Suda Akari’s 2017 9th Senbastu Speech (English Subtitles)

Here is Suda Akari’s speech for the #6 position from the 2017 AKB48 49th Single 9th Senbatsu Sousenkyo General Election.

I’m in 6th place! Everyone fell in love and I became the center of your gaze and came to 6th place. Thank you!

Even now, if you do a web search for Suda Akari. Results like, “Why’s she popular?” appear. And the next result is, “Not cute.” Taken all together, people’s opinions are, “Why is Suda Akari so popular when she’s not cute?”

Most likely, I think people watching TV at home are thinking the same thing? However, I’m really happy to hear your doubts.

It might just be me, but I’m very happy if you come to have an interest in the 48-groups because of Suda Akari.

Therefore, it’s my personal belief that when your doubts are cleared, your faults will become your strength. In the past, I thought that having it was better to have no faults or complexes.

But as part of this group, my thinking changed especially this past year. To the people you should be meeting, I realized your faults will help you. You might get beaten up bad. There are good things and bad things, and I think that’s led me to this #6 position.

This year, I released a book called “From ugly to Kami 7” (maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned that). Me seeming negative and being able to become positive is because of my fans.

I’ve said a lot about looks, and I think Sashihara Rino has opened up a new path. Being popular is not just about appearance, and I really respect being able to make that a goal.

Keeping in mind that Sasshi won’t be here next year, I hope to inherit all your expectations in that regard. I’ve got a long way to go, but I want to aim for the top.

Oh, I’m out of time! Thank you. I was a little rushed, but I’ve said all I want to say. To all my fans who care about me despite my flaws, I’m so happy with who I am and that I’m able to stand here and say that. Thank you very much!

Author: jerry

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