I just finished watching the janken taikai clip after avoiding any spoiler for the last 5 days. It’s so much fun though I’d have loved an AKB girl to win it rather than Jurina (Personally, out of the senbatsu girls, I feel that Jurina is the one least needing of this center because she already co-fronts SKE and has centered a couple of singles, yet she actually won it…). Now I want to write something about it.
One very fun competitions that AKB48 has held annually over the last three years is a rock-paper-scissors tournament (Janken Taikai). The members compete in a winner-advances competition and those who make it into the last 16 are selected to represent the group in the upcoming singles. The winner becomes the center of those respective singles. The competition is probably designed to add another tournament for fans to participate in and to give the more obscure girls their chances to shine in the sun, if they are lucky enough. AKB48 is also probably the only group who can pull this off, with so many girls available to participate!