AKB48 Does 2 Concerts at the Same Time! Senbatsu for 46th Single Revealed!
On September 15, 2016, the 48 Groups held two concerts at the same time. The one at Yokohama Arena, titled “Ranking Celebration”, was for those who ranked in the 8th AKB48 Senbatsu Election earlier this year; the one at Kanagawa Kenmin Hall, titled “We Will Rank Next Year” was for those who did not.
With Anna Iriyama unable to attend due to scheduling conflict, the Celebration concert featured the 79 ranked members and opened with Rino Sashihara, the winner and first Japanese 48G member to defend her title, arriving from above the venue. The concert featured walkways so that fans can get a close look of the idols they had voted for. After opening with “Love Trip”, this year’s election single, and other pop numbers, Under Girls, Next Girls, Future Girls and Upcoming Girls also performed their coupling songs from single.
Each of the top 16 members appeared in a solo or a unit: Juri Takahashi played drums in “Seventh Chord”, Atsuko Maeda’s solo single, Akari Suda sang “Kim no Koto ga Sukidakara” in Nagoya dialect, and Sashihara performed in a live band version of HKT48’s single “12 Byou.”
Haruna Kojima, who was supposedly out due to injury but made an appearance at Kanagawa Kenmin Hall, rushed to Yokohama Arena just in time for “Hikoukigumo” during encore.
“I’m having so much fun,” said Sashihara, “I think this is the most enjoyable concert recently. Even though it’s a group concert, it feels like we are one.”
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