So goes the opening cadenza of "RIVER," the late-2009 hit that catapulted AKB48 into the J-pop stratosphere ... the new summer single "Ponytail to Shushu," and finally—one more farewell song—"Hikoukigumo." After an hour and a half of unbridled joy.
“Don’t take off my sailor suit,” was one Onyanko lyric, reprised in the AKB48 song “Poniteru to Shushu” (“Ponytail and Scrunchie”): “Don’t undo my ponytail/I want to stay a girl.” Female idols aren’t as sustainable as male.
Besides recording their own songs, members of SKE48 do appear on AKB48 singles like Ponytail to Shushu, etc.) The 13-year-old Jurina and the 19-year-old Rena will also make up a special spin-off unit called, wait for it, "Kinect" and will even be.