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AKB48 Aitakatta.jpg
Single by AKB48
from the album Set List: Greatest Songs 2006–2007
Released25 October 2006
(12 years ago)
FormatCD Single
Songwriter(s)Yasushi Akimoto, BOUNCEBACK, Michihiko Ōta
Producer(s)Yasushi Akimoto
AKB48 singles chronology
"Skirt, Hirari"
"Seifuku ga Jama o Suru"

"Aitakatta" (会いたかった, "I Wanted to Meet You") is Japanese idol group AKB48's third single, and the first major single released through DefSTAR Records, on 25 October 2006.[1]

Regarded as the signature song of AKB48, the song has continued to be AKB48′s most recognizable tune among the public.[2] It was also the theme song for the AKB48 TV show AKBingo! until 2016.[2]


With support from DefStar Records, the song has played a major role in causing the public to take notice of AKB48, as it has been frequently used as an introductory song when AKB48 appears on TV programs as guests, including the 58th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen. It is also the theme song of their own TV late night show, AKBingo!, which has been broadcast since 2008.[2]

The girls took a trip[when?] down to Tateyama, Chiba to film the video clip, with the main dance scenes set at the cliff of the Sunosaki Lighthouse.[2]

Each first pressing CD included a DVD, including Aitakatta's video clip and "AKB48 History: Major Debut e no Kiseki" (AKB48 History 〜メジャーデビューへの軌跡〜, AKB48 History ~Path to their Major Debut~), as well as following premiums.[3]

  • Original Trading Cards (one of 3 different designs)
  • Limited-time online-only video ConnecteD CD edition (recorded special private video originally distributed as online-only)
  • The ultimate right of application (any one of followings:Application must be received by November 22, 2006))
    • Award A: Invitation to "Special Christmas Party 2006" raging with AKB48 Members!" (AKB48メンバーと盛り上がる!「スペシャル・クリスマスパーティー2006」ご招待) 100 pairs (200 persons)
    • Award K: Invitation to AKB48 year-end routine "General clean-up of AKB48 Theater 2006" (AKB48年末恒例 「AKB48劇場大掃除大会2006」ご招待) 50 pairs (100 persons)
    • Award B: Private movies of 20 Senbatsu members of "Aitakatta" recorded on a DVD (「会いたかった」選抜メンバー20名によるプライベート映像(DVD)) 300 persons


The single charted for six weeks in the top 200, with the highest rank at #12 in 2006, coming back in the top 200 in 2010 and charting since the second week of September 2010.[4] "Aitakatta" sold 25,544 copies, during the first 6 weeks charted on Oricon.[2]


The title track involved 20 members selected from Team A and Team K.[2]

Usage in media[edit]

This song was featured on Season 2, Episode 1 of James May's Cars of the People, as James May was driving a 1980 Mazda 323 around Hiroshima.[6]

Track listing[edit]

1."Aitakatta" (会いたかった)Yasushi Akimoto, BOUNCEBACKTomonori Taguchi, Haruo Inatome3:48
2."Dakedo..." (だけど…)Akimoto, Michihiko ŌtaTetsuya Fujita4:37
3."Aitakatta (Instrumental)"Akimoto, BOUNCEBACKTaguchi, Inatome3:48
4."Dakedo...(Instrumental)"Akimoto, ŌtaFujita4:37
Total length:17:00


Chart Peak
Oricon Weekly Chart[4] 12

Sales and certifications[edit]

Chart Amount
Oricon physical sales 53,934
RIAJ full-length cellphone downloads Triple Platinum (750,000+)

BNK48 version[edit]

"Aitakatta – Yak Cha Dai Phop Thoe"
BNK48 Aitakatta.jpg
Single by BNK48
from the album River
Released8 August 2017 (2017-08-08)
LabelBNK48 Office
Producer(s)Pongchuk Pissathanporn
BNK48 singles chronology
"Aitakatta – Yak Cha Dai Phop Thoe"
"Koi Suru Fortune Cookie – Khukki Siangthai"
Music video
"Yak Cha Dai Phop Thoe" ("Shoot! I Love You" OST) on YouTube

The Thai idol group BNK48, a sister group of AKB48, covered the song and named it "Yak Cha Dai Phop Thoe" (Thai: อยากจะได้พบเธอ; IPA: [jà:k t͡ɕàʔ dâ:j pʰóp tʰɤː]; "Wanted to Meet You").[7][8]


The single was produced by a team led by Pongchuk Pissathanporn (Thai: พงศ์จักร พิษฐานพร) from La-Ong-Fong band.[9][10]

The Thai lyrics were written by Natapol Srijomkwan (Thai: ณฐพล ศรีจอมขวัญ) from Groove Riders band together with Pongchuk Pissathanporn and Tanupop Notayanont (Thai: ตนุภพ โนทยานนท์) from La-Ong-Fong band.[11]

The cover art of the single, produced by The Uni_form Design Studio, was revealed on 17 July 2017, depicting the sixteen senbatsu members with folded paper representing elements from the songs, as buses from "Ōgoe Diamond" and paper planes from "365 Nichi no Kamihikōki", including elements from the Thai culture, as barb mobiles, and those from the Japanese culture, as paper cranes.[12][13]

The music video for "Yak Cha Dai Phop Thoe" was directed by Wanweaw Hongvivatana (Thai: วรรณแวว หงษ์วิวัฒน์) and Weawwan Hongvivatana (Thai: แวววรรณ หงษ์วิวัฒน์), twin directors from GDH 559.[14] The video was notably not marketed as the official music video[15].


The three songs in the single were first performed at the group's debut event on 2 June 2017.[7]

Sixteen members of the group were then selected as senbatsu to promote the single, consisting of Can, Cherprang, Jaa, Jan, Jennis, Kaew, Kaimook, Miori, Music, Namhom, Namneung, Noey, Orn, Pun, Satchan, and Tarwaan.[7] Music serves as the centre for "Aitakatta" and "Ōgoe Diamond", whereas Jennis is the centre for "365 Nichi no Kamihikōki".[16]

A change was made to this set of senbatsu for the event Japan Expo in Thailand 2017, held in Bangkok on 1 and 3 September 2017, after Jan, Kaew, Orn, and Namneung were demoted to undergirls after being found in violation of undisclosed rules (reportedly truancy[17]), and were replaced by Jane, Mobile, Pupe, and Rina Izuta.

To support the single, the group held its first handshake event in Bangkok on 27 August 2017,[11] attracting almost 4,000 fans.[18]

The music video for the song "Yak Cha Dai Phop Thoe" was released on 29 November 2017 after announcing that the song would be used for the soundtrack of the television series, Project S the Series ("Shoot! I Love You" Part).[19]

Release and sales[edit]

The single was officially released on 8 August 2017. Physical CDs were available for purchase from 7 to 19 July 2017 only,[8] during which it sold a total of 13,500 copies.[20][15]

Critic Nutthapong Chaiwanitphon (Thai: ณัฐพงศ์ ไชยวานิชย์ผล) observed that the total sales for the BNK48 single has been low.[15]

Track listing[edit]

  • Boldness indicates centres.
1."Yak Cha Dai Phop Thoe (Thai: อยากจะได้พบเธอ; "Wanted to Meet You")" (cover of AKB48's "Aitakatta")
Can, Cherprang, Jaa, Jan, Jennis, Kaew, Kaimook, Miori, Music, Namhom, Namneung, Noey, Orn, Pun, Satchan, Tarwaan[7][16]3:48
2."Ko Chop Hai Ru Wa Chop (Thai: ก็ชอบให้รู้ว่าชอบ; "I Like You, So I Let You Know That I Like You")" (cover of AKB48's "Ōgoe Diamond")Tanupop Notayanontsame as the previous song[7][16]4:08
3."Sam Roi Hoksip Ha Wan Kap Khrueangbin Kradat (Thai: สามร้อยหกสิบห้าวันกับเครื่องบินกระดาษ; "365 Days with Paper Planes")" (cover of AKB48's "365 Nichi no Kamihikōki")TanupopCan, Cherprang, Jaa, Jan, Jennis, Kaew, Kaimook, Miori, Music, Namhom, Namneung, Noey, Orn, Pun, Satchan, Tarwaan[7][16]4:38
4."Yak Cha Dai Phop Thoe" (Off Vocal Version)  3:48
5."Ko Chop Hai Ru Wa Chop" (Off Vocal Version)  4:08
6."Sam Roi Hoksip Ha Wan Kap Khrueangbin Kradat" (Off Vocal Version)  4:38
Total length:24:28


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