A man has been arrested for running an online dating (deai-kei) scam that scammed 2,100 otaku out of 210 million yen over the years.
Deai-kei websites are common portals in Japan, usually a ruse for informal prostitution or enjo kosai. In this case, the owner tricked members into thinking they would be able to exchange emails with their favorite AKB48 idols and even go on dates with the girls.
The trial has begun of the 32-year-old man from Chiba who ran the site. He would have his part-time employees send mails to the otaku posing as celebrities and idols. After a time, these mails would begin to cost the hapless fans money for each piece of useless text.
They might even arrange to go on a date with the otaku. The poor guy would think he is going to meet Atsuko Maeda, only to have the date cancelled at the last minute with the excuse that “my manager came”.
One otaku spent 2.7 million yen on the site, more than an average annual salary. With the mails costing him 450 yen each time, it would appear he paid for some 6,000 mails!
One of the Japanese tabloids is currently running pics apparently of former AKB48 idol Atsuko Maeda looking drunk, dishevelled and generally not very cute.
She is with some guy (apparently an actor) in rather dubious circumstances, and is even seemingly photographed being carried to a waiting car possibly without any underwear on.
Tabloids are not famed for their integrity or honesty, so we cannot vouch for the veracity of the details, but we do like a juicy scandal when we sense one!
After police predicted an unprecedented amount of fans would gather, the last chance to “meet” Atsuko Maeda while she is still a member of terrible pop “music” band AKB48 has been cancelled at the last moment.
On August 20th some five hundred thousand people were in Ginza to watch the victory parade of Japan’s returning Olympians (despite many of them putting in slightly mediocre performances). Not sure if half a million were expected to witness pre-solo career Atsuko head to her swan song concert at the AKB theater in Akihabara, but apparently public safety fears prompted a change in plan.
Atsuko was planning to hold a kind of “entering the theater” parade event on top of the final performance, where she could be with her fans one last time (before going solo and releasing more money-making CDs).
Before the concert on August 27th, she was expected to ride a vehicle and be driven like the Pope around the Akiba vicinity, waving to her adoring masses lining the streets. Sadly no one will get to see this spectacle of Atsuko Maeda pretended to be a queen…
Of course, this event (and the final performance) is supposed to be all about “the fans”… That’s why the performance is ticketed and with tickets now being sold on for insanely inflated prices. AKB’s management really cares about otaku, especially when their wallets are concerned.
She might well have recently announced her departure from Japan’s biggest girl band, but you can still keep a bit of Atsuko Maeda in your life.
In fact, you can get even more of the former AKB48 star than usual with this Acchan Kojiri masturbator, a realistic tight onahole which, very unofficially, models itself on Atsuko’s (aka Acchan) cute small butt (kojiri).
Not only is this an onahole masturbator with a hole to pleasure yourself, there is also a pair of Acchan’s sexy panties AND even lotion based on her own love juices.
This is of course not designated official merchandise created by the AKB48 Yasushi Akimoto monster consumerist machine — but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good! In fact, if you like cute idols with pert little asses, then this Acchan Kojiri is what you have been waiting for!
At a concert on Sunday she made the surprise announcement to thousands of fans, while choking back tears and being comforted by the other girls. It is apparently an individual decision, made in consultation with AKB48 supremo Yasushi Akimoto.
Atsuko entered AKB in 2005 when she was just 14 and now she is heading towards adulthood — or age 20 — she said she had to make a new. No doubt she will head onto other and bigger things, being the most visible and famous member of the band. No date has been set for her final “graduation”, though, so we can look forward to Atsuko for at least a bit more.
Atsuko, we salute you!
Take a beautiful Japanese female artist and it’s always going to be a fun day out.
Then she starts to make a series of beguiling, sensual images of hot Japanese female models, actresses and celebrities for magazines, adverts and exhibitions, and you have a truly great combination, popular with men and women alike.
That’s what Asami Kiyokawa does, working with the likes of AKB48‘s Atsuko Maeda and Yuko Oshima, and Yoko Maki, Masami Nagasawa and Asami Mizukawa.
A lot of CG work goes into the final images, transforming the beautiful women into peacocks, forest settings, or decorating them with pearls and other surreal ornaments.
Her current collection, Bijo Saishu (“Beauties Collection”), is now on exhibition in Mito, Ibaraki, and it’s no wonder that the exhibition catalogue has been selling so well!
It might seem more than a tad cruel to publicly name and shame the least popular members of your group while vaulting others onto a pedestal to flaunt at the head of your column (at least until the next election rolls around).
Then again, with 48 members to keep track of, the marketing team over at AKB headquarters are probably grateful for any help at all in that department – hate to put a dud on the next single cover, after all. Thus, we have the results of the 3rd Senbatsu Election to mull over.
The divine Atsuko Maeda has, somewhat predictably, nabbed the top spot in this year’s rankings, knocking former reigning Queen Yuko Oshima into a not-unrespectable 2nd position. Undoubtedly buoyed by greater exposure due to her TV and film appearances, both past and upcoming, comely young Ms. Maeda’s star continues to rise. Her starring role in the recently-released PV for AKB’s 21st single ‘Everyday, Kachusha’ reflects this – we’re not likely to see her fade into the background anytime soon, but that’s hardly a cause for complaint.
Elsewhere, the perpetually cute-as-a-button Tomomi Itano slipped a full four places, from last year’s 4th to 8th position, a little surprising given the launch of her solo career this year has provided her no shortage of publicity (or are peeved AKB loyalists punishing her for the slight?).
Though gracious when interviewed about the drop, apparently unperturbed, she might do well to take steps to boost her image before the next election arrives. It would be a pity for that darling face to disappear into the featureless mass of background flesh that is, well, everybody else in AKB48.
AKB48′s ever-lovely Atsuko Maeda is set to make a welcome return to our screens this July, playing the crossdressing lead character in a brand-new adaptation of Nakajo Hisaya’s popular manga series Hanazakari no Kimitachi e.
Originally adapted as a TV series back in 2007, “Hana Kimi” is the story of Mizuki Ashiya, a Japanese high-schooler living in the USA, who, having fallen in love with troubled young sports’ star Izumi Sano after seeing him on TV, moves to Japan and enrolls in his boys-only high school in order to get close to him. Fuji TV has announced that this will be a brand-new retelling of the story, distinct from the 2007 version, and major plot details are being kept under wraps for now. However, what we DO know is that AKB48 will not only be providing the show with its star, but its theme song too. The new tune will be released in August (possibly as the group’s 22nd official single) with the centre member and other participants to be decided in AKB48′s Senbatsu election, beginning June 9th.
The luscious Ms. Maeda is no stranger to working in front of a camera – in 2007 she scored her first movie role in Ashita no Watashi no Tsukurikata and she has previously appeared in several TV dramas, including Majisuka Gakuen and Q-10. This June she will also feature alongside fellow AKB48 member Minami Minegishi in the high school baseball team movie Moshidora.
Cropped hair and a boy’s school uniform might be a somewhat different look than the one that made us fall head-over-heels for Ms. Maeda in the first place, but no doubt the end result will see her looking as foxy as ever. Fingers crossed this’ll be but one of many screen performances to come from the 19-year-old starlet. And if the TV gig doesn’t work out, hey, there’s always AVs. Just saying.
Creator and marketing mad scientist behind AKB48, Akimoto Yasushi, was quoted as saying, “The least popular members are holding us back and we need to get rid of them.” due to the less than stellar turn out for Oku Manami’s graduation announcement event.
Of course you know Atsuko Maeda, Tomomi Itano and Yuko Ohshima. He’s not talking about them. He’s talking about the huge chorus of unknowns behind them who do little more than create a cheerleader effect that gets so many otaku hearts fluttering.
Upon hearing this news, quite a few of the “unpopular members” as they are referred to, said they would rather quit than be cut, and many have moved themselves straight up the list and next to “graduate”.
Akimoto, the man and not the hot captain of Team K Sayaka Akimoto, used the concept of “meeting real idols daily” when he started AKB48. With that in mind, the AKB theater was opened in Akihabara and AKB shows can been seen daily there. As one could imagine, with a daily show the heavy hitters of AKB’s supple line up won’t be in attendance, so it takes these less popular members to keep the day to day business afloat.
The other problem being if the “unpopulars” all decide to leave at once, that leaves no room for the headliners to move on and graduate as they move on to other projects. In order to try and counter this kind of problem, at the most recent AKB48 new member auditions more trainees were accepted than usual and seem to be rushing through their “initiation” of sorts. Once they are full fledged members, the next in line to graduate can start to leave.
Aside from a few very dedicated fans, does a large changing of the guard have that much affect on the rest of us? Sorry, but no. We can still watch the “Heavy Rotation” video with the girls in their lingerie and the sound turned down as we try to guess who the next Riko Yamaguchi is. Sorry girls, I hardly knew you…because you were basically backdrop.
Which of these barely legal Japanese Idols would you pick to bark for you?
That’s the theme for the new Wonda coffee campaign staring our favorite future porn stars. The rules are simple. When you buy a Wonda coffee, remove the campaign sticker and go to the website and “place your bets” on a roulette wheel full of, you guessed it, the AKB48 girls. If you choose the correct girl, she will say “wan wan!” (woof woof) and you win a dog strap for your cellphone (lame) and a limited edition AKB Wonda coffee with a picture of one of the members on the can.
The winning girl changes every morning at 8am and if you want more chances at getting your limited edition AKB Wonda coffee, you just have to buy more coffee. Can you get Wonda coffee outside of Japan? Unfortunately, no. I’ll give it a shot and let you guys know if I won. You can have the doggie cell phone strap if you guess right.
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