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.
In the latest "animation ANIMAKE of the Shimazaki Haruka," the AKB48 idol is transformed into Evangelion's Asuka. And while we all know that to be an Eva character is to suffer, this metamorphosis looks particularly unpleasant. Check it out after the jump.
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.