Characters / AKB 48 Team A Anna

Born on 2 December 1995 in Chiba Prefecture.One of the victims of the handshake attack in January 2014.

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

  • Affectionate Nickname: Annin
  • Ascended Extra: Got more exposure thanks to her role in Majisuka Gakuen 3 and being included in AnRiRe. She also managed to rank #30 in 2013's election from being not ranked.
    • Her #1 Rank in the 2013 Mecha Ike Kimatsu test possibly helped also.
      • Her rank in 2014 rose to #20.
  • Brainy Brunette: Got the highest score in the same Mecha Ike program Kawaei Rina got the worst score. Thus, she's often called "AKB's smartest member".
  • But Not Too Foreign: Due to her looks, many of her fans believe she's half foreign. To play with this, Anna uses English words in her speech. However, she's fully Japanese.
  • Otaku Surrogate: Another anime fan, her favourite series are Gintama and K-On!.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Used to be the AKB member with longest hair, going past her waist.
  • Strawberry Shorthand: Her favourite food. She even mentions them in her catchphrase. Mayu

Born on April 11, 1994 in Osaka.

Originally from NMBs Team N, transferred to Team B during the 2014 shuffle. Moved to Team A during the March 2015 shuffle. Shizuka

Born on 28 December 1991 in Fukuoka prefecture.

Named co-captain of Team B during the 2014 shuffle. Lost the position after being moved to Team A on the 2015 shuffle.
  • Affectionate Nickname Shiichan, Shizuchan, Yasshi
  • Bifauxnen: Since cutting her hair short, she tends to play with this, most notably in the Future Girls' "Show Fight".
  • Determinator: She spent a long time being a trainee, longer than other members who are in the same generation as her. She even ran away from a handshake event because of her lack of popularity. However, she managed to rank #29 in 2011's elections.
    • Sadly, she dropped down to #59 in the following year, and didn't even rank in 2013.
    • Other than the above, her catchphrase is "If you're energetic, you can do anything. I won't say I can't do it!"
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Subverted, her character often falls more in the Tomboy territory with her Bifauxnen image, yet she's a pretty good cook, as her father is a chef. Nana

Born on September 15, 1999 in Chiba Prefecture. Natsuki

Born on 8 March 1995 in Chiba prefecture. Haruna

Born on 19 April 1988 in Saitama prefecture.

One of the only three remaining 1st Generation members.

Sub-units she's been in are:
  • no3b / Persona
  • Team Dragon from AKB48
  • AKBIdoling!!!
  • BKA48

  • Affectionate Nickname Kojiharu, Harunyan, Nyan-nyan, Nyaro
  • Ascended Extra: She first became center of a single A-side with "Heart Ereki".
    • Although, to be fair, she did have a double center with Maeda Atsuko in "Romance, Irane" and had been a staple of the group's Senbatsu since its founding.
  • Christmas Cake: Averted. At 26 years old, she's currently the oldest member in AKB (if we exclude 36-year-old member Maririn from the temporary Otona AKB project)
  • Cloud Cuckoolander
  • The Fashionista
  • Image Song: "Heart Ereki", the first single that she got to center in 2013.
    • Theres also "Heart Gata Virus" from the fifth Team A stage, that actually originally was an image song for graduated member Oshima Mai that Kojiharu tends to perform nowadays to the point where fans tend to associate it with her. She even performed a solo version of it during the 2013 summer tour.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine
  • Odd Name Out: Is the only one not named Minami in no3b.
  • One Head Taller Next to the very short Takahashi Minami in their sub-unit no3b, she looks like a giant.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Used to have hair past her waist. It's still pretty long now, but not so much.
  • Running Gag: Many fans and members speculate about when she'll graduate, as she's AKB's oldest member. She also has make many pranks at events as such, where she states she'll... NOT graduate. This finally ended when she officially announced her graduation during the 2016 election. Yukari

Born on 28 August 1995 in Saitama Prefecture.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Yukarun
  • Ascended Extra: Ranked #14 in the 2013 Janken Tournament, thus becoming part of the senbatsu of the single "Kimi no Hohoemi wo Yume ni Miru". She has also ranked twice in the elections, making it to Next Girls and Future Girls the following year.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She revealed on a NHK program against bullying that she was bullied in elementary school, and that her classmates wrote messages telling her to die in her desk.
  • Seiyuu: In a sense, she provided the voice for Eguchi Aimi and has also acted as her body double in concerts. Haruka

Born on 30 March 1994 in Saitama prefecture.

Subunits she is/has been in are:
  • BKA48

  • Affectionate Nickname: Paruru, Ponkotsu, Zakkii
  • Ascended Extra: She first ranked as part of the Undergirls (although she wans't ranked the later year), but thanks to her main role in Majisuka Gakuen 3, winning the Janken Tournament and increasing her exposure in PVs she's now a member of the senbatsu.
  • Cosplay:
    • The AKB official YouTube channel uploaded two videos where she cosplayed Asuka and Miku.
    • For the 2014 Janken Tournament, she cosplayed as Creamy Mami.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her main trait. She's extremely salty.
    • Sugar and Ice Personality: While it is true she is salty, she has shown a "sugary" side at times. She loves puppies, little kids, and is also very close with her fellow 9th gen members, especially Yokoyama Yui and Shimada Haruka. There's also a noticeable difference in her genuine smiles and her regularly awkward or (presumably) forced ones.
      • During an episode of Paruru x Atsushi OO Arubaito, she expressed that she is shy around most people, which is why she acts a bit awkward and salty. When she did the title call, Atsushi complained that she lacked enthusiasm, but after he stepped away and let Haruka do it on her own, she had TONS of excitement!
      • On another episode of the same show, she read something funny that was written on an info card and started laughing uncontrollably.
      • She's also shown her less salty side on AKB to XX.
    • Her saltiness is most famously noted to be during handshake events.
      • During Mechaike, the two hosts helped her to show a bit more enthusiasm, as they also saw the drastic difference between Haruka's salty treatment and Watanabe Miyuki's flirtatious and cutesy treatment.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: "Eien Pressure", composed for her when she won the 3rd Janken Tournament. Also "Douki", her solo used as the ending of Majisuka Gakuen 3, although she's expressed several times she's not comfortable singing it as a solo: in live performances she's sang it with Kizaki Yuria (who plays her best friend in the series) and with her fellow 9th generation members.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Many fans noticed that when she got a new haircut in 2012 it looked like Acchan's trademark hairstyle. After a while wearing it longer, she cut it again in a bob, but not in the same style as Acchan.
  • She Really Can Act Miru

Born on October 14, 1997 in Osaka.

A concurrent member with NMB's Team M, where she originates form. Kayoko

Born on February 13, 1997 in Chiba.

Team As second choice during the 2013 Draft. 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. Chiyori

Born on May 12, 1995 in Fukuoka Prefecture.

Originally from HKT 48, transferred to ABKs Team A during the 2014 shuffle. Mariko

Born on 16 December 1993 in Chiba prefecture.

Has become the co-captain of Team A following the 2014 group shuffle.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Komari
  • Image Song: Has taken Shinoda Mariko's spot in "Ue Kara Mariko" performances since she graduated.
    • Also received her own image song, 'Konjo', as a b-side on "Maeshika Mukanee".
  • Team Mom Rena

Born on January 1st, 2001 in Chiba.

Team As first choice during the 2013 draft. Rina

Born on 16 July 1998 in Fukuoka prefecture. Some sources say that she was born in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Ami

Born on 1 June 1995 in Tokyo. Sakura

Born on March 19, 1998 in Kagoshima Prefecture.

Holds a concurrent position from HKTs Team KIV.

  • Adorably Precocious Child: Was a child actress before debuting as an idol.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Sakura, Sakuratan
  • Ascended Extra: She's the only original HKT member that has ranked in the 4th and 5th Sousenkyo since HKT's creation. She was also the first HKT member to debut as senbatsu in a non-summer AKB single, in "UZA". She's also the main character in "Majisuka Gakuen 4".
    • In the 6th Sousenkyo, she managed to rank in at 11th, making her the first HKT member other than Sashihara Rino and first original HKT member in general to rank in senbatsu.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Cut her hair short in mid 2013.
  • She Really Can Act
    • One of her most astounding performances was Maki in Crow's Blood. Miho

Born on 30 July 1993 in Tokyo.

Sub-units she is/has been in are:
  • Natto Angels Z

  • Affectionate Nickname: Myao
  • Demoted to Extra: Used to be a sembatsu member but has not been selected to perform in A-sides since 2010. She also dropped out of the rankings after the 5th General Election.
    • In 2014, she managed to rank again, but only making it to Upcoming Girls, and lost her rank the following year.
  • Fangirl: Of Kpop.
  • Nerves of Steel: Has never lost a game of Shoujiki Shouji (a game played in AK Bingo where members have to answer personal questions while tied to a polygraph that detects if they're lying) Nanami

Born on February 9 1999 in Hyogo Prefecture.

Also a member of AKB's Team 8.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Nanamichan, Nanami, Yamada
  • Last-Name Basis: One of her nicknames is her just family name which is a bit strange in AKB. Even fellow Team 8 members will only refer to her as Yamada. Yui

Born on 8 December 1992 in Kyoto.

Captain of Team A from of July 22nd, 2013 until February 24th, 2014 when she was moved to become captain of Team K. Moved back to Team A as its captain at the March 2015 shuffle.

On December 8th, 2014, Takahashi Minami named her as her successor as Soukantoku (general manager) of all 48 groups upon her graduation. The charge tranfer was officially made on AKB's 10th anniversary on December 8th, 2015.

Sub-units she is/has been in are:
  • Not Yet
  • Miracle Planet

  • Affectionate Nickname: Yui, Yuihan
  • Image Song: "Mienai Sora wa Itsudemo Aoi" on Not Yet's single "Hiri Hiri no Hana", written for her after she passed the U-Can challenge.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover
  • New Transfer Student: She was called this as a joke when she joined AKB: she's from Kyoto (instead of somewhere near Tokyo, where most of AKB members are from), and actually auditioned for SKE before joining AKB. Also played straight, as she held a concurrent position in NMB during a few months.
  • One Steve Limit: Shares the same full name with Team 8 member Yokoyama Yui. The two have different spellings from kanji though.