'jankenpon' to decide next senbatsu

this is ridiculous; no way this can be true right?  at the budokan on september 21st, a giant game of jankenpon (aka rock-paper-scissors) will be held, where the 16 winners will participate as the next senbatsu for the single.

whether this is madness or brilliance, i cannot decide.  everyone’s fate is up in the air.  maeda atsuko and shinoda mariko has as much chance of being in the front as kobayashi kana and maeda ami.  it’s crazy, but i kinda like it; the idea of cheering my ass off over a game of rock-paper-scissors is bizarre and exciting.  how the mass of fans will respond however, i’m not so sure.

i’m giddy already.  JAN-KEN-PON!!!!!

to see which member is pitted against which, click below.

Group A:
Round 1: Nakamura Mariko vs. Shinoda Mariko
Round 2: Winner faces Sato Sumire
Group B:
Kashiwagi Yuki vs. Chikano Rina
Hirajima Natsumi vs. Minegishi Minami
Winners face off
Group C:
Akimoto Sayaka vs. Nakaya Sayaka
Winner faces Kuramochi Asuka
Group D:
Nonaka Misato vs. Oku Manami
Winner vs. Kojima Haruna
Group E:
Nakamata Shiori vs. Kasai Tomomi
Winner vs. Nakata Chisato
Group F:
Ishida Haruka vs. Itano Tomomi
Winner vs. Katayama Haruka
Group G:
Suzuki Mariya vs. Tanabe Miku
Winner vs. Umeda Ayaka
Group H:
Sato Natsuki vs. Kikuchi Ayaka
Winner vs. Miyazawa Sae
Group I:
Komori Mika vs. Matsui Sakiko
Winner vs. Matsubara Natsumi
Group J:
Fujie Reina vs. Takajo Aki
Winner vs. Sato Amina
Group K:
Takahashi Minami vs. Nakatsuka Tomomi
Oshima Yuko vs. Sashihara Rino
Winners face off
Group L:
Yonezawa Rumi vs. Nakagawa Haruka
Winner vs. Kitahara Rie
Group M:
Masuda Yuka vs. Watanabe Mayu
Winner vs. Maeda Atsuko
Group N:
Maeda Ami vs. Ooya Shizuka
Winner vs. Nito Moeno
Group O:
Oota Aika vs. Iwasa Misaki
Miyazaki Miho vs. Uchida Mayumi
Winners face off
Group P:
Kobayashi Kana vs. Nagao Mariya
Winner vs. Kobayashi Marina

(posted on stage48 forums)

the part that absolutely kills me is the pairing of takahashi minami vs nakatsuka tomomi and oshima yuko vs sashihara rino.  while i don’t know nakatsuka that well, takahashi, oshima, and sashihara are among my top favorites; and only one of them will be able to participate in the senbatsu.

in fact, there are several set ups here that conflict with a lot of members i like, in which only one of them can be senbatsu:

shinoda mariko OR sato sumire

yuki kashiwagi OR minegishi minami

akimoto sayaka OR nakaya sayaka

takajyo aki OR sato amina OR fujie reina

takahashi minami OR oshima yuko OR sashihara rino

nakagawa haruka OR kitahara rie

watanabe mayu OR maeda atsuko

maeda ami OR nito moeno

miyazaki miho OR ohta aika

OR maybe none of them; anything is possible.

…we’re up for an interesting senbatsu line-up.

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