Taiwan48: Another Small Step towards International Domination

Even if westerners won’t buy into the idol idea, nothing’s stopping Japan from trying to expand across Asia.  We’ve heard idealistic talk about Akimoto wanting to form 48 groups internationally, but a lot of us just saw it as a pipe dream.

Well, we’re now seeing that Akimoto Yasushi’s master plan is well underway, working towards creating a Taiwan48.  It’s said to be like other 48 groups in that they will be performing in a theater, and it could be up and running as soon as this summer.

The idea of spreading an idol concept outside of Japan opens up a plethora of questions and doubts, but we’ll see how it goes.  Remember H!P and Ice Creamusume?  I don’t, but it apparently existed as UFA’s attempt to create a H!P group in Taiwan.  All that came from it was one album before it disappeared sometime in 2009.

I’m not paying the conception of Taiwan48 too much mind, as I’ll wait for details or any news to see how Akimoto plans to pull this off.  Either way it’ll be interesting to see what comes of it.


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  1. lol caption

    A spread across Asia seems infinitely more possible than any spread to the U.S. Receptions of AKB48’s foreign adventures look good considering there’s an official store in Hong Kong and performances were made in Singapore twice in one month. However, you’re right, we shouldn’t hold our breaths. NMB48 JUST got started and now there’s talks about TW48 or something like that? Please don’t spread yourself too thin, Akimoto. There’s no further details so… whatevas…

  2. Yeah, I do wonder if Akimoto might be spreading himself too thin with all of these groups that he has to oversee.

    Still, I’ll reserve judgement until more details are made available.

  3. I agree with this.. I love AKB48 and its glory but I don’t want ‘too much’ of 48’s either.. It’s better to spread AKB48 internationally rather than making local 48 groups on other locations..

    Btw, what font did you use on that ice creamusume image? lol it fits the image/tagline/moment perfectly. I love it :D

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