If anyone was curious what this "Election" actually looks and the what the end result is of all these thousands of Otaku's voting
You can see clips of all the acceptance speeches. (It wont be available after sometime on June 8th.
Or you can watch their YouTube Channel.
A brief run-down. It was Yuko Oshima's win by a mile (after she lost last year to Maeda Atsuko) and Mayu Watanabe (my personal fav) easily secured 2nd. Ranks #3-10 are generally the supporting All-Stars and main battle tested talent of AKB48 with ranks #11-16 rounding out the budding "Supporting" talents. - The Main "16" are basically the 'Media troup'
Apparently that story about the guy who voted for Sasshi over a 1,000 times if it is true may have actually caused an upset of sorts. This guy: http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2012/06/06/akb48-otaku-casts-1770-votes-why-do-they-do-this/ Apparently she jumped several spots to gain 4th rank - beating out the much loved #5 & #6.
#7 Kojima Haruna gained in the rankings from being like 11th? While some 'established pros' lost ranks but actually gained more individual votes than the previous years. Tomomi Itano retained her 8th rank for a 2nd year after being demoted from the top 5 in the previous year.
It was funny that at 10 minutes to 9 PM (JST) All the girls who were 16 and younger had to get up & leave the auditorium because there's some Law (child labor law?) about them being on LIVE past 9 O'Clock or something. Suddenly half the main seats are empty - lol.
This is the girl that some guy voted over 1,000 times for
Haruna Kojima rank #7 (cause she's fuckin' HOT!)
Mayu Watanabe #2
Yuko Oshima #1
If you don't care - DON'T Watch! and continue NOT caring. I watched it with a LIVE english vocal translator - it was pretty fun.