The details were announced about the upcoming ‘Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2012’ concert. If you’re not familiar with this lengthily named extravaganza, it’s AKB’s first big event of the year, where they perform a hundred songs over the course of four days, which includes songs from SKE and SDN(and NMB this year) which are all voted for by fans.
It was started in 2008 and has been going strong ever since, growing in attendance and anticipation with each year. Growing to the extent that management believes 2012’s Request Hour concert has a little adapting to do. It’s been held at the 1,500-seat Shibuya A-X every year, but next year’s concert will be held at the Tokyo Dome City Hall, which easily holds twice as many seats.
Not only that, but AKB-subunits such as No3b, Watarirouka Hashiritai, and Not Yet will not be included in the concert for the first time. Instead, they will add another concert; making it a 5-day event instead of four! This will probably cause some commotion, but I think the pros balance out the cons here. Taking out subunits creates a lot of empty slots for older singles and theater songs that rarely ever get performed. In addition to that, it adds a whole extra day dedicated to subunits, possibly, with more songs being performed than they would otherwise.
I think it’s a smart decision, and shows willingness to adapt and change with AKB to suit its needs. New venue, more songs, more days, what else can I ask for(and I didn’t even ask for them)?!
The Request Hour concerts will be from January 19th to the 22nd, with the AKB subunit concert on the 23rd.