On April 14th, the first episode of ‘Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou‘ was aired. Fans could listen to the preview of Maeda Atsuko’s new solo single “Migikata” as a ending theme song for the show.
This will be Maeda’s 2nd solo single and first single after she announced her graduation from AKB48. The release date or any other details have not been decided yet.
Check out the “Migikata” and also clips from ‘Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou’.
Earlier in February, AKB48 announced that they would be donating a total of 30 buses called ‘AKBus‘ to Miyagi, Iwate, and Fukushima Prefectures. On April 14th, the group held a handshake event at Kleenex Stadium Miyagi, where they presented the ‘AKBus’ for the very first time.
AKB48 donated 30 buses to the disaster-stricken areas to coincide with the new school year. Before their handshake event, they held a presentation ceremony, where they gifted the vehicles and keys to Miyagi’s Yamamoto City vice major, Hirama Hidehiro.
Takahashi Minami greeted, “I hope that these buses will become a means of transportation for everyone. AKB48 will continue to support in reconstructing disaster-stricken areas.” Vice mayor Hirama thanked the girls saying, “These buses we’ve received, we will use them as town buses.”
When AKB48 held an event for “Flying Get” and “Kaze wa Fuiteiru” last year, 6,000 fans gathered to meet the girls. Oshima Yuko called out, “It’s been 5 months since we last came to visit everyone in Tohoku. We want to liven up this venue with everyone!”
The group then performed a total of 9 songs including, “GIVE ME FIVE!” and “Heavy Rotation“.
Alongside Takahashi and Oshima, the members who were present at this event were, Itano Tomomi,Kasai Tomomi, Kashiwagi Yuki, Kitahara Rie, Kuramochi Asuka, Kojima Haruna, Sashihara Rino, Shinoda Mariko, Takajo Aki, Maeda Atsuko, Minegishi Minami, Miyazawa Sae, andYokohama Yui.
Take a look at pictures from the event below!
On April 18th, AKB48’s Sashihara Rino was appointed as Oita City’s first sightseeing ambassador.
Sashihara, who was born in Oita, was chosen for this position because she has continued to talk about her love for the city through TV programs and her official blog.
During a press conference, mayor Kugimiya Ban welcomed Sashihara to her position saying, ”I want her to send out the existence of Oita City to people nationwide. She’s very suitable to be the first (ambassador).“
Meanwhile, Sashihara commented, “I will do my best to deliver the unknown charms of Oita City to many people.”
To promote tourism, Oita City decided to promote a sightseeing ambassador back in February. They were looking to select a candidate from the entertainment and sports industries.
Sashihara will be the city’s sightseeing ambassador for 3 years. Her activities as the ambassador has not been determined at this time, however, a responsible party of the city stated, “We want her to introduce the food of Oita, as well as the Takasakiyama Natural Zoo.”
Yeyyyyy!!!!!!!! IBU GUA ULTAH😄 #dilemparPedang
Muehehehe.. nyantai coy! Ibu gua a.k.a Haruna Kojima member AKB48 ini emang ulang tahun! yahhh… emang sih ulang tahunnya udah lewat. muekekekekek #ditampar
oke! aku tau. sebenernya Haruna (Nana-chan) ini emang ulang tahun pas tanggal 18 April. alias beberapa hari yang lalu. Gomen nee~ *bow*
Oke wish nya buat Nana-chan.. Semoga makin cantik + lucu + makin bagus suaranya dan segalanya; semoga sukses; karirnya melejit pesat (?) *jangan tanya artinya! gua aja kagak ngarti –* #ngajakRibut
Yeahhhh….. Ibuku sayang *muntah berjamaah*..
OTANJOUBI OMEDETOU HARUNA KOJIMA \(^o^)/
Wew.. Leader kita a.k.a Takahashi Minami (AKB48) ini sedang ulang tahun sekarang yang ke… 21 ya? asikkk ^^//
Yu mari kita make a wish buat Takamina ^^
Semoga di umur yang sekarang Takamina jadi lebih cantik dan lucu; makin terkenal; suaranya makin bagus; dan menjadi leader yang lebih hebat lagi ^^ juga semakin dewasa yaa
Dan semoga apa yang di harapkan/diimpikan menjadi kenyataan..
OTANJOUBI OMEDETOU TAKAHASHI MINAMI ^o^//
On April 4th, AKB48 sub-unit Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 attended a special screening for the upcoming animated film, ‘Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Arashi wo Yobu! Ora to Uchuu no Princess’.
The film commemorates the 20th anniversary of ‘Eiga Crayon Shin-chan’, and its story revolves around Shin-chan and his family going out into space. Watarirouka Hashirai 7 sings the movie’s theme song, “Shounen yo Uso wo Tsuke!“, which will be released as a single on May 30th.
Before the girls hit the stage, Shin-chan made an appearance and livened up the crowd saying, “Aside from my family, my friends are here today. I wonder if I now have the support from a wide range of audiences.”
Upon seeing Shin-chan, member Watanabe Mayu confessed, “I like Shin-chan’s butt.” Meanwhile, Urano Kazumi, who recently joined the group, expressed, “I was able to participate during the 15th anniversary as a part of AKB48. Five years later, I’m very happy to be able to attend the event with Shin-chan again.”
When Iwasa Misaki commented, “I like how he’s a mood maker“, Shin-chan revealed, “Will you understand me? It’s not that I like acting foolish. I’ve been 5 years old for 20 years in order to calm everybody.”
‘Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Arashi wo Yobu! Ora to Uchuu no Princess’ will open in theaters on April 14th.
Check out pictures from the event below!
AKB48’s Oshima Yuko will be the voice behind animated protagonist ‘Merida’ in the upcoming Disney Pixar film, ‘Merida to Osoroshi no Mori‘ (‘Brave‘)!
This will be Oshima’s first time voice acting for a Hollywood film. She commented, “[I’m wondering] how I’m going to play this role. I’m already excited yet nervous at the same time.”
Set in Scotland, the movie follows the story of a princess named Merida, who is determined to live her life freely. One day, she defies an ancient custom, bringing upheaval to the kingdom. In order to protect the kingdom and the people she loves, Merida enters the forest to seek help from the Wise Woman.
Oshima, who claims to be a big fan of Disney Pixar, shared that her favorite animated movie is ‘Toy Story 3‘. She revealed, “I’ve been moved by it many times, and I’ve cried many times too.”
The idol enthusiastically stated, “I want people to think my voice is perfect for Merida, and I will do my best to give courage and energy to people who watch it. Please look forward to the film.”
‘Merida to Osoroshi no Mori’ will open in theaters on July 21st.