Here’s a quick and dirty summary of last night’s live tweets. We do apologize for the picture quality, as these were snaps taken of our TV while watching the Senbatsu broadcast live in our flat in Tokyo.
6:52 PM JST: JKT48’s Takajo Aki makes it to the Top 20.
7:13 PM JST: As expected, Minegishi Minami has dropped several places. Her super short hairstyle is cute on her though. But please, no more Britney.
7:17 PM JST: Into the home stretch with the Senbatsu members, starting with SKE48’s Suda Akari in 16th Place.
7:23 PM JST: NMB48’s Watanabe Miyuki in 15th Place.
7:29 PM JST: NMB48’s Yamamoto Sayaka in 14th Place.
7:36 PM JST: AKB48’s Yokoyama Yui in 13th Place.
7:44 PM JST: AKB48’s Shimazaki Haruka in 12th Place.
7:49 PM JST: AKB48’s Itano Tomomi in 11th Place.
7:55 PM JST: AKB48’s Miyazaki Sae in 10th Place.
7:59 PM JST: Miyazaki Sae announces that she is leaving AKB48 Team K to fully concentrate on SNH48 (she is currently on both teams).
8:02 PM JST: AKB48’s Kojima Haruna in 9th Place.
8:06 PM JST: AKB48’s Takahashi Minami in 8th Place.
8:14 PM JST: We’re now in the inner seven, starting with SKE48’s Matsui Rena in 7th Place.
8:21 PM JST: The Double Matsuis make it together with SKE48’s Matsui Jurina in 6th Place.
8:29 PM JST: AKB48’s Shinoda Mariko in 5th Place.
8:31 PM JST: Shinoda Mariko announces her plan to graduate from AKB48.
8:40 PM JST: AKB48’s Kashiwagi Yuki in 4th Place.
8:47 PM JST: Shock result! AKB48’s Watanabe Mayu — who was aiming for the top spot, drops one place from last year’s 2nd Place ranking to 3rd Place this year.
8:55 PM JST: Another shocker! AKB48’s Ooshima Yuko drops one spot from last year’s top spot to 2nd Place this year.
8:59 PM JST: Looks like #HKT48 member Sashihara Rino is #1 this year.
9:02 PM JST: And it’s done — demoted AKB48 member and current HKT48 member Sasihara Rino is #1!
9:03 PM JST: Congrats Sasshi. No more topless photos, okay?
Congratulations to all the new Senbatsu team members, and good luck with your next single!
9:25 PPM JST: Random thought: if Johnny’s had its own Senbatsu all hell would break loose.