| 2011 (2011)–present|
Universal Music Group
| Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan (2011)|
Rino Sashihara, Haruka Kodama, Mio Tomonaga, Nako Yabuki, Natsumi Matsuoka
HKT48 (read "H.K.T. Forty-eight") is an all-female Japanese theater/idol group produced by Yasushi Akimoto. The group currently performs at HKT48 Theater at Nishitetsu Hall in Fukuoka from April 28, 2016.
HKT48 is named after the Hakata-ku, Fukuoka city of Fukuoka Prefecture, where Yasushi Akimoto originally intended to base the group. HKT48's theater was located in Hawks Town Mall in Chūō-ku, Fukuoka until March 31, 2016. A new theater opened in Nishitetsu Hall in April 28, 2016.
Plans for a group entitled HKT48 were first revealed by AKB48 producer Yasushi Akimoto on November 19, 2008. HKT48 was officially announced on May 1, 2011 at an AKB48 handshake event. The group is the fourth AKB48 sister group to be launched, after the groups SKE48, SDN48 and NMB48. The group takes its name from its proposed base location of Hakata-ku, Fukuoka. Instead of the previously targeted Hakata, HKT48 will instead be based at a theater in the Hawks Town Mall in neighboring Chūō-ku, Fukuoka. This location is next to the Fukuoka Yahoo! Japan Dome. In addition, it was announced that the group would be accepting applications from girls aged between 11 and 22. The first round of the first-ever HKT48 audition took place from May 31, 2011, and successful applicants took part in the second round of auditions, consisting of a singing and dancing test, in the first half of July 2011. The final auditions were held at Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk Hotel on July 10, and 24 candidates successfully passed the final.
After undergoing dance and vocal lessons, HKT48's 21 first-generation members were first revealed at an AKB48 handshake event on October 23, 2011 at Seibu Dome. Of these 21 members, 17 are junior high school students or below, and two are elementary-school students. The youngest member of the group, Natsumi Tanaka, was born in 2000, and 11 years old at the time of the announcement. She said that "joining AKB48 is my ambition since I was 5 years old, so it feels like a dream to be in this group." The oldest member is Yūko Sugamoto, who was 17 years old at the time of the announcement.
They debuted at HKT48 Theater on November 26, 2011, and have been performing sets of songs entitled "Te o Tsunaginagara", which had been originally performed by SKE48 Team S and KII. On December 31, 2011, 16 members appeared on the stage of the 62nd edition of "NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen", as one of the sister groups of AKB48. On March 4, 2012, the first 16 members were selected to form Team HKT48, and appeared on the stage. On June 20, 2012, Rino Sashihara from AKB48 transferred to HKT48 and is currently HKT48's oldest member.
On June 23, 2012, the final auditions for the second generation were held, and 34 candidates out of 48 finalists has passed the final. On August 18, 2012, the management announced that five members, 3 from Team H - Komori, Sugamoto, and Taniguchi, and 2 Kenkyusei - Eto and A. Nakanishi, would be resigning from HKT48 "due to personal reasons". On August 24, 2012, it was announced on the first day of the AKB48 concert at Tokyo Dome that Aika Ota, one of AKB48 Team A members, would be transferred to HKT48. On September 23, 2012 HKT48's second generation research students were announced.
HKT48 released their debut single, "Suki Suki Skip!" on March 20, 2013 under the Universal Sigma record label.
On March 31 2016, the current theater located on Hawks Town Mall was closed, with a special farewell performance. A new theater opened in Nishitetsu Hall, in April 28 2016.
Team H formation was announced at HKT48 theater on March 4, 2012. On the conference, it was also announced that 16 members were selected and 5 members remained as a trainee. On January 11, 2014, during their first exclusive concert tour in Ōita, a theater manager Rino Sashihara announced a new Team KIV and promotion of 17 members from the trainees. On March 30, 2016, the group announced that Team TII was formed and 10 trainees were promoted from 3rd generation and 2nd Generation draft members.
Natsumi Matsuoka is the leader of Team H.
Transferred MembersChiyori Nakanishi (中西 智代梨, (1995-05-12) May 12, 1995 ) (1st generation) to AKB48's Team A on February 24, 2014 (last performance with HKT48 on April 17, 2014).
All the 1st generation members (Except Mina Imada, Maiko Fukagawa, Sayaka Etō, Ayaka Nakanishi and Kyoka Abe) were part of this team. On January 2014 the teams were shuffled and some members were transferred to Team KIV. (Old Team H last performance on April 17, 2014).
Resigned MembersYui Komori (古森 結衣, (1997-12-02) December 2, 1997 ) (1st generation) Resigned on August 18, 2012
Yūko Sugamoto (菅本 裕子, (1994-05-20) May 20, 1994 ) (1st generation) Resigned on August 18, 2012
Airi Taniguchi (谷口 愛理, (1999-03-14) March 14, 1999 ) (1st generation) Resigned on August 18, 2012
Graduated MembersIzumi Umemoto (梅本泉, (1997-05-15) May 15, 1997 ) (1st generation) Graduated on December 27, 2015
Chihiro Anai (穴井 千尋, (1996-01-27) January 27, 1996 ) (1st generation) Graduated on July 31, 2016
Haruka Wakatabe (若田部 遥, (1998-09-26) September 26, 1998 ) (1st generation) Graduated on February 5, 2017
Aika Ota and Sakura Miyawaki are the leader (Captain) and the co-leader of Team KIV respectively.
Transferred MembersMarika Tani (谷 真理佳, (1996-01-05) January 5, 1996 ) (2nd generation) to SKE48's Team E on February 24, 2014 (last performance with HKT48 on April 21, 2014).
Former MembersKanon Kimoto (木本 花音, (1997-08-11) August 11, 1997 ) Originally a member of SKE48 Team E, and was also a member of HKT48 from April 4, 2014 to May 25, 2015
Graduated MembersManami Kusaba (草場 愛, (1995-10-17) October 17, 1995 ) Graduated on April 30, 2015
Izumi Gotō (後藤 泉, (1997-09-27) September 27, 1997 ) Graduated on October 30, 2015
Raira Itō (伊藤 来笑, (1998-10-31) October 31, 1998 ) Graduated on February 29, 2016
Kanna Okada (岡田 栞奈, (1997-06-26) June 26, 1997 ) Graduated on March 22, 2016
Emily Yamashita and Hazuki Hokazono are the leader (Captain) and the co-leader of Team TII respectively.
Kenkyūsei (研究生, "Trainees")4th generation
Hirona Unjō (運上 弘菜, Unjō Hirona, (1998-08-09) August 9, 1998 )
Ayaka Oda (小田 彩加, Oda Ayaka, (1999-02-09) February 9, 1999 )
Moeka Sakai (堺 萌香, Sakai Moeka, (1998-08-25) August 25, 1998 )
Rio Shimizu (清水 梨央, Shimizu Rio, (2003-10-11) October 11, 2003 )
Tomoka Takeda (武田 智加, Takeda Tomoka, (2003-02-25) February 25, 2003 )
Nene Jitoue (地頭江 音々, Jitoue Nene, (2000-09-27) September 27, 2000 )
Amane Tsukiashi (月足 天音, Tsukiashi Amane, (1999-10-26) October 26, 1999 )
Aki Toyonaga (豊永 阿紀, Toyonaga Aki, (1999-10-25) October 25, 1999 )
Hinata Matsumoto (松本 日向, Matsumoto Hinata, (2000-12-11) December 11, 2000 )
Sono Miyazaki (宮崎 想乃, Miyazaki Sono, (2000-10-30) October 30, 2000 )
Graduated membersKyōka Abe (安陪 恭加, Abe Kyōka, (1997-07-17) July 17, 1997 ); Graduated on December 30, 2013 to pursue a modeling career.
Resigned membersSayaka Etō (江藤 彩也香, Etō Sayaka, (1997-09-09) September 9, 1997 ); resigned on August 18, 2012
Ayaka Nakanishi (仲西 彩佳, Nakanishi Ayaka, (1996-03-23) March 23, 1996 ); resigned on August 18, 2012
Risa Otoshima (音嶋 莉沙, Otoshima Risa, (1998-08-11) August 11, 1998 ); canceled on July 21, 2016
Names in bold are the stages currently performed.H1 - "Te wo tsunaginagara (S2)" (March 4, 2012 - February 17, 2013) (Released on CD/DVD)
Team H 1st Waiting Stage "Hakata Legend" (March 1, 2013 - April 17, 2014) (Released on DVD only)
H2 - "Seishun Girls (K2)" (April 23, 2014 - October 30, 2014)
H3 - "Saishuu Bell ga Naru (K4)" (November 9, 2014 - )
H4 - "Theater no Megami (B5)" (?? ??,2016- )
KIV1 - "Theater no Megami (B5)" (May 8, 2014 - )
KIV2 - "Saishuu Bell ga Naru (K4)" (?? ??, 2016 - )
Himawarigumi is a special unit that changes everyday. The objective is shuffle the members for only one night. The mix is made with Team H, KIV, and KKS.
1st stage - "Pajama Drive" (November 2, 2013 - December 14, 2015)
2nd Stage - "Tadaima Renaichuu" (December 19, 2015- )
KKS1 - "Te wo Tsunaginagara"(November 26, 2011 - March 2, 2012)
KKS2 - "Party ga Hajimaru yo" (September 30, 2012 - November 5, 2013)
KKS3 - "Nounai Paradise" (November 17, 2013 - March 21, 2014)
The group's first tour, being presented only in the Kyushu Island.
In all the venues, with the exception of Miyazaki and Kumamoto, had 2 shows, one held in the afternoon and another at night.January 11, 2014 - Oita Prefecture - Iichiko Grand Theater
January 12, 2014 - Miyazaki Prefecture - Miyazaki Shimin Bunka Hall
January 13, 2014 - Kumamoto Prefecture - Kumamoto Kenritsu Gekijou
January 19, 2014 - Kagoshima Prefecture - Kagoshima Shimin Bunka Hall
February 1, 2014 - Saga Prefecture - Saga Shimin Kaikan
February 8, 2014 - Nagasaki Prefecture - Nagasaki Brick Hall
March 21, 2014 - Fukuoka Prefecture - Fukuoka Sun Palace Hall
HKT48 Shuffle, at Oita Prefecture;
HKT48 3rd Single to be released on March 12, 2014;
First performance of "Sakura, Minna de Tabeta", at Nagasaki Prefecture;
HKT48 first appearance on Music Station set for February 14, 2014;
Yamamoto Mao debut performance with HKT48 at Kagoshima
Last second generation members promotion, at Fukuoka Prefecture.
HKT48 new TV show "HKT48 no Goboten!" will start on TV Nishi-Nippon
On the show at the Fukuoka Prefecture, was announced that they added new dates to the tour, that continued as a national tour over Japan, leaving their Home Prefecture. The extension of the tour was called "HKT48 Kyushu 7 Prefecture Tour ~Kawaii Ko ni wa Motto Tabi wo Saseyo~"
On the night concert in Fukuoka the last 4 girls from the second generation got promoted into a team.
The night show in the Oita Prefecture and both shows in Fukuoka prefecture were recorded and will be released on July 25, 2014.
HKT48's second tour, an extension of their first. This tour is a national tour, so unlike the first one, they travelled all over Japan.April 29, 2014 - Chiba Prefecture - Makuhari Messe
May 2, 2014 - Osaka Prefecture - Osaka-jo Hall
May 11, 2014 - Aichi Prefecture - Nippon Gaishi Hall
July 11, 2014 - Fukuoka Prefecture - Uminonaka Seaside Park (Extra date - Cancelled)
July 13, 2014 - Fukuoka Prefecture - Uminonaka Seaside Park
September 21, 2014 - Ishikawa Prefecture - Honda no mori Hall
September 28, 2014 - Iwate Prefecture - Iwate Kenjin Hall
October 4, 2014 - Niigata Prefecture - Niigata Terrsa
October 11, 2014 - Yamagata Prefecture - Yamagata Prefectural Civic Centre (cancelled)
October 18, 2014 - Tokushima Prefecture - Naruto Shibunka Hall
November 1, 2014 - Ibaraki Prefecture - Yuki Civic Cultural Center Hall
November 16, 2014 - Kanagawa Prefecture - Yokosuka Geijutsu Gekijou Great Hall
November 18 - Fukuoka - Fukuoka Sunpalace Hall
November 23, 2014 - Hiroshima Prefecture - Aster Plaza Great Hall.
The July 11 show was scheduled after the July 13 concert sold out. Later the extra date was cancelled due bad weather (Typhoon Neoguri)
When the July 11 show was cancelled, they announced new dates for the tour, all of them in the fall. Then Rino Sashihara used her official Twitter to announce new dates.
HKT48 no Odekake! (TBS, 2013–)
Majisuka Gakuen 0 Kisarazu Rantō Hen (NTV and Hulu Japan, 28 November 2015)
HKT48 vs NGT48 Sashikita Gassen (NTV and Hulu Japan, 12 January – 29 March 2016)
Ozaki Shihainin ga Naita Yoru Documentary of HKT48 (2015)
On August 3, 2014 Rino Sashihara, who is in charge of HKT48, used Twitter to announce that the group was going to perform in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Sakura - Minnade Tabeta2014
Suki! Suki! Skip!2013