Kashiwagi Yuki 2016 8th Senbatsu speech (English subtitles)

Here is Kashiwagi Yuki’s speech for the 5th position from the 2016 AKB48 45th Single 8th Senbatsu Sousenkyo General Election.

To all those who supported and voted for me, thank you very much. In the preliminary announcement, I was #6, so I was really excited heading into this election. I jumped up one rank to #5, so I’m honestly very relieved right now.

Thanks to everyone, I’m very happy that I can stand on this stage with a smile on my face. Altogether, lately, during the election, handshake events, and during the concerts, I’m able to be here because you were all there for me. I hope that you’ll continue to keep your eyes on me, and that I can be always be the Kashiwagi Yuki that you’re excited to support.

This year, I debated whether or not to appear in this election. I thought about a lot of things, even just not showing up. During that time, it was decided that the election would happen in Niigata. Having a concurrent position in NGT48, everyone in Niigata welcomed be warmly, despite how terrible and unreliable I am.

But there were a lot of people who depended on me. I want to do my best along side them, and even just a little, pay them back for their kindness, so I decided to register. For the members of NGT48, this would be their first election, and I’m sure there are a lot of members who are nervous, don’t like this, and are very worried.

Up until now, I’ve had the experience of appearing in 8 elections, and there’s one thing I’ve thought. I believe that there’s some “magic” that will make you stronger. It’s magic that will definitely make you grow. So please, everyone, please watch closely.

I think all the members, myself included, will become stronger. Last, I’m not a person that can do anything special, and I don’t think I’m able to make something happen on my own. But I love AKB48, and I think of NGT48 members very fondly.

Also, as part of AKB48, each day, I’m doing something that I love, and I’m very happy. I hope that I teach my junior members the wonderful feeling of doing something that you love. With AKB48 having General Manager Yokohama Yui in the lead, things will certainly change into something new.

With today’s results, I think the junior members will have many people they can call upon. Those people have already surpassed me. When I see that, I don’t feel relieved, rather it makes me want to take the lead and continue to support this group. Therefore, along with everyone, let’s aim for what’s ahead, and I hope that you’ll continue to support, AKB, NGT the AKB48 groups, and Kashiwagi Yuki. Thank you very much for today!

Author: jerry

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