AKB48’s Latest single another Record breaker

So, anyone else feel that its time for other Idol groups to just pack up and call it a day? (I’m just kidding…sort of)

AKB48’s latest single, Beginner, has once again proven that there is no better musical act in Japan than AKB48. In its first day alone, the single sold a staggering 568,095. Why is this so big, you ask? Well, not only have they nearly eclipsed their previous few singles total sales in ONE DAY, but this is the largest First Day sales tally since the Oricon charts in Japan first starting keeping track. Chalk up another broken record for AKB48. Someone should really compile a list, it seems like they break records every other day now.

This is great news for the group. But it does make me think. Its quite clear that AKB48 is on a level entirely of their own, and it seems no one can touch them, not even mighty boy-band Arashi. And what about poor old H!P and Morning Musume? I mean, they don’t even register as a threat for AKB anymore. They really need to just pack their bags and call it quits, if you ask me. Their clearly not up to producing quality music, because if they were, I’m sure they’d be selling at least half-decently. Now, this is just my opinion, so feel free to disagree, of course.

It does make you wonder though, if AKB48 will keep rising upwards, or if they will ever reach a point of decline, just like MM did. Only time will tell I suppose.
(sorry for the short post, its 1:30 am where I am so I’m not really up to going into much depth with this at this time šŸ™‚ )

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Future Project

So yesterday I was browsing around Hello!Online, seeing what new inane things all the H!P fans there are saying these days. I stopped any serious posting there awhile ago, though I used to be a frequent user there for quite sometime. Anyway, I happened to remember that the site supports user blogs, and I only then remembered I had made one awhile back myself.

So I thought it might be fun to see what I had posted there, and lo and behold, I found something I thought lost forever; the beginnings of an old fan-fiction series I had started writing. I say “lost forever” because the original copy had been on my old laptop, which was recently wiped clean in an effort to get it working after a fatal crash.

What I had written wasn’t a whole lot; just a basic outline of the stories setting and a rough first chapter, not much, but a start.

I guess I should tell you what the story is about. Its a Gundam fan-fic, but not in the way you might think. It doesn’t take place in any of the already well-founded Gundam universes, my story takes place in a whole new setting of my own creating, though In creating the setting, I found myself influenced by elements from Gundam 00 and the Halo Universe in particular. For me, I’ve always wanted Gundam to expand beyond Earth and do a series that spans the Galaxy, sort of like Halo does, thus I set out to do it myself (though, after reading some spoilers about the Gundam 00 movie, we could be headed in this direction if more series are set in the 00 universe).

So like I said, I rediscovered the outline and first chapter on H!O, and thought to myself that know would be a good time to not only continue working on it, but also heavily refine it. I had actually started writing a second chapter, but it was lost along with the original draft. Thinking back on it though, it wasn’t too great, and know that its gone, I can take the story in a different direction.

Know, here’s where this blog comes in, along with something I’d like your opinions on. I thought it might be cool if I post the story up on here as I write it, as a way of getting it out there and seeing what people think.

Here’s the second thing. This is becoming primarily AKB48/SKE48 related blog, and I had the fun idea of somehow incorporating AKB48 into my story, really just because I thought it might be fun to do, and it might keep you guys a little more interested, but more because it sounds fun.

So yeah, there won’t be any set times in which I post pieces of this story, as I can be pretty slow when it comes to this kind of thing, but I will post them up as I work on it.

SKE48’s new single – 1,2,3,4 Yoroshiku

SKE48’s latest single has been announced:

1,2,3,4 Yoroshiku
Release Date – 2010/11/17

Type A.
(CD)
1. 1,2,3,4 Yoroshiku
2. TWO ROSES (Microsoft Kinect XBox360 tie-up song)
3. Cosmos no Kioku
4. 1,2,3,4 Yoroshiku(off vocal)
5. TWO ROSES (off vocal)
6. Cosmos no Kioku (off vocal)
(DVD)
PV – All 3
First Press only.
* National event ticket
* Original Trading Card (16 Senbatsu only) – Random (1 each)

Type B.
(CD)
1. 1,2,3,4 Yoroshiku
2. TWO ROSES (Microsoft Kinect XBox360 tie-up song)
3. Seishun wa Hazukashii
4. 1,2,3,4 Yoroshiku (off vocal)
5. TWO ROSES (off vocal)
6. Seishun wa Hazukashii (off vocal)
(DVD)
PV – All 3
First Press only.
* National event ticket
* Original Trading Card (16 Senbatsu only) – Random (1 each)

Senbatsu (16) – 1,2,3,4 Yoroshiku
Team S : Matsui Jurina, Matsui Rena, Yagami Kumi, Kinoshita Yukiko, Hiramatsu Kanako, Kuwabara Mizuki, Nakanishi Yuka, Oya Masana, Suda Akari, Kizaki Yuria
Team K-II : Takayanagi Akane, Ishida Anna, Mukaida Manatsu, Furukawa Airi
Research Student : Yamada Erika, Kimoto Kanon (4th Gen)

Coupling Song (2) – TWO ROSES (Microsoft Kinect XBox360 tie-up song)

– Matsui Jurina, Matsui Rena –

Cosmos no Kioku – White-Team (28)
Team S : Oya Masana, Ono Haruka, Kuwabara Mizuki, Hirata Rikako, Hiramatsu Kanako, Matsui Jurina
Team K-II : Ishida Anna, Ogiso Shiori, Takayanagi Akane, Matsumoto Rina, Saito Makiko, Akaeda Ririna态Uchiyama Mikoto态Kato Tomoko, Yamada Reika
Research Student : Yamada Erika, Abiru Riho态Isohara Kyoka态Goto Risako态Matsumura Kaori + 7 more 4th gen

Seishun wa Hazukashii – Red-Team (28)

Team S : Kato Rumi, Kinoshita Yukiko, Kizaki Yuria, Suda Akari, Deguchi Aki, Yagami Kumi, Matsui Rena
Team K-II : Iguchi Shiori, Kito Momona, Furukawa Airi, Mukaida Manatsu, Sato Mieko, Sato Seira态Wakabayashi Tomoka
Research Student : Imade Mai, Hata Sawako, Ueno Kasumi态Kimoto Kanon态Mano Haruka态Yakata Miki + 8 more 4th gen

Soba ni Isasete(57)
– All except Matsushita Yui

I’m defenitly liking the fact that we have a true senbatsu group this time around, and I’m even more pleased by the fact that pretty much all of my favorite SKE48 girls (aside from Yui of course, but thats to be expected considering she’s still out with an injury) are in senbatsu this time around! How could I not be pleased with that?

It also seems like a couple of the new Research Students are included in this single, and I actually don’t mind it, though I would have personally preferred seeing my fav SKE48 research student Hata Sawako in Senbatsu instead, but oh well (though, she is in the line-up for Seishun wa Hazukashii, so I suppose thats cool too).