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So a surprising news article appeared today, stating the graduation announcement of AKB48's leading lady, Maeda Atsuko. I wasn't intending to post anything about it, because really, I don't care about AKB enough to write about who is graduating (unless it's Takamina or Yuko, ofc), however as there is a lot of hype around it, why not jump into the deep end and swim with the fishies as well?
Now, I have stated on several/millions of occasions that Acchan is in fact that member of AKB48 I do not like. There is something about her than genuinely irritates me, and I don't mind admitting that. That said, I do not hate her - so anonymous comments who say 'OMG U HATE AKB, U HATUUUR!!!' - please go and play butthurt somewhere else. I don't hate the girl, I just don't like her like you do. I won't follow her just because you want me to. End of.
Okay, getting back on track - I was quite surprised to see this news pop up, though at first I thought it was a rumour. I was on my facebook account, and one of my friends on there had written a status in french, and it said 'Maeda Atsuko... leaving...', and that was how I first found out about it, but put it past my mind as Arama or Tokyohive hadn't really said anything about it, and I couldn't find news articles online about it (not even in Japanese, then again, my research sucks). So, a few hours later, guess what popped up?
Yeah... and I was enjoying the comments on Arama, but that's mostly because I like to take on the role of being a sadistic cow once in a while and revel in other peoples' misery. Okay, that's a joke - but it was fun looking at all of the reactions people were having concerning this news. Especially one that said 'The Acchan haters will now have something to celebrate...', and honestly, that makes me want to go and get a glass of wine to toast to her departure. But I won't, because I am not wasting any of my wine on Acchan.
... I also don't have wine to waste, so yea...
Anyway, let's cut to the chase - I wasn't expect Acchan to go now. I actually expected her to be in AKB until it disbanded, to be quite honest. Actually, I was more so thinking that Mariko would graduate (a lot of people seem to think so), so this was somewhat surprising for me. It also makes me wonder what will happen to AKB48 as a whole after she leaves...
When I was talking to my sister about, she gave me her speculations on the matter, and said that, because of this, she has a feeling that AKB may start to dwindle popularity wise, as Acchan was their biggest money maker and the girl who pretty much lead them to their victory for a while now. She is the face of AKB48 and the most recognisable member - even when I didn't know about AKB48 that well, it was Acchan who I always saw, and because of the amount she was plastered on the internet on English News sites that were Japanese based, I became more aware of who she was and the group she was associated with. That is pretty much how powerful/popular the girl is. So, it really does make me wonder if AKB will be able to go on without her?
Well, my guess is yes. I mean, if Morning Musume did fine with Gotomo, Abe Natsume and Ai-chan, then I think that AKB will do fine without Maeda. Considering Yuko's popularity as well as Mariko's kind of 'eh' popularity, AKB still has a lot of strong front girls. And, I hear they are bringing in SKE48 member Jurina and an NMB48 girl who are also popular? Aki-P is probably trying to do a lot for AKB now that his front girl is going off into the wilderness to seek fame and fortune in, apparently, acting (lol).
So, what do I think of this move, overall?
Honestly, I am pleased. I don't like Maeda Atsuko as an idol much at all. I find her acting rather crap (Hey, I speak the truth - you hate it, then go somewhere else where people praise Idols) and I don't care for her. However, she is the face of AKB48, the centre, the girl that everyone knows in the Wota world (if you don't, can I move into the rock next door to you?) and one of the biggest money makers in terms of being an Idol right now, I think. She is popular, and I think that her graduation might hurt AKB48 a little bit. I don't know how much, so I estimate a little bit.
Anyway, let's just say this - I'm gonna be quite happy to not see her face in future PV's, however, there will probably be a small feeling of 'WHERE DAFUQ IS SHE?' for the first few videos that she isn't in, and I am saying that truthfully. Also, to add to that, her graduation message was quite nice. It's weird to think that an Idol has mood swings...
Now, it's time to kick back, relax and watch the reactions of this news roll in, or to read existing comments...
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