Some upcoming projects

Here’s just a quick overview on some things I’d like to do on this blog in the coming month or two:

AKB48 Team B 4th Stage Final Show review:
While the final show hasn’t been announced yet, it should be coming quite soon, seeing as K5 just had its final show the other day. Considering this is the last time we’ll see the current Team B together, its defenitly a big thing for me, so I’d like to do a bit of an overview of the final show. It won’t be so much about the songs, considering I already covered them in my B4 review, however, it will mostly focus on anything special that happens and the girls themselves, especially since it is likely to be a tad emotional.

AKB48 Team K 6th Stage review:

So like I said previously, the last show for K5 was the other day, and according to some of the girls blogs, they’ve already started practices for K6, meaning it should be starting quite soon. Since this will be the first stage show to feature one of the new teams, I’ll defenitly be reviewing this one.
The Stage is now officially set to start on March 12, and is appropriately titled “RESET”.

Gundam Unicorn Episode 1 review and synopsis:

The first episode of this 6 part series came out on the Playstation Network the other day, and the English Blu-Ray is set to be released very soon, so as soon as I can get my hands on a copy of the Blu-Ray, I intend to do a full synopsis/review of this highly anticipated Gundam series. I for one can’t wait to see it.


Matsushita Yui out for 6 months

Jasey over at Stage48 reports today that Matsushita Yui of SKE48’s Team S will be out for at least 5 months due to a leg injury. Sad news indeed, as not only is she my favorite member from SKE, but she’s also one of its best singers. Hopefully though, she doesn’t end up in the same boat at Saeki Mika and Naruse Risa from AKB48 who also became injured and then shortly afterward graduated. Though, considering Yui is one of SKE’s frontgirls, I don’t think that will be the case.

Get well soon Yui!

The new face of AKB48 is apparently Shimazaki Haruka….no thank you.

It seems that the management over at AKB48 have found a new girl to push to the front, and its new 9th gen kenkyuusei Shimazaki Haruka. In a recent gravure shoot for Young Jump, she was featured alongside the AKB48 front girls and Matsui Jurina from SKE48.

Now, this has quite a few members of the western fandom (or at least Stage48, which in reality really IS the western fandom) in an uproar, and I agree with them. It makes no sense for this new member to be featured alongside the AKB regulars, considering she is not even a full member yet. I also have to say that she looks terribly awkward in the shoots as well. Now, you can tell it might be because she’s new and perhaps not totally comfortable with these kind of things yet, that’s understandable, but it again begs the question as to why the AKB management would choose her for this and not a veteran member who would probably work better in one of these photo shoots. AKB has a HUGE roster of girls to choose from for something like this, so it makes no sense why they would choose the awkward new member. This is just like what happened with Komori Mika. She was pushed quite a bit when she was a kenkyuusei, and it just didn’t work. She was awkward and really didn’t deserve to be there with the veteran members. In these situations, I can’t help but wonder what the other girls who don’t get selected for these kind of things feel when they get passed over for the new girl. If it were me, I would be pissed to be perfectly honest.

The worst part of this is that unlike Komori, they seem to be setting Haruka up to be the new “face” of AKB48. Umm…no thanks. It also doesn’t help that this girl seems to have ambitions within the group that, in my opinion, need to be brought down a notch. It was said over at Stage48 that she wants to be a front girl and more specifically be added into the awesome subgroup Watarirouka Hashiritai. Not very humble, are we? Now, I have no qualms with her wanting to be a front girl. I’m sure pretty much every member of AKB48 has that desire, but for her to want to be added into WH, now that’s just wrong. She would not fit in with them AT ALL. Besides, WH is a Team B subgroup, as all of its members are/were in Team B. She’s not a member of Team B, let alone a member of any team.

I’ve stated before that I do not like the idea of any kenkyuusei being promoted over full members, but this is just taking it too far. Now, I haven’t seen Haruka in action yet, so for all I know she could be quite talented, but so are dozens of full members of AKB48, so AKB management, let those girls have some time in the spotlight before you go pushing the over ambitious new girl please. In the cases of Komori and Shimazaki, I can’t help but think that when they were chosen to be pushed, the management over at AKB had a board with the names of all the kenkyuusei on it and just threw darts at it while blindfolded, and whosoever name a dart landed on is who they would push. There’s really no logic behind it at all, but then again, its something we should just expect from the guys who run AKB48.

AKB48 hits an new all-time high

AKB48’s latest single, Sakura no Shiori was just released, and already the numbers for its first day of sales have appeared. In their first day alone, they’ve managed to sell 229,528 copies! To give you an idea of how awesome that is, that number is around the same as RIVER’s TOTAL sales. That’s right, AKB48 just surpassed their previous singles total sales on THE FIRST DAY. Needless to say, its a frakking awesome day to be an AKB48 fan.

I dare say it, but I think we can officially say now that AKB48 is Japan’s top idol group, and its looking like they will hold that title for some time. In comparison, Morning Musume released a new single recently, and after about 7 days on sale have only managed to sell about 37000 copies. I wonder how all those H!P fans who hate on AKB48 are gonna react when they see AKB’s sales figures. Probably not too well.

But anyway, I am so happy for the girls. This is monumental for them.