Really beats me why she works her butt off for these people! Oh well, her brilliance will never wane to us fans. I really, really wish that just for once she would be No.1. Think of the glorious butt hurt, not from fans but Management…’t would be might delicious indeed.
Any way, one of the loveliest people on tumblr was kind enough to translate Yukirin’s interview in the Official AKB Sousenkyou 2013 guide book. nothing new in this that I did not already know or what other Yukirin fans did not know but it’s good I guess for other people to know a bit more about Yukirin too.
I also love the fact that she touched upon that topic that some of us have discussed on why she is labelled as Old gen while Mayuyu new Gen when they are from the same Gen originally. Looking up to the Gen members that came before her and now suddenly being slotted in with them and feeling she isn’t worthy so she has to prove herself as one of them.
Poor Yukirin, she is so gullible. It’s not about her hard work but more like thinking of a way to get rid of her that they did that to her. She probably knows this but chose the wiser words. Oh my Goddess, how kind-hearted you are!
She also mentioned the change in rules about this year’s elections (about having to submit applications). She thought that it was a way of management trying to make way for new gens by guilt-tripping Old Gens from not participating which is kind of what some fans speculated too but the joke was on them. Yukirin having decided that she loved AKB more than solo work after tasting it decided that after all, her dream of being an idol involves her shining brighter than anyone and that means standing in that centre position at least once!
Another point she touched on, yet one we already knew, was that she was freed when her Captaincy position was taken from her. She can now do things that she couldn’t as a Captain and yet despite that she is more of a guide to other members than when she was Captain. Now we know her change in performance we see now is clear to the members too.
Any way, without farther text space…the translation…
I’m still halfway from my dream. I want to grab the center too
Umechan arrival made me free
Q. Yukirin placed herself, for each of the precedent 4 general elections, in the TOP10. But this time, it’s said she hesitated about being a candidate.
A. That’s it, I was wondering about the reason behind this candidacy system. Suspecting that maybe it was something like “it’s to boost the new generation, to make place for their advance” (lol)
Q. As it turned out, she filed her candidacy. Before asking the reasons behind this, in truth, there’s also the fact she entered AKB as a member of the 3rd generation, during the period of the creation of the original Team B, expected to become a member of this “youngest sister team of AKB”.
A. Exactly ! The fact is, as we were a generation growing by watching the backs of Maeda (Atsuko) or Oshima (Yuko), Mayuyu (Watanabe Mayu) from the same generation, is called even now “ace of the new generation”. So, even considering the complexity of my own position, when I’m asked if I want to be included in the new or old generation, I’m putting myself on the old generation side. In fact, in the “Manatsu no Sounds good!” MV, when looking around, I was put in the same kind of position as those playing the roles of senpai. I was glad and I want it recognized that “it’s good having Kashiwagi on this side too”.
Q. Talking about this girl, a big event happened this year as she was replaced in the role of captain of Team B she had since 2010. Last August, at the Tokyo Dome concert, her replacement by Umeda Ayaka as Team B captain was announced, and “Umeda Team B” started next November.
A. At first, I thought “I must have been seriously lacking”. I was doing my best and, I was bummed thinking that with me the team couldn’t get any better… But I’m now thinking the change was a good thing. When I was captain, even telling myself I had to do things correctly, in the end I was doing them in a hurry. I was doing my best efforts when it was for the other members, but many of my own things were getting postponed. But, after the arrival of our reliable captain Umechan (Umeda Ayaka), I came to the point where I’m a lot more at ease when enjoying my days. On our national tour, I thought “I want to try doing things differently with other members”, like throwing ourselves on the stage during the encore (lol). When I was captain, this kind of idea surely never came out.
Q. We see Yukirin is enjoying herself freely like this, and other members too are saying “she became more cheerful”. Again, when she was captain, she was not one at ease with giving instructions from above but, now that she returned being a normal member, she seems more able than before to readily give advice to her kohai.
Between solo and AKB, I certainly choose the later.
For this Yukirin, the most satisfying environment is, her solo activity. In this February solo concert, following last year one in July , she captivated her fans with a high quality content.
A. When I’m solo, from the sound check to the rehearsal, I’m getting extremely involved, because I’m alone. On AKB stage, it’s about how you’re giving you’re all doing the things offered to you, but when solo, I think how much you are able to add to the things provided by the staff is important. And I would say that, because I came in the entertainment wanting to become an idol, compared to members whose dream is to become actresses, my feelings when being able to sing or give a concert are strong.
Q. Her long awaited solo CD being sold too, she seems like someone having her dreams coming true. But, with the candidacy system of this general election, she realized something important.
A. I was already pondering if with my solo debut my dream came true. But, no it didn’t. Not running in the elections was unthinkable. I realized that I’m determined to be part of this group, of the AKB48 that is building the actual generation. It’s because I was thinking this way, two years ago and last year, that I could finish at the third position in the elections. Becoming 3rd, having to lead our national group, I felt pressure but, I was very happy to have this responsibility. For me at the moment, if I have to choose between solo and AKB, it’s certainly AKB. My motivation is entirely focused toward AKB.
Q. For the last elections, Yukirin objectives were only to meet the expectations of her fans. But, on this 5th participation, for the first time, she could express her desire as “for myself, I want to get higher”.
A. This passing year, the members of the next generation have been very active, you know. For nowadays AKB fans, my rank may not be of big importance. Me too, I think AKB group continuation is of the utmost importance, and I understand the necessity of a renewal of generations … But, I still, even for a bit, want to play a role in AKB ! And I’m wrong when I say I’m content with this 3rd place. Definitively, it’s frustrating when I’m not grabbing the center. So, going against everyone’s expectations, this year I will get higher !