The Minami Takahashi Era of AKB48 Ends in Spring of 2016! Graduation Live Dates Announced!
At Minami Takahashi‘s final AKB48 handshake event at Fukuoka Marine Messe on November 23, 2015, the dates for her final concert and AKB48 Theater performance were announced. Takahashi’s final concert (location TBA) will take place on March 26th and 27th and her final AKB48 Theater performance will be held on March 28, 2016.
Takahashi apologized for making the fans wait so long for the announcement of her final performances, especially because she had announced her graduation almost a year prior at AKB48’s 9th anniversary live on December 8, 2014. The fact that an arena had not yet been secured for her graduation concert was another point which Takahashi apologized for.
The completion of the MV for “Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby” was announced as well. Directed by Eiki Takahashi who worked on the AKB48 documentaries and many of AKB48’s past MVs, there are scenes filmed at Sunosaki Lighthouse in Chiba which became famous from the MV for “Aitakatta”.
Comment from Minami Takahashi about the MV for “Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby”:
Even taking away the fact that it’s the MV for my last single, it became something that I really love. Because it was made by Eiki Takahashi who has been a part of AKB48 since its early days, I feel that with someone that knowledgeable working on it, the MV’s theme of a “passing of the torch” (baton pass) was conveyed. Being able to revisit the place where “Aitakatta” was filmed, it was great to film while having the feelings of that time all over again. Even though it’s a bright and cheerful idol-y love song, it makes the separation that much more painful but, at the same time, I think you can see how it ties into the hope for the future. By all means, I want a lot of people to watch it!
Comment from Eiki Takahashi, director of “Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby”:
Because this is Takamina’s last MV, I think I was able to show a lot of her different expressions. Also, I didn’t just paint a picture of the AKB48 of the past 10 years but, hopefully also set up a cornerstone for the future. I don’t want to brag but, I think the editing during the opening dance and lip-syncing parts will end up being something that will resonate throughout idol history, especially because it took a long time to complete.
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