For AKB48’s 19th single, a Janken (Rock, Paper, Scissor) Tournament will be used to determine the order of the Senbatsu, Theatre, and Undergirls. The tournatment will be held on Sept 21 at the Nippon Budokan. All 48 members of the group + 4 kenkyuusei will participate and the top 16 will get to perform in the single.
Looking at the match ups, I can’t help but feel that the game is rigged. The idea of a tournament like this is definitely unique but quite risky at the same time because if this isn’t rigged, you have to wonder how well the single will sell if most of the popular members don’t make senbatsu. Already, we can see that either Acchan and/or Mayuyu won’t make the cut it. The same applies for Takamina and Yuko. We know at least 2 of the more prominent members won’t make senbatsu. This tournament does give a nice opportunity for the less popular members to shine should they win Anyways, I hope this gets televised.
The single is expected to be released sometime in December.