Minami Takahashi’s 3775 Days Finally Comes to an End at AKB48 Theater in Akihabara
On April 8, 2016, after being an AKB48 member for 3,775 days, Minami Takahashi had her final stage performance at the AKB48 theatre on her 25th birthday.
Titled “Minami Takahashi Graduation Special Performance ~Looking Back on the Past 10 years~”, the setlist opened with a video of past Team A performances. She took the stage afterwards and sang “Sakura no Hanabira Tachi” a capella with teary eyes while the audience clapped along.
She then smiled and said, “Let’s get Started!”, called other members onto the stage and launched into “Party ga Hajimaru Yo”, one of the songs from their debut stage performance 10 years ago and also the title of their very first theater setlist.
The setlist continued with, according to Takahashi, a “reflection on how far we have come in the past 10 years,” as they performed the title songs from each of Team A’s 2nd to 6th theater setlists: “Aitakatta”, “Dareka no Tameni”, “Tadaima Renaichuu”, “Renai Kinshi Jourei”, and “Mokugekisha.”
This was followed by her unit from each of the Team A’s theater setlists: “Skirt Hirari”, “Nageki no Figure”, “Glass no I Love You”, “Bird”, “Junai no Crescendo”, and “Itoshisa no Accel.”
The graduation performance was also her last birthday celebration in the group. Mariko Shinoda, a graduated member who was unable to attend the performance, surprised Takahashi by dialing in. Takahashi also said that as a 25-year-old woman, she aspires to take her post-AKB48 work very seriously.
As the setlist drew closer to the end, hit singles “RIVER”, “Oogoe Diamond” and “Kuchibiru ni By My Baby” were performed as Takahashi savored every moment on stage.
The encore, accompanied by loud calls of “Minami”, started with a video that showed her memories of the past 3,775 days as an AKB48 member. She took the stage in a white dress and performed “Senaka Kotoba” as tears rolled down her cheeks.
“I really enjoyed my time here,” “I have no regrets,” and “Thank you for the last 10 years” were the words that she used to express gratitude towards the fans. As for members who were at the theater today, she said, “Thank you for following me all this time.”
The last song was “Sakura no Hanabira Tachi”, and graduated 1st generation members like Atsuko Maeda and Tomomi Itano also joined Takahashi on stage to give their blessings.
Takahashi, Haruna Kojima and Minami Minegishi were the only members left on stage after the final song. Despite crying, they carried on as usual to enjoy one last chat. Finally, after tapping the floor of the stage and saying, “Thank you for everything”, Minami “Takamina” Takahashi left the stage that she stood on for the past 10 years as her graduation performance came to a close.
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