Archive for January, 2011

Takahashi Minami Real Life Web Article Translation
January 25, 2011

An article about Takamina, entitled The Leader Who Supports AKB48 “Takamina”, has recently been posted on Real Life Web. Special thanks goes out to htmfan for sharing the article with me / requesting it to be translated – thank you so much! ❤ As always I cannot guarantee for my translation to be 100% spot on perfect (I have a few notes at the end pointing out certain sentences I couldn’t make out), however I gave it my best and I like to believe I managed to capture the overall mood of the article 🙂 It’s a wonderful read that truly honors and praises Takamina, so check it out below!

The Leader Who Supports AKB48 “Takamina” (2011-01-20)

Together Team A, Team K, Team B, as well as SDN48 and kenkyuusei (research students) make up the considerably large, very popular AKB48 family.  Furthermore, the members are girls who participate and play an active part in the entertainment world. How on earth are these girls organized?

“It has been said that [this is due to] the large presence of Takahashi Minami, also known as Takamina,” said an entertainment writer. Takahashi passed the “AKB48 Opening Member Audition,” entering the group with other AKB48 members. *

In AKB48, the petite Takahashi is 148 centimeters tall, and is currently the Team A captain. It has been said that when AKB48 and their staff connect in a circle and cheer to encourage each other during concerts, it is always Takahashi who serves as a representative and gives a speech at that time.  Writer Iwasaki Natsumi has praised her leadership. While events such as elections, the Janken tournament, etc. can put a strain on the relationships [of the members], it is certainly amazing how [Takahashi] puts an end to it and has the great ability to organize and unite them. **

“She is not only a member of AKB48, but she is also highly respected by fans.  It has been revealed that the member that is most respected and honored is ‘Takamina.’” (Public entertainment writer)

However, while it is acknowledged that she [Takahashi] is best at having the ability to bring this band together, it has been said that it is unknown how long she will be able to continue doing this.

Last year, as stated in her first photobook, Akimoto Yasushi said “Takahashi Minami is AKB48.” From now on, Takahashi will play an active role in the framework of AKB48, no matter where or what activities she does. ***

Chobi’s Translator Notes

* Couldn’t understand the next sentence; something about the audition and Akimoto Yasushi being one of the judges

** Subsequent sentence was a little unclear as well, something about how spectators feel about Takamina.

*** Not too sure about this paragraph; it was a bit difficult to translate as well.


It’s Takahashi Minami☆ The 2nd day!!!! (2011-01-22)
January 22, 2011

Today was the 2nd day of AX

The 2nd day

we announced ranks #75~#51

75: Sougen no Kiseki
74: Yasai Sisters
73: 3seconds
72: Gyu
71: Aozora Kataomoi
70: Kokoro no Hashi no Sofa
69: Namida no Seesaw Game
68: Tenshi no Shippo
67: Arashi no Yoru ni wa
66: Seventeen
65: Honest Man
64: Mayu no Tame ni
63: Sasae
62: Yuuhi wo Miteiru ka?
60: Baby! Baby! Baby!
59: Majisuka Rock ‘n Roll
58: Junjou Shugi
57: Tengoku Yarou
56: Nakeru Basho
55: Relax!
54: Tsundere!
53: Korogaru Ishi ni Nare
52: Nagisa no CHERRY
51: Theatre no Megami

EN1 Dear J
EN2 If
EN3 Shuumatsu Not Yet
EN4 Heavy Rotation

Today No Sleeves

got to sing 3seconds and Relax!
Everyone, thank you so much


started off with Tomochin’s debut single

Dear J
Then the single that just went on sale the other day, French Kiss’s new single


And after all of that was said and done, today’s surprise was…
Yuuchan, Yui, Kitarie and Sashihara’s new unit Not Yet and they performed their debut singleShuumatsu NotYet!!

Oh my gosh~ I was so surprised

I could totally dance to it,

it’s really cool and cute

More and more units are coming about!!
No Sleeves will do our best so we won’t lose to them!!!!

Well, see you tomorrow

Good night
Translated by: Kanki@Stage48

Takamina Blog Translations return!
January 22, 2011

So you all may recall that roughly two months into my translating Takamina’s blog entries, Takamina went on an insane blogging spree (and she’s still in). Unfortunately that was also right around the time when I had midterms and my semester at college was getting more and more hectic by the week, so I wasn’t able to translate Takamina’s blog entries in my absence. Luckily the amazing Kanki over at Stage48 took over my place in that time, and their translations are not only timely but much better than mine. As a result, I have decided to resume posting Takamina’s blog translations, only I’ll be posting (and properly crediting) Kanki because while I’d love to translate Takamina’s blog, it’s rather silly to try to translate them when Kanki is doing a much better job. Instead I’ll be translating various Takamina news articles and interviews as they surface, unless I decide to have my hand at translating Takamina’s entry to sharpen my Japanese skills. And yes, I am going to go back and try and finish her Oricon interview, as well as pull up the No Sleeves interview to see if I can decipher that as well 🙂 Anyway if you think I should do anything different or have any suggestions, let me know!

In the meantime, here’s Takamina latest blog entry, translated by Kanki of Stage48.

It’s Takahashi Minami☆ ☆First Day☆ – January 20, 2011
Starting today we’re finally beginning

Our annual tradition
AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 2011

This is our 4th year
Today is our first day and we announced the rankings of #100~#76

Here’s the ranking


100: Kioku no Dilemma
99: Jibunrashisa
97: AKB Sanjou
97: Kiss no Ryuusei
96: Seishun no Flag
95: Seishun no Komorebi
94: Shiroi Tulip
93: Aru Aki no Hi no Koto
92: Koi wo Kataru Shijin ni Narenakute
91: Mokugekisha
90: Blue rose
89: Kokoro no Hane
88: Ookami to Pride
87: Boku no YELL
86: Dear my teacher
85: 16nin Shimai no Uta
84: Sakura no Shiori
83: BINGO!
82: TANE
81: Tonari no Banana
80: Kuroi Tenshi
78: Nounai Paradise
77: Omoide Ijou
76: Sakura no Hanabiratachi

EN1: Koi no Onawa
EN2: Valentine Kiss
EN3: Chance no Junban
EN4: Ponytail to Shushu

3 No Sleeves songs ranked in
Everyone, thank you so much

I’m personally happy

I got to sing Higurashi no Koi

Every year AKB gets more songs
So naturally there will be songs that rank and songs that don’t rank
Thus, it would be difficult for a unit song from the olden days to actually rank…
I was able to perform this song thanks to all of you!!
Thank you so much
And and!!
Our graduates also were there today

I was really surprised at how much Kayano has grown

She was tinier than Takahashi back then~ (Distant Look lol lol)
The time sure went by
Speaking of!!
Everyone who came to AX

Everyone who came to the movie theatre

Thank you so much

See you tomorrow

AKB48 20th Single “Sakura no Ki ni Narou” Covers & Tracklist
January 18, 2011

The covers have finally been revealed for AKB48’s newest single, Sakura no Ki ni Narou! Check them out below, along with the tracklists:

Type-A CD Tracklist

1. Sakura no Ki ni Narou (桜の木になろう)

2. Guuzen no Juujiro (偶然の十字路) (Undergirls)

3. Kiss Made 100 Mile (キスまで100マイル) (MINT)

4. Sakura no Ki ni Narou off vocal ver.

5. Guuzen no Juujiro off vocal ver.

6. Kiss Made 100 Mile off vocal ver. 

Type-A DVD Tracklist

1. Sakura no Ki ni Narou MUSIC CLIP

2. Guuzen no Juujiro MUSIC CLIP

3. Kiss Made 100 Mile MUSIC CLIP

4. Members’ Personal Clothes Fashion Show (Type-A) (ガチ私服ファッションショー(Type-A) ) 

Type-B CD Tracklist

1. Sakura no Ki ni Narou (桜の木になろう)

2. Guuzen no Juujiro (偶然の十字路) (Undergirls)

3. Area K (エリアK) (DIVA)

4. Sakura no Ki ni Narou off vocal ver.

5. Guuzen no Juujiro off vocal ver.

6. Area K off vocal ver. 

Type-B DVD Tracklist

1. Sakura no Ki ni Narou MUSIC CLIP <Complete Version> (桜の木になろう MUSIC CLIP<完全版>)

2. Guuzen no Juujiro MUSIC CLIP


4. Members’ Personal Clothes Fashion Show (Type-B) (ガチ私服ファッションショー(Type-B)) 

Theatre CD Tracklist

1. Sakura no Ki ni Narou (桜の木になろう)

2. Guuzen no Juujiro (偶然の十字路) (Undergirls)

3. Ougon Center (黄金センター) (team Kenkyuusei)

4. Sakura no Ki ni Narou off vocal ver.

5. Guuzen no Juujiro off vocal ver.

6. Ougon Center off vocal ver.

Personally I think the covers are adorable and really seem to set the theme for the single. I’m not too keen on how spread out the “AKB48” is, but I think the font itself is gorgeous, and the jacket photos even more so. The Limited Edition covers with the girls jumping are really pretty, although the downside is is that it’s hard to see all of the girls, especially in the Limited Edition B version because not all of their faces seem to be facing on the camera.

On the plus side, Takamina looks absolutely fantastic in both B-Type covers :cute::cute::cute: I’m not a huge fan of her hair being pulled back the way it is, but still, I can’t help fangasming over how awesome and cool she looks :cute::cute::cute: (Can you tell which versions I’ll be buying? XD)

The single hits stores on February 16th – a great belated Valentine’s Day gift! – so preorder your copies and cross your fingers for a preview of the song or the PV soon!

No Sleeves’ 6th Single “Answer” Preview
January 15, 2011

It was revealed a little while ago that No Sleeves’ 6th single, “Answer,” was going to be the ending theme for the anime Beelzebub. The anime began airing on January 9th, and with it we were given a sneak peak of “Answer”! Check it out below:

We don’t have much too work off of – as the preview is only a minute and a half long, standard anime ending theme length – but to be honest, I’m really really liking it so far :). No Sleeves hasn’t really had a positively upbeat single in a while in my opinion, I kind to consider “Relax!” and “Kimishika” more mid-tempo and at an even middle ground, while “Kiss no Ryuusei” and “Lie” were more fast paced but kind of had a ‘dark’, more emotional feel to them. Before “Kimishika” came around “Tane” was my favorite No Sleeves’ single, so that’s probably another reason why I enjoy the kind of song “Answer” seems to be.

Plus, Takamina’s vocals are ace as always, and the lyrics sound gorgeous from what I can pick up, and that’s always a deal sealer for me 🙂

The single doesn’t hit stores until March 2nd, so we’re probably going to have to wait a while for a longer preview and/or the PV (fingers crossed they come soon though! <3). In the meantime check out the preview, hope for more teasers soon, and if you like what you hear reserve your copy!

No Sleeves featured in January 21st Issue of FRIDAY
January 11, 2011

So I went to my local Kinokuniya the other day and found a pleasant surprise – No Sleeves are featured on the cover and inside of the latest issue of FRIDAY!

I don’t usually like to buy FRIDAY because it’s a tabloid magazine and tends to feature… mature pictures in it, but I was so excited seeing No Sleeves on the cover that I couldn’t resist ^u^ Check out the scans below. Four words: TAKAMINA LOOKS EFFING GORGEOUS :cute::cute::cute:

No Sleeves appointed as MCs for TBS show “Kyun Kyun”
January 11, 2011

Announced on December 27th, No Sleeves have been appointed to be the main MCs for TBS’s Kyun Kyun ~Dakara Moteru! Koi no Kyun-teku 2010~

Scheduled for broadcast on December 27th, the No Sleeves members – Takahashi Minami, Kojima Haruna, and Minegishi Minami – will try to be “cool women” by learning little techniques to grab men’s hearts. The girls will learn how to text the guy after the party, how to hold a microphone during Karaoke, which songs one should sing at Karaoke, and many more!

As supporters, Matsushima Naomi (of ‘Othello’), and Yuki Maomi will make their appearances.

Source + Photo: Sports Hochi + Nikkan Sports

I’m not sure if this is going to be a permanent thing, since I haven’t seen any more episodes appear yet (then again I’ve been out of commission for a while so I might have missed them), but I think the idea of the show is absolutely adorable and I got a chance to watch it when it first came out, and I loved it. I love it when the girls get to talk about girly things like this, and it’s always great seeing Kojiharu, Takamina, and Miichan together and talking like this ^_^

T♥T! Update (1/11/11)
January 11, 2011

Hello everyone! Here’s a quick T♥T! update!

My computer and internet decided to ring in the new year by both crapping out on me, so that’s why updates have been so delayed. I’m terribly sorry about that! >< Also I’m not cool and don’t have a smart phone, so updating with mobile web wasn’t an option for me.

However everything is in working order, so we now return to your regularly schedule Takamina filled updates 🙂