Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Idols, Idols, Idols!


Behold... AKB48

They are a pop band in Japan consisting of 51 idol singer girl divided up into 3 teams. Team "A", Team "B", and wait for it.... Team "C".

Their purpose? Well it seems some really really smart man, named Yasushi Akimoto figured he could gather up 48 beautiful women and tell them they are all part of a band, while he writes songs for them. His goal is that at some point during the day (every day), some of the girls will be hanging around the Otaku HQ, Akibahara. Also some of them put on a show everyday in good ole' Akiba. Their name is derived from that. Get it? Akibahara = AKB. The 48 comes from how many original members there were. I guess they don't want to do a name change every week they add a new girl.

You have to give it to the Japanese. If anything is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

"You love idols? Here is 50 of them!" Thanks Japan.

They seem to be the exact creative opposite of Hatsune Miku, the completely fictitious idol of Japan, who contains absolutely no physical presence. Even her voice is computer generated. And she is beloved over there. In that case I guess less is more is the philosophy.

In any case, I just heard about AKB48 because their "B" team is going to start writing, directing, and animating their own anime. I bet it will be horrible, but I also bet it sells like crazy in Electric City, especially if the girls are there in person to hand out the DVDs.

I haven't heard any of their songs yet, but I bet many of their fans haven't heard them either.