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9:47 am - 02/03/2013

AKB48 Kashiwagi Yuki says “Love-Ban-Law is necessary as long as we’re idols”



The newest documentary film which followed the popular idol group AKB48′s last year – “DOCUMENTARY OF AKB48 NO FLOWER WITHOUT RAIN  - What girls will see after tears?” directed by renonwed PV and Movie director Takahashi Eik hit screen on February 1st. The movie projected the “REAL” of idols of present-day, such as competition for Center position after Maeda Atsuko’ graduation, LOVE-BAN-LAW, as well as the gap between members.


In and interview with us, Kashiwagi Yuki, one of the most popular members of the group told,

“Although I thought it’s unimaginable to find anything that we could reveal more after I watched past documentaries, I think the latest one is the most intensive of all documentary films of AKB48.”

She revealed that she had a 1-hour interview for the documentary movie.

“The documentary contains interview footage of each member. Because even though we have a lot of things in our mind, there rarely is an occasion where we can actually talk about them. So, I think, everybody revealed more than a little honest feelings in the interviews.”

Whose interview she cares about the most is Watanabe Mayu, also known as Mayuyu, who is Kashiwagi’s same generation member and best friend.

“I was asked about my relationship with Mayuyu a lot. I would like to know what Mayuyu think about AKB48, because we don’t have much chance to talk about serious topics like this.”

She also told about her idea of how ideal “idol” should be like.About LOVE-BAN-LAW, one of the main themes of the movie, she said,

“Because I’ve joined AKB48 since I was 9th grader, I’ve never had any doubt about the concept. It’s just completely natural to me”

Then she added,

“If we get into a relationship, I wonder if fans sentiment to support members will fade Relationship, private life, and freedom, I gave up these kind of things because I devote myself to AKB48, because I have hope and dreams that I want to accomplish And I would like fans to pay attention to such things and support us just trying to make it.”

She declared, “In order to unify everyone’s mind, LOVE-BAN-LAW is necessary.”

“After giving it a lot of thoughts, goings through a lot of different thoughts, I’ve now reached the idea that idols are those who always put their fans first, thinking what they can do in order to please fans."
 
Source

The source noted that this interview was conducted before Shukan Bunshun reported the Miichan "scandal", but ugh her reasons are killing me. I only posted this because when I mentioned this article in another post some of you were wishing it wasn't true. Welp here it is and I honestly think prayer is needed right now.


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juweel 3rd-Feb-2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
Well of course she supports it, being on of the most popular AKB members if she ever were in a scandal the agency would protect her lol (unless it's super super bad ofc)
yukinoo13 3rd-Feb-2013 07:39 pm (UTC)
so why Sasshi moving to HKT ?????
a_cheshire_grin 3rd-Feb-2013 05:37 pm (UTC)
Let's talk again, when you fall in love with somebody! Okay, girl...?! lol

While I think her reasons are not that stupid, I find it very shocking that she is okay with giving her fans this much control over her love and private life.
umbrellaphone 3rd-Feb-2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
There you have it, they are fully aware of the rule. Anyways, won't judge her character since her reasoning is ultimately speaking of the sad truth of the fiasco - "for the fans"
taylorniw 3rd-Feb-2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
Was there any doubt that they're fully aware of the rule, though? Obviously they know about it if they feel the need to sneak around.
liniang 3rd-Feb-2013 05:58 pm (UTC)
It's not NECESSARY but it's ineludible.
tigrebella 3rd-Feb-2013 06:00 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, OP! I love that gif. Where's it from? =)
myharu Re: 3rd-Feb-2013 06:12 pm (UTC)
I got it from tumblr, but after a little googling I found this ^^

ohcrepe 3rd-Feb-2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
Well, she is the epitome of an idol. The things she does and says are so by the textbook. Is anyone else annoyed by the way she performs? She got the head tilt, the eye contact, hand movement, the way she holds the mic down to a science that everything about her seems affected.
myharu 3rd-Feb-2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
Yukirin always came off as super orthodox and super boring to me lol. Although I think for an idol she performs well it's just never as interesting as the others
katerui 3rd-Feb-2013 06:18 pm (UTC)
sorry but what is it love-ban-law?
windia 3rd-Feb-2013 06:24 pm (UTC)
If you're in AKB or any other group, you're not allowed to date.
sobaek 3rd-Feb-2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
Idols really need to start pushing the idea that fans do not own them, instead on this shit that lets fans hold their personal lives hostage.
haruno21 3rd-Feb-2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
THIS
wapiko 3rd-Feb-2013 06:33 pm (UTC)
Supports it doesn't want to bite the hand that feeds her?
haruno21 3rd-Feb-2013 06:34 pm (UTC)
omg bye Yukirin. you´re trully an idiot.

The fact u want to quit being normal doesnt mean everyone else have to repress themselves for doing what they want.
it´s not about judging what she wants to do, if she decides to dedicate to AKB and be a property of her fans it´s fine and respected, but she can CHOOSE that by herself even if there was no ban
now if there is a ban you´re not giving others the oportunity to choose the contrary


Edited at 2013-02-03 06:35 pm (UTC)
roomgirl 3rd-Feb-2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
The "opportunity" is kind of present from the beginning. As in, don't join a group that openly has such a stupid rule.
nansuki 3rd-Feb-2013 06:39 pm (UTC)
So idols perform & stuff then get locked up in their cages? Come on!
If your fans are leaving you because you happen to have a significant other or you like clubbing, then they're not your fans.

Idols need freedom, relationships, private lives, etc...They're human.
There needs to be some discretion of course...we don't need another Tsuyoshi incident. lol.
outlights 3rd-Feb-2013 06:45 pm (UTC)
Well, I might be alone in this, but I actually see where she's coming from.
I understand foreigners (especially those from western countries) not really getting the idol concept, because of the cultural differences and such, but it totally makes sense in its context.
They are aware of the rules and agree to a contract (and are obviously familiar with their own cultural standards), so it kind of bothers me to see so many people coming out of nowhere "fighting for the girls' rights, THOSE POOR GIRLS FROM AKB", I mean... seriously.
taylorniw 3rd-Feb-2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
There was an article about this yesterday or so. Cultural differences doesn't make the whole rule any less stupid or wrong.
amaya3 3rd-Feb-2013 06:52 pm (UTC)
gurl bye
randomtasks 3rd-Feb-2013 06:58 pm (UTC)
Well, she's a hardcore wota herself.

What do you expect?
sekainostar 3rd-Feb-2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
LOL fuck you.
kyrpa 3rd-Feb-2013 07:01 pm (UTC)
People really need to get off their "my culture is superior" high horse.
These idols are selling a product which just happens to containt a certaint degree of personal freedom attached to it. Probably this is one of the reasons why large part of the idols are always young girls and then graduate when they hit the age of serious relationships.

Of course the top akb girls are making so much money they probably will want to ride out the popularity as long as they can. Since majority of the idols will fade away as soon as they leave the idol domain.

I love how someone commented that Yukirin is an idiot due to her comment about this matter. Unlike the child who wrote that, Yukirin understands what is required of the genre she is a part of.
haruno21 3rd-Feb-2013 07:18 pm (UTC)
gurl...
required doesnt make it right for all the reasons exposed below but whatever.

everyone is free to think what they want she is the one inmersed on it. it just bugs me that she is that willing to defend that (accepting is her problem as I said she can live as chooses) and she doesnt care about many of her friends will eventually suffer becaue they dont share her/company views.
idols do not speak fo Japan´s culture as a whole, it´s a small part of it and it has good and bad things. it doesnt mean we cant discuss about the bad ones. next time reply to me

Edited at 2013-02-03 07:21 pm (UTC)
nalty7 3rd-Feb-2013 07:35 pm (UTC)
girlyoureindanger.gif

It could be you in Mii-chan's place.
ohprecioustime 3rd-Feb-2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
Yukirin always seemed like one of the more calculating and ambitious members, so I am not surprised she supports it...she knows what is up and is here to make as much money from her idol career as possible

still love ha <3
yukinoo13 3rd-Feb-2013 07:42 pm (UTC)
agree :)
lanysakurai 3rd-Feb-2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry but there's no such thing as "LOVE-BAN-LAW".
What idols have is "DON'T-LET-ANYBODY-KNOW-LAW" cause any of them stay alone for as long as they are idols. I wish they would stop with this hypocrisy.
I understand why you can't say you're dating but don't deny you do it. -.-
saku062 3rd-Feb-2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
Not a fan of AKB but as this love ban rule concerns every idol group....

This rule is STUPID for both sides:
Idols are humans they can have a relationship too. Do we really think that they'll die single? I hope no! After all the entertainment and happiness they gave us I think they deserve to experience a happy family life with their wife/husband and kids.
This rule is also a very bad thing for "hardcore" fans. While they keep dreaming about an impossible chance to live with their idol (since it's the purpose from agencies) they don't try to find someone and waste their time. What a pity....
negroyella 3rd-Feb-2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
the LOVE BAN LAW is what it is: she signed a contract meaning regardless of whether or not she personally agrees with it morally, she agreed to abide by it. these have been around since the 70s with idols so it's nothing new. if anything, she shouldn't have gotten caught. i'm entirely sure hundreds of idols throughout the past decade or more have dated on the sly.. but made sure no one caught them. while i personally think it's a little ridiculous, through a business perspective, you totally know all the hand shake events, naughty photobooks, etc are aimed toward the wota demographic who primarily dishes out the majority of cash (remember the whole ami suzuki thing?) which then makes el dinero. if the girls are caught sleeping at a dude's place or dating, it shatters the entire "pure" image that is the very foundation of the industry.

....which i also have a sneaking suspicion graduations, etc are for. it's all completely an act: the girls agree to keep up the facade of "girl next door, purity, etc" and after a few years, they graduate or "leave for studies." (magically if you google them months later, they're in a relationship.)

so basically, the rules are part of the package. they're not forever and they're not breakable... unless you get caught. while the head shaving went a little far (although it's happened before in japan for lesser things), i definitely wouldn't condemn anyone. don't let the hype fool you: an idol isn't an abused classmate, they're actresses performing a job duty for which they're paid for. well. (you think those samantha thevasa bags come cheap?) and the whole pure act is part of the job.
beyondsaturn 3rd-Feb-2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
I couldn't have said that better. These idols go into these contracts with their management companies willingly. To say they didn't know how it would be is a lie - these agreements have been around for 40+ years if not more. Countless idols have lost their dollar power and popularity for getting involved in relationships...and remember, it's their management companies that take the initial financial risk to make them stars so they will draw up contracts that will maximize the company's financial gain and minimize the risks. Dating bans are exactly that - trying to maximize their idols' popularity and minimizing chances of failure. Only those who are megastars to begin with have been able to continue in the idol industry after marriage and kids. (I can only think of Kimura Takuya and Matsuda Seiko)
umbrellaphone 3rd-Feb-2013 09:14 pm (UTC)
Wow didn't take long for some to go 180 on her just like that.
jell_o_jello 3rd-Feb-2013 09:16 pm (UTC)
I think it's fine if one chooses to not have a boyfriend if that's what they think is better for their career.
But it's another thing to have a rule against relationship and the punishment that comes with it if you violate the rule.

As long as idol fans stop supporting their favs when they have bf/gf, idols will always feel the need to refrain from relationships. It's the fans that need to change and make the rule unnecessary. Until that day comes, you will see idols and management justify this no dating rule. Their success and career depend on it, they have no choice and they will continue to think that the rule is ok.
umbrellaphone 3rd-Feb-2013 09:35 pm (UTC)
It's the fans that need to change and make the rule unnecessary.

Yup. As long as idols stay as idols, their hands are pretty much tied with a contract binding them to the agency, and they won't have much of a voice, esp. when AKB is that dependent on fans. Reputation of work ethics and all, and an agency as powerful as Aki-P can potentially blacklist any of them or prevent them from getting opportunities. (not that it happened yet, but..)
fukkthedumbshyt Nope...cannot...3rd-Feb-2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
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uledy Re: Nope...cannot...3rd-Feb-2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
Mr. West has the best reactions to EVERYTHING.
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