The Labrador Retriever Single, and Election Results Tonight!

Today’s the day!

AKB48 General Election Results day!!

The results will be broadcast live on Fuji TV starting at 7:00 (updated–I was wrong, sorry) and going for a staggering 5 HOURS AND 10 MINUTES. I guess that’s what happens when the election goes all the way to 80th place this year…(it “only” went to 64th place last year).

According to the May 21 early report (速報発表), which was released after only one day of voting, last year’s winner, Rino Sashihara (指原莉乃) was in first place. My oshimen, Mayu Watanabe (渡辺麻友), was in second place, but around 8,000 votes separated her and Sashihara. Come on, Mayuyu! You can do it!

I did vote, by the way.

voting ticket

 

I bought my “Labrador Retriever” single, which contained the above voting code, at around 2:00 pm on May 20, the day it was released. Even then, the limited version (初回限定盤/shokai gentei ban) of the Type-B single was sold out, so I wound up buying the normal edition (通常盤/tsuujou ban). Covers:

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Even though it’s the Type-B version, there is not a single picture of Mayuyu to be found anywhere on the jacket or the liner notes! What? Apparently, she’s on the Type-A version.

Here are the bonus photographs I received with my single:

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A two-shot of Haruka Shimazaka (島崎遥香) and Sayaka Yamamoto (山本彩), and one of Kanon Kimoto (木本花音).

There are 3 songs on the Type-B “Labrador Retriever” single:

First is “Labrador Retriever” (ラブラドール・レトリーバー), a very nice and sunny and slightly retro summer song. The Japanese lyrics and my shot at translating them are at the bottom of this post.

The second track is “Kyou Made no Melody” (今日までのメロディー/The Melody Up To Today), Yuko Oshima’s (大島優子) graduation song. It’s a pretty meh song, but I’m sure Oshima fans love it.

The last track is “B-Garden” (Bガーデン), where all of the current AKB48 Team B members each say their own nickname while the group sings a short blurb about each of them. It kind of reminds me of Morning Musume’s (モーニング娘。) “Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari” (女子かしまし物語/Chatty Girls’ Story).

There’s a DVD included with the CD, too, which includes the music videos for those 3 tracks, and part of the making-of video for the “Labrador Retriever” PV (great if you love dogs!).

The lyrics to “Labrador Retriever” and my translation of them are under the jump.

See you all tonight for the election results! Hit me up on Twitter @squeekzoid if you’re live-tweeting.

ラブラドール・レトリバー
Lyrics: 秋元康
Music: 丸谷マナブ
Arrangement: 佐々木裕

Baby Love
真っ白なパラソルは
君のひと夏の予約席
Beachside
70’s ビキニが
今年のお気に入りだね

パパやママよりも先に
バカンスに来たのかい?(Oh Yeah !)
去年はタイムオーバー
恋の (恋の) 続き (続き)
太陽が待ってるよ

ラブラドール 走って
波打ち際へ
水しぶき 跳ねながら
僕らを誘うよ
砂の上 追いかけ
あの日のように
サンダル脱ぎ捨てて
(笑ってる)
初めての
キスをしようか?

Oh Ma Chérie
1本のミネラルウォーター
2人回し飲みするだけで
Pure Heart
胸がどきどきするのは
本気で愛してるから

季節が過ぎてしまえば
誰もいなくなるけど (Oh Yeah !)
君に好きと言えるまで
僕の (僕の) 夏は (夏は)
まだまだ終わらない

ラブラドール おいでよ
やっと懐いた
この腕で思いっきり
抱きしめてあげる
思い出はいつでも
悔いが残るもの
今度こそ 放さない
(そう君と)
待ち望んだ
キスをしようか?

僕たちの恋を
ずっと じれったく
何年も見守ってくれたんだ
小さい頃から
一緒に育って来たフレンズ
味方は
ラブラドール

ラブラドール 走って
波打ち際へ
水しぶき 跳ねながら
僕らを誘うよ
砂の上 追いかけ
あの日のように
サンダル脱ぎ捨てて
(笑ってる)
初めての
キスをしようか?

 

Labrador Retriever

Lyrics: Yasushi Akimoto
Music: Manabu Marutani
Arrangement: Yutaka Sasaki

Baby Love
Your white parasol
is your reserved seat for the summer
Beachside
Your ’70s bikini
is your favorite this year

Did you leave for vacation
before your papa and mama did? (Oh yeah!)
Last year I ran out of time
Our love’s (our love’s) sequel (sequel)
The sun is waiting for us

The labrador runs
where the waves crash
splashing water everywhere
He’s inviting us along
Let’s chase him along the sand
like that day before
Why don’t we kick off our sandals
(laughing)
and have our first kiss?

Oh ma chérie
Just by sharing one bottle of water
between the two of us
Pure heart
My heart beats so fast
because I truly love you

When the season ends,
everybody will go away (oh yeah!)
But until can tell you I love you
My summer (my summer) still (still)
won’t end

Labrador, come here
You’ve finally gotten attached to me
I’ll wrap my arms around you
With all my might
My memories
are full of regrets
But this time, I won’t let you go
(That’s right, you)
I’ve been waiting
Why don’t we kiss?

Our love
was always such a tease
He looked after us for so many years
My friend who grew up with me
since we were little
My partner is a
labrador

The labrador runs
where the waves crash
splashing water everywhere
He’s inviting us along
Let’s chase him along the sand
like that day before
Why don’t we kick off our sandals
(laughing)
and have our first kiss?

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