On January 11, SKE48 held their first handshake event of the year at Port Messe Nagoya. During this event, they made an announcement that their 14th single (currently untitled) will be released on March 19.
Before the handshake event, the group held their customary mini live. Before exiting the stage, Matsui Jurina called out, "Wait a minute!" She then announced, "We will release our new single on March 19. Although nothing has been decided yet."
Jurina continued with a smile, "I am really happy to let everyone know about the release of our 14th single. On top of that, we were able to make the announcement during the first handshake event of the year so it's like an 'otoshidama' (New Year's present) from SKE48 to our fans. I'm glad that you were all pleased with it."
Finally, she added, "We don't know the details yet, but it will be our first single after our Nagoya Dome concerts (February 1 & 2nd), so we want to challenge a song that will allow you to look at us in a different way and feel new possibilities from us."
The single will be released in Limited Editions A-D, Regular Editions A-D, and Theater Edition.
TBH Choco no dorei is my favrote SKE 2013 single
On January 11th, HKT48 kicked off their tour 'HKT48 Kyushu 7 Prefecture Tour ~Kawaii Ko ni wa Tabi wo Saseyo~' at iichiko Grand Theater in Oita Prefecture.
For this tour, HKT48 is scheduled to perform a total of 12 shows in 7 locations. The group started their first show of the tour with a cover of Morning Musume's "The☆Peace" and surprised the audience. During the show, the girls did a parody 'Majisuka Gakuen', a drama that starred the members of AKB48. They also performed songs from AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and Nogizaka46. As Oita Prefecture is member Sashihara Rino's birthplace, she called out, "I'm home!!", to which the crowd responded, "Welcome home!"
During the encore, Sashihara appeared on stage wearing a tuxedo top and announced, "I will announce a new class." Among the commotion, she announced the creation of Team KIV and the promotion of 17 Kenkyuusei.
Anai Chihiro will remain the captain of Team H, while Ota Aika will be the captain for Team KIV. Sashihara said, "I was really surprised at this announcement. This isn't a formation of a cabinet, but rather a positive thing called a class shuffle. Members whose named weren't called this time, think about what will happen from now on, and do your best with a postive attitude!"
Anai Chihiro (Team H captain)
Akiyoshi Yuka (promoted from Kenkyuusei)
Inoue Yuriya (promoted from Kenkyuusei)
Umemoto Izumi (promoted from Kenkyuusei)
Okamoto Naoko (promoted from Kenkyuusei)
Kojina Yui (promoted from Kenkyuusei)
Komada Hiroka (promoted from Kenkyuusei)
Sakaguchi Riko (promoted from Kenkyuusei)
Tashima Meru (promoted from Kenkyuusei)
Yamada Marina (promoted from Kenkyuusei)
Ota Aika (Team KIV captain)
Imada Mina (promoted from Kenkyuusei)
Okada Kanna (promoted from Kenkyuusei)
Goto Izumi (promoted from Kenkyuusei)
Tanaka Yuka (promoted from Kenkyuusei)
Tani Marika (promoted from Kenkyuusei)
Tomiyoshi Asuka (promoted from Kenkyuusei)
Tomonaga Mio (promoted from Kenkyuusei)
Fuchigami Mai (promoted from Kenkyuusei)
On January 11th, NMB48 member Koyanagi Arisa announced her graduation from the group during Team M's stage performance 'Idol no Yoake'.
Koyanagi confessed, "Since my first year of high school, I started to have a desire for clothing and accessories related work. Now that I'm my third year, I had to decide on what course I should take and started thinking about what I should do. I thought about it a lot, but my desire for working with clothing and accessories was number one."
Koyanagi considered continuing her activities with NMB48 while attending a vocational school, but she thought that "both would be done halfway." Thus she decided to graduate from the group.
According to NMB48's official homepage, Koyanagi's graduation date and her future activities will be announced once it's been decided.
ormer AKB48 / SDN48 member Ohori Megumi has announced her pregnancy through her official blog.
Ohori revealed that she is expecting her baby in June. "When we found out that there is a new, small life inside my stomach, my husband was greatly pleased with tears in his eyes. Everyday, I am able to feel the reality that I will become a mother. I want to protect this precious life no matter what happens," she expressed.
Ohori plans to continue working while watching her physical condition. She ended the blog entry saying, "Finally this day has come. Fertilization plan complete."
48 family fandom is so much fun hahaah