As well as AKB has been doing in the past year, I never expect them to sell more than their previous hit. It’s easy to say, “Of course they sold well”, but we know this isn’t always going to be the case. Maybe it’s to keep myself from being disappointed or maybe it’s just because sales numbers aren’t end-all-be-all, but I figure every super idol group has to plateau somewhere in sales or popularity and start the gradual decline, even if the songs are as great as ever; So every time I see an announcement like this, it rocks my socks.
‘Everyday, Katchyusha’ sold a staggering 942,745 copies on its opening day. Their last single ‘Sakura no Ki ni Narou’, which held AKB’s record for the most ever sold in the first week, sold 942,479; falling a bit short of ‘Katchyusha’s first day sales. And to think that this time last year, I was convinced that AKB wouldn’t be able to break a million.
It’s rare, but at times like this I love being wrong.