An AKB48 fan event in northern Japan ended in a real scare on Sunday, when two of the pop group's members were attacked and injured by a man wielding a saw. Anna Iriyama (18) and Rina Kawaei (19) both suffered hand and head injuries, and one of the male staffers had cuts on his hand from trying to stop the attack. Full story after the jump.
33-year-old anime voice actress Mikako Takahashi, who is known as the voice of Sakuno Ryuzaki in The Prince of Tennis anime series, reported on her official Twitter yesterday on April 12 that she lost in the final round of "Otona AKB48 Audition," which was held in Tokyo on the same day. Hit the jump for more details.
33-year-old anime voice actress Mikako Takahashi revealed on her official Twitter on April 7 that she had made it to the final round of "Otona AKB48 Audition." The winner will be able to perform as a limited-time member of the nationally popular idol group. Hit the jump for more details.
Yoshiaki Nishimura, Studio Ghibli's producer who has worked on the studio's latest anime film Kaguya-hime no Monogatari, jokingly blamed popular idol group AKB48 for the production delay of the film yesterday. Because some of the staff were watching AKB48's PVs instead of doing their job. Hit the jump for more story.
AKB48 Eizo Center features videos the pop unit doing random, often goofy things, such as Aki Takajō's Cooking with Dog videos (a cute dog named "Mari" appears in the foreground. She's not actually cooking the dog). The last couple of weeks have featured "I tried dancing" videos of the pop girls emulating American stars Michael Jackson and MC Hammer with the help of back up dancers like DANCEROID. Get a look after the jump.
In the latest "animation ANIMAKE of the Shimazaki Haruka," the AKB48 idol is transformed into Sailor Moon, the results are significantly more disturbing than than the earlier Evangelion Asuka make-up, which was more off putting than the previous Hatsune Miku make-over. Check out the results after the jump.