AKB48-Themed Asks 

48shadesofgay:

Reblog if you’d like some of these in your inbox!

Sakura no Hanabiratachi: Was your graduation a happy memory or a sad one? Or if you’re still in school, is it something you look forward to or dread?
Skirt, Hirari: How old were you when you first fell in love?
Aitakatta:

Looking forward to answering some questions to round off the weekend.

Paging my tumblr followers! 

@1 day ago with 210 notes
#boredom #bored on weekends 

Nicholas Reviews The Next Girls Single 

nicholyslim:

So I finally do have material to talk about, which in this case is the release of AKB48’s latest. Kokoro no Placard.

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On another note, a question for those who read this till the end: I am certain most followers of the 48 Groups definitely do support girls outside…

As usual you are always the first (and maybe only) one to reply. Agree with what you said, that if you ranked the first time, strategy would have been the last thing on your mind, as you thanked your fans for their votes! :D

Maybe I should also throw in this curveball thought that came to me when I was at work. What if the rank was more important, given that they got more than enough exposure in their “home group” songs. A good example was probably the NMB senbatsu, where they probably aimed for higher ranks than last year.

On the other hand, the SKE fans are old hands at sending underexposed faces to the forefront. The girls that are never seen on the A-sides for some reason get massive pushes by fan votes (shibata aya, futamura haruka), while they vote sparingly for “the management choices”. But then again that’s an anti-management sentiment exclusive to SKE.

The reason why I came up with that question though, was cause in the earlier days, the whole “screen time in correlation to your rank” was way bigger.

Back in 2012, when I first got into the group and made Umeda Ayaka my Kami Oshi, I thought it was annoying that despite her amazing story (and hard work) that took her to 16th, she was still given less time than when she was UG Center. And to think back then, her first belief was that being in Senbatsu meant greater exposure.

To that, my Sato Amina supporting friend said sagely (now that I think of it) “Being in Senbatsu means you get to go on the show, but it does not mean that the cameras would find you on the show.” They still choose who they wanna shoot.

@5 days ago with 7 notes

To All My Followers

You know I do take questions.

@1 week ago
#boredom #calling for questions 

Pop Groups and The Ice Bucket Challenge

Despite being a fan of K/J-Pop girl groups, I in no way find them flawless. I blame them for dulling out music, I blame them for making me sink into fandom and taking me on emotional roller coasters. (hint, hint sarcasm)

I however, do not blame them for boldly using their fame to raise awareness for a worthy cause or two.

Thanks to their willingness to raise the profile of the Ice Bucket challenge regionally, and other high profile happenings within Japan/Korea, fans indirectly show a greater understanding of problems that the world grapples with, or even affection for strangers in another country, the only common ground with which we have are the Idols we follow.

Granted, some of these fans might just be hopping on a bandwagon, but any form of support, even in the short-term is so greatly appreciated, and hopefully could spur others on to take on a more concentrated effort. 

TL/DR: Idols doing good, and inspiring fans to do good also in the name of their idols, is… you guessed it, a good thing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9tXRzGG1sY

@1 week ago with 9 notes
#K-pop #J-Pop #snsd #a-pink #akb48 

Finally Geinin 3 Is Back in Its Stride

Granted, they have taken the members out of the Studio and to a bungee jumping point, but not a bad thing.

There is less time wasted on having to fit too many people in the broadcast time, or comedy duos that I do not find that funny. 

Plus we get members to cheer on! Woot!

@2 weeks ago
#nmb48 #geinin 3 #episode 6 

My Sister’s Life As A Fangirl

So my sister in some ways did go from being able to recognise most K-pop artistes to recognising some of my J-pop interests, notably AKB48.

The back story: She does enjoy SNSD, and asks me about their recent progress, including giving me an opinion or two on their latest single. But I have never been able to translate that interest into Japanese content.

Thanks to “Koisuru Fortune Cookie” though, she’s able to recognise three girls, and always ask me to play that song when I am watching any AKB48 concert. Granted, its just Oshima Yuko (whom she calls the one that acts), Sashihara Rino (whom she calls the funny and kinda pretty one) and Watanabe Mayu (whom she calls the even better looking one, like a sunshine girl)

Still all these nonsensical descriptions are an improvement over plain indifference. Now, if I could get her to care about Morning Musume, stop calling Perfume “annoying digital noise”, and take an interest in my oshi, I would have succeeded in greater terms. 

@5 days ago with 5 notes
#snsd #AKB48 #OSHIMA Yuko #sashihara rino #mayu watanabe #morning musume #Perfume #life of a lonely wota 

Nicholas Reviews The Next Girls Single

So I finally do have material to talk about, which in this case is the release of AKB48’s latest. Kokoro no Placard.

So why would I start off with a B-side review, and not even the Undergirls at that? Because this was the first song that caught my attention, and there are a fair amount of people I like among these ranks.

So here goes the video review, with some personal commentary and observations.

On another note, I do thank the guy who watermarked the videos for providing me with a file that can be viewed on my Mac. I am not so tech inclined to the point to rip blu-rays/DVDs that I own.

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So the video opens with the girls  stuntmen on bikes.

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#akb48 #SKE48 #nmb48 #kokoro no placard #future girls #fujie reina #futamura haruka #Umeda Ayaka #kojima mako #furukawa airi #tashima meru #anai chihiro #kinoshita yukiko #shiroma miru #ota aika #yagura fuuko #isohara kyoka #Tano Yuka #iwanaga tsugumi #sasaki yukari #motomura aoi 
I made a good call! It was surprisingly picked up by the Toyota PR departments. Props to Akio Toyoda anyway, for taking it on, and proving that Toyota is slowly shedding their dull image!
Video link here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICv3ziCApq4

I made a good call! It was surprisingly picked up by the Toyota PR departments. Props to Akio Toyoda anyway, for taking it on, and proving that Toyota is slowly shedding their dull image!

Video link here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICv3ziCApq4

@1 week ago
#toyota #akio toyoda #proof the company is getting its mojo back again #my other interests #cars 

http://doctor48md.tumblr.com/post/95278656755/takatomo-cuties-doctor48md-48shadesofgay 

takatomo-cuties:

doctor48md:

48shadesofgay:

takatomo-cuties:

This is actually a really important concert. It’s the first Dome without Mariko, Tomochin, Sayaka, and Yuuko. It’s Haachan’s last major performance, and we’ve lost other members too.

This should have been…

Might be playing the devil’s advocate here, but I am okay with this “No Graduations promised” concert.

For once, it finally is what a large scale concert stands for. No more instances where the side-show (grads, announcements) outweigh the performances themselves. The Dome Performances for me have always been to see the hits performed on a large scale, hear the B-sides for the election single performed live, watch some unexpected groupings perform, and get re-acquainted with some stage classics. Good enough, I guess.

I mean, i do not go to a Perfume or Diana Krall concert to hear a “state of the performer” report, or always anticipate some major happening. Its just for the music performed live.

Secondly, its probably to stem the information overload. As much as fans do get a kick out of the element of surprise and randomness that comes with a group that large, let’s face it, most casual fans or people who run lives outside of fandom are less enthused.

If I got a dollar for everytime I thought “Oh there’s now a new world order in NMB” or “Strange to still see her there” when I watch past MVs, or reminisce on past funny happenings on variety shows, I could probably afford my dream car, and way more fan goods.

Yes, they just keep moving people around!! And I have heard too many stories on how people just “forgot their girl” after one too many change, as if it got way harder to find them post the Nth shuffle.

Thirdly, they could just be trolling. With the media reach and exposure that AKS enjoys, I am not surprised they could find ways to ensure that their happenings could make news in the most unexpected circumstances possible.

Next thing you know, they be sending in graduation announcements by fax straight to the newspapers.

@1 week ago with 48 notes
#48opinion 
Rounding out the last week of my “extended break” with a good rewatching of the 2013 Dome Blu-ray.
Neighbours out + Fully run in home theater = Kitagawa Kenji in 5.1 at “healthy” listening levels. 

Rounding out the last week of my “extended break” with a good rewatching of the 2013 Dome Blu-ray.

Neighbours out + Fully run in home theater = Kitagawa Kenji in 5.1 at “healthy” listening levels. 

@2 weeks ago with 3 notes
#Denon #nmb48 #kitagawa kenji #Akb48 2013 tokyo dome