It certainly wasn’t what I was expecting to see headlining when I woke up this morning. It looks like SDN48 is the first 48 group to disband, and it does so in a startlingly up-front manner. All the members of SDN will be graduating at once after their graduation concert on March 31st 2012, effectively ending the group. Does this sound fishy to you?
The fact that the graduation is taking place the day before April 1st(aka April Fools) is suspicious enough. In addition, they specifically say “The first chapter of SDN will conclude its role”, and “Though all of us will go on a new stage to fulfill our own dreams, please continue to support us”, which sound just cryptic enough to mean a symbolic graduation and maybe a group “reborn”. But at this point I sound like a crackpot conspiracy theorist with a lazy eye, so I’ll lay off on the wild predictions. Since it’s just an english translation, it’s not worth it to dissect with confidence. It’s just that you never know with Akimoto and his wild stunts.
SDN48 has been selling an average of 70k copies which does make it the lowest selling 48 group, but if you put it into perspective, it’s still significantly more than all the other idol groups that peak at 30-40k. It’s definitely devastating for hardcore SDN48 fans, and those who have just started to get into the group. Let’s at least hope that the time and resource will be placed into the remaining 48 groups, preferably those in Japan.