Sashihara Rino 2016 8th Senbatsu speech (English subtitles)

Here is Sashihara Rino’s speech for the 1st position from the 2016 AKB48 45th Single 8th Senbatsu Sousenkyo General Election.

Everyone, truly, truly, thank you very much. A part of me can’t believe that I was able to achieve a consecutive win, something that even Acchan and Yuko couldn’t do. Having done so, from the bottom my heart, I’m truly happy. Thank you very much.

It might be a little presumptuous, but I have one request. This is the third time that I’ve received #1. Please acknowledge me as #1. I’ve gotten a lot of work through my scandal. But it’s been working where everyone pretends I’m not making money because of it.

I’m not like Acchan, Yuko, or Mayu. It wouldn’t be weird to think that I was set up to be part of some plan. I’ve even thought that. I’ve made so many mistakes. If you look at me, there’s nothing but dirt. But just like every member who has achieved #1, the bond between my fans is intense. My being #1 is not something I take for granted.

It’s not that I can’t be beaten because I’m #1. It’s because my fans excessively overwork themselves to put me here. Somehow, I ask that you congratulate me sincerely.

Someday, someday, I wanted to be a number #1 where I’d be congratulated the same as everyone else. I’m so happy. Thanks you very much. Next, to the HKT48 members…

Everyone had tears of joy, I cried, and even members who didn’t rank in were truly happy for others who did. I’m very happy for that. Thank for teaching me that endless happiness. We’ve gotten a group center, a single digit ranking, and the group has gotten bigger. I’m so happy, from the bottom of my heart. It’s because you’re there for me, that I can do my best.

Next, this is a personal matter, but my beloved grandfather passed away in February. I feel guilty for using the excuse that I was busy, and I couldn’t see him. Even though I went back to Oita so many times, I still wasn’t able to go see him.

But, I’ve got all of you to support me, and like that, I’ve taken #1 twice in a row. I’m standing here now. I’m sure that my grandfather would be happy for me.

I’ll be taking this trophy back with me to Oita, and let everyone know that I’ve become #1. It’s all thanks to you. Truly, thank you very much.

I love the AKB48 group that Mayuyu and Yokohama have created. With these two behind me, I’ll try my best to not cause any problems as they pull me along.

Usually I’m too embarrassed to say this, and I’m not sure if I should, as I’ve never said this before. I’ve always embarrassingly said that I have no rival, but to me, you are my greatest rival. From now on, let’s create a wonderful group that represents the best of this country’s idols.

Author: jerry

Sometimes editor. Sometimes translator. Mostly a proofreader. I like Japan and things.