Former AKB48 Member Discovered While Filming Baito AKB Commercial!
The debut commercial of the part-time AKB48 unit “Baito AKB” just began being broadcasting throughout Japan but, fans may recognize a familiar face in the crowd, former 4th generation member Mika Saeki.
During the filming of the commercial, which is a parody of the group’s hit song “Heavy Rotation” changed to “Baito Rotation”, Mayu Watanabe spotted her former teammate Saeki among the Baito AKB members and warmly called out “Long time no see!” to her. As the first kenkyuusei to be promoted to a team, Saeki was known for performing the song Temo Demo no Namida” with Yuki Kashiwagi at the AKB48 Theater and participated in the coupling songs for two singles (“Shonichi” from “Baby! Baby! Baby!” and “Namida Surprise!”) before a leg injury forced her to graduate from the group in August of 2009.
In the commercial, popular members Mayu Watanabe, Rino Sashihara, Jurina Matsui, Haruna Kojima, Yuria Kizaki, Nana Okada, Ryoka Oshima, Mion Mukaichi, and Saya Kawamoto perform a modified version of “Heavy Rotation” wearing red and white outfits with mouse ears and tails creating a similar appearance to Baitoru’s image character Chuuichi who is a red mouse. Behind them, the 53 members of Baito AKB dance along while wearing simpler costumes. It is quite an overwhelming sight to behold! Check out the special AKB Baito website to see the “making of videos” as well!
Even though it was reported that the contracts for the Baito AKB members would only be 5 months long, with the discovery of former AKB48 Team B member Mika Saeki among them, could there be a possibility of some of them becoming full-fledged members in the near future? With a group like AKB48, anything seems possible!
Baito AKB special website: http://campaign.baitoru.com/baito-akb/
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