Kitahara Rie, AKB Sousenkyo Election

Kitahara Rie’s 2015 7th Senbatsu speech (English subtitles)

Here is Kitahara Rie’s speech for the 11th position from the 2015 AKB48 41st Single 7th Senbatsu Sousenkyo General Election.

I’m Kitahara Rie, and I’m moving over to NGT48. It’s been two years since I’ve been in a senbatsu!

Since it’s been two years, this trophy feels really heavy. But, this feeling is because you pushed me all from behind, and I’m able to know about this heaviness now.

This year, I told my fans that I was aiming for 12th place. I’ve been 13th place about three times now, and I’ve never been able to go higher.

But now, because you’ve all given me a push from behind, I feel like I can go to Niigata with my head held high.

I’m becoming a Niigata girl, and it might put some distance between the fans who supported until now. I hope you’ll keep following me, and I would like those in Niigata Prefecture to please wait for me.

This is my 8th year and honestly, lately I haven’t been able to get into the senbatsu, but it looks like I still can!!

I’m a little perplexed that I got a higher rank than expected, but I will definitely take on this position without embarrassment. Everyone, please send me your kindness.

Lastly, I really hope, from the bottom of my heart, that my speech isn’t cut off by a commercial. Thank you very much!!

We didn’t go to commercial.

Thank you very much, great, I’m happy!

As an 8th year veteran, you can still do many new things, right?

I’ll prove to you that I can still go on!

This year, including myself, there are only 4 members of NGT48. Even so, on the set here, there’s a NGT48 flag on both sides, so I’m happy about that. They put up the flags, and I gained a decent position. With NG48 trying their best to catch up to the other groups, I want to try my best to reach the top.

Author: jerry

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