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The song called "Green Flash by AKB48": How Did AKB48 Get This Far?

Updated on January 8, 2018

The Type A Limited Edition cover for Green Flash

On the cover for the song Green Flash are the faces of Haruna Kojima, Yuki Kashiwagi, and Jurina Matsui (far right). The girls are emotional expressing themselves. The group survived one of its biggest tragedies and emerged as a great success.
On the cover for the song Green Flash are the faces of Haruna Kojima, Yuki Kashiwagi, and Jurina Matsui (far right). The girls are emotional expressing themselves. The group survived one of its biggest tragedies and emerged as a great success. | Source

A little bit of information about Green Flash

AKB48, Japan’s most famous girl group has become a sort of cultural phenomenon in Japan. They have released four full-length albums and they released "Green Flash" on March 4, 2015. Green Flash is AKB48’s 39th major single and it is the follow-up to the single Kibouteki Refrain. Some may wonder why this writer is writing about a song that was released now more than 2 years ago. I am just trying to inform and educate the world about the greatness of AKB48 as a pop music group. Green Flash was released by King Records. The single came in five different types. These were Types A, H, S, N and the Theater Edition. Green Flash was another single that sold over a million copies in its first week. AKB48 is amazing because they seem to attract audiences no matter what song they release! How did they get to this point? I will just briefly summarize what has happened in the group’s career just since 2014 because there has been tragedy for the group amidst all the success. Note: for this single, I have chosen to design the article differently than other similar articles.

The Tragedy in Iwate Prefecture and rise in popularity for AKB48

It was in May 2014 during a handshake event in Iwate Prefecture that members Anna Iriyama and Rina Kawaei were brutally attacked by a crazy fan who used a saw to attack these girls. He confessed to wanting to kill these girls and was charged with the crime. Iriyama and Kawaei were hospitalized but they survived their injuries and made a triumphant return to AKB48. Events were resumed at the Iwate Cultural Center after the attack. Just a few days earlier on May 21, 2014, AKB48 had released their 36th single called Labrador Retriever. This single saw many of these members head to Hawaii to film the music video for the song. This single also featured the very cute Mako Kojima. Rina Kawaei would eventually graduate from AKB48 citing the fact that she could not bring herself to attend handshake events any more. Following the 37th single Senbatsu Elections in June 2014, longtime member Yuko Oshima (2006-2014) would leave AKB48 the day after the election. AKB48 would see Mayu Watanabe get chosen as the center for the single Kokoro no Placard after she was voted as AKB48’s most popular member in 2014.

The track Listing for all versions of Green Flash First Starting With Type A

Track listing for Type A


  1. Green Flash
  2. Majisuka Fight
  3. Light of Spring Summer is Near
  4. Green Flash (no vocals)
  5. Majisuka Fight (no vocals)
  6. Light of Spring Summer is Near (no vocals)


Track listing for Type H Version of Green Flash


  1. Green Flash
  2. Let’s Start From Greetings
  3. Adult Train
  4. Green Flash without vocals
  5. Let’s Start From Greetings (no vocals)
  6. Adult Train (no vocals)

The song called Green Flash (played on the piano and very beautiful)

Track listing for Type S


  1. Green Flash
  2. Yankee Rock
  3. If the World is Crying
  4. Green Flash (no vocals)
  5. Yankee Rock (no vocals)
  6. If the World is Crying (no vocals)



Some Interesting Facts about Green Flash

  • Green Flash was the first single in which Yuki Kashiwagi took the leadership role.
  • Haruna Kojima was also named as center for this single. It was the first single for her as center since Heart Ereki.
  • Green Flash was the last single for Mitsuki Maeda and Hikari Hashimoto.
  • The song Majisuka Fight was used as the theme song for the AKB48 drama called Majisuka Gakuen 4.
  • The song Yankee Rock was used as the ending theme song for Majisuka Gakuen 4.
  • Green Flash is the 10th single in AKB48 history to have an English title.
  • Green Flash spent 22 weeks inside the Top 200 music charts.
  • This single also sees the appearance of Rina Ikoma of the group called Nogizaka 46.
  • Green Flash would be the last single for Rie Kitahara because she would transfer to the group NGT48 and become its leader.
  • Green Flash was released while Rina Kawaei was still a member of AKB48.
  • This single also sees the appearance of Jurina and Rena Matsui.
  • Sayaka Yamamoto (also known as Sayanee) joins AKB48 once again! Is there something this amazing singer hasn’t done?
  • Author, member of HKT48 and center for Koi suru Fortune Cookie Rino Sashihara also sings on Green Flash.

The Track Listings for Type N and Theater Edition

Track listing for Type N


  1. Green Flash
  2. Story of Footwear and Umbrella
  3. Punkish
  4. Green Flash (no vocals)
  5. Story of Footwear and Umbrella (no vocals)
  6. Punkish (no vocals)

Track listing for the Theater Edition


  1. Green Flash
  2. Story of Footwear and Umbrella
  3. Hatsukoi no Oshibe
  4. Green Flash (no vocals)
  5. Story of Footwear and Umbrella (no vocals)
  6. Hatsukoi no Oshibe (no vocals)

AKB48 Green Flash (original version)

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