Today, we get the graduation solo from AKB48/HKT48 legend (and NSK logo) Sashihara Rino and “Watashi datte idol (私だってアイドル！)”. After a few clips of the girl laughing and laughing and laughing herself to death, we are introduced to the murder scene of Rino and the “Dead Rino” walking among us. As the music wears on, things don’t seem much worse for wear: Sashihara has the opportunity to eat all the cakes she likes while still weighing a ghostly 0 kg. You’ll recognize the choreography of Rino’s past as the apparition breaks into a television studio to record herself in a live. I hope you didn’t expect a dirge for Rino, because she delivers on an upbeat idol pop song for her graduation that doesn’t come close to the “idol death” that many equate with a graduation. No, I expect Rino will be with for much longer on the other side of the producer chair after her graduation. “Watashi datte idol” is a coupling track on all versions of “Jiwaru DAYS”, the 55th single from AKB48, will hit record stores on March 13, 2019.
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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