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Who Is Mayu Watanabe & Why Is She An Important Pop Music Singer?

Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

A First Look At Mayu Watanabe Also Known as "Mayuyu"

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Mayu Watanabe: A Very Important Member of AKB48

What follows is the second article about the great Mayu Watanabe of AKB48. Japanese idol singer Mayu Watanabe has been one of AKB48’s most popular members in her career.

Mayu Watanabe Has Consistently Been a Fan Favorite in Her Career

Mayu is the “center” for Kokoro no Placard, Kibouteki Refrain, and Sayonara Crawl. She has also been the center for the song called So Long! That is AKB48’s 30th single and it comes after Eien Pressure. This tribute to Mayu Watanabe of Saitama follows in the tradition of covering the biographies of current & former members of girl group AKB48. Particular focus will be on why Mayu is such an important pop music singer. Since she was chosen as media center for these singles, that makes her important because four times she has come out on top and received the most votes from the fans.

This Article About Mayu Watanabe Will Cover Her Career With AKB48 & Her Solo Singles

In the first such article about Watanabe, readers were able to get an insight into the other accomplishments of the now former AKB48 pop music star such as her acting work and the beauty award that she received for her long hair in 2014. But now, we will be looking at the career of Mayu Watanabe in AKB48 as well as a discussion about her solo singles.

Mayu Watanabe Has Also Done Fashion Modeling

Japanese idol singer Mayu Watanabe has also done bikini and fashion modeling, showing her bikini body in the photo book Mayuyu or her second solo photo book which has a really long name. In May 2014, Mayu appeared in Weekly Playboy Magazine with Yuki Kashiwagi (another very cute Japanese idol). Kashiwagi is only 27 and she was also a member of the sub-unit French Kiss. Kashiwagi and Watanabe would appear on this same magazine in September 2014. The theme for that photo shoot would be called TOP3 “White Letter.” Joining them in that photo shoot was Rino Sashihara of HKT48. Sashihara has released a photo book of her own called Neko ni Maketa. It would be on May 4, 2013 that Watanabe would hold a release event for her second solo photo book which as I said has a really long name. Watanabe at that release event had graduated from high school the year before and she said that she had wanted to release a photo book while she was still 19 years old and that dream came true. She also said that she had wanted to hold a LIVE solo event while in uniform before the age of 20.

Mayu Watanabe's Second Single "Otona Jelly Beans"

Mayu Watanabe Has Accomplished So Much & She Is Only 25 Years Old!

With Rina Kawaei having graduated, Mayuyu is still a force to be reckoned with and if history is any indication, she should continue to be popular. Mayu has been on the cover of FLASH Magazine as well. This writing about Watanabe continues the tradition of covering the subject of AKB48 girls in bikinis. Mayuyu is definitely cute but she is not as beautiful as the amazing Aki Takajo. Mayu has released five solo singles to date including my favorite one called Otona Jellybeans. She has done all this and she is only 25 years old! Mayu Watanabe has proven that she is both successful and extremely cute. It is no wonder that she consistently has been a fan favorite. If an AKB48 idol is ranked somewhere in the top 16 spots at the end of each General Election, they are part of the Senbatsu Girls category and that’s some pretty elite company to be in!

Interesting Facts About Mayu Watanabe

  • Made her AKB48 debut in December 2006 as a part of the 3rd generation.
  • She likes to collect things that have polka dots on them.
  • She likes anything that is pink and anything that is cute.
  • She likes pirukuru (a health drink).
  • Vegetables are her least favorite food.
  • She loves chicken karaage and mushrooms.
  • Her charm point is said to be her eyebrows.
  • It is said that her face looks like that of her mother.
  • Mayu has two older sisters.
  • She was a member of her school’s wind instruments club. She was also a member of her school’s health committee.
  • She is friends with Aika Oota, Yuki Kashiwagi, Marina Kobayashi, and the beautiful Yuko Oshima!
  • She is a former member of the sub-unit Watarirouka Hashiritai. The group's name was sometimes known as Watarirouka Hashiritai 7.
  • She is a fan of the idol group Nogizaka46 and her oshimen (mentor) is Ikoma Rina.
  • She wears contact lenses.
  • She is good at drawing.
  • She is known for her perfect butt! Members of AKB48 have voted her #1 in the best butt ranking.
  • She has never dyed her hair.
  • She is sometimes called the CG or cyborg due to her “perfect idol appearance” but in recent years this nickname is less common.
  • Her name was thought of by her grandmother.
  • Mayuyu is the nickname given to Watanabe by former member Rumi Yonezawa.
  • Mayu often looks in the mirror.
  • In an accomplishment that is nothing short of remarkable, Mayu is the only AKB48 member in history to have never ranked lower than #5 in any AKB48 General Election!

Mayu Watanabe Had Been In AKB48 For a Very Long Time

Mayu Watanabe is the only “old” original member of AKB48 that was still active other than Minami Minegishi when I first wrote about her back in 2013 or so. Watanabe has been with AKB48 since almost the start of the group. Her debut single with AKB48 was BINGO! She has also been a member for the famous hit single Heavy Rotation as well as Manatsu No Sounds Good! (the last single to feature Atsuko Maeda as a member). Mayu was one of four centers for the single Sayonara Crawl. The other three members to be centers for the song were Haruka Shimazaki, Tomomi Itano, and Yuko Oshima. Watanabe was also a member for the single Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby. AKB48 has since released three more singles and they are Kimi wa Melody, Tsubasa wa Iranai, and LOVE TRIP/Shiawase wo Wakenasai.

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Even Yasushi Akimoto Was Impressed With Watanabe

AKB48 producer Yasushi Akimoto once said that Mayu Watanabe was born to be an idol. Watanabe was originally chosen to be one of the centers for the song UZA with Jurina Matsui. However, because she had problems with the choreography, this job was given to Yuko Oshima. Watanabe has been so popular as an idol singer that she has ranked among the top 5 members for each Senbatsu Election since 2009! Great job Mayuyu! I think that Akimoto’s statement that Mayu was born to be an idol singer is logical! The man who has been responsible for the expansion of AKB48 across Japan and overseas certainly knows what he is talking about! Japanese idol singer Mayu Watanabe also has a cute kind of voice and she can dance!



Mayu Watanabe Has a Cute Kind of Voice, Looks Cute & She Is Popular

This cute kind of voice is especially noticeable in her 2nd solo single called Otona Jelly Beans, my favorite solo single from Watanabe so far! It is difficult to say who the best of the original AKB48 members is. If we go by only popularity alone, that ranking would be Watanabe first followed by Atsuko Maeda then Yuko Oshima. Mayu may be the cutest of the original AKB48 members but she has much charm so that’s why she has been such a fan favorite.

Breaking News: Mayu Watanabe announces her Retirement

In a stunning development, it is being reported that Mayu Watanabe has retired from the entertainment industry as of May 31, 2020. Her contract with the agency Production Ogi has expired. Her agency even issued a statement about the situation saying that they had received a notice from Mayu that it was going to be difficult for her to continue working in the industry because of health reasons. Production Ogi also said that they had several discussions with the singer and she had not been feeling well over the past several years. As a result, they decided to respect her wishes and Mayu decided to retire from the entertainment industry. I was obviously saddened to hear of this news because of how much love and respect that I have for Mayu.


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