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Characters: AKB 48 Kenkyuusei And Former


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    15th Gen 
Ino Miyabi

Born on September 29, 1997 in Tokyo.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Miyabi
  • The Bus Came Back: Was a tentative kenkyuusei for the fifteenth generation who was finally brought back in April 2014, ten months after the majority of the generation had been announced and two months after the others had all been promoted to full members.

Taniguchi Megu

Born on November 12, 1998 in Tokyo.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Megutan
  • The Bus Came Back: Was a tentative kenkyuusei for the fifteenth generation who was finally brought back in April 2014, ten months after the majority of the generation had been announced and two months after the others had all been promoted to full members.

    Team Kaigai 
Miyazawa Sae

Born on 13 August 1990 in Tokyo.

A SNH48's Team SII member, and formerly a founding 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.

    Otona AKB 
A project founded by sweets company Papico where a temporary member for AKB was to be auditioned between women over 30 years old. The winner was:Tsukamoto Mariko

Born on July 16, 1976. Winner of the Otona AKB project, thus participating in handshakes and concerts for a period of time.
  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: She dances and looks quite good for her age.
  • Christmas Cake: Currently the oldest member in the group. A 37-year-old housewife, mother of two children, who is part of an idol group where most girls aren't even 22.
  • Image Song: "Oshiete Mommy", the song for the Papico CM she stars in.

    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

  • Affectionate Nickname: Acchan
  • 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.
  • 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

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:

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
  • Affectionate Nickname Mariko-sama
  • Ascended Fangirl: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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

  • Affectionate Nickname Sayaka, OKARO, Akigori
  • Amazonian Beauty: She has a six-pack, a black belt in Aikido, and can carry a 78kg dumbbell. Quite a looker too.
  • The Bus Came Back: After a brief scandal, she retook her position as captain of Team K. However, she lost the captain role to fellow team member Oshima Yuko after another team shuffle was announced in 2012.
  • But Not Too Foreign: She's half Filipino, half Japanese.
  • Demoted to Extra: Stopped being featured in senbatsu after her scandal, with the only exception being "Ue Kara Mariko" (and it was a Janken single)
  • Even the Girls Want Her
  • Image Song: "Mushi no Ballad", her solo from Team K 5th Stage, and her graduation song 'Tsuyosa to Yowasa no Aide de'.
    • While it's a team song, "UHHO UHOHO" is often associated with her.
  • Surprisingly Good English

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 and will be releasing an album soon.

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

  • Affectionate Nickname Tomochin
  • 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
  • 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

  • Affectionate Nickname: Nacchan.
  • 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.
  • 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:

Kikuchi Ayaka

Born on 30 June 1993 in Tokyo. One of the founding members of Team B. Had her last theater performance April 21st 2014.

Sub-units she is/has been in are:
  • Watarirouka Hashiritai

  • Affectionate Nickname Ayarin, Kikuji
  • Ascended Extra: She got back into a single's senbatsu in "Sayonara Crawl", the first time in two years. She also ranked #8 in the 2013 Janken Tournament, thus becoming part of the senbatsu for the single "Kimi no Hohoemi wo Yume ni Miru". This is the first time she's been featured into a non-summer single since 2008, before her scandal.
  • The Bus Came Back: Was fired in 2008 after a scandal but was let back into the group in 2009.
  • Demoted to Extra: While she was in Team B, she was extremely popular but following her scandal and her re-entry into the group, Ayarin's popularity dropped and she did not get to take part in A-sides.

Nonaka Misato

Born on 20 April 1991 in Fukuoka prefecture.

She announced her graduation on February 28, 2014 and graduated in April.The group's 2012 summer tour, 'Nonaka Misato,Ugoku', was named after her.

Oshima Yuko

Former captain of Team K (2012-14) and previous center of AKB48 after Maeda's graduation (she lost the election to Sashiharo Rino of HKT).

Born on 17 October 1988 in Tochigi prefecture.

Announced her graduation during NHK's Kouhaku. She'll graduate on 8th June 2014.

Subunits she is/has been in are:
  • AKBIdoling!!!
  • Team Dragon from AKB48
  • Not Yet

  • Adorkable
  • Affectionate Nickname Yuuko, Korin, Kurisu
  • The Cast Showoff: If there's an AKB-related drama, you can bet Yuko plays a character in it.
  • Does Not Like Balloons
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: She surprised her fans during the 2012 Tokyo Dome concert when she appeared with a piece of her hair shaven.
  • Genki Girl
  • Image Song: "Heavy Rotation", released when she got 1st position in 2010's senbatsu and "Nakinagara Hohoende" (her solo from Team K 3rd Stage) are normally considered as such.
    • There's also "Scandalous ni Ikou", her duet with Kojima Haruna which she sang solo during the 2013 summer tour.
  • Passing the Torch: Handpicked the fifteenth generation Mukaichi Mion as the new center for performances of "Heavy Rotation"
  • Seiyuu: Voiced Rinne in the ICE OVA and Merida in the Japanese dub of Brave.
  • Ship Tease: Mainly with Minami Takanashi or Haruna Kojima.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Many fans were shocked to find out she had gotten 1st in the 2010 Senbatsu election and beaten their beloved Acchan.
    • And now it's come full circle with Sashiharo Rino (who was actually demoted to HKT48 after a sex scandal) beating her in the 2013 Senbatsu elections (Rino had 150,570 votes to Yuko's 136,503).

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