[GENERAL] The AKB48 Thread

Discussion in 'General AKB48 Discussion' started by Kyobu, Jun 16, 2007.

  1. STS

    STS Kenkyuusei

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    AKB's latest singles was released without SG? [hehe] Good point!
    Stop looking just only at HS results in Ethernet. It's more than just 30/30.
     
  2. John48

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    I don't know if management is aware of this but AKB is pretty much like any company in the world. They need money to function properly and if they don't anything, money will run out sooner or later. Without money, management will have to fire part of the members and staff to go on a little longer, or declare bankruptcy.
     
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  3. Mana

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    Another thing that can affect sales are graduation of members too, I know these groups all rely on events a lot but for example if a really popular member like Maiyan graduates, her fans would most likely not buy anymore or not buy as much so yes there have been graduations too since the pandemic. it's normal for all these groups to lose sales.

    I really think the best solution for AKB is release a summer single with election tickets... it's a double win because 1) they'll get the sales and 2) elections is an event that always gets the attention of fans and non-fans and it can bring more interest to the group. Besides 3 years passed since the last elections, many graduations happened, many changes in popularity, and it will be very interesting to see the current popularity of members. Even some members like Naachan said in October 2020 that she wants the elections back:

    "Naachan: Personally I want (Senbatsu Sousenkyo) to be held again. It is a big event which AKB48 famous of. It might be hard now because of the pandemic but once it is over..."

    She said that it might be hard because of the pandemic but I think they can just hold the elections indoor and with the members only like they did a few years ago, it was still enjoyable.

    I'm also wondering if this situation will continue even once Sakura/Nako/Hitomi return? That would be such a big waste of all the popularity they built during these 2,5 years if they don't have anything to do once they're back. They would probably run away fast. Management needs to do something now... I know it cost money to produce but it's investing, if they do things right, they'll earn more than what they spent. I don't think not doing anything is helping anyone. Release a single, bring back elections, creat online variety shows, online music show, fun things like competition between the new units maybe? and new dramas. it's so sad to think of all these months that passed and most girls only do Showrooms.
     
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  4. bonjourmarlene

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    I'm wondering if they're also waiting for Sakura to return and make her the centre of the next single, maybe making it an election single. IZ*ONE disbands in April, I think, so that seems like the ideal time to release a pre-election single.

    Sakura has many new fans that would probably easily push her to the number 1 spot even if Jurina was still around. Other Kami 7 or even senbatsu members will probably be aware of that and go out.

    I want to believe Sakura's return will make AKB48 active again.
     
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  5. Mana

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    Yes hopefully the return of Sakura will be a motivation for management to actually do something for AKB. I also think the sister group who has been the least active since the pandemic is HKT who only released 1 single like one year ago and it received absolutely 0 promotion... every other sister group released singles since then and with pretty good promotions. Hopefully once Sakura and Nako return, it will also help HKT, and AKB as a whole. At this point we really need anything. I hope management doesn't ruin it...

    I was wondering if the agency has financial problems right now, but when I think about it, they can't have less money now than when AKB debuted, right... AKB was releasing music in a regular way even during debut days (3 singles in 2006, 5 singles in 2007) so yes I really find no excuse for the current situation :/

    Recently Tatsuya Makiho graduated from AKB and while she was almost inexistant in AKB (she wasn't promoted at all) she joined a new idol group right after graduation and I'm seeing her more in the news than I've ever seen her when she was in AKB. She has photoshoots, live performances, even centers her new group. She gains followers on Twitter while she didn't back when she was AKB (she was even losing followers). it's just sad that now you can become a real idol by leaving AKB rather than joining AKB... Management needs to do something both for the sake of the current members and for the image of the group, so that talented/cute/funny girls will want to audition in the future.

    While we're discussing this, I want to share the latest music video of Yukirin's new solo song, because that's one of the rare actual music content we got from an AKB member recently. if anyone didn't see it yet, please make sure to check it and support <3

     
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  6. JoKawaruso

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    I hope they will make some spring concerts/lives, maybe with small units in order to keep the social distance... Team 8 new members don't step on a stage since last year's request hour!
     
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  7. Mana

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    They had concerts scheduled for the beginning of this year, but they had to cancel them all... I wonder why they don't do online paid concerts like some other groups do? They can make money like that. At least the girls do something new, and the fans have something new too. They can also release it on DVD after...
     
  8. JoKawaruso

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    Thay had to cancel it due to the Japan's state of emergency that will last until 8th march, I wonder what will they do after that...
     
  9. Aka

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    57th single.
    AKB members: 416/1669
    Sister groups: 335/2944

    Let's just pretend for one second that in those sister group slots that weren't sold out there's enough to equal the sales of AKB members and that AKB slots that weren't sold out are completely empty. They would still have to sell enough to make up for 81 slots. Even if something absurd as this happened, that single would sell 583 thousand copies without sister groups.
    300 thousand is the number of sales of SKE pre-covid. With less members and a smaller market. Things in Akihabara are bad, but not that bad. Not to mention that without sister group members, many tickets used for those members would be used to shake hands with an AKB.

    Now, about releasing a single with votes. The Sousenkyo determines the senbatsu (and coupling songs) of the subsequent single... that wouldn't have tickets for real handshakes. See the problem?
     
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  10. Reveen

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    AKB was losing money in the early days, iirc they were massively in debt to Sony when they were booted from defstar. Which is one of the reasons Aki-p helped devise Nogizaka46, basically he owed Sony a huge favour.

    I've also been thinking along the lines that Akb is low on money recently. They've sold off some of the family silver (HKT, SKE and ngt) to other agencies and they have hardly any activities. Even the merchandise recently has gotten shoddy, the Netshop photo sets are complete garbage lately. Anyway its just a theory.
     
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  11. innosu

    innosu Stage48 Moderator Staff Member Stage48 Moderator

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    This is the first time I have heard of this. AFAIK the self-produced sets are very, very popular. A lot of my friends and me must have bought more sets in the past year than what we did previously.
     
  12. rka

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    if its really the million streak they care about, then its actually a good strategy to let the sister groups go first and take a break so wota wallets are not too stressed once the mothership releases its own single.
     
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  14. David61

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    ISTR that the limited editions of the summer singles used to come with both SSK voting and HS tickets.

    Thanks for the heads-up - but yes it seems to confirm that there'll be no new single soon (although presumably sales from these extra dates will briefly propel this single back into the charts).
     
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  16. Reveen

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    Each to their own, I've had a different experience. Last set I bought was Jan 2020 vol 1 (tartan costume), I'm taking a pass on the sets going on pre-order tonight. Speaking in general terms, the lighting in the self-taken sets is awful, the clothing/costumes are dull and the angles/poses are very often derivative with too many similar shots, in a lot of cases they have a bunch of close-ups with no full-length shots.
     
  17. AragonDx

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    aye, JKT48 is the perfect example.
     
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  18. Mana

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    Today it's been 8 years since the release of So Long! I wanted to talk about this song because I remember when it was first released and some fans found the song too slow or boring, but actually after listening to it again in the next years, I found this song so beautiful. I just wish it had a better music video (maybe pink theme with sakuras like in this performance) and I wish the studio version was maybe slightly less long XD it's called So Long! but still, haha. Also, I really really liked the So Long! dramas that they did along with the single! it would be awesome if they do something like that again.

    I really like this performance and I think the music video should have been more like this:



    (Seems like sister groups weren't here for this live, Ricchan is replacing Jurina's position)
     
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  19. ForrestFuller

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    I miss the ballads tbh (It's actually been a long time since we've had a ballad single). I know you mentioning the 8th anniversary of that track, this will still always be my favorite (which just turned 10 this week).

     
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  20. Mana

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    Me too, I really miss ballads... I even start liking Tsubasa wa Iranai when listening to it again after years, the song is nice and has a nostalgic feeling. when it was released I didn't like it, but now I like it, I guess I really miss ballads. and yes it was the 10th anniversary of Sakura no Ki ni Narou! I didn't post about it on time and it was too late, but this is also my favorite ballad of AKB, I love it so much, the MV too, their clothes, Acchan's solo line, it's a beautiful song and video. Another one I love is Sakura no Shiori, which also turned 11 years old in this week. it's a beautiful and relaxing song, I love the choir-style singing, it's so nice and easy to listen and the music video is beautiful as well. Another ballad I really love, which was just a b-side but also graduation-theme, is Saigo no Seifuku, this song is very very nice, I love it so much ;_; The lyrics are touching too (it's not eng subs on this video but the english translation is on studio48)



    <3<3<3
     

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