Monthly Archives: September 2016

Nikkan Sports Article 9.15.16 – Shimazaki Haruka Potentially Graduating?

AKB48’s Salty Member Shimazaki Haruka on the Road to Graduation – Will Her New Center Position Be Her Final? [source]

We’ve learned today, Sept. 15th, that Shimazaki Haruka (22) of AKB48 has expressed her intentions to graduate. Though she is an ace of the group whose position in the General Election has remained high, it seems she has resolved to take the next step. Today, it was announced that the group’s 46th single (set to release 11/16, title undetermined) will be centered by Shimazaki, and that the song will likely be the last one she centers.

Shimazaki participated in today’s AKB48 concert at Yokohama Arena. During the encore, it was revealed that she was chosen to be the center of the next single. Sharing her thoughts, Shimazaki said “I’m really awestruck. According to what I’ve heard about this song, it’s going to be a really energetic song.” Sashihara Rino (23) of HKT48 made everyone laugh by replying, “Even though she herself is so unenergetic?!” Shimazaki then made light of the joke by saying “I’ll do it energetically so it doesn’t become unenergetic!” which invited more laughs. Even though it appeared to be a funny scene, in truth, it seems her heart was full of the resolve to graduate.

According to data collected this summer by Nikkan Sports, some close friends of Shimazaki’s divulged that “she has resolved to graduate from AKB48”. “Paruru”, as Shimazaki has been nicknamed, gained a boost in popularity when she centered last year’s Japan Record Award-nominee single “Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai”, but of course the graduation of the current ace would cause huge reverberations.

Actually, the new commercials for Baitoru that started on the 12th of September that Shimazaki stars in may contain some evidence of her thoughts of graduation. When Shimazaki, in the role of a cafe owner, is asked by her junior co-worker (played by HKT48’s Miyawaki Sakura (18)) “Paruru-san, is it true that you’re quitting?”, Shimazaki answers with a refreshing smile, “I’ve had a lot of valuable experiences here, but I finally know what my real dream is. That’s why I won’t call it quitting, but rather graduating. I’ve decided to move on to the next part of my life”. Afterward, the current General Manager of the group, Yokoyama Yui (23), Watanabe Mayu (22) and Sashihara all chime in with “We’re rooting for you!” The contents of this commercial suggest Shimazaki’s current condition and thought process.

The timing of her reception of a solo center position is also laden with significance. The past three years of General Elections have seen her position fluctuate between 7th, 8th and 9th, but her position has only been stable, and it can’t be said that she’s been making rapid gains in popularity. It also can’t be said that AKB48 chooses centers with no rhyme or reason to the decision, so her position as center in the upcoming single could be considered support for her graduation.

It is not known whether Shimazaki has made her intentions clear to Producer Akimoto Yasushi as of yet, but the situation bears the scent of surprise that AKB48 members are so fond of springing upon everyone. We may recall Oshima Yuko’s surprise graduation announcement during the live broadcast of NHK’s Kouhaku Utagassen. Also, Shinoda Mariko and Kojima Haruna’s graduation announcements during two different General Elections. It is quite likely that Shimazaki also already has a plan for her graduation announcement in mind.

Shimazaki has often expressed her dream to be an actress and her roles in dramas and movies have been steadily multiplying. She will also be playing a leading role in TV Asahi’s serial drama “Metropolitan Police Department: Nasi Goreng Division”, which starts in October. The number of her outside activities is certainly increasing. And during this year’s General Election in June, Shimazaki made the declaration that “this year will be my last election”. During her speech after she ranked in, she also confessed “Honestly, I have been considering graduation”.

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Notice of Cessation / G+ Translations (Sep 9)

It’s that time again when I get too busy/lazy to translate G+ posts every day. Unfortunately, I will not be translating any more G+ posts for the time being. Thank you to everyone who has been reading them. Any interviews or other items I might translate will still be posted here.

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Omori Miyu G+ Sep.3.16

18歳になりました\(^o^)/
I turned 18\(^o^)/

たくさんのお祝いありがとうございます(>_<)🌟
Thank you for the many congratulations(>_<)🌟

18歳は、
大人の仲間入りかなと思います!
というのも、時間の年齢制限が無かったり一つの区切りの年でもあると思います。。。
Now that I’m 18,
I guess that makes me an adult!
And really, if there weren’t any age limits, I think
it would still be a year that marks a turning point…

自分の意思をしっかり持ち、
真っ直ぐ生きていきます!
I’m gonna move straight onwards,
under the strength of my own will!

当たって砕けろ!
Smash right into it!

な18歳に。。。☆
But 18…☆

今日は
舞台の稽古中にお祝いして頂きました(>_<)❤️
嬉しかったなぁ。。
素敵な誕生日になりました😭
Today
they threw a party for me during play practice(>_<)❤️
I was so happy..
It was a wonderful birthday😭

18歳の大森さんも、
よろしくお願いします\(^o^)/
Please look after
the 18 year old Omori-san as well\(^o^)/

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Komiyama Haruka G+ Sep.1.16

今日は「AKBINGO!」の収録でした*\(^o^)/
Today I had an “AKBINGO!” recording*\(^o^)/

初めてのことをたくさんしたんですけど、
今までの「AKBINGO!」にはない新しい感じになってるのですごく新鮮でしたよ✨
I did a lot of things for the first time,
which made it feel like a brand new very fresh AKBINGO!✨

みなさん、楽しみにしていて下さい( ̄▽ ̄)💕
Everyone, please look forward to it( ̄▽ ̄)💕

どの企画もすごく楽しくていっぱい笑いましたo(>▽<)o
Every segment was really fun and we were laughing the whole time
o(>▽<)o

9月13日・20日・27日・10月4日に放送されるので見て下さい♪
It’ll be broadcast on 9/13, 9/20, 9/27 and 10/4 so please watch♪

❤︎KOMI❤︎

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Omori Miyu G+ Sep.2.16

こんばんぽん(^_^)
Good eveningpon(^_^)

今日は撮影からの〜稽古でした👀
Today I went from a photoshoot 〜 play practice 👀

最初、稽古場に入った時は
冷房が寒すぎて凍えそうだったのに…
稽古が終わった時には丁度よくなってました〜〜(´-ω-`)( ̄▽ ̄)🔥
At first, when I got to the place I was practicing the play at,
the air conditioning was so cold I thought I would freeze…
but after practice ended it felt just right〜〜(´-ω-`)( ̄▽ ̄)🔥

明日も
ポカポカになってきます👍
Tomorrow
I’m gonna sweat a lot again👍

さあさあさあ!←
Saasaasaa!←

じゃあな、セブンティーンさんよ!!!!!
See you again, Seventeen-san!!!!

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Okada Nana G+ Aug.31.16

こんばんは😇
Good evening😇

今日は
撮影のお仕事を
たくさんしてきました📸❤️
Today
I had a lot
of photoshoots📸❤️

・じゃんけん大会の
公式ガイドブック
・Janken Tournament
Official Guidebook

・B.L.T

・生写真
・Natural shoot

・ステージファイター
・Stage Fighter

・AKBカフェ&SHOP
・AKB Cafe & SHOP

色々あるので
発売日や詳しいことなどは
追って報告します🙇🏻
There were so many, so
I’ll have to report the
sale dates and details
at a later time🙇🏻

今日1日を
無事終えられて 良かった😭
I managed to finish
everything fine today, so I’m happy 😭

明日の朝は
5時起きとゆうことで
早めに寝ます … 😴😴😴
Tomorrow morning
I guess I’m supposed to wake up at 5AM
so I better go to sleep early … 😴😴😴

明日の朝
早く起きなきゃいけない皆さん
一緒に頑張りましょう😨❤️
Everyone who has to
wake up early tomorrow morning,
let’s do our best together😨❤️

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Omori Miyu G+ Aug.31.16

こんばんぽん(^。^)
Good eveningpon(^。^)

今日の舞台稽古は時間的には昨日よりも短かったのですが、、
その時間内にとてもパワーを使いましたぁ(´-ω-`)、、
Today I had play practice, and though it was shorter than yesterday’s..
I used a lot of power within those few hours(´-ω-`)、、

最近は、
疲れたな〜〜
じゃなくて
自分頑張ったな〜〜
って考えてる( ̄▽ ̄)👍
皆さんもそうしてみて下さい🙇💓
( ´・・)ノ(._.`)
Lately,
instead of “I’m exhausted”〜〜
I’ve been thinking
“I worked hard”〜〜( ̄▽ ̄)👍
Everyone, please try that out too🙇💓
( ´・・)ノ(._.`)

📷ムフフフフフ…
📷Mufufufufu…

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