Return of Mayuyu? AKB48 Senbatsu Sousenkyo 2016 Top 5 and Other Predictions

Return of Mayuyu? AKB48 Senbatsu Sousenkyo 2016 Top 5 and Other Predictions

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As the deadline to cast votes for AKB48‘s 45th single Senbatsu Sousenkyo approaches, time is running out to make your voices heard on who will have their name called at Hard Off Eco Stadium Niigata on June 18, 2016.

Taking into consideration how the top spot has tended to go to the one leading at the time of the preliminary results are announced, it looks as if the pendulum will be swinging back to Mayu Watanabe in 2016. However, it will not be an easily won victory seeing as she and Rino Sashihara were separated by only 907 votes on June 1st. Could 2016 be the year where the top ranked member breaks through to 200,000 votes? It is entirely possible that each of the top 3 manage to reach that milestone.

1. Mayu Watanabe (AKB48 Team B)
Birthdate/Age: March 26, 1994 (22)
Birthplace: Saitama, Japan
Nickname: Mayuyu
Senbatsu Sousenkyou History: 2009 #4 (2,625), 2010 #5 (20,088), 2011 #5 (59,118), 2012 #2 (72,574), 2013 #3 (101,210), 2014 #1 (159,854), 2015 #3 (165,789)


No one has ever repeated as center for the AKB48 Senbatsu Sousenkyo so it’s likely that “Mayuyu” will climb back to the top, especially after her shocking 3rd place finish in 2015. It will definitely take a big push by her fan base, especially after she was edged out by her friend Yuki Kashiwagi last year. For her to win, Watanabe might need at least 200,000 votes.

2. Rino Sashihara (HKT48 Team H)
Birthdate/Age: November 21, 1992 (23)
Birthplace: Oita, Japan
Nickname: Sasshi
Senbatsu Sousenkyo History: 2009 #27 (1,170), 2010 #19 (6,704), 2011 #9 (45,227), 2012 #4 (67,339), 2013 #1 (150,570), 2014 #2 (141,954), 2015 #1 (194,049)


Despite recording the highest number of votes in Senbatsu Sousenkyo history in 2015, will the fans of “Sasshi” have enough money to support an equally unprecedented return to the top spot? While one should never count “Sasshi” out, even in the face of such odds, it will be a hard fought battle if she is to reclaim her crown.

3. Sayaka Yamamoto (NMB48 Team N/AKB48 Team K)
Birthdate/Age: July 14, 1993 (22)
Birthplace: Osaka, Japan
Nickname: Saya-nee
Senbatsu Sousenkyo History: 2011 #28 (8,697), 2012 #18 (23,020), 2013 #14 (51,793), 2014 #6 (67,916), 2015 #6 (97,866)


With the departure of Miyuki Watanabe, and being thrust further into the spotlight as the center of “365 Nichi no Kamihikouki”, Sayaka Yamamoto has her best chance of cracking into the top 3 in 2016. With an aggressive poster and defiant appeal video, the confidence of “Sayanee” in what might be her final election is difficult to ignore.

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