Here We Go Again: HKT48

Akimoto Yasushi, you dog. Another lucky local area will have their own 48 group: HKT48, based in Hakata, a ward in Fukuoka, Japan. The man can’t help but spread the 48 love I guess. At this rate, I can’t say I’m surprised.

This is starting to look like a serious idol empire, set on a national take-over. Imagining something of that kind of scale, all sorts of things come to mind. How many more 48 groups are being planned? Will they all be given the star treatment? The concept of an “All-star 48” group, consisting of top members from all the local theaters to represent as national senbatsu sounds like an exciting possibility.

The HKT48 site is up and running, doling out info on the upcoming auditions for this group.

Of course there are worries about Akimoto biting more than he can chew, and how this will affect the already existing groups, but I do admire his guts.


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  1. Hopefully this won’t end up being a case of too much of a good thing. Akimoto seems to know what he’s doing though so I’m not too worried right now.

  2. So soon there’s going to be like 250 members all fighting for spots in AKB’s senbatsu. Great, just great.

    I’m a little worried Akimoto is spreading his resources thin a little. We haven’t really seen if NMB48 will be successful or not, and maybe fans are a little worn out (both emotionally and financially).

    • The fans who are trying to invest in every 48 group definitely have a much more taxing time, but they’re willing so that’s part of the fun.

      Also, I’m wondering if NMB, HKT and any future groups are going to be pushed into mainstream media, or if they will remain as franchise local groups.

      I’m taking this as a sign that tons more of these city-based theater groups will continue to pop up, and I just won’t be able to invest enough time to intimately know every single one, which is fine with me; it doesn’t mean I’m not looking forward to their releases :P

  3. 10 years later:
    * Akimoto elected as Prime Minister
    * The Army48 contains girls of all ages trained with dancing moves that involves shooting with guns.
    * China, Korea and Russia joins in an alliance with Japan and they too makes 48 groups in their country (Army & Entertainment)

    150 years later.
    * Japan took over the whole world 50 years ago.
    * There’s no women nor men left on the surface, because of the rule that Idols are not allowed to have sex.
    * People who lived before the invasion, have gone crazy because there’s no alcohol or smoking.
    * Those who survived, lives underground where gambling, alcohol, smoking etc are allowed.

    ……. Nevermind, probably not going to happen *cough*

  4. Too…many…48s…must…remove…Jurina…before…too…late!!!!

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