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45th Single Election Appeal Comments (Team H)

    Akiyoshi Yuka
“Hi everyone! I’m HKT48 Team H’s Akiyoshi Yuka. First I want to say this: I am absolutely not playing around. In summer of last year in Hakata, during a stage play I played the part of Akiyoshi Yukichirou. The play at Hakataza taught me about theater from the ground up and the part was really fun to play. I learned a lot. Last year, thanks to you fans, I ranked 47th in the preliminary rankings. However, I wasn’t able to rank in the real thing, but my ties with you all got deeper and it was a great event nonetheless! This year for sure I want to rank in and have my work activities increase. I want to have a lot of great experiences with you all. I want to spend this year full of smiles. Please cheer for me! That’s all, [idk what word this is]”
       Inoue Yuriya
“I’m HKT48 Team H’s Inoue Yuriya aka Yuriya, 16 years old. Thank you for watching this video. This is a sudden queston, but do you guys know what I normally post on Google+? I post homemade photoshoots called ‘Seifuku yorimichi collection’. I’m in a lot of mini photoshoots there. You guys are always supporting me, I’m truly thankful for that. That’s why I want you all to find that supporting me is really fun. I’m happy if the people supporting me think that I’m good or interesting, even just a little bit. This time I tried using a picture from one of those photoshoots as my poster. All of you who didn’t know about it, please check it out. I’m aiming for my first rank-in. Thank you for supporting me.”
    Ui Mashiro
“Hello, I’m HKT48’s Ui Mashiro. This will be my 4th election. This year I was chosen to appear in a coupling song on AKB48’s 43rd single, during the short play in HKT48’s tour ‘Sashiko du soleil’ I was chosen for for the Last Boss ‘I4U’. Riding this wave, I think my popularity can go up a bit. So using this as a springboard, this year I am seriously aiming to be ranked in. That’s all from HKT48’s Mashiro Ui.”
 Ueno Haruka
“Hello everyone, I’m HKT48 Team H’s Ueno Haruka aka Harutan. So far, I’ve never ranked in in an election. I haven’t gotten into senbatsu, either. I don’t get much work compared to everyone else. I’m always making my fans sad because of this and I’m very sorry. That’s why I’ve been devoting myself body and soul to the theater performances I love. And then suddenly the wind of fortune started blowing for me! It’s something that came from the HKT48 documentary movie [?]! Furthermore, I was chosen as the center of the movie’s theme song! Everyone, can you imagine it? I, who has basically done nothing but theater performances up until now, was able to become center! ‘When you do your best, there will be people who’ll see that’. These words turned out to be true. And now I have my opportunity to move upwards. This year, I won’t be dreaming alone this year. If I’m able to rank in, it will be proof positive that ‘hard work will definitely be rewarded’! Finally, I am SERIOUS this year! Everyone, please cheer me on! Byebye~”
    Okamoto Naoko
“[doing sign language] Hello everyone, and nice to meet you. I think there are people who don’t know my name. It’s Oka moto Nao ko. Up until now, in every election, I’ve unfortunately been… [sign: Unranked] unranked. For this year’s election, I’m going to tear that into little pieces. Everyone, our motto is going to be this: [sign: combined effort]. To the fans who have been supporting me, and any new fans I might have, let’s show our unity and do our best in this year’s election! Everyone, please cheer for me! Byebye~”
       Kojina Yui
“I’m HKT48 Team H’s Kojina Yui aka Jiina, 18 years old. Last year, you all gave me the wonderful rank of 46 as a present. Thank you so much! I will never forget the view from the stage. My dream is to join AKB48’s 16-member senbatsu. Though it’s probably still a long way off, someday it will definitely come true. And to help that dream happen, I’m running for election this year. The rank I’m aiming for is 27 like my name, Jiina [ji=2 na=7]. You can think of 27 when you hear Jiina, but this will be no ordinary 27. This will be a 27 I captured with the help of my fans! Okay. Please cheer me on!”
        Kodama Haruka
“Hello everyone, I’m HKT48 Team H/Team K’s Kodama Haruka aka Haruppi. Now, this year election season has come again! It gets my heart racing. Last year I felt everyone’s love and ranked in at 17th. It was a year full of support from you all. Thank you. And also my close friends Sakura and Sasshi had a lot of work opportunities thanks to their election rankings. [missing some words here] It was also a year where I felt my own shortcomings. My goal for this year for HKT48’s sake, I feel that I have to take a step forward. And so this year, as a continuation of last year, I’m gonna do that thing! I’m going to smash into my enthusiasm for this year right here. I’ll do my best. For senbatsu…come on! Here I go! [voice offscreen says stop] Eh? Is it okay? Maybe I shouldn’t have done that…”
        Komada Hiroka
“HKT48 Team H’s Komada Hiroka aka Pii-chan here. My concept this year is precise: Revenge! Two years ago was the first time I was able to rank in. Last year, I was really frustrated to not have ranked in. Last year I was able to show up in a lot of different things and participated in theater shows as a senbatsu understudy in the center position as well as other forward positions. However, I don’t just want to be an understudy. I want my own position in senbatsu! So I’m going to use that frustration I felt as a springboard to rank in again! Let’s create my story together! I’ll become your heroine! Thank you!”
        Sakaguchi Riko
“HKT48 Team H’s Sakaguchi Riko aka Rikopi here. Nice to meetcha. Last year I ranked in at 37. I was seriously so happy! Thank you so much! This year I’m aiming for Undergirls. My appeal points are…I haven’t said this before but it’s my bright personality and my endurance for my age. Also, more than anything else, I love my passionate fans! I’ll do my best to aim for my goal this time with my fans! Thank ya!”
        Sashihara Rino
“Hi everyone, I’m HKT48’s Sashihara Rino. This time, I’m REALLY enthusiastic. I’ll tell you why: it’s because if I’m ranked #1 this year, it will be the first time for successive wins in election history. That’s a view no one has seen before. And I would love to see that happen along with all of the fans who are supporting me. Please get me there. And also, this is a promise: if I win, I’ll do a comedy show as a pupil of Dachou Club! Of course, there will be live changing of clothes, netto [think this is different from internet], and the tried and true swimsuit concert. I know it’s presumptuous, but if I’m able to win this year, I believe it will make me someone who can bring the people in my home province of Oita just a bit more happiness. This year, everyone in Kumamoto, Oita and Kyushu, I want to make it a year we can come see you all. Thank you. That’s all from Sashihara Rino! Byebye~ ”
        Tashima Meru
“HKT48 Team H’s Tashima Meru here. This year my appeal comment is about how I’m aiming for senbatsu in the election, so I made a first-letters poem with senbatsu as the base! Here we go~ SE – In the election… N – Nnnn, senbatsu thief! BA – My ardor has increased, TSU – I want to grab it! That’s all for my first-letters poem! I’ll do my best with you all to aim higher and higher in the election this year. Please cheer for me!”
        Tanaka Natsumi
“Nice to meet you everyone, I’m HKT48’s Tanaka Natsumi. This will be my 5th election. Last year’s result was disappointing, and I really felt bad about it. But it’s been a year since the last election. I’ve become a high schooler, my jobs have increased, and more than anything else, I was chosen for the senbatsu of HKT48’s 7th single. I’d always wanted to be in senbatsu, so I was full of happiness. But now that I’ve been in senbatsu, my anxieties have increased, and I’ve been subjected to the fans’ strict gaze. I feel that I have to change. It’s often joked about on the net that Natsumikan has few fans, and I want to show everyone that that isn’t true. So I’m chosen for the next senbatsu as well, I’d absolutely like to rank in this year. Everyone, please cheer for me!”
        Tanaka Miku
“Coming from Kumamoto prefecture, HKT48 Team H’s 14 year old Tanaka Miku aka Mikurin here. This year I was chosen for senbatsu, acted a role in Majisuka, and recieved many opportunities. This is my 3rd election, and I want to stand on the stage and smile along with all of you! And since the election is happening in Niigata this year, we’ll work hard so that many HKT48 members rank in and an HKT fanbase is established there too! Everyone, please cheer for me! I’ll do my best to remove negativity!”
 Matsuoka Natsumi
“HKT48 Team H’s Matsuoka Natsumi here. I’m running for the 2016 election. This time it will be my 5th election. I’ve turned 20, and it’s also been 5 years since I joined HKT, so my goal is to destroy the status quo. I want to change the way things are now. My fans haven’t yet written anything about what rank would be good to aim for, so I wrote on Google+ that I would like to aim for Undergirls. I definitely want to smile with everyone on that stage as a member of Undergirls. Please cheer for me. I’ll do my best!”
        Yabuki Nako
“HKT48 Team H/AKB48 Team B’s Yabuki Nako here. This will be my 3rd election. And somehow the election, which falls on 6/18 this year, is the same day as my birthday! Yay~! I hope it will be a wonderful day. I’ll keep smiling brightly and energetically and doing my best! Now please listen to Ijiwaruchuu~ [sings] Thank you!”
        Yamada Marina
“Hello. I’m HKT48 Team H’s Yamada Marina. This will be my 4th election. I haven’t ranked in once yet, so my number one goal for this year is to rank in. I want to try standing on that stage with a smile. I know I’m still inexperienced, but if I’m able to rank in, my work will increase, so I’ll do my best towards that. I want to put all my effort into aiming for my dreams. Everyone, let’s aim high together. Please cheer me on. That’s all from Yamada Marina aka Mariri. Byebye~”
   Yamamoto Mao
“Hello everyone, I’m HKT48 Team H’s Yamamoto Mao. Recently, I had a lot of fans tell me on 755 that they’d come see me at the next handshake event, so I’m really happy. Also, if you glance at my name there, I think you might remember it! Last year and the year before last, I wasn’t able to rank in. To stop that trend, I really want to rank in this year. I want to make forward progress with all of you. Also, I’m on the road to turning 20, so [idk what this means]! If you don’t listen to Fukuoka KBC radio, I’m going to be a June regular. They do a 10-times quiz on there. I’d like to do that with everyone. Here goes~ Yamamoto Mao [x10] I am Yamamoto Mao! That’s right! I’m Yamamoto Mao! Now you definitely won’t forget! Please cheer for me! Byebye~!”
   Wakatabe Haruka
“HKT48 Team H’s Wakatabe Haruka here. Somehow this is already my 5th election. For my first election, I was a 2nd year middle schooler. Now I’m a 3rd year high schooler! And so this is my last time wearing my school uniform. How do you like it? Thank you! However, for the last 4 elections, even though I ran every time, I have never once ranked in. This year, along with all the fans who have been supporting me and cheering me on, I would like to be able to smile and be happy! Please cheer for me! Everyone, let’s do our best!”

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45th Single Election Appeal Comments (Team 8)

Sakaguchi Nagisa
“Ah! Cuuute~ Me? My name is Sakaguchi Nagisa. What’s yours? Oh, is that so? Ehh? My favorite food is strawberries. And you? Melon! Did you know that Hokkaido is really famous for melons? Yeah, it’s really well-known. You know, I have a special talent. I can ride a unicycle! I really can! Do you have a special talent? You’re a sea angel inspector? That’s good, sea angels are so cute. For a while I actually collected pictures of them and stuff. Also… I have a pet. It’s a turtle. Its name is Shira. Oh, you have a pet? What’s its name? You own a brown bear? We should take them both for a walk sometime, my turtle and your bear. I think that would be really fun. Right? Super fun. Wondering what’s behind me? That’s for the election this year. I’m going to try really hard to rank in, so I’d be happy if you supported me. Oh, I just noticed the time. I’ve gotta go. See you again! Bye-bye~”
        Yokoyama Yui
“[indecipherable Aomori dialect] Hailing from Aomori prefecture, I’m 15 year old Yokoyama Yui. Even with an accent, I’m an idol! Please call me Yoko-chan. Thank you! This will be my 3rd election, and I’ll do my best to deliver you all a more powered-up Yokoyama Yui than last year. Last year for my appeal video I ate an apple, but this year, to power up more, I’ll PEEL the apple!”
        Tanikawa Hijiri
“Hello everyone, I’m Team 8’s Akita-born 15 year old Tanikawa Hijiri. Last year I challenged myself to drink a soda water in one gulp, and the result was this: ta-da. As you can see, it was a pretty disappointing result. This year, to get revenge, I decided my goal: to get it to the blue line. It’s a huge challenge for me, so I’ll do my best to be successful. Here I go~ Ah, it’s impossible. Eh? This year…”
        Sato Nanami
“Wa~ you all called me so I came! So I’ll introduce myself now. Look once~ Look twice~ It’s Nanami [mi=look]. Yes~ Coming from Iwate prefecture, I’m 16 year old Sato Nanami. Everyone please call me Nanamin. Thank you. This year will be my 3rd election. Last year there were a few things I didn’t have much self-confidence about. But this year I was ranked 7th in Renacchi’s senbatsu. I learned a lot from my seniors there, and using that experience I would like to do my best in the election! Finally, I’d like to cast a charm on all of you to make you like me~ One, two, kiss you~ Byebye!”
        Hayasaka Tsumugi
“Our next news story: AKB48 Team 8’s Tsumugi Hayasaka, hailing from Yamagata prefecture, has announced her intent to run for election at the AKB48 45th Single Senbatsu Election.  Hayasaka Tsumugi has spent 3 years in Team 8, and this will be her third time running for election. Hayasaka, AKB48 Team 8’s representative member of Yamagata prefecture, has expressed her enthusiasm towards the election, reportedly hoping that even one member of Team 8 will be able to rank in. We wish her luck. That was our report on AKB48 Team 8’s Tsumugi Hayasaka.”
     Sato Akari
“Hello everyone. I’m AKB48 Team 8’s representative of Miyagi prefecture, Sato Akari. In 2015 on Nemousu TV I was able to do a tennis challenge. I’m trying to build a tennis character, so I was really glad to have that chance to grow. I’ll do my best to increase the breadth of my activities from the past 3 years and establish my tennis character more. I want to keep sharing smiles with my fans and make lots of memories together. Right now, I want to rank in. It’s hard to have the self-confidence to be able to say that, but my feelings are strong towards wanting to aim higher, so please root for me! I’m going to put my passionate feelings into this tennis ball and smash it! Here I go~  Or, I thought I would, but there’s an image of my own really cute character on this tennis ball, so instead of hitting this guy…instead I’ll smash my passionate feelings your way! I’m gonna keep working hard! Thank you! Smash! Thanks!”
        Mougi Kasumi
“I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Fukushima prefecture representative, Mougi Kasumi. This year, on April 2nd and 3rd in Okinawa, Team 8 gathered and we looked back on the past 3 years. I particularly had a lot of solo activities wherein I learned a lot. And more than anything, the fans taught me so much. Changing the subject, today I brought my partner Pegasus with me. Just like this Pegasus, I want to create a legend in AKB. Everyone, please help me make that legend happen. Please cheer me on~”
        Okabe Rin
“Hi everyone, I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Ibaraki prefecture representative, Okabe Rin. The fans often tell me that my angry face is my cutest face, so I showed off some angry faces today! Following the title of Team 8’s National Tour, there’s a festive logo that I got to draw. It’s right here! This is the ‘Dekidaeight’ that I drew! I’m very happy that I was allowed to draw the logo. I know I have to do PR for myself as well, but since Ibaraki prefecture is the lowest ranked prefecture on the desirability ranking, I’d rather do my appeal on Ibaraki prefecture! Everyone, I have to caution you, never call Ibaraki ‘Ibaragi’! Thank you~ Oh, they’re talking again~ I’ll get mad!”
     Honda Hitomi
“Hello everyone. I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Tochigi prefecture representative, Honda Hitomi. This time I want to play the conch for you, it’s my specialty.”
     Shimizu Maria
“Hm? What’s that? You have something you want to say? Ah. Well then go ahead and say it. [signs] I have something I want to say. I really want to rank-in after all. I love, love loooove AKB48. Finally… [signs end] Yup. I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Gunma prefecture representative, Shimizu Maria. This year it will be 3 years since I joined AKB, and from here on I want to have even more fun! I’ll do my best! Please keep supporting me!”
       Takahashi Ayane
“Hello everyone, I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Saitama prefecture representative, Takahashi Ayane. For this year’s election, there is something that I want to tell you all about. About my election poster, ‘A proper 16 year old’. I style my hair like this a lot and I have a baby face, so the other Team 8 members keep teasing me by calling me a middle schooler. But I’m a proper 16 year old, and so I decided to do the poster like that. But I’m actually 18 years old! I feel like I’m 18 inside, and my personality and interests tend toward adulthood as well. That’s what I wanted to tell you all this time. Now I’ll show my election enthusiasm through my special talent, which is talking while holding toothpicks with my eyelids. This will be Team 8’s third election, but so far no one has ranked in. That’s why, this time, we’re praying for at least one Team 8 member to rank in. Everyone in Team 8 will be doing our best. Please cheer for us!”
    Yoshikawa Nanase
“Everyone mille feuille me~ I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Chiba prefecture representative, Yoshikawa Nanase. The catch phrase on my election poster this year is ‘Let’s all make a layered mille feuille of smiles together’. And so right now I’m going to make some mille feuille! At last year’s election, not a single member of Team 8 was called onstage. All of us were very disappointed, so this year we will absolutely have someone rank in! And if someone else doesn’t rank in, then I want to rank in! This year I will have spent 3 years in Team 8. As an individual, my goal is to find a special talent and perform it in front of everyone. Please look forward to it! And I would also love to increase events and work appearances in Chiba prefecture. Okay…it’s done! Yay! I’ll dig in. Thank you!”
        Oguri Yui
“I’ll take a snapshot of everyone’s heart~  Born in Tokyo, I’m Oguri Yui aka Yuiyui. Thank you. Last year I was in a drama, I did some modeling and some narration too. This year, along with my teammates, we will have been in Team 8 for 3 years. I, and Team 8, want to take a step forward. I’m really bad at MCing, and because of that I want to have the chance to challenge myself with some MC experience. I’ll work hard at that. Also, my fans call me ‘20,000 year girl’, but I don’t think I’ve become anything close to that, so in order to become that I’ll put my best effort into it. Everyone, please cheer for me until the end. This was Tokyo-born Oguri Yui aka Yuiyui! Byebye~”
        Oda Erina
“I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Kanagawa prefecture representative, Oda Erina. First, please allow me do my usual catchphrase. Here goes! We’ll have fun today too, Eri-eri-oh! I’ll do my best! Coming from Kanagawa prefecture, I’m Oda Erina! Thank you. I love singing. I’m always being allowed to sing at AKB48’s tours and events. Especially on AKB’s TV song show, I won the championship. And so I’d like to sing a little bit now! Here goes~ [sings Sakura no hanabiratachi] I love singing and I’m going to work hard to get more and more jobs dealing with singing! Everyone, please cheer for me! Byebye!”
        Sato Shiori
“I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Niigata prefecture representative, Sato Shiori. This time the election is being held in my home prefecture of Niigata. And so, though I’ve never successfully done this in front of anyone else, if I manage to hold these toothpicks with my cheeks it means the election will be a success! Here goes~  …yay! I can hold them in both cheeks! The election will definitely be a success! I’ll do my best for Niigata as well! That was all from AKB48 Team 8’s Niigata prefecture representative, Sato Shiori!”
       Hidaritomo Ayaka
“Hello everyone, I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Yamanashi prefecture representative, Hidaritomo Ayaka. I perform on the piano a lot during tours and events. When I do those performances, everyone tells me how mature I look. But I’m really not mature, I’m the most child-like of children. I’m also told that my reactions are funny and I think there are a lot of things the fans still don’t know about me. So in order to make more of an appeal this year, I’ll do my best to bring out my individuality. Everyone, I’ll do my best this year too! Thank you! Ah~!”
        Yokomichi Yuri
“Hello everyone, I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Shizuoka prefecture representative, Yokomichi Yuri. This time I wrote a first-letters poem! I used my name Yokomichi Yuri as the base. Here we go~ YO – Ready, go! KO – How could I be this energetic? MI – I want to bring happiness to everyone! CHI – Even though some tears might fall, YU – I’ll do my best to work toward my dreams! And finally, RI – Since I’m running for election, I’m gonna run with all my strength!”
    Hattori Yuna
“Hello everyone, I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Gifu prefecture representative, Hattori Yuna. This year will be Team 8’s 3rd year participating in the election. Though I’d love to rank in myself, Team 8 will do our best so that even one of us manages to rank in. Well, now I’d like to show you a special talent of mine for the first time ever. Ta-da~ it’s trumpet. Here I go. I play trumpet like this. That’s all from AKB48 Team 8’s Gifu prefecture representative, Hattori Yuna. Until next time!”
        Hashimoto Haruna
“Hello everyone, right now I’ll do my self-introduction while I solve this! I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Toyama prefecture representative, Hashimoto Haruna. Even though I look like this, I’m a 1st year high-schooler. And within that setting there is something that I’m especially good at, which is rabbit jumping. I call it a rabbit jump but it’s really just a simple jump. Recently, Yokoyama Yui from Aomori prefecture told me in her accented speech that my rabbit jump was boring. So if you think there might be something else interesting to do, please let me know about it! Also, I have my own dreams – I’m aiming to be an actress – every day I want to give it my all…or maybe I’ll be a voice trainer? I don’t know, but I’ll keep working to get closer to my dreams step by step! I’ll do my best! Bye-bye~”
     Kita Reina
“Someday I’ll be your Cinderella~ Hello. I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Ishikawa prefecture representative, Kita Reina. This year I turned 20, so this is the year I need to challenge myself. And not just in idol work – I’m also interested in modeling, so I will do my best to challenge myself with modeling jobs this year. This time the theme of my election poster is a big turnabout in my heart. Last year I wasn’t able to rank in, but this year I’ll do my best to rank in along with all of you. Please cheer for me.”
    Chou Kurena
“Hello everyone, I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Fukui prefecture representative, Chou Kurena. So that more people get to know who I am, please listen to this song. [sings Isshou no aida ni nannin to deaeru no darou]. I’ll do my best in the election! Byebye~”
 Kondou Moeri
“Hello everyone, I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Nagano prefecture representative, Kondou Moeri. Everyone, listen to this: a while back at Team 8’s Okinawa concert, I was an MC on the festival stage, but I kept fumbling my words, and so the fans and members were pretty annoyed. That’s why, this year, I’m declaring that I will absolutely not make that mistake again! I won’t! Since no one in Team 8 was able to rank in during last year’s election, this year I will give my best efforts so that at least one of us ranks in. Please root for us! [faintly] I did it~”
    Nagano Serika
“Hello everyone~! I think there are stil a lot of people who don’t know who Nagano Serika is, so please let me introduce myself. I may be short of stature, but I’m long on dreams! I’m Nagano Serika, coming from Osaka, famous for takoyaki and okonomiyaki. I share a name with a famous Toyota car and I’m 15 years old. Please call me Serika~! Thank you. Okay, as for my appeal points, I’m the 48 Group’s self-proclaimed #1 light-skinned girl. Lately I’ve been exposed to the scorching sun of Guam and Okinawa… but I kept my fair skin! Another thing I’d like you to know about me is that I perform in a very unique way like no one else does. I think this is something you can’t know about unless you come to Team 8 events, so please check out Team 8’s events and tour shows if you can! Also, the reason I’m running for election this year is so even a few more people can learn who I am! Please cheer for me. This was Nagano Serika.”
    Oota Nao
“Hello everyone! I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Kyoto prefecture representative, Oota Nao! Thank you. This will be the 3rd time I’m running for election. I’m definitely very nervous and anxious about it, but I’m also very serious about it because it’s my 3rd time, so I hope that everyone who’s supported me until now will do their best along with me. And, there is something I do for good luck. I think my fans will know about this already, but I like to eat meat for luck! I have some prepared here. Ta-da~! This will allow me to do my best with my fans. Time to eat~ Ooh, it’s big. Here goes~  Thank you.”
     Yamada Nanami
“I’m AKB48 Team 8/Team A’s Hyougo prefecture representative, 17 year old 3rd year high-schooler Yamada Nanami. This year too I am…serious.”
        Yamamoto Ruka
“Ready, go~ When you say dolphin [iruka], you say Ruka~ When you say Ruka, you say dolphin~ I came from Wakayama prefecture! I’m Yamamoto (i)Ruka. And now I’d like to introduce a friend of mine. Here she comes! Hi~ I come from Wakayama prefecture. I’m Yamamoto Ruka. Please remember my name in connection with dolphins. And now I’d like to tell you all what I’m aiming for. Here goes~ It’s ‘a leap’! Just like what this guy can do, I want to make a dolphin juuump! I’ll work hard at that! Please che-che-che-che-cheer for me! Bye bye!”
Oonishi Momoka
“Hi, this is sudden but I’d like to ask. What color do you all like? Of course it’s that color, say it with me, peach [momoiro=peach color]. I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Nara prefecture representative, Oonishi Momoka. Thank you. And so today I’m doing this appeal comment, as indicated by the green nameplate, the sign and green juice. Just kidding. I have a feeling that if I can drink this green juice in one go, I’ll rank in this year! Here goes nothing. …it’s gross… I’ll do my best this year, please cheer for me!”
        Hama Sayuna
“I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Shiga prefecture representative, 14 year old Hama Sayuna. Now then, you there who still hasn’t decided who to vote for this year! I’ll use these cards to tell your fortune! This year we want Team 8 to rank in, so I brought the Koi Suru Juuden Prius deck of cards with me. Here we go. Here I have a shuffled deck of cards. I’ll split them into 4 piles. One…two…three…four. Now then, please support whoever comes up on the 4th card! One, two, three…four. Ta-da! Please support Hama Sayuna this election! I’m counting on you!”
        Nakano Ikumi
“I’m AKB48 Team 8/Team K’s Tottori prefecture representative who recently cut her bangs, Nakano Ikumi! The reason I’m running for election this year is because it will be my 3rd election and I’ve never been able to rank in before. So of course my goal is to rank in! HOWEVER! I think the desire to aim for #1 is more important than anything else, so I’ll do my best to aim for #1! Actually, I have one more big dream. That is…this! Can you read it? You can’t, huh. You want me to read it to you? Too bad! Okay! I want to make Team 8 the #1 Team in the 48 Group! I, and the other Team 8 members, will keep doing our best to make this goal a reality! Please support us! Ahhh~ but there really is one bad thing here…kneeling!”
        Abe Mei
“I come from the land of the gods, Shimane prefecture. I’m 1st year high-schooler, 15 year old Abe Mei. Up until last year I only introduced things about my hometown of Shimane, but this year, so that Team 8 as a whole can rank in, I’ll introduce Team 8. The first thing is how close we are to the fans. We often do outdoor events, and during those times I feel like we get really close to the fans. I like it. The second thing is that all the members are on really good terms with each other. We all started at the same time, so we can all talk casually with each other. The third thing is how we get to travel the entire country. We can communicate with fans from rural areas too, and I think that’s really nice. This year, as an individual and as a member of Team 8, I will do my best to leave my mark on the election. Please cheer me on.”
        Hitomi Kotone
“Hello everyone, I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Okayama prefecture representative, Hitomi Kotone. It’s been 3 years since the formation of Team 8, and it’s all because of all the fans who have been cheering for us this whole time. Thank you so much. I’ve been working as hard as I can these past few years, and no matter where I turn the fans are always lifting my spirits. But from now on I would like to turn the tables and be someone who lightens the spirits of my fans! Please keep cheering for me.”
       Tani Yuuri
“Hello everyone, I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Hiroshima prefecture representative, Tani Yuuri. Last year was the first time I got to do solo work in Hiroshima. That time my work had to do with the Carp [Hiroshima baseball team], so today I wore my Carp jersey. I’ve always loved the Carp. On summer vacation I would always go with my family and friends to cheer for them. This time, as a self-proclaimed Carp girl, I’ll do my best to cheer them on! Somehow, this guy also came running to cheer. Ta-da~ Autumn leaf manjuu~ Thank you. [as manjuu] ‘You’re welcome!’ Wow, you came again this year, huh? Yes, because autumn leaf manjuu showed up for me, I’ll do my best! [as manjuu] ‘Yes, do your best~’  Thank you! Everyone, please cheer for me.”
        Shitao Miu
“Hello! Hailing from Yamaguchi prefecture, I’m Shitao Miu. It’s not read ‘Shimo’ but rather ‘Shitao’. I’m Shitao Miu. Thank you! Ta-da~ I wrote my goal on this piece of paper. [sign: small print: 3 years, Shitao Miu. large print: Determined] What’s written here is ‘determined’. It means I want to do my best under my own willpower. Thank you for always cheering me on. Now that’s out of the way… I’m always doing things like slipping in the bathroom, and still I don’t know which way to roll the toilet paper. [<not sure these lines are right] I’ve been called both spacey and too serious. I’ll work hard so I can tell you all proudly that I’m neither spacey nor too serious. Thank you for your support! Byebye~”
        Hamamatsu Riona
“AKB48 Team 8’s Tokushima prefecture representative Hamamatsu Riona here. [in english] Hello everyone! This is Riona Hamamatsu from Tokushima! This will be my 3rd election. My theme this year is “Be myself”. Sing as myself, dance as myself, live as myself, do everything my own way. Also, since I’m good at English, I would like to bring Team 8 not only to all of Japan but to the entire world. Please cheer for me! Finally, I’ll be myself, and you should be yourself too! That’s all from AKB48 Team 8’s Tokushima prefecture representative Hamamatsu Riona.”
 Gyouten Yurina
“From Kagawa prefecture, I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Gyouten Yurina. I want to make everyone amazed [gyouten] today as well! I’m in my 3rd year of high school, 17 years old. Everyone, have you heard my catchphrase before? You haven’t? Then please remember it! This is my 3rd time running for election, but I want to put myself out there more than I have in past years! Up til now I haven’t had confidence in myself, and I could never get myself to say strongly that I want to rank in. But I think that’s no good, so I want to make myself a little more noticeable than before! Everyone, please cheer me on! I’ll surprise you! Byebye~”
   Takaoka Kaoru
“Hello! I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Ehime prefecture representative, Takaoka Kaoru. For this election, my goal is to get more people to know who I am. And so today I’m going to play Team 8’s first original song, ” 47 no suteki na machi e”, on violin! How was it? Please cheer for me!”
       Hirose Natsuki
“Hello! I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Kochi prefecture representative, Hirose Natsuki. This election will be my 3rd one. To everyone who voted for me and cheered me on, thank you so much. This year, my goal is to rank in, but ever since I became an AKB member I notice I’ve become very concerned about ranking. And the trophy I have here with me is from the 2015 Janken Tournament that I splendidly couldn’t win one match in. I’d like to do rock paper scissors with you all now. Here we go~ Rock, paper, scissors, shoot! Everyone, how’d you do?  This year I’d like to win at everything. Please keep cheering me on.”
     Yoshida Karen
“AKB48 Team 8’s Fukuoka prefecture representative Yoshida Karen here. Hello~ This is the first election I’ll be participating in. Performing in concerts with Team 8 this past year, I’ve had some tough experiences, fun and happy experiences, new experiences, all kinds of experiences. And I really enjoyed the tours and events in the rural areas. I especially liked our training camp, the memories of it are still imprinted strongly within me. It was really difficult, but I got through it with everyone and I think I really made progress. For this election, since it’s my first one, I’ll start out by doing my best to appeal and get people to remember my name. Please cheer for me. That was all from AKB48 Team 8’s Fukuoka prefecture representative Yoshida Karen. Byebye~”
        Fukuchi Rena
“Hello~ I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Saga prefecture representative, Fukuchi Rena. It’s been 3 years since Team 8 was formed. I think everyone in Team 8 has their own goals for the election this year, like ‘I want to rank in this year’ or ‘I want more people to know my name’. I also think there are a lot of members who think it’s still too soon to say they’d like to rank in, and I’m one of them. I’m sure it’s making some people uncomfortable that I, who is always screwing around, am making such a serious speech like this. However, I believe in the words that Takahashi Minami said in her speech last year ‘hard workers will always be rewarded’. So now and always, I will continue to do my best. That’s why for this election, I’d like a lot more people to learn who I am! I’m Team 8’s Saga prefecture representative, Fukuchi Rena! Please remember me! Thank you! This was AKB48 Team 8’s Fukuchi Rena. Byebye~”
 Kuranoo Narumi
“Hello everyone. I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Kumamoto prefecture representative, Kuranoo Narumi. This time, I’m running for the 8th AKB48 Single Senbatsu Election. I was somehow the first one from Team 8 to put in my application this year. And it’s the year I’ve felt the strongest about wanting to rank in out of the 3 years I’ve run for election. Last year, I was aiming to rank in as a basis for opportunities. The wall our seniors have created is high, but I believe I can scale it, because Team 8 has already been around for 3 years. It’s time for me to leapfrog them! I’ve been making progress this past year, and I want to share happiness on that stage with all of you. Please cheer for me! I’ll do my best!”
        Yoshino Miyu
“I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Oita prefecture representative, Yoshino Miyu. Right now, I want to introduce a bunch of different hot springs to you. First is Beppa hot spring. Second is Myouban hot spring. Third is Kankaiji hot spring. Fourth is Kannawa hot spring. 5th is Hamawaki hot spring. 6th is Kamegawa hot spring. 7th is Horita hot spring, you can also call it Hotta. And last, 8th is Shibaseki hot spring. And the one I reccommend the most out of these is Myouban hot spring! Myouban is the most fragrant hotspring, and really gives you the feeling of a hot spring so please try it out! I hope you were able to memorize my face as I introduced these hot springs! I’ll do my best this year, so please cheer for me! Byebye~”
       Yaguchi Moka
“Hello everyone. I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Miyazaki prefecture representative, Yaguchi Moka. I’ve composed an essay based on my thoughts about the election. I’ll read it to you now. I became a 3rd year middle schooler. Team 8 has burst into its 3rd year. And our third election has inevitably arrived. I love AKB48. I love dancing to AKB songs and wearing adorable costumes. I thought that was enough for me. However, as our activities increased and the members became closer to each other, I started to lose confidence in myself. What caused me to write this was last year’s Team 8 summer training camp. Everyone truly gets along in Team 8 and there’s no competition between members, but a training camp is a training camp. For this training camp, some members would be chosen and some would not. It caused everyone to actually feel a sense of rivalry. After that, I set my sights sharply on being chosen for the theater opening performance. That’s why I was so happy when I was chosen for its senbatsu. I remember what my fans told me that time too. My fans are always going all out to support me. I would love to see different sceneries with my beloved fans. I want to aim higher. This election will be the start of that. I would appreciate it if you support me this year too.”
       Shimoaoki Karin
“I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Kagoshima prefecture representative, Shimoaoki Karin. This will be my 3rd election. I’ll do my best, so please cheer me on. I don’t really have a special talent, whereas most of the other members do. So I’ve been wondering what I should do. And I realized I’m good at playing one instrument. And that instrument is… the ocarina! So today I’ll play the ocarina for the first time for you. [plays 47 no suteki na machi e] I’ll do my best to keep spreading smiles, so please cheer me on!”
Miyazato Rira
“Hello everyone, I’m AKB48 Team 8’s Okinawa prefecture representative, Miyazato Rira. This year in April, Team 8 had our special anniversary performance in Okinawa. Also, I was able to do a lot of work last year in my hometown of Okinawa, so I was really happy. However, I’m still not able to express my own thoughts very well, so I think I’ve been creating an airhead character without really meaning to this year. But I’m really completely different from that so I’ll work hard to show more of my real personality from now on. Please cheer for me. That was all from AKB48 Team 8’s Okinawa prefecture representative, Miyazato Rira. Byebye~”

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45th Single Election Appeal Comments (SKE48 Team Kenkyuusei)

Aikawa Honoka
“I want to deliver warm moments to many people. Even if I trip or bump into something, I’m all smiles. I love oranges. I’m 12 year old SKE48 Research Student Aikawa Honoka aka Honono. Just like I say in my catchphrase, I love oranges. It’s my dream to be a pretty and cute orange like this someday. This is my second election, but it’s only been a year since I joined SKE48, so there are probably a lot of people who don’t know who I am. I would like it if a lot of people remember me as Aikawa Honoka, the girl who loves oranges. Thank you.”
 Asai Yuuka
“Speaking of mushrooms you think of… Only Enoki! Who will you fall in love with? Only Yuuka! Thank you. I’m 12 year old SKE48 Research Student Asai Yuuka aka Yuukatan. Last year was the first election I participated in. Listening to the speeches of my seniors, I learned a lot. This year as well, I plan to do the same, and my goal this year is to get a lot more people to recognize me. That’s why I decided to participate this year. I don’t want to let the goal before me go to waste, so I’m counting on all of you. And so I can rank in someday, I’ll always be setting my sights on moving one step up. Thank you.”
       Oota Ayaka
“Okay, everyone say it with me please~ I’ll play a melody in everyone’s hearts. One, two, Ayamelody!~ Thank you. I’m 15 years old from Gifu prefecture, Oota Ayaka aka Ayamelo. Yay~! Eh, today I have something to tell you all that I’ve been thinking over for a while, but please listen without worry. This costume I’m wearing, it’s a costume I had the costume designer make for me for the Janken Tournament. This election, I want to recover! Everyone, please cheer for me! Yay~”
    Kataoka Narumi
“You, and you too, Naruppi will make you happy. As small as I am, my movements are large. I’m SKE48 Research Student Kataoka Narumi aka Naruppi. This will be my 2nd election. Last year I had just joined SKE, and I was just thankful to be attending the election that I had up til then only seen on TV. This year, I decided to run for election because a year has passed and I feel more like I can make an appeal as a member of the 48 Group. My goal is to rank in, and I’ll work hard towards that. I’ll be counting on you from now on!”
    Kawasaki Narumi
“Hello everyone, I’m SKE48 Research Student Kawasaki Naruchin!~ You too will fall for Naruchiin!~ Thank you. I’m 18 year old college student Kawasaki Narumi. Today I’d like to introduce myself here. In the first ever fan poll for 7th generation research students, I passed and debuted in March of last year. From the start I was an SKE wota and supported Kizaki Yuria and Azuma Rion. No, even now I oshi them. That’s right, I’m a wotaku. And I’m a leader of MCs in the Research Student theater performances! I’m not great at dancing or singing, but my MC skills are extreme! I aim to be like my senior, Shibata Aya. Last year I hadn’t been in the group long before election and I thought I’d just like to get all the SKE48 fans to know who I am. This time it’s been a year since I joined, so I’d like every 48 Group fan to know my face and name! Also, please fall in love with me! Narucchi follows ‘first come, first served’! Thank you!”
        Suenaga Oka
“SKE’s cherry blossom ‘Oo-chan’, thank you. I’m Suenaga Oka aka Oo-chan. The reason I’m running for election this year is that I don’t think any experience I have with SKE is worthless. This election, anyone who gets to know who I am, please come to the SKE theater and see me in person. Anything I can do to ensure a shining future for SKE, I will do with all my strength! Everyone, please cheer me on. This was SKE48’s cherry blossom Suenaga Oka aka Oo-chan.”
       Takahata Yuki
“An SKE48 Research Student from Kagawa prefecture, my name is Takahata Yuki aka Hatagon. Before I joined SKE, I worked as a company employee. The suit I’m wearing right now is something I actually wore back then. It really draws the eye. It’s been a year since I joined SKE, and I think I’ve come a long way towards being more idol-like. And since I come from Kagawa, I would like to transmit to everyone that there’s not just udon there. This time I’d like to start a new wind blowing through the AKB48 Group. I’m going to do my best to be myself and not waste the chances before me so that a lot of people will remember my face and name. I strongly feel that even though I’m a research student, I don’t want to lose to the other members, so I’m aiming to rank in. And someday, I hope SKE will equal Takahata Yuki will equal Kagawa and a connection will be made there. Everyone, let’s get fired up together! Please support this company employee-ish idol.”
        Machi Otoha
“Hello everyone! Spring has come. There are green leaves, new leaves and Machi Otoha [leaf = ha]! Hailing from Gifu prefecture, 14 years old and making every day fun, I’m Machi Otoha! I love to eat french fries. Yay~ Thank you. It’s been a year since my debut, and during that time meeting a lot of fans is the #1 thing I’ve done. I’m really happy about that. This time I’m wearing the flower crown and T-shirt from my birthday stage. For anyone watching today who doesn’t know me, I’ll explain with these light sticks. [The blue one is] the Gifu river. [The yellow one is] french fries. [The green one is] new leaves. This is Otoha’s color scheme. So I can fly around the country I’ll fill myself with energy and try my best with all my strength! Thank you!”
        Murai Junna
“Hello everyone! I’m SKE48’s unconcealable naughty girl! And a bit of a chicken? Jun-chan! Thank you. I’m Murai Junna aka Jun-chan. Just like last year, I’m running for election this year because I see it as a chance for a lot of people to remember my face and name! Last year’s election happened right after I joined SKE. Almost no time had passed yet, my appeal video wasn’t very good and I wasn’t able to express myself well, but this year a year has passed and I can express myself a lot better! I want you all to see that I’ve grown, even if just a little! Please support me. Byebye~”
        Wada Aina
“I’m a canola flower who wants you to love her. I’m a fairy who delivers bits of happiness. I’m SKE48 Research Student Wada Aina aka Aina. I’m running for my second election because I would like a lot more people to get to know me. Just like my catch phrase, I want to be a fairy who’s always shining, flying anywhere as high as possible. My goal is to make daily progress. I want to level up my dance skills and polish my power of expression. I’ll keep on working at it steadily so I can grow. I’m still inexperienced and I have a way to go, so please cheer for me.”
     Isshiki Rena
“I’m SKE48 Team S Draft Research Student Isshiki Rena. Since I joined SKE after the draft last year, I’ve done all kinds of jobs like research student theater shows, handshake events and 2shot events. I’m glad to have met so many fans at those. Also I read and save every fan letter and item I get – I love my fans. I’m good at Judo outside leg sweeps, I’m always practicing my skills with Saito Makiko and other seniors in SKE. Actually, I’m even better at inside to outside leg sweeps than outside to inside ones. Please cheer me on! Bye-bye!”
        Kamimura Ayuka
“SKE48 Team S Research Student Kamimura Ayuka aka Aa-chan here. This year is my first year participating in the election, and I’d be happy if a lot of people get to know me. I’d like to take off my ‘disguise’, even if just a little. As for this costume, do you know why I’m wearing it? Yes, it’s because a lot of people tell me that I look like a squirrel like the one I have here. Just like a squirrel, I’d like to be someone who’s seen as cute and lovable. Please keep cheering me on!”
        Mizuno Airi
“I’m SKE48 Team KII 2nd Draft Research Student Mizuno Airi. Thank you. This is my first election, and I’m aiming for my first rank-in. This year I really spent my days in fulfilling ways, and thanks to all of you I accomplished my debut as an understudy. This time I want to put a lot of power in for the election. Also, I’m the center for the research student stage ‘Party ga hajimaru yo’ which is one chance for people to see me, but I’m going to do my best to rank in so I can be in an original song as well. I’m aiming for rank 80, so please cheer for me! This was SKE48 Team KII 2nd Draft Research Student Mizuno Airi. Byebye!~ “

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45th Single Election Appeal Comments (Team E)

Ida Reona
“With these large hands and with a smile, I’ll grab everyone’s hearts. Overflowing with energy as always, 17 years old and a 3rd year highschooler, I’m Team E’s Ida Reona. Up until now, the elections have been a place where I can appeal and get people to know who I am. That’s usually why I enter, but recently I was able to participate in the AKB49 musical. The places where I can challenge myself are increasing in number, so with all my heart I’d like to rank in this year. Please cheer for me. That’s all from Team E’s Ida Reona.”
 Ichino Narumi
“Everyone, fall in love with Naru~ Thank you. 17 years old and a 2nd year highschooler, I’m Team E’s Ichino Narumi. In my election poster this year I’m vaulting wearing this jersey. The reason for that is I want my ranking to jump high just like I jump that vaulting box! Well, I said it was a vaulting box, so you really don’t jump over it…but I’d like to see a jump of around 8 levels which is a pretty high goal. In the past elections, I haven’t been able to rank at all, so for this election I’m going to do my best to rank in. Everyone, please cheer for me! That’s all from SKE48 Team E’s Ichino Narumi! Byebye~!”
 Kamata Natsuki
“Hello everyone, I’m SKE48 Team E’s Kamata Natsuki aka Nakki, 19 years old. At the election last year, I ranked 70th and got to perform the wonderful song ‘Kimi dake ga akimeite ita’. Thank you so much everyone! Now, I wonder if there’s anyone who noticed? This costume is one that was used in the Kimi dake ga akimeite ita MV! Unfortunately, I don’t get many opportunities to wear this costume outside of that one time. But I was able to wear it for this video and the poster, and since it’s so full of memories, it makes me so happy! Thank you. Also, this year my goal is to get rank 33! It’s a pretty high goal. Actually, I got this ranking in the prelims last year, but unfortunately it just didn’t happen in the real thing. My goal is most definitely high, I’ll do my best to overcome my limits and get rank 33! Everyone, let’s have fun with the election this year! See you again~ This was Kamata Natsuki~”
   Kimoto Kanon
“SKE48 Team E’s Kimoto Kanon here. This will be the first election since I graduated high school. I decided to run for election because of all the members of my generation who have graduated or who have decided not to join this time. I really thought about it for a long time, but in the end I decided to go for it, and so I’m going to challenge it with this 4th gen T-shirt! I feel like the 4th generation still has potential to fulfill, it would be good if we can do that. This time my goal is Undergirls. Or if it’s the case that I end up a senbatsu member, either way I will do my best! Thank you!”
    Kumazaki Haruka
“I’ll bear-bother you if you don’t look my way! I’m SKE48 Team E’s Kumazaki Haruka aka Kuma-chan. This year I decided to run for election! Last year, you all gave me the wonderful present of rank 73! I was really, really, really so happy! Tears of happiness were streaming down my face! Thank you so much! However, I don’t want to stop there. I want to aim even higher! My goal is Undergirls. I thought about whether to express my goal or not, but a goal is a big thing to have so I decided to state it clearly here! Okay, I said it! I would be happy if you all helped write the story of Kuma-chan with me! And I’ll work hard so that you’ll say ‘I chose you, Kuma-chan!!’ Thank you everyone!”
Goto Rara
“Everyone sing together, rarararai~ Everyone smile together, rarararai~ Thank you. I’m a cupid delivering smiles, Goto Rara aka Rara. Thank you so much to everyone who is always supporting me. My goal for the election is to rank in. I’ve met with a lot of obstacles up until now, but everywhere I turned there were fans there to support me. The obstacle of the election is a pretty difficult one, but I have all of you to help me so I’m not afraid. Let’s aim high together. Please cheer me on.”
        Saito Makiko
“I’m SKE48 captain and Team E’s Saito Makiko, born in Osaka. It’s time again this year for the trophy unboxing! Yay~! Here I have lined up my election trophies. This one is from 3 years ago, 42nd place. And this one was 2 years ago, 75th place. And this is, ta-da~, last year’s 65th place trophy! I can’t wait. I really think about this all year. It’s exciting and heart-racing. I’m gonna open it. Ta-da~ Here it is! It’s pretty…amazing, the rank 65 trophy. In last year’s video I expressed my surprise at the size difference between these two. This year, I can’t really say I’m surprised. But it’s 10 ranks up from last year, and I’ll do my best to get a better ranking this year. This year, as SKE48’s captain, I feel like I better not lose! Thanks for all your cheers! Until next year, farewell~!”
        Sakai Mei
“May my smile rest in everyone’s hearts~ I’m SKE48 Team E’s Sakai Mei. I decided to run for election this year as well. If I’m telling the truth, I worried about whether I should the whole time, and the answer within myself that I came to was that despite ranking 70th in last year’s preliminaries, even though I couldn’t rank in at the real thing under my own power, I feel like it’ll happen this time. Also, thanks to the support of a lot of people, I was able to graduate high school, and I’m now facing SKE as a full-time worker. I think it would be great to have a wonderful start to that beginning on 6/18, so please everyone cheer for me to the end. That’s all from SKE48 Team E’s Sakai Mei.”
        Sato Sumire
“I’m SKE48 Team E’s Sato Sumire aka Suumelo. I’m running for election this year. Last year I received the ranking of 49th, and somehow I ended up as center as an added bonus! I felt really lucky to have spent my time so happily. You all let me wear this wedding dress. This year as center I spent the year feeling like #1. I feel that I want to taste that happiness again this year, so that’s why I applied. I hope that I can shed happy tears with you all again this year. Please keep cheering me on. That’s all from Sato Sumire.”
     Sugawara Maya
“SKE48’s first member from the Tohoku region, the good girl hailing from Miyagi prefecture, I’m Sugawara Maya aka Maiyan. I hear my fans saying ‘let’s rank in this year!’ a lot, but because it’s my first election I’m really nervous. But I’m also really looking forward to it as a new experience. My goal is to rank in, but it’s only been around a year since I joined SKE and there are probably a lot of people who don’t recognize me. So I’d be happy if I can use the election aas a way for a lot of people to get to know me. I’ll try really, really hard to appeal so that more people notice me, so please cheer me on.”
    Suda Akari
“I, Suda Akari, have had a renewal! This year, no matter the election outcome, we were able to share smiles together at the theater and handshake events. Even if we haven’t seen each other, the fact that there are so many people who think of me is something that gives me confidence, I promise! The people I do meet are always compensating for the things that I’m missing. Thank you so much! This year for the election, I won’t make any excuses, I’m ready to accept anything! Now then, getting back to my roots, I’ll do what I did for the first election I ran for. I don’t just Y-balance, I can I-balance!”
 Takatera Sana
“Bringing you smiles from thirty thousand light years away! Born in Kyoto and a 16 year old 2nd year high schooler, I’m Team E’s Takatera Sana aka Saanan. This will be my 3rd election, and the costume I’m wearing is the Heart gata virus costume. During the Team E portions of the SKE national tour, it’s the first unit I got to do. This is the Team E arrangement of the costume, and I really like it so I decided to wear it. Well, since it is my 3rd election, it’s a serious election. I don’t think I can communicate my feelings that well to my fans, everything feels a bit ambiguous inside me, but this year I’m going to be clear and say to my fans in my own words that I want to rank in. I’m going to work really hard to show you all that I’ve powered up this year compared to last year. Everyone, please cheer for me! Byebye~”
    Tani Marika
“SKE48 Team E’s Tani Marika aka Marika here! Yes, I’m Tani! I’m Tani! Quite a while ago, when I would search my name, it all came up ‘Tani Marika is unattractive! Tani Marika has dirty hair!’ However, recently when I searched my name, ‘Tani Marika is cute’ SHOWED UP! That’s all…thanks…to you! Last time, in the preliminaries, you all put me at rank 11! 11! And then in the real thing, you gave me the amazing rank of 23! 23! But from my perspective 2 3 looks like this [backwards fingers]. And so, this year…this year…this year…I’ll do my best!”
        Fukushi Nao
“Boom boom! There’s fortune in what others leave behind. Bringing fortune from Tochigi prefecture, I’m SKE48 Team E’s 17 year old Fukushi Nao [fuku=fortune]. Well, it’s been a year since the last election and now that this year’s election is upon us, I unhesitatingly submitted my application to join. This past year I had a lot of jobs in my own hometown, did many fulfilling things, was able to appear on regular TV shows, and I was chosen as the co-leader of Team E. I have a lot of happy memories of the past year, so it would be great if I could make some with all of you at the election too. Everyone please cheer for me this year too!”

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45th Single Election Appeal Comments (Team KII)

        Aoki Shiori
“I’m Team KII’s Aoki Shiori aka Oshirin.  Right now I’m doing PR for Shizuoka prefecture’s Yaezu city. So today I think I’ll introduce Yaezu city. Yaezu city is quite famous for its marine products, like maguro, sakuraebi and chirasu. Other things it’s famous for are white pears, tomatoes and strawberries. And more than anything else, it has beautiful scenery. You can even see Mt. Fuji. It’s a city with lots of charms. So that a lot of people can discover those charms for themselves, and so I can take new steps forward and see new scenery with my fans, I decided to run for election. We definitely won’t have any regrets. So please support me! Also, please come hang out in Yaezushi  ”
        Arai Yuki
“I’m SKE48 Team KII’s Arai Yuki, currently in 3rd year of high school. Thanks for watching this video. This time my poster says ‘I am genius girl’ in English. Do you understand what it means? It means I’m a genius girl. Of course, that’s not something that I’d say about myself, but a lot of other people have said ‘You’re such a genius’ to me, so I decided to use it. I try using a lot of different phrases, and I’m often told that I don’t know what I’m saying, but I’m very thankful to the fans who still support me despite not knowing what I’m saying. I don’t know if I’m chasing the times or if the times are chasing me, but I’d be happy if a lot of people get to know who I am. I’m counting on you!”
   Uchiyama Mikoto
“Hello everyone! SKE48 Team KII’s vice-leader from Mie Prefecture, ‘Sparkliing 20 year old’ Uchiyama Mikoto aka Mikotti here! Last year I didn’t rank and that really disappointed me, so no matter what I want to rank in and share happy tears with everyone…everyone! I want to raise my popularity, and I would like to have more jobs in my birthplace, Mie prefecture, countless…countless jobs! And so, everyone, please…please cheer me on if you can! Please! That’s all! From SKE48 Team KII’s ‘best masterpiece ever made in Mie’ Uchiyama Mikoto aka Mikotti!”
        Ego Yuna
“I’m SKE48 Team KII’s Ego Yuna. This being my 5th election, the costume I chose this year is the same as last year’s, the costume of the first senbatsu I was chosen for that I hold as a dear memory, Coquettish Juutaichuu. The reason I chose the same costume as last year is so the emotions attached to it can be heightened and conveyed to all of you. Last year’s election was the first time my name appeared on the preliminary ranking, and I was really happy. But at the real thing I wasn’t able to rank in, and that was really frustrating. I’m sure everyone who was cheering me on felt sad and like their effort was wasted, too. But thanks to last year’s election I am who I am now, and I think the espirit de corps among my fans and I has just gotten stronger. Because this year is my 5th election, I’m aiming to rank in. I’ll do my best towards that goal. Everyone please cheer me on. ”
       Oba Mina
“SKE48 Team KII’s Oba Mina here. My motto for this year’s election is ‘Passionately. Enjoyably. Strongly.’ And the strongly part means I’m aiming to get into senbatsu! And because you all gave me such a wonderful present last year of 27th place, even though I’ve been approaching the election so seriously in the past, that ranking I received from you really gave me self-confidence. It made me think the election is such a great event that leads to more confidence, so this year I want to have fun, and also have confidence. I want it to be that kind of election. This year too I’m burning with extra-hot passion, so please cheer me on. Byebye~!”
        Obata Yuna    
“Not banana but Yunana. What’s Yunana’s favorite fruit? Thank you. I’m Obata Yuna. This time I brought my beloved dog Love-chan with me. Yay~ Well, this time, I’m full of excitement. Last year was my first time participating in the election, and I have great memories of standing on the stage I’ve been longing for. But another memory I have is of watching my seniors ranking in and thinking that I would love to rank in too. So I’ll work hard to rank in this year. Bye-bye~ Love-chan say byebye~ That’s all from Obata Yuna!”
   Kitano Ruka
“Are we gonna work hard today too? Work hard! SKE48 Team KII’s Kitano Ruka here. The reason I chose to run for election this year is because of something a certain person said, and those words are here: You need to get into senbatsu! This is something someone said to me during a concert. I was really surprised, and my mind went blank. Since these words were said to me, I decided to keep striving to move upwards. I see the election as a chance to make this come true! I’ll keep doing my best! Please cheer for me to the end.”
    Shirai Kotono
“Everyone say Kocchama~ I’m SKE48 Team KII’s ‘On fairytale road at full speed~’ Everybody’s idol, Shirai Kotono aka Kocchan. Everyone, do you believe in miracles? I want to prove they exist by creating one at the election through our efforts. I debuted at the 2nd draft, and at first I didn’t gain much attention, which really frustrated me. I felt that I had to work hard. Even if there’s a ledge behind me, I want to stake my heart on performing so that fans can’t take their eyes off me. Among the 2nd draft members, I managed to be the first one promoted. And while at first it was empty, the fans filled my present box with warm feelings little by little. It made me really happy. This costume I’m wearing is from the recent CM senbatsu that I really wanted to join. Thanks to my fans’ efforts, I was chosen for it. If we put our feelings together I’m sure we can make another miracle happen. I hope I can rank in with the help of many people. I want to become an indispensible presence to the AKB group. I would be glad if you all help me create the Kocchan Revolution. Everyone who supported me, I’ll make sure you don’t regret it. Thank you!”
        Souda Sarina
“This time I chose to run for election. I’m SKE48 Team KII’s Souda Sarina. This year my goal is to enter senbatsu. I know it’s still going to be very difficult, but I really want to join senbatsu! It took a lot of courage to say that, but as an SKE member and as an idol, up til now while I’ve been working as hard as I can, the desire to become a senbatsu member was born. As the idol Souda Sarina, and the SKE member Souda Sarina, I want to aim even higher. The election is the opportunity I want to go all out challenging to get there. Finally, again, my goal this year is to join senbatsu.”
        Takatsuka Natsuki
“Hello everyone. I’m SKE48 Team KII’s Takatsuka Natsuki. The reason I chose to run for election this year is that I want even one more person to know who I am. This year I chose this dolphin costume because it was the costume I had made for me for my first Janken Tournament. It’s a really special costume to me and I think it has a lot of impact. Also, last year, I brought this one dolphin plush, but this year I brought these 3 as well. It gives a really lively feeling. So this time I’m running for election to get more people to know me, but I also want to say clearly that I want to rank in and I’ll feel disappointed if I don’t. I wanted to say this to you so I can grow a bit. To all of you who have been supporting me, and to anyone who might have become interested in me this time, it would make me happy if you keep cheering me on. Thank you.”
        Takayanagi Akane
“SKE48 Team KII’s Takayanagi Akane here. Last year’s election was the first time I was voted into senbatsu thanks to everyone’s support, a whopping rank 14! Thanks to all of your support, last summer was a spectacularly HOT HOT HOOOOTTTT summer! This year I wanna spend another super hot summer with you with all my soul! So I’m gonna do my best this year! And when you think of summer, you think of omatsuri [festivals], and when you think of festivals, you think of omachuri and when you think of omachuri you think of HAPPI, right?  [happi says Churi on back] So I’ll wear this Happi today. Let me think, let’s go with that again this year. Now, what is it I’m gonna do? That’s right, I’m going to sing that song. Please listen – Takayanagi Akane with Sooranbushi[singing festival song]”
        Takeuchi Saki
“SKE48 Team KII’s Takeuchi Saki here. In the preliminary rankings last year, I was 78th. I was just happy to get into the preliminary rankings. I was so surprised, and at that point I was already satisfied with the election results. But this year, like I said at my birthday stage, I want to rank in at the election. I want to rank in and enter SKE’s senbatsu. I know that’s a high bar to set, but it’s what I want. I’m no longer that young. I’ve now become someone who can’t get away with slacking off. Everyone, please support me.”
        Hidaka Yuzuki
“I’m SKE48 Team KII’s Hidaka Yuzuki. I have a special talent. It’s MM [monomane] – impressions. [?? some stuff I didn’t catch] And the thing about impressions to keep in mind is that you need to develop technique that makes your face look unlike your own. This is the most important. Well, you can see this on the official mobile site, so please check it out. This year I’m staking a lot of my feelings on the election, and I have a target in mind. That is…my goal is to get above 49! 49 was my rank in the prelims last year. Along with the speech I didn’t get to do at the real thing last year, this year I also want to try out a new impression. Now that I’ve said that, I don’t really know what will happen in the election, let’s look forward to it together. I’ll be waiting for your support. Thank you. Byebye~”
    Furuhata Nao
“SKE48 Team KII’s Furuhata Nao here. This year I’m running for election because of what Jurina said while crying at Miyazawa Sae’s recent graduation concert: “Lend SKE your strength”. Upon seeing her tearful face, I strongly felt that I wanted to protect the smiles of SKE, Jurina, and many other people. Right now I don’t think there’s any meaning in struggling for a higher spot in SKE. I want to see more of the wide world around me, I want to learn many, many more things and bring them into SKE. I have to get stronger. And so I’d like to say that in the election I’m aiming for senbatsu. That’s what I wanted to tell you all. I’m aiming for senbatsu, and even higher. I want to take SKE to a place where it’s easier for our dreams to come true. I’ll work hard for that. Thank you for watching!”

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45th Election Single Appeal Comments (AKB48 Team Kenkyuusei)

Nomura Nao
“AKB48 Team K 2nd Draft Research Student Nomura Nao here. This time, because it’s my first election, I’m really pumped. Though I haven’t appeared in a lot of things yet, thanks for cheering for me. I’m grateful from the bottom of my heart. The challenge of achieving my dreams from here definitely won’t be easy, but I won’t give up no matter what. This chance only comes once in a lifetime. I, Nomura Nao, am prepared to dedicate my entire youth to AKB48. I won’t let it end the same way it began. From here on, while sharing laughter and tears with the fans who support me, I will make steady progress forward, step by step. The election is a huge chance for opportunities, so please cheer me on. This was Nomura Nao.”
        Kubo Satone
“Hi, I’m AKB48 Team K Draft Research Student Kubo Satone. I’m making cotton candy right now. By the way, everyone, do you know [word I can’t hear]? That’s right! When you make cotton candy, it’s because you love sugar [Sato = sugar]! But this [word I’m missing] doesn’t actually exist! I would be so happy if it did someday. Like this cotton candy, though I started small, someday I want to become much bigger! This election is my first one so I’ll do my best! Please cheer for me. This was Team K Draft Research Student Kubo Satone.”
 Takahashi Kira
“Team B Draft Research Student Takahashi Kira here. I was able to appear as a Baito AKB member, and then I was chosen last year by Team B in the 2nd Draft Conference. Now I’m working as a research student for Team B. The reason I chose to run for election this time is so more people can learn who I am. I love omlette rice. The character I have here is a Kirarinling from planet Kirari. It’s my friend. At autograph sessions it appears and disappears frequently, it’s a rare character. I hate to lose, but I also tend to take it easy and move at my own pace, so I’ll do my best to keep growing. I’m excited for the election, so please cheer for me. That’s all from Takahashi Kira. Please fall in love with Kira! Kirarin BEAM!”
     Nishikawa Rei
“Everyone, good morning, good evening, good afternoon! I’m Team B Draft Research Student Nishikawa Rei. I haven’t been able to appear in many theater performances yet, and my full debut was only recently, so I think there are a lot of people who are asking ‘who is that girl? What’s her name?’ I would love it if even one more person remembered my face and my name – Nishikawa Rei. Handshake events, concerts and theater shows – I’ve given my all to these activities. Theater shows especially are super exciting and fun, I love them. From here on, to give me confidence and keep me moving forward, I would love it if you all would cheer me on saying ‘you can do it! I’m rooting for you!’ Thank you. That’s all from Nishikawa Rei, byebye~!”
        Yamabe Ayu
“[singing First Rabbit] Hi, I’m AKB48 Team B Draft Research Student Yamabe Ayu. I’m really nervous about the election this year. But I want to put my all into the things that I’m able to do now. The lyrics to the song I sang just now, ‘First Rabbit’, are perfect for me. I love AKB48. Just like my name [Yamabe = walk+dream], I’ll keep heading towards my dreams step by step. Thank you. This was Yamabe Ayu.”
        Chiba Erii
“I’m Team 4 Draft Research Student Chiba Erii. I think there are a lot of people watching who don’t know who I am, so today I’ll try making my pet [don’t catch the name]. Here, it’s done. The next thing is the thing next to me, a vending machine that I made. I’ll try pushing this. Chiba Erii will do her best. Thank you.”

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45th Single Election Appeal Comments (Team S)

        Azuma Rion
“My Hokkaido native origins are going full throttle! I’m SKE48 Team S’s Azuma Rion aka Azumarion, born in Hokkaido. This time, it’s a bit hard to talk because of all the practice and lessons I’ve been doing. And so, for this election, I’ll put my feelings into playing that special song on my specialty, piano! [plays Escape]”
        Inuzuka Asana
“I’m SKE48’s ‘Won’t you go for a walk with us?’ Inuzuka Asana aka Wan-chan. I chose to run for election this year. Well, I’m running quite a lot more seriously this year than I did last year. My fans wanted me to. The first thing I thought about when I decided to run was what to wear for the video. This is the ‘Yuudachi no Mae’ costume. At SKE’s Request Hour last year, it’s the song that got #1 for the first time. So there are a lot of memories and happiness woven into this costume. And I hope I can share that happiness with everyone. Through the song ‘Yuudachi no Mae’, my bonds with the fans got even deeper, and in the election as well, I hope I can further tighten my bonds with my fans. That’s why I chose to run. I’m going to try my best seriously. Please support me. Thank you.”
 Kitagawa Ryoha
“The ingredient you need is – Ryoha! I want you to want me but still a little prickly, 17 year old SKE48 Team S/AKB48 Team 4’s Kitagawa Ryoha here. Last year I got ranked 66 in the election, a wonderful ranking. Thank you so much. This year, I’m aiming for Undergirls…not! I’m really aiming for NUMBER ONE! ONE! WAN! That’s what I’m aiming for. And there’s one more thing I want to say! I just want to express my dream honestly – WAN WAN! Thank you!”
        Goto Risako
“Hello everyone! SKE48 Team S’s Goto Risako here. As a 3rd generation member, I joined SKE in elementary grade 6, but this spring, I became a college student! And it seems I am the first member in the AKB group to join in elementary grade 6 and make it all the way to college! So all of you who watched over me for all those years – elementary, middle, high school and now college – last year you gave me the wonderful rank of 52, I’m wearing this wedding dress for you! How do you like it? Now that you’ve seen me in elementary, middle, high school, college, and a wedding dress, what will you see me in next?! Look forward to it! Let’s keep journeying together! This was Goto Risako.”
        Sugiyama Aika
“SKE48 Team S’s Sugiyama Aika here. I want this year’s election to be an experience that helps me grow. To listen to the speeches of the senior members, to study their talk talents, and to level up my own feelings. My dream is to become a top idol, and to do that I’m going to work really hard at performances, events and handshakes. Please cheer for me! That was all from SKE48 Team S’s Sugiyama Aika.”
     Takeuchi Mai
“Hello everyone! I’m SKE48 Team S’s Takeuchi Mai aka Maimai. At last year’s election, I received the amazing ranking of 76th! And the number of votes for me was 13,539! This number is a crystallization of love created by everyone’s cheers and support for me. Thank you so much. This year I gained a lot of confidence. And also, I got to do even just a smidge more work in my hometown of Mie Prefecture. Now I have a new goal, which is…! I want to do a Kankou Taishi [PR tour episode] to Mie! From here on, as an individual and a member of SKE48, I will work towards my goals and keep making progress! Please cheer for Takeuchi Mai!”
    Noguchi Yume
“Ta-da! SKE48 Team S’s Noguchi Yume here. In the past year since the last election, a lot of things have happened! I was injured and took a short recuperation period. ‘Yuudachi no Mae’ reached #1 in SKE’s Request Hour. I recieved 7th rank in the ‘Passion for You’ CM senbatsu. And I ate a LOT of fried rice! And a lot of other things happened too! So nostalgic. And for my 4th election this year, I…really want to rank in! Thank you for listening! Let’s all happily eat tempura bowls on 6/18!”
 Nojima Kano
“Let’s hear a Kano-chan call! Thank you. No matter when, my excitement is at max! SKE48 Team S’s Nojima Kano here! Hi everyone! This time I’m running for election for the first time as a full SKE member. Last year I was still a research student, but since I’m a full member now I’m really nervous. I’m going to try really hard! I’ll work so that even a few more people can discover me this year. I’m counting on you! That’s all from SKE48 Team S’s Nojima Kano!”
     Futamura Haruka
“I’m SKE48 Team S’s Futamura Haruka aka Harutamu! Nice to see you all~  This year I turned 20! Thanks to everyone who always cheers me on! 2 years ago I got ranked 34th, and last year I was 38th. It was such a fun year, thank you so much. Running for election is great for girls like me who don’t get many media appearances, because it gives us the chance to have some exposure. I’m running for election so I don’t waste that chance. I want to step up even higher, I hope the election will help me do that! The reason I chose the ‘Candy’ outfit is because I wanted to wear it and I wanted my fans to see it. Do you like it? And so I’m fired up this year too. Please cheer for me!”
     Matsui Jurina
“I’m SKE48’s Matsui Jurina. It’s been 8 years since I joined SKE48. In those days, I was 11 years old, and now I’m 19. This costume is SKE’s debut costume, ‘Tsuyokimono yo’. Last year, subjecting my fans and the staff to my selfishness, I canceled my concurrency with AKB and became an SKE-only member. I love SKE48, I love the fans, and I want to put all my efforts into SKE48, the group that raised me. Truthfully, I think SKE is in a pinch right now. A lot of members are graduating, and I want to make a new SKE with the members who are left and the members who are just joining. New groups are springing up all around us, and I feel a sense of impending crisis. SKE can’t afford to stand still. So I am going to do my best with everything I have. I want the fans to help us create SKE’s 2nd chapter. So please, those of you who are fans of SKE…those of you who aren’t fans of SKE…and those of you who will become fans of SKE…please support SKE48! As for myself, I think there might still be something missing. So I will work on myself too. Everyone, please be strong for me and for SKE! Thank you for your support!”
 Matsumoto Chikako
“I’m SKE48 Team S’s vice-leader Matsumoto Chikako. My goal for this election is to rank in! No particular rank in mind. I’ll do my best to be called to the stage. The reason I chose this costume is because it was Miyazawa Sae’s costume! Sae wore this costume and this hat on music shows and they make me really happy so I chose this costume. As Team S’s vice-leader, I’ll work hard to be someone who keeps pushing Team S and SKE48 forward! Everyone, please cheer for me!”
        Miyamae Ami    
“I’m SKE48 Team S’s ‘I want to tie everyone’s hearts together with one and two braids [ami]’, 18 years old, Miyamae Ami. This is the 8th AKB48 election! For this election, well, since I announced my graduation before the date of the election was decided…I think a lot of people thought I definitely wouldn’t be running. I thought of checking Hobohobo [a SNS app], and as I was looking through the comments, almost all the comments said ‘She’s here!’ ‘Eh? Miyamae…is running?’ I got a lot of exciting comments like that. I think a lot of people were definitely surprised, but in a good way. From here on I want to have fun at many more events with everyone. Please keep cheering me on. Don’t worry. I’m here.”
Yamauchi Suzuran
“[singing 12gatsu no kangaroo] ‘December kangaroo, you’re here inside me~’ You’re here inside Suzu-chan, too! I’m SKE48’s Yamauchi Suzuran aka Ranran! Yay! Scene 1: At The Zoo! Wow, there’s so many animals~ Look, it’s a kangaroo! At the Yamauchi zoo, Pandas are #1, but I would be happy if Suzu-chan kangaroo has the top spot in your heart! Scene 2: My Girlfriend is a Kangaroo! What do you want to eat today? Grass~ Grass isn’t edible! When you’re with Suzu, grass or anything tastes great! [voice off set] Um… could you take this a little more seriously? …Hnn?! Suzu-chan is taking this very seriously! Suzu-chan is always seriously playing around! …Sorry. I’ll get serious. This time I chose the 12gatsu no kangaroo costume, because it was my first senbatsu song after I transferred to SKE! And why am I wearing this scarf? Because the fans helped me pick it out! Just look, isn’t it cute?! Suzu-chan and her fans are always of one mind and body! So let’s aim high this year too!”
        Yamada Juna
“Hello~ SKE48 Team S’s Yamada Juna here. I’d like to introduce myself this time. My real name is Yamada Juna. My nickname is Junko. My favorite foods are ramen and ice cream. I like all kinds of ice cream, from richest to least rich, like lacto ice [>3% milk solid], ice milk [>10% milk solid] and ice cream itself [>15% milk solid]. I know them all, so feel free to come by and ask me about it! If I’m able to rank in at the election, because I think there are a lot of people who don’t know who I am, that would be a great chance for them all at once to learn who I am. I want to perform a lot! Thank you.”

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