November 28, 2012
AKB48 member Watanabe Mayu’s 3rd solo single, “Hikaru Monotachi” (released November 21st), has sold 92,000 copies in its first week and has topped the Oricon weekly chart for the week of December 3rd. This is her first time topping the charts after making her solo debut in February.
Watanabe is said to be one of the candidates for the next ace after claiming 2nd place in the recent ‘AKB48 General Elections‘. Her previous singles, “Synchro Tokimeki” (released in February) and “Otona Jelly Beans” (released in July), placed 2nd and 3rd on the Oricon weekly chart respectively.
After Maeda Atsuko’s “Flower” (June 2011), Itano Tomomi’s “Fui ni” (July 2011), and Sashihara Rino’s “Ikujinashi Masquerade” (October 2012), Watanabe is the 4th AKB48 soloist to top the single chart.
“Hikaru Monotachi” was arranged by vocaloid artist Hachioji P, and the illustration for the main visual was done by Aki Akane.
Source: Oricon via Infoseek