Thursday, October 2, 2014

AKB48: Japan's Massive Pop Music Sensation

Do you know about AKB48? AKB is one of the most popular teen idol group from Japan. AKB48 is an interesting phenomenon because of its size, popularity, format, and frequent performing schedule. The members of this group are also extremely talented in acting, dancing, and singing. Perhaps a group like this could only be wildly successful in a country like Japan, where hardcore otaku fans will show amazing levels of dedication to their idols.

The group is a completely artificial and a lot of emphasis is placed on creating an image of purity and a sense that they are both desirable and obtainable by the male fans in their audience. However, this officially involves no dating and a strict morals clause in their contracts to further the fantasy.