Getting to Know the AKB48 Members


I wanted to make this post a few months ago but since I only knew about 3 of them in total, I decided to wait until I can Identify more members.

First, a copy-paste introduction of the group c/o Wikipedia

AKB48 (エーケービー フォーティーエイト, Ēkēbī Fōtīeito?) is an all-female Japanese theater/idol group produced by Yasushi Akimoto. Unlike other idol groups in Japan, AKB48 is theater-based and have their own theater in Akihabara (a district in Tokyo) where they perform once every weekday, and more than once on both Saturday and Sunday. The theater is set up on the 8th floor of Don Quijote. Some of the title songs released as a single have been made a tie-in song for a television show or a television advertisement. The name derives from a shortened, Romanized representation of ‘Akihabara’. AKB48 currently holds the Guinness World Records for being the “Pop group with the greatest number of members”.

AKB48 is divided into three teams: Team A, Team K and Team B. Currently, there are 16 members in Team A, 16 members in Team K, and 16 members in Team B, getting to the total of 48 members in AKB48. Minami Takahashi is the captain of Team A, Sayaka Akimoto is the captain of Team K, and Yuki Kashiwagi is the captain of Team B.

As there are too many of them (48+), I will only present my top 5 favorite members. Here they are in order of preference:

Maeda Atsuko – The Team A’s front girl and usually the face of the group.

Team: A
Name: Maeda Atsuko (前田敦子)
Nickname: Acchan (あっちゃん)
Birthdate: July 10th, 1991
Birthplace: Chiba, Japan
Height: 161cm
Bust: 76cm
Waist: 60cm
Hips: 83cm
Agency: Oota Pro
Blog: http://ameblo.jp/atsuko-maeda/

Shinoda Mariko – Team A member and 3rd placer in last year’s Senbatsu Election*.

Team: A
Name: Shinoda Mariko (篠田麻里子)
Nickname: Mariko-san (麻里子さん)
Birthdate: March 11th, 1986
Birthplace: Fukuoka, Japan
Height: 168cm
Bust: 87cm
Waist: 57cm
Hips: 85cm
Agency: Someday
Blog: http://blog.mariko-shinoda.net/

Minegishi Minami – Team K member and one of their cutest, though this picture does not show it.

Team: K (Formerly Team A)
Name: Minegishi Minami (峯岸みなみ)
Nickname: Miichan (みいちゃん)
Birthday: November 15th, 1992
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Height: 158cm
Bust: 80cm
Waist: 60cm
Hips: 86cm
Agency: Production Ogi
Blog: http://blog.oricon.co.jp/no3b and http://aitakatta.fc.yahoo.co.jp/index.p … 5&blogid=6

Oshima Yuko – Team K’s front girl and winner of last year’s Senbatsu Election*.

Team: K
Name: Oshima Yuko (大島優子)
Nickname: Yuuko (ゆうこ)
Birthdate: October 17th, 1988
Birthplace: Tochigi, Japan
Height: 152cm
Bust: 82cm
Waist: 55cm
Hips: 81cm
Agency: Oota Pro
Blog: http://ameblo.jp/oshima-y/

Watanabe Mayu – Team B’s front girl. My brother hates her for some undisclosed reason.

Team: B
Name: Watanabe Mayu (渡辺麻友)
Nickname: Mayuyu (まゆゆ)
Birthdate: March 26th, 1994
Birthplace: Saitama, Japan
Height: 154cm
Bust: 71cm
Waist: 55cm
Hips: 82cm
Agency: Production Ogi
Blog: http://blog.oricon.co.jp/watarirouka/

So why did I suddenly liked this group. As most of my friends know, I am a fan of Korean girl group So Nyuh Shi Dae. So when SNSD decided to promote in Japan, my brother and I decided to check out Japan’s pop groups. We found this video:

I was speechless for several minutes after watching this video. My brother got curious and decided to look for more videos and found their latest single at that time which is this:

My jaw dropped even lower. That’s when we decided to find out more about them and my brother downloaded dozens of their live performances, promotional videos and their TV series (Majisuka Gakuen) which stars almost all of their members.

By the way, their album single that was released last October sold 700,000 copies in just 3 days, beating Arashi’s record of 700,000 copies in 7 months! Below is their main that single for that album:

*Senbatsu Election – an election where the top 16 will be included in the next main single. The first placer would be the face of the group for that single and would get substantial screen time.

Click here for the continuation of my AKB48 post.

Here is a link to a picture gallery with their names on it from their website.

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4 Responses to Getting to Know the AKB48 Members

  1. QUINCY says:

    I’m happy that there are SNSD’s fans who like AKB48 & vice versa 😀 It really annoys me when there are permanently wars between the fans of 2 groups 😦

    [By the way, their album that was released last October sold 700,000 copies in just 3 days, beating Arashi’s record of 700,000 copies in 7 months! Below is their main single for that album] Actually, Beginner is a single, not an album, so is Arashi’s aforementioned release. Try wikipedia for more info about their discography: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AKB48_discography

    • Starscream says:

      Thanks for the correction, I actually was thinking that it was a single but I am so used to saying albums when pertaining to a release (because I was so used to K-pop’s way).

      It was easy for me to like AKB48’s style (cute image and addicting songs) as those were the qualities that made me like SNSD.

    • tabahiko says:

      Hi, I performed dance”AKB48” at wedding party.
      AKB48 is very famous idol in Asia.
      I succeed to please guests.
      AKB48 has something attractive.

      Thank you.

  2. brother says:

    I don’t hate Mayu! Just because I prefer some 20 other members over her doesn’t mean I hate her. I just think that there are a lot more likable under girls over her.

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