Hopes, Fears and Predictions for AKB48 in 2008?

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  1. kaito

    kaito Kenkyuusei Retired Staff

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    I thought this would a cool topic to discuss, it's pretty simple.



    What are your Hopes, Fears and Predictions for AKB48 in 2008?


    HOPES
    New Unit(s) - I really really get the feeling that Natsuki, Noro, Hana and Ohori will make a unit after their radio show, I don't know why but I can see it happening.
    Himawari to end/take a break and go back to Teams A and K for a .
    Relasing the albums - Come onnnnnn, DO IT ALREADY.
    Putting some seeds in Teams - Asuka and Amina are the two that stand out to deserve to be in teams, I'd also say Aki but she's goneeee.
    A new single from Chocolove - With another Ashita style PV and no cheap shots at making extra money *cough*AlbumandDVD*cough*.

    FEARS
    Graduation - I'm sure it's going to come, I just hope its none of my favourites.
    More shafting of members - They've did it last year too, but I'd love to see a member shake up in the singles.

    PREDICTIONS
    More SEED auditions - They're going to churn out hundreds of girls I'm sure of it.
    Growing popularity - I feel like they're going to get a lot bigger, not massive, but much more well known.


    That's about it for me.
     
  2. Youkokurama

    Youkokurama Kenkyuusei

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    Prediction:

    After Himawari 2 and B3, they might just throw away the team A, K, and B concept and finally have the one big group of 48+ members they planned from the beginning.

    Fears:

    Tickets to performances getting sold-out at 5:30am to become the next trend after the long lines, lottery, and wristbands.

    Hopes:

    A kick-ass single for yume wo shinaseru wake ni ikanai, and also for heart ga kaze wo hiita yoru.
     
  3. Tatami Mats

    Tatami Mats Kenkyuusei

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    This thread is going to make me start biting my nails and getting nervous. I'm not clicking this one ever again.

    My list of fears is too long
     
  4. Copyninja

    Copyninja Kenkyuusei

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    Ain't Sayaka and Sae close to graduation? Or only next year? ;) [damn, even that is too close! :eek: What happened with the Tokyo Dome dream? Graduated members cast aside, total new members will perform, or what? :< )
     
  5. Naomi

    Naomi Kenkyuusei Retired Staff

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    Hopes
    A4 Tadaima Renaichuu released as an album XD
    this:
    Fears
    Graduations - Eep! Hopefully none for my favorites, though. ;D

    Predictions
    Graduations - Again. A lot of members seem to be graduating lately, so I wouldn't be surprised if there were more.
    More singles - That one's pretty much a given. XD
     
  6. RocketStarLauncher

    RocketStarLauncher Kenkyuusei Retired Staff

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    Some of these we already know will happen.

    Hopes:
    More albums will come out: Himawari 1 + 2 (both versions of each), A4, B1, B2, B3
    More DVDs will come out: Himawari 1 + 2 (both versions of each), B1, B2, B3
    A new concert tour (with corresponding DVD)
    More press for the group
    The entire team joins together (no teams)
    More members get put in the spotlight
    SEED will start filling in A and K

    Fears:
    More graduations (I'm guessing some less popular members)
    AKB48 turning into more of a MoMusume (while I do love them, I'd prefer AKB48 stay youthful and a little less of a commercial product)

    Predictions:
    More units will pop out
    More promotions
     
  7. TimeBomb

    TimeBomb Kenkyuusei

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    FEARS:
    - more new units: quantity instead quality
    - total commercialisation of AKB48 to their musical death, squeezing the now established AKB48 brand in favor of money, which means cheap songs, even cheaper pvs, ...
    - a total musical change to meaningless mainstream-jpop
    - Flooding the market with too many dvds, cds and merchandise with too high prices
    - Acchan Graduation to do more cheap doramas


    PREDICTIONS:
    see FEARS (except the Acchan Grad)


    lol, I'm negative :fall:
     
  8. Heiwa

    Heiwa Kenkyuusei

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    HOPES
    More dark singles *O* please!!!
    A new single from Chocolove - With another Ashita style PV and no cheap shots at making extra money (like KAITO said)

    FEARS
    Graduation U.U this would be really sad... now I don't think there are random members I love everyone U.U
    Union with Hello Project (I say this because Romance Irane single :p)

    PREDICTIONS
    Photobooks about popular members (this would be amazing <3)
    More doramas
    A tv program *O*

    well... I'm dreaming too much ^^
     
  9. haruna_hamasaki

    haruna_hamasaki Kenkyuusei Staff Member Stage48 Donor

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    HOPES
    1. new ashita-like single for Chocolove.
    2. A4, B1 and B2 albums.
    3. no more Himawari-gumi new stages.
    4. total no. for all girls in AKB48 must be 48, 16 girls each team.
    5. a documentary in getting to know all SEED girls.

    FEARS
    1. graduation.
    2. no more 'teams' concept.

    PREDICTIONS
    1. new stage for team A and K.
    2. many AKB48 girls in dramas and movies.





    coming soon...
     
  10. garnetjester

    garnetjester Kenkyuusei

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    lol I just wrote about this in my blog last night...

    Here are my pedictions (more like hopes, actually)

    - CD release of A4, B1, B2, B3, HImawari-gumi 1 and 2
    - DVD of the Himawari-gumi and B3 stages
    - Girls going bck to form teams, I don't think that they're going to mix everyone in a huge AKB48 unit, because it's really difficult to manage such a big group, members would get shafted, units would have to be bigger... I think that the stage pf their theatre would look WAY too crowded with so many girls. Also, each Team already has a defined style or "feeling" to it, and fans know that and choose the one they like the most for this reason, I think that's part of AKB48s appeal
    - Another group like Chocolove (and Please let Korin or Maimai be in it...)
    - More good singles for Chocolove

    FEARS:
    - More Himawari-gumi or that hypothetical All team fusion
    - Acchan graduating, or Saeyaka or anyone, basically
    - That all those CDs and DVDs of stages never get released anyway
    - More cheap singles (I loved BINGO! and all, but for me, what really made AKB different from other idol units is that their lyrics got you thnking)
     
  11. Youkokurama

    Youkokurama Kenkyuusei

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    i'm bored.... so i decided to summarize things in this thread. presenting the results of our predictions for the year 2008:

    kaito

    New Unit(s) - I really really get the feeling that Natsuki, Noro, Hana and Ohori will make a unit after their radio show, I don't know why but I can see it happening.
    did not happen.

    Himawari to end/take a break and go back to Teams A and K for a .
    and so it did.

    Relasing the albums - Come onnnnnn, DO IT ALREADY.
    not even one for the stages. only the Set List made it through.

    Putting some seeds in Teams - Asuka and Amina are the two that stand out to deserve to be in teams, I'd also say Aki but she's goneeee.
    Asuka to K, Amina to A. and Aki's back! (in ske48 though)

    A new single from Chocolove - With another Ashita style PV and no cheap shots at making extra money *cough*AlbumandDVD*cough*.
    chocolove no longer exists.

    Graduation - I'm sure it's going to come, I just hope its none of my favourites.
    apparently, a lot of your favorites. :(

    More shafting of members - They've did it last year too, but I'd love to see a member shake up in the singles.
    umm...

    More SEED auditions - They're going to churn out hundreds of girls I'm sure of it.
    7th gen baby! :)

    Growing popularity - I feel like they're going to get a lot bigger, not massive, but much more well known.
    oogoe diamond sealed their popularity. gotten bigger? yes. not massive? more like INSANE number of members.

    Youkokurama

    After Himawari 2 and B3, they might just throw away the team A, K, and B concept and finally have the one big group of 48+ members they planned from the beginning.
    did not happen.

    Tickets to performances getting sold-out at 5:30am to become the next trend after the long lines, lottery, and wristbands.
    No more lines, no more wristbands. The lottery is no longer limited to the entrance part, as it now covers even the acquisition of the tickets part. Sending mails to @akb48.co.jp is now a weekly or daily routine.

    A kick-ass single for yume wo shinaseru wake ni ikanai, and also for heart ga kaze wo hiita yoru.
    at least yume wo shinaseru wake ikanai made it as a B side song. heart ga kaze wo hiita yoru remained only in the himawari 2 dvd.

    Naomi

    A4 Tadaima Renaichuu released as an album XD
    still no album even after the revival stage.

    Graduations - Eep! Hopefully none for my favorites, though. ;D
    we all got overwhelmed with graduations.

    Graduations - Again. A lot of members seem to be graduating lately, so I wouldn't be surprised if there were more.
    umm.. kaboom?

    More singles - That one's pretty much a given. XD
    surprisingly only 4 for the entire year

    RocketStarLauncher

    More albums will come out: Himawari 1 + 2 (both versions of each), A4, B1, B2, B3
    not even one came out.

    More DVDs will come out: Himawari 1 + 2 (both versions of each), B1, B2, B3
    all except B3 are already out. and wow, B3 is still ongoing!

    A new concert tour (with corresponding DVD)
    no concert tour, but the number of concerts this year is just unbelievable!

    More press for the group
    TOO MUCH press for the group.

    The entire team joins together (no teams)
    did not happen.

    More members get put in the spotlight
    umm.. not really. they instead decided to put an 11 year old girl in the spotlight.

    SEED will start filling in A and K
    kenkyuuseis filled in for K, and INVADED team A

    More graduations (I'm guessing some less popular members)
    bullseye!

    AKB48 turning into more of a MoMusume (while I do love them, I'd prefer AKB48 stay youthful and a little less of a commercial product)
    thankfully, not yet

    More units will pop out
    no3b, and some other units that disappeared faster than they appeared

    More promotions
    *nods*

    Heiwa

    More dark singles *O* please!!!
    not even one dark single. but at least 109 could be interpreted as one.

    A new single from Chocolove - With another Ashita style PV and no cheap shots at making extra money (like KAITO said)
    chocolove no longer exists.

    Graduation U.U this would be really sad... now I don't think there are random members I love everyone U.U
    a lot sadder than we all expected.

    Union with Hello Project (I say this because Romance Irane single Razz)
    did not happen. but plans for union with idoling is on the way.

    Photobooks about popular members (this would be amazing <3)
    maimai, acchan, yuko, erepyon, yukarin, nozofisu, mariko, miichan, ohori.

    More doramas
    drama overload. limited main roles though.

    A tv program *O*
    0ji59fun, 1ji59fun, and akbingo, nemousu, akb+10, etc. :D

    haruna_hamasaki

    new ashita-like single for Chocolove.
    chocolove no longer exists.

    A4, B1 and B2 albums.
    did not happen, much to our disappointment.

    no more Himawari-gumi new stages.
    bullseye!

    total no. for all girls in AKB48 must be 48, 16 girls each team.
    61. if you want to include ske48, then make it 84.

    a documentary in getting to know all SEED girls.
    did not happen. but they got a LOT more exposure this year.

    graduation.
    graduation and firings (and possible comebacks)

    no more 'teams' concept.
    did not happen.

    new stage for team A and K.
    K4 and A5.

    many AKB48 girls in dramas and movies.
    yup. happened alright.

    garnetjester

    CD release of A4, B1, B2, B3, HImawari-gumi 1 and 2
    not even one was released.

    DVD of the Himawari-gumi and B3 stages
    himawari-gumi = check. B3 = still ongoing! wow...

    Girls going bck to form teams, I don't think that they're going to mix everyone in a huge AKB48 unit, because it's really difficult to manage such a big group, members would get shafted, units would have to be bigger... I think that the stage pf their theatre would look WAY too crowded with so many girls. Also, each Team already has a defined style or "feeling" to it, and fans know that and choose the one they like the most for this reason, I think that's part of AKB48s appeal
    yup. back to teams A, K, and B now.

    Another group like Chocolove (and Please let Korin or Maimai be in it...)
    no3b. maimai and kaorin are still unitless outside the theater though.

    More good singles for Chocolove
    chocolove no longer exists.

    More Himawari-gumi or that hypothetical All team fusion
    did not happen.

    Acchan graduating, or Saeyaka or anyone, basically
    graduations alright, but acchan, sae, and sayaka are still going strong in akb48.

    That all those CDs and DVDs of stages never get released anyway
    dvds got released. cds, well, i think they're still thinking of a way to market these.

    More cheap singles (I loved BINGO! and all, but for me, what really made AKB different from other idol units is that their lyrics got you thnking)
    only romansu irane got a cheap pv. the other 3 had good ones.
     
  12. Naomi

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    ^ Huh. Interesting to see what our predictions were and if they came true. We should do the same thing for 2009. :D
     
  13. Tatami Mats

    Tatami Mats Kenkyuusei

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    No we shouldn't. It will only make me more depressed :lol:
     
  14. Fann_VG

    Fann_VG Kenkyuusei

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    hahahaha, especially when we hear it from japanese fans. I don't know but I feel that their predictions almost happen in reality (hope, they don't make a prediction that AkiP will release a photobook hahahahahahahaha.........). I think we just let it flow and prepare for the worst thing that will happen in the future. that's the art of being fan :D
     
  15. RocketStarLauncher

    RocketStarLauncher Kenkyuusei Retired Staff

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    Let's look on the bright side: what positive changes occured in 2008?

    -Oodles of DVDs
    -Oodles of concerts
    -A fair amount of singles
    -More popularity
    -More members
    -More sub-units

    I'd say it was a pretty okay year.
     
  16. ithebigc

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    LOL! Haha, I just find this statement so funny. Kinda sad that it's actually true O_O
     

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