June is a special time in the cycle for the 48 family as it marks the time for their annual Senbatsu Sousenkyo. Yes, the time where fans spend all their hard earned cash to buy skids of CDs (which will then be disposed of in the mountains) for voting codes.

It is a time honoured tradition that has ravenous wota doing all they can to support their favourite member(s) and get them a good final ranking.

This year the game has changed as the election has been opened up to AKB48’s overseas sister groups JKT48 (Indonesia), BNK48 (Thailand) and TPE48 (Taiwan). SNH48 and their associated sister groups (BEJ48 and GNZ48) are not eligible due to breach of contract issues. Nor will you see the recently formed MNL48 participate.

In order to accommodate the increase of members fans can vote for 20 additional spots have been added to the rankings. Now it will be a top 100 who make the final cut. The ranking groups are now:

  • 100-81: World Senbatsu Sousenkyo Kinen Waku
  • 80-65: Upcoming Girls
  • 64-49: Future Girls
  • 48-33: Next Girls
  • 32-17: Under Girls
  • 16-1: World Senbatsu

It is likely everyone from 101 on will get a participation medal, a gift certificate to Gogo/Coco Curry and probably their own concert to make up for the fact that they did not rank.

The preliminary results were announced at the AKB48 group theatres on May 30 Japan time. With many of the big names opting out or graduated the field was wide open. The top 3 vote getters are Ogino Yuka (NGT48), Matsui Jurina (SKE48) and Miyawaki Sakura (HKT48).

The full list of preliminary votes can be seen below:

120. Music (3,493 votes)
119. Sato Shiori (3,548 votes)
118. Uemura Azusa (3,676 votes)
117. Kushiro Rina (3,758 votes)
116. Matsumoto Chikako (3,807 votes)
115. Nojima Kano (3,883 votes)
114. Aramaki Misaki (3,889 votes)
113. Tomonaga Mio (3,918 votes)
112. Kato Rena (3,981 votes)
111. Yamane Suzuha (4,099 votes)
110. Hidaka Yuzuki (4,105 votes)
109. Murakawa Bibian (4,141 votes)
108. Omori Miyuu (4,170 votes)
107. Oguma Tsugumi (4,194 votes)
106. Yamamoto Ayaka (4,208 votes)
105. Ida Reona (4,238 votes)
104. Ma Chia-Ling (4,278 votes)
103. Satou Akari (4,299 votes)
102. Jitoue Nene (4,307 votes)
101. Cherprang Areekul (4,315 votes)
100. Ota Nao (4,369 votes)
099. Yamada Nanami (4,380 votes)
098. Nagano Serika (4,392 votes)
097. Aoki Shiori (4,406 votes)
096. Hokazono Hazuki (4,579 votes)
095. Ego Yuna (4,587 votes)
094. Hiwatashi Yui (4,772 votes)
093. Kumazaki Haruka (4,837 votes)
092. Yahagi Yukina (4,856 votes)
091. Matsumura Kaori (4,879 votes)
090. Tani Marika (4,934 votes)
088. Matsuoka Natsumi 4,979 votes)
088. Oda Erina (4,979 votes)
087. Chou Kurena 5,077 votes)
086. Ichikawa Manami (5,082 votes)
085. Shirai Kotono (5,117 votes)
084. Takakura Moeka 5,164 votes)
083. Yamaguchi Maho (5,187 votes)
082. Furuhata Nao (5,225 votes)
081. Hashimoto Haruna 5,272 votes)
080. Jo Eriko (5,278 votes)
079. Mogi Shinobu (5,294 votes)
078. Kojima Mako (5,405 votes)
077. Shinozaki Ayana (5,420 votes)
075. Kawakami Rena (5,461 votes)
075. Nishikawa Rei (5,461 votes)
074. Komiyama Haruka (5,507 votes)
073. Takayanagi Akane (5,620 votes)
072. Tanaka Natsumi 5,716 votes)
071. Sakaguchi Nagisa (5,774 votes)
070. Kamata Natsuki (5,797 votes)
069. Unjo Hirona (5,845 votes)
068. Murase Sae (5,871 votes)
067. Jonishi Rei (5,931 votes)
066. Sasaki Yukari (5,945 votes)
065. Kawakami Chihiro (5,973 votes)
064. Akiyoshi Yuka (6,072 votes)
063. Kurihara Sae (6,116 votes)
062. Nishigata Marina (6,147 votes)
061. Okabe Rin (6,192 votes)
060. Nakano Ikumi (6,386 votes)
059. Motomura Aoi (6,406 votes)
058. Takahata Yuuki (6,408 votes)
057. Oda Ayaka(6,416 votes)
056. Honda Hitomi (6,466 votes)
055. Okada Miku (6,507 votes)
054. Suenaga Oka (6,577 votes)
053. Takino Yumiko (6,615 votes)
052. Shimono Yuki (6,632 votes)
051. Sugiyama Aika (6,678 votes)
050. Yamauchi Mizuki (6,690 votes)
049. Oguri Yui (6,727 votes)
048. Shibuya Nagisa (6,761 votes)
047. Mizuno Airi (6,797 votes)
046. Nakai Rika (6,942 votes)
045. Sugawara Maya (7,092 votes)
044. Ishida Chiho (7,409 votes)
043. Fukushi Nao (7,490 votes)
042. Yoshida Akari (7,555 votes)
041. Toyonaga Aki (7,867 votes)
040. Uchiyama Mikoto (7,951 votes)
039. Shiroma Miru (8,102 votes)
038. Kawamoto Saya (8,239 votes)
037. Kuranoo Narumi (8,293 votes)
036. Sakamoto Erena (8,299 votes)
035. Kubo Satone (8,502 votes)
034. Goto Moe (8,552 votes)
033. Kitagawa Ryoha (8,613 votes)
032. Ota Yuuri (8,746 votes)
031. Oba Mina (8,812 votes)
030. Takeuchi Saki (8,958 votes)
029. Nishimura Nanako (9,057 votes)
028. Kato Yuuka (9,179 votes)
027. Onishi Momoka (9,481 votes)
026. Tashima Meru (9,627 votes)
025. Naiki Kokoro (9,647 votes)
024. Taniguchi Megu (9,679 votes)
023. Iwatate Saho (9,880 votes)
022. Homma Hinata (10,038 votes)
021. Yokoyama Yui (10,296 votes)
020. Yamada Noe (10302 votes)
019. Nakamura Ayuka (10,531 votes)
018. Muto Tomu (10,671 votes)
017. Tanaka Miku (10,859 votes)
016. Obata Yuna (10,963 votes)
015. Fukuoka Seina (11,059 votes)
014. Mukaichi Mion (11,297 votes)
013. Fuchigami Mai (11,369 votes)
012 Arai Yuki (11,533 votes)
011. Hasegawa Rena (12,622 votes)
010. Isshiki Rena (13,372 votes)
009. Kato Minami (13,905 votes)
008. Yabuki Nako (13,981 votes)
007. Tano Ayaka (17,332 votes)
006. Takahashi Juri (20,670 votes)
005. Suda Akari (22,762 votes)
004. Okada Nana (27,008 votes)
003. Miyawaki Sakura (32,614 votes)
002. Matsui Jurina (38,943 votes)
001. Ogino Yuka (59,531 votes)