Kitahara Rie’s 2017 9th Senbastu Speech (English Subtitles)

Here is Kiatahara Rie’s speech for the #10 position from the 2017 AKB48 49th Single 9th Senbatsu Sousenkyo General Election.

To everyone who voted and supported me, thank you very much! Just before, I was just trying to do an Okinawan folk dance. You probably won’t see it if you’re watching on TV, but since we’re in Okinawa, I thought I would try to do as the Okinawans do.

I was #92 in the preliminary announcement, this drastic change is causing a ringing in my ear. Thank you!

This is the last election with Watanabe Mayu and Sashihara Rino, and I think everyone’s paying attention to that. But this is also going to be my last election, and I’ve achieved my best rank.

This is my crowning achievement, and I’m really, really happy. Thank you very much! There was also a time when never made the top 16, and was usually not part of any singles. It was a time when I had given up on a lot of things.

But I wanted to try hard again and I wanted to contribute. And I want to be competitive in the elections again. I became that way thanks to all of the NGT48 members.

Everyone in NGT48 faces the fans straight on, and seeing them do their best to make sure everyone has a good time, it made me want to try harder too. I felt like I was a beginner again. I’m so glad to have been transferred over to Niigata.

This year, a lot of members’ name were called, and a lot of members were also not called. But there were a lot of unranked NGT48 members who came in this year. I think this is a good opportunity for everyone sitting here for next year, and I hope, as always, to do my best with you until the very end.

So I hope that you’ll continue to support NGT48. To the people who always supported us, I see your faces now.

I hope you’ll continue to follow Kitahara Rie. Thank you very much! This is my last election! Receiving this happy #10 position, I want to quit while I’m ahead! Thank you!

Author: jerry

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