Sae Miyazawa’s Miraculous Win with “Kiseki wa Maniawanai” at AKB48 Groups Request Hour 2016!
AKB48 Groups Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2016 took place from January 22 to January 24, 2016 at Tokyo Dome City Hall. The daytime show on January 24 saw songs that ranked from 40th to 21st, and the evening show was for 20th to 1st place.
The daytime show started with “Hohoemi Popcorn” at 40th place and “Buddy” at 39th. Both were performed by members of HKT48, who, up until this point, only had 3 songs that ranked in the previous 3 shows.
At 38th was “NGT48”, performed by the newest sister group that formed only one year ago, at Request Hour 2015. During the song, center Mina Kato showed off her now famous acrobatic tricks. Despite being nervous, NGT48 members did well at their first Request Hour.
Fans were surprised by the next number – “Suzukake no ki no michi de “Kimi no hohoemi wo yume ni miru” to itte shimattara bokutachi no kankei wa dou kawatte shimau no ka, boku nari ni nan nichi ka kangaeta ue de no yaya kihazukashii ketsuron no you na mono”, which won 1st place at last year’s Request Hour, but only reached 37th this year.
“Yokaze no Shiwaza”, the solo song by Yuki Kashiwagi, closed the daytime show at 21st place. This song has now ranked 6 years in a row, which is no easy feat.
The evening show started with everyone eager to find out which songs were in the top 20.
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