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”

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!”

AKB48 Members Aged 25 or Older (Part 1)

Ijiri Anna (井尻晏菜) “Antan” (Age 25) NMB48 Team M (3rd Generation) Birthday: January 20, 1995 Captain of Team M, Anna has been a NMB48 member for 8 years and has yet to center a song. She has taken part in numerous b-sides for the group and participates heavily in variety, building herself a rather cookyContinue reading “AKB48 Members Aged 25 or Older (Part 1)”

8 Music Videos and songs featuring Traditional Japanese Dress!

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 theContinue reading “8 Music Videos and songs featuring Traditional Japanese Dress!”

HKT48; 8 Members Who Could Become Your New Oshi

HKT48 is a 48 Group that suffers from far too few single releases. After constantly releasing only 2 singles a year for five years, HKT48 seems to have made themselves comfortable by only releasing Hayaokuri Calendar in 2018 and Ishi around the same time in 2019. With a change in sound, HKT48 is finally backContinue reading “HKT48; 8 Members Who Could Become Your New Oshi”

4 Great Team A Songs You Should Know

Hate (2012) Hate is not a song you’ll find in the 48 Group Franchise unless you dig very deep. The song has long been forgotten and I can only think of a couple times recently that the song has been performed outside of the theater. . . . and I may even be mistaken. WithContinue reading “4 Great Team A Songs You Should Know”