Song of Hope
Formerly known as Yuko Oshima the 9th.
Hikari joined AKB0048 as an understudy of the 72nd generation at age 13. Excitable and ambitious from the start, she campaigned furiously in her first general election even as an understudy, and said that she aimed to defeat the highly popular Atsuko Maeda the 13th, who she greatly admired. While she did not place that year, she ascended to the title of Yuko Oshima the 9th later that year, not long before Maeda’s sudden disappearance.
In the following years, she continued to grow in popularity, becoming one of 0048’s best-known members and winning the general election held in SCY 48 to become AKB0048’s new center. However, she aimed for the radiance that Maeda had possessed—as well as the permanent center position of Center Nova.
During the First Battle of Akibastar, she apparently disappeared, only to return halfway through the Second Battle of Akibastar, where her love for the homeworld of entertainment and photographic hobby helped turn public sentiment back toward AKB0048. While she was replaced as center by Center Nova Minami Minegishi the 8th following the battle, she continued to hold steady popularity throughout the rest of her career.
She graduated from AKB0048 in SCY 58, at the age of 27, to pursue a modeling career, and also works as an MC on several popular television programs.