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Monday, 19 March 2018 11:14

AKB48 announce 52nd Single Line-up, Oguri Yui to Serve as AKB48's Center for First Time

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Today, AKB48 announce the line-up for the group's 52nd single (TBA), and Team 8 member Oguri Yui will serve as center for the single. This is the first time Oguri Yui serve as the center for AKB48 single title track.

AKB48's 52nd single's line-up as followings:


Fukuoka Seina, Kojima Mako, Kashiwagi Yuki, Kato Rena, Komiyama Haruka, Kubo Satone, Mukaichi Mion, Murayama Yuiri, Okada Nana, Takahashi Juri, Yamauchi Mizuki, Yokoyama Yui

Team 8

Oguri Yui (C), Okabe Rin


Matsui Jurina, Obata Yuna, Suda Akari


Shiroma Miru, Yamamoto Ayaka, Yamamoto Sayaka, Yoshida Akari


Matsuoka Hana, Miyawaki Sakura, Sashihara Rino, Yabuki Nako


Nakai Rika, Ogino Yuka


Takino Yumiko 

Note: Yabuki Nako, Fukuoka Seina, Yamauchi Mizuki enter AKB48's title track line-up for the first time.

AKB48's 52nd single will be released on 30 May 2018. Pre-order on CDJapan:

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  • Comment Link Ai Monday, 19 March 2018 12:42 posted by Ai

    Most of the members there are no stranger to the senbatsu. Theres always a pattern in the lineups.

  • Comment Link Sumi Monday, 19 March 2018 12:45 posted by Sumi

    OMFG. Does anyone think yuiyui can handle being center. It makes me wonder. Shes so young, how can she handle all of this: being LARME and LOVE BERRYs model, coming to all the AKBINGO episodes, her idol career and not to mention her studies.

  • Comment Link J-Lo Mahlum Monday, 19 March 2018 13:16 posted by J-Lo Mahlum

    Yuiyui can handle the media lifestyle. I just don't like we have a complete airhead for the first time. Interesting image to have coming before the Tokyo Olympics. Nana to Yuiyui is like complete opposites for the first time ever. Also it seems the Kuranoo push is over with.

  • Comment Link Elvin Monday, 19 March 2018 13:40 posted by Elvin

    ^Well, it's their goal. If she lets other stuff get in the way, it'd be putting the cart before the horse.

  • Comment Link Mark Monday, 19 March 2018 14:30 posted by Mark

    Shiroma Miru should of been in the first row. Not just her others as well. AKB management makes me sick.

    Why is Sashihara Rino sill in akb48? graduate you old dinosaurs.

  • Comment Link Tuberose Monday, 19 March 2018 15:51 posted by Tuberose

    Complete airhead? I won't call her that, anyway we all know pre-ssk single is the time to promote new members and center. And Yuiyui along with Mion are the designated next gen aces

  • Comment Link Joe Monday, 19 March 2018 19:40 posted by Joe

    Why is Sasshi till in AKB. 1st she is their all time top member 2nd she is good for at least 200k units in sales 3rd she is entertaining and rises to what ever is thrown at her or she is asked to do as their ultimate utility player and 4th but I could go on a lot longer she is unique. My question is why are Jurina and Minegishi still around? Although I am not complaining but the ships have sailed past them two.

  • Comment Link hype your oshi without talking smack sbout others chalange Tuesday, 20 March 2018 05:12 posted by hype your oshi without talking smack sbout others chalange

    ^ these kind of people... i can't...
    defending sashi and at the same time degrading other top member

    jurina is selling extremely well in SSK, HS, etc
    thank you for your concern

    i'm not sure for minegishi, but at least her SSK rank was high enough
    and being the last 1st gen might be one of the reason

  • Comment Link Bob Tuesday, 20 March 2018 07:32 posted by Bob

    i'd respond to the Jurina anti-ism but its not really worth it.

    here's the more relevant point.
    why does management actively cling to the old established stars?

    because all Japanese media demographic polls indicate AKB's ship as a whole has sailed. so thats pretty much a moot point.

    compared to Nogizaka/Keyakizaka, or even other more popular rival idol groups like Perfume (whose members are actually older) or E-Girls, AKB's pretty much banking on old fans.

    AKB isn't generating new younger fans. not even NGT or STU.

    so who do you think those old fans are fans of?

    now you have your answer why the "dinosaurs" are still around.

    and whether their ships have sailed or not doesn't really matter. their ships are the only ones that are actually seaworthy for AKS central management to bank on.

    if you're looking for the next gen idol stars, you should be looking at Keyaki or Nogi (3rd gen).
    you're not going to find her in the 48g to begin with.

  • Comment Link Tuberose Tuesday, 20 March 2018 13:01 posted by Tuberose

    Nice discussion lol

  • Comment Link Remy Tuesday, 20 March 2018 23:05 posted by Remy

    Do you mind sending a link from where you got that poll information from? Not being sarcastic, I'm just genuinely interested

  • Comment Link Joe Wednesday, 21 March 2018 09:58 posted by Joe

    Jurina is still young but being in akb as a top member in the singles lineup since she was 12 she really needs to do something fresh. Minegishi is funny and has worked hard to promote herself but aks just never saw her as an ace and as much as I like her they might be right she is a great supporting player. Notice i didn't say anything about Yuki K who is still around and its because she seems contented with her spot. I wasnt picking on anyone just stating a truth.

  • Comment Link Mark Wednesday, 21 March 2018 12:44 posted by Mark

    So because Sasshi has impressive numbers that justify her stay for however long.? Mayu who many regard as the greatest ab48 memeber ever has impressive numbers and even greater status then Sasshi, yet she left at the right time.

    the point is when your time is up, your time is up. Sasshi time is up. And now it's time for others to shine. Period end of story.

  • Comment Link yawn Thursday, 22 March 2018 05:09 posted by yawn

    Just admit that you dislike Jurina lol
    you're asking jurina to do something fresh? like what?
    she loves prowres and doing prowres in TOFU
    and people blame her because TOFU is still on going?

    anyway sashi has been longer in this 48G business
    and what "fresh" thing that she did that makes her deserve the spot other than she sells?

    ps: for me i think everyone deserve their spot, business wise

  • Comment Link Joe Thursday, 22 March 2018 10:00 posted by Joe

    There is a double standard here, it is perfectly fine to talk down about Sasshi or anyone else for that matter but bring up Jurina and the sparks fly... The ones who blow up are blinded and cant grasp reality. Mayu is at best 4th over all but ranks higher on the cute and singing scale than Sasshi and tied with Yuko on cureness and Maeda on both. She graduated because she couldn't beat Sasshi and is too talented to play backup all the time. Like it or not Sasshi is #1 of all time by most measures Yuko and Maeda are tied for #2 or close 2nd & 3rd. Mayu might have a good claim to 4 but I say that spot should be more than just numbers but their value to the whole group and I would give that to Takahashi. Jurina may not be one of my favs but I don't dislike her, just feel that they could have put some of that love and effor behind some other members.

  • Comment Link yanyan Thursday, 22 March 2018 13:30 posted by yanyan

    The management for the AKB48 singles is starting to irritate me, there are plenty of members that have yet to shine and AKS is neglecting those members. At least the way nogizaka46 manages senbatsu is better, it's not based on SSK ranking and its usually random.
    In particular the AKB members, they have less chance to shine than members of other sister groups. I am sure that there are plenty of AKB members that hasn't participated in any single since their 44th one.

  • Comment Link Last reply i promise Thursday, 22 March 2018 18:42 posted by Last reply i promise

    Are you for real?
    Double standard? Lol
    This “debate” started from someone calling sashi old dinosaur and you betittle jurina and minegishi
    Which is selling well compared to other 48G member
    If you can defend sashi, why Can’t others defend their favs? Talk about double standard..

    Ps: to remind you, this is SSK single
    And you want to remove jurina who is most likely in top 3? You okay?

  • Comment Link Remy Thursday, 22 March 2018 22:24 posted by Remy

    I mean I don't know nearly as much about Nogizaka as I do AKB but I'm like 100% sure that their's is not random lol. Seems to be about as much variance there as there is in AKB's single senbatsu. You can probably guess the top ten participating members in both groups senbatsu without much difficulty. I'll feel dumb if I'm wrong though.

    I can understand why people question Miichan's selection since she isn't the most headlining member these days but considering she's the only 1st gen member left, has more theater performances than any other member in the 48 family and is still a consistently popular member every year since the first election, I don't really think you can doubt she's merited continued involvement. It would actually be absurd, to me, for them not to include her considering all she's contributed to the group over the years.

  • Comment Link Joe Friday, 23 March 2018 01:02 posted by Joe

    How did I disparage Jurina and Minegishi? My comment wasnt mean spirited in the least. I pointed out that dispite favoritism Jurina never solidly nailed the top spot and she has been in the front since diamond and that Miichan never had solid backing from management to ever rise above supporting player. I defended Sasshi because I am American and we dont think its awful for a girl to have a boyfriend especially since she seemed mature enough at the time. But I never talked teash... The ship has sailed on those two and it might be passing Sasshi as well soon enough.

  • Comment Link Tuberose Friday, 23 March 2018 03:35 posted by Tuberose

    *Grabs popcorn* please go on

  • Comment Link Joe Friday, 23 March 2018 09:50 posted by Joe

    Keep your facts real. Jurina satarted with AKS in 2008 same as Sashi. Jurina was put front and center of SKE as well as being center to the first AKB single the came out after she joined and she was the first to solo cover both on Ogoe Diamond which Sashi was also on.

  • Comment Link Jsprite Friday, 23 March 2018 16:06 posted by Jsprite

    It is obvious Mayu is higher in looks and singing voice. Sasshi can't be tied with Yuko for cuteness, gimme a break. Maeda is more beautiful and can actually sing far, far better than Sasshi. So, no "tiedness" there. Sasshi's good points, besides being hot, is that she is fast with her tongue when talking in any situation, which makes her perfect for MC'ing variety shows and the like. The latter has made her visible and popular among lots of people. Jurina has turned into a fine woman now, but her past push has turned off a bunch of fans.

  • Comment Link Joe Friday, 23 March 2018 20:12 posted by Joe

    One thing that makes me happy is agree or disagree everyone of us cares and took the time to read and add to the comments go akb. Ps i dont dislike Jurina and Miichan is one of my favorites so no malice was meant and I am not trolling to upset Jurina lovers.

  • Comment Link Remy Saturday, 24 March 2018 06:56 posted by Remy

    No malice assumed~

  • Comment Link IchigoParfait Saturday, 24 March 2018 11:27 posted by IchigoParfait

    "As a business man myself who loves money more than anything else..."

    I find it funny, how you people would dare to "kill" each other because they "dissed", "your girl". Frankly speaking, even if one stinks to the public eye, as long as it generates money, I'm all good.

  • Comment Link Joe Saturday, 24 March 2018 15:19 posted by Joe

    @jsprite you didnt read my comment right. I didnt say Sasshi ties in cuteness with Yuko and Maeda i said that Mayu does and Mayu beats Sasshi and Yuko in singing and ties with Maeda. Of the top 4 all time members Sasshi ranks last in cuteness by a few points at least and far last singing. Yuko blows all away dancing but Sasshi is last there too with Mayu and Maeda being about equal. You identified the reason Sasshi is #1 correctly. I also agree with your Jurina comment. I find Sasshi very attractive and dont get those who dont but eye of the beholder even I dont think of her as even in the top 50 member in looks.

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