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!
Mayu Watanabe is one of the most popular members of idol group juggernaut AKB48. The video for her third solo single, "Hikaru Monotachi", offers clever special effects eye candy with a Vocaloid twist sure to please virtual idol otaku everywhere. Check it out after the jump!
Disney's upcoming CG animated Wreck-It Ralph is the story of an arcade game villain who is inspired to turn over a new leaf after meeting a cute girl character named Vanellope von Schweetz in cart racing game Sugar Rush. While Japanese marketing is being heavily tailored to that region, the whole world will get to hear Japanese pop sensation AKB48 featured performing the theme song to candy coated fictional game. Get a look and listen after the jump.
Go Nagai's pioneering piloted mech series Mazinger Z, or, as it was known in North America in the 80's, Tranzor Z, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. To markthe occation, and a Blu-ray set of the anime series, AKB48 pop idol Miku Tanabe cosplayed as the classic heroine Yumi Sayaka. Get a look after the jump.
Disney's upcoming Wreck-It Ralph is the story of an arcade villain who meets a cute girl character from a cart racing game. For the its March, 2013 Japanese release, the movie itself being redubbed Sugar Rush, while Ralph's moe buddy gets prominently feature in the preview. Get a look after the jump.
Actress Haruka Ayase is back cosplaying Colonel Sanders in a special promotion for the KFC founder/mascot's September 9th birthday. Meanwhile, a post-AKB48 Atsuko Maeda is making her return to the Jean Reno Doraemon Toyota commercials, and Tommy Lee Jones meets Softbank's White family. Get a look after the jump.