The drawing to determine the matchups for AKB48’s 29th Single Janken Tournament was held today. It was annonuced that Masuda Yuka (Yuttan) will not be able to participate in the tournament, due to her work with Miyamoto Amon’s upcoming Wizard of Oz musical. With her absence, the tournament includes 85 members vying for center of the 29th AKB48 single. And of course, my rooting interest revolves around my oshi, Minegishi Minami (Miichan), and my lovely NMB48 members. In Block 1, Miichan faces off with Team A member Iwasa Misaki (Wasamin) in the first round in the very first matchup of the whole tournament. (If Miichan loses, I’ll be crushed and there would be the rest of the tournament to go still.)
As for the 7 NMB48 members, they are involved in many interesting matchups. In Block 3, Team M member Takano Yui (Yuipon) meets with SKE48 Team E member Kobayashi Ami (Koami). A win would mean a second round match with another Team E member, Takagi Yumana (Yumana). In the same block, Yuipon’s teammate Kawakami Rena (Renapyon) is a seed, getting a bye to the second round. She will battle the winner of the matchup between SKE48 Team E member Kimoto Kanon (Non) and AKB48 Team B member Ishida Haruka (Harukyan). With Yuipon and Renapyon in the same block, it means only one of the two can possibly make senbatsu.
In Block 4, Watanabe Miyuki (Milky) is a seed and awaits the winner between Team B members Kitahara Rie (Kitarie) and Chikano Rina (Chikarina). Milky’s fellow Team N members Kotani Riho (Ripopo) and Shinohara Kanna (Kanchiru) are also seeds in Block 6 and Block 11, repsectively. Ripopo will go against the winner of the Yamauchi Suzuran (Ranran)/Kojima Haruna (Kojiharu) matchup. If Kojiharu defeats Ranran, it will be Ripopo’s chance at history: to end Kojiharu’s unparalleled senbatsu streak in singles. Kanchiru gets a sister group member in her second round match, either HKT48 Team H’s Moriyasu Madoka (Madoka) or SKE48 Team KII’s Sato Mieko (Neesan).
In Block 13, Team M’s Yamagishi Natsumi (Natsumin) will do battle with HKT48 Team H’s Nakanishi Chiyori (Chori) for the right to face Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou star Shimazaki Haruka (Paruru). And last but not least, in Block 14 is the lone NMB48 member to return from last year’s janken tournament: Hikawa Ayame (Ayanyan). In order to make janken senbatsu this year, she is going to have defeat at least two normal senbatsu members: Miyazawa Sae (Sae) in the 1st round and Kashiwagi Yuki (Yukirin) in the second round.
As I’ve said before, I’ll be rooting with all my heart for Miichan and NMB48 to do well in the janken tournament. Good luck, girls!
AKB48′s 29th Single Janken Tournament will take place on September 18th.