Gingham Check

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"Gingham Check"
Regular Edition Type A Cover
Single by AKB48
from the album Tsugi no Ashiato
B-side "Yume no Kawa" (Type A & Theater Edition)
"Doremifa Onchi" (Type A)
"Nante Bohemian" (Type B)
"Show fight!" (Type B)
"Ano Hi no Fūrin" (Theater Edition)
Released August 29, 2012 (2012-08-29) (Japan)
Format CD single, digital download
Genre J-pop
Label You, Be Cool! / King
Writer(s) Yasushi Akimoto (lyrics)
Producer(s) Yasushi Akimoto
Certification Million (RIAJ)
AKB48 singles chronology
"Manatsu no Sounds Good!"
(2012)
"Gingham Check"
(2012)
"Uza"
(2012)
AKB48 songs chronology
"Sugar Rush"
(2012)
Music videos
"Gingham Check
"Yume no Kawa" (preview)
"Nante Bohemian" / Under Girls (preview)"

"Gingham Check" (ギンガムチェック Gingamu Chekku?) is the 27th major single by the Japanese idol girl group AKB48. The members were chosen from their placements in the AKB48's 2012 general election. The single was released in Japan on August 29, 2012.[1] It includes the graduation song for long-time headlining member Atsuko Maeda.[2]

2012 general election[edit]

On March 26, 2012, AKB48 announced it would be holding an election to determine the lineup for its 27th major single. The field of candidates consisted of 243 members from AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and HKT48,[3] and the ballots were available in the group's 26th single, "Manatsu no Sounds Good!"[4] The election results were announced on June 6 at Nippon Budokan and results were broadcast live on TV for the first time.[5] Yuko Oshima came first, followed by Mayu Watanabe and Yuki Kashiwagi.[4][6]

This is the first single without Atsuko Maeda in the main lineup (excluding rock-paper-scissors singles) as she did not participate as a candidate in the election, and graduated from the group two days before the single's release.[2] This is the second time Yuko Oshima becomes AKB48's center since Heavy Rotation.[citation needed] This is the last single for long-time AKB48 member Tomomi Kasai; she would later announce her graduation on December 17, 2012.[citation needed]

Promotion and release[edit]

The single was released in three versions: Type A, Type B and Theater Edition.

Music video[edit]

The video is directed by Joseph Kahn.[7] and features actors Hideo Ishiguro (Kamen Rider Den-O, Kouhei Takeda (Hana Kimi, Kamen Rider Kiva), Dori Sakurada (Kamen Rider New Den-O)[8] and Akira Nakao.[citation needed] Yuko Oshima and Mayu Watanabe appeared in the video in two teams of black (Oshima's) and red (Watanabe's). Atsuko Maeda also makes an appearance in the video.[8]

The video consists of three story-lines that parody films: terrorists invade a police department, a schoolgirl explores a haunted hospital[citation needed] and a Golza from Ultraman Tiga[8] attacks a city. It features a battle between the Motorgirls and the Car Devils.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Type A[edit]

DISC 1 (CD)[n 1]
No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Gingham Check" (ギンガムチェック)   05:27
2. "Yume no Kawa" (夢の河) Maeda Atsuko, Minami Takahashi, Tomomi Itano, Yūko Ōshima, Haruna Kojima, Mariko Shinoda, Yuki Kashiwagi, Mayu Watanabe, Minami Minegishi, Jurina Matsui 04:35
3. "Doremifa Onchi" (ドレミファ音痴) Next Girls 04:36
4. "Gingham Check off vocal ver." (ギンガムチェック off vocal ver.)   05:27
5. "Yume no Kawa off vocal ver." (夢の河 off vocal ver.)   04:35
6. "Doremifa Onchi off vocal ver." (ドレミファ音痴 off vocal ver.)   04:36
DISC 2 (DVD)[n 1]
No. Title Length
1. "Gingham Check Music Video" (ギンガムチェック Music Video)  
2. "Yume no Kawa Music Video" (夢の河 Music Video)  
3. "Doremifa Onchi Music Video" (ドレミファ音痴 Music Video)  
4. "27th Single Senbatsu General Election Documentary" (27thシングル選抜総選挙ドキュメント)  

Type B[edit]

DISC 1 (CD)[n 2]
No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Gingham Check" (ギンガムチェック)   05:27
2. "Nante Bohemian" (なんてボヘミアン) Under Girls 03:40
3. "Show fight!" (Show fight!) Future Girls 03:49
4. "Gingham Check off vocal ver." (ギンガムチェック off vocal ver.)   05:27
5. "Nante Bohemian off vocal ver." (なんてボヘミアン off vocal ver.)   03:40
6. "Show fight! off vocal ver." (Show fight! off vocal ver.)   03:49
DISC 2 (DVD)[n 2]
No. Title Length
1. "Gingham Check Music Video" (ギンガムチェック Music Video)  
2. "Nante Bohemian Music Video" (なんてボヘミアン Music Video)  
3. "Show fight! Music Video" (Show fight! Music Video)  
4. "AKB48 Group Members 『Self Taken Picture Courses』" (AKB48 グループメンバーによる『自撮り講座・釣り講座』)  
5. "AKB48 Group Members 『Self Taken Picture Gallery』" (AKB48 グループメンバーによる『自撮り釣り写真ギャラリー』)  

Theater Edition[edit]

DISC 1 (CD)[n 3]
No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Gingham Check" (ギンガムチェック)   05:27
2. "Yume no Kawa" (夢の河) Maeda Atsuko, Minami Takahashi, Tomomi Itano, Yūko Ōshima, Haruna Kojima, Mariko Shinoda, Yuki Kashiwagi, Mayu Watanabe, Minami Minegishi, Jurina Matsui 04:35
3. "Ano Hi no Fūrin" (あの日の風鈴) Waiting Girls 04:25
4. "Gingham Check off vocal ver." (ギンガムチェック off vocal ver.)   05:27
5. "Yume no Kawa off vocal ver." (夢の河 off vocal ver.)   04:35
6. "Ano Hi no Fūrin off vocal ver." (あの日の風鈴 off vocal ver.)   04:25

Personnel[edit]

"Gingham Check"[edit]

The lineup for the title track consists of the top 16 members from AKB48's 2012 general election.[6]
Center: Yūko Ōshima

"Yume no Kawa"[edit]

Atsuko Maeda's graduation song. Maeda had graduated two days prior to the single's release.[2][9]

"Nante Bohemian"[edit]

Performed by Under Girls, which consist of members who ranked 17 to 32 in AKB48's 2012 general election.[6]
Center: Aki Takajō

"Doremifa Onchi"[edit]

Performed by Next Girls, which consist of members who ranked 33 to 48 in AKB48's 2012 general election.[6]
Center: Misaki Iwasa

"Show fight!"[edit]

Performed by Future Girls, which consist of members who ranked 49 to 64 in AKB48's 2012 general election.[6]
Center: Mutou Tomu

"Ano Hi no Fūrin"[edit]

Performed by Waiting Girls, which consist of members who participated as a candidate for AKB48's 2012 general election, but did not place in the top 64. There were a total of 171 members in this group.[citation needed]

Oricon Charts[edit]

Release Oricon Singles Chart Peak position Debut sales (copies) Sales total (copies)
August 29, 2012 Daily Chart 1 906,617 1,314,428
Weekly Chart 1[10] 1,181,966
Monthly Chart 1 1,181,966
Yearly Chart 3 1,303,407

Release history[edit]

Date Version Catalog Format Label
August 29, 2012 Type-A First Press Limited Edition (KIZM-90167~8)[n 4]
Regular Edition (KIZM-167~8)[n 1]
CD+DVD King Records
Type-B First Press Limited Edition (KIZM-90169~70)[n 5]
Regular Edition (KIZM-169~70)[n 2]
CD+DVD
Theater Regular Version (NMAX-1131)[n 3] CD

JKT48 Version[edit]

"Gingham Check"
Regular Version
Single by JKT48
B-side "Gingham Check
Utsukushii Inazuma- Kilat yang Indah -
Kondo Koso Ecstasy - Kali ini Ecstasy -
Boku wa Ganbaru - Aku Akan Berjuang -
Sakura no Hanabiratachi - Kelopak-kelopak Bunga Sakura -
Gingham Check-English Version-
Released June 11, 2014 (2014-06-11)
Format CD single
Genre Pop
Label Hits
JKT48 singles chronology
"Flying Get"
(2014)
"Gingham Check"
(2014)
Theater Version

"Gingham Check" is the sixth released single from the Indonesian idol girl group JKT48.

Promotion and release[edit]

JKT48 held their first Senbatsu Sosenkyo for selecting the members to participate for this single. On May 29, 2014 , the release of single was announced together with the name of the launching event "Arigatou"

Track listing[edit]

The single has two editions: Regular Version (CD+DVD)[n 6] and Theater Version (CD only)[n 7] (one distributed in ALFA MIDI · LAWSON and one from JKT48 theater).

Regular Version[edit]

CD[n 6]
No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Gingham Check"      
2. "Utsukushii Inazuma- Kilat yang Indah -"      
3. "Kondo Koso Ecstasy - Kali ini Ecstasy -"      
4. "Boku wa Ganbaru - Aku Akan Berjuang -"      
5. "Sakura no Hanabiratachi - Kelopak-kelopak Bunga Sakura -"      
6. "Gingham Check" (- English Version -)    
DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Gingham Check Music Video"    
2. "Gingham Check Music Video Behind the Scenes"    

Bonus

  • Member Photo
  • Member's autographed card message (First 10,000 buyers)

Theater Version[edit]

CD[n 7]
No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Gingham Check"      
2. "Utsukushii Inazuma - Kilat yang Indah -"      
3. "Kondo Koso Ecstasy - Kali ini Ecstasy -"      
4. "Boku wa Ganbaru - Aku Akan Berjuang -"      
5. "Sakura no Hanabiratachi - Kelopak-kelopak Bunga Sakura –"      
Bonus

ALFA MIDI · LAWSON

  • Call card
  • Trump card

JKT48 Theater

  • Trump card
  • Handshake Ticket

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

Releases
Other references
  1. ^ "ギンガムチェック Type-A【数量限定生産盤】(マキシ+DVD複合)" (in Japanese). King Records. 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  2. ^ a b c "板野友美、敦子との"再会"「うれしい」" (in Japanese). Oricon, Inc. 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  3. ^ "AKB、今年も6月に総選挙 過去最多240人超出馬 前田の参加は?". Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  4. ^ a b Ozawa, Harumi (2012-06-07). "Oshima's win in AKB48 election big news in Japan". Japan Today. Retrieved 2012-07-21. 
  5. ^ Patrick St. Michel and Daisuke Kikuchi (2012-05-31). "AKB48 'election' shows marketing brilliance". Japan Times. Retrieved 2012-07-21. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "AKB48 27thシングル 選抜総選挙を2012年6月6日(水)に日本武道館にて開催". AKB48 Official Site (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  7. ^ "AKB新曲はグラミー受賞監督MV&大島単独ジャケット " (in Japanese). Oricon, Inc. 2012-08-03. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  8. ^ a b c d "AKB48 Releases "Gingham Check" Full PV". JEFusion. July 25, 2012. 
  9. ^ "AKB前田卒業公演をGoogle+&YouTubeで完全生配信 ファンの投稿が公演の演出に!" (in Japanese). Oricon, Inc. 2012-08-21. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  10. ^ "【オリコン】新生AKB、大島センター曲で初ミリオン 前田卒業でも初動118万枚" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 

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