuramochi)

80 – Kurkurupaa (Kobayashi, Ohori, Matsubara, Oku, Takada S, Hayano)

79 – Squall no Aida ni (Team A + Nonaka, Sato S, Matsui S)

MC – Hayano, Kobayashi, Takada A

78 – Skirt, Hirari (Itano, Kojima, Maeda At, Takahashi, Shinoda, Oshima, Watanabe)

77 – 16nin Shimai no Uta (Sato N, Kobayashi, Matsubara) (with Team K + Hayano, no Chikano)

MC – Urano, Hirajima, Takeuchi, Ishiguro, Shimazaki, Shimada

76 – RUN RUN RUN (Itano, Kojima, Sato Y, Shinoda, Minegishi, Maeda At, Takahashi, Akimoto, Oshima, Ono E, Kasai, Kuramochi, Sato N, Noro, Masuda, Miyazawa)

EC – Enkyori Poster (Takajo, Miyazaki, Miyazawa, Oota, Kashiwagi, Nito, Maeda Am) (Team PB)

Announcer – Kojima

Team A – (Itano, Kitahara, Kojima, Sato A, Sato Y, Shinoda, Takahashi, Takajo, Nakata, Fujie, Maeda, Minegishi, Miyazaki)

Team K – (Akimoto, Umeda, Oshima, Ohori, Oku, Ono E, Kasai, Kuramochi, Kobayashi, Sato N, Chikano, Noro, Masuda, Matsubara, Miyazawa)

Team B – (Urano, Oota, Kashiwagi, Katayama, Kohara, Sashihara, Tanabe, Nakaya, Nakatsuka, Nakagawa, Nito, Hirajima, Yonezawa, Watanabe)

Team RS – (Iwasa, Suzuki M, Maeda Am, Ishida H, Oya S, Uchida, Fujimoto, Sato S, Nonaka, Matsui S, Kikuchi, Komori, Takeuchi, Ishiguro, Shimazaki, Shimada)

Team S – (Ono H, Kuwabara, Takada S, Deguchi, Nakanishi Y, Matsui J, Matsui R, Matsushita, Mori, Yagami)

Team KII – (Iguchi, Ishida A, Saito, Furukawa, Mukaida)

Graduates – (Ohe, Komatani, Orii, Masuyama, Narita, Watanabe S, Oshima M, Takada A, Hayano)

Source: Memolist

AKB48 Member of the Year 2009 Poll Results Announced!
January 17, 2010

Today, the outcome of the member ranking poll has been posted!  The two previous years have been hosted by Stage48 administrator Kyobu, but this time forum member Naomi graciously decided to put on the annual festivities.

Full Results on Stage48!

Each participant was granted ten votes to vote positively towards their favorites, with each of those ten votes assigned a different point value.  Also, each participant was given five votes to vote negatively towards their least favorites in order to more successfully gage the general consensus of each member.  All members of AKB48, SKE48, and SDN48, as well as all of their Research Students, Unders, and graduated members were on the ballots, with the only rule that they must have been in their group in 2009, which means anyone who graduated before last year wasn’t allowed to be voted for.

The full ranking posted is out of 107 girls, with the girls who didn’t have any votes for or against them not included.  I posted some interesting numbers below.

Top 10 in the ranking:

10. Ohori Megumi (+170/-2) 168
09. Minegishi Minami (+173/-1) 172
08. Sashihara Rino (+182/-5) 177
07. Itano Tomomi (+207/-18) 189
06. Miyazawa Sae (+201/-8) 193
05. Kasai Tomomi (+218/-14) 204
04. Kashiwagi Yuki (+237/-15) 222
03. Takahashi Minami (+297/-3) 294
02. Akimoto Sayaka (+340/-23) 317
01. Oshima Yuko (+340/-10) 330

‘RIVER’ senbatsu members

39. Matsui Jurina (+101/-66) 3
36. Shinoda Mariko (+61/-22) 39
23. Kitahara Rie (+91/-15) 76
19. Watanabe Mayu (+120/-34) 86
18. Maeda Atsuko (+171/-83) 88
17. Ono Erena (+106/-13) 92
16. Miyazaki Miho (+121/-18) 103
12. Kojima Haruna (+152/-26) 126
09. Minegishi Minami (+173/-1) 172
07. Itano Tomomi (+207/-18) 189
06. Miyazawa Sae (+201/-8) 193
05. Kasai Tomomi (+218/-14) 204
04. Kashiwagi Yuki (+237/-15) 222
03. Takahashi Minami (+297/-3) 294
02. Akimoto Sayaka (+340/-23) 317
01. Oshima Yuko (+340/-10) 330

Sato Natsuki (2007 – 10) (2008 – 25) (2009 – 39)

39. Sato Natsuki (+40/-5) 35

Not terrible if you ask me!  Maybe she’ll do better next year!

For the past three years, Stage48.net has been hosting a ranking based on the members of AKB48 and its sister groups.  Last year the Nihongogo forum was also invited to participate, giving a broader range of opinions.  Now that Hello! Online has made an AKB48 forum, maybe it will be included in the 2010 ranking?

Finding Natsuki
January 8, 2010

A little over two years ago (the evening of November 6th, 2007, to be more specific), I read an article that would completely change my lifestyle.  One thing I’ve learned about myself is that I always invest a large portion of my free time in a certain hobby.  As time passes, this singular interest slowly changes and evolves into something new and different: admittedly, most of these obsessions stem from something of Japanese origin.

At the time of this particular cold November night, I enjoyed following anime and manga.  In my usual raid of various sites and forums related to the fandom, I read the newest post in a weekly column that reviews DVDs.  It mentioned a couple basic facts about AKB48 and linked to their addictive single ‘Aitakatta.’  My first impression of the group was that they were indeed cute, and they obviously could appeal to many people, but not my thing.  My issue with these girls was that they were much too sugar-filled for my tastes.  I already enjoyed J-Pop, but I usually stuck to more powerful songs, and generally steered clear of such high-pitched melodies.  Throughout this first YouTube clip, I kept glancing to the right  side of the screen and desperately waited for this song to end so I could watch one of the related videos named ‘BINGO!’  My reasoning that it looked better than the song I was currently listening to?  Pretty multi-color party dresses.

(Interestingly enough, my first brush with AKB48 was actually that previous summer.  I had bought an issue of Ribon which contained a brief overview of the up-coming ChocoMimi live action TV show, as the manga was featured in the anthology.  Unknown to me however, was that Team A member Masuyama Kayano was one of the two main characters on that show.   That means she was the first AKB48 member I ever saw… that I know of.)

After watching the first tri-Team AKB48 PV, I set out to find their discography.  Both songs I had heard were outside of my musical box, so to speak, but I thought they’d be a good addition to my library.  A quick search brought me to Stage48.

I had been using forums pretty much ever since I had discovered the internet, so I registered (with a username I had never used before) that night and started looking around for more music.  I was only able to find downloads for the PVs they had released thus far and a few random videos from their first couple concerts.  I threw these onto my iPod and didn’t visit S48 for a month or so afterwards, as I had never followed a musician before and saw no reason to keep up with a group of 48 girls that looked and sounded like one another.  Without much knowledge of the group, I avidly listened to my few AKB48 songs using my iPod’s video function while it was connected to the stereo in my car.  It was a nice little set of songs and I could glance at the screen and be entertained at stoplights.  It was convenient and it ended up making me do a little research on the concept and, more importantly, the girls with the fluttering skirts.

My first favorite member was none other than Maeda Atsuko.  She was pretty, easy to spot, became the wallpaper on my cell phone, and made ‘Only Today’ and ‘Nagisa no CHERRY’ my initial favorite AKB songs.  Once I started actually learning more about the group, I discovered that she was the most popular member of Team A and the of the entire  idol group.  Much like most other people brought up in the Western world, I suppose I have some sort of underdog complex, so I went out to search for a new favorite girl to support.

At this point, I hadn’t watched any Stage DVDs, and I kept hearing how wonderful they were and how they were such an important part of the draw of AKB.  In order to see just how great they were, I downloaded the newly-released A4 DVD.  Now, I’ve always been a sucker for costumes and theatrics, so this hour-long performance was the perfect thing to get me hooked on the group.  I slowly memorized the names of all of the Team A girls and watched their other three Stages to become more familiar with everything.  During this time period I ended up buying a bunch of AKB’s singles, which was a huge leap for me at the time.  All of my past hobbies included spending vast amounts of money on fairly simple goods, and this was the first musical group that I really felt obligated to collect their works.

Throughout the time I was watching Team A Stages, I looked for a new favorite member to replace Acchan, and I quickly found Nakanishi Rina.  She was prettier and more talented than my previous favorite, but I decided that she wasn’t interesting enough for me, so I kept her as the girl I supported the most in Team A, and continued my search.

After Team A’s DVDs, I branched out to Team K.  All of these girls were nice and all, but not many really stood out to me.  One that did pique my interest was Sato Natsuki, but I decided that was just because in the K3 DVD she looked exactly like a classmate of mine, except with black hair instead of blonde.  Around this time I also started finding and watching non-concert AKB videos.  One was the 48 Minutes Special, and the other was the +10 Re-Entry episode.  A combination of all of this media was integral in my falling for N.

Both shows feature a lot of Natsuki, but the second more so.  In the 48 Minutes Special, she co-narrates with Takahashi Minami and Minegishi Minami as Team A and Team K have a fan event at Mother Farm.  In the +10 Re-Entry episode, she works as Nacchinon with Noro Kayo to introduce the Akihabara48 Theater and host Chocolove’s release event.  Her bright personality and breath-taking looks along with her comedic approach to everything sealed the deal and Nacchi became my favorite member of AKB48.

I find it funny that I always stress that one shouldn’t pick a favorite member that gets lots of promotion, yet I definitely picked Natsuki right before her peak in popularity.  Around November/December 2007 – February 2008, Sato was pushed so, so much, mostly due to her participation in Nacchinon.  Among her accomplishments in this time were almost being senbatsu in ‘Romance, Irane!’ and getting a special appearance in its PV, getting a wonderful position in AKB48’s performance in the 58th Kouhaku Uta Gassen, getting more screen time than many of the listed senbatsu members in the ‘Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008’ PV, getting into the ‘Saigo no Seifuku’ senbatsu, appearing on the new weekly AKB48 television show often and being what I think was a major component of its initial success, and getting her first acting role in a drama for a whole 18 seconds.

For the first few months that I supported Nacchi, she was totally hot stuff.  It’s fun to note that she had already ended her July 2007 – October 2007 stint with Office48 before she got all of this promotion, which goes to show you that an agency doesn’t necessarily have to mean everything for a member if Akimoto likes to push her.

After ‘Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008”s promotion scandal, Natsuki’s position began to slowly decline, though it is most likely unrelated.  Research Students, called SEEDs at the time, began to fill up the holes left in the Teams’ rosters by graduated members leaving before beginning the Team Stages after Himawari-gumi ended.  These RS had been gaining more and more popularity before joining Teams, so once they were official members, they continued to get fans and overtook many original AKB members’ popularity, which ended up getting them into senbatsu, even though many original AKB members hadn’t gotten into senbatsu before despite their seniority.

Nacchi, who had been so, so close at getting into an A-Side again, was not a possibility anymore.  Girls like Kuramochi Asuka, Fujie Reina, Kitahara Rie, and Miyazaki Miho were taking up slots in senbatsu and older members, such as Natsuki, lost their chance, at least temporarily, as selected members.

Luckily, the majority of this Akihabara theater group’s work is not singles, but Stages.  K4 put Nacchi in a fairly respectable position within Team K, but gave her a not-so-hot unit.  Once K5 began, you could tell she was being pushed a bit more.  While she got some  pretty good spots (and costumes) in the eleven Team songs, she was placed in the ‘Dakishimeraretara’ unit with Kasai Tomomi and Kuramochi Asuka, both out of her league popularity-wise, but still held her own.  This unit, which is all about vocals, was completely different from her Nacchinon gig and her ’16nin Shimai no Uta’ unit, and made way for another position for her: a spot in AKB48’s first musical.  While I haven’t seen ‘Infinity,’ I’ve heard nothing but good things from those who have.  Apparently Nacchi is all over it, and was a wonderful addition to the cast.

Since ‘Infinity,’ Sato hasn’t had all that much promotion, but with the Teams shuffling soon, I really hope that that may change.  I’m going to stop this mini history lesson here, and end with a brief biography of my oshimen.

Name – Sato Natsuki

Birthdate – July 1st, 1990

Nicknames – N, Nacchi

Birthplace – Hokkaido

Agency – AKS

Unit Songs

  • ‘Kiss wa Dame yo’ (Team K 1st Stage)
  • ‘Koike’ (First Shuffle Concert)
  • ‘Kimi wa Pegasus’ (Team K 3rd Stage)
  • ‘Itoshisa no Defense’ (Himawari-gumi 1st Stage)
  • Hajimete no Jelly Beans’ (Himawari-gumi 2nd Stage)
  • ’16nin Shimai no Uta’ (Team K 4th Stage)
  • ‘Hatsukoi Dorobou’ (Team K 4th Stage, Ono Erena substitute)
  • ‘Gomen ne Jewel’ (Team K 4th Stage, Miyazawa Sae substitute)
  • ‘Kagami no Naka no Jeanne de Arc’ (NHK08 Shuffle Concert)
  • ‘Namida no Shounen’ (JCB08 Shuffle Concert)
  • ‘Dakishimeraretara’ (Team K 5th Stage)
  • ‘End Roll’ (Team K 5th Stage, Noro Kayo substitute)
  • ‘Itoshiki Natassha’ (Budokan Shuffle Concert)
  • ‘Heart Gata Virus’ (Budokan Shuffle Concert)

Special Parts

  • ‘Keitbetsu Shiteita Aijou’ senbatsu
  • Nacchinon member
  • Ice from AKB48 member
  • ‘Saigo no Seifuku’ senbatsu
  • ‘Kinjirareta Futari’ (radio performance)
  • ‘Anata to Christmas Eve’ (radio performance)
  • ‘Ame no Doubutsuen’ (‘Infinity’)
  • Fushidara na Natsu’ (‘Infinity’)
  • ‘Hikouki Gumo’ Theater Girls member (‘RIVER’)

Important Facts

  • attends Waseda University
  • blood type B
  • plays bass guitar
  • original Team K member
  • member of the New Team B

Nacchi Celebrates the New Year!
January 3, 2010

2009 Mixi Results!
January 2, 2010

The end-of-2009 Mixi ratings have came out!  Here’s a variety of different lists to analyze.  Please note, each list is ordered from most- to least-popular.  The number to the left of each name is their position in the entirety of AKB48.

Nacchi got 36!  I’m actually really happy for her.

01. Shinoda Mariko
02. Maeda Atsuko
03. Oshima Yuko
04. Kojma Haruna
05. Itano Tomomi
06. Watanabe Mayu
07. Takahashi Minami
08. Kasai Tomomi
09. Ono Erena
10. Miyazawa Sae
11. Kashiwagi Yuki
12. Minegishi Minami
13. Akimoto Sayaka
14. Sato Amina
15. Takajo Aki
16. Miyazaki Miho
17. Kitahara Rie
18. Kuramochi Asuka
19. Oota Aika
20. Sashihara Rino
21. Nito Moeno
22. Masuda Yuka
23. Nakagawa Haruka
24. Hirajima Natsumi
25. Sato Sumire
26. Ishida Haruka
27. Oku Manami
28. Katayama Haruka
29. Umeda Ayaka
30. Komori Mika
31. Matsubara Natsumi
32. Kobayashi Kana
33. Kikuchi Ayaka
34. Yonezawa Rumi
35. Fujie Reina
36. Sato Natsuki
37. Matsui Sakiko
38. Nakata Chisato
39. Tanabe Miku
40. Nakatsuka Tomomi
41. Oya Shizuka
42. Maeda Ami
43. Uchida Mayumi
44. Iwasa Misaki
45. Nonaka Misato
46. Nakaya Sayaka
47. Suzuki Mariya
48. Chikano Rina

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