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 ...

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As Tomomi Itano, of AKB48 fame, embarks on her solo career, she took some time to promote her new single with a live performance. After performing a few songs, Tomomi took a break to reveal a special prize. Seeing as the event took place just before Valentine's day, she would give one lucky fan a batch of her very own hand made chocolates. Let's back up just a second. In Japan, couples and lovers don't exchange gifts on Valentine's Day. Ladies give the man of their choice some sweets, usually chocolate. Guys reciprocate with sweets of their own, but not until White Day (March ...

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Nostalgia is a powerful tool and Yahoo reports that super popular idol group Morning Musume is calling back all of our favorite graduates to form a Dream Team to battle the young whipper snappers from groups like AKB48. Dream Morning Musume's roster includes Nakazawa Yuko, Iida Kaori, Abe Natsumi, Yasuda Kei, Yaguchi Mari, Ishikawa Rika, Yoshizawa Hitomi, Ogawa Makoto, Fujimoto Miki and Kusumi Koharu. Tsuji Nozomi, another former member, was slated to join but after the birth of her second child she's taking some child care leave. While the currently active Morning Musume has an ...

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I used to think that many Japanese pop stars just didn't compare with idols. Sure, they can sing and dance (kind of), but they lack the tits and ass that make idols so great to look at... But girl band Perfume has proved me wrong. Their new single Voice certainly has a sexy cover! Check out the legs on these three gals! [Pics via ...

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For all those European fans of Morning Musume (モーニング娘), the moment you have all been waiting for has finally arrived! The ever-changing all-girl idol pop group will be appearing at the Japan Expo 2010 in Paris, France this July. [Image via Yeinjee.com. All right, I know it's a bit old -- there are now only eight girls, of course!] It's never been a secret how many otaku and anime fans there are in Le Republic, so it didn't surprise us that Momusu choose it as their launch pad into Europe. The Expo is expected to attract 180,000 fans! It's not their first foray ...

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