It made plenty of news on the breakfast shows but with my very limited Japanese its hard to know what the reaction of reporters was...hopefully outrage at the people behind AKB48 not with the unfortunate girl herself.
I hope so too. Did you see their annual, televised group paper-scissors-rock tournament? Taken sooo seriously
I know them and their song "the river"
Dont they work in 3 units performing the same songs in different places? And in their own theater in Tokyo.
I saw they were bestselling artist in Japan in 2012 .
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Yeah, that's right. In Japan the top 5 singles of 2011 and 2012 were all theirs, each with over a million sales (and even not a single other music act could get 1 million sales for even ONE song). Not to mention most of their song titles are in English but they don't make the slightest bit of sense...
Then there's SKE48, NMB48, Nogizoka48, all carbon copies (not to mention the AKB48 side groups)...
It's purely their image, the "cute, high-pitched, innocent" girl next door image, that is behind their popularity, as somehow this appeals to both (otaku) men and women.
I read their next music video will be 64 minutes long, and one of the biggest TV networks will broadcast a 3-episode special television drama about it.
So superficial and lacking in substance, I really don't understand their popularity, i'm just glad that one day people will move on to the next thing!