It's the return of the queen in AKB48's latest election!
10 Jun 2015 - 7:37 PM  UPDATED 10 Jun 2015 - 7:50 PM

AKB48's 41st senbatsu sōsenkyo election, has revealed a new queen!

Sashihara Rino has taken the crown. She’s the new queen, so let's get to know her a little better! 


1. She’s actually in HKT48!

You’d be forgiven (by me at least) for thinking that the winner of the AKB48 single general election would be from AKB48. She used to be actually (more of that later on), but now she’s in team H from HKT48. She’s also the theatre manager for HKT48!



2. She’s the image character for Maple Story!

Maple Story is an MMORPG (no, my cat didn’t take over the keyboard, MMORPG stands for Massive Multiplayer Online Role Play Game).

Sashihara’s appearance advertising Maple Story was her first ever solo appearance in a CM!




3. She’s not without controversy.

After a tabloid published an account of their dating activities from an alleged ex-boyfriend, she was moved to HKT48. Sashihara did comment saying she was only ever friends with the person in question.

Having a boyfriend is against the rules for those within AKB48, so it was a big scandal. But she came back from it! Because as you might already know.....

4. She’s been queen before!

She was elected to the top spot of the 2013 senbatsu sōsenkyo election! Her win came after the dating scandal, proving that her fans love her no matter what! Fighting!


5. She’s funny!

Don’t believe me? Check out this video of her challenging other members to janken! And see if you can recognise one of her first opponents! 


What are your favourite things about the new AKB48 queen?

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