Koi no Onawa (恋のお縄) (2011) by Team Z (AKB48)
A one-off unit made for the release of one album, Team Z consisted of several AKB48, SKE48, and SDN48 members. Centered by 2nd Generation Team K member Oshima Yuko, the song has not been forgotten and is still performed today. Watch SKE48 Team E perform the song in 2018 in the VR theater stage below.
Time for a throwback! Watch an old performance of the song from 2011!
2. Aun No Kiss (あうんのキス) (2012) by Shirogumi (SKE48)
On many SKE48 and NMB48 singles, the girls are split into two different groups (Akagumi and Shirogumi) and the two groups are each given a b-side to perform. Released on SKE48’s 9th single, and centered by Shibata Aya (Grad), the song originally was meant to be a Matsui Jurina center! Due to some health complications, Jurina had to sit out of this release. Watch SKE48 perform the song live in their theater in 2017:
3. Kishi ga Mieru Umi Kara (岸が見える海から) (2016) by Future Girls (AKB48)
Released as a b-side to AKB48’s 45th single, Kishi ga Mieru Umi Kara is sung by Future Girls (the girls that ranked from #49 to #64 in the senbatsu election). Centered by #49th place, Futamura Haruka, watch above as the girls sing about love and the sea.
4. Sakura no Shiori (桜の栞) (2010) By AKB48
Sakura no Shiori is a choir song released as the a-side to AKB48’s 15th single. All AKB48 members (along with SKE48’s Matsui Jurina and Matsui Rena (Grad)) take part in the song. Keeping with the Sakura theme AKB48 loves to dabble in, Sakura no Shiori is about graduation. It speaks of sadness reminiscing the past and the happiness and hope of looking to the future. Watch a live version below.
Watch JKT48 perform the song in 2013:
5. Ippome Ondo (一歩目音頭) (2015) by AKB48
Released as a b-side to AKB48’s 41st single, Ippome Ondo is a one-of-a-kind traditional japanese song with a sound that AKB48 has never before done and haven’t since revisited. Team B’s Watanabe Mayu (Grad) serves as Center. Watch them perform it live below!
Below, Team B’s Takahashi Juri (Grad) and Team K’s Tano Yuka walk you through the dance steps.
6. Accident Chu (アクシデント中) (2017) by U-19 senbatsu (AKB48)
Centered by current General Manager, Mukaichi Mion, Accident Chu has one of our favorite music videos of the 48 Group discography. Showing how human thoughts of love have remained the same over multiple different periods of time, watch above as AKB48 sings about accidentally falling in love.
7. Ha! (2013) by NMB48 Senbatsu
Released as a b-side on AKB48’s 29th single, NMB48 delivers one of 48 Group fans favorite songs: Ha! Watanabe Miyuki and Yamamoto Sayaka (a notable two-some of NMB48’s past) deliver a stellar performance in the short movie for the song. Click Here to watch the 10 -minute action video of Ha! And enjoy a live version below!
8. Gomen Ne, Tokyo (ごめんね東京) (2016) by Iwasa Misaki (AKB48)
7th Generation member, Iwasa Misaki (Graduated) was truly a rare gem in AKB48. Specializing in the enka genre, she has released 8 singles over her career, 5 of which released while she was in AKB48. Her next single, Migite to Hidarite no Blues, is set to release on the 22nd of April, 2020. Above, you see a woman compare Tokyo to a love, as she is leaving it. She is sorry that her relationship with the city is failing.
Bonus!!~~ Koisuru Fortune Cookie – Iwasa Misaki Version
Which of the songs were your favorite? Gain any new Oshis? Tell us in the comments!