Arama They Didn't

12:16 am - 06/29/2011

Is KPOP group After School fabricating their success?

Arama Exclusive Exposé: Rookie Korean musical group, AFTERSCHOOL, have come under fire by concerned netizens after claims of selling out their first Japanese live performance in 60 seconds.

Pledis, the girl group's Seoul-based label, has announced that their Akasaka Blitz show has been a hot topic with 50,000 applicants, filtering press releases throughout the media. However, many remain unimpressed by the claims.

Public reaction has been extremely critical. "Really? April Fools Day was a long time ago," said one skeptic.

Others are claiming foul play by Koreans: "The only people who bought these tickets were Korean immigrants," said another. "Only Koreans in Japan applied. There is no way 50,000 Japanese people did."

Depsite the claims that 50,000 people attempted to purchase tickets for the show, After School's own fanclub numbers are only 20,127.

Former member Bekah (center) who was rumored to be pushed out of the group to be replaced with a Japanese member who better fits the group's image.

The venue itself has proven to be another cause for suspicion concerning AFTERSCHOOL's popularity. The troubled venue has had problems in the past, being put up for demolition and closed for five years. It remains questionable why the group could not secure usual venues used by other K-Pop groups, such as Shibuya-AX (T-ara, 4minute) or Nakano Plaza (SHINee). Shojojidai has also been selling out arenas throughout Japan lately.

Sources: Yahoo! Japan (1, 2) Wordpress (1) Wikipedia (1) Daum (1) Arama They Didn't (1)
Investigations and exclusive reporting: bomtaro for aramatheydidnt
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yaoilicious_53 29th-Jun-2011 04:25 am (UTC)
Omg.. the center girl...Bekah.. that pic is so ewwwww
xdeepriver 29th-Jun-2011 04:29 am (UTC)
Duh. It's a Korean group. What do you think they've all been doing in Japan? Making lots of noise. Literally and otherwise.
19861122 29th-Jun-2011 09:58 am (UTC)
Except for SNSD, the only ones actually not making up shit to look better lol
glider 29th-Jun-2011 04:29 am (UTC)
omg that camel toe no
nyappnyappcafe 29th-Jun-2011 06:39 am (UTC)
LOL this this
chikutakux2 29th-Jun-2011 04:30 am (UTC)
I knew something was fishy when their zero success in Korea somehow transferred to instant popularity in Japan. So tired of Korean media making up lies to make their third rate girl groups look good.

Looking at you KARA.
mitchy_fleur 29th-Jun-2011 04:49 am (UTC)
Except KARA does doing really good in japan and they DO popular in mainstream, not just kpop fans. There are many evidances about that.
chizzyrei 29th-Jun-2011 04:30 am (UTC)
dude, with 50K people they can actually fill Tokyo Dome and they're settling for just a showcase. totally not buying this.
ohprecioustime 29th-Jun-2011 04:34 am (UTC)
dumbest article I have read, TBH

I don't see what you are trying to prove,with this since they did get that many maybe the same crowd as SNSD,KARA,and other Hallyu Acts tried to get tickets to see what is up or just ppl in general who were intrigued by their feature on Namie's song.

The venue isn't even that sketchy and your public reaction sounds like angry comments on the internet,all news website have those even on good news,you probably just filter them yourself.

this whole anti-kpop thing here is getting old.
liime_arix 29th-Jun-2011 04:37 am (UTC)
(no subject) - Anonymous
bomtaro 29th-Jun-2011 04:39 am (UTC)
tippani 29th-Jun-2011 04:35 am (UTC)
Did people really believe a group that had minimal success in Korea would sell out that fast? Lol
tippani 29th-Jun-2011 04:38 am (UTC)
I'm sure they sold out, just not in a minute.
maclou 29th-Jun-2011 04:36 am (UTC)
I could believe that they sold out that small venue super quick but the 50,000 thing sounds really sketchy. Maybe 5,000 people tried to get through 10 times each? lol
lysblack OP:29th-Jun-2011 04:40 am (UTC)
gathyou Re: OP:29th-Jun-2011 12:38 pm (UTC)
OMG I love this gif <3
patentpending 29th-Jun-2011 04:44 am (UTC)
Lol @ using the most unflattering photo of Bekah ever.

bomtaro 29th-Jun-2011 04:45 am (UTC)
i can change it if you want? it was just one of the first pictures i came across while i was searching.
kiku_cha8_8 29th-Jun-2011 04:44 am (UTC)
that second picture of bekah is so unfortunate

no i didn't believe that after school are THAT popular in japan. pledis just inflated their numbers more than everyone else
brucelynn What is going on in this post?29th-Jun-2011 04:44 am (UTC)
Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Oh Jesus more shit being stirred
bomtaro Re: What is going on in this post?29th-Jun-2011 04:51 am (UTC)
i'm just trying to enrich the minds of arama members by sharing the perspectives of those that are actually experiencing this supposed hallyu wave since a lot of people here seem to have it twisted. i don't have anything against KPOP and this wasn't meant to be an anti KPOP post, so sorry if you or anyone else misunderstood.
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xcherryblossomx 29th-Jun-2011 04:44 am (UTC)
Duh it's the goddess Namie Amuro effect
inurbed 29th-Jun-2011 04:46 am (UTC)
I don't believe the thing about 50,000. Sounds too good to be true since their fan base is not that big
bomtaro 29th-Jun-2011 04:52 am (UTC)
lovely icon ♥
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