Suda Akari 2016 8th Senbatsu speech (English subtitles)

Here is Suda Akari’s speech for the 7th position from the 2016 AKB48 45th Single 8th Senbatsu Sousenkyo General Election.

I’m Suda Akari, leader of SKE48 team E. I’m thankful to those who voted for me, and to those who have allowed me to stand on this stage. Thank you very much.

In last years election, I dropped rank to #18, after being ranked the year before at #10. I cried so much, and I’m very sorry to have shown you such a painful sight. Today, I’m able to be here and not crying, and its not just because of this great rank.

This last year, I realized what was really important. Until now, I’ve lived in such a way that results were everything to me. But last year, up until then, I’ve always ranked up toward the senbatsu election. I made a place for myself in SKE48 because of that. And all along I always saw fans being happy for me. I gained everything through results, and realized that I could lose every because of the results.

It’s really embarrassing, but last year, I really thought I lost everything. But I realized that the most important thing wasn’t the outward result, but how many people’s feeling went into it. My feelings have come into contact with so many other people, and I realized that that is very important. I’m truly very thankful.

Therefore, with the rank of #7, along with the vote count, it includes double my feelings of happiness. I’m sure there are a lot of people who are wondering why I’ve been called out at this rank. During the preliminary ranking result, I did a web search for my own name.

“Why is she so popular?” came up. Honestly, there are many girls who are cuter than me, so many girls who sparkle. Even I didn’t understand why I was able to make it to this point. But I think it isn’t because that I am popular.

I think it’s because there are people who found me, looking from an “insider” perspective. Therefore, in this one single, I’ll probably be in a position where I’ll be singing, so please don’t ask, “What’s this girl doing here?!”

I don’t really mind if you say so. For every time someone thinks, “why?”, I’ll trust all of you to look at the real me inside. From now on, I won’t be caught up in this ranking, and I’ll instead reflect the happiness of being able to stand here. Thank you very much.

Author: jerry

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