Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Mariko Shinoda Wins Second AKB Janken Tournament

Top 16 Pairings (winner in bold):

Hikawa Ayame vs Akimoto Sayaka
Kobayashi Marina vs Umeda Ayaka
Fujie Reina vs Kasai Tomomi
Sato Sumire vs Kuwabara Mizuki

Oya Shizuka vs Kojima Haruna
Yamaguchi Yuuki vs Shinoda Mariko
Minegishi Minami vs Yamauchi Suzuran
Kitahara Rie vs Maeda Ami


Quarterfinals:

Akimoto Sayaka vs Kobayashi Marina
Fujie Reina vs Sato Sumire
Oya Shizuka vs Shinoda Mariko
Minegishi Minami vs Maeda Ami

Semifinals:
Kobayashi Marina vs Fujie Reina
Shinoda Mariko vs Minegishi Minami

Finals:
Fujie Reina vs Shinoda Mariko


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Who's who (The Senbatsu):
#1
Mariko Shinoda - Generation 1.5 of Team A, frequent Senbatsu, ranked #4 in most recent Senbatsu elections.

#2
Reina Fujie - Team K, pushed early in her career and became Senbatsu then, but has not been pushed since.

#3-#4
Minami Minegishi  - Team K, original member of Team A, did not receive much push in her first stage, but has been a frequent Senbatsu ever since.

Marina Kobayashi - AKB Kenkyuusei, also competed in last year's Janken tournament but was eliminated in her first match against Kana Kobayashi, first time Senbatsu.

#5-#8
Ami Maeda - Team A, promoted at Budokan in 2009, was also Janken Senbatsu last year, also ended up top eight last year.

Shizuka Oya - Team A, promoted at Budokan in 2009 after the longest stint as Kenkyuusei, first time Senbatsu.

Sumire Sato - Team B, promoted at Budokan in 2009, was also Janken Senbatsu last year, also ended up top eight last year.

Sayaka Akimoto - Team K captain and original member, frequent Senbatsu.

#9-#16
Rie Kitahara - Team B, third most popular former Kenkyuusei based on most recent Senbatsu election, frequent Senbatsu since she was promoted.

Suzuran Yamauchi - Team 4, 9th Gen, voted Undergirl in second Senbatsu elections while she was still Kenkyuusei, first time Senbatsu.

Yuuki Yamaguchi - Team N (of NMB48) original member, first time AKB Senbatsu.

Haruna Kojima - Team A original member, always Senbatsu.

Mizuki Kuwabara - Team S (of SKE48), former AKB Kenkyuusei before SKE started, first time AKB Senbatsu.

Tomomi Kasai - Team B, original member of Team K, frequent Senbatsu.

Ayaka Umeda - Team K original member, sometimes Senbatsu.

Ayame Hikawa - NMB Kenkyuusei, first time Senbatsu.
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Because of this, Haruna Kojima remains the only member to be Senbatsu for all singles of AKB48.

Congratulations to Mariko Shinoda and everyone who made it!