Ogino Yuka’s 2017 9th Senbastu Speech (English Subtitles)

Here is Ogino Yuka’s speech for the #5 position from the 2017 AKB48 49th Single 9th Senbatsu Sousenkyo General Election.

I’ve been obsessed with the AKB48 group since I was in 6th grade. For four years I went to the auditions. I kept failing, and I began to think that maybe it wouldn’t become more than an obsession. Then, I participated in the Draft Meeting audition.

Kitahara Rie, Kashiwagi Yuki, and Manager Imamura chose me to be part of NGT48. Although I was worried about living alone, I made the move to Niigata. I think my family was also very worried about me.

But, now, I’m really glad that I came to Niigata.

I felt like unwanted leftovers. Dreams never come true. For a long time, I thought that “Hard work will always be rewarded”, was a complete lie. But for four years, because I wanted so badly to be part of AKB48, I tried my hardest in all the auditions.

I was so surprised when I came up #1 in the preliminary vote count. I think a lot of people were thinking, “Who’s Ogino Yuka? Why her?” I was personally very surprised. I wondered if I had somehow broken this election.

But now I’ve been able to accept all the love that you’ve given me.

I never thought that within this group, which I had loved, that I would achieve such a rank. It’s like a dream. For those four years, I’m really glad that I didn’t give up during all of those auditions. And I’m glad you were all there for me.

I once asked Takahashi Minami, “Does hard work really pay off?” She said to me,”I don’t know if hard work will always be rewarded, but that doesn’t mean working hard is meaningless.”

Then she said, “If Ogiyuka works hard, she’ll definitely be rewarded. Please prove that to me, okay?” Have I proven that hard work will always be rewarded?

I think there are many people here who haven’t reached their goals and have encountered roadblocks.

To these people, I hope you’ll remember part of my catch phrase: “No matter what happens, don’t lose heart.”

Truly, this is all thanks to the support of the fans. Thank you for lifting up a nobody like me.

Also, thank you for making me an idol. With this result in hand, I want to continue onward with my 2nd year in NGT48. With gratitude, I want to work hard for this group, and I hope you’ll hold me to that standard.

I think it’s a little early to say that you can trust me with lots of things, but I’ll do my best, so I hope you’ll continue your support.

Author: jerry

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

  • lolcat

    I’m so proud of her…