HKT48

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HKT48
Origin Fukuoka, Japan
Genres Pop
Years active 2011 (2011)–present
Labels Universal Sigma
Associated acts AKB48
Website www.hkt48.jp
Members Team H details

HKT48 (read "H.K.T. Forty-eight") is an all-female Japanese theater/idol group produced by Yasushi Akimoto. The group performs at HKT48 Theater at Hawks Town in Fukuoka.[1]

About[edit]

HKT48 is named after the Hakata-ku, Fukuoka city of Fukuoka Prefecture, where Yasushi Akimoto originally intended to base the group.[2] HKT48's theater is located in Hawks Town Mall in Chūō-ku, Fukuoka.[3]

History[edit]

HKT48 theater

Plans for a group entitled HKT48 were first revealed by AKB48 producer Yasushi Akimoto on November 19, 2008.[2] HKT48 was officially announced on May 1, 2011 at an AKB48 handshake event.[1] The group is the fourth AKB48 sister group to be launched, after the groups SKE48, SDN48 and NMB48.[3] The group takes its name from its proposed base location of Hakata-ku, Fukuoka.[2] Instead of the previously targeted Hakata, HKT48 will instead be based at a theater in the Hawks Town Mall in neighboring Chūō-ku, Fukuoka.[3] This location is next to the Fukuoka Yahoo! Japan Dome.[4] In addition, it was announced that the group would be accepting applications from girls aged between 11 and 22.[1] The first round of the first-ever HKT48 audition took place from May 31, 2011, and successful applicants took part in the second round of auditions, consisting of a singing and dancing test, in the first half of July 2011.[1] The final auditions were held at Hliton Fukuoka Sea Hawk Hotel on July 10, and 24 candidates successfully passed the final.[5]

After undergoing dance and vocal lessons, HKT48's 21 first-generation members were first revealed at an AKB48 handshake event on October 23, 2011 at Seibu Dome.[4] Of these 21 members, 17 are junior high school students or below, and two are elementary-school students.[6] The youngest member of the group, Natsumi Tanaka, was born in 2000, and 11 years old at the time of the announcement. She said that "joining AKB48 is my ambition since I was 5 years old, so it feels like a dream to be in this group."[6] The oldest member is Yūko Sugamoto, who was 17 years old at the time of the announcement.[4]

They debuted at HKT48 Theater on November 26, 2011,[7] and have been performing sets of songs entitled "Te o Tsunaginagara", which had been originally performed by SKE48 Team S and KII. On December 31, 2011, 16 members appeared on the stage of the 62nd edition of "NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen", as one of the sister groups of AKB48.[8] On March 4, 2012, the first 16 members were selected to form Team HKT48, and appeared on the stage.[9] On June 20, 2012, Rino Sashihara from AKB48 transferred to HKT48 and is currently HKT48's oldest member.[10]

On June 23, 2012, the final auditions for the second generation were held, and 34 candidates out of 48 finalists has passed the final.[11] On August 18, 2012, the management announced that five members, 3 from Team H - Komori, Sugamoto, and Taniguchi, and 2 Kenkyusei - Eto and A. Nakanishi, would be resigning from HKT48 "due to personal reasons".[12] On August 24, 2012, it was announced on the first day of the AKB48 concert at Tokyo Dome that Aika Ota, one of AKB48 Team A members, would be transferred to HKT48.[13] On September 23, 2012 HKT48's second generation research students were announced.[14]

HKT48 released their debut single, "Suki Suki Skip!" on March 20, 2013 under the Universal Sigma record label.[15][16]

Members[edit]

HKT48 has 2 teams, H and KIV. The Trainees' team is formed by 7 girls from the 3rd generation. The following line-up started to work on April 5, 2014, on the concert live at the Saitama Super Arena, as part of the AKB48 Spring Concert.

Team H[edit]

Chihiro Anai and Natsumi Tanaka are the leader and the co-leader of Team H respectively.[17]

Name Birth date (age) Election rank
1[18] 2[19] 3[20] 4[21] 5[22]
Yuka Akiyoshi (秋吉 優花 Akiyoshi Yuka?) (2000-10-24) October 24, 2000 (age 13)         N/A
Chihiro Anai (穴井 千尋 Anai Chihiro?) (1996-01-27) January 27, 1996 (age 18)       N/A N/A
Yuriya Inoue (井上由 莉耶 Yuriya Inoue?) (1999-06-15) June 15, 1999 (age 14)         N/A
Haruka Kodama (兒 玉遥 Kodama Haruka?) (1996-09-19) September 19, 1996 (age 17)       N/A 37
Yui Kojina (神志那 結衣 Kojina Yui?) (1998-01-24) January 24, 1998 (age 16)         N/A
Hiroka Komada ((駒田 京伽 Komada Hiroka?) (1996-11-21) November 21, 1996 (age 17)         N/A
Natsumi Matsuoka (松岡 菜摘 Matsuoka Natsumi?) (1996-08-08) August 8, 1996 (age 17)       N/A N/A
Naoko Okamoto (岡本 尚子 Okamoto Naoko?) (1996-04-04) April 4, 1996 (age 18)         N/A
Riko Sakaguchi (坂口 理子 Sakaguchi Riko?) (1994-07-26) July 26, 1994 (age 19)         N/A
Rino Sashihara (指原 莉乃 Sashihara Rino?) (1992-11-21) November 21, 1992 (age 21) 27 19 9 4 1
Miku Tanaka (田中 美久 Tanaka Miku?) (2001-09-12) September 12, 2001 (age 12)          
Natsumi Tanaka (田中 菜津美 Tanaka Natsumi?) (2000-08-10) August 10, 2000 (age 13)       N/A N/A
Meru Tashima (田島 芽瑠 Tashima Meru?) (2000-01-07) January 7, 2000 (age 14)         55
Mashiro Ui (宇井 真白 Ui Mashiro?) (2000-05-15) May 15, 2000 (age 13)         N/A
Izumi Umemoto (梅本 泉 Umemoto Izumi?) (1997-05-15) May 15, 1997 (age 16)         N/A
Haruka Ueno (上野 遥 Ueno Haruka?) (1999-09-20) September 20, 1999 (age 14)         N/A
Haruka Wakatabe (若田 部遥 Wakatabe Haruka?) (1998-09-26) September 26, 1998 (age 15)       N/A N/A
Nako Yabuki (矢吹 奈子 Yabuki Nako?) (2001-06-18) June 18, 2001 (age 12)          
Marina Yamada (山田 麻莉奈 Yamada Marina?) (1995-03-24) March 24, 1995 (age 19)         N/A
Mao Yamamoto (山本 茉央 Yamamoto Mao?) (1996-09-18) September 18, 1996 (age 17)          

Transferred Members

  • Chiyori Nakanishi (中西 智代梨 Nakanishi Chiyori?, (1995-05-12) May 12, 1995 (age 18)) (1st generation) to AKB48's Team A on February 24, 2014 (last performance with HKT48 on April 17, 2014).
  • All the 1st generation members (Except Mina Imada, Maiko Fukagawa, Sayaka Etō, Ayaka Nakanishi and Kyoka Abe) were part of this team. On January 2014 the teams were shuffled and some members were transferred to Team KIV. (Old Team H last performance on April 17, 2014).

Graduated Members

  • Yui Komori (古森 結衣 Komori Yui?, (1997-12-02) December 2, 1997 (age 16)) (1st generation) Resigned on August 18, 2012
  • Yuko Sugamoto (菅本 裕子 Sugamoto Yuko?, (1994-05-20) May 20, 1994 (age 19)) (1st generation) Resigned on August 18, 2012
  • Airi Taniguchi (谷口 愛理 Taniguchi Airi?, (1999-03-14) March 14, 1999 (age 15)) (1st generation) Resigned on August 18, 2012

Team KIV[edit]

Aita Oka and Sakura Miyawaki are the leader and the co-leader of Team KIV respectively.[17]

Name Birth date (age) Election rank
1[18] 2[19] 3[20] 4[21] 5[22]
Mai Fuchigami (渕上 舞 Fuchigami Mai?) (1996-09-21) September 21, 1996 (age 17)         N/A
Maiko Fukagawa (深川 舞子 Fukagawa Maiko?) (1999-07-05) July 5, 1999 (age 14)       N/A N/A
Izumi Goto (後藤 泉 Goto Izumi?) (1997-09-27) September 27, 1997 (age 16)         N/A
Mina Imada (今田 美奈 Imada Mina?) (1996-09-19) September 19, 1996 (age 17)       N/A N/A
Raira Ito (伊藤 来笑 Ito Raira?) (1998-10-31) October 31, 1998 (age 15)         N/A
Shino Iwahana (岩花 詩乃 Iwahana Shino?) (2000-04-01) April 1, 2000 (age 14)         N/A
Kanon Kimoto (木本 花音 Kimoto Kanon?) (1997-08-11) August 11, 1997 (age 16)     N/A 56 31
Serina Kumazawa (熊沢 世莉奈 Kumazawa Serina?) (1997-04-17) April 17, 1997 (age 17)       N/A N/A
Manami Kusaba (草場 愛 Kusaba Manami?) (1995-10-17) October 17, 1995 (age 18)         N/A
Sakura Miyawaki (宮脇 咲良 Miyawaki Sakura?) (1998-03-19) March 19, 1998 (age 16)       47 26
Madoka Moriyasu (森保 まどか Moriyasu Madoka?) (1997-07-26) July 26, 1997 (age 16)       N/A N/A
Aoi Motomura (本村 碧唯 Motomura Aoi?) (1997-05-31) May 31, 1997 (age 16)       N/A N/A
Anna Murashige (村重 杏奈 Murashige Anna?) (1998-07-29) July 29, 1998 (age 15)       N/A N/A
Kanna Okada (岡田 栞奈 Okada Kanna?) (1997-06-26) June 26, 1997 (age 16)         N/A
Aika Ota (多田 愛佳 Ota Aika?) (1994-12-08) December 8, 1994 (age 19) 20 22 25 52 43
Yuki Shimono (下野 由貴 Shimono Yuki?) (1998-04-02) April 2, 1998 (age 16)       N/A N/A
Yuka Tanaka (田中 優香 Tanaka Yuka?) (2000-06-07) June 7, 2000 (age 13)         N/A
Asuka Tomiyoshi (冨吉 明日香 Tomiyoshi Asuka?) (1997-09-20) September 20, 1997 (age 16)         N/A
Mio Tomonaga (朝長 美桜 Tomonaga Mio?) (1998-05-17) May 17, 1998 (age 15)         59
Nao Ueki (植木 南央 Ueki Nao?) (1997-08-12) August 12, 1997 (age 16)       N/A N/A
  • Kanon Kimoto is also a member of SKE48's team E

Transferred Members

  • Marika Tani (谷 真理佳 Tani Marika?, (1996-01-05) January 5, 1996 (age 18)) (2nd generation) to SKE48's Team E on February 24, 2014 (last performance with HKT48 on April 13, 2014, on a "Pajama Drive" stage).

Kenkyūsei[edit]

Kenkyūsei (研究生?, "Trainees")

3rd generation
  • Misaki Aramaki (荒巻 美咲 Aramaki Misaki?, (2001-01-28) January 28, 2001 (age 13))
  • Hazuki Hokazono (外薗 葉月 Hokazono Hazuki?, (1999-01-17) January 17, 1999 (age 15))
  • Sae Kurihara (栗原 紗英 Kurihara Sae?, (1996-06-20) June 20, 1996 (age 17))
  • Erena Sakamoto (坂本 愛玲菜 Sakamoto Erena?, (2000-09-12) September 12, 2000 (age 13))
  • Riko Tsutsui (筒井 莉子 Tsutsui Riko?, (2000-02-22) February 22, 2000 (age 14))
  • Emily Yamashita (山下 エミリー Yamashita Emirī?, (1998-12-19) December 19, 1998 (age 15))
  • Yūna Yamauchi (山内 祐奈 Yamauchi Yūna?, (1999-07-06) July 6, 1999 (age 14))

Graduated members

  • Kyōka Abe (安陪 恭加 Abe Kyōka?, (1997-07-17) July 17, 1997 (age 16)); Graduated on February 23, 2014 to pursue a modeling career.
  • Sayaka Etō (江藤 彩也香 Etō Sayaka?, (1997-09-09) September 9, 1997 (age 16)); withdrawn on August 18, 2012
  • Ayaka Nakanishi (仲西 彩佳 Nakanishi Ayaka?, (1996-03-23) March 23, 1996 (age 18)); withdrawn on August 18, 2012

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Release date Title Chart position Sales
(Oricon)[23]
Oricon
Weekly
Singles
Chart
[24]
Billboard Japan
Hot
100

[25]
First
week
Total
March 20, 2013 "Suki! Suki! Skip!" (スキ!スキ!スキップ!?, "Liked! Liked! Skip!") 1 2 250,147 291,876
September 4, 2013 [26] "Melon Juice" (メロンジュース?) 1 1 268,897 306,014
March 12, 2014 [27] "Sakura, Minnade Tabeta" (桜、みんなで食べた ?, "We Ate Sakura Together") 1 1 276,799 297,277

Stages[edit]

Team H[edit]

H1 - "Te wo tsunaginagara (S2)" (Released on CD/DVD)

Team H 1st Waiting Stage "Hakata Legend" (Released on DVD only)

H2 - "Seishun Girls (K2)", starting on April 23.

Team KIV[edit]

1st - "Theater no Megami (B5)", starting on May 8.

Trainees[edit]

KKS1 - "Te wo Tsunaginagara"

KKS2 - "Party ga Hajimaru yo"

KKS3 - "Nounai Paradise"

Himawarigumi[edit]

Himawarigumi is a special unit that changes everyday. The objective is shuffle the members for only one night. The mix is made with Team H, KIV, and KKS.

1st stage - "Pajama Drive"

Other songs[edit]

Hatsukoi wa Butterfly[edit]

B-side from AKB48's 29th single "Eien Pressure" Type B.

This is the first original song sung by HKT48.

Senbatsu: Team H (Anai Chihiro, Ueki Nao, Ota Aika, Kodama Haruka, Sashihara Rino, Shimono Yuki, Nakanishi Chiyori, Matsuoka Natsumi, Miyawaki Sakura, Murashige Anna, Motomura Aoi, Moriyasu Madoka, Wakatabe Haruka), Kenkyuusei (Tashima Meru, Tomonaga Mio, Fuchigami Mai).

Wink wa 3kai[edit]

(B-side from AKB48's 34th Single, "Suzukake no ki no michi de "Kimi no hohoemi wo yume ni miru" to itte shimattara bokutachi no kankei wa dou kawatte shimau no ka, boku nari ni nan nichi ka kangaeta ue de no yaya kihazukashii ketsuron no you na mono" Type H)

The center of the song is Nako Yabuki, a 3rd generation traineer that got this position withnin a month after joining the group

Senbatsu: Team H (Anai Chihiro, Ota Aika, Kumazawa Serina, Kodama Haruka, Sashihara Rino, Tanaka Natsumi, Matsuoka Natsumi, Miyawaki Sakura, Murashige Anna, Motomura Aoi, Moriyasu Madoka), Kenkyuusei (Okada Kanna, Tashima Meru, Tomonaga Mio, Fuchigami Mai, Yabuki Nako)

Namaiki Lips[edit]

It's a song by Nako Yabuki and Miku Tanaka. They performed it for the first time on the AKB48 Spring Concert (April 5, 2014).

Ima, Kimi wo Omou[edit]

Sung for the first time on the last concert of Marika Tani and Chiyori Nakanishi. This song was like their graduation song, but they just got transferred. They performed it for the first time on the AKB48 Spring Concert (April 5, 2014).

References[edit]

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