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Heart Electric

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Format  CD single
Label  You, Be Cool! / King
Genre  J-pop
Producer(s)  Yasushi Akimoto
Released  October 30, 2013 (2013-10-30)
"Heart Electric" (2013)  "Suzukake no Ki no Michi de...Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no Yō na Mono" (2013)

"Heart Electric" (ハート・エレキ, Hāto Ereki, also "Heart Ereki") is the 33rd single by the Japanese idol girl group AKB48. It was released in Japan on October 30, 2013. The participating members for the title track were given English nicknames. The single reached number one on Oricon and Billboard's weekly charts.


Promotion and release

During AKB48's annual rock-paper-scissors tournament held at the Nippon Budokan area on September 18, 2013, AKB48 announced the lineup for "Heart Electric", and the release date of October 30. Haruna Kojima was announced last and come out with a red skirt in contrast to the blue skirts of the other members; this indicated that she was the center of the single. This marks Kojima's first time as a solo center. The group then performed the song and introduced themselves with English nicknames.

The single will be released in nine editions: four regular, four limited, and a theater edition. The limited editions contain a ticket for a handshake event and a randomly selected sticker of one of the 16 nicknamed girls. The regular editions are the same as the limited editions except that they contain one of 48 photos instead of the handshake ticket. The Type-K edition has a DVD documentary about the graduation of Sayaka Akimoto.

Musical style, writing, composition

The song was done by RoopSounds, who had previously done "Skirt, Hirari". The music is described as being like a marching band. During the performance, Kojima does a roll-call of some of the participants, each of whom has an English nickname. This was explained as being according to band protocols.

Music video

The music video for Heart Electric was directed by Shusuke Kaneko who is known for the Heisei Gamera trilogy, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, and the live-action film adaptation of Death Note. The video premiered at the group's handshake event at the Osaka Dome. It is described as girls competing for individuality in a band called "The G. Fingers". Kojima, who plays Michelle, said that “there were a lot of scenes we shot for the music video, and remembering all the nicknames for the band members was really difficult."

Instead releasing a normal MV, a dance shot version with an entire song was uploaded on YouTube.

"Heart Electric"

The title track is sung by 16 members; each girl has been given an English nickname:

"Kaisoku to Doutai Shiryoku"

The song is performed by Under Girls.

Center : Rena Kato, Akari Suda.

  • Team A: Karen Iwata, Ayaka Kikuchi, Sumire Sato, Juri Takahashi
  • Team K: Rie Kitahara, Asuka Kuramochi, Tomu Muto
  • Team B: Miori Ichikawa, Ayaka Umeda, Mina Oba, Rena Kato
  • SKE48 Team S: Yuria Kizaki
  • SKE 48 Team KII: Akane Takayanagi, Akari Suda
  • SKE48 Team E: Kanon Kimoto, Nao Furuhata
  • NMB48 Team M: Fuuko Yagura
  • HKT48 Team H: Haruka Kodama, Sakura Miyawaki
  • JKT48 Team J/ AKB48 Team B: Aki Takajo
  • "Kimi Dake ni Chu! Chu! Chu!"

    Performed by Tentoumu Chu! (てんとうむChu!):

  • Team 4: Nana Okada, Mako Kojima, Miki Nishino
  • SKE48 Kenkyuusei: Ryoha Kitagawa
  • NMB48 Kenkyuusei: Nagisa Shibuya
  • HKT48 Kenkyuusei: Meru Tashima, Mio Tomonaga
  • "Heart Electric" (Chinese: 心电感应, Pinyin: Xīndiàn gǎnyìng) was redone in Mandarin for AKB48's sister group in China, SNH48, as the group's fourth single. It was available for ordering on March 12 in the SNH48 official online store.


    Heart Electric Wikipedia