AKB48 Sing The National Anthem At The Tokyo Dome

31 03 2012

AKB48 have had a taste of what they’ll experience when they take over the Tokyo Dome for their own concert soon as the senbatsu members came out and  sang the national anthem for a baseball game between the Yomiuri Giants and the Yakult Swallows last night. Naturally some of them were a little bit nervous as the audience listening to them weren’t their usual fans but I thought it was a very nice rendition by them.





The Acchan Effect Begins

30 03 2012

On March 28th the expected media scrum took place at Haneda Airport as Acchan came back from her short trip to Hong Kong. Flanked by Harugon and Yuttan, the three looked quite surprised at the throng of media people that was in attendance. Surprised for them maybe but not for us fans. This is how it’s going to be now until she or Aki-P gives us a definite graduation date. Naturally the reporters were desperate for any kind of scoop from Acchan but she was keeping her cards close to her chest. They even asked who would be the next center in AKB48 but Acchan skilfully brushed the question aside by saying she hoped all members would do their best.

The news of Acchan’s graduation has propelled her solo single ‘Flower’ back into the Oricon Top 30 where it languished outside the Top 100 before Sunday. Suddenly it has shot right up the charts and the same goes for a couple of AKB48 singles where sales have been boosted by her news.





WH7 New Single Preview

29 03 2012

Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 which includes new temporary member CinDy will be releasing their new single Shounen yo Uso wo Tsuke! sometime during late Spring (possibly late May).  At the SSA concerts last weekend, WH7 gave the crowd in attendance their first chance of hearing the new song and now courtesy of Youtube you’re also able to hear it.

How does the new song sound to you? Like it, hate it, no opinion yet?





Tomochin Scandal?

29 03 2012

After a quite couple of days with Acchan’s graduation announcement, the latest AKB48 scandal rumour has surfaced. The infamous gossip magazine Shukan Bunshun has published an article stating that Tomomi Itano is apparently in a relationship with EXILE’s Takahiro. It doesn’t help that both of them live in the same apartment complex fuelling more fire onto the rumour. The scumbag magazine has also got statements from people who say they are serious about each other but as we know people will say anything for money so it could all be complete rubbish.

There are also witnesses who say they’ve been on a couple of dates to nearby restaurants and have been spotted wearing couple rings. They also seen to be coming home at the same time as well. I really don’t think Tomochin is stupid enough to be spotted out on a real date with a man. I suspect that both of them are friends more than anything and people have just put two and two together that they’re dating. Pure speculation is all it is. There is also a lack of photo evidence to suggest that anything but a platonic relationship is taking place. Give me the evidence that it’s completely different and I might change my mind but until that time I won’t believe this rumour at all.

There’s been a mixed response from the fans. Some think it’s BS, others think there might be a forced graduation on the cards if it proves to be true. The last thing AKB48 want is a double whammy of 2 of the biggest faces in the group graduating.

There was another unsubstantiated rumour 2 weeks ago that serial lothario Shun Oguri had tried his luck at asking Yuko for a date just before his wedding to Yu Yamada but again there was no proof and the rumour quickly died a death.





Acchan Receives Overwhelming Support From Fans

27 03 2012

I think Acchan has been worried how fans might react after her graduation announcement on Sunday. Naturally a lot of fans are going to be upset at losing their oshi but the majority will want to wish her well in the future. Acchan’s blog has gone into overdrive since Sunday. Her latest blog entry has received 38,000 comments!! Usually the average is about 5,000.

Yesterday Acchan escaped from the glare of the Japanese media and headed over to Hong Kong with Harugon and Yuttan to attend the 40th anniversary of friendly relations between Japan and China. In front of 700 fans, the trio sang a couple of songs. There was a handshake event afterwards and Acchan received a lot of positive support from the fans.

Now I’m sure everybody wants to know what Acchan had to say in her blog entry. Naturally she talks about the moment she announced her graduation at SSA and explains her decision on why she wants to go.

To check out her blog entry in full which has been translated into English, click on the link below:

http://blog48.livejournal.com/tag/akb48%20team%20a%3A%20maeda%20atsuko





Videos Of Acchan’s Announcement

26 03 2012

As expected, the Japanese media has picked up yesterday’s story about Acchan’s graduation so here’s a couple of videos I’ve found on Youtube so you can finally see Acchan’s speech. You will able to see the reaction on some on the other members’ faces. The last video also shows the announcement of Jurina and Milky’s temporary transfer to AKB48.

I don’t expect these videos to stay up for long.





Aki-P Comments On Acchan’s Graduation Announcement

25 03 2012

Aki-P has shared his thoughts on Acchan’s graduation announcement on Google+ today.

Apparently Acchan has talked to Aki-P many times about graduating from AKB48 and he’s tried to stop her but in the end he said the decision must be hers to make. He also told her that if she was going to announce anything it had to be on the last day of the SSA concert. When he saw Acchan putting her hand on her chest and trying to calm herself down, he knew that she was going to do it.

Aki-P says that Acchan is a person who endures pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining. As she doesn’t open up to anybody he feels she’s a lonely person. Acchan is quite hard on herself and this can sometimes be misinterpreted as clumsiness to some people. He feels that if she stayed on with AKB48 her mood swings and her ego would perhaps grow worse.

He finished by saying that Acchan has been the center for AKB48 for 6 and a half years so now he wants to let her do as she wants. The fine details about her graduation haven’t been finalised yet but he hopes that everybody will congratulate Acchan on her graduation.

It seems to me then that Acchan wanted to leave AKB48 last year but perhaps because of the disaster that hit Japan she stayed on to give joy and hope to those in the affected areas.