“Shitsuren, arigato (失恋、ありがとう)” from AKB48 shrinks the group and puts them in a set with furniture towering over. Minegishi Minami’s final single with the group plays on a nostalgic beat with a tambourine jangling over the throwback melodies. The members wake up in unison in their separate rooms, and spend much of their time engaged in streaming their day to an eager audience (presumably, you). “Shitsuren, arigato” is a pleasant melody and gives the girls of AKB48 plenty of facetime to win you over. You can get your own copy of the group’s 57th single when it goes on sale March 18, 2020.
AKB48 (pronounced A.K.B. Forty-Eight derived from Akihabara 48) are a Japanese idol girl group named after the Akihabara (Akiba for short) area in Tokyo, where the group has their own theater located on the eighth floor of the Don Quijote store. The group includes over 130 members as of December 2015, aged from their early teens to their mid-20s. AKB48’s producer, Yasushi Akimoto, wanted to form a girl group with its own theater (unlike pop groups performing occasional concerts and seen on television) and performing daily so fans could always see them live. This “idols you can meet” concept includes teams which can rotate performances and perform simultaneously at several events and “handshake” events, where fans can meet group members. AKB48 is dispatched into 5 teams, chronologically named “Team A”, “Team K”, “Team B”, “Team 4”, and “Team 8” with Kenkyūsei (trainees) members training to be promoted into one of these teams. The 1st generation members were announced in October, 2005, debuting on December 8, 2005.
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