Aki-P To Axe 8 AKB48 Members But Who Will They Be?

5 02 2011

The tabloid magazine Shukan Bunshun recently published an article about the announcement that AKB48 producer Aki-P made after the 4 day “Request Hour Set List Best 100” concert that 8 AKB48 members are to be axed. Fans know only too well that 8 Research Students have been added to AKB48 which brings the total of the group to 56. Aki-P will cull 8 members to bring back the total down to 48. The reason behind this according to Shukan Bunshun is some members have taken their eye off the ball in their attitude to their work as an idol – being late, not having the right manners but also some are ready to be graduated. It is said that some AKB48 members collapsed upon hearing the news. If the senbatsu members think they’re going to be exempt from this cull then they’d better think again. With Aki-P – expect the unexpected.

Staff workers for AKB48 have their own opinion about who is going to be axed and what’s surprising for me is that the Top 2 in the janken tournament (Uchida and Harukan) are prime candidates for the chop. Apparently Harukan has a bad attitude, diva-like behaviour and is disliked by almost the entire staff. That pretty much shocked me as I’ve grown to like Harukan recently. As for Mayumi Uchida, there are rumours about her excessive night-time activities. Of course we should all take this information with a pinch of salt – after all this is a tabloid magazine we’re talking about here.

In a way I think Aki-P is doing the right thing here. Complacency might have taken hold for the members so this announcement will keep them on their toes and make sure they don’t do their work as an AKB48 member halfheartedly. It is said that the names of those to be kicked out will be made known at the AKB48 concert scheduled at Yokohama Arena next month. So who do you think are the members that will be axed or graduated?

EDIT: It seems the article in Shukan Bunshun made a lot of people ring AKB48 management to find out if it was true or not therefore they came out with a statement denying that anybody is going to be fired. They said that the media has exaggerated too much of what Aki-P was saying. What is likely to happen is AKB48 will go back to their roots so to say. Many fans have complained that the concept of AKB48 which is “idols you can meet” has been false lately due to various activities of the members. That’s probably due to AKB48 being popular more than anything – they’re in demand more than ever on various TV, radio shows etc. AKB48 management want the group to go back to being close to their fans so does that mean more shows at the AKB Theater? Nobody is going to be fired or graduated. Well we’ll see about that. I still think Mariko is going to graduate sometime this year.


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5 02 2011
ablestmage

o_O

5 02 2011
wilsgun

The forums were saying that Matsubara Natsumi was a candidate too because she was being bitchy.

Older girls (Mariko, Kojima) to SDN48 lets GO!!!! lol

I love the fact that if he is really going to axe Harukan because his concept was easy “Idols you can meet.” No sense to meet them if she is a total diva right? We have 47 other girls who’d love to take her place lol.

Uchida is a shock for me honestly. I haven’t heard about excess night life status, but I’m very “surprised” he didn’t do an all “No Boyfriends”, or “No Smoking” rules like what he did with Onyanko Club. I’m very surprised that he doesn’t have a set of rules that would apply for this group as well. I love the idea if he does a set of rules, Smoking, Boyfriends, Diva, etc, will not be tolerated in AKB48… but smoking will be tolerated in SDN48 lol, check out some of the girls teeth lol, it’s so stained that you know they smoke lol.

5 02 2011
akb48fan

I definitely agree that Mariko will go but not necessarily to SDN48. I think she’ll pursue acting and modelling rather than stick to singing.

5 02 2011
n

this is why i like your blog,,you always report the low down,,good or bad. it sucks someone has to go but the whole ‘idol’ thing does that. if the older ones go to sdn, then sdn will have to make cuts too, but they by now have a lot of experience and will land on their feet. i’ll bet a lot of old favorites will go because they are just stuck where they are like maachan

5 02 2011
wilsgun

SDN48 isn’t at 48 yet hehe.

5 02 2011
akb48fan

n – It’s funny you should mention Maachan cos I was thinking that she’s probably a candidate for the axe. At one time Maachan was considered to be the future ace of AKB48 by Aki-P but nothing seems to have come out of that.

5 02 2011
natty

not maachan TT.TT

5 02 2011
wan chan

My opinion only, no offends

I also felt the same for Harukan like you, but this changed when I met her in person. I dunno, maybe I look ugly in front of her…

5 02 2011
wan chan

extract from tokyohive (copyrights goes to them)

An official of AKB48 revealed, “Ishida Haruka (2nd) is known for her bad attitude and disliked by almost everyone in the staff. Everyone is in the same boat, but she is the one who always has to be diva-like and show her displeasure, create trouble for the staff and make petty complaints like: ‘the dressing room is too small’. We’ve installed cameras in the dressing room for the DVD, but she never even thought about smiling for the camera. Instead she idled in front of her laptop and watched clips on ‘Nico Nico Douga’. As for Uchida Mayumi (1st), there are various rumors about her excessive night amusements.”

6 02 2011
akb48fan

Please tell us more wan chan about your encounter with Harukan. Was she rude to you or just disinterested?

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