AKB48 announced that they will be holding the ‘AKB48 29th Single Senbatsu Janken Tournament’ on September 18th at Nippon Budokan. This announce was made during a handshake event of their latest single “Manatsu no Sounds good!” in Saitama Super Arena on June 24th.
In 2010, Uchida Mayumi was the winner of first tournament and got a center of 19th single “Chance no Junban“, and last year, Shinoda Mariko got a center of 24th single “Ue Kara Mariko” as the winner of the second tournament.
66 official members of AKB48 as well as SKE48 (AKB48)’s Matsui Jurina and NMB48 (AKB48)’s Watanabe Miyuki will directly start with the main tournament. One research student from AKB48, 8 girls from SKE48, 6 girls from NMB48, and 3 girls from HKT48 will be join the main tournament after their own team’s primary tournament.
As previously reported, Sashihara Rino had transfered to HKT48, so she will be trying to get into 3 member of HKT48 at primary tournament to then join the main tournament.
At the handshake event, 6 of AKB48’s research students, Izuta Rina, Kobayashi Marina, Fujita Nana from the 10th generation, Kojima Natsuki, Natori Wakana, Morikawa Ayaka from 11th generation were promoted to official membership of AKB48.
Additionally, it has been announced that AKB48 will be releasing their 4th album on August 15th, and their 28th single in October. Stay tuned to tokyohive for more details on their release.
Source : Mantan web