For the first time since transferring to the group in June of 2012, Rino Sashihara will be serving as the center of an HKT48 single.
On September 26, HKT48 announced during a Showroom LIVE broadcast that it will be releasing its 9th single "Bagutte Iijan". A release date has not be set yet.
While announcing the single's line up, Sashihara was revealed to be the single's center member. The idol expressed her embarrassment at having to wait so long to be a center for HKT48, but was grateful for the opportunity.
Although this is the singer's first center position with HKT48, Sashihara has been the center for AKB48 singles due to winning the Senbatsu General Election in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
Sashihara's center position wasn't the only surprise in the single's line up. Many fans were surprised to find out which members will be senbatsu members, and which popular members didn't make the cut.
The line up for HKT48's 9th single is as follows: Rino Sashihara, Sakura Miyawaki, Yuka Tanaka, Mio Tomonaga, Haruka Kodama, Hana Matsuoka, Yuriya Inoue, Misaki Aramaki, Yuki Shimono, Asuka Tomiyoshi, Tomoka Takeda, Amane Tsukiashi, Maria Imamura, Hiroka Komada, Ayaka Oda, and Nene Jitoe.