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Pictured: Yoshida Akari performing at her Graduation Concert, “Sayonara Pink sayonara idol” in Osaka Jo Hall on October 24th, 2020

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An Ode to Graduation – Part 1

**Vote for your favorite Graduation Dress at the end of the article!!** Sayonara de Owaru Wake Janai (サヨナラで終わるわけじゃない) By Watanabe Mayu (2017) Mayu Watanabe is the former AKB48 member who prompted us to make this list. Recent headlines in Japanese media note the disappearance of the former starlet, and her sudden announcement of her resignationContinue reading “An Ode to Graduation – Part 1”

The Front Five Girls of AKB48’s newest single, Shitsuren, Arigatou!

Purchase the single here! After the unexpected hit that was Sustainable, AKB48 announced their new center at the end of 2020 Request Hour (image depicted as 48Group West homepage header). Yamauchi Mizuki, newly promoted in December 2017, claimed the new title of AKB48’s Center to the delight of fans and members alike. Shitsuren, Arigatou, theContinue reading “The Front Five Girls of AKB48’s newest single, Shitsuren, Arigatou!”

8 Reasons You Should Love STU48

8. Takino Yumiko (瀧野由美子) “Yumirin” Takino Yumiko is the overall center of the newest Japanese 48Group, STU48. Being one of the tallest in the group, she is also one of the only two 48group members (the other being Nakai Rika of NGT48) to graduate highschool before centering their debut single. She is a pretty goodContinue reading “8 Reasons You Should Love STU48”

4 Unforgettable Team B Songs

Shonichi (初日) (2008) A song originally from Team B’s 3rd stage, Pajama Drive, it has long evolved from a Team B song to be a staple song of 48Group, being performed by all groups ad nauseum and even covered as A-sides Internationally. Watch a slower version of the song sang by now graduated Takeuchi Miyu,Continue reading “4 Unforgettable Team B Songs”

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