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The 1st to 3rd Generation are known as the Original Teams (1st Gen: Team A, 2nd Gen: Team K, 3rd Gen: Team B).

As more auditions were held later on, the successful candidates would take part of an in-training team of members. The trainees would work as "under members" that substituted for the official members in various activities, especially the theater performances. When any of the official members would graduate, one of the in-training members would be promoted to fill the space.

This group of trainees was called AKB48 SEED. The term was was dropped later on, and changed to Kenkyuusei (Research Students). After more generations were created, the Kenkyuuseis started to perform by their own stages in the theater. In 2009 Team Kenkyuusei was created, and the Kenkyuusei Selection was held for the first time. Since then, the Kenkyuuseis have even been part of senbatsu. In 2012, with the Tokyo Dome Team Shuffle, the Kenkyuuseis stopped replacing members on stage performances, just performing on their own Kenkyuusei Stage.

Currently, with exception of the 8th generation, all the generations have at least one member in the group. The members after the 9th generation are usually called the new generation members. Recently this term been used to describe the members after the 12th generation instead.

AKB48 had a total of 186 original members during all their 15 generations. As of May 2015, AKB48 has 129 members and 13 Kennin (including Team 8 Kennin).

AKB48 Auditions

1st Generation (Original Team A)


  • Announced October 2005

Members (21): Hirajima Natsumi, Hoshino Michiru, Itano Tomomi, Kawasaki Nozomi, Kojima Haruna, Komatani Hitomi, Maeda Atsuko, Masuyama Kayano, Minegishi Minami, Nakanishi Rina, Narita Risa, Ohe Tomomi, Orii Ayumi, Oshima Mai, Sato Yukari, Takahashi Minami, Tojima Hana, Urano Kazumi, Usami Yuki, Watanabe Shiho | Shinoda Mariko (joined the group on 2006/1/22)

2nd Generation (Original Team K)

  • Announced February 2006

Members (17): Akimoto Sayaka, Hayano Kaoru, Imai Yuu, Kasai Tomomi, Kobayashi Kana, Masuda Yuka, Matsubara Natsumi, Miyazawa Sae, Noro Kayo, Ohori Megumi, Oku Manami, Ono Erena, Oshima Yuko, Sato Natsuki, Takada Ayana, Uemura Ayako, Umeda Ayaka

3rd Generation (Original Team B)


  • Announced December 2006

Members (13): Inoue Naru, Kashiwagi Yuki, Katayama Haruka, Kikuchi Ayaka, Matsuoka Yuki, Nakagawa Haruka, Nakaya Sayaka, Noguchi Reina, Ota Aika, Saotome Miki, Tanabe Miku, Watanabe Mayu, Yonezawa Rumi

AKB48 SEEDs / Research Students

4th Generation


  • Announced May 2007

Members (18): Deguchi Aki, Fujie Reina, Fujimoto Sara, Iinuma Yurina, Kaneko Satomi, Kuramochi Asuka, Kozuka Rina, Muranaka Satomi, Nakata Chisato, Nakanishi Yuka, Naruse Risa, Oya Shizuka, Saeki Mika, Sato Amina, Suzuki Nae, Uriya Akane, Watanabe Marie, Yoshioka Saki

5th Generation


  • Announced October 2007

Members (13): Arima Yuka, Chikano Rina, Hatayama Arisa, Ishida Haruka, Kitahara Rie, Kohara Haruka, Miyazaki Miho, Nakatsuka Tomomi, Nito Moeno, Sashihara Rino, Uchida Mayumi, Tomita Mayu, Yamada Mizuki

6th Generation

  • Announced April 2008

Members (4): Katano Yurie, Nishizawa Sara, Nonaka Misato, Takajo Aki

7th Generation


  • Announced December 2008

Members (11): Hayashi Ayano, Ishiguro Remi, Iwasa Misaki, Katono Mizuho, Kikuchi Ayaka, Komori Mika, Maeda Ami, Matsui Sakiko, Sato Sumire, Suzuki Mariya, Suzuki Shihori

8th Generation

  • Announced April 2009

Members (15): Asai Madoka, Imai Yurie, Ishibe Aya, Ishii Ayaka, Kaku Grace, Komatsu Mizuki, Komizu Nanami, Miki Nikoru, Muranaka Satomi, Nishikawa Nanami, Sakamoto Rio, Sano Yuriko, Sugiyama Miku, Tomite Ami, Ueki Asaka

9th Generation


  • Announced September 2009

Members (14): Fujimoto Sara, Ishiguro Atsuki, Ito Ayaka, Kinumoto Momoko, Mori Anna, Nagao Mariya, Nakamura Mariko, Oba Mina, Shimada Haruka, Shimazaki Haruka, Takamatsu Eri, Takeuchi Miyu, Yamauchi Suzuran, Yokoyama Yui

10th Generation


  • Announced March 2010

Members (10): Abe Maria, Fujita Nana, Ichikawa Miori, Iriyama Anna, Iwasaki Hitomi, Izuta Rina, Kato Rena, Kanazawa Yuuki, Kobayashi Marina, Nakamata Shiori

11th Generation


  • Announced July 2010

Members (10): Kawaei Rina, Kawakami Marina, Kojima Natsuki, Morikawa Ayaka, Natori Wakana, Okazaki Chinami, Suzuki Shihori, Toyoda Saki, Ushikubo Sara, Yamaguchi Nau

12th Generation


  • Announced April 2011

Members (10): Hirata Rina, Iwata Karen, Muto Tomu, Omori Miyu, Saeed Yokota Erena, Sasaki Yukari, Suzuki Rika, Takahashi Juri, Tano Yuka | Eguchi Aimi (joined the group on 2011/06/11)

13th Generation


  • Announced September 2011

Members (16): Aigasa Moe, Amemiya Maika, Hasegawa Haruna, Iwatate Saho, Kita Shiori, Kitazawa Saki, Mitsumune Kaoru, Mogi Shinobu, Moriyama Sakura, Murayama Yuiri, Okada Ayaka, Oshima Ryoka, Shinozaki Ayana, Takashima Yurina, Umeta Ayano, Watanabe Nene


14th Generation


  • Announced July 2012

Members (6): Hashimoto Hikari, Kojima Mako, Maeda Mitsuki, Nishino Miki, Okada Nana, Uchiyama Natsuki

15th Generation


  • Announced May 2013

Members (12): Fukuoka Seina, Ichikawa Manami, Komiyama Haruka, Mukaichi Mion, Owada Nana, Sato Kiara, Tsuchiyasu Mizuki, Yumoto Ami | Okawa Rio, Tatsuya Makiho (joined the group on 2013/10/28) | Ino Miyabi, Taniguchi Megu (joined the group on 2014/04/14)

16th Generation


  • Announced December 8, 2016

Members (19): Asai Nanami, Harima Nanami, Honma Mai, Inagaki Kaori, Kurosu Haruka, Nagatomo Ayami, Noguchi Nanami, Maeda Ayaka, Michieda Saki, Muto Orin, Umemoto Izumi, Sato Minami, Shoji Nagisa, Suzuki Kurumi, Taguchi Manaka, Taya Misaki, Yamane Suzuha, Yamauchi Mizuki, Yasuda Kana


Transferred Members

1st Generation


  • Announced February 2014

Members (4): Kizaki Yuria, Nakanishi Chiyori, Nozawa Rena, Ogasawara Mayu

Concurrent Members

1st Generation

1st Generation

  • Announced March 24, 2012

Members (2): Matsui Jurina, Watanabe Miyuki

2nd Generation

  • Announced August 24, 2012

Members (2): Ishida Anna, Kotani Riho

  • Kotani Riho returned as a Kennin member for the 5th Generation

3rd Generation


  • Announced April 2013

Members (3): Furuhata Nao, Kodama Haruka, Yagura Fuuko

4th Generation

  • Announced June 2013
  • Concurrency Ended (1): Nozawa Rena (Transferred permanently to Team B)

5th Generation


  • Announced February 24, 2014

Members (6): Ikoma Rina, Kotani Riho, Miyawaki Sakura, Shibuya Nagisa, Tomonaga Mio, Yamamoto Sayaka

6th Generation


  • Announced March 2015

Members (7): Kitagawa Ryoha, Nakano Ikumi, Sakaguchi Nagisa, Shiroma Miru, Watanabe Miyuki, Yabuki Nako, Yamada Nanami

Draft Members

1st Generation


  • Announced November 10, 2013

Members (6): Goto Moe, Kawamoto Saya, Nishiyama Rena, Shimoguchi Hinana, Takita Kayoko, Yokoshima Aeri

2nd Generation


  • Announced May 10, 2015

Members (7): Chiba Erii, Hiwatashi Yui, Kubo Satone, Nishikawa Rei, Nomura Nao, Takahashi Kira, Yamabe Ayu

Team 8 Toyota Members


  • Announced April 2014

Members (55): Abe Mei, Chou Kurena, Fukuchi Rena, Fujimura Natsuki, Gyouten Yurina, Hama Sayuna, Hamamatsu Riona, Hashimoto Haruna, Hayasaka Tsumugi, Hidaritomo Ayaka, Hirose Natsuki, Hitomi Kotone, Honda Hitomi, Iwasaki Moeka, Kita Reina, Kondo Moeri, Kuranoo Narumi, Miyazato Rira, Mogi Kasumi, Moriwaki Yui, Nakano Ikumi, Nagano Serika, Oda Erina, Oguri Yui, Okabe Rin, Okubora Chinatsu, Ota Nao, Onishi Momoka, Sakaguchi Nagisa, Sato Akari, Sato Nanami, Sato Shiori, Shimizu Maria, Shimoaoki Karin, Shitao Miu, Takahashi Ayane, Takaoka Kaoru, Tani Yuri, Tanikawa Hijiri, Yaguchi Moka, Yamada Nanami, Yamamoto Ai, Yamamoto Ruka, Yokomichi Yuri, Yokoyama Yui, Yoshikawa Nanase, Yoshino Miyu | Hattori Yuna (joined the group on 2014/7/26) | Yoshida Karen (joined the group on 2015/4/3) | Terada Misaki, Noda Hinano, Utada Hatsuka (joined the group on 2016/6/25) | Takahashi Sayaka, Hirano Hikaru (joined the group on 2016/12/9) | Yamada Kyoka (joined the group on 2017/3/20)

Special Audition

AKB48 Taiwan Audition

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  • Announced October 2015

Temporary Members

Otona AKB48

  • Duration: April - September 2014

Baito AKB

  • Duration: September 2014 - February 2015

Members (50): Akasaka Misaki · Abe Kanamu · Araki Minami · Araki Rinka · Iikura Saori · Ikuta Yuuka · Ida Yuki · Isshiki Rena · Umezawa Mayuka · Ebisawa Megumi · Ohno Ayano · Ogino Yuka · Kataigi Madoka · Katsumata Saori · Kamitani Saya · Kawaguchi Mami · Kawamura Maho · Kikuchi Tomomi · Kinoshita Suzuka · Kinoshita Mayu · Kusakabe Aina · Kurosawa Ayaka · Koike Yuuka · Koizumi Rina · Saito Rina · Saeki Mika · Sawaki Saya · Shibata Yui · Suzuki Yumin · Seiji Reina · Takagi Mashiro · Takahashi Kira · Takeuchi Misaki · Chida Yumeno · Chiyoda Yui · Nakagawa Rina · Nakamura Yuuka · Nagasaka Arisa · Narimatsu Misa · Nishigata Marina · Fukui Arisa · Fujie Momoko · Matsuura Kaho · Matsuoka Hana · Matsumoto Nodoka · Miyazaki Miki · Mega Yako · Yashiro Kana · Yamauchi Aki | Ogata Honami (added November 2014)


Baito AKB Paruru Selection

  • Announced February 9, 2016

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