2011 AKB Elections: First Results are In

The first results are in, and while it’s not indicative of how the final results will be, it’s still a very interesting result. Click below for the full list and commentary!

And here it is:

1. Oshima Yuko (17156)
2. Maeda Atsuko (16452)
3. Kashiwagi Yuki (12056)
4. Takahashi Minami (8633)
5. Watanabe Mayu (8582)
6. Shinoda Mariko (8016)
7. Sashihara Rino (7357)
8. Itano Tomomi (6596)
9. Matsui Rena (SKE48, 6559)
10. Kojima Haruna (6534)
11. Miyazawa Sae (5157)
12. Takajo Aki (5096)
13. Minegishi Minami (3931)
14. Kitahara Rie (3860)
15. Kasai Tomomi (3102)
16. Matsui Jurina (SKE48, 2843)
17. Yokoyama Yui (2753)
18. Sato Amina (2684)
19. Masuda Yuka (2201)
20. Kuramochi Asuka (1793)
21. Takayanagi Akane (SKE48, 1761)
22. Nakagawa Haruka (1571)
23. Akimoto Sayaka (1502)
24. Hirajima Natsumi (1484)
25. Yamamoto Sayaka (NMB48, 1444)
26. Umeda Ayaka (1441)
27. Miyazaki Miho (1378)
28. Suda Akari (SKE48, 1139)
29. Oota Aika (1129)
30. Hata Sawako (SKE48, 1118)
31. Kizaki Yuria (SKE48, 1053)
32. Ooya Shizuka (904)
33. Ooya Masana (SKE48, 885)
34. Watanabe Miyuki (NMB48, 854)
35. Sato Sumire (852)
36. Matsui Sakiko (814)
37. Ooba Mina (Research Student, 811)
38. Komori Mika (792)
39. Yagami Kumi (SKE48, 779)
40. Fujie Reina (778)

Of course there are a bunch of my personal frustrations, like “WHY THE HELL ISN’T MAEDA AMI OR TAKEUCHI MIYU LISTED?!”, but one must remember to take this list with a grain of salt. The final results are far from over, and there’s thousands of votes that have yet to be counted.

Kashiwagi Yuki has to be one of the biggest surprises, ranking currently in 3rd, and many of the research students are fairing way better than I expected(almost TOO well). Also, the addition of NMB and the popular SKE is proving to be a bit taxing on the line-up, pushing more AKB members out of the race, leaving no trace of hope in hell for “theater girls” to squeeze in.

But as always, the coveted Media Senbatsu spots are where much of the action will be at— where just one change in rankings will be enough to create fan riots. As “crazy” as the current standings are in the top ten, many of them are separated by less than a thousand votes. Every year more and more votes get extremely close which to me shows that there is a lot of equal support for many members, but it’s just unfortunate that for fans and many of the girls, the number they’re saddled with become too personal. Nevertheless, this is a chance to get results straight from the fan’s pockets, and we’ll see how the second results go.

If you want to see exactly how different this year’s early results are in comparison to last year’s final results, Moy from Nihongogo created this extremely helpful diagram:


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