AKB48 45th Single Sousenkyo Poster

On June 18th, 2016 the AKB48 45th Single Sousenkyo was held at HARD OFF ECO Stadium in Nigata, Japan. With many changes in membership over the past year and the addition of another sub group into the mix there was much anticipation and speculation in regards to how the results for this year’s event would turn out.

Well all the voting, crying and speeches are done and the end result is that Sashihara Rino makes history as the first to repeat in consecutive elections. Okay technically Jessica Veranda from JKT48 did the whole back to back wins thing first. But when you think of an entire organization election vs. JKT48 election? Yeah. Most people are going to remember Sashihara as the first back to back winner.

Anyway, rounding out the top 5 were Watanabe Mayu (#2), Matsui Jurina (#3), Yamamoto Sayaka (#4) and Kashiwagi Yuki (#5).

The not so mysterious Nyan Nyan Kamem ranked at #16 and she unmasked to reveal her true identity as members feigned surprise in the background. As expected, Kojima Haruna announced her graduation from AKB48 after many years of teasing fans with the announcement. She did take a playful jab at Takahashi Minami saying she would not drag out her graduation like the former GM did.

The 45th Single Sousenyo also marks the last for Shimazaki Haruka. She stated she would no longer be participating during her acceptance speech due to getting more active work as an actress. She ended her time by doing some shameless self-promotion for a movie she is starring in.

Some new blood ascended into the top 16 with Takahashi Juri (#23 – #15), Okada Nana (#26 – #14), Mukaichi Mion (#44 – #13) and Kodama Haruka (#17 – #9).

The Selective Hearing staff will once again gather to discuss the results of the 45th Single Sousenkyo in depth on a podcast so keep an eye on the site and our social media for when that will be posted. In the meantime, check out the final results of the election below.

Senbatsu

1. Sashihara Rino
2. Watanabe Mayu
3. Matsui Jurina
4. Yamamoto Sayaka
5. Kashiwagi Yuki
6. Miyawaki Sakura
7. Suda Akari
8. Shimazaki Haruka
9. Kodama Haruka
10. Mutou Tomu
11. Yokoyama Yui
12. Kitahara Rie
13. Mukaichi Mion
14. Okada Nana
15. Takahashi Juri
16. Nyan Nyan Kamen (Kojima Haruna) [NEW]

Undergirls

17. Minegishi Minami
18. Iriyama Anna
19. Kojima Mako
20. Takayanagi Akane
21. Komiyama Haruka [NEW]
22. Oba Mina
23. Tomonaga Mio
24. Shiroma Miru
25. Okita Ayaka [NEW]
26. Kato Rena
27. Kawamoto Saya [NEW]
28. Yabuki Nako [NEW]
29. Furhata Nao
30. Souda Serina
31. Takeuchi Saki [NEW]
32. Oshima Ryoka [NEW]

Next Girls

33. Yagura Fuuko
34. Kurano Narumi [NEW]
35. Ego Yuna [NEW]
36. Motomura Aoi
37. Kizaki Yuria
38. Sasaki Yukari
39. Yabushita Shuu
40. Fuchigami Mai
41. Fujie Reina
42. Tomiyoshi Asuka [NEW]
43. Tashima Meru
44. Sutou Ririka [NEW]
45. Tanaka Miku [NEW]
46. Matsuoka Natsumi
47. Mogi Shinobu
48. Inoue Yuriya [NEW]

Future Girls

49. Futumura Haruka
50. Moriyasu Madoka
51. Iwatate Saho [NEW]
52. Ota Yuuri [NEW]
53. Kojina Yui
54. Takeuchi M ai
55. Tani Marika
56. Shibuya Nagisa
57. Okada Ayaka [NEW]
58. Ueki Nao
59. Sakaguchi Riko
60. Komada Hiroka [NEW]
61. Nishino Miki [NEW]
62. Owada Nana
63. Sakai Mei [NEW]
64. Kitagawa Ryoha

Upcoming Girls

65. Miyamae Ami
66. Kishinio Rika [NEW]
67. Kumazaka Haruka
68. Kimoto Kanon
69. Taniguchi Megu [NEW]
70. Sakaguchi Nagisa [NEW]
71. Yamauchi Suzuran
72. Akiyoshi Yuka [NEW]
73. Omori Miyu
74. Kamata Natsuki
75. Sato Sumire
76. Kato Minami [NEW]
77. Yoshida Akari
78. Miyazaki Miho [NEW]
79. Hidaka Yuzuki [NEW]
80. Murashige Anna [NEW]