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Characters: AKB 48 Kenkyuusei And Former

AKB48

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Miyazawa Sae

Born on 13 August 1990 in Tokyo.

A SNH48's Team SII, and formerly a member of Team K.As of 2014,she has become a concurrent member of SKE48's Team S and its Captain.

Subunits she is/has been in are:
  • Chocolove from AKB48
  • DiVA



Nakagawa Haruka

Born on 10 February 1992 in Tokyo.

A member of JKT48's Team J and a former Team A member.

Sub unit(s) she's been in are:
  • Watarirouka Hashiritai



Suzuki Mariya

A concurrent member of Team K and SNH48.

See AKB 48 Team K for details.

Chikano Rina

Born on 23 April 1993 in Tokyo.A fifth-generation member, Chikano was promoted to Team K in 2009 and was subsequently transferred to Team B in the 2009 Shuffle. In 2012 during the Tokyo Dome shuffle,she was sent back to Team K but with the latest group-wide shuffle,she has been moved to JKT48. While this is a transfer and not a concurrency, it is unclear if this will be permanent or not.


    Former Notable Members 

Maeda Atsuko

Born on July 10, 1991 in Chiba Prefecture.

Joined at the start of AKB's formation and is one of the few members to have participated in almost every single.

Has released three solo singles.

Graduated on August 27, 2012 at the 2012 Tokyo Dome Concert.

Sub-units she's been in are:
  • AKBIdoling!!!
  • Team Dragon from AKB48

  • Big Eater: Fans were shocked to find out that she had been having huge breakfast meals.
  • Book Ends: Sung the group's first single 'Sakura no Hanabiratachi' ("Cherry Blossom Petals") at her graduation performance, but in a different version called 'Sakura no Hanabira' ("Cherry Blossom Petal").
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Her latest single is called "Time Machine Nante Iranai" (lit. I don't want anything like a time machine), and she sings about now wanting to go back to the past and enjoying the present, and that she doesn't want to get a short hairstyle. Many people interpret this as a reference to how she doesn't miss her time in AKB.
  • Gem-Encrusted: The dress she wore for her graduation was encrusted with Swaroszki jewels. They were encrusted by important people in Atsuko's life, and the last one was encrusted by Minami Takahashi, her best friend.
  • Image Song: Apart from her solo singles, her graduation song, "Yume no Kawa" is the only one within AKB48 that counts.
  • The Leader: She was the center of nearly every AKB single except for a select few.
  • Fan Nickname: Acchan
  • The Ace
  • When She Smiles: She looks stunning when she does.

Kasai Tomomi

Born on November 16th, 1991 in Tokyo

Former 2nd generation member.

She has released two solo singles, with another one following soon.

Graduated May 3rd, 2013.

Sub unit(s) she's been in are:
  • ICE from AKB48
  • AKBIdoling!!
  • Queen & Elizabeth


  • Berserk Button At a handshake event Tomomi became very pissed off when some fans called her "ero" (sexy).
  • Fan Nickname Tomo~mi, Chiyuu
  • Verbal Tic Is fond of adding "chiyuu" when she speaks.


Ono Erena

Born on November 26th, 1993 in Tokyo.

A former 2nd generation member.

Graduated in September 27th, 2010; has released 5 solo singles since her graduation, as well as a recopilatory album.

Sub unit(s) she's been in are:
  • Honegumi from AKB48
  • AKBIdoling!!



Masuda Yuka

Born on 2 August 1991 in Osaka.

A former second generation member.

Graduated in December 2012.

Sub unit(s) she has been in are:
  • DiVA


Nakaya Sayaka

Born on 15 October 1991 in Iwate Prefecture.

A former third generation member. Graduated in March 2013 to pursue a career as a seiyuu.

Sub unit(s) she has been in are:
  • NO NAME


Shinoda Mariko

Born on 11 March 1986 in Fukuoka Prefecture.

Former captain of Team A. Also the only member of the group who hasn't been recruited through auditions (1.5 Generation).

Graduated on July 22nd, 2013
  • Christmas Cake: Averted. 27 years and still up and active until July 22nd, 2013 where she finally steps down.
  • Cool Big Sis Younger members often look up to her and she serves as a sort of mentor.
  • Cool Shades: Never seen without them in any PV.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: "Ue Kara Mariko", specially written for her.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Is very popular with female fans.
  • Fan Nickname Mariko-sama
  • The Fashionista: She's a well-known model outside AKB. She also has her own clothes' brand, ricori.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: She's this whenever she participates in a school-themed PV.
  • Image Song: "Ue Kara Mariko", "Plastic no Kuchibiru" (released in the 1830m album), and her graduation song "Namida no Sei Janai".
  • Nice Hat: In "River" and "Ue Kara Mariko".
  • Promoted Fanboy: Before being part of AKB, she was a waitress in a café next to their theatre. As she couldn't go to the auditions because of her work shift, hundreds of costumers from that café wrote to Akimoto Yasushi (48 family's producer) requesting to hold a special audition for her.
  • Trickster Mentor: As sang in "Ue Kara Mariko"'s lyrics ("Mariko high and mighty! You sadistic girl!"), she's pretty sadistic. Her character in Majisuka Gakuen is called Sado for this reason! However, she still cares a lot about her teammates.


Akimoto Sayaka

Born on 26 July 1988 in Chiba prefecture.

Captain of Team K from the 2009 team shuffle to until the 2012 Team Shuffle, with a break in between when she was suspended due to a scandal.

Graduated on 22 August 2013 at the Tokyo Dome concert, with her final performance on August 28, 2013.

Subunits she is/has been in are:
  • Chocolove from AKB48
  • DiVA



Itano Tomomi

Born on 3 July 1991 in Kanagawa prefecture.Graduated on August 25, 2013 at the Tokyo Dome concert, with her final performance on August 27th, 2013.

She also has four solo singles.

Subunits she is/has been in are:
  • Honegumi from AKB48
  • AKBIdoling!!
  • Natto Angels
  • Queen & Elizabeth
  • Team Dragon from AKB48


  • Cat Smile
  • Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: Happens in the PV for 'Eien Pressure',where she somehow manages to change into an outfit (off-screen) for a date while somersaulting!
  • Cute Little Fangs
  • Fan Nickname Tomochin
  • Identical Stranger Fans have noted that she looks a lot like Namuro Amie, another popular Japanese singer. Also, lately with Aigasa Moe who has been taking over her AKB performances since her gratuation.
  • Image Song: Apart from her solo singles, "Seifuku Resistance" from Team K 6th Stage is one of her favourite stage songs, and she performed it solo in one of her singles. Her graduation song, "Saigo no Door" also counts.
  • The Cutie
  • The Fashionista


Hirajima Natsumi

Born on May 28th 1992 in Tokyo.A 1st Generation Team A member, later transferred to Team B when it was formed. Graduated on February 5, 2012 at a handshake event after an scandal.

Subunits she is/has been in are:
  • Watarirouka Hashiritai


  • Ascended Extra: She was the only graduated member to rank in the 2013 elections, at #62. She's the first member to participate on an AKB single after her graduation.
  • Fan Nickname: Nacchan.
  • Put on a Bus: She was a quite popular member during her time at AKB (always ranking at #26, without ever lowering or raising her position), but resigned after supposedly violating the "no dating" rule.

Sato Amina

Born on 16 October 1990 in Tokyo. Has announced her graduation, and wants to pursue a seiyuu career after graduating.

Subunits she is/has been in are:
  • NO NAME


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