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UnderGirls2015

Undergirls (2015)

The Undergirls (アンダーガールズ, or Under Girls) are an special group/team of girls that, since the term was included in the 1st Senbatsu Election, take charge of the main B-side of most of the AKB48 Singles and recently also SKE48, SDN48 and NMB48 Singles.

History

The Undergirls were introduced in the 1st Senbatsu Election, where the girls that ranked from 22# to 30# were given the chance to sing the B-side track of the single (Iiwake Maybe) that the Senbatsu elected (21#~1#) were going to sing.

Previous to this, all the original B-sides were also done by the Senbatsu of that single, what now gave the chance to a lot of other girls to actually take part of a single release (with most of the them doing it for the first time).

The first Undergirls generation, consisted of 9 girls and sung the track Tobenai Agehachou, which also got a PV, marking the first time an AKB48 B-Side got a Music Clip.

Later on for the next single RIVER (that also introduced the Theater Girls), the Undergirls concept was used again. With the difference that this time, the manager decided the members making an almost completely different selection of girls compared to the first generation.

The Undergirls weren't used in the following single (Sakura no Shiori) and made a comeback in Ponytail to Shushu, being used in all singles until GIVE ME FIVE!, when Undergirls were replaced by Special Girls, to then return on Gingham Check.

The Undergirls concept is not used on Janken singles, such as Chance no Junban and Ue Kara Mariko. On Kaze wa Fuiteiru, the Undergirls were divided on three groups: Undergirls, Undergirls Baragumi and Undergirls Yurigumi.

Undergirls on SKE48

For SKE48's 3rd Single Gomen ne, SUMMER, the Undergirls concept was implemented with SKE48 for the first and only time.

In difference with AKB, 2 different groups of Undergirls were used in the same single (Undergirls A and Undergirls B). Both groups featured an small group of girls and different songs Undergirls A was an Exclusive-track and Music Video of Type-A as Undergirls B were of Type-B.

Undergirls on SDN48

SDN48 started using the Undergirls concept since the their first single, also implementing the Undergirls A/Undergirls B concept SKE48 started.

Undergirls on NMB48

NMB48 started using the Undergirls concept on Junjou U-19. Unlike AKB48, SKE48, SDN48 and Nogizaka46, their Undergirls don't have a PV.

Undergirls on Nogizaka46

Nogizaka46 started using the Undergirls concept on Guru Guru Curtain. The Undergirls, also known as Under Members, have a B-Side on one of the single types, including a PV.

Undergirls Generations (AKB48)

( Undergirls Participation Table (AKB48) )

1st Generation

Tobenai Agehachou (Iiwake Maybe) (9 Members (22#~30#))

2nd Generation

Kimi no Koto ga Suki dakara (RIVER) (16 Members)

3rd Generation

Nusumareta Kuchibiru (Ponytail to Shushu) (16 Members)

4th Generation

Namida no SeeSaw Game (Heavy Rotation) (18 Members (22#~40#))

5th Generation

Boku dake no value (Beginner) (22 Members)

6th Generation

Guuzen no Juujiro (Sakura no Ki ni Narou) (18 Members)

7th Generation

Hito no Chikara (Everyday, Katyusha) (29 Members)

8th Generation

Dakishimechaikenai (Flying Get) (18 Members (22#~40#))

9th Generation

Nante Bohemian (Gingham Check) (16 Members (17#~32#))

10th Generation

Tsugi no Season (UZA) (16 Members)

Undergirls Generations (SKE48)

1st Generation

Shoujo wa Manatsu ni Nani wo Suru? (Gomen ne, SUMMER) (Undergirls A, 7 Members)
Team S: Kinoshita Yukiko · Takada Shiori · Kuwabara Mizuki · Suda Akari
Team KII: Saito Makiko · Wakabayashi Tomoka
SKE48 Kenkyuusei: Yamada Erika

Hazumisaki (Gomen ne, SUMMER) (Undergirls B, 8 Members)
Team S: Oya Masana · Nakanishi Yuuka · Hirata Rikako · Hiramatsu Kanako
Team KII: Uchiyama Mikoto · Ogiso Shiori · Furukawa Airi · Matsumoto Rina

Undergirls Generations (SDN48)

1st Generation

Eros no Trigger (GAGAGA): (Undergirls A, 11 Members)
1st Generation: Okouchi Misa · Imayoshi Megumi · Kaida Juri · Hatakeyama Chisaki · Mitsui Hiromi · Nachu · Nishikunihara Reiko
2nd Generation: Oyama Aimi · Kimoto Yuki · Fujikoso Yumi · Natsuko · Matsushima Rumi

Sado e Wataru (GAGAGA): (Undergirls B, 12 Members)
1st Generation: Kondo Sayaka · Kochi Masami · Tezuka Machiko
2nd Generation: Aikawa Yuki · Akiko · Ito Mana · Takahashi Yui · Tanisaki Tomomi · Tsuda Marina · Fukuda Akane · Hosoda Miyuu · Ninomiya Yuka

2nd Generation

Tengoku no Door wa Sankaime no Bell de Aku (Ai, Chuseyo): (Undergirls A, 12 Members)
1st Generation: Akita Kazue · Urano Kazumi · Ohori Megumi · Chen Qu · Tezuka Machiko · Noro Kayo · Hatakeyama Chisaki
2nd Generation: Ito Mana · Kimoto Yuki · KONAN · Ninomiya Yuka · Matsushima Rumi

Awajijima no Tamanegi (Ai, Chuseyo): (Undergirls B, 12 Members)
1st Generation: Imayoshi Megumi · Okouchi Misa· Kaida Juri · Nachu · Mitsui Hiromi
2nd Generation: Akiko · Oyama Aimi · Tsuda Marina · Natsuko · Hosoda Miyuu

3rd Generation

Onedari Champagne (MIN.MIN.MIN): (Undergirls A, 12 Members)
1st Generation: Akita Kazue, Urano Kazumi, Kaida Juri, Kato Mami, Kochi Masami, Chen Qu, Noro Kayo, Hatakeyama Chisaki
2nd Generation: Aikawa Yuki, Akiko, Ito Mana, Natsuko

Awajijima no Tamanegi (MIN.MIN.MIN): (Undergirls B, 16 Members)
1st Generation: Imayoshi Megumi, Okouchi Misa, Tezuka Machiko, Nachu, Nishikunihara Reiko, Mitsui Hiromi
2nd Generation: Oyama Aimi, Hosoda Miyuu, Matsushima Rumi
3rd Generation: Kojo Seara, Komatani Hitomi, Shinahama Saemi, Siyeon, Tojima Hana, Hayakawa Sayo, miray

4th Generation

Yaritagariya-san (Kudokinagara Azabu Juuban duet with Mino Monta): (Undergirls Team G, 12 Members)
1st Generation: Kochi Masami, Okouchi Misa, Tezuka Machiko
2nd Generation: Aikawa Yuki, Fujikoso Yumi, Fukuda Akane, Hosoda Miyuu, Matsushima Rumi, Natsuko
3rd Generation: miray, Siyeon, Tojima Hana

Kamujatan Bojou (Kudokinagara Azabu Juuban duet with Mino Monta): (Undergirls B, 10 Members)
1st Generation: Chen Qu, Hatakeyama Chisaki, Kondo Sayaka, Nachu
2nd Generation: Akiko, Kimoto Yuki, Takahashi Yui, Tsuda Marina
3rd Generation: Komatani Hitomi, Shinahama Saemi

Kashaasa de Jihaku suru (Kudokinagara Azabu Juuban duet with Mino Monta): (Undergirls B, 9 Members)
1st Generation: Imayoshi Megumi, Kaida Juri, Kato Mami, Mitsui Hiromi, Nishikunihara Reiko, Umeda Haruka
2nd Generation: Ito Mana, Oyama Aimi
3rd Generation: Kojo Seara

5th Generation

Kurikuri (Makeoshimi Congratulation): (Undergirls A, 12 Members)
1st Generation: Kondo Sayaka, Chen Qu, Hatakeyama Chisaki
2nd Generation: Aikawa Yuki, Akiko, Ito Mana, KONAN, Takahashi Yui, Tsuda Marina, Fukuda Akane
3rd Generation: Kojo Seara, Tojima Hana

Ue Kara Natsuko (Makeoshimi Congratulation): (Undergirls B, 15 Members)
1st Generation: Imayoshi Megumi, Okouchi Misa, Kaida Juri, Tezuka Machiko, Nachu, Nishikunihara Reiko, Mitsui Hiromi
2nd Generation: Oyama Aimi, Natsuko, Hosoda Miyuu, Matsushima Rumi
3rd Generation: Komatani Hitomi, Shinahama Saemi, Siyeon, miray

Undergirls Generations (NMB48)

1st Generation

Baatari GO! (Junjou U-19): (26 Members)
Team N: Shinohara Kanna · Yamaguchi Yuuki
Team M: Ota Riona · Kawakami Rena · Kodakari Yuuka · Takano Yui · Tanigawa Airi · Hikawa Ayame · Fujita Runa · Mita Mao · Murakami Ayaka · Murase Sae · Yamagishi Natsumi
NMB48 Kenkyuusei: Azuma Yuki · Ishida Yuumi · Uno Mizuki · Okada Risako · Okita Ayaka · Koga Narumi · Koyanagi Arisa · Sato Sorai · Nakagawa Hiromi · Nishizawa Rurina · Hayashi Momoka · Hara Mizuki · Yamamoto Hitomi

2nd Generation

Rifujin Ball (Nagiichi)
Team N: Kishino Rika, Kinoshita Haruna, Shinohara Kanna, Matsuda Shiori, Yamaguchi Yuuki
Team M: Ota Riona, Kawakami Rena, Kodakari Yuuka, Takano Yui, Hikawa Ayame, Fujita Runa, Mita Mao, Murase Sae, Yamagishi Natsumi
NMB48 Kenkyuusei: Azuma Yuki, Ishida Yuumi, Uno Mizuki, Okita Ayaka, Koga Narumi, Koyanagi Arisa, Sato Sorai, Nakagawa Hiromi, Nishizawa Rurina, Hayashi Momoka, Hara Mizuki, Yamamoto Hitomi, Akazawa Hono, Ishizuka Akari, Ijiri Anna, Ueda Mirei, Umehara Mako, Ota Yuuri, Katou Yuuka, Kamieda Emika, Kusaka Konomi, Kushiro Rina, Kurokawa Hazuki, Kono Saki, Kobayashi Rikako, Sasaki Nanami, Sugimoto Kano, Takayama Riko, Togo Sora, Hisada Riko, Miura Arisa, Muro Kanako, Yabushita Syu, Yamauchi Tsubasa

3rd Generation

Chotto Nekoze (Virginity)

Under Members Generations (Nogizaka46)

1st Generation

Hidari Mune no Yuuki (Guru Guru Curtain):

2nd Generation

Ookami ni Kuchibue wo (Oide, Shampoo):

3rd Generation

Namida ga Mada Kanashimi datta Koro (Hashire! Bicycle):

4th Generation

Haru no Melody (Seifuku no Mannequin):

5th Generation

13-Nichi no Kinyobi (Kimi no Na wa Kibou):

6th Generation

Senpuuki (Girl's Rule):

7th Generation

Hatsukoi no Hito wo Ima demo (Barrette):

8th Generation

Umareta Mama de (Kizuitara Kataomoi):

9th Generation

Koko ni Iru Riyuu (Natsu no Free & Easy):

10th Generation

Ano Hi Boku ha Tossa ni Uso wo Tsuita (Nandome no Aozora Ka?):

11th Generation

TBA

Undergirls & Theater Girls as Popularity level used by the Fandom

The Undergirls are usually given most of the spotlight after the Senbatsu in a single release, making the other Single-exclusive group (the Theater Girls) feel as the "least important" group of girls for the manager.

The Theater Girls were introduced in RIVER, a single that was promoted as "first single ever where all the 48 girls of the group take part". with Senbatsu still being "the most important" selection of girls, the Undergirls were used once again and a new group named the Theater Girls was introduced.

In difference with the Undergirls, the Theater Girls didn't get a new original song and got to cover an AKB48 Stage Song instead. -As well as getting their pv filmed in the AKB48 Theater as a "performance music clip", instead of an "original PV" like the Undergirls and Senbatsu get. (what makes the fans that "the Theater Girls don't get as much budget as the Undergirls")

Not only for this, the Fandom sometimes notice how some girls are pushed more than other from the manager. and if those girls aren't popular enough, they mostly end up taking part of Undergirls instead of Theater Girls.

Since the Type-A and Type-B releases were included in AKB48 Singles, the Theater Girls started to take part of only one of the editions, compared to the Undergirls that appear in both as the main bside of the single.

Other difference between both groups is that the Undergirls are more of an actual regular subgroup, while the Theater girls don't necessarily appear in all the singles (specially in those where the Senbatsu Elections are involved)

In the AKB fandom, you will normally see fans classificating the girls as "Senbatsu" "Undergirl" or "Theater Girl" , referring actually more to popularity-level instead of how much they are pushed by the manager. (always depending on the context, of course)

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