Sashihara Rino wins 3rd consecutive Sousenkyo, Watanabe Mayu to graduate and more!

The results of the AKB48 49th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo “Mazu wa Tatakaou! Hanashi wa Sorekara da” is out! As reported, the event was supposed to be held at Toyosaki Seaside Park, Toyosaki Villa SUN Beach in Okinawa but was cancelled due to weather conditions. The results are still broadcasted via another indoor venue altho fans are not able to attend.

Sashihara Rino wins for 3rd consecutive year (4th win overall) with 246, 376 votes. This will be her last time participating in the general election. During the event, Watanabe Mayu who placed second with 149,132 votes, announced her graduation. Looking back, she has always placed top 5 in Sousenkyo and is filled with gratitude.  NGT48 Ogino Yuka, who surprisingly placed 1st during the preliminary results, ranked 5th place.

NMB48 Sutou Ririka shocked many as she announced her engagement during her General Election speech. Nothing much is clear but management says she will be explaining the details in the near future. About an hour after her announcement, Shukan Bunshun reported that she’s dating someone from the medical related industry.

Check out the results below!

As with the elections in recent years. First place determines the center for the next center, with places 1 – 16 being considered part of the Senbatsu line who will be the faces on the cd and promoting the song on television. Those ranked 17 – 32 are the Under Girls, Next Girls are those who ranked 33 – 48, Future Girls are girls who ranked 49 – 64, and finally, those girls who ranked 65 – 80 make up the Upcoming Girls.

  1. Sashihara Rino – HKT48 Team H : (246,376)

  2. Watanabe Mayu (AKB48 Team B) (149,132 votes)
  3. Matsui Jurina (SKE48 Team S) (113,615 votes)
  4. Miyawaki Sakura (HKT48 Team KIV / AKB48 Team A) (82,803 votes)
  5. Ogino Yuka (NGT48 Team NIII) (73,368 votes)
  6. Suda Akari (SKE48 Team E) (63,124 votes)
  7. Yokoyama Yui (AKB48 Team A) (58,314 votes)
  8. Soda Sarina (SKE48 Team KII) (52,475 votes)
  9. Okada Nana (AKB48 Team 4 / STU48) (48,143 votes)
  10. Kitahara Rie (NGT48 Team NIII) (45,684 votes)
  11. Takahashi Juri (AKB48 Team 4) (42,663 votes)
  12. Shiroma Miru (NMB48 Team M / AKB48 Team A) (41,491 votes)
  13. Honma Hinata (NGT48 Team NIII) (41,230 votes)
  14. Furuhata Nao (SKE48 Team KII) (40,202 votes)
  15. Takayanagi Akane (SKE48 Team KII) (38,576 votes)
  16. Yoshida Akari (NMB48 Team M) (35,540 votes)br />

  17. Mukaichi Mion (AKB48 Team K) (35,201 votes)
  18. Matsumura Kaori (SKE48 Team KII) (34,977 votes)
  19. Minegishi Minami (AKB48 Team K) (34,688 votes)
  20. Suto Ririka (NMB48 Team N) (31,779 votes)
  21. Kato Rena (AKB48 Team B) (30,282 votes)
  22. Oya Masana (SKE48 Team S) (30,236 votes)
  23. Nakai Rika (NGT48 Team NIII) (29,903 votes)
  24. Kojima Mako (AKB48 Team 4) (29,699 votes)
  25. Takakura Moeka (NGT48 Team NIII) (28,623 votes)
  26. Oba Mina (SKE48 Team KII) (28,554 votes)
  27. Ota Yuuri (NMB48 Team BII) (28,457 votes)
  28. Tanaka Miku (HKT48 Team H) (28,355 votes)
  29. Kawamoto Saya (AKB48 Team 4) (28,118 votes)
  30. Kuranoo Narumi (AKB48 Team 8) (28,037 votes)
  31. Moriyasu Madoka (HKT48 Team KIV) (27,384 votes)
  32. Fukuoka Seina (AKB48 Team B) (26,444 votes)br />

  33. Kato Yuuka (NMB48 Team M) (25,988 votes)
  34. Fuchigami Mai (HKT48 Team KIV) (25,900 votes)
  35. Tomonaga Mio (HKT48 Team KIV / AKB48 Team 4) (25,733 votes)
  36. Ego Yuna (SKE48 Team KII) (25,731 votes)
  37. Yabuki Nako (HKT48 Team H / AKB48 Team B) (25,364 votes)
  38. Tomiyoshi Asuka (HKT48 Team KIV) (24,996 votes)
  39. Murase Sae (NMB48 Team BII) (24,585 votes)
  40. Tashima Meru (HKT48 Team H) (24,458 votes)
  41. Nishigata Marina (NGT48 Team NIII) (24,401 votes)
  42. Iwatate Saho (AKB48 Team 4) (24,303 votes)
  43. Sasaki Yukari (AKB48 Team A) (24,276 votes)
  44. Kamata Natsuki (SKE48 Team E) (24,108 votes)
  45. Taniguchi Megu (AKB48 Team A) (23,304 votes)
  46. Goto Rara (SKE48 Team E) (23,225 votes)
  47. Kubo Satone (AKB48 Kenkyuusei) (22,895 votes)
  48. Okita Ayaka (NMB48 Team BII) (22,264 votes)br />

  49. Sakaguchi Riko (HKT48 Team H) (21,643 votes)
  50. Tanaka Natsumi (HKT48 Team H) (21,472 votes)
  51. Oguri Yui (AKB48 Team 8) (21,296 votes)
  52. Komiyama Haruka (AKB48 Team 4) (20,910 votes)
  53. Yamaguchi Maho (NGT48 Team NIII) (20,888 votes)
  54. Ueki Nao (HKT48 Team KIV) (20,640 votes)
  55. Mutou Orin (AKB48 Kenkyuusei) (20,356 votes)
  56. Takeuchi Saki (SKE48 Team KII) (19,919 votes)
  57. Tanigawa Airi (NMB48 Team N) (19,752 votes)
  58. Arai Yuki (SKE48 Team KII) (19,467 votes)
  59. Matsuoka Natsumi (HKT48 Team H) (19,372 votes)
  60. Shibuya Nagisa (NMB48 Team M / AKB48 Team 4) (19,263 votes)
  61. Ichikawa Miori (NMB48 Team N) (18,814 votes)
  62. Motomura Aoi (HKT48 Team KIV) (18,363 votes)
  63. Kumazaki Haruka (SKE48 Team E) (18,299 votes)
  64. Kitagawa Ryoha (SKE48 Team S / AKB48 Team 4) (18,052 votes)br />

  65. Ota Nao (AKB48 Team 8) (17,757 votes)
  66. Tani Marika (SKE48 Team E) (17,744 votes)
  67. Nagano Serika (AKB48 Team 8) (17,662 votes)
  68. Sato Sumire (SKE48 Team E) (17,320 votes)
  69. Sakaguchi Nagisa (AKB48 Team 8 / AKB48 Team B) (17,303 votes)
  70. Miyajima Aya (NGT48 Kenkyuusei) (16,930 votes)
  71. Kato Minami (NGT48 Team NIII) (16,641 votes)
  72. Obata Yuna (SKE48 Team KII) (16,511 votes)
  73. Hiwatashi Yui (AKB48 Team A) (16,492 votes)
  74. Mogi Shinobu (AKB48 Team K) (16,393 votes)
  75. Omori Miyuu (AKB48 Team 4) (16,162 votes)
  76. Goto Moe (AKB48 Team B) (16,097 votes)
  77. Kado Yuria (NGT48 Kenkyuusei) (15,990 votes)
  78. Takahata Yuki (SKE48 Team E) (15,804 votes)
  79. Toyonaga Aki (HKT48 Kenkyuusei) (15,598 votes)
  80. Matsuoka Hana (HKT48 Team TII) (15,396 votes)
  • Comments

    • Thomas

      “NMB48 Sutou Ririka shocked many as she announced her engagement during her General Election speech.” so much for their dating ban lol.

      • sousenkyo9th

        I`m really surprised when I heard it. I even thinking I heard it wrong or it`s another meaning of `kekkon`
        I just realize I didn`t get it wrong because everyone said congratulations

        • Ol

          Here’s a subbed version of her speech

          “I see myself as a human first”

      • AkaneHaga

        Erina Mano looklike now gone must find other then

      • toak

        Legendary! She was always subversive and set out her goals to fuck shit up as a draftee, and she delivered in one of the big moments in j-pop history.

        Grats’ to Sasshi who’s just crusing on a completely different level from everyone else. Now she’s retiring from SSK without being close to being touched as top dog, on top of also having like ten different careers available to her (and still not graduating from the group).

      • Mal

        What is this I heard about it being an arranged-marriage? Something she said about yet to meet that person?

        Good for her though for having guts going against the system. Love-ban is an idiotic thing.

        • PigeonPop

          I love it. There’s not a lot of merit adhering to it anyway, not to mention rather unhealthy for both parties (the idol and the fans). Sashihara fan threads are really interesting to look at in that regard, because the atmosphere there is markedly different.

        • Owari Konoyono

          I certainly think that banning love is weird.
          However, I think that there are few male fans who vote for members having boyfriends.

      • Reileen

        read there’s lots of shades thrown at her by the other girls in their speeches lol Queen

      • DoSHachiko

        The reactions for NMB vs AKB were actually quite funny when they heard Ririka announce it.

        Sayaka apparently didn’t know WTF was going on during the announcement, while she was streaming on Showroom. (She was watching with Kinoshita(?) Momoka, who was in the background.)

        • Nya

          I love how everybody was s h o o k and the NMB girls LOLing and saying congratulations XD

        • Owari Konoyono

          Mayuyu expresses that “It is a story after graduating from the group.”
          Yui says “There is a troublesome thing to happen.”
          Everyone at NMB is “a funny girl is!”

        • Kari

          Mayu’s expression says it all… like wtf was that.

        • WorldGN18

          I just love Mayuyu’s expression <3

      • Owari Konoyono

        I think that he wanted to announce it sooner.
        However, I think that it became this timing because it affects CD sales.

    • AKB

      I never understood how they guarantee the legitimacy of the results. How can the fans know they are true? How do people know there aren’t tickets bought from sponsors for some reason? I’m talking about advertisement and such, they buy a couple thousand copies to guarantee a good spot.

      • toak

        A law firm oversees the voting process.

        • LowkeySavage

          Damn…going through the hell that is law school..sleepless, coffee fueled nights studying/analyzing endless amounts of documents just to graduate and have to oversee idol crap…lol.

    • maguro part deux

      Poor Hana Matsuoka. :-(

    • Guest

      I think this chick is badass for ignoring the ridiculous dating ban. More power to her.

      Anyway, with Mayu Watanabe gone and Rino Sashihara stopping to take part in elections, is there any AKB girl that still has mainstream fame and isn’t known solely by otas?

      • WorldGN18

        I would say Yukirin, Sayanee and Jurina

    • Diego

      Most boring sousenkyou ever… It was a foregone result that Sashihara would get #1 once again. Many girls entered senbatsu because of the weak competition. As for Mayuyu’s graduation I think we all see it coming so no big surprise.

      Girls are getting tired of these elections (big names such as Yukirin, Sayanee, Tomu and Haruppi haven’t participated this year) so I’d like management to cancel sousenkyou but I guess since wotas keep spending lots of money to vote they will continue with it.

      • LouSak

        Don’t know about Tomu, but the other girls have their reasons.
        -Haruppi: Health issues.
        -Sayanee: Have a nice career outside of 48G that elections don’t matter to her anymore. It’s possible that she might retire from the group in the near future.
        -Yukirin: Her drop in ranking from last election most likely due to scandal. She also have a career outside 48G. Plus, she seems to be finishing up her time in the group.

      • Owari Konoyono

        Tomu said he wanted to skill up.
        She went to graduate school and there are dreams of weather forecasters.
        Her skill up may be about school work.

    • surfboardt

      Sasshi is #1 again? Must be a day that ends with y, but I live for her success post-scandal.

    • lol

      Oshima Yuko did a insta live and had this to say about Sutou…

      • ol

        Ugh Miss “surprised-graduation-announcement-@kohaku”.

      • ugh

        what a dumbass.

      • shirogane

        jesus so classy….

      • Owari Konoyono

        She would have never done such a thing if she succeeded as an actress.
        I guess she is still dragging the glory of AKB.

    • Rika

      Woah, Ririka announcing her engagement – awesome! The dating ban is so ridiculous anyway.

      The girls throwing shade and shame at her though… not cute. And I always liked Juri btw. But… nope… I don’t approve >>

      • shirogane

        it’s really too early to start throwing shade right there when they have no idea if it’s a joke or not. Not a lot of the older girls talked about it and it only highlights how rash and young Juri and Nana are.

    • Nya
      • Owari Konoyono

        Certainly, thanks to her, the speech of the members of the 19th place and over has been shadowed. The interest became just her engagement more than the result of the general election.

        • ol

          The whole thing was bland and predictable anyway. The stupid love ban needs a big flip & kudos to her for doing it in a big way.
          At least she’s no Oshima Yuko level rude.

          • Owari Konoyono

            Haruna of the former member made a comment “I thought someone will do someday.”
            Kaori of former Morning Musume announced marriage and pregnancy to fans on her bus tour of the day after the day she announced to.the press.
            Surely it may be as bland and predictable thing.

            • Ol

              So? Who cares about the momosu girl lol.
              Bunshun was about to expose their relationship anyways so riripon unloading it now gives her the upper hand. Good decision on her part.
              I love that she clearly said she wanted to keep being honest so there’s really no point to hide the fact that she’s accepted a marriage proposal. She chose to be a human instead of an idol. Fans and the naysayers are just being a bunch of pricks.

    • Ririka got me smiling ear to ear! Congrats to you, girl!!! XD

    • JSBLove

      Nooo Mayuyu… ),: I’m going to miss her so much… *cries*

    • angel223_

      argh.. isn’t it too early for Ririka to think about marriage? I think she is just about 20, its like entering into an awesome youth stage.

      if she just want to break the love-ban and try to become badass, I think dating is more appropriate for her age. more realistic, tho.. who knows. I just need fast updates

      those idols whose above 30 cant married while just 20s are hurried in love.

      • Yuko

        I don’t know much but I read somewhere that last year she mentioned thinking on leave the group because her mother was not doing good with cancer… if that’s the case it’s a possible reason she is hurrying with marriage, sounds like a dorama xD but it’s a possibility.

        • ol

          A person having their mother dying of cancer is not entertaining

    • gerorin

      I’m only interested in Sasshi as a variety tarento and don’t pay attention much to the 48 groups, but good for her for winning again, as she’s the one that seems to have the general public’s attention. If only she’ll graduate too and focus on variety more. I like more women MCs on TV and she has the skills.

    • Matcha

      Riripo, you crazy bish. xD

    • WorldGN18

      Congratz Sasshi!! feeling really sad about Mayuyu graduating, and it seems like Sayanee and Sasshi will follow her soon, if that happens then all the girls I care about would be gone, I have never been an AKB fan but that makes me sad, I don’t care too much about Ririka though, I don’t think it was the best moment to announce that, it feels like a slap in the face for her fans so I don’t get why everyone is treating her like a heroine but oh well, just wish her the best, hope the guy is worth it

      • Ol

        Because we aren’t fan of 48 hype driven by voting sales gimmick in the first place + the love ban is stupid

        • WorldGN18

          I’m not an AKB fan either, but I do love idols, so I’m just gonna leave this here: “Idols aren’t allowed to do some of the things ordinary people can. But the number of things we can do which ordinary people can’t is much higher. That’s why I’m happy to be an idol.” Tsugunaga Momoko