AKB48: Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2012

From January 19 to January 22, AKB48 will hold their annual Request Hour Setlist Best 100.

What is this concert about?

It is a concert where they will perform 100 songs based on what the fans voted. Last year’s Kaze Wa Fuite Iru single contains a ballot for fans to use to vote. There are other ways to vote like subscribing like being a mobile subscriber, an official app subscriber for smartphone users, and LOD (Live On Demand) subscriber.

The concert is held for 4 days. On day 1, the girls will sing rank 100 to 76, day 2 will be from 75 to 51, 3rd day is 50 to 26 and the last day is from 25 to 1. This year there are 3 new things that was announced. First is the no sub unit rule. A lot of last year’s song were from different sub-units so removing them this year opens up the possibility of old favorites entering the top 100 again. Second is that a 5th day will be dedicated for sub unit songs so Yay for that too. And 3rd is the no grad member rule which sucks.

Below is the result for Day 1:

100. Theater no Megami (シアターの女神 B5) Youtube
99. Pajama Drive (パジャマドライブ B3) Youtube
98. Dakishimeraretara. (抱きしめられたら K5) Youtube
97. Dear my teacher (A1) Youtube
96. Anata ga Ite Kureta kara (あなたがいてくれたから Album) Youtube
95. AKB Sanjou! (AKB参上! A5) Youtube
94. Higurashi no Koi (ヒグラシノコイ H1) Youtube
93. Wasshoi E! (ワッショイE! E1) Youtube
92. High School Days (ハイスクールデイズ Album)
91. Kataomoi no Taikakusen (片思いの対角線 B4) Youtube
90. Seifuku Resistance (制服レジスタンス K6) Youtube
89. To be continued (K5) Youtube
88. 16 Shimai no Uta (16人姉妹の歌 K4) Youtube
87. Seventeen (Album) Youtube
86. Nakeru Basho (泣ける場所 Beginner Single c/w) Youtube
85. Ice no Kuchizuke (アイスの口づけ Single c/w) Youtube
84. Hikkoshimashita (引っ越しました K6) Youtube
83. First Love (Single c/w sung by Kato Rena)
82. Iikagen no Susume (イイカゲンのススメ Album) Youtube
81. Kimi ni Tsuite (君について Beginner Single c/w) Youtube
80. BLUE ROSE (K2) Youtube
79. Sougen no Kiseki (草原の奇跡 K3) Youtube
78. Nagisa no CHERRY (渚のCHERRY A2)Youtube
77. Overtake (Album) Youtube
76. Koi wo Kataru Shijin ni Narenakute (恋を語る詩人になれなくて S3) Youtube

info c/o Wil from Nihongogo forum.

Day 1 started with one of my favorite theater song, B5’s Theater no Megami. It was ranked #51 last year so it was a bit of a disappointment for me. AKB Sanjou, one of my newer favorite ranked #95 which is a small jump up from #97 last year. 16 shimai no uta dropped 3 places.

First Love took a huge drop from last year’s #16 to #83 this year. Another disappointment the fact that it was neither Erena Ono nor Watanabe Mayu performed the song. Blue Rose, on the upside, jumped up from #90 to #80. On the downside, Meetan was replaced.

I will post day 2 tomorrow around the same time as today. I hope NMB48’s first two single appears on day 4.

Day 2:

75. 1! 2! 3! 4! Yoroshiku! (1!2!3!4! ヨロシク! SKE Single) Youtube
74. Wagamama Collection (わがままコレクション Album) Youtube
73. Tenshi no Shippo (天使のしっぽ B3) Youtube
72. Gomen ne, SUMMER (ごめんね、SUMMER SKE Single) Youtube
71. Himawari (向日葵 H1) Youtube
70. Tsundere! (ツンデレ! A5) Youtube
69. Saishuu Bell ga naru (最終ベルが鳴る K4) Youtube
68. Locker Room Boy (ロッカルームボイ B5) Youtube
67. Sasae (支え K4) Youtube
66. Kimi no Senaka (君の背中 Kaze wa Fuiteiru Single c/w)
65. Arashi no Yoru ni wa (嵐の夜には B5) Youtube
64. Yankee Soul (ヤンキーソウル Everyday, Katyusha Single c/w)
63. Banzai Venus (バンザイVenus SKE Single)
62. Kanojo ni Naremasu ka? (彼女になれますか? K6) Youtube
61. Honest Man (オネストマン B5) Youtube
60. UHHOUHHOHO (ウッホウッホホ K6) Youtube
59. RESET (K6) Youtube
58. Namida Surprise! (涙サプライズ! Single) Youtube
57. Seishun to Kizukanai Mama (青春と気づかないまま Flying Get Single c/w) Youtube
56. Only Today (A4) Youtube
55. Korogaru Ishi ni Nare (転がる石になれ K2) Youtube
54. RIVER (Single) Youtube
53. Kurumi to Dialogue (胡桃とダイアローグ Chance no Junban Single c/w) Youtube
52. Chance no Junban (チャンスの順番 Single) Youtube
51. End Roll (エンドロール K5) Youtube

So far, only a few songs that I really like were featured on day 1 and 2. Hopefully that means they will appear on day 3 and 4. Oh and the 1st and 2nd single of NMB48 has not been performed yet. As always, credit goes to Wil from Nihongogo forum.

Day 3:

50. Mammoth (マンモス K4) Youtube
49. Omoide Ijou (思い出以上 S3) Youtube
48. Zannen Shoujo (残念少女 B4) Youtube
47. Kuchi Utsushi no Chocolate (口移しのチョコレート B4) Youtube
46. Gyakuten Oujisama (逆転王子様 K6) Youtube
45. Okami to Pride (狼とプライド S3) Youtube
44. MARIA (K3) Youtube
43. 10nen Zakura (10年桜 Single) Youtube
42. Dareka no Tame ni ~What Can I Do for Someone~ (誰かのために -What can I do for someone?- A3) Youtube
41. Kuroi Tenshi (黒い天使 A5) Youtube
40. Yuuhi wo Miteiru ka? (夕陽を見ているか? Single) Youtube
39. Pioneer. (ぱいおにあ A6) Youtube
38 .Temodemo no Namida (てもでもの涙 B3) Youtube
37. Enjou Rosen (炎上路線 A6) Youtube
36. Enkyori Poster (遠距離ポスター Sakura no Shiori Single c/w) Youtube
35. Shoujotachi yo (少女たちよ Album) Youtube
34. Itoshisa no Accel (愛しさのアクセル A6) Youtube
33. Oogoe Diamond (大声ダイヤモンド Single) Youtube
32. CANDY (キャンディー B5) Youtube
31. Choose me! (Sakura no ShioriSingle c/w) Youtube
30. Sakura no Ki ni Narou (桜の木になろう Single) Youtube
29. Oki Doki (オキドキ SKE Single) Youtube
28. Junai no Crescendo ( 純愛のクレッシェンド A4) Youtube
27. Kimi to Boku no Kankei (君と僕の関係 Album) Youtube
26. Shonichi (初日 B3) Youtube

Day 3 is done and not a lot of my favorite is here so it’s either 25th to 1st will be a medley of my favorite songs or none of my favorite songs made it (highly doubt that). Some of my favorite songs on day 3 are 10nen Zakura (my favorite sakura song), Shoujotachi Yo, and Sakura no Ki ni Narou. There’s also that cursed song that dropped 22 places from 11th place last year. Thanks to Wil of Nihongogo for the list. No Kareha yet so there’s still the chance that it will still be the most beloved SKE song.

Remember, you can watch Day 4 concert on their official Youtube channel and on Google+.

Damn it, here’s Day 4:

25. Ponytail to shushu (ポニーテールとシュシュSingle)
24. kiseki wa maniawanai (奇跡は間に合わない K6)
23. Seishun no Lap Time (青春のラップタイム NMB48 Single c/w)
22. Zetsumetsu Kurogami Shoujo (絶滅黒髪少女 NMB48 Single)
21. Omatase Setlist (お待たせSetlist KII3)
20. Mushi no Ballad (虫のバラード K5)
19. Oh my God! (NMB Single)
18. Beginner (Single)
17. Kareha no Station (枯葉のステーション S3)
16. Pareo wa Emerald (パレオはエメラルド SKE Single)
15. Heart gata VIirus (ハート型ウイルス A5)
14. Kurukuruppa (くるくるぱー K3)
13. Bird (A3)
12. Kimi no Koto ga Suki Dakara (君のことが好きだから Single c/w)
11. Iiwake Maybe (言い訳Maybe Single)
10. Yokaze no Shiwaza (夜風の仕業 B5)
9. Nakinagara Hohoende (夜風の仕業 K3)
8. Dakishimecha Ikenai (抱きしめちゃいけない Flying Get Single c/w)
7. Kaze wa Fuiteiru (風は吹いている Single)
6. Itoshiki Natsha (愛しきナターシャ B4)
5. Team B Oshi (チームB推し B5)
4. Flying Get (Single)

3. Kodoku no Runner (孤独なランナー SDN1)
2. Everyday, Kachuusha (Everyday、カチューシャ Single)
1. Heavy Rotation

Yeah, fucking Heavy Rotation. The rest of my reaction maybe tomorrow, I’m going to drown myself with alcohol tonight.

So yeah, EbiRote is a back to back #1 song becoming the 2nd AKB franchise song to achieve a back to back on a request hour. Yes, second AKB franchise song, the first one to achieve the feat is Kareha no Station which has been the number 1 SKE song on their request hour for 2 years in a row now.

In my opinion, having a song achieve back to back 1st place is a bad thing for the group. It means that the group has not moved on from last year. It may seem to some that their growth has not improved since then.

Anyway, enough of EbiRote, let’s talk about the rest of the songs on the list. 3 NMB48 songs made it to day 4, the highest of which is Oh My God which is also my favorite NMB song for now. Big drop in the ranking is Ponytail and Beginner. Ponytail went from number 3 to number 25. Beginner, from number 2 to number 18.

Iiwake Maybe also dropped from number 4 to number 11 which is nice seeing that last year’s number 3 and 4 is lower. Hopefully, they show Yukirin’s smile on the DVD version. (They didn’t in the Google Plus streaming). Kareha has finally been beaten by an SKE song albeit just one place higher.

Biggest surprise of the day is Kurukuruppa which was out of the ranking last year but made it as high as #14.

Disappointed that Oshibe to Meshibe, Keibetsu, and Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru didn’t make it back even with the lack of sub-unit songs.

My favorite 2011 song only reached #2. Furage only reached number 4, breaking the trend of election winner single being the usual #1 song. I blame the bullshit they pulled with the story version where Mayuyu’s only line is when she laughed and Jurina (#14) having more speaking part and screen time than Rena (#10). It seems I’m not the only one who hated that song.

Anyway, that’s it for this year’s Request Hour Setlist Best 100. Tomorrow is the sub-unit concert. Not sure if it’s going to be ranked but if it is, I’m hoping Maeda Atsuko’s Flower gets first place.


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