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Koko ni Ita Koto

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Recorded  2010–2011
Koko ni Ita Koto (2011)  1830m (2012)
Release date  8 June 2011
Label  King Records
Length  69:27
Artist  AKB48
Producer  Yasushi Akimoto
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Released  June 8, 2011 (2011-06-08) (JP)
Genres  J-pop, Hip hop music, Dance music, Electronica, Breakbeat
Similar  AKB48 albums, J-pop albums

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Koko ni Ita Koto (ここにいたこと, "We Were Here") is the third album by the Japanese idol girl group AKB48.


"Koko ni Ita Koto" was released in Japan on June 8, 2011 by King Records. There are three versions available: Limited Edition (catalog number KIZC-90117/8), Regular Edition (KIZC-117/8), and Theater Edition (NKCD-6546).

While all the group's albums had been almost entirely collections of previously released material, "Koko ni Ita Koto" took a different approach. Although it featured four 2010 hits, one theatre stage song, and a theme from an early 2011 movie, the rest were new songs.

Although the album was negatively received by English J-pop journalists, it met with great commercial success, topping the Oricon Weekly Albums Chart and, with just one week of sales, placed second in the list of best selling albums of the first half of 2011 in Japan. In the same month, it was already certified Million by the Recording Industry Association of Japan for shipments of over one million copies.

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The upcoming release of the first AKB48's original album was announced on February 21, 2011. The then-unnamed album would be released on April 6, 2011 and contain the hits "Ponytail to Chouchou", "Heavy Rotation", "Beginner", and "Chance no Junban", the rest being new songs. In addition to a regular edition, there would be a limited edition of the album and a theater edition. The limited edition would contain a 100-page photobook shot by photographer Mika Ninagawa, who was the director of their Heavy Rotation music video, a DVD, lottery entry card to win a special present from the band and also comes with a photo in 14 types, while the regular came with 14 alternate changeable covers featuring them in circus costumes and also the DVD which was featured in limited edition and the theater edition would be a CD-only version coming with 14 alternate changeable covers featuring them in school uniforms, a handshake event ticket and a photo of an AKB48 member chosen at random.

More details were announced at a group's handshake event on March 5, 2011. 11 of 16 songs on the album would be completely new. "Shōjotachi yo", the theme song for AKB48's movie Documentary of AKB48 to be continued, would also be on the album. On the title track AKB48 would be joined by the sister groups SKE48, SDN48, and NMB48.

Due to the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the album's release date was pushed back to June 8, 2011. Part of the revenues from it goes to the victims of the disaster. Also, handshakes and photos with the group members, that were planned to be a theater edition bonus, were replaced by the right to choose 5 member photos.

Commercial performance

Koko ni Ita Koto was sold in 601,985 copies in its debut week, topping the Oricon Weekly Albums Chart

In June 2011, the album was certified Million by the Recording Industry Association of Japan for shipments of over one million copies.

Critical response

Ian Martin from The Japan Times, an English language newspaper, criticized this album, calling it "the kind of music that in more civilized times people would have burned in the streets". James Hadfield of Time Out Tokyo gave it zero out of five stars, calling it "wrenchingly awful", and compared it "perhaps to hearing Alvin and the Chipmunks play Stevie Wonder's 'Happy Birthday' on repeat for an equivalent length of time while being force-fed candy floss until your stomach splits open. ... It's J-pop that's been infantilised, reduced to the level of kindergarten songs. That half of the tracks are wedded to the same pachinko four-four beat serves merely to make it all the more deadening."


All lyrics written by Yasushi Akimoto.

Limited Edition

  • 100-page photobook by Mika Ninagawa
  • Photo of a member (randomly chosen from a set of 14)
  • AKB48 special present lottery ticket
  • Regular Edition

  • Set of 14 circus clothes alternate covers (7 double-sided pictures)
  • Theater Edition

  • Set of 14 school uniform alternate covers (7 double-sided pictures)
  • 5 solo member photos (customer selectable from a set of 2100)
  • Songs

    Overtake(Team A)4:45
    High school days(Team 研究生)4:36


    Koko ni Ita Koto Wikipedia