AKB48 is Japan’s most popular female idol group, with hit songs like Koi Suru Fortune Cookie, Sayonara Crawl, Manatsu no Sounds Good, Everyday Katyusha, Beginner, River, and Heavy Rotation etc. Check main blog for more AKB48 pictures, comments, news and videos. Member profiles further below this post.
AKB48 were formed in 2005 by Yasushi Akimoto through open auditions. The name was derived from Tokyo’s Akihabara township where their theatre is located; they still performed in theatre on regular basis. AKB48 made their debut in December 2005 with 20 girls, later known as team A. Their debut single Sakura no Hanabiratachi was released in February 2006 and made it to the #10 spot on the Oricon Chart.
AKB48 enrolled another 18 girls in April as team K. The group signed a major label contract with DefStar Records in August and released Aitakatta in October. The forming of AKB48 was “completed” for the first time in December with 13 new members joining as team B. It was not until April 2007 though, that the number of members (48) finally reflected the group name (a lot more members are involved in later years).
AKB48 moved to King Records in 2008 and released their 10th single, Oogoe Diamond, in October, which became their first podium finish on Oricon chart. The girls also started their very own variety show AKBingo!, which is still running in 2014. The members have starred in other made-for-AKB48 variety shows and drama series since then.
2009 was AKB48’s breakthrough year. The girls’ 11th single, 10nen Sakura, became their first to achieve over 100,000 copies in first week sales; and they finally achieved #1 on Oricon with their 14th single, River, which sold over 230,000 copies in October. All their subsequent singles became chart topper since.
They broke their own sales record one after another in 2010, including with Sakura no Shiori, Ponytail to Shushu, and Heavy Rotation. Their 18th single, Beginner, released October 2010, became their first million seller. Since 2011, all of their singles achieved the million copies feat, with a few doing that in the first sales week.
The rest is history. Their annual best selling singles since 2011 are Flying Get (2011), Manatsu no Sounds Good! (2012), Sayonara Crawl (2013, which is their best selling single with over 1.9 million copies sold), and Labrador Retriever (2014, as of July).
AKB48 Member Profiles
Last updated in 2011. Latest update (2014) will commence soon.
Misaki Iwasa (岩佐美咲, Jan 30 1995, Chiba, 156cm)
Aika Ota (多田愛佳, Dec 8 1994, Saitama, 150cm)
Shizuka Oya (大家志津香, Dec 28 1991, Fukuoka, 164cm)
Haruka Katayama (片山陽加, May 10 1990, Aichi, 154cm)
Asuka Kuramochi (倉持明日香, Sept 11 1989, Kanagawa, 156.5cm)
Haruna Kojima (小嶋陽菜, Apr 18 1988, Saitama, 164cm)
Rino Sashihara (指原莉乃, Nov 21 1992, Oita, 159 cm)
Mariko Shinoda (篠田麻里子, Mar 11 1986, Fukuoka, 168cm)
Aki Takajo (高城亜樹, Oct 3 1991, Tokyo, 164cm)
Minami Takahashi (高橋みなみ, Apr 8 1991, Tokyo, 148.5cm) (captain)
Haruka Nakagawa (仲川遥香, Feb 10 1992, Tokyo, 157cm)
Chisato Nakata (中田ちさと, Oct 8 1990, Saitama, 155.7cm)
Sayaka Akimoto (秋元才加, July 26 1988, Chiba, 166cm) (captain)
Tomomi Itano (板野友美, July 3 1991, Osaka, 154cm)
Mayumi Uchida (内田眞由美, Dec 27 1993, Tokyo, 150cm)
Ayaka Umeda (梅田彩佳, Jan 3 1989, Fukuoka, 151.5cm)
Yuko Oshima (大島優子, Oct 17 1988, Tochigi, 152cm)
Ayaka Kikuchi (菊地あやか, June 30 1993, Tokyo, 160cm)
Miku Tanabe (田名部生来, Dec 2 1992, Shiga, 162.5cm)
Tomomi Nakatsuka (中塚智実, June 18 1993, Saitama, 154cm)
Moeno Nito (仁藤萌乃, July 22 1992, Tokyo, 156.5cm)
Misato Nonaka (野中美郷, Apr 20 1991, Fukuoka, 165cm)
Reina Fujie (藤江れいな, Feb 1 1994, Chiba, 159cm)
Sakiko Matsui (松井咲子, Dec 10 1990, Saitama,, 167.5cm)
Minami Minegishi (峯岸みなみ, Nov 15 1992, Tokyo, 158cm)
Sae Miyazawa (宮澤佐江, Aug 13 1990, Tokyo, 164cm)
Yui Yokohama (横山由依, December 8 1992, Kyoto, 158cm)
Rumi Yonezawa (米沢瑠美, June 6 1991, Saitama, 161cm)
Haruka Ishida (石田晴香, Dec 2 1993, Saitama, 151.5cm)
Manami Oku (奥真奈美, Nov 22 1995, Tokyo, 153.5cm)
Tomomi Kasai (河西智美, Nov 16 1991, Tokyo, 153cm)
Yuki Kashiwagi (柏木由紀, July 15 1991, Kagoshima, 163cm) (captain)
Rie Kitahara (北原里英, June 24 1991, Aichi, 157cm)
Kana Kobayashi (小林香菜, May 17 1991, Saitama, 159cm)
Mika Komori (小森美果, July 19 1994, Aichi, 163cm)
Amina Sato (佐藤亜美菜, Oct 16 1990, Tokyo, 156cm)
Sumire Sato (佐藤すみれ, Nov 20 1993, Saitama, 161cm)
Natsuki Sato (佐藤夏希, July 1 1990, Hokkaido, 164cm)
Mariya Suzuki (鈴木まりや, Apr 29 1991, Saitama, 159cm)
Rina Chikano (近野莉菜, Apr 23 1993, Tokyo, 159cm)
Members of AKB48 changed gradually from time to time, through graduations and election rankings etc. Profile last updated in December 2010.
It’s rare for all the 48 members to participate in the same job, for example only 16-20 members would feature in most of the MV. Check each member’s link (on their name) to see what projects the particular member has taken part in.