|Minami Takahashi the 7th|
7-daime Takahashi Minami
|Original Name||Takayama Ai|
|Birthday Date||June 7th SC0110|
|Height||159 cm (5'2")|
|Hair Colour||Matte blue|
- "Team A's Captain, I am Takahashi Minami the 7th, also known as Takamina."
– Minami's Stage Introduction Catchphrase
Ai Takayama (
Currently, the nickname she is most commonly associated with is Takamina (「たかみな」), however, prior to succession, she was also referred to as TakAi (「TakAi」) or Aicchi (「
Minami has a rather pale skintone, especially considering she’s from Atamistar. She is also rather short. She has round, green eyes. Her hair is straight and, when down, reaches a little lower than her shoulderblades and is a pale blue colour. Her hair is straight. Much like all 00 members, she has heart lining in her eyes and hair. For an unknown reason, there are three extra lines in her eyes that connect in a point. She commonly wears her hair in a ponytail.
Before she succeeded, she had shoulder length hair that she wore let down. She also had two longer strands of hair that hung down in front of her shoulders, that were the same length her entire hair now is.
Minami, on the contrary to the original member bearing her name, has an acceptable fashion sense. She commonly wears modest, modern clothes. She normally sticks to two to three colours in her casual clothes, one of which is usually pastel. She is almost never seen without a matching ribbon in her hair.
Minami wouldn’t count herself as anything special; she doesn’t view herself to be over everyone else. However, despite this, she isn't insecure, and knows that if she really wants something, and if she's willing to work hard enough for it, then she know that she can achieve it. She is determined.
While she isn’t as frequent with it as some other members, Minami does always - when not in uniform - keep her phone and headphones with her for the sake of being able to practise choreography or lyrics at any avalible time, in order to cut down on the time she needs on lessons to learn a routine to be as effective with the time she has with the dance instructor, Hashimoto Ayumi as possible.
Although she doesn't always say it, she has strong beliefs regarding morale, and does not back down whenever those beliefs are questioned, showing a bit of her stubborn side.
As Team A's Captain, Minami has gotten quite a bit of practice in leadership, something she was lacking a bit beforehand. She has grown accustomed to taking charge of a situation as a result of this too. She is also known to help people out in secret, sometimes lending a discreet hand to WMiya's victims to help them. She tends to observe her fellow members from a distance, and only approach to help if they need it in order to not be overbearing. She has learned to keep an eye out for hints at negative emotions.
Having been an idol for a long while, Minami has gotten quite good at memorizing choreography and lyrics effectively. She is good at organizing her time, and does seldom have a moment where she has nothing to do. She strives to be as effective with her time as she can, and she's gotten quite good at this.
She has gotten skilled in talking to people, and has learned how to handle a crowd. She has also become a skilled leader, ever since she was chosen as Team A's Captain.
While able with LAS, Minami's forte in combat is micsabers. Initially, she had some troubles with it, but got the hang of it quickly after getting the basics. She is now at a point where she can dualwield with ease - both offensively and defensively. Due to safety reasons, 00 has forbidden users to wield more than one micsaber at a time unless their swordsmanship has developed far enough to be able to use both hands independently. Minami has passed the test for this. She knows enough hand to hand combat to be able to defend herself, should the need arise, but she is easily outmatched by several of the other members.
Minami is an exceptional swimmer. She has stated that she can swim as far as 10 km straight if she is careful with her strength, but she can also swim shorter distances at higher speeds. She keeps up with swimming as much as she can, and the swimming pool is normally the place she can be found outside of work related times most often. She has no problems feeling comfortable in any body of water, and has grown capable of reading underwater currents in order to be able to make sure to not get caught in one. She can also hold her breath for a long while, as well as tow someone back to shore. All of this, is due to growing up near the ocean at Atamistar, where knowing how to swim is a neccessity.
Minami is a horrible cook, to the point where several members have claimed that she's got it down to an art form. This has been used in AKBing00! before, and will likely be again. Although the reason she believes she is decent at cooking may be because of her rather odd tastebuds; She can happily eat some things that others would never put anywhere near their mouth.
She is an amateur piano player, merely doing it as a hobby, but it is the reason she got to play a Keytar on Orchestra. She has been playing the piano since she was 6.
Minami has lived with her parents and 6 year old younger sister on Atamistar for her entire life up until the point when she moved to Akibastar as a member of AKB0048. She constantly played dressup with her sister, Ameko, when babysitting her, pretending to be idols, however, seeing as it was more to entertain Ameko than herself, the thought of actually becoming an idol never really occured to her.
Being born on Atamistar, the beach will always be special to Minami, it being where she can be the most at ease. She also got to meet several of AKB0048's members before she herself became a member, due to the gravure shots being held at Atamistar from time to time. However, despite this, she didn’t feel like joining AKB0048 for the largest part of her child hood. Minami has known about AKB0048 all her life, but for the majority of it, she was content with merely being a fan to support the group. This, however, changed at the age of 12 years, when she saw her first ever concert live. When she spoke with her family about it, they were very supportive and encouraged her to try to join, even if they were also a little bit concerned, seeing how the idol group hadn’t been very successful for the past couple years. She used the remaining time until the auditions opened to practise her singing and dancing, and although she wasn’t perfect by any means, she was accepted into the group, and honestly hasn't looked back since.
Minami, much like every successor prior to succession, got the fever of succession a few days before her actual succession concert, it wasn't anything major; she mainly felt a bit sluggish and had a slight fever. She was still able to partake in her normal activities.
She was one of the members whose succession was the most wanted by some members, there even being a campaign, “#AiForTakamina” (which Sasshi even added onto the large screen on the succession concert itself), created by some of them. Fans caught onto this as well, and many decided to join the campaign. Her succession concert was named “Ai wo Shinjiteru” as a nod to her own name, her part in Sore wa Yorokobi Desu, as well as the pun in general.
- Joined the 150th Generation of Trainees (SC0122.11.18)
- Promoted to Team 00 (Formation) (SC0123.06.17)
- Transferred to Team A (Formation) (SC0123.10.31)
- Succeeded and subsequently left the 150th Generation of Kenkyuusei (SC0124.02.03)
- Shinoda Mariko the 12th - Member of the same generation and fellow member of Team A. Minami respects her for several reasons.
- Akimoto Sayaka the 15th - Kouhai. They used to be in Team 00 together. They are both captains, and share a certain understanding of the extra work that entails.
- Yokoyama Yui the 13.5th - Kouhai. They used to be in Team 00 together.
- Maeda Atsuko the 19th - Kouhai and co-captain of Team A. They get along well, and Minami likes her a lot. Minami appreciates that she can trust Acchan with helping regarding the management of Team A, and has mentioned that she couldn't wish for a better co-captain.
- Kuramochi Asuka the 13th - Kouhai and fellow member of Team A. Minami likes her, even though she finds her a bit odd at times.
- Sashihara Rino the 11th - Kouhai. Minami normally finds her antics amusing, but does at times think that Sasshi takes it a bit too far, and does commonly feel that Hikari-san is right in taking her phone, although she isn't entirely sure why Hikari-san doesn't give them back.
- Shimazaki Haruka the 11th - Kouhai and fellow member of Team A. Minami and Paruru get along well, although Minami prefers Paruru the way she is offstage, even if she doesn't fault Paruru for it.
- Kodama Haruka the 8th - Kouhai and fellow member of Team A.
- Ikuta Erika the 11th - Kouhai and fellow member of Team A. Minami was a bit confused with Erika's initial tendency to agree with mostly everything she said.
- Eguchi Aimi the 4th - Kouhai. Minami likes Aimi's soft-spoken nature.
- Hirate Yurina the 7th - Kouhai. At the start, they were Senpai and Kouhai, however, due to how much time they’ve spent together as Regular Senbatsu and being the current top of AKB0048, they have become quite good friends. Playful banter between the two (often concerning Minami’s taste in food) is common. They are rivals of sorts. They used to be in Team 00 together.
- Nakai Rika the 15th - Kouhai.
- Inoue Megumi - Fellow Kenkyuusei and fellow member of Team A.
- Takanashi Yukari - Fellow Kenkyuusei. They used to be in Team 00 together.
- Hoshimiya Aoi - Fellow Kenkyuusei. They used to be in Team 00 together.
- Hoshikawa Rei - Fellow Kenkyuusei. They used to be in Team 00 together.
- Itano Tomorin - Fellow Kenkyuusei. They used to be in Team 00 together.
- Hikami Yumeko - Fellow Kenkyuusei and fellow member of Team A.
- Ito Hotaru - Fellow Kenkyuusei. They used to be in Team 00 together.
- Suzuno Natsuki - Fellow Kenkyuusei. They used to be in Team 00 together.
- Suzuno Sakura - Fellow Kenkyuusei and fellow member of Team A.
- Samuikaze Ran - Fellow Kenkyuusei. They used to be in Team 00 together.
- Harune Diamond - Fellow Kenkyuusei and fellow member of Team A.
- Taiyamoto Akano - Fellow Kenkyuusei and fellow member of Team A.
- Miyabi Honoka - Kouhai. Minami really likes watching her interact with Miyagi. She appreciates Honoka for her tendency to be random, and, as an extension of that, that things are never monotone with Honoka around. It makes everyday life more interesting. They used to be in Team 00 together.
- Asahina Miru - Kouhai and fellow member of Team A.
- Kashita Miyagi - Kouhai and Team Center. Minami really likes watching her interact with Honoka. Minami respects Miyagi, and gets along with her well, and fellow member of Team A.
- Mion Espoir - Kouhai
- Emily Silver - Kouhai
- Ryuuzaki Miyoko - Kouhai. They haven't spent a lot of time together, but Miyoko has yet to do anything that would upset Minami.
- Nakahara Monica - Kouhai
- Masaki Amarie - Kouhai
- Amaya Jia - Kouhai
- Akiba Airi - Kouhai
- Hatsune Hikari - Kouhai. Minami likes her, partly because how earnest Hikari is ith her wishes.
- Ikeda Itsuki - Kouhai
- Motomiya Hikari - Manager and producer, Minami and Hikari gets along rather well, seeing as they work a lot together. Minami does commonly feel that Hikari is right in taking her phone, although she isn't entirely sure why Hikari doesn't give them back.
- Kuroki Erika - AKB0048’s Presenter, Minami respects her.
- Hashimoto Ayumi - Dance teacher, Minami respects her.
- Akiyama Tamotsu
- Akamine Kazuto - Vocal teacher, Minami respects him.
- Takayama Mikoto - Minami's mother. She didn't want Minami to become a member of 00, because of the constant danger she would be in. Even so, she is a big supporter of her, and urges Minami to chase her dreams.
- Takayama Keiichiro - Minami’s father. He very much supports both his children in whatever they set their minds to, but is not always very good with expressing this; especially if said whatever happens to be even remotely dangerous. Minami describes him as a bit of a worrywart, but does so fondly.
- Takayama Ameko - Minami’s 6 years younger sister. At times, much like all siblings, they fight with each other, usually when Minami thinks Ameko is being too insistent, or when Ameko feels like Minami isn’t spending enough time with her family. They love each other very much, and according to their mother, Minami has become Ameko’s hero and role model.
Minami loves her family very much, and does spend time with them at every given opportunity. She frequently facetimes with them, and keeps active conversations with them via messages.
- Kagawa Sayuri - Former successor and understudy from the same generation as Minami. They do not have very much contact anymore, due to Minami’s schedule, but Minami would love to catch up with the former successor some time.
- Yomohiro Haruko - Former member from the same generation. Minami never really got to know her.
- Yomohiro Kirara - Former member from the same generation. Minami never really got to know her.
- Kaido Mio - Former Kouhai. Minami never really got to know her.
- Tomoe Yuki - Former Kouhai. Minami never really got to know her.
- Ashley Snow - Former Kouhai and fellow member of Team A.
- Ooto Louis - Minami had heard of him before they met, although didn't pay him much attention. She knew he was acclaimed, but not much more than that. She respects him.
Takayama is written
Ai is written
Her name could be translated as "Alpine Love".
During her time as an idol, Minami has recieved several nicknames, with the most promintent ones from her understudy time being TakAi (TakAi) or Aicchi (
Upon succession, she inherited the nickname Takamina (たかみな) along with her new name.
At times, some members refer to her as Captain, a nickname she can't fault them for, but isn't entirely comfortable with.
Hint: Hover over the quotes.
- - Minami's onstage catchphrase
- - Ai's former onstage catchphrase
- comment Miyagi made. - Minami, as Ai, replying to a
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Senbatsu Sousenkyo SC0123
Early Result: 2nd (791'748 votes)
Placement: 2nd (Senbatsu) (1'200'849 votes)
Senbatsu Sousenkyo SC0124
Early Result: 1st (1'173'412 votes)
Placement: 2nd (Senbatsu) (2'095'875 votes)
Senbatsu Sousenkyo SC0125
Early Result: 5th (1'049'992 votes)
Placement: 1st (Center) (8'442'411 votes)
Janken Taikai SC0123
Placement - 1st (Center)
Janken Taikai SC0125
Placement - 10th - Lost to Asami Mirai (Senbatsu)
- SC0125 - #43
- Orchestra (Setsuzoku no Chain wa sudeni Koko ni Aru)
- Setsuzoku no Chain wa sudeni Koko ni Aru (Setsuzoku no Chain wa sudeni Koko ni Aru)
- Cinderella wa doko ni itta? (Setsuzoku no Chain wa sudeni Koko ni Aru)
- Nichiyobi no Cooking Show (Setsuzoku no Chain wa sudeni Koko ni Aru) (Center)
- Siren (Setsuzoku no Chain wa sudeni Koko ni Aru)
- fashion police (Setsuzoku no Chain wa sudeni Koko ni Aru)
- Hitori Omou (Setsuzoku no Chain wa sudeni Koko ni Aru)
- Sora wa kasute aokatta (Setsuzoku no Chain wa sudeni Koko ni Aru)
- In Rain (Setsuzoku no Chain wa sudeni Koko ni Aru)
- Love You! 0 (Setsuzoku no Chain wa sudeni Koko ni Aru)
- Yume no Sketchbook (Setsuzoku no Chain wa sudeni Koko ni Aru)
- Favourite New Era Song: Roze
- Audition Song: Yuuhi wo miteiru ka?
- Favourite Colour: Royal Purple
- Penlight Colour: White
- Hobbies: Playing the piano, collecting swimwear, swimming, listening to music
- Favourite Food: Generally anything her mother makes, Apples, Mochi Ice Cream
- Favourite Animal: Owls
- Charm Point: Eyes
- Blood Type: A
- Her Kirara is a blue sphere with detached wings and purple eyes.
- Her piano skill is nowhere near Ikuta Erika the 11th's level, as playing the piano has never been more than a hobby to Minami.
- Her sense of taste, according to Masuda Akari, is too screwed up to be natural.
- Despite being from Atamistar, she is rather pale.
- She has a rather abundant closet of bikinis, enjoying collecting them.
- She is closely associated with the phrase "Ai wo Shinjiteru" as a pun to her own name and status as a Captain, so much so that her succession concert was named after it.
- She is one of two Team A members to appear in Running Blind's MV.
- In the Running Blind PV, her character's name is "AiWoShinjinai", as a reference to "Ai wo Shinjiteru".
- In the Majisuka Gakuen 00 adaption, Minami plays the character "Love", whose name is a pun to her own
- Minami shares her original given name with the fake AKB member Kimura Ai.
- For the release of Kibou no Chronicle, she got hair extentions.
- Coincidentally, she had her hair in a ponytail, a hairstyle that came to be her usual one after succession.
- Minami has stated that she does not have a favourite member in 00, as she doesn't feel like she, as captain for a team should be favorising.
- It is unknown if she in fact does have a favourite member and is simply keeping it a secret, or if she actually doesn't have a favourite.
- She is a bit upset that the rest of the 150th generation doesn't get more recognition, something she believes they deserve.
|Current Successors||Shinoda Mariko the 12th | Akimoto Sayaka the 15th | Yokoyama Yui the 13.5th | Maeda Atsuko the 19th | Takahashi Minami the 7th | Kuramochi Asuka the 13th | Sashihara Rino the 11th | Shimazaki Haruka the 11th | Kodama Haruka the 8th | Ikuta Erika the 11th | Eguchi Aimi the 4th | Hirate Yurina the 7th | Nakai Rika the 15th|
|Graduates||Kagawa Sayuri (Sato Amina the 6th) | Ashley Snow (Matsui Rena the 9th)|