It seems these days that China loves to copy everything Japanese. Not content with copying mascots, theme parks and anime characters now they’re copying idol groups too.
Say hello to AK98 which is the chinese equivalent of AKB48. This new idol group is run by a company called sina.com. I don’t know if this is true or not but apparently it has cost the equivalent of $4 million dollars to create AK98! Their manager says he has never heard of AKB48 but if you take a look at the audition video below why do they play Baby Baby Baby as the background music. Sorry but I don’t buy this excuse at all. Some of the girls in the photo above have been made to even look like their Japanese counterpart (I can see Miichan, Chiyuu even Takamina without her bow). The AK part of the name BTW means Angel Kiss. Does Aki-P have a credible claim to sue sina.com for copying his idol format?
Thanks Asuka for informing me about this group.