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7:14 am - 01/23/2012

AKB48 reveals the covers of 'Give Me Five' and 18-member band unit Baby Blossom

AKB48′s next single, entitled “Give Me Five!”, will see members playing their own instruments – for the first time – in an 18-member big band unit Baby Blossom, the eminent Japanese idol group announced yesterday evening at the end of their Request Hour Set List Best 100 concert, streamed live on YouTube. The song was performed for the encore.

The 18-piece band consists of six core members – Atsuko Maeda (rhythm guitar), Minami Takahashi (lead guitar), Yuko Oshima (bass guitar), Yuki Kashiwagi (drums), Haruna Kojima and Mayu Watanabe (both on keyboards) – as well as an ensemble cast of 12 others sorted into horns, percussions, and chorus squads (see the full list below).

A secret project, members selected for Baby Blossom were first told about being part of the big band unit right after they wrapped up a live concert on August 28 last year.

With just five short months to prepare for the official unveiling last evening, the members have had to take much time off their respective schedules to coordinate practice sessions and train hard. Especially since only three members – Oshima, Rino Sashihara, and Rena Matsui - have had any prior experience with playing musical instruments.

“When everybody gives it everything they’ve got, there’s nothing you can’t achieve. That’s what I believe,” the group’s overall captain Minami Takahashi said on-stage after the performance last night.

“To be honest, I made a few slight mistakes [during my guitar solo]. But in the end, the expression of pride and satisfaction I wore on my face was genuinely heartfelt … I’m still trembling from the performance.”

Takahashi was not the only one reeling from the performance’s after-effects.

“Yukirin (Kashiwagi) beat the drums so hard that she’s got abdominal pains!” Oshima revealed.

“I’ve never experienced anything like this before,” Kashiwagi added.

Give Me Five (Baby Blossom) (18)
Rythym Guitar: Maeda Atsuko
Lead Guitar: Takahashi Minami
Bass: Oshima Yuko
Drums: Kashiwagi Yuki
Keyboard: Kojima Haruna, Watanabe Mayu
Trombone: Sashihara Rino, Minegishi Minami
Trumpet: Yokoyama Yui, Matsui Rena
Tambourine: Shinoda Mariko
Shaker: Itano Tomomi
Percussion: Matsui Jurina
Chorus: Takajo Aki, Miyazawa Sae, Kasai Tomomi, Kitahara Rie, Yamamoto Sayaka

Limited Type A

Limited Type B

Regular Type A

Regular Type B

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xfatarhythm 23rd-Jan-2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
Shaker: Itano Tomomi

I feel like they just squeezed her in there.
herro_kitty 23rd-Jan-2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
lolz my first thought, but i love me some tomochin
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funkaliciousss 23rd-Jan-2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
ikr, my instrument looks gorgeous in it. the regular covers are generally nicer i think.
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muzikiz4evaluv 23rd-Jan-2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
LMAO mte
ohprecioustime 23rd-Jan-2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
omg totally predicted the rock sub-group :O
lynx24 23rd-Jan-2012 04:41 pm (UTC)
Full Song
soraohno 23rd-Jan-2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
It's good~
queencleopatra 23rd-Jan-2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
Sayanee is NMB so she should probably have a different colour than Team A. Loving this release though. <3
taecish 23rd-Jan-2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
i like the solid colours but these covers r sooo bad omg the way they just pasted ppl in esp on type A it's so cheap lookin
visionfactory1 23rd-Jan-2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
AKB getting fugly cheap covers for the first time!?
eishastan 23rd-Jan-2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
Don't forget Koko ni Ita Koto covers, those are hard to beat in terms of fugly and cheap
kazu_kumaguro 23rd-Jan-2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
they seriously ignoring the chorus line?
convenience93 23rd-Jan-2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
Yeahh MTE!! I pity sae the most though. From media senbatsu to nobody =X
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aikoi_wings 23rd-Jan-2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
blackdevil2722 23rd-Jan-2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
I love AKB48 to death but this boring Senbatsu line-up needs to stop. I'm always dying to see Akimoto Sayaka, Amina or Yuka but will always end up disappointed :/

On the other hand, liking the idea of having this AKBand thing. Can't wait to get my copy of Regular type B.
kaseii 24th-Jan-2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
+1000000 for AMINA. ♥
yunizhamasaki 23rd-Jan-2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
I can't wait for it
supermusicmaker 23rd-Jan-2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
Who's on cowbell tho?
funkaliciousss 23rd-Jan-2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
Probably Jurina since it counts as percussion.
eishastan 23rd-Jan-2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
The Sayakas (Akimoto and Yamamoto) would've been perfect for this!!
convenience93 23rd-Jan-2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
Omaiga *likes ur comment x1000000000* If only both of them were the guitarists...that would have been so perfect!!
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jeauexe 24th-Jan-2012 02:34 am (UTC)
the dwarf honestly isn't in the front enough!
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