On October 23rd, the first members of HKT48 were revealed at AKB48’s handshake event for “Flying Get” at Seibu Dome.
HKT48 is the Fukuoka-based sister group of AKB48, and they are the youngest of the AKB48-related groups, as they have an average age of 13.8. The 21 first generation members of HKT48 are Anai Chihiro, Abe Kyoka, Imada Mina, Ueki Nao, Eto Sayaka, Kumazawa Serina, Kodama Haruka, Komori Yui, Shimono Yuki, Sugamoto Yuko, Tanaka Natsumi, Taniguchi Airi, Nakanishi Ayaka, Nakanishi Chiyori, Fukugawa Maiko, Matsuoka Natsumi, Miyawaki Sakura, Murashige Anna, Motomura Aoi, Moriyasu Madoka, and Wakatabe Haruka.
HKT48 made a surprise appearance at the beginning of the event, where they introduced themselves one-by-one and performed “Skirt, Hirari” in front of 15,000 fans. As the representative of the group, Kodama Haruka greeted, “Please watch over HKT48’s activities from here on.”
The members of AKB48 who were present at this event are Kuramochi Asuka, Kojima Haruna, Sashihara Rino, Shinoda Mariko, Takajo Aki, Maeda Atsuko, Itano Tomomi, Minegishi Minami, Miyazawa Sae, Yokoyama Yui, Kashiwagi Yuki, Kitahara Rie, Sato Amina, Sato Sumire, Masuda Yuka, and Watanabe Mayu. They sang “Flying Get“, “Aitakatta“, “Everyday, Kachuusha“, and “Dareka no Tame ni -What can I do for someone?-“.
Additionally, AKB48’s Team 4 made an appearance during the event to sing “Mirai no Kajitsu“, “Viva! Hurricane“, and “BINGO!“.