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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.


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 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 ^_^

Takamina and 15 other AKB48 members selected as new “image” of H.I.S. CM
December 26, 2010

It was recently revealed in a December 20th article that Takamina and 15 other AKB48 members have been selected to be the new “image” of H.I.S new CM. For those of you who are unfamiliar with H.I.S, H.I.S is a travel business group that features a wordwide network of travel agencies, hotels, and other companies such as holdings and insurance companies. I tried translating the news article since it was rather short, and while it may not be perfect you can read the translation here:

AKB48: Shinoda Mariko, Takamina led 16 member group, in the colorful CA appearance “Yes!” “H.I.S” new CM

Idol group AKB48 will appear in travel agency H.I.S’s “First Dream Fair” CM wearing colorful cabin attendant costumes, which will be revealed in 20 days. It will be broadcasted across the nation except in Kansai on the 27th.

In the CM, Shinoda Mariko, Takahashi Minami, Kojima Haruna, Yokoyama Yui, Kashiwagi Yuki, Sashihara Rino,  Miyazawa Sae and 16 total members will perform “Ikitakatta Ikitakatta Ikitakatta~YES!”, (I wanted to go, I wanted to go, I wanted to go~ YES!) a parody of AKB48’s big hit “Aitakatta”, and “go abroad” to convey that message.   

“First Dream Fair”, with H.I.S and AKB48, is a special commemorative item collaboration, such as 48 yen round trip hotels accommodations and transportation plans in Hawaii and Guam. (Translator’s Note: I couldn’t really make out the last sentence clearly, but I believe it was talking about how the company has expanded since its formation on January 3rd, 1999, the prices of its tours, and how popular spots include Seoul and Taiwan.)  (Mainichi Shinbun Digital)

I am extremely excited to see this CM. Not only because Takamina is in it, but I find the fact that they’re going to do a parody of Aitakatta extremely hysterical ^^ I’ll post more news on the CM when the time comes and it is revealed, but until then enjoy some of the promotional images:

No Sleeves featured in Special Oricon Interview
December 26, 2010

Just like how Takamina was featured in a very lengthy, insightful, picture filled interview back when her 1st photobook was released, No Sleeves was recently featured in a Special Oricon Interview as well! It features interviews with the group as a whole, asks the members individual questions, and also include a lovely photo gallery. Check it out on the Oricon website over here, or just check out the images of Takamina and No Sleeves here:

I think what’s really interested is that the article does not only feature an interview, but also mini Q&A sessions and more interview questions in the days approaching the album’s release date.  Here’s a translation of Takamina interview on December 22nd, translated by Saya on Stage48.

Q. What kind of person do you (Takamina) see Kojiharu as?
【Takamina】Nyannyan is just as she looks, my paced. But there are times when I am saved by her my pace-ness.
Because I am the type who gets really really nervous, during those times she tells me “It’s alright.” It doesn’t have a base, but I am saved by that “It’s alright.”
【Kojiharu】 That’s because Takamina thinks about anything deeply~.
【Takamina】Thinking too much becomes really bad feeling.
【Kojiharu】 I am the type who doesn’t really think about stuff to deeply.

Q. What kind of person do you (Takamina) see Miichan as?
【Takamina】“The younger sister.” Even though I dislike it, I really think it would be nice to have this kind of little sister. She’s like a cat, like a free and selfish/willful tsundere. When she wants to be spoiled/fawned upon, she is, there are also times when she acts rude. (not sure about that last part)
【Miichan】 But when I go over, Takamina runs away!
【Takamina】 You’ve got it wrong. I am just waving about a little, sometimes being nice, it’s cute so it’s good.
【Miichan】That’s gross! (laugh)
【Takamina】You always hate that. (laugh)
【Miichan】 Takamina likes cats!, huh?
【Takamina】 Because I can’t keep cats, I am satisfied with Miichan!

I thought both mini interviews were very cute, and it’s a great chance for the fans to read about how the girls interact. I also think Takamina described Kojiharu and Miichan perfectly. I remember in the 2010 Team A Visual Book Kojiharu was voted the “My Pace” King out of all the Team A members, so I thought about that and giggled to myself when I saw Takamina said that ^_^ Kojiharu also seems like that kind of cool, laid back kind of person. I also thought the banter between Miichan and Takamina was hysterical xD I also felt bad whenever I rewatch Takamina’s private video and she tells the fans about her cats, and then says that she’s allergic. It’s adorable to know that Miichan is like a little to Takamina, and I think that also makes Miichan’s cuteness level rise even further ^u^

Anyway the interviews seem really fun to read and check out, so keep frequenting the Oricon page as No Sleeves’ album release date approaches to read the other interviews! ❤ And remember – the album hits stores on January 1st, 2011, so preorder your copy today!

Team Ogi Matsuri Concert Gets Special DVD Boxset Release
December 18, 2010

So, do you guys remember the Team Ogi Matsuri Event that Takamina and No Sleeves participated in back in September on the 15th and 16th? Well if you don’t I suggest you revisit here and here and get to fangirling with me because our prayers have been answered – the Team Ogi Matsuri is getting a Special DVD Boxset release! ❤ 


Here’s some information about preordering and the release date:

Release date:

Pre-order start:
2010/12/17 (Web/Mobile)
2010/12/18 (AKB48 Shop)

8,562 yen (Before tax)

Special Box Contents:
Disc 1 – 9/15 Concert
Disc 2 – 9/16 Concert
Disc 3 – Making
3 random trading cards (out of 13 total)

*Disc 1 & 2 are also sold separately for 3,800 yen each and include 1 trading card.

And here are the set lists:

Disk 1 (Day 1)

 01. overture (Team Ogi Ver.)
02. 3seconds (Persona [no3b])
03. Christmas Present (Persona [no3b])
04. Seishun no Flag (WH + BD: Komori, Iwasa, Matsubara, Nonaka)
05. Gyu (WH)
06. Kanpeki Guu no ne (Takahashi, Minegishi, Kojima, Urano, Matsubara)
07. Hatsukoi Dash (WH)
08. Lie (no3b + Itou Asako)
09. Kaze no Violin (Watanabe)
10. Kuchi Utsushi no Chocolate (Nonaka, Oota, Hirajima)
11. Kataomoi no Taikakusen (Komori, Matsubara, Iwasa)
12. Kiseki wa Yoru Umareru (Takahashi)
13. Chuu Shiyouze! (Kojima, Minegishi, Takahashi, Matsubara, Kikuchi, Komori + Idoling!!!’s Yokoyama Rurika)
14. Tengoku Yarou (Urano, Nakagawa, Hirajima, Nonaka)
15. Relax (no3b)
16. Kimi Shika (no3b)
17. Tane (Watanabe, Oota, Iwasa)
18. Heart no Ondo (Nonaka, Hirajima, Matsubara)
19. Kiss no Ryuusei (Nakagawa, Komori, Kikuchi)
20. Girls’ talk
21. Bye Bye Bye
22. Aitakatta (All)
23. Bus Stop (All)
22. Te no hira (All)

Disk 2 (Day 2)

01. overture (Team Ogi Ver.)
02. Yaruki Hanabi (WH)
03. Junai no Crescendo (no3b)
04. Kiss no Ryuusei (no3b)
05. Kagami no Naka no Joan of Arc (Kikuchi, Matsubara, Urano, Komori, Nonaka)
06. Mugiwara de Dance (Urano, Oota, Hirajima + Ikuina Akiko)
07. Ajisai Bashi (Iwasa + Jounouchi Sanae)
08. Toki no Kawa wo Koete (no3b)
09. Gyu (WH)
10. Kanpeki Guu no ne (WH)
11. Kiseki wa Yoru Umareru (Takahashi)
12. Gyakuten Oujisama (Minegishi, Komori, Nonaka)
13. Hoshi no Mukougawa (Kojima, Oota, Iwasa, Matsubara)
14. Nantai Renai Kuragekko (Watanabe)
15. Kimishika (no3b)
16. Tane (no3b)
17. Seishun no Komorebi (no3b)
18. Hatsukoi Dash (Nonaka, Matsubara, Iwasa, Komori + Ikuina Akiko)
19. Gomennasai (WH)
20. Hashiritai GO! GO! GO! (WH)
21. Akkanbe Bashi (All)
22. Hikoukigumo (All)
23. Bus stop (All)
24. Te no hira (All)
I… am so excited for this release, you have no idea. My heart is about to explode :cute::cute::cute: OMFG I AM TOTALLY SPENDING WHATEVER CHRISTMAS MONEY I GET ON THIS [rock][rock][rock] I absolutely LOVED No Sleeves’ performance of Toki no Kawa wo Koete, so I’m really looking forward to seeing that, plus seeing Takamina in Kanpeki Guu no ne, and live performances of Kiseki wa Yoru Umareru and 3 seconds, and… gyah~!!! *melts into a puddle*
To be honest I’ve never really wanted to buy any AKB48 concert boxsets before (Except for Team A’s AKB48 Zenkoku Tour “AKB ga yattekita!!” DVD that just came out, which I NEED to have because A6 is like my favorite stage ever and I need to see Matenryou no Kyori live), so I really, really want to get my hands on this baby! ^^ Unfortunately I need to do some more Christmas shopping and pay off some charges for gifts I bought people, but thank god Christmas is around the corner, plus I’ll be working over break, so I should be able to order this in no time, fingers crossed! ^^
If you’re like me and are absolutely freaking out over this, you can order your copy of the DVD Boxset, or buy both DVDs seperately, from Remember, the DVD goes on sale January 20th –  Snag your copies as soon as possible! 🙂

No Sleeves’ First Album “No Sleeves” Tracklists
December 1, 2010

The tracklists have finally been revealed for No Sleeves’ first album “No Sleeves”! (Source: Check them out!

Type-A: Kojima Haruna feature version


01. Relax!
02. キスの流星 (Kiss no Ryuusei)
03. 3seconds Remix
04. ハート型ウイルス [no3b ver.] (Heart Gata Virus [no3b ver.])
05. Bye Bye Bye
06. Cloudy sky [小嶋陽菜ソロ曲] (Kojima Haruna solo song)
07. 純愛のクレッシェンド (Junai no Crescendo)
08. クリスマスプレゼント Remix (Christmas Present Remix)
09. Lie
10. タネ (Tane)
11. 嘘でしょ?~七里ガ浜の七不思議~ [ガールズ・ING] (Usho desho? ~Shichirigahama no Nanafushigi~ [Girls・ING])

Type-B: Takahashi Minami feature version

01. Relax!
02. キスの流星 (Kiss no Ryuusei)
03. 3seconds Remix
04. ハート型ウイルス [no3b ver.] (Heart Gata Virus [no3b ver.])
05. Bye Bye Bye
06. 奇跡は夜生まれる [高橋みなみソロ曲] (Kiseki wa Yoru Umareru [Takahashi Minami solo song])
07. 純愛のクレッシェンド (Junai no Crescendo)
08. クリスマスプレゼント Remix (Christmas Present Remix)
09. Lie
10. タネ (Tane)
11. Next heaven(アニメ「アイドル合体ロボ ~ミナミナハルの戦い~」 主題歌) [EYES] (Anime “Idol Gattai Robo ~Minaminaharu no Tatakai~ Opening Theme [EYES])

Type-C: Minegishi Minami feature version

01. Relax!
02. キスの流星 (Kiss no Ryuusei)
03. 3seconds Remix
04. ハート型ウイルス [no3b ver.] (Heart Gata Virus [no3b ver.])
05. Bye Bye Bye
06. 私は私 [峯岸みなみソロ曲] (Watashi wa Watashi [Minegishi Minami solo song])
07. 純愛のクレッシェンド (Junai no Crescendo)
08. クリスマスプレゼント Remix (Christmas Present Remix)
09. Lie
10. タネ (Tane)
11. 尺が欲しい [恋愛運上昇団] (Shaku ga Hoshii [Renai un Joushoudan])

Normal versions (Limited CD+DVD and CD Only)

01. Relax!
02. キスの流星(Kiss no Ryuusei)
03. 3seconds Remix
04. ハート型ウイルス [no3b ver.] (Heart Gata Virus [no3b ver.])
05. Bye Bye Bye
06. 純愛のクレッシェンド (Junai no Crescendo)
07. クリスマスプレゼント Remix (Christmas Present Remix)
08. Lie
09. タネ (Tane)
10. Next heaven(アニメ「アイドル合体ロボ ~ミナミナハルの戦い~」 主題歌) [EYES] (Anime “Idol Gattai Robo ~Minaminaharu no Tatakai~ Opening Theme [EYES])
11. 尺が欲しい [恋愛運上昇団] (Shaku ga Hoshii [Renai un Joushoudan])
12. 嘘でしょ?~七里ガ浜の七不思議~ [ガールズ・ING] (Usho desho? ~Shichirigahama no Nanafushigi~ [Girls・ING])

… I predict that this album will sell a million copies. WITH TRACKLISTS LIKE THESE THEY HAVE TO. <3<3<3

I’m a little upset that we don’t have any new original group songs (Junai no Crescendo and Bye Bye are old AKB stage songs, the Pigg Events song are not no3b originals, etc.), but unf, the solo songs and no3b version of Heart Gata Virus totally make up for it!!!! <333333333333 To be honest after looking at the tracklist I’m surprise Renai Kinshi Jourei isn’t on there as well (If you took out Myao it was would have been No Sleeves singing it), but still – Heart Gata Virus (no3b ver.) DEFINITELY makes up for it :cute::cute::cute: I fucking love Heart Gata Virus, so that being on the tracklist totally made my day. That and the Takamina solo… ok, so we knew for months it was going to be on there, BUT STILL, UNF <33333

There are a couple of things I do dislike about the tracklist though. In addition to having no original new group songs I’m upset Kimi Shika isn’t included (It;s my favorite No Sleeves single <3<3<3). I’m also not too keen on the Persona remixes being on there (I’d prefer the originals), but it’s lovely seeing them on there ^_^ I’m also a tad confused about how the Pigg songs (Usho desho?, Next heaven, Shaku ga Hoshii) are going to work as well – I’m assuming they’re going to be No Sleeves versions of them, but still, it’s definitely interesting to see them on there.

Overall, despite some personal critiques I have with the tracklists, I am very impressed and even more excited about this release now. While I’d love to have all versions be apart of my collection, I will probably only buy / ask for Takamina’s version and the Limited CD+DVD version since I’m a poor college student xD

No news has been revealed yet about the DVD contents of the album, but if it’s anything like typical No Sleeves I predict that they’ll be a recording making of, a jacket shooting making of, and maybe some PVs thrown in there as well. In either event the tracklist has wet my appetite for now, and I’ll be even more stoked when the DVD content is revealed.

Can you tell that I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for this to come out? xD 2011 is going to start off epic [rock] [rock] [rock]

No Sleeves’ First Album “No Sleeves” Bigger Album Covers
November 26, 2010

I’m in love with them now more than ever :cute::cute::cute: Must. Resist. Selling soul to Devil. To. Buy. All Editions. XD

Happy 2nd Anniversary No Sleeves! ♥♥♥
November 26, 2010

Happy 2nd Anniversary No Sleeves! ❤ [party][party][party]

Although the group was technically announced on September 3rd 2008, 2 years ago today, on November 26th 2008, No Sleeves’ released their first single, “Relax!”. [party][party][party] Now, two years later, they already have starred in two dramas (Mendol and Kotodama no Onnatachi), have released 5 singles, and are expected to release their first album in January.

Haruna blogged about their anniversary today, and I’ve translated the entry here:

Anniversary (・v・)Kojima

November 26。。。ハート

Today is 2 years since No Sleeves debuted with “Relax!”ハートキラキラ(ピンク色)

It’s already been 2 years, huh。。(бвб)

I feel like we were always together before our debut, together every day, and now its 2 years later. (бвб)電球(点滅)

(Some I have omitted)アセアセ2 LOL

On January 1st
We’ll be releasing!!アセアセ2our much anticipated first album
Our 3rd year, more activities, I want to be active!!

I think(∵)

And to all of you who have supported us,

Thank you alwaysデレデレキラキラ(ピンク色)
From now on please treat us well!!

I love youハート

From Haruna(・v・)ノ

Chobi’s Note: I translated the title of the blog entry as “Anniversary” because the  Japanese title of the blog entry is いいふろのひ, which literally means “repeating day” (いいふるす means to say repeatedly). If anyone can think of a better translation let me know!

Anyway, Congratulations No Sleeves! ♥♥♥ The girls have been doing great these past two years, so here’s to wishing they continue to succeed for two more, and two after than, and two after that, and two after that ^^ がんばって ください!!! ♥♥♥