I Will Be On Vacation For A Week.

May 31, 2013

On Friday May 31st I’m off to Puerta Plata in the Dominican Republic, coming back Friday June 7th. Unlikely I will be posting anything during that time, just won’t have time. I’m going there to have fun.

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AKB48 31st Single “Sayonara Crawl”, 1st Week Sales.

May 30, 2013

AKB48_-_Sayonara_Crawl_(promo)AKB48 31st single “Sayonara Crawl”, which was release on May 22nd. Sold 1,762,873 copies in it’s first week of release to rank number on the oricon weekly singles chart. This is the single where it has one voting ballot for AKB48 “5th Senbatsu General Election”, so you just know it’s going to have very high sales. In fact it was very high, this single has the highest first week sales ever. According to the oricon charts. This is AKB48’s 18th number one single, and 13th million selling single. Both records by a Female group.

This single was release in 7 versions 3 Regular and 3 Limited Editions, and the Theater Edition.

Tracklist – http://www.generasia.com/wiki/Sayonara_Crawl .

Videos – “Sayonara Crawl” http://vimeo.com/66232117 .

“Bara no Kajitsu – Under Girls” http://vimeo.com/66458068 .

“Ikiru Koto – Team A” http://vimeo.com/66458150 .

“How Come? – Team K” http://vimeo.com/66456793 .

“Romance Kenjuu – Team B” http://vimeo.com/66457279 .

“Hasute to Wasute – BKA48” http://vimeo.com/66549403 .

Limited Edition Type A Cover.

Limited Edition Type A Cover.

Limited Edition Type K Cover.

Limited Edition Type K Cover.

Limited Edition Type B Cover.

Limited Edition Type B Cover.

Regular Edition Type A Cover.

Regular Edition Type A Cover.

Regular Edition Type K Cover.

Regular Edition Type K Cover.

Regular Edition Type B Cover.

Regular Edition Type B Cover.

Theater Edition Cover.

Theater Edition Cover.

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Oricon Top 10 Singles Chart, Week 22, June 3, 2013.

Rank/Single/Artist/Release Date/Sales.

1. Sayonara Crawl – AKB48 (05/22/2013) (1,762,873).

Limited Edition Type A Cover.

2. Neko Chudoku – Tegomass (05/22/2013) (95,659).2041074628_T8FwWazb_EAB3A0EC9691EC9DB4Video – http://alive.in.th/watch_video.php?v=G2R5355D5Ux7 .

3. Magic of Love – Perfume (05/22/2013) (66,094).1260_900Video – http://vimeo.com/65544517 .

4. Awanai Tsumori no, Genki de ne – SCANDAL (05/22/2013) (32,533).Scandal_-_Awanai_(Regular_Edition)Video – (Live) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCOnG3cnQc8 .

5. Uta no Prince ~ Sama Maji LOVE 2000% Idol Song 4 – Ren Jinguji (Junichi Suwabe) (05/22/2013) (26,425).ren_zps7c98fc6a6. The Idolmaster Cinderella Master 020 (To My Darling….) – Sachiko Koshimizu (Ayana Taketastu) (05/22/2013) (23,281).8147hrdw5yL__AA1500_7. The Idolmaster Cinderella Master 018 (Marchen Debut!) – Nana Abe (Marie Miyake) (05/22/2013) (22,583).81l67Ip4KcL__AA1500_8. Preserved Roses – T.M. Revolution x Nana Mizuki (05/15/2013) (22,507) (137,581).ERJ_DVD_BLH14Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zynxSanDBzg .

9. Message – Leo Ieiri (05/22/2013) (21,058)._CS1E1~1Video – http://vimeo.com/64674910 .

10. The Idolmaster Cinderella Master 019 (Venus Syndrome) – Minami Nitta (Aya Suzaki) (19,939).816jKFwzLrL__AA1500__________________________________________________________________

Of Interest To Me (New Release Only):

11. The Idolmaster Cinderella Master 017 (Romantic Now) – Miria Akagi (Tomoyo Kurosawa) (05/22/2013) (17,345).81MAb5J5NoL__AA1500_12. The Idolmaster Cinderella Master 016 (Nekketsu Otome A) – Akane Hino (Chinatsu Akasahi) (05/22/2013) (17,114).81oeOKft3HL__AA1500_14. Step & Go / Candy Room – PASSPO (05/22/2013) (13,169).3-2

Video – “Step & Go” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz22YeztdY8 .

“Candy Room” http://pt.musicplayon.com/play?v=174889 .

18. Flip Flop – Aki Toyosaki (05/22/2013) (8,955).821fa5c3

Video – http://www.jpopasia.com/celebrity/akitoyosaki/videos/flip-flop::34745.html .

23. LuLu!! – Seiko Matsuda (05/22/2013) (4,613).80be7f8c18c7f2aef5b5e169833fa450

Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-k6xyVR0t4 .

29. Hello Alone – Yukino Yukinoshita (Saori Hayami) and Yui Yuigahama (Nao Toyama) (05/22/2013) (3,863).HV9rPux_zpsddbcf98733. Go get’em – Kamen Rider GIRLS (05/22/2013) (3,414).20130524093402_0

Video – (Short Version) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjCWTFd2d6o .

37. Shooting Star – Yui Matsushita (05/22/2013) (2,730).

* Former SKE48, Member, releases her 1st solo single.

gallery_129_7_11553843. Sora to Kimi no Message – Choucho (05/22/2013) (2,349).283999_452233911532009_1652794148_nVideo – (TV Version) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVacUsbxtIE .

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Oricon Top 10 Albums, Week 22, June 3, 2013.

Rank/Album/Artist/Release Date/Sales.

1. Delight – Miwa (05/22/2013) (69,066).SRCL000008297j2. All Time Best Album – Eikichi Yazawa (05/15/2013) (35,664) (121,162).00031284_1368515557_9629orig3. Random Access Memories – Daft Punk (05/22/2013) (25,970).tumblr_mlexh7d93O1qbfyz9o1_12804. Take Me Home – One Direction (11/14/2012) (13,750) (269,991).```````````15. Nice Catch The Moment – Naoto Inti Raymi (05/15/2013) (13,664) (53,832).o06170607125112968906. Flying Saucer – Crazy Ken Band (05/22/2013) (11,520).49880057666947. Dare so Kare so – Hanaregumi (05/22/2013) (11,298).Dare_So_Kare_So_298159_1

8. Funky Monkey Last Best – Funky Monkey Babys (03/27/2013) (9,662) (341,776).FUNKY_MONKEY_BABYS_LAST_BESTReg9. The One ~All Singles Best~ – Garnet Crow (05/22/2013) (9,043).191ae90210. The Afterglow Tour 2012 – The Hiatus (05/22/2013) (9,010).news_large_thehiatus_The_AfterglowTour2012_cover20130503______________________________________________________________

Of Interest To Me (New Release Only):

13. 2 Smile Sensation – S/mileage (05/22/2013) (6,199).91D9NvrNKtL


AKB48 5th General Senbatsu Election 1st Day Results.

May 23, 2013

Here’s the 1st Day results for AKB48 5th General Senbatsu Elecion, the next results announcement will be June 8th, which will be the final results. Some really big shocker and surprises, remember it’s only the 1st day results. Still alot of voting to come, alot can still change. I still have to vote, hope my CD’s will arrive soon.

* The Rankings, I’ll include last years rank in brackets. “NR” – didn’t rank last year.

Rank / (Last Years Rank)/ Members / Votes.

49-64 Future Girls:

64 (56). Kimoto Kanon (SKE48 – Team E) – 2,275.

63 (45). Yuka Tano (AKB48 – Team A) – 2,394.

62 (33). Misaki Iwasa (AKB48 – Team B) – 2,406.

61 (47). Sakura Miyawaki (HKT48 – Team H) – 2,482.

60 (NR). Shihori Suzuki (AKB48 – Team K) – I in my wildest dream never would have expected this, I’m so happy. I hope she ranks in the end. – 2,492.

59 (NR). Yagura Fuuko (NMB48 – Team M and AKB48 Team A) – 2,535.

58 (NR) . Maria Abe (AKB48 – Team K) – Nice to see Maria here, hope she ranks. – 2,595.

57 (NR). Naoko Okamoto (HKT48 – Research Student) – 2,660.

56 (50). Haruka Ishida (AKB48 – Team B) – 2,665.

55 (NR). Saho Iwatate (AKB48 – Research Student) – I gotta check to see who this. – 2,685.

54 (22). Asuka Kuramochi (AKB48 – Team K) – Noooooooooooooooo. I can’t believe this. I have no doubt she will rank alot higher in the final result. But, this ain’t looking good for her. Maybe she shouldn’t have release her first solo single, during election time. I think that could be the reason she’s rank this low, there’s a good incentive to buy her solo single. – 2,699.

53 (51). Ayaka Kikuchi (AKB48 – Team A) – 2,704.

52 (40). Reina Fujie (AKB48 – Team B) – 2,710.

51 (NR). Mio Tomonaga (HKT48 – Research Student) – 2,740.

50 (42). Ami Maeda (AKB48 – Team K) – Considering I haven’t heard or seen much of her lately, as much as before. I’m surprise, happy for her. – 2,761.

49 (NR). Madoka Moriyasu (HKT48 – Team H) – 2,809.

 

33-48 Nest Girls:

48 (NR). Shihori Kaneko (SKE48 – Team E) – 2,821.

47 (NR). Yukari Yamashita (SKE48 – Team KII) – 2,864.

46 (57). Mina Oda (AKB48 – Team B and SKE48 – Team KII) – 2,868.

45 (46). Nana Yamada (NMB48 – Team M) – 2,872.

44 (58). Miori Ichikawa (AKB48 – Team B and NMB48 – Team N) – I’m so happy for Lemon, I had my doubts she would rank this year. – 2,948.

43 (NR). Yukiko Kinoshita (SKE48 – Team E) – It’s looking good for her, this might be the year. That she’ll finally rank., please let her rank. – 3,072.

42 (NR). Meru Tashima (HKT48 – Research Student) – Although I don’t know  most of them, I’m surprise how many HKT48 members are on the list so far. – 3,080.

41 (52). Aika Oota (HKT48 – Team H) – Yeah. I’m so happy for Lovetan, she won’t be crying this year. Transferring to HKT48 was definitely, the best move she ever made. – 3,259.

40 (NR). Kyoka Isohara (SKE48 – Team S) – 3,272.

39 (62). Miki Yakata (SKE48 – Team S) – 3,277.

38 (13). Rie Kitahara (AKB48 – Team K) – I’m I seeing this right, I can’t believe this one at all. – 3,507.

37 (17). Aki Takajo (AKB48 – Team B) – I may have overestimated her big time, I guess being in JKT48 did hurt her alot. – 4,114.

36 (48). Haruka Katayama (AKB48 – Team B) – 4,118.

35 (49). Tomo Muto (AKB48 – Team K) – A year ago she rank, I didn’t even know who she was. I had to check who she was right away, she’s gorgeous. – 4,195.

34 (30). Airi Furukawa (SKE48 – Team KII) – 4,392.

33 (NR). Rina Kawaei (AKB48 – Team A) – Yeah, Baby!!!!!!!!!!! – 4,457.

 

17-32 Under Girls.

32 (NR). Rina Matsumoto (SKE48 – Team KII) – Under Girls is where you’re going to see alot of SKE48 members, most like this one. I don’t really know. – 4,493.

31 (NR). Kei Jonishi (NMB48 – Team N) – Wow, I can’t tell you just how excited I just got. When I saw this, I was hoping but I had doubts about her ranking. She’ll ranked, it’s just matter of where. – 4,640.

30 (63). Yuka Nakanishi (SKE48 – Team S) – 4,654.

29 (27). Masana Oya (SKE48 – Team S) – 4,703.

28 (24). Akane Takayanagi (SKE48 – Team S) – 4,824.

27 (NR). Anna Iriyama (AKB48 – Team A) – Yeah, Baby!!!!!!!! I’m actually a little surprise she’s ranked ahead of Ricchan, I shouldn’t be she’s been heavily push the last year or so, and she belongs to a great agency. – 4,864.

26 (14). Minami Minegishi (AKB48 – Research Student) – Yeah, she drop as expected. The good news is not as much some would have though, still an outside chance at making senbatsu. – 4,875.

25 (NR). Makiko Saito (SKE48 – Team S) Who is This ? – 5,051.

24 (NR). Haruka Kodama (HKT48 – Team H and AKB48 Team A) – HKT48 young center, Happy for her. – 5,096.

23 (NR). Shu Yabushita (NMB48 – Team BII) – Who the hell is this ? I got to get back into checking out NMB48 alot more than I do now. – 5,539.

22 (16). Ayaka Umeda (AKB48 – Team B) – 6,060.

21 (NR). Madoka Umemoto (SKE48 – Team E) – 6,055.

20 (7). Haruna Kojima (AKB48 – Team B) – NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I can’t tell you how I’m feeling right now this is very bad and I’m very sad. (Sorry, I’ll continue with this later on, I need a break now). – 6,502.

Ok, I’m done crying.

19 (NR). Ami Kobayashi (SKE48 – Team KII) – 6,536.

18 (6). Minami Takahashi (AKB48 -Team A) – 6,598.

17 (34). Kaori Matsumura (SKE48 – Lifetime Honorary Reseach Student (Whatever that means)) – 6,616.

 

1-16 Senbatsu:

16 (31). Yuria Kisaki (SKE48 – Team S) – 6,891.

15 (5). Mariko Shinoda (AKB48 – Team A) – This is probably the biggest surprise for me, it’s only 1st day results. – 7,126.

14 (8). Tomomi Itano (AKB48 – Team K) – 7,407.

13 (18). Sayaka Yamamoto (NMB48 – Team N) – 8,097.

12 (11). Sae Miyazawa (AKB48 – Team K) – 8,567.

11 (29). Akari Suda (SKE48 – Team KII) – I can’t believe the amount of SKE48 members in senbatsu. – 8,753.

10 (19). Miyuki Watanabe (NMB48 – Team N and AKB48 – Team B) – 9,163.

9 (15). Yui Yokoyama (AKB48 – Team A) – Considering she’s nowhere as push as she once was, this a good result. – 10,616.

8 (NR). Aya Shibata (SKE48 – Team S) – Holy Shit! Who is this ? I got to get back to spending some time with SKE48 again. – 11,530.

7 (23). Haruka Shimazaki (AKB48 – Team B) – Hooray for Paruru, take that all you haters. – 11,832.

6 (10). Rena Matsui (SKE48 – Team E) – Wow, SKE48 is really doing very well in this year election. And Jurina still as to come. – 12,177.

5 (3). Yuki Kashiwagi (AKB48- Team B) – 12,887.B-kashiwagi_yuki

4 (9). Jurina Matsui (SKE48 – Team S) – 13,656.img_fd43d2afdc1435de7268441cea5a664d276516

3 (1). Yuko Oshima (AKB48 – Team K) – Not looking good for Yuko right now. With another member threatening to take center, this could get very scary. Right now I can only imagine what her final votes count will be, not just hers. Also those two members ahead of her. We could see some scary and crazy numbers. – 14, 000.news_large_AKB48_oshimayuko

2 (2). Mayu Watanabe (AKB48 – Team A) – 14,885.news_large_AKB48_watanabemayu

1. Rino Sashihara (HKT48 – Team H) – I think I failed to see how serious HKT48 fans are of having an HKT48 member as center. Hey, Sasshi is HKT48 Stage Manager now. I wonder if she has any influence. – 28,563.news_large_sashihara-rino_art20130516

Remember this is only 1st day results, still alot of votings to come. I must admit alot of surprises and shockers there. Like Sasshi’s vote count and SKE48’s presentation, especially in the top half.

I do like that All the groups (AKB48, SKE48, NMB48 and HKT48) are pretty well presented.

Looking at this list my predictions are way off.


Tomomi Nakatsuka has as announce she will Graduating from AKB48.

May 22, 2013

AKB48-Team-A-Nakatsuka-TomomiA couple of days ago May 20th, I think it was. 5th Generation and current Team A AKB48 Member Tomomi Nakatsuka as announce she will graduating from group, no date when she will graduate. When I first heard about it I took pretty hard, I’m over it abit since she’ll probably still be with the a group for a while. This definitely ranks up there along with the Natsumi Hirajima and Rumi Yonezawa scandal and Acchan graduation announcement has the saddest moment in AKB48 for me. Although Acchan announcement was a shock and a surprise more than anything. I should have seen this coming when she didn’t announce her candidacy for AKB48 5th senbatsu election. With so many AKB48 members already announcing that they’ll be graduationg from the group, I’m sure more to come. I think their’s going to be a mass graduation in there big summer concert this year. If I ever needed a reason to leave the AKB48 fandom, this is. I won’t leave AKB48 just have too many fond memories and it’s giving me too much to joy. This really sucks, she’s the member I really Love the most.


Oricon Top 10 Singles and Albums, Week 21, May 27, 2013.

May 22, 2013

Oricon Top 10 Singles, Week 21, May 27, 2013.

Rank/Single/Artist/Release Date/Sales.

1. Face To Face – KAT-TUN (05/15/2013) (131,843).tumblr_mlnyo6Ilos1r2mrubo1_1366645830_cover-500x500Video – http://www.downvids.net/-pv-kat-tun-face-to-face-short-ver–440356.html .

2. Preserved Roses – T.M. Revolution x Nana Mizuki (05/15/2013) (115,074).T_M_Revolution X Nana MizukiVideo – http://www.frequency.com/video/tm-revolution-x-mizuki-nan-preserved/94565272/-/5-315076 .

3. Love You More – Generations from Exile Tribe (05/15/2013) (74,646).Love You More 3rd SingleVideo – http://pt.musicplayon.com/play?v=517926 .

4. Uta No Prince ~ Sama Maji Love 2000% Idol Song 3 – Otoya Ittoki (Takuma Terashima) (05/15/2013) (26,118).3_-_LOV~15. Sarasara / Boku wa Kitto Tabi ni Deru – Spitz (05/15/2013) (23,023).SarasaraSpitz6. Invader Invader – Kyary Pampu Pamyu (05/15/2013) (16,460).a695ce25Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcIOg_m-bp4 .

7. Shita wo Muita Kaerou / Rikishi-Man – Fudanjuku (05/15/2013) (15,455)._A_1_~1Video – http://www.jpopasia.com/group/nakanofudanjuku/lyrics/shita-wo-muite-kaerou-rikishi-man::29371.html .

8. Kataomoi. ~Linaria~ / Start Line! – Sonar Pocket (05/15/2013) (12,881).4_10006_e0edeb6eeafed049. Hop! Step! Dance – Dream5 (05/15/2013) (12,760).070f0f1fe43ef2707b04357fe4d95137Video – http://pt.musicplayon.com/play?v=474121 .

10. Grow Slowly – Yuka Iguchi (05/15/2013) (11,605).81u8yxqQwOL__AA1500_Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsoGGq7RTRc .

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Of Interest To Me (New Release Only):

11. Kagami no Dualizm / 100% Cider Girl – Petit Milady (05/15/2013) (10,926).461637l17. Julet ~Kimi wo Sukina 100 no Riyu~ (2013 Version) – Hokago Princess (05/15/2013) (6,225).91+T6RtZVHL__AA1500_20. Katakoi / Smile Again – Sayaka Shionoya (05/15/2013) (5,231).OyiGnpG_zpse8651e85Video – “Smile Again” http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xz5a7x_pv-yyyyy-smile-again-music .

33. Su And You – ANNA S (05/15/2013) (2,518).girlsnews084789-1Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6BjcOk7Ml4 .

34. Parade – Lyrical School (05/15/2013) (2,500).61yVVeBdagL__AA1000_Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJu23iT1AN0 .

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Oricon Top 10 Albums, Week 21, May 27, 2013.

Rank/Album/Artist/Release Date/Sales.

1. All Time Best Album – Eikichi Yazawa (05/15/2013) (85,498).00031284_1368515557_9629orig2. Nice Catch The Moment! – Naoto Inti Raymi (05/15/2013) (40,168).o06170607125112968903. Land – Yuzu (05/01/2013) (14,107) (131,928).6fcc60dbgw1e4b4sbkkcmj20xc0ulx3p4. Kaba – Tsuyoshi Domoto (05/08/2013) (11,538) (88,978).maavo0803-img218x235-1368092782c81gq7542585. The First College ~Japan Edition~ – Yang Yo Seob (BEAST) (05/15/2013) (9,781).150482806312881325506. Funky Monkey Babys Last Best – Funky Monkey Babys (03/27/2013) (7,183) (332,114).FUNKY_MONKEY_BABYS_LAST_BESTReg7. District Zero – Aldious (05/15/2013) (7,118).1368617735_8687-18. Baba Toshihide All Time Best 1996-2013 ~Roadshow No Ano Melody~ – Toshihide Baba (05/15/2013) (6,166).1369065596_87449. Lesson 1 – E-Girls (04/17/2013) (5,910) (109,793).E-girls_-_Lesson_1_limited10. Grown – 2PM (05/15/2013) (5,816).Grown_(2PM)_cover_________________________________________________________________

Of Interest To Me (New Release Only):

39. Daybreaker – Sayaka Sasaki (05/15/2013) (1,549).4_10006_623aa0308f49495


My Predictions For AKB48 5th Senbatsu Election (2013).

May 21, 2013

Here’s my predictions for AKB48 5th senbatsu election. Several ways you can vote, mainly most of the votes will likely come from AKB48 31st single “Sayonara Crawl”. It will be release May 22nd, this single will have one voting ballot in each CD. Just like last year it’s a Top 64. This will determine who will be the senbatsu members for AKB48 32nd single, will be release around late August of this year. The voting will start May 21st at 10 a.m. til June 7th 3 p.m. (Japan Time).

1-16 Senbatsu.

17-32 Under Girls.

33-48 Next Girls.

49-64 Future Girls.

I Bought one copy each of the Regular Editions Version. That’s 3 votes, they will be all going to Haruna Koijma.

I will do a Top 20 prediction only, anything beyond that is almost impossible to get right.

Last Year,Center. Yuko Oshima.

Last Year,Center. Yuko Oshima.

1. Yuko Oshima (AKB48 – Team K) – Should be the heavy favorite to go number one, any other will be a surprise and a big upset. Last year even without Acchan competing, which resulted in about 14,000 less votes from the previous year. She still had about 34,000 more votes than next member.

2. Mayu Watanabe (AKB48 – Team A) – Ever since Acchan graduated, Mayu has basically been the face of AKB48. Whether this resulted in more fans, who knows. Alot think she will challenge Yuko for the top, I honestly doubted that very much.

3. Yuki Kashiwagi (AKB48 – Team B) – Could, should challenge Mayu for that number 2 spot. I wouldn’t bet on it.

4. Mariko Shinoda (AKB48 – Team A) – Never underestimate her fans, Top 3 is a possibility.

5. Rino Sashihara (HKT48 – Team H) – I’m taking a big gamble here. I’m sure she lost some fans from that scandal she had last summer, but also gain some from being transfered to HKT48. Whether it all equals out, I doubt it. Even if she gets 10,000 less votes from a year ago, I think it’s still enough for Top 5. Anything more than that who knows, Yes she could drop big time, if drops out of the Top 10. I will be be very surprise.

6. Minami Takahashi (AKB48 – Team A) – She rank 6th last year, was less than 2,000 votes from being Top 4. I think last year she had some sentimental votes and some of Acchan votes, I can’t see that happening this year. I think she’ll be hard pressed to reach the amount of votes she had last year.

7. Haruna Kojima (AKB48 – Team B) – I’m just hoping for the Best. The higher she ranks the better, I think she has an outside chance at Top 5.

8. Tomomi Itano (AKB48 – Team K) – Since she annouce she will be graduating from AKB48 this year, alot think she will get alot of sentimental votes. And rank in the Top 4, I can’t see that happening. She’ll be lucky to stay in Top 8 (Didn’t I say the same thing last year).

9. Jurina Matsui (SKE48 – Team S, AKB48 – Team K) – She’s basically an AKB48 member, they should just take her out of SKE48. And make her the center AKB48, why delay the inevitable she’s Acchan heir apparent. I think she has a chance of moving up big time (Top 5), for that to happen she has to get 15,000 – 20,000 more votes than last year. Unlikely, but with Jurina who knows.

10. Rena Matsui (SKE48 – Team S) – Her fans will do their best to rank her ahead of Jurina, it’s possibility. As much as I would like that to happen, I wouldn’t bet on it.

Predicting The Top 10 was easy, now this is where it gets really tough.

11. Sae Miyazawa (AKB48 – Team K) – Since she had more than 13,000 votes from the next member below her last year, I think this a pretty safe prediction. And considering Sayaka Akimoto won’t be participating in this years election, who knows how many votes she can get from that.

12. Aki Takajo (AKB48 – Team B) – I’m taking a big gamble here. Don’t be surprise if ranks even higher.

13. Haruka Shimazaki (AKB48 – Team A) – She’s probably the most hated AKB48 member in history, Sasshi might disagree. But she also has alot of fans who will die for her.

14. Miyuki Watanabe (NMB48 – Team N and AKB48 – Team B) – Wow, is she ever getting some heavy pushing within AKB48. I’m predicting her here, based on that. The downside to that AKB48 pushing is it could turn off alot of NMB48 fans and AKB48 fans. But, she is a master of fan service. This is a Boom or Bust, I think this might be the member who I’m most curious about on where she’s going to rank.

15. Sayaka Yamamoto (NMB48 – Team N) – I think she’s more popular than Milky within NMB48 fans, I’m just playing it safe.

16. Rie Kitahara (AKB48 – Team K) – I think being with SKE48 temporaily a while back, hurt her abit.

17. Ayaka Umeda (AKB48 – Team K) – I think she was the big surprise in last years election. I’m being safe here, but I think she could be Top 12 this year.

18. Yui Yokoyama (AKB48 – Team A) – She’s not as push anywhere like she once was, But she’s still a regular senbatsu. I can’t see her losing that much votes from a year ago.

19. Amina Sato (AKB48 – Team) – Although I think she’ll drop, maybe even big time. I can’t see any of the members below her, ranking ahead of her. Actually I can, maybe I’m just being safe again.

20. Akane Takayanagi (SKE48 – Team E) – The most popular SKE48 member outside of the “Matsui’s”, that mass SKE48 graduation a few months ago. Will definitely help her.

21. Asuka Kuramochi (AKB48 – Team K) – I said this was a Top 20 prediction, just had to include Mocchi.

Other Thoughts, about the election.

Of these three I think Rina Kawaei will rank, Anna Iriyama should rank, but won’t be surprise if she doesn’t. Maybe a little. Rena Kato I hope she ranks, but I wouldn’t expect it.

Of those graduated members who will be in the election – Haruka Kohara, Kayo Noro, Kazumi Urano, Megumi Ohori, Natsumi Hirajima, Yukari Sato. I think they all have a good chance of ranking maybe except Haruka Kohara, I hope I’m wrong. I think she’s gorgeous. Of those members I’ve seen alot picking Megumi Ohori to rank the highest, I think Yukari Sato will rank the highest don’t be surprise if she ranks Top 20 or make senbatsu. You heard here first. Chances are I’m probably way off.


Tomomi Kasai 2nd Solo Single “Mine”, First Week Sales.

May 15, 2013

Kasai Tomomi Boku no Summertime BluesFormer AKB48 Member Tomomi Kasai, who graduated from AKB48 on May 5th. Release her 2nd solo single “Mine’, on May 8th. It sold 18,500 copies in it’s first week of release to rank number 5, on the weekly oricon singles Chart. This single was release in 3 versions.

Tracklist – http://www.jpopasia.com/news/tomomi-kasais-mine-single-covers-and-short-pv-revealed::13729.html .

Video – http://pt.musicplayon.com/play?v=148692 .

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Oricon Top 10 Singles, Week 20, May 20, 2013.

Rank/Single/Artist/Release Date/Sales.

1. Sister’s Noise – fripSide (05/08/2013) (27,275).9a7qvL5Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eaoJ_jhULM .

2. Uta no Prince ~Sama Maji LOVE 2000% Idol Song 2 – Masato Hijirikawa (Kenichi Suzumura) (05/08/2013) (22,152).img47709921459263. Baito Fighter – Bakusute Sotokanda Icchome (05/08/2013) (19,463).20130404131414_0Video – http://www.jpopasia.com/group/bakusutesotokandaicchome/videos/baito-fighter::33885.html .

4. Gag – Gen Hoshino (05/08/2013) (19,198).gyagu5. Mine – Tomomi Kasai (05/08/2013) (18,550).

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6. Baby Sweet Berry Love – Yui Ogura (05/08/2013) (14,872).KICM1442_bookletVideo – http://www.jpopasia.com/celebrity/yuiogura/videos/baby-sweet-berry-love::33841.html .

7. RPG – Sekai no Owari (05/01/2013) (13,171) (92,353).SEKAI NO OWARI RPGVideo – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mi9uNu35Gmk .

8. Real Sexy! / Bad Boys – Sexy Zone (05/01/2013) (12,840) (151,703).thumbVideo – “Real Sexy” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxyMPgT5U2s .

“Bad Boys” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBfz0kQgtbw .

9. Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai – Yoko Hikasa (05/08/2013) (9,021).xNrwm88Video – http://vimeo.com/63971742 .

10. Soredemo, Ikiteyuku – Exile Atsushi and Nobuyuki Tsujii (05/01/2013) (7,880) (31,327).EXILEATSUSHIXNobuyukiTsukji_zps2104bb05Video – http://es.musicplayon.com/play?v=839700 .

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Of Interest To Me (New Releases Only):

11. Date A Live – Sweet Arms (Iori Nomizu, Kaori Satohara, Mirei Togashi, Misato) (05/08/2013) (6,309).6ec7f6c720. Run Real Run – May’n (05/08/2013) (3,761).2oz2GYr

Video – http://vimeo.com/65890933 .

28. Save The World – Iori Nomizu (05/08/2013) (2,690).81pQHaOXshL32. Muscats Slope Love – Vanilla Beans (05/08/2013) (2,238).20130508143633_0

Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5OgQDiS6Qg .

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Oricon Top 10 Albums, Week 20, May 20, 2013.

Rank/Album/Artist/Release date/Sales.

1. Kaba – Tsuyoshi Domoto (05/08/2013) (77,440).maavo0803-img218x235-1368092782c81gq7542582. Land – Yuzu (05/01/2013) (28,487) (117,821).6fcc60dbgw1e4b4sbkkcmj20xc0ulx3p3. 10 Shunen Kinen Singles Collection ~Dear Jupiter~ – Ayaka Hirahara (05/08/2013) (10,822).thumb4. Stranger – Gen Hoshino (05/01/2013) (10,715) (53,596).35. Lesson 1 – E-Girls (04/17/2013) (9,910) (103,883).E-girls_-_Lesson_1_regular6. Funky Monkey Babys Last Best – Funky Monkey Babys (03/27/2013) (9,661) (324,931).FUNKY_MONKEY_BABYS_LAST_BESTReg

7. StarS – StarS (05/08/2013) (6,888).IOCD-203508. Volume 3 Chapter 2 : Why So Serious? Misconceptions Of Me – SHINee (05/03/2013) (6,837) (15,154).SHINee Excuse Me Miss9. The Past Masters Volume 1 – Golden Bomber (04/24/2013) (6,562) (137,272).017001000046210. Open Seasame – Masayuki Suzuki (05/08/2013) (5,196).860______________________________________________________________

Of Interest To Me (New Releases Only):

24. Jeon Won Diary (Country Side Dairy) – T-ARA N4 (05/07/2013) (2,148).Jeon_Won_Diary_(physical)