Shimazaki Haruka and Kitahara Rie in BOMB! January 2013
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—Your first center with Eien Pressure!!
"It didn’t feel real even when we were recording and shooting the video. We first performed it in front of an audience at Kayoukyoku!, and I think it started to sink in from there."
—I can’t help but be a little surprised that you won the janken taikai. You sure don’t look like you’re strong in competitions (laughs).
"Yeah. I surprised myself too, like ‘whoops, I won’ (laughs)"
—Tell us about the new song.
"I think AKB has had more positive songs til now, but this song’s lyrics take a step back from that, and I feel like it expresses my feelings."
—Akimoto-sensei must’ve written them especially for you.
"Yes, so I’d like for girls who might not have a lot self-confidence to listen to it too. And the video was shot so well that it looks cuter than the real thing, so I definitely want everyone to see it."
—Is there a special choreography?
"At the end, there’s this pose (lightly rapping her fists on her head) that I do, but at first, the choreography was both hands out like bang!! But Shinoda-san said, ‘It wouldn’t be ponkotsu with that,’ and came up with this for me. It’s more like me now and I think that made it special."
Q1: What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Haruka: Turn off my alarm
Q2: What did you eat for breakfast this morning?
H: I hadn’t eaten anything until I got here… so natto (laughs)
Q3: What are your favorite and not so favorite foods!?
H: I like melonpan, green peppers, avocado, and cheese. I don’t like cream filled melonpans.
Q4: What magazines do you read often?
H: Umm… I guess ViVi
Q5: If you were an animal, what would you be?
H: A cat. My face is like a cat’s
Q6: When is the most fun for you?
H: When I’m eating something delicious
Q7: What’s your best dish?
H: I don’t have one. I can only make like tamagoyaki (laughs)
Q8: What’s something that made you glad you were a girl?
H: I can wear both pants and skirts
Q9: What would you like to do if you could be a boy?
H: I’d like to be popular with the girls (laughs)
Q10: How long of a bath do you take?
H: More than an hour. I soak myself in hot water with little breaks in between.
Q11: In what order do you wash?
H: I wash my hair first, then I go from top to bottom with my feet being the last
Q12: Until what age did you believe in Santa Claus?
H: 2nd or 3rd grade
Q13: Winter means?
H: Nabe!! My favorite is shabu shabu
Q14: Your center song’s title wasn’t “Paruru” or “Ponkotsu,” but it did have “Pressure” in it. You seem to have a connection with the letter P!!
H: Oh yeah!! That’s right. They’re all P’s. I noticed just now (laughs)
Q15: Ponkotsu ponkotsu ponkotsu… Your favorite ramen is?
H: Tonkotsu!! (laughs) What I really like is miso butter
Q16: How is the Melonpan Alliance going recently?
H: We haven’t been active that much. But I like that it’s lax.
Q17: Which idols would you like to collaborate with?
H: Tokyo Girls’ Style. I want to meet them.
Q18: Who do you recommend in the AKB48 group?
H: Umm… Murashige (HKT48). For some reason, she texts me periodically. She sends me funny texts, so they cheer me up when I read them.
Q19: What country would you like to visit?
H: England. I want to ride the double decker bus.
Q20: What is your favorite body part?
H: My eye lashes I think. I’m often told that both the upper and lower lashes are long.
Q21: What kind of fashion do you like?
H: I’m not picky. I’ll wear anything.
Q22: What do you wear to sleep?
H: Pajamas. Right now, I wear warm polka dot ones to bed.
Q23: Do you fall asleep easily? And are you a kicker?
H: I can’t fall asleep easily. And… I don’t know. I’ve never been told anything, so I don’t think I’m a kicker.
Q24: What’s something you have to bring when you go out?
H: My wallet, I guess. That’s the only thing I can think of.
Q25: What do you do while you’re in the car/on the train?
H: I’m usually asleep
Q26: What’s something you wish was gone from this world!?
H: Nothing in particular. I don’t really think there’s anything that shouldn’t be here…
Q27: How do you bounce back when you feel depressed?
H: I get depressed often. I don’t really bounce back that quickly.
Q28: Who would you be if you could be a character in an anime or a manga?
H: I want to be a detective. So maybe Sherlock Holmes?
Q29: What’s something that guys say to you that makes you happy?
H: The only guys I come in contact with are the fans so… I don’t know. Maybe something like “I support you”? (laughs)
Q30: Do you put cream and sugar in your coffee or tea?
H: I don’t drink that much coffee, and for tea, I don’t put either
Q31: What are your favorite sports?
H: I’m not that good at sports… (laughs)
Interviewer: Ok (laughs)
H: Is that ok? Sorry, I don’t have one
Q32: Do you have any special talents?
H: I can sleep anywhere
Q33: What does your mom’s blueberry and whipped cream sandwich taste like?
H: Like whipped cream and blueberries. Just like it sounds (laughs)
Q34: What are some other tastes of home?
H: My favorite dish that my mom makes is nikomi hamburg steak
Q35: Which are you more comfortable with, hot or cold weather?
Q36: What do you do to relieve stress?
H: I don’t, so it collects. If I get a day off, I’ll just sleep the whole time and that’s pretty much it.
Q37: What gets you going?
H: It takes me a while to get going, no matter what it is. After about an hour, I’m focused and ready to go.
Q38: What are you into these days?
H: Until recently, I was into building blocks
Q39: When was the last time you cried?
H: Yesterday (laughs)
Q40: If I have this, I’m in a good mood!!
H: A bed. Everything leads to sleep (laughs). And maybe a pet.That’ll put me in a good mood.
Q41: What kind of person is Shimazaki Haruka?
H: A person who, if something happens, it shows on her face. I think I’m pretty human.
Q42: Tell us a secret you can’t tell other people!!
H: I share everything, so I don’t really have a secret you can call a secret.
Q43: What’s your favorite AKB48 group song?
H: Ah, I guess it is. I like the lyrics and I think River being the first one at the debut concert is a big reason too.
Q44: What’s the first thing you do when you get home?
H: I put my stuff down and lie on my bed. I relax first before I start doing other things.
Q45: What were you like as a child?
H: I was a crybaby and wouldn’t leave my mom’s side
Q46: You’re going to be washed ashore on an uninhabited island. If you could bring just one thing, what would it be?
H: My mom
Q47: How was 2012 like for you?
H: A lot of things happened one after another. It was too fulfilling.
Q48: How do you want 2013 to be like?
H: I want to become better at acting. I want to appear in more dramas too.
—The movie “Joker Game” was really interesting!
"Thank you! This was my first starring role and at first, I was panicking, like ‘Are you sure about me?’ (laughs). But during the filming, I tried not to focus on that and instead thought about giving it my all. I made my life revolve around this movie from the initial meeting to the wrap up."
—Does that mean your character Akazawa Chinatsu was a part of you in everyday life?
"This is pretty true for other works too, but I’m always thinking about ‘What would Chinatsu do in this kind of situation?’ I think that helped me get into character. And she isn’t great at making her own decisions, so I brought out the indecisive part of me and used that in acting."
—Speaking of getting into character… your bangs also!
"I ended up cutting them. But I was already satisfied with the middle part, so it didn’t bother me at all (laughs). I actually think having bangs made me look more like a student. There were some wig bangs for me at first, but I just got them cut instead of using those."
—How did you feel about the story? Classmates are playing a game of old maid with their life on the line, right?
"Yes. I like thrilling books and movies to begin with, so I’m really happy to be a part of something like this where the characters are being pushed to their limits. And this is true for the acting, but the location of the shoot also, which was at an abandoned school without air conditioning in the middle of summer, so the classroom was like a sauna! We were being pushed to our limits in that sense too (laughs)"
—Ahahahaha. Filming seemed to be pretty tight as it took only one week, but did you get to hang out with your costars?
"The BBQ we had at night between filming was the most fun. We grilled some meat and yakisoba, and the foil-wrapped salmon was delicious too! It was a while since I experienced such a legit BBQ and we got to bond, so it was a lot of fun."
—Lastly, tell us about the reality show “Terrace House.”
"It makes me happy that a lot of the members watch it. But they’re all concerned about the people other than me, and I get a bunch of texts like ‘what’s going to happen to so-and-so?’ Of course I respond ‘stay tuned for next week’ (laughs)"
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