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AKB48 41st Single Election

Episode 29 of the audio version of the Selective Hearing roundtable was recorded on July 12, 2015. In this episode the panel discusses the fallout from AKB48’s 41st Single Sousenkyo including the thoughts on the TV broadcasts, the rankings and initial impressions of the 41st single itself.

AKB48 41st Single Sousenkyo Election Fallout

Running Time: 2:29:32

OPENING/INTRO – NMB48 – Don’t Look Back

  • The panel says “Hi” and pimps their wares and beverages of choice.


  • Where were you? Who were you with?


  • Did you watch it? What did you think? Were there any moments that you remember from the show?
  • Watanabe Mayu looked way better than everyone else. Foreshadowing a possible repeat or does she just look that damn good?


  • Which stream did you watch? BS SKY or Fuji TV?
  • Any complaints about the presentation of the election from either network?


The 80% Club (a.k.a. Unranked)

  • Many members who ranked last year did not get in this year. Who of the unranked was most surprising to you?

Upcoming Girls

  • Tanigawa Airi (NMB), Ishida Anna (SKE), Kitagawa Ryoha (SKE), Owada Nana (AKB) debut in this group.
  • Saito Makiko (SKE48) is center, thoughts?

Future Girls

  • Azuma Rion (SKE), Shibuya Nagisa (NMB), Mogi Shinobu (AKB) make their debuts in this group.
  • Umeda Ayaka (NMB) drops the most, 21 spots. Is she now becoming more like the past than the future? Should she just stop trying?
  • Future Girls Center is Sato Sumire (SKE). What are your thoughts of her as center? Should we expect more HLA (Hot Lesbian Action) like in Ambulance?

Next Girls

  • Kimoto Kanon is #48. Should we all eat gyoza of truth in celebration?
  • Kojina Yui makes acceptance speech of the night. Becomes better Yui. Do you agree?
  • Moriyasu Madoka (HKT) drops 18 spots. Miyamae Ami (SKE), Okada Kanna (HKT), Mukaichi Mion (AKB) all debut.
  • Next Girls Center is Anai Chihiro (HKT). What are your thoughts of her as center?


  • Fuchigami Mai (HKT) and Tani Marika (SKE) make their debut in Undergirls.
  • Did you expect Tani to rank higher or is this her rightful grouping?
  • Kojima Mako gets the cursed #26. What do you think her scandal will be?
  • Suda Akari drops out of senbatsu into Undergirls. Thoughts?
  • Undergirls Center is Kodama Haruka (HKT). She fails to make senbatsu again. Thoughts?


  1. Muto Tomu
  2. Shibata Aya
  3. Takayanagi Akane
  4. Matsumura Kaori
  5. Watanabe Miyuki
  6. Kitahara Rie
  7. Yokoyama Yui
  8. Shimazaki Haruka
  9. Miyazawa Sae
  10. Miyawaki Sakura
  11. Yamamoto Sayaka
  12. Matsui Jurina
  13. Takahashi Minami
  14. Watanabe Mayu
  15. Kashiwagi Yuki
  16. Sashihara Rino
  • Muto Tomu and Takayanagi Akane finally make the A team. Who are you happier for?
  • As expected, Matsumura Kaori gets into senbatsu. She channels her inner Curtis Axel and tells people not to change the channel or go to bathroom.
  • Did she look like she needed to take a shit?
  • How many of her former hostess club clients do you think voted for her?
  • Are you pleased to see her in senbatsu or is there a more deserving member who should be in her spot?
  • Watanabe Miyuki and Kitahara Rie make comebacks into senbatsu. There is hope for those were exiled. Thoughts on their returns?
  • Yokoyama Yui does not live up to hype for breakdowns. Is now lesser Yui. Agree or disagree?
  • Shimazaki Haruka’s emotion chip turned on. Malfunction or does she seem to give a shit this year?
  • Matsui Jurina drops to #5. No sympathy votes from Rena fans. Vows to get #1 next year. Realistic goal or should she lower the bar?
  • Takahashi Minami gets #4 for her farewell ranking. Respect votes? Power votes? Does it matter that she didn’t get #1?
  • Watanabe Mayu is #3 and isn’t upset about it. Are you?
  • Kashiwagi Yuki is #2. All the long body fans vote her up to her highest rank ever. Are you sad she didn’t make #1 or is it okay?
  • Sashihara Rino gets to wear the cape & crown. Are you pleased?
  • Which is better her 1st victory or this recent one?
  • Do you expect her painting to be uglier than her first?
  • Halloween night is the 41st single.
  • Do you like the costumes?
  • How about the song?


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