Akimoto Sayaka - The lady who took off her AKB uniform (part 4-5)
Flying out of Japan, aiming for the world!
Is there anything else changed since you joined AKB48?
"I came to be able to avoid thinking like ‘I can’t do this’ even before trying challenging something. Also anything, even good or bad, can happen like a miracle. Life is so fun because you don’t know what will come to you."
After hearing that, I understand how “graduate” is the right word to describe the act of leaving AKB48. Because AKB is a place to nourish power for the girls to flap their wings when they move to a next stage. The general election is just like end of term exams. Once you step out to the world, those results will become useless.
And Sayaka-san’s next words are so cool.
"I honestly think that, compared to the number of people graduated, there are still very few people who are successful after graduation. That’s why I have to try my best so that I can be a guide to those who will graduate from now on."
Saying everything without scaring, taking her own responsibility. For such a beautiful, strong lady with ripped abs like Sayaka-san to only reach 20th place in the election, I wonder if it’s because Japanese men are just sloppy.
"It’s such a waste of time if you just keep hesitating"
Don’t you think your ranking low is because Japanese men are not good enough?
"Hahaha I don’t think so. But I think it would be better if Japanese men become a bit more aggressive though. It’s such a waste of time if you just keep hesitating. Because women are waiting for you too."
When talking with Akimoto Sayaka-san, I thought of a representative for Japanese soccer, Honda Keisuke. When playing in J-League, in order to not mess up the team formation, he always restrained himself. But after he transferred to Europe, he immediately show off all his ability and became successful with a bang.
Just like Honda Keisuke, I think you can aim to become an international actress. You can also speak English.
"I’m so glad to hear you said that. When I was in AKB, we went to performed in America, I was popular over there and they shouted "SAYAKA!!" a lot too."
When we talked about how she’s gonna be in Mitani Koki’s stageplay, she looks so happy and smiles widely. In February next year, she will be in “Kokumin no Eiga”, playing alongside actors like Kohinata Fumiyo and Danta Yasunori, those in the “Mitani trope” of all the actors with strong acting ability.
"I’m really looking forward to it. But on the other hand, I feel really scared too. When I was in AKB48, we were always together so I didn’t feel afraid at all. That’s why being able to knowing how to scare now is such a wonderful thing."
The moment she said “I’m scared”, the look on her face with light sparkling in her eyes are like those of a carnivore. It’s the coolest thing I’ve seen today. I feel the thrill crawling along my spine. I can sense that a rare idol who is not sweet at all, has been born in Japan.