Looks like the dance-pop moves of Perfume and the wacky antics of Momoiro Clover Z (Bodacious Space Pirates, Joshiraku, the new Sailor Moon if it every happens) put a monkey wrench in the AKB48 machine with the two groups topping the mega-group in Nikkei Entertainment magazine's annual “Talent Power Rankings” survey. More after the jump.
Nobody likes to be a victim of catfishing, but for a couple thousand AKB48 fans, this catfish bilked them, collectively, out of a cool two million. Find out what happened after the jump.
Well before the recent head shaving/shaming controversy, idol group AKB48 got some milder grief for their mouth-to-mouth kiss relay commercial for UHA Mikakuto's soft candy Pucchol. Appropriate to today's holiday, Pixiv fan artist Nobita has resurrected the idea for an awesome sequence of Fate/zero tribute work. Check it out after the jump.
Never mind the bad publicity and growing international outrage. AKB48 has removed the now notorious apology video which has racked up over 7 million views since being uploaded on Thursday to appease the fans. Meanwhile, the fallen idol herself has made her first public appearance since shaving her head. Read on for more details!
The image of AKB48 member Minami Minegishi with a shaved head tearfully apologizing on YouTube was one of the most shocking sights to emerge from Japan in recent memory. Now, AKB’s Group Theater General Manager has taken to the web to address questions about Minegishi, her condition, and AKB’s notorious punishment policy. Read on for full transcript.
If you’re a Japanese pop idol, what’s the cost of spending a night with a man? Your job and your hair, apparently. At least, it is for AKB48’s Minegishi Minami. Watch the video after the jump.
Get ready to rock in the New Year with Sentai Filmworks’ newest acquisition: AKB0048! This epic 26 episode series is directed by Yoshimasa Hiraike (Kaleido Star, Amagami SS) and features series composition by Mari Okada (Vampire Knight, Canaan), character designs by Risa Ebata (Macross Frontier), sound director by Jin Aketagawa (Samurai Girls, Canaan) and music by Hiroshi Takaki (Tytania).
Like clockwork, Sentai Filmworks is rolling out another announcement, and this time it's the acquisition of the AKB0048 anime. The 26-episode series will be available through select digital outlets soon, with a home video release to follow later this year. Read on for more.
AKB0048 next stage kicks off 2013 on January 5, and the Satelight production has a new, brief commercial prepping everyone for the sci-fi idol continuation. Check it out after the jump!
The blitz on the senses and good taste that is "Christmas in Japan" just wouldn’t be the same without over the top Xmas cash-in songs and accompanying promo videos to go with them. Now, idol super group AKB48 throw their santa caps in the ring with "Totteoki Christmas". Watch after the jump!
Love idol music juggernaut AKB48 or hate them, you have to respect the complete craziness of Macross co-creator Shoji Kawamori's sci-fi version, AKB0048. Following galactic war and ecological disaster, the remnants of humanity live under a regime that has banned art and music. 48 years later, a new idol group undertakes a terrorist campaign to free the humans. Get a look at the second part after the jump.
It was Jpop idol meets country idol today as former AKB48 star gone solo Atsuko Maeda spoke with American singer Taylor Swift on her Tokyo FM radio show Heart Songs of Atsuko Maeda. "Acchan" met with "Tay" on November 26th as Swift was in Japan to promote her album "Red," with the interview airing on the 29th. More after the jump.
In July the "next stage" of Shōji Kawamori's sci-fi idol anime, AKB0048, was announced for next year, but that's all we had to go on at the time. Now it looks like the pop culture saviors are set to return on January 5, 2013. More after the jump!