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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).

Later on when more auditions were held, all the future successful candidates would take part of a in-training team of members that would work as sub and under for the official members in various actives (mostly the Theater Performances). And finally, when any of the official members would graduate a girl would be promoted to fill the space.

This group of girls was called AKB48 SEED. The term was was dropped later on, and changed to Kenkyuusei (Research Students). After more auditions and eventually more generations were created, the Kenkyuuseis started to perform by themselves in the theater on their own stage.

In 2009 the Team Kenkyuusei was created and the Kenkyuusei Selection was held for the 1st time. Since then, the Kenkyuuseis had more space on the group, being even part of Senbatsu and TV shows. 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 as new generation members.

AKB48 had a total of 179 original members during all their 15 generations. As of August 2013, AKB48 has 82 Members and 8 Kenkyuuseis.

AKB48 Auditions

1st Generation (Original Team A)


  • Announced on October, 2005

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

2nd Generation (Original Team K)


  • Announced on February, 2006

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

3rd Generation (Original Team B)


  • Announced on December, 2006

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

AKB48 SEEDs / Research Students (4th Gen~15th Gen)

4th Generation


  • Announced on May, 2007

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

5th Generation


  • Announced on October, 2007

Members (12): Arima Yuka · Ishida Haruka · Uchida Mayumi · Chikano Rina · Kitahara Rie · Kohara Haruka · Sashihara Rino · Tomita Mayu · Nakatsuka Tomomi · Nito Moeno · Hatayama Arisa · Miyazaki Miho

6th Generation


  • Announced on April, 2008

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

7th Generation


  • Announced on December, 2008

Members (10): Iwasa Misaki · Katono Mizuho · Kikuchi Ayaka · Komori Mika · Sato Sumire · Suzuki Shihori · Suzuki Mariya · Hayashi Ayano · Maeda Ami · Matsui Sakiko

8th Generation

  • Announced on April, 2009

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

9th Generation


  • Announced on September, 2009

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

10th Generation


  • Announced on March, 2010

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

11th Generation


  • Announced on July, 2010

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

12th Generation


  • Announced on April, 2011

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

13th Generation


  • Announced on September, 2011

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

14th Generation


  • Announced on July, 2012

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

15th Generation


  • Debuted on April, 2013

Members (10): Ichikawa Manami · Owada Nana · Komiyama Haruka · Sato Kiara · Tsuchiyasu Mizuki · Fukuoka Seina · Mukaichi Mion · Yumoto Ami | Okawa Rio · Tatsuya Makiho (added October 28, 2013) | Ino Miyabi· Taniguchi Megu (added April 14, 2014)

Kennin Members

1st Generation


  • Announced in March, 2012

Members (2): Matsui Jurina, Watanabe Miyuki

2nd Generation


  • Announced in August, 2012

Members (2): Ishida Anna, Kotani Riho

3rd Generation


  • Announced in April, 2013

Members (6): Kodama Haruka, Yagura Fuuko, Furuhata Nao, Miyazawa Sae, Takajo Aki, Suzuki Mariya

4th Generation


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

5th Generation

  • Announced February 2014

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

Transferred Members

1st Generation

  • Announced February 2014

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

Draft Members

1st Generation


  • Announced in November 10, 2013

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

Team 8 Toyota Members

  • Announced April 2014

Members (47): Abe Mei, Iwasaki Moeka, Okabe Rin, Okubora Chinatsu, Oguri Yui, Ota Nao, Oda Erina, Onishi Momoka, Kita Reina, Gyouten Yurina, Kuranoo Narumi, Kondo Moeri, Sakaguchi Nagisa, Sato Akari, Sato Shiori, Sato Nanami, Shitao Miu, Shimizu Maria, Shimoaoki Karin, Takaoka Kaoru, Takahashi Ayane, Tani Yuri, Tanigawa Hijiri, Chou Kurena, Nakano Ikumi, Nagano Serika, Hashimoto Haruna, Hama Sayuna, Hamamatsu Riona, Hayasaka Tsumugi, Hitomi Kotone, Hidaritomo Ayaka, Hirose Natsuki, Fukuchi Rena, Fujimura Natsuki, Honda Hitomi, Miyazato Rira, Mogi Kasumi, Moriwaki Yui, Yaguchi Moka, Yamada Nanami, Yamamoto Ai, Yamamoto Ruka, Yokomichi Yuri, Yokoyama Yui, Yoshikawa Nanase, Yoshino Miyu


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