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The cover for the Theater Edition of "Sayonara Crawl"
A brief introduction to the song Sayonara Crawl
Sayonara Crawl is the 31st major single released by Japanese girl group AKB48. It was released on May 22, 2013. There is a regular edition to this single along with a DVD. There is also a Theater Edition which I have got. Here is the track listing for this Theater Edition:
- Sayonara Crawl
- Bara no Kajitsu
- Love Shugyou
- Sayonara Crawl (no vocals)
- Bara no Kajitsu (no vocals)
- Love Shugyou (no vocals)
Who were the members that took part in the single?
Sayonara Crawl was the follow-up single to the one called So Long! This was the first AKB48 single to feature 32 girls that were called Senbatsu members. They received the top 32 spots for the single which is one of the impressive things about this single. This was the last single to feature Natsumi Matsubara and Sayaka Akimoto. As an interesting side note, Akimoto is half Filipina and half Japanese. The single also had members from HKT48, NMB48, and JKT48. Aki Takajo was the member from JKT48 that took part in this single. From HKT48, the most notable members to be represented were Haruka Kodama and Rino Sashihara. From NMB48, there were Fuuko Yagura, Nana Yamada, Miyuki Watanabe, and Sayaka Yamamoto that were members that sang on the single. Sayonara Crawl featured the highest number of members from HKT48 and NMB48. This was also the first appearance of a member in the single from the group SNH48. And that person is Sae Miyazawa. Miyazawa announced her intention to graduate from SNH48, one of the AKB48 “sister” musical groups based in Shanghai, China. She made the announcement late in 2015.
A few of the first time members that were ranked high enough for the single
This was also the first time that the following members ranked high enough to be in the Senbatsu Girls category for this single:
- Meru Tashima
- Mio Tomonaga
- Fuuko Yagura
- Mariya Nagao
- Nana Yamada
A photo of Haruka Shimazaki from AKB48's 2013 Calendar
What is the Song Sayonara Crawl About?
Besides presenting the interesting nature of the single Sayonara Crawl, it is also necessary to discuss what the song is actually about. Lyrically, the song describes a situation where a person wants to be able to swim as well as the person that she loves. She calls it the goodbye crawl. She saw him during a school swim club practice and she wants to go chasing after him. Humans will do anything to find love in their life even when the cards seem to be stacked against them. No matter how much she loves him, it seems that her efforts are only futile.
The Significance of the Song Sayonara Crawl
Upon its release on May 22, 2013, Sayonara Crawl sold a record-breaking 1,450,881 copies on that day alone! The single ended up selling 1,955,162 copies in 2013. As of this writing, it has sold only 638 copies in 2014. But the total amount of sales for Sayonara Crawl stands at 1,955,800 copies. Sayonara Crawl spent 27 straight weeks inside of the Top 200 on the Japanese musical charts. The single had four members acting as the center and this was the first time that this had happened in the seven year history of AKB48. The centers for Sayonara Crawl were Tomomi Itano, Mayu Watanabe, Haruka Shimazaki, and Yuko Oshima. Mayu Watanabe always seems to really make the news when it comes to AKB48. She was voted AKB48’s most popular member for the 2014 Senbatsu Elections. Sayonara Crawl was followed by another great single called Koi suru Fortune Cookie and that one is a great instant mood booster for those that are feeling a little down in the dumps. But Sayonara Crawl represents another history making moment for this awesome girl group from Japan, the great AKB48!
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