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Club48 :: Where we spam 48 ways to glory! Let's talk about some idols! 682 replies to this topic Started by Shoujo Q , Sep 17 2011 10:45 PM · 

#121 strawberryjam

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:06 PM

I am all about the mentality of milking it as long as possible. :cryalot: SMAP are grand masters of such arts.

I think by default boy groups can last much longer than girl groups. Girls just get.. "old" a lot faster. :cryalot:

#122 Shoujo Q

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:07 PM

He didn't push anyone out of AKB, those girls broke the rules and had to pay the punishment.

Jurina and Whats her face will probably stay in AKB till the dust settles after Maeda is gone and Team 8 is established and they'll then be removed and sent back to their hometowns hopefully with a few more fans in their pockets. I expect some sort of team shuffle in the lower ranks, just to mess with people. And a whole lot more jostling in the future. I'm still hoping some of SDN will reappear. Posted Image (Fat chance that.)

Graduations are a part of the idol groups, you live with it and move on and find someone new or you leave. That's how the world of idols has always and will forever work.

#123 freezingkiss

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:26 PM


I am all about the mentality of milking it as long as possible. :cryalot: SMAP are grand masters of such arts.

I think by default boy groups can last much longer than girl groups. Girls just get.. "old" a lot faster. :cryalot:


Only because society thinks so. I'd love to see sexy ladies in their 30's/40's/50's werquing it on stage. <3

#124 Ap2000

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 12:01 AM

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU---- I am so sadden by this.

They sold about 135,000 cds during senbatsu based on voting for her alone. :cryalot: Why would you graduate your most popular member when you are trumping the idol industry for the formula you currently have working? :cryalot:


Because now they still have the chance to be popular and sell stuff.
However, if they did it while having declining sales and popularity, they'd take an even greater hit.

#125 showraniy

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 04:13 AM

I never got the love people had for her...


As someone who only peripherally follows this group, I can say that she's my favorite and I have no idea why. :mellow: I think she's the prettiest, but beyond that, no clue why I latch onto her so easily. I was the same way with Yoona in SNSD, and after getting into the group, I wonder how I could ever think Yoona's prettier than the vastly more beautiful girls around her. I honestly think it has something to do with Atsuko being the most recognizable (only recognizable?) member who's pushed to hell and back on every damn single that imprints itself on far more casual fans. And she's definitely much more... how do you say it... standard? She's beautiful in the most traditional sense, and you don't have to know squat about her personality to think she's pretty while--at least for me--other girls are much more beautiful based on a combination of great personality and looks.

And maybe it's just like Bella in Twilight; the more boring you are, the safer you are to project onto, making you more likeable? :hawhaw:

Hi, AKB thread!

#126 eri

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 05:40 AM

Can someone fill me in on thus....does akb evenDO graduations? Is this the first ? Does this mean she is going solo?
Typing on phone sry for rypos

#127 Cyrene

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 06:09 AM

Eri, they have done a lot of graduations, it has just been a long time since the last one (Ono Erena) and that was at a Theater performance. Oshima Mai got a theater sendoff, with two other girls in 09.

Showraniy, I get you. Atsuko is one of the members that appeals to Non fans as well. My BF thinks it's because she's very much the girl next door. I will miss her, just not like those sobbing over her. She has always been in AKB48, so it will be strange when she is gone.

#128 Shoujo Q

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 10:37 AM

I just can't wait to see who will be pushed as the next front girl of the group. An oldie or a newbie?

Oh and here's some news footage from the announcement as well as a preview of their next single, Manatsu no Sounds good!, coming out on May 23rd.
Which will also bee the general election single, so expect major sales, more so if Maeda isn't in the election. I can see fans trying to get their girl to the top.

Ooo I see what you did there Akimoto, well played good sir, well played! Posted Image (If this doesn't happen, Akimoto missed a golden opportunity.)

#129 Ap2000

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:22 AM

I always found her to be bland and boring.
Not even at first glance the best looking girl, eventhough AKB isn't a group that is composed of model-like idols.

#130 Al Kusanagi

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 05:32 PM

Of course they'd turn it into a promotional vote thing...

Anyway, call me a cynic but if she did it a couple of years ago it's "to concentrate on school." If she did it in a few more years it's "Time to move on." But right now at the height of popularity in which she's the focal point? Dat bitch pregnant!

#131 freezingkiss

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 12:23 AM

^ FFS she's not pregnant. She's overworked to buggery. Reading her blog she barely gets 5 hours sleep a night if she's lucky. She's doing dramas, musicals, concerts, photobooks, I also got the feeling she was never super comfortable being their number 1 girl. She wants an acting career and good for her. Hopefully she doesn't have to do any more PB's that she may not want to do.

Aki-P and Takamina tried to talk her out of it but her mind was made up, and good for her. I'll miss her but she's better to graduate than stay and hate it.

#132 Shoujo Q

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 01:20 AM

After seeing some of the photos from her recent photobook I can see why she would want to get out of there. As a #1 girl. you shouldn't have to do nude shots like that, even if they are tasteful.

#133 Cyrene

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 01:53 PM

You must be new here.

#134 Shoujo Q

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 12:32 AM

In H!P you don't see girls running around topless. I don't like me idols overly sexualized. Posted Image


Anyway~

Wararirouka Hashiritai 7's 4th single will be the theme song for Crayon Shin's. Shounen yo Uso wo Tsuke! They performed it already with the new member, CinDy.

#135 Petit Melon

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 02:35 AM

Actually, I agree with PQ. I bought one of her photobooks (I think it was her 2nd one) and the shots inside made me uncomfortable so I threw it in a storage bin. Who knows where it is now.

#136 eri

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 03:04 AM

I came in here to demand information on Lemon but wanted to follow up on this sexxxay photobook conversation.

During Xmas, my husband and I wandered around DenDen Town for a bit in the evening (Kansai's version of Akihabara). It was basically....porn shop, maid cafe, porn shop, food, electronics, porn anime, maid cafe...

What threw me off was the rows and rows of idol posters and dvds prominently displayed in the windows of the hardcore, super shady porn stores. I don't think it is an AKB thing. There was lots and lots of AKB48 (no H!P) next to other idols i did not know. I don't necessarily think it is because H!P is so much more innocent but maybe just because they aren't so popular these days. Also, AKB48 was also generally everywhere so I think shops just follow the times. I think I also saw some AKB idol porn dojinshi in this dojin shop we popped into....it was so creepy that my husband and I left immediately so I cannot be sure.

It reminded me that for every Disney tween idol fanboard full of giddy 14 year old girls, there are pervy sub-reddits populated by creeps counting down to their 18th bday or trading photoshop porn jpgs with each other. Japan is the same. The difference is, I think AKB has always embraced and faced this world head on whereas other idol groups are always sort of wink wink hee hee nooo we're innocent but teehee bikinis.

Anyhow, as I feared, idol books are soft core porn :cryalot: are marketed as such :cryalot: and are available in retail environments as such :cryalot:

Now

tell me more about Lemon!

#137 Ap2000

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 10:11 AM

I'll never understand why people think H!P photobooks are that different from AKB photobooks.
And yes, I have seen both.

That's like saying normal porn is ok, but anal porn is bad.
They're still porn.

Same goes for photobooks. They're both made for people to look at more or less naked girls.
Also, not all AKB PBs are that way anyway.

What eri said is pretty much 100% true.

#138 Shoujo Q

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 11:07 AM

Eri probably put it best. And I don't expect a guy to understand, you are a guy after all. Posted Image Anyway I listen to idols for the music and the happy, not the soft-core and the bikini's. So of course I have a problem with it and I tend to ignore it and focus on the music and the happy. Rose colored glasses work best for such cases.

And AKB is 100% more open about it then H!P ever was. It wasn't till probably AKB came out and started to dominate that the bikini photobooks and sexualization started to become priority #1 in the eyes of UFA.

Anyway, LEMON!

Also known for her signature headbutt.

Fresh Lemon ni naritai no~the song!

Apparently I can only take small doses of her because she gets pretty annoying after about 30 secs.

#139 Petit Melon

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 03:02 PM

Okay, I stumbled onto an AKB48 manga called AKB49. It's hilariously bad. I don't know half the girls that make "cameos" (and they're bad caricatures of them at that), but apparently you can get into the group by dissing Atsuko or proclaiming your love for her. Oh, and one new member is a guy that's crossdressing because he wants to help out the girl he likes. lulwut :lol:

#140 eri

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 04:17 PM

I tend to ignore it and focus on the music and the happy. Rose colored glasses work best for such cases.

Anyway, LEMON!
...Apparently I can only take small doses of her because she gets pretty annoying


1. Yes, me too. I like stupid, escapism childhood world of idols and I keep my blinders on as much as possible.

2. Hm, she's cuter when she doesn't speak or sing. But sooo cute! She's soo tiny! Like a little chipmunk doll!

#141 Cyrene

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 06:41 PM

And AKB is 100% more open about it then H!P ever was. It wasn't till probably AKB came out and started to dominate that the bikini photobooks and sexualization started to become priority #1 in the eyes of UFA.


Hi, I found that 6th gen Alo-Hello DVD to be pretty sexual and AKB wasn't around yet. :whistling:

But is it time to put our favorite shuffles here? Because I mean this cover of MARIA is basically one of the best! Takamina, Tomochin, and Miichan! :danceman:

Or this song, which is so unknown. :cryalot: Mr. Kissman is a classic!

#142 freezingkiss

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:56 AM

Acchan is not participating in the election.

I'm not sure if this means that Manatsu no Sounds Good! is her last single though.

#143 Shoujo Q

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:40 AM

Acchan is not participating in the election.

I'm not sure if this means that Manatsu no Sounds Good! is her last single though.


I thought as much. She'll be in the single though, it would be stupid not to have her in the single because now it will sell 1,000 more copies just because it's her last ON TOP of the fact that it's an election single and since her #1 spot wont be there and the wota will come out in masses buying singles so there girl will get that #1 spot, why the hell wouldn't you? You know as much as they say it was her choice, she didn't have to graduate, they timed it perfectly that she graduated at this point in time.

They could make Manatsu no Sounds Good the crappiest single in the history of man and it's probably going to be the biggest selling AKB48 single ever just because of what is represents.

#144 kitaoji

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:40 PM

Here, have a preview of Sounds Good. I think it sounds pretty good :thumbsup: but it would sound better if KII's Mukaida Manatsu was in it. =3=

I don't think she'll be in the election single. It kinda does away with the fact that it's a "choose your girl" single. Rather, I'd rather they give her a graduation single of sorts.

#145 Ap2000

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:50 PM

Here, have a preview of Sounds Good. I think it sounds pretty good :thumbsup: but it would sound better if KII's Mukaida Manatsu was in it. =3=

I don't think she'll be in the election single. It kinda does away with the fact that it's a "choose your girl" single. Rather, I'd rather they give her a graduation single of sorts.


What's up with that video !? haha
Quite a funny choice for the replacement video.

#146 Shoujo Q

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:21 PM

Here, have a preview of Sounds Good. I think it sounds pretty good :thumbsup: but it would sound better if KII's Mukaida Manatsu was in it. =3=

I don't think she'll be in the election single. It kinda does away with the fact that it's a "choose your girl" single. Rather, I'd rather they give her a graduation single of sorts.


That's like saying Takahashi shouldn't be in her graduation single because she wont be around to promote it. I'm sure Maeda fans would be pretty upset if she up and graduated from 48 without having her last hurrah with the group. I know other members have left, but this isn't like a no name member leaving, this is THE face of AKB48.

#147 showraniy

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 05:24 PM

Okay, I stumbled onto an AKB48 manga called AKB49. It's hilariously bad. I don't know half the girls that make "cameos" (and they're bad caricatures of them at that), but apparently you can get into the group by dissing Atsuko or proclaiming your love for her. Oh, and one new member is a guy that's crossdressing because he wants to help out the girl he likes. lulwut :lol:


I love this manga and totally used it to introduce myself to the members. 8o It's a horrible representation of anything AKB, but I have a soft spot for crap.

#148 Shoujo Q

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 07:49 PM

Video of behind the scenes of the AKB anime. So much Moe it's insane! And the seiyuu list they got for the "legendary members" is insane and full of some well known voice actresses. They really went ALL out for this anime. I guess I'll break down and watch it when it gets subbed.

Here's a list of the full voice cast for the series from Tokyohive.

I'm not sure what the whole generation thing is about, I guess we'll see when the anime starts airing on April 29th.


[Legendary AKB48]

Maeda Atsuko (13th Generation) – Sawashiro Miyuki

Oshima Yuko (9th Generation) – Kanda Akemi

Kashiwagi Yuki (6th Generation) – Horie Yui

Watanabe Mayu (3rd Generation) – Tamura Yukari

Kojima Haruna (8th Generation) – Noto Mamiko

Takahashi Minami (5th Generation) – Shiraishi Ryoko

Itano Tomomi (11th Generation) – Ueda Kana

Miyazawa Sae (10th Generation) – Nakahara Mai

Akimoto Sayaka (10th Generation) – Kawasumi Ayako

[77th Generation]

Aida Orine – Nakaya Sayaka (AKB48 Team A)

Ichijo Yuka – Sato Amina (AKB48 Team B)

Kanzaki Suzuko – Hata Sawako (SKE48 Team KII)

Kishida Mimori – Sato Sumire (AKB48 Team B)

Shinonome Kanata – Ishida Haruka (AKB48 Team B)

Shinonome Sonata – Yagami Kumi (SKE48 Team S)

Sono Chieri – Watanabe Mayu (AKB48 Team B)

Motomiya Nagisa – Iwata Karen (AKB48 Team 4)

Yokomizo Makoto- Mita Mao (NMB48 Team M)

#149 Shoujo Q

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 12:40 AM

PV preview of next AKB48 single. Let's make an epic battle PV and throw some bikini's in. Everyone loves the bikinis. It better make some sense when it comes out because right now I think someone went a little too heavy on the drugs.

Also, NMB48's Bikini PV, Nagiichi is out also.

#150 The☆AEUGNewtype

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 03:02 PM

We've been hearing the audio previews for a few weeks now, and the song is awful, and that whole "everyone is dying" part of the PV looks equally terrible. The swimsuit part is pretty well done, but the choreography is really bad, too. This is their first big stinker of a single since Sakura no Ki Ni Narou. Hopefully the b-sides make up for it.