On the 8th day of the 12th month, back on Earth in the year 2005, their dream begun. AKB48 started off as a small seedling, which would eventually sprout and bloom, before growing into a magnificent tree, which would led to its sisters being created as well. For the original members, AKB was the place where dreams had a chance, where friendships were formed, where paths were forged.
Even now, despite the name change, AKB0048 was the same place. Physically, it was far tougher and the kenkyuusei batches were generally small because of this. That, and the difficult of succeeding nowadays (compared to just being good enough), meant that people didn’t always stay for long. In a sense, she felt that they turned back on their dreams, but who was she to say it had been their dream in the first place, or that they hadn’t struggled to chose to abandon it? Perhaps their dream had changed half way through their career?
But it didn’t really matter. The only dream that mattered to her was her own. Sure, she’d try and help others along the way, but she wanted to be the best. As Centre Nova, she was already close to that. So what was next? Succession/ Being ranked number one in sousenkyo? She wasn’t too sure.
All that she was sure about was her family. They weren’t related by blood, but that wasn’t a big deal. AKB48 had led to the creation of AKB0048 - it was the place that gave her her dreams to be the best idol in the galaxy, her passion for singing and dancing, her desire to help save the world. AKB0048 had let her meet Nagisa, Yuka and Orine, as well as all the other kenkyuusei and successors. It was a place that had helped heal her and make her stronger, helped her create the person she wanted to be, all of her sides included, rather than just the desire to be the best.
Born on the 8th day of the 12th month, on the planet Sagittariusstar, Sono Chieri was born. It was simply luck that had her born on that day, but she liked to believe it was fate. From the day she was born, she was destined to be an idol, to be a member of 00. As she looked at everyone around her, smiling and laughing, she blew out the candles on her cake. This year, I have only one wish. That AKB0048 continues to be the wonderful home that it is. Well, perhaps one more. Since AKB48 gave everything to become AKB0048, which still gives its all to help the galaxy, I hope we can keep giving, both peace when we can, and dreams, to help create a brighter future.
To AKB, to 00, to myself - happy birthday, and may the next year be more wonderful and brighter than the last.