AKB48 (derived from Akihabara 48) is a female Japanese idol group produced by Akimoto Yasushi. They have their own theater in Akihabara (a district in Tokyo) where they perform regularly. The concept of the group is "idols you can meet". Currently, they hold the record of having the highest overall single sales (of a female group) on the Oricon charts.
Theater Debut and Indies Era
In July 2005, renown producer Yasushi Akimoto held an audition for a new theater based idol girl group. Of the 7,924 girls that applied, 45 passed the first round of auditions, detailed screening of the application documents. Finally, only 24 girls were chosen to be in the group. In November, the selected girls went through an extensive one month training program.
On December 1st, the AKB48 Theater had its grand opening. On December 8, 2005, the group held its first public show in the theater with only 20 girls, later known as Team A. The team consisted of:
Itano Tomomi, Kawasaki Nozomi, Kojima Haruna, Komatani Hitomi, Maeda Atsuko, Masuyama Kayano, Minegishi Minami, Nakanishi Rina, Narita Risa, Ohe Tomomi, Oshima Mai, Sato Yukari, Takahashi Minami, Tojima Hana, Usami Yuki, Orii Ayumi, Hoshino Michiru, Urano Kazumi, Watanabe Shiho, and Hirajima Natsumi
A second audition was soon announced, and was held in cooperation with Japanese telecom company NTT DoCoMo. It was the first audition ever where the applicants had to send in their audition video with their mobile phones.
In January 2006, three months before Team K was formed, Akimoto let Shinoda Mariko join the group as part of Team A. Failing the first generation audition, she didn't give up her dreams and worked as a waitress in a cafe in the same building and on the same floor as the the AKB48 theater. Through customer's feedback and Akimoto's challenge, she was able to join the group and is only person to be referred as generation 1.5.
19 of the 11,892 applicants who participated in the second audition were chosen to join AKB48, but in the end only 17 girls joined the group to become Team K in April 2006. They were:
Akimoto Sayaka, Umeda Ayaka, Oshima Yuko, Ohori Megumi, Oku Manami, Ono Erena, Kasai Tomomi, Kobayashi Kana, Sato Natsuki, Noro Kayo, Hayano Kaoru, Masuda Yuka, Matsubara Natsumi, Miyazawa Sae, Imai Yu, Uemura Ayako, and Takada Ayana.
On April 1, 2006, Team K started performing at the AKB48 theater.
AKB48 released its debut single Sakura no Hanabiratachi in February 2006, which made it to #10 on Oricon charts and sold 22,011 units in its first week - a surprisingly high rank for a group on an indies label.
In March of 2006, Usami Yuki of Team A became the first girl to graduate from the group.
Major Label Debut and DefSTAR Records Era
In August 2006 AKB48 signed a major label contract with DefSTAR Records, a part of Sony Music Entertainment. Their first single under DefSTAR Records, Aitakatta, was released on October 25, 2006 and reached #12 on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart.
In October 2006, a third audition was announced, resulting in the arrival of 13 new members forming Team B in December 2006. The selected girls were:
On November 3rd & 4th, 2006, AKB48 performed their first concert AKB48 First Concert "Aitakatta ~Hashira wa Nai ze!~ at Nippon Seinenkan in Sendagaya, Shinjuku.
In December 2006, the first change was made to the three teams, transferring Kazumi Urano, Shiho Watanabe, and Natsumi Hirajima from Team A to Team B as supporting members. Orii Ayumi graduated from the group shortly after this.
On January 31st, 2007, AKB48's fourth single (second under DefSTAR Records) Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru was released; reaching #7 on Oricon charts. There has been speculation that the PV and lyrics to this song are an allusion to enjo kosai - voluntary underage prostitution - though this has not been confirmed. Their next single, Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou, featured a theme of bullying and suicide throughout the lyrics and PV. To promote the singles, AKB48 went on their second concert tour, AKB48 Haru no Chotto dake Zenkoku Tour ~Madamada daze AKB48!~ which began on March 10, 2007.
On New Years Day 2008, AKB48 released their first studio album, Set List: Greatest Songs 2006–2007. The compilation album included all of the group's singles up until their sixth, Yuuhi wo Miteiru ka?. Team K member Ohori Megumi (now in SDN48) became the first member to have a solo cover on one of AKB48's CD releases. She appeared exclusively on the cover of the Limited Edition of the album. The album managed to reach #3 on the Oricon Weekly Album charts.
In February 2008, AKB48 re-released their first indies single, changing the title to Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008. This would turn out to be their last release under the DefSTAR Records label. A spring concert was initially announced. Fans who bought a copy of Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008 at the theater would be given a random poster featuring one of the girls. If a fan collected all 44 types of the posters, they would be entered in a lottery to win tickets for their spring concert. The concert was later canceled because this violated a Japanese anti-monopoly law.
In August 2008, Team B member Kikuchi Ayaka was fired after pictures of her with a boy surfaced. Fans requested a second chance for her. In the end, she had to audition again and was readmitted as a Research Student.
On October 2008, the group signed with KING RECORDS under the You, Be Cool! sublabel, and released their 10th single titled Oogoe Diamond featuring Matsui Jurina of the just newly formed SKE48 on the CD cover. In that same month, at the final performance of A4 Revival, original members Ohe Tomomi, Komatani Hitomi, Tojima Hana, Nakanishi Rina and Narita Risa announced their graduation simultaneously. Their graduation took place at AKB48's NHK Shuffle Concert on November 23, 2008.
From August 22-23, 2009, AKB48 and SKE48 performed a concert at the famous Japanese stadium, the Nippon Budokan. At the end of the concert a new formation of AKB48 was announced, shuffling members from all teams. Each team was also assigned a captain; Takahashi Minami was to lead Team A, Akimoto Sayaka was to lead Team K, and Kashiwagi Yuki would become the leader of Team B. 4 of the group's oldest members, Ohori Megumi, Noro Kayo, Urano Kazumi, and Sato Yukari were transferred into the newly announced mature group named SDN48 (Saturday Night 48).
In October 21, 2009, AKB48 released the single RIVER which became the first AKB48 single to reach #1 on the Oricon Weekly Singles chart. It became the second best selling female single of 2009.
In December 31, 2009, AKB48 performed RIVER-Surprise special remix at the 60th NHK Kouhaku uta gassen. 72 members (all AKB48, the Kenkyusei, and 3 SKE48 members)) were in the performance.
"Majisuka Gakuen" (Majisuka Academy), a drama featuring several members of AKB48, SKE48 and SDN48 started airing from January 8th, 2010 on TV Tokyo.
On March 3, 2010, a full 5 months after they announced that all the teams were to be reshuffled, the first new formation of AKB48's Team K premiered with their new stage titled "RESET."
On August 2010, AKB48 expanded their official shops outside of Japan (namely Asia region) with it being in Hong Kong. They then expanded their locations with it being: Taiwan (April 2011), Singapore (May 2011) and Shanghai (July 2011).
On December 8, 2010, AKB48 celebrated its 5th anniversary in the theater with a special performance by all members, as well as returning graduates. All 9th generation kenkyuusei were also promoted.
In March 2011, it was announced on their blog they have temporarily closed the AKB Theater due to the 2011 Sendai earthquake and tsunami. Many upcoming activities were also postponed, including their concerts at Yokohama Arena from March 25th to the 27th, and the release of their first studio album, Koko ni Ita Koto.
On June 6, 2011, AKB48 made public announcement during this evening’s Himawari H1 Revival Stage the formation of a brand new AKB48 team, bluntly titled Team 4. The Team will consists of the 10 previously promoted kenkyuusei.
On June 11th, 2011, It was announced at a handshake event that Eguchi Aimi, a girl who auditioned for NMB48, would be joining AKB48 as a trainee, she appeared immediately in Playboy Weekly and in advertisements. Producer Akimoto Yasushi stated that she will be “the heroine of the new age”. Eguchi was immediately met with skepticism from many fans and soon Team K member Kikuchi Ayaka leaked on her blog that Eguchi was made of parts of other members through photoshop. On June 20th, Weekly Playboy published an article about Eguchi, stating that she was made up of parts of Takahashi Minami, Maeda Atsuko, Watanabe Mayu, Shinoda Mariko, Itano Tomomi, Oshima Yuko and 12th generation Kenkyuusei Sasaki Yukari.
On July 3rd, AKB48 announced and confirmed that they will be having their ‘24th Single Senbatsu Janken (Rock, Paper, Scissors) Tournament‘ in September. This will be the second year in a row that they will be choosing their ’senbatsu’ members for their new single, which is due to be released in December. The event will take place on September 20th at the Nippon Bukoukan once again. Moreover, This event will be broadcasting in Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand.
On March 25, 2012, it was announced Maeda Atsuko would be graduating from AKB48. Her graduation ceremony was held on August 27.
On August 24, 2012, AKB48 had another team shuffle since August 2009. It was also announced that “Team 4″ which was formed in June of last year, will be discontinued, thus, they are back to 3 teams; Team A, K, and B.
On December 17, 2012, it was announced that Kasai Tomomi would be graduating from AKB48.
On January 31, 2013, It was announced that 1st Generation member, Minegishi Minami would be demoted to Kenkyuusei level, due to a scandal involving her. The next day, on February 1, leading member Itano Tomomi announced that she will graduate from AKB48.
Names in Bold are Team Captains.
AKB48 Kenkyuusei (Formerly AKB48 SEED)
- Itano Tomomi
- Maeda Atsuko
- Iwasa Misaki
- Watanabe Mayu
- Sashihara Rino
- Kashiwagi Yuki
- Takahashi Minami
- Matsui Sakiko
- Kasai Tomomi
- Kuramochi Asuka
- no3b (ノースリーブス)
- Watarirouka Hashiritai (渡り廊下走り隊)
- Natto Angels Z (ナットウエンジェルZ)
- Team Dragon from AKB48 (チームドラゴン)
- French Kiss (フレンチ・キス)
- Mini Skirt (ミニスカート)
- Team Z (チームZ)
- Not yet
- Ojarumaru Sisters (おじゃる丸シスターズ)
- BABY GAMBA (ベビーガンバ)
- NO NAME
- TEAM SURPRISE (チームサプライズ)
- AnRiRe (アンリレ)
- Honegumi from AKB48 (ほね組 from AKB48)
- ICE from AKB48
- Crayon Friends from AKB48 (クレヨンフレンズ from AKB48)
- Chocolove from AKB48
- Himawari-gumi (ひまわり組)
- Okashina Sisters (お菓子なシスターズ)
- AKBIdoling!!! (AKBアイドリング!!!)
- Natto Angels (ナットウエンジェル)
- Queen & Elizabeth
Baragumi and Yurigumi
On November 4th, 2006, it was announced that the members of Akihabara48 would be rearranged into two groups: Baragumi ('rose group') and Yurigumi ('lily group'). No more official announcements have been made on this matter since then, and it is widely believed that this idea has been scrapped.
The two groups are as follows (☆ denotes a girl who has changed teams or graduated since the announcement was made):
- Team A: Hirajima Natsumi☆, Kojima Haruna, Komatani Hitomi☆, Masuyama Kayano☆, Minegishi Minami, Oshima Mai☆, Takahashi Minami, Urano Kazumi☆, Watanabe Shiho☆.
- Team K: Akimoto Sayaka, Imai Yu☆, Kasai Tomomi☆, Kobayashi Kana, Matsubara Natsumi, Noro Kayo☆, Ohori Megumi☆, Ono Erena☆.
- Team A: Hoshino Michiru☆, Itano Tomomi, Kawasaki Nozomi☆, Maeda Atsuko☆, Nakanishi Rina☆, Narita Risa☆, Ohe Tomomi☆, Sato Yukari☆, Shinoda Mariko, Tojima Hana☆.
- Team K: Hayano Kaoru☆, Masuda Yuka☆, Miyazawa Sae, Oku Manami☆, Oshima Yuko, Sato Natsuki☆, Takada Ayana☆, Umeda Ayaka.
AKB48 Senbatsu Events
- [2009.07.08] AKB48 13th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo "Kamisama ni Chikatte Gachi Desu"
- [2010.06.08] AKB48 17th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo "Kaasan ni Chikatte, Gachi Desu"
- [2011.06.08] AKB48 22nd Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo "Kotoshi mo Gachi Desu"
- [2012.06.06] AKB48 27th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo "Fan ga Erabu 64 Giseki"
- [2013.06.08] AKB48 32nd Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo
Senbatsu Janken Taikai
- [2010.09.21] AKB48 19th Single Senbatsu Janken Taikai
- [2011.09.20] AKB48 24th Single Senbatsu Janken Taikai
- [2012.09.18] AKB48 29th Single Senbatsu Janken Taikai
- [2007.03.07] Team A 1st Stage "PARTY ga Hajimaru yo" (チームA 1st Stage「PARTYが始まるよ」)
- [2007.03.07] Team A 2nd Stage "Aitakatta" (チームA 2nd Stage「会いたかった」)
- [2007.03.07] Team A 3rd Stage "Dareka no Tame ni" (チームA 3rd Stage「誰かのために」)
- [2007.03.07] Team K 1st Stage "PARTY ga Hajimaru yo" (チームK 1st Stage「PARTYが始まるよ」)
- [2007.03.07] Team K 2nd Stage "Seishun Girls" (チームK 2nd Stage「青春ガールズ」)
- [2007.03.07] Team K 3rd Stage "Nonai Paradise" (チームK 3rd Stage「脳内パラダイス」)
- [2009.08.11] Team A 5th Stage "Renai Kinshi Jourei" (チームA 5th Stage 「恋愛禁止条例」)
- [2009.08.11] Team K 5th Stage "Saka Agari" (チームK 5th Stage 「逆上がり」)
- [2009.08.11] Team B 4th Stage "Idol no Yoake" (チームB 4th Stage 「アイドルの夜明け」)
- [2010.08.07] Team K 6th Stage "RESET" (チームK 6th Stage 「RESET」)
- [2010.08.07] Team B 5th Stage "Theater no Megami" (チームB 5th Stage 「シアターの女神｣)
- [2010.09.18] Team A 6th Stage "Mokugekisha" (チームA 6th Stage ｢目撃者｣)
- [2013.01.01] Team A 4th Stage "Tadaima Ren'aichuu" (チームA 4th Stage 「ただいま恋愛中」)
- [2013.01.01] Team K 4th Stage "Saishuu Bell ga Naru" (チームK 4th Stage 「最終ベルが鳴る」)
- [2013.01.01] Team B 1st Stage "Seishun Girls" (Team B 1st Stage 「青春ガールズ」)
- [2013.01.01] Team B 2nd Stage "Aitakatta" (チームB 2nd Stage「会いたかった」)
- [2013.01.01] Team B 3rd Stage "Pajama Drive" (チームB 3rd Stage「パジャマドライブ」)
- [2013.01.01] Himawari-gumi 1st Stage "Boku no Taiyou" (ひまわり組 1st stage 「僕の太陽」)
- [2013.01.01] Himawari-gumi 2nd Stage - Yume wo Shinaseru Wake Ikanai (ひまわり組 2nd Stage 「夢を死なせるわけにいかない」)
- [2013.01.22] Team 4 1st stage "Boku no Taiyou" (チーム4 1st stage 「僕の太陽」)
- [2008.01.01] SET LIST ~Greatest Songs 2006-2007~ (SET LIST～グレイテストソングス 2006-2007～)
- [2010.04.07] Kamikyokutachi (神曲たち; Godly Songs)
- [2010.07.14] SET LIST ~Greatest Songs Kanzenban~ (SET LIST～グレイテストソングス～完全盤; SET LIST ~Greatest Songs~ Complete Edition)
- [2006.02.01] Sakura no Hanabiratachi (桜の花びらたち; Cherry Blossom Petals)
- [2006.06.07] Skirt, Hirari (スカート、ひらり; Skirt, Flutters)
- [2006.10.25] Aitakatta (会いたかった; I Wanted to Meet You)
- [2007.01.31] Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru (制服が邪魔をする; My School Uniform Gets in the Way)
- [2007.04.18] Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou (軽蔑していた愛情; Scorned Love)
- [2007.07.18] BINGO!
- [2007.08.08] Boku no Taiyou (僕の太陽; My Sun)
- [2007.10.31] Yuuhi wo Miteiru ka? (夕陽を見ているか?; Do You See the Sunset?)
- [2008.01.23] Romance, Irane (ロマンス、イラネ; No Need for Romance)
- [2008.02.27] Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008 (桜の花びらたち2008; Cherry Blossom Petals 2008)
- [2008.10.22] Oogoe Diamond (大声ダイヤモンド; Diamond Shout)
- [2009.03.04] 10nen Zakura (10年桜; 10-Year Cherry Blossoms)
- [2009.06.24] Namida Surprise! (涙サプライズ!; Tearful Surprise!)
- [2009.08.26] Iiwake Maybe (言い訳Maybe; Maybe It's an Excuse)
- [2009.10.21] RIVER
- [2010.02.17] Sakura no Shiori (桜の栞; Cherry Blossom Bookmark)
- [2010.05.26] Ponytail to Chouchou (ポニーテールとシュシュ; Ponytail and Scrunchie)
- [2010.08.18] Heavy Rotation (ヘビーローテーション)
- [2010.10.27] Beginner
- [2010.12.08] Chance no Junban (チャンスの順番; My Turn by Chance)
- [2011.02.16] Sakura no Ki ni Narou (桜の木になろう; Let's Become a Cherry Tree)
- [2011.05.25] Everyday, Katyusha (Everyday、カチューシャ; Everyday, Headband)
- [2011.08.24] Flying Get (フライングゲット)
- [2011.10.26] Kaze wa Fuiteiru (風は吹いている; The Wind is Blowing)
- [2011.12.07] Ue kara Mariko (上からマリコ; Mariko from the Top)
- [2012.02.15] GIVE ME FIVE!
- [2012.05.23] Manatsu no Sounds good! (真夏のSounds good!; Midsummer Sounds good!)
- [2012.08.29] Gingham Check (ギンガムチェック)
- [2012.10.31] UZA
- [2012.12.05] Eien Pressure (永遠プレッシャー; Eternal Pressure)
- [2013.02.20] So long!
- [2013.05.22] Sayonara Crawl (さよならクロール; Goodbye Crawl)
- [2013.08.??] TBA
- [2009.08.29] Arigatou -2010 Natsu Ver.- (アリガトウ -2010夏 ver.-)
- [2008.06.13] Baby! Baby! Baby!
- [2011.04.01] Dareka no Tame ni -What can I do for someone?- <Haishin Gentei Charity Song> (誰かのために -What can I do for someone?- ＜配信限定チャリティソング＞)
- [2013.03.08] Tenohira ga Kataru Koto (掌が語ること)
- [2008.08.30] Baby! Baby! Baby! Video Clip Collection
- [2010.07.14] Nogashita Sakanatachi~Single Video Collection~ (逃した魚たち〜シングルビデオコレクション〜)
- [2011.06.24] AKB ga Ippai ~The Best Music Video~ (AKBがいっぱい ～ザ・ベスト・ミュージックビデオ～)
- [2007.03.21] Team A 1st Stage "PARTY ga Hajimaru yo" (チームA 1st Stage「PARTYが始まるよ」)
- [2007.03.21] Team A 2nd Stage "Aitakatta" (チームA 2nd Stage「会いたかった」)
- [2007.03.21] Team A 3rd Stage "Dareka no Tame ni" (チームA 3rd Stage「誰かのために」)
- [2007.03.21] Team K 1st Stage "PARTY ga Hajimaru yo" (チームK 1st Stage「PARTYが始まるよ」)
- [2007.03.21] Team K 2nd Stage "Seishun Girls" (チームK 2nd Stage「青春ガールズ」)
- [2007.03.21] Starter Kit "Ima kara demo maniau AKB48!!" (スターターキット「今からでも間に合うAKB48!!」)
- [2007.11.28] Team K 3rd Stage "Nonai Paradise" (チームK 3rd Stage「脳内パラダイス」)
- [2007.11.28] Team A 4th Stage "Tadaima Renaichuu" (チームA 4th Stage「ただいま恋愛中」)
- [2008.03.26] Team B 1st Stage ~Seishun Girls~ (チームB 1st stage ~青春ガールズ~)
- [2008.04.23] Himawari-gumi 1st Stage "Boku no Taiyou" (ひまわり組 1st stage「僕の太陽」)
- [2008.09.26] Team B 2nd Stage "Aitakatta" (チームB 2nd Stage「会いたかった」)
- [2008.10.02] Himawari-gumi 2nd Stage "Yume wo Shinaseru Wake Ikanai" (ひまわり組 2nd Stage「夢を死なせるわけにいかない」)
- [2009.04.03] Team B 3rd Stage "Pajama Drive" (チームB 3rd stage 「パジャマドライブ」)
- [2009.09.11] Team K 4th Stage "Saishuu Bell ga Naru" (チームK 4th Stage 「最終ベルが鳴る」)
- [2010.04.23] Team K 5th Stage "Saka Agari" (チームK 5th Stage 「逆上がり」）
- [2010.06.12] Team B 4th Stage "Idol no Yoake" (チームB 4th Stage 「アイドルの夜明け)
- [2010.06.19] Team A 5th Stage "Renai Kinshi Jourei" (チームA 5th Stage「恋愛禁止条例)
- [2007.01.31] First Concert "Aitakatta ~Hashira wa Nai ze!~" in Nihon Seinenkan Normal Version (ファーストコンサート「会いたかった～柱はないぜ!～」in 日本青年館ノーマルバージョン)
- [2007.01.31] First Concert "Aitakatta "Hashira wa Nai ze!" in Nihon Seinenkan Shuffle Version (ファーストコンサート「会いたかった～柱はないぜ!～」in 日本青年館 シャッフルバージョン)
- [2007.07.18] "Haru no Chotto Dake Zenkoku Tour ~Madamada da ze AKB48!~" in Nihon Kouseinenkin Kaikan (「春のちょっとだけ全国ツアー ～まだまだだぜ AKB48!～」in 東京厚生年金会館)
- [2008.07.25] AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 2008 (AKB48 リクエストアワーセットリストベスト100 2008)
- [2008.11.20] Live DVD wa Derudaroukedo, Yappari Iki ni Kagiruze! AKB48 Natsu Matsuri (ライブDVDは出るだろうけど、やっぱり生に限るぜ! AKB48夏祭り)
- [2008.12.27] AKB48 Maseka, Kono Concert no Ongen wa Ryuushutsushinai yo ne? AKB48 まさか、このコンサートの音源は流出しないよね?)
- [2009.02.28] Nenwasure Kanshasai Shuffle Sumaze, AKB! SKE mo Yoroshiku ne (年忘れ感謝祭 シャッフルするぜ、AKB! SKEもよろしくね)
- [2009.04.23] AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 2009 (AKB48 リクエストアワーセットリストベスト100 2009)
- [2009.08.08] "Kami Kouen Yotei" Shohan no Jijou ni Yori, Kami Kouen ni Naranai Baai mo Arimasuno de, Goryoushou Kudasai.(「神公演予定」* 諸般の事情により、神公演にならない場合もありますので、ご了承ください。)
- [2009.11.01] AKB48 Bunshin no Jutsu Tour (AKB48 分身の術ツアー)
- [2009.11.01] AKB104 Senbatsu Members Sokaku Matsuri (AKB104選抜メンバー組閣祭り)
- [2009.11.01] AKB48 Bunshin no Jutsu Tour / AKB104 Senbatsu Members Sokaku Matsuri (AKB48 分身の術ツアー/AKB104選抜メンバー組閣祭り)
- [2010.04.23] AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 2010 (AKB48 リクエストアワーセットリストベスト100 2010)
- [2010.06.23] AKB48 Manseki Matsuri Kibou Sanpi Ryouron (AKB48 満席祭り希望 賛否両論)
- [2010.10.02] AKB48 Suprise wa arimasen (AKB48 サプライズはありません)
- [2010.11.28] AKB48 AKB ga yattekita!! (AKB48 AKBがやって来た!!)
- [2011.01.20] AKB48 TeamOgi Matsuri (AKB48 TeamOgi祭)
- [2011.02.06] AKB48 SKE48 LIVE IN ASIA
- [2011.02.26] Tokyo Aki Matsuri (東京秋祭り)
- [2011.03.09] AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 2011 (AKB48 リクエストアワーセットリスト ベスト 100 2011)
- [2011.04.22] DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 to be continued 10 Nengo, Shojo Tachi wa Ima no Jibun ni Nani wo Omounodaro? (10年後、少女たちは今の自分に何を思うのだろう?)
- [2011.10.15] AKB48 Minogashita Kimitachi e ~AKB48 Group Zenkouen~ (AKB48 見逃した君たちへ ～AKB48グループ全公演～)
- [2011.12.28] AKB48 Yoshaa Ikuzo! in Seibu Dome First Concert DVD (AKB48 よっしゃぁ〜行くぞぉ〜! in 西武ドーム 第一公演 DVD)
- [2011.12.28] AKB48 Yoshaa Ikuzo! in Seibu Dome Digest Edition (AKB48 よっしゃぁ〜行くぞぉ〜! in 西武ドーム ダイジェスト盤)
- [2011.12.28] AKB48 Yoshaa Ikuzo! in Seibu Dome Special Box (AKB48 よっしゃぁ〜行くぞぉ〜! in 西武ドーム スペシャルBOX)
- [2012.02.07] AKB ga Ippai ～SUMMER TOUR 2011～
- [2012.03.21] AKB48 in a-nation 2011
- [2012.03.28] AKB48 Kohaku Taiko Utagassen (紅白対抗歌合戦)
- [2012.04.20] DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 Show must go on Shoujo Tachi wa Kizutsukinagara, Yume wo Miru (少女たちは傷つきながら、夢を見る)
- [2012.06.13] AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 2012
- [2012.09.05] Maeda Atsuko Namida no Sotsugyo Sengen! in Saitama Super Arena ~Gyomu Renraku. Tanomuzo, Katayama Bucho!~
- [2012.11.22] AKB48 National Tour 2012 Nonaka Misato, Ugoku. ~47 Todoufuken de Aimashou~ (AKB48全国ツアー2012 野中美郷、動く。 ～47都道府県で会いましょう～)
- [2012.11.28] AKB48 in TOKYO DOME ~1830m no Yume~ (AKB48 in TOKYO DOME ～1830mの夢～)
- [2013.03.27] Dai 2 Kai AKB48 Kohaku Taiko Utagassen
- [2013.04.24] AKB48 Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2013
- [2013.04.26] DOCUMENTARY OF AKB48 NO FLOWER WITHOUT RAIN Shoujo Tachi wa Namida no Ato ni Nani wo Miru?
- [2009.10.17] AKB48 DVD MAGAZINE VOL.1 AKB48 13th Single Senbatsu Sosenkyo "Kamisama ni Chikatte Gachi Desu" (AKB48 DVD MAGAZINE VOL.1 AKB48 13thシングル選抜総選挙「神様に誓ってガチです」)
- [2009.12.12] AKB48 DVD MAGAZINE VOL.2 AKB48 Natsu no Saru Obasan Matsuri in Fujikyu High Land (AKB48 DVD MAGAZINE VOL.2 AKB48 夏のサルオバサン祭り in 富士急ハイランド)
- [2010.01.20] AKB48 DVD MAGAZINE VOL.3 AKB48 Kaigai Ensei 2009 (AKB48 DVD MAGAZINE VOL.3 AKB48 海外遠征 2009)
- [2010.09.04] AKB48 DVD MAGAZINE VOL.4 AKB48 17th Single Senbatsu Sosenkyo "Kaasan ni Chikatte, Gachi Desu" (AKB48 DVD MAGAZINE VOL.4 AKB48 17thシングル選抜総選挙「母さんに誓って、ガチです」)
- [2010.12.25] AKB48 DVD MAGAZINE VOL.5 AKB48 19th Single Senbatsu Janken Taikai (AKB48 DVD MAGAZINE VOL.5 AKB48 19thシングル選抜じゃんけん大会)
- [2011.01.29] AKB48 DVD MAGAZINE VOL.6 AKB48 Yakushiji Hono Kouen 2010 "Yume no Hanabira Tachi" (AKB48 DVD MAGAZINE VOL.6 AKB48 薬師寺奉納公演2010「夢の花びらたち」)
- [2011.09.23] AKB48 DVD MAGAZINE VOL.7 AKB48 22nd Single Senbatsu Sosenkyo "Kotoshi mo Gachi Desu" (AKB48 DVD MAGAZINE VOL.7 AKB48 22ndシングル選抜総選挙「今年もガチです」)
- [2011.12.24] AKB48 DVD MAGAZINE VOL.8 AKB48 24th Single Senbatsu "Janken Taikai 2011.9.20" (AKB48 DVD MAGAZINE VOL.8 AKB48 24thシングル選抜「じゃんけん大会 2011.9.20」)
Compilations / Others
- [2011.09.07] Music Box Selection Aitakatta / Heavy Rotation
- [2013.03.20] Wreck-It Ralph Original Sound Track (#4 Sugar Rush)
- [2005.12.08 - 2006.03.31] Team A 1st Stage "PARTY ga Hajimaru yo" (チームA 1st Stage「PARTYが始まるよ」)
- [2006.04.15 - 2006.08.11] Team A 2nd Stage "Aitakatta" (チームA 2nd Stage「会いたかった」)
- [2006.08.20 - 2007.01.25] Team A 3rd Stage "Dareka no Tame ni" (チームA 3rd Stage「誰かのために」)
- [2007.02.25 - 2007.06.26] Team A 4th Stage "Tadaima Renaichuu" (チームA 4th Stage 「ただいま 恋愛中」)
- [2008.04.20 - 2008.10.11] Team A 4th Stage "Tadaima Renaichuu" (チームA 4th Stage 「ただいま 恋愛中」)
- [2008.10.19 - 2010.05.20] Team A 5th Stage "Renai Kinshi Jourei" (チームA 5th Stage 「恋愛禁止条例」)
- [2010.07.27 - 2012.10.29] Team A 6th Stage "Mokugekisha" (チームA 6th Stage 「目撃者」)
- [2012.11.02 - ] Waiting Stage
- [2006.04.01 - 2006.07.05] Team K 1st Stage "PARTY ga Hajimaru yo" (チームA K 1st Stage 「PARTYが始まるよ」)
- [2006.11.08 - 2006.12.14] Team K 1st Stage "PARTY ga Hajimaru yo" (チームA K 1st Stage 「PARTYが始まるよ」)
- [2006.07.08 - 2006.11.06] Team K 2nd Stage "Seishun Girls" (チームK 2nd Stage「青春ガールズ」)
- [2006.12.17 - 2007.06.22] Team K 3rd Stage "Nonai Paradise" (チームK 3rd Stage「脳内パラダイス」)
- [2008.05.31 - 2009.04.04] Team K 4th Stage "Saishuu Bell ga Naru" (チームK 4th Stage 「最終ベルが鳴る」)
- [2009.04.11 - 2010.02.21] Team K 5th Stage "Saka Agari" (チームK 5th Stage 「逆上がり」)
- [2010.03.12 - 2012.10.24] Team K 6th Stage "RESET" (チームK 6th Stage 「RESET」)
- [2012.11.01 - ] Waiting Stage
- [2007.04.08 - 2007.10.02] Team B 1st Stage "Seishun Girls" (チームB 1st Stage 「青春ガールズ」)
- [2007.10.07 - 2008.02.21] Team B 2nd Stage "Aitakatta" (チームB 2nd Stage 「会いたかった」)
- [2008.03.01 - 2009.02.01] Team B 3rd Stage "Pajama Drive" (チームB 3rd Stage 「パジャマドライブ」)
- [2009.02.08 - 2010.04.17] Team B 4th Stage "Idol no Yoake" (チームB 4th Stage 「アイドルの夜明け」)
- [2010.04.21 - 2012.10.22] Team B 5th Stage "Theater no Megami" (チームB 5th Stage 「シアターの女神」)
- [2012.11.03 - ] Waiting Stage
- [2011.10.10 - 2012.10.25] Team 4 1st Stage "Boku no Taiyou" (チーム4 1st stage 「僕の太陽」)
- [2007.07.01 - 2007.11.30] Himawari gumi 1st Stage "Boku no Taiyou" (ひまわり組 1st stage 「僕の太陽」)
- [2007.12.08 - 2008.04.19] Himawari-gumi 2nd Stage - Yume wo Shinaseru Wake Ikanai (ひまわり組 2nd Stage 「夢を死なせるわけにいかない」)
- [2008.05.22 - 2008.10.07] Team Kenkyusei 1st Stage "Tadaima Renaichuu" (チーム研究生 1st Stage 「ただいま 恋愛中」)
- [2009.03.06 - 2010.04.12] Team Kenkyusei 2nd Stage "Idol no Yoake" (チーム研究生 2nd Stage 「アイドルの夜明け」)
- [2010.04.17 - 2010.06.18] Team Kenkyusei 3rd Stage "Renai Kinshi Jourei" (チーム研究生 3rd Stage 「恋愛禁止条例」)
- [2010.06.20 - 2011.04.03] Team Kenkyusei 4th Stage "Theater no Megami" (チーム研究生 5th Stage 「シアターの女神」)
- [2012.03.29 - 2012.09.08] Team Kenkyusei 5th Stage "RESET" (チーム研究生 5th Stage 「RESET」)
- [2012.08.19 - ] Team Kenkyusei 6th Stage "Boku no Taiyou" (チーム研究生 1st stage 「僕の太陽」)
- [2006.02.18] AKB48 Welcomebook vol.1
- [2006.03.01] Micchaku! "AKB48" Photo Album Vol. 1 The Debut (密着!「AKB48」~写真集 Vol.1 the・デビュー)
- [2006.06.15] AKB48 Welcomebook vol.2
- [2007.03.03] AKB48 Jump & Cry ― Shinoyama Kishin Shashinshuu (AKB48 Jump & Cry―篠山紀信写真集)
- [2008.03.18] AKB48 Visual Book 2008 - featuring Team A (AKB48 ヴィジュアルブック 2008―featuring team A)
- [2008.03.18] AKB48 Visual Book 2008 - featuring Team K (AKB48 ヴィジュアルブック 2008―featuring team K)
- [2008.03.18] AKB48 Visual Book 2008 - featuring Team B (AKB48 ヴィジュアルブック 2008―featuring team B)
- [2008.03.18] AKB48 Visual Book 2008 - featuring Research Student (AKB48 ヴィジュアルブック 2008―featuring Research Student)
- [2008.12.16] AKB48 Complete Book 2005-2008
- [2009.08.20] AKB48 Sousenkyo! Mizugi Sunrize Happyou (AKB48総選挙! 水着サプライズ発表)
- [2009.12.08] AKB48 Oversea Travel Diary
- [2010.07.23] AKB48 Visual Book 2010 - featuring Team A (AKB48 ヴィジュアルブック 2010―featuring team A)
- [2010.07.23] AKB48 Visual Book 2010 - featuring Team K (AKB48 ヴィジュアルブック 2010―featuring team K)
- [2010.07.23] AKB48 Visual Book 2010 - featuring Team B (AKB48 ヴィジュアルブック 2010―featuring team B)
- [2011.10.xx] Marugoto AKB48 (まるごとAKB48)
- [2011.09.xx] AKB48 Janken Senbatsu Official Guide Book 2011
- [2011.09.xx] AKB48 1/48 Idol to Guamu de Koishitara Official Guide Book
- [2011.10.xx] AKB48 Changing Sticker Book Team A
- [2011.10.xx] AKB48 Changing Sticker Book Team K
- [2011.10.xx] AKB48 Changing Sticker Book Team B
- [2011.09.xx] AKB49 -Renai Kinshi Jorei- 4 (AKB49〜恋愛禁止条例〜)
- [2011.09.xx] AKB48 Chugaku English (AKB48中学英語)
- [2011.10.xx] AKB48 Saikyo Maruhi Joho Kyoku
- [2011.12.09] AKB48 Official Calendar Box 2012 CHEER UP! -Anata ni Egao wo Todokemasu-
- [2009.11.xx] Yan Yan Vol.9 (Cover & Feature)
- [2010.07.xx] B.L.T. (Feature)
- [2010.09.xx] B.L.T. Movie Girls Vol.3 (Feature)
- [2010.10.xx] UP to boy Vol.200 December 2010 Issue (Feature)
- [2011.08.xx] BOMB! September 2011 Issue (Cover & Feature)
- [2011.08.xx] UP to boy Vol.205 October 2011 Issue (Cover & Feature)
- [2010.11.xx] Yan Yan Vol.17 (Cover & Feature)
- [2011.03.xx] Yan Yan Vol.19 (Feature)
- [2011.04.xx] memew 51 (Feature)
- [2011.05.xx] Popolo July 2011 Issue (Feature)
- [2011.08.xx] memew Vol.52 (Feature)
- [2011.10.xx] ARENA37 Degree November 2011 Issue (Feature)
- [2011.10.xx] AKB48 Janken Taikai Special Issue 2011 (FLASH Extra Number)
- [2011.10.xx] UP to boy Vol.206 December 2011 Issue (Cover & Feature)
- [2011.10.xx] BOMB! November 2011 Issue (Cover, Feature & Poster)
- [2011.10.xx] AKB48 x Shukan Playboy Vol.2
- [2011.12.01] AKB48 Trading Collection BOX
-  Densen Uta (伝染歌)
- [2011.01.22] DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 to be continued "10 Nengo, Shoujo Tachi wa Ima no Jibun ni Nani o Omou Nodarou?"
- [2012.01.27] DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 Show must go on Shoujo-tachi wa Kizutsuki Nagara, Yume wo Miru
- [2013.02.01] DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 No flower without rain Shoujo Tachi wa Namida no Ato ni Nani wo Miru?
-  Majisuka Gakuen (マジすか学園)
-  Sakura Kara no Tegami~AKB48 Sorezore no Sotsugyou Monogatari~ ~(桜からの手紙~それぞれの卒業物語~)
-  Majisuka Gakuen 2 (マジスカ学園2)
-  Majisuka Gakuen 3 (マジスカ学園3)
- [Nippon TV] (2008-10-01 to Present) AKBINGO!
- [Enta!371]（2007.10 - 2009.9) AKB48+10
- [Family Gekijo] AKB48 Nemousu Terebi (AKB48 ネ申テレビ)
- [Nippon TV] (2008-04-07 to 2008-09-29) AKB 0ji 59fun (AKB0時59分)
- [NHK] （2008.11.8-2009.3.31 to present) Suiensa すイエんサー
- [TV Tokyo] （2009.7.10 to present ） ShuukanAKB 週刊AKB
- [Enta!371] （2009.11.18. to present ） AKB1/48
- [bayfm] ON8
- [CBC Radio] AKB48 Konya wa Kaeranai... (AKB48 今夜は帰らない…)
- [Star Radio] AKB48 no Zenryoku de Kikanakya Dame Jyan!! (AKB48の全力で聴かなきゃダメじゃん!!)
- [Bunka Hoso] AKB48 Asu Made Mou Chotto. (AKB48 明日までもうちょっと。)
- [Bunka Hoso] Sakurazuka Yakkun no Sukeban Rengo Kinkyu Shukai (桜塚やっくんのスケバン連合緊急集会)
- [TOKYO FM] COUNTDOWN JAPAN
- [TOKYO FM] AKB48 no Yonpachi After (AKB48のよんぱちアフター)
- Cokyo Koukoku Kikyo (公共広告機構) / Mittsu no R de Chikyu wo Sukue! REDUCE RESUME RECYCLE (3つのRで地球を救え! REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE)
- Recrute (リクルート) / Hana Saku・Project (ハナサク・プロジェクト)
- Tokyo City「TOKYO exercises」
- Yomiuri Newpaper 『読売新聞×AKB48』
- Recochoku 「レコチョクの部屋 AKB編」
- Akimoto Yasushi begins recruiting members for the 'Akihabara 48 Project'
- 30 - Out of 7924 people, 24 girls are chosen for AKB48's first generation
- 3 - Lessons start in the Akihabara48 Theater
- 8 - Akihabara48 Theater opening night.
- 16 - Equipment trouble leads to the first handshake event. 50 fans participated
- 1 - 1st Indies Single Sakura no Hanabiratachi Released
- 26 - 19 girls are chosen from 11892 applicants to become Team K
- 1 - Team K begins performances
- 22 - Fanclub "Hashira no E" starts activities
- 23 - AKB48 appears in the drama Densha Otoko DELUXE Saigo no Seisen
- 25 - 1st Major Single Aitakatta released
- 3-4 - AKB48 First concert AKB48 First Concert "Aitakatta ~Hashira wa Nai ze!~
- 3 - 19 girls selected from 12828 applicants to form Team B
- 10 - Concert Tour AKB48 Haru no Chotto dake Zenkoku Tour ~Madamada daze AKB48!~
- 1 - Concert tour ends
- 8 - Team B debuts as a 16 person Team. AKB48 has 48 members
- 20 - 500th Theater Performance
- 2 - Watanabe Shiho graduates
- 30 - Masuyama Kayano graduates
- 31 - AKB48 appears on the Kohaku Utagassen
- 23 - 7th single Romance, Irane is released.
- 27 - 8th single Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008 is released.
- 13 - 9th single, 1st Digital single Baby! Baby! Baby! is released.
- 15 - Kikuchi Ayaka fired
- 29 - Inoue Naru graduates
- 22 - 10th single Oogoe Diamond is released.
- 1 - Noguchi Reina and Matsuoka Yuki graduate
- 27 - Kawasaki Nozomi graduates
- 28 - Nenwasure Kanshasai Shuffle Sumaze, AKB! SKE mo Yoroshiku ne DVD is released
- 04 - 11th single 10nen Zakura is released
- 24 - Naruse Risa graduates
- 24 - 12th single Namida Surprise! is released
- 08 - 1st Senbatsu Election
- 21 - 14th single RIVER is released
- 10 - Majisuka Gakuen airs on TV Tokyo
- 17 - 15th single Sakura no Shiori is released.
- 07 - 2nd album Kamikyokutachi is released.
- 26 - 16th single Ponytail to Chouchou is released.
- 08 - 2nd Senbatsu Election
- 18 - 17th single Heavy Rotation is released.
- 27 - Ono Erena Graduates
- 27 - 18th single Beginner is released.
- 12 - AKB48 certified as “Pop group with the most amount of members” by the Guinness book
- 08 - 19th single Chance no Junban is released.
- 20 - AKB48 Held their 3 day concert AKB48 Request Hour Best Set List 100 2011
- 21 - New Sub-Unit Not yet is announced at AKB48 Request Hour Best Set List 100 2011
- 22 - AKB48's movie DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 to be continued 10nengo, Shoujotachi wa Ima no Jibun ni Nani wo Omou no Darou? Premieres in theaters
- 16 - 20th single Sakura no Ki ni Narou is released
- 20 - Oku Manami announces she will graduate on April, 2011.
- 26 - Sakura Kara no Tegami ~AKB48 Sorezore no Sotsugyou Monogatari~ premieres on TV Tokyo
- 27 - New Sub-unit DiVA is announced at the end of a Team K theater show.
- 15 - Majisuka Gakuen 2 airs on TV Tokyo
- 06 - Team 4 formed
- 08 - 3rd Senbatsu Election results
- 24 - 22nd single Flying Get released
- 11 - New AKB48 sister group based on Jakarta, Indonesia, JKT48
- 20 - 24th single Janken Tournament at Nippon Budoukan
- 05 - AKB48 becomes the top-selling girl group in single sales
- 15 - 25th single GIVE ME FIVE! released
- 23 - 26th single Manatsu no Sounds Good! released
- 23 - AKB48 wins triple awards at ‘2012 JASRAC Awards’
- 28 - AKB48’s “Manatsu no Sounds good!” breaks new record and sells over 1.61 million copies in first week
- 08 - 4th Senbatsu Election
- 13 - Majisuka Gakuen 3 was aired on TV Tokyo
- 31 - 28th single UZA released
- 05 - 29th single Eien Pressure released
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