They say lightning doesn’t strike twice but such rules don’t apply to Japanese pornography, which has always proved tempting to aging or waning Gravure idols and actresses. And former AKB48 girls who find themselves a defacto porn star during their time in the group — and upon “graduation” discover it’s a mere side step to enter the real thing.
Porn maker Muteki has managed to persuade former AKB48 Team K member Risa Naruse to become “Haruna Aisaka” for her debut, National Idol.
The 100-minute porn feature film will be released in Japan on October 1st.
Risa Naruse was born in 1993, and joined AKB48 in 2007 and graduated in 2009. Although never a major contender, the girl must have had some fans for her buxom and girl-next-door looks. We wonder how they feel about her porn debut? Betrayed? Delighted? Curious?
The first to go down this path was Rina Nakanishi (who became “Riko Yamaguchi”) and then Eri Takamatsu (“Risa Tachibana”). I’m seeing a trend here with the Ri- girls!
AKB48‘s Asuka Kuramochi has grown up. She will release her first solo photo book on September 11th called “Mimi-tabu”, which means “earlobe”.
We’re not sure if this has some sort of coded meaning or whether the photos will showcase Asuka’s lovely ears. Saying that, Asuka is known as an “ear sommelier” and apparently has a liking for liking other girls’ ears…
The release will coincide with her 24th birthday, though we think the present is more for us than her!
The shoot was done in Asuka’s local town, Yokohama, and handled by photographer Tatsuo Watanabe.
While images from the photo book are limited right now, expect them to explode online after September 11th.
We wonder if AKB48 fans will be mugging people in order to get their hands on copies of the book…
That’s what four teenagers did.
They mugged a man in order to have cash to buy special clothes to “look good” for a meet-and-greet hand-shaking event with the idol group.
Aged between 15 and 17, the kids came up to a 27-year-old grad student as he was leaving a convenience store earlier in August in Kamiya, central Tokyo. Confronting him in their best macho voices, they managed to get away with his phone, his money and even the can of beer he had just purchased. The victim apparently sustained some sort of injuries during the incident.
The young lads from in Kawaguchi in Saitama needed the money in order to buy a special set of embroidered tokko fuku “attack uniforms” such as Bosozoku motorcycle gangs wear, but which are also popular among certain hard-core AKB48 fans. One uniform, a long colorful jacket decorated with a member’s name, can cost 100,000 yen a piece.
They got away with less than 40,000 yen’s worth of cash and other valuables, so they would have needed to have gone on a real crime spree to raise the money for four uniforms.
Police, though, apprehended them and the leader of the gang admitted they wanted the money to go see AKB48 at a handshaking event.
We spend a lot of time bashing AKB48 on this blog but we have to finally admit the truth. We think Haruna Kojima is hot.
Actually, keen-eyed readers will likely have already deduced this from certain drooling articles in the past.
We previously blogged with glee about Haruna’s new work modeling for Peach John, Japan’s lingerie brand that is similar to Victoria’s Secret.
She’s back in a new series of ads which feature Haruna sleeping… perfect for imagining what it’s like to be snuggled up close to her.
We’re not sure about the red hair but we do like it when she cups her bust and says “kimochii” (feels good).
Still don’t believe she is cute? Take a look at these pics, then…
The annual AKB48 General Election Book (AKB48総選挙！水着サプライズ2013) has this year been proving a hit, with sales of 60,000 copies a week since it was released on August 5th.
Though the 2012 wasn’t as successful, both the 2010 and 2011 editions were likewise bestsellers. It was first released in 2009.
This year (“Swimsuit Surprise”) features all 64 members of the world’s largest
bikini model music group (AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and HKT48) who ranked in the election in barely-there swimsuits.
The book has been released ahead of the new single that comes out on August 21st, featuring the winners of the June “general election” which saw a surprise victory from formerly disgraced member Rino Sashihara.
Want to canoodle with a former AKB48 idol? Just go to one of Erena Ono’s “handshaking” events.
Such meet-and-greet sessions are controversial staples of the AKB48 itinerary, and since graduating from the idol supergroup in 2010, Erena has been using similar tactics to entice fans to buy more CDs.
After purchasing a copy of her new album (Erena’s first solo release), you were allowed to meet Erena — and it seems she is being very rewarding these days if you get the three editions of the CD. At an event over several days last week, such fans had their photos taken with a Cheki camera.
Such promos are not so unusual — but not even AKB48 and all their hypocritical sexuality went this far. Erena seemed to have no qualms about getting into some shockingly intimidate poses, including practically kissing other girls.
Japan’s netizens have naturally responded with outrage that Erena is essentially now a prostitute and that she should just become a porn star.
It does beggar the question: How many CDs do you have to purchase before Erena will actually kiss you? And then how many before she sleeps with you? I’m sure there are otaku will to purchase the requisite amounts.
The results of the AKB48 Senbatsu “general election” event are in — and the participants for the band’s 32nd single, as announced at an event on June 8th in Yokohama.
This year — the fifth “general election” — the AKB honchos changed the system slightly with “candidacies”. 246 idols stood, the most of any of the elections since 2009, including girls from all the major AKB groups and the various teams within each group: AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48, JKT48 and SNH48. Six graduated members also stood, though not Tomomi Kasai.
The big surprise was the victory of “disgraced” former AKB48 member Rino Sashihara, now officially relegated to Fukuoka’s spin-off but clearly still very popular with fans. Although only placing fourth in 2012′s election, very early on she was leading the contest and was never really challenged for the top spot.
Twenty-year-old Sashihara (“Sashiko”) got over 150,000 votes, followed by major AKB48 members Yuko Oshima (last year’s winner) (136,503), Mariko Shinoda (92,599), Mayu Watanabe (101,210) and Yuki Kashiwagi (96,905).
Of course, votes don’t mean “voters”, since many fans purchase CDs in bulk to vote multiple times.
Personal fave Haruna Kojima placed ninth, while former “top” stars like Tomomi Itano could only manage eleventh place.
The top sixteen-ranked girls will appear in the next single from AKB48, the band’s thirty-second. Sadly then this won’t include the lovely Rie Kitahara, or the “disgraced” Minami Minegishi, who ended up at eighteenth.
It is customarily on these occasions for major stars who are graduating to announce this at the election event.
Last year it was Atsuko Maeda. This year it’s Mariko Shinoda, who will leave next month.
Shinoda’s departure continues to fuel speculation on when other veterans like Minami Takahashi (eighth) and Itano. Yuko Oshima (second place) is likewise a veteran but her popularity (second place!) and relative youth (twenty-four) likely means she will stay around. Some original members like Shinoda are now getting very old by idol standards. Shinoda is a positive dinosaur at twenty-seven, so her graduation was an inevitability.
It’s election time for the AKB48 idols. But lurking under the surface right now are several unsavory rumors.
For a start, the alleged connections between AKB48 executives and the yakuza. These have emerged again even after AKB48 big wig Yasushi Kubota sued the Shukan Bunshun last year for such remarks.
Images have been published supposedly showing the pair returning late at night to a luxury condo.
Kasai is also meant to be currently living in a top-end condo that costs billions of yen — and which Kubota previously resided at. It has a pool, sauna and gym, with five types of lock protecting it from the outside world.
Kubota is alleged to have fallen for Kasai’s charms and could not control his urges till she graduated, and pulled her into his bed.
There are also rumors that his other lover is (was?) Mariko Shinoda.
So are these “rules” against idols dating merely smoke screens for the managers to have their middle-aged way with the young girls?
Here’s something we always suspected!
A Japanese tabloid has published rumors that AKB48‘s founders may not only sickening old men with a liking for teenaged girls — but have close connections with the yakuza, the Japanese mafia.
Given that the Japanese government is using public funds for its risible “Cool Japan” schemes, which have Yasushi Akimoto as an advisor, essentially this means the government has been paying a mafia-related organization to promote the nation.
The weekly Shukan Shincho has published a picture and allegations that one of AKB48 founders Kotaro Shiba (one of AKB48′s top dogs, along with Akimoto and Yasushi Kubota) is closely linked to the yakuza.
The photo shows Shiba with the wife of a Yamaguchi crime boss, along with other known gangsters of the Goto and Yamaguchi syndicates at a banquet in a hotel in Shizuoka.
Shiba, director of AKB48′s agency office48 (and from whose name the “48″ is derived), has responded by issuing a statement admitting to going to the party. However, he says he “did not associate with the yakuza” when there. In other words, he just sat in the corner not speaking to anyone.
Shiba has started a few enterprises over the years and is the business mind behind office48. The Shukan Shincho previously published allegations of Shiba’s associations with organized crime, for which it was sued for its troubles. Now it probably thinks it is on safe grounds with photographic evidence, even if it was taken ten years ago.
It’s that time of year again.
One fan has shared images of towers of boxes, boasting that they spent 1,917,800 yen on them — and paid for on delivery in cash to the mail man too! They now have thousands of CDs to play to their heart’s content.
Another is meant to have shared images of 1,614,400 yen’s worth of merchandise — about half a year’s salary for most people.
Or there are piles of tickets to hand-shaking events — representing thousands of chances to shake an idol’s hand.
Of course, some of these images may be fake, but then again, we have been here before…
The election is currently being led surprisingly by exiled Rino Sashihara, these days a member of the Hakata spin-off of AKB48 following a previous scandal.
246 girls from the various AKB groups are competing to appear in the upcoming thirty-second single. Voting continues until June 7th so we can expect more crazy otaku pictures soon.
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