5 Largest Gains in Senbatsu Election Rank

5.) Kato Yuuka (加藤夕夏) “Uuka” (NMB48 Team BII, 3rd Generation)  ↑51 Ranks (From Rank #84 in the 8th Election to Rank #33 in the 9th Senbatsu Election, 2017) Yuuka is no stranger to 48 Group West, as we recently spoke about her in our article NMB48; Datte Datte Datte and 8 Members You Should Know,Continue reading “5 Largest Gains in Senbatsu Election Rank”

Highest Ranking Senbatsu Election Newcomers

4.) TIE* Yokoyama Yui (横山由依) “Yuihan” (AKB48 Team A, 9th Generation) ~From unranked in 2nd Election to Rank #19 in 3rd Senbatsu Election, 2011~ Previous General Manager of AKB48, Yui is currently one of the most popular members in the 48 Group family. The details surrounding her promotion make up a well known story withinContinue reading “Highest Ranking Senbatsu Election Newcomers”

48Group Summer Bikini Singles (Part 2)

**Vote for your favorite bikini singles at the end of the article!** After a rather long break, 48 Group West is back to bring you more of AKB48’s beloved bikini singles! As mentioned in Part 1 of this article, which you can read by clicking this link, AKB48’s integrity was at question by concerned internationalContinue reading “48Group Summer Bikini Singles (Part 2)”

An Ode to Graduation – Part 2

Saigo no Door (最後のドア) by AKB48 (2013) 1st Generation and Kami 7 member Tomomi Itano’s graduation announcement went a different direction than most others in the past. Instead of announcing at a large event, like a concert or handshake event, she casually let the masses know of her plan during the filming of an AKB48Continue reading “An Ode to Graduation – Part 2”

8 International Sister Group Songs You Should Know

**Vote for your favorite International Sister Group at the end of the Article!** Rapsodi by JKT48 (2020) Coming as a shock to all 48 Group fans, the almost decade old JKT48 released their first original single, Rapsodi. The music video was unveiled towards the end of 2019 and astounded Indonesian audiences as it showed aContinue reading “8 International Sister Group Songs You Should Know”

4 Ballad-like Songs to Vibe To

AKB48 has long been known to show many different faces, and not just in the sheer amount of members they have. They are cute and adorable in one video until they are beating each other bloody in a tv series. Both of which topics will be the subject of future articles on 48Group West. ForContinue reading “4 Ballad-like Songs to Vibe To”

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”

AKB48 Members Aged 25 or Older (Part 2)

Oya Shizuka (大家志津香) “Shiichan” (Age 28) AKB48 Team B (3rd Generation) Birthday: December 28, 1991 After Minegishi Minami and Kashiwagi Yuki, Oya Shizuka is the 3rd longest running member of 48 Group. Over the many years, she has switched back and forth between Teams A and B, currently waving a Team B flag. Never completelyContinue reading “AKB48 Members Aged 25 or Older (Part 2)”

48Group Summer Bikini Singles! (Part 1)

Since the groups’ inception until very recently, AKB48 has religiously released multiple summer-themed bikini singles. It became something that the group was known for, the practice being adopted by their sister groups NMB48, SKE48 and even SNH48 (no longer a member of 48Group). Due to growing concerns from international voices over the age of theContinue reading “48Group Summer Bikini Singles! (Part 1)”

NMB48; Datte Datte Datte and 8 Members You Should Know

Datte Datte Datte, NMB48’s newest single to be released on the 13th of May, has a music video and melody that is a breath of fresh air for the current NMB48 group. After the graduation of leader and perpetual center, Yamamoto Sayaka, over a year ago, NMB48 has had three singles, experimenting with different centersContinue reading “NMB48; Datte Datte Datte and 8 Members You Should Know”