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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): Itano Tomomi, Usami Yuki, Urano Kazumi, Ohe Tomomi, Oshima Mai, Orii Ayumi, Kawasaki Nozomi, Komatani Hitomi, Kojima Haruna, 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 February 2006

Members (17): Akimoto Sayaka · Imai Yuu · 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 December 2006

Members (13): Inoue Naru, Ota 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 Generation


  • Announced May 2007

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

5th Generation


  • Announced October 2007

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

6th Generation

  • Announced April 2008

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

7th Generation


  • Announced December 2008

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

8th Generation

  • Announced 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 September 2009

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

10th Generation


  • Announced March 2010

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

11th Generation


  • Announced 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 April 2011

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

13th Generation


  • Announced September 2011

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

14th Generation


  • Announced July 2012

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

15th Generation


  • Announced May 2013

Members (12): Ichikawa Manami, Owada Nana, Komiyama Haruka, Sato Kiara, Tsuchiyasu Mizuki, Fukuoka Seina, Mukaichi Mion, 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, Inagaki Kaori, Umemoto Izumi, Kurosu Haruka, Sato Minami, Shoji Nagisa, Suzuki Kurumi, Taguchi Manaka, Taya Misaki, Nagatomo Ayami, Noguchi Nanami, Harima Nanami, Honma Mai, Maeda Ayaka, Michieda Saki, Muto Orin, Yasuda Kana, Yamauchi Mizuki, Yamane Suzuha


Transferred Members

1st Generation


  • Announced February 2014

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

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

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

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, Shibuya Nagisa, Tomonaga Mio, Miyawaki Sakura, Yamamoto Sayaka

6th Generation


  • Announced March 2015

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

Draft Members

1st Generation


  • Announced November 10, 2013

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

2nd Generation


  • Announced May 10, 2015

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

Team 8 Toyota Members


  • Announced April 2014

Members (55): 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, Tanikawa 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 | 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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